India is 2018’s most successful ODI team

India has won its five match series with the West Indies, this win took India’s win rate to 75% wins in ODI test, with win establishes the Indian cricket team is the best team throughout the year.

India has won 14 of their 20 matches with the next best team,England, who has won 17 out of 24 matches, resulting in a win rate of 73% for England. India’s first victory of the year came by defeating South Africa in February.

India then went on to win the Asia cup by defeating Bangladesh, and winning against regional rivals Pakistan.  The Indian cricket has shown throughout the year strong level of invulnerability, winning most of their match with relative ease.

May 2019 will see the cricket world cup take place in England and Wales, India are looking as the clear favourites to clinch the cup.



Russia to host 2019 woman’s boxing championship

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has awarded Russia the right to host the 2019 woman’s boxing championship. The Russian city Ulan-Ude will be the host city of the boxing show piece; AIBA has stated that Russia still has to submit some documents but should still go through.

Russia was also selected as the host country for the men’s boxing championship with Sochi being the host city. The Woman’s Championships is expected to take place in October, at the Ulan-Ude Sports Complex, which has a capacity of 350o people . The Boxing Federation of Russia also welcomed the news and stated its readiness to host the best possible event as reported by

The host of this event comes after the Anti-doping agency lift Russia 3 year Suspension, as well as Russia successfully hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

By Mokgethi Mtezuka


Springboks gear up to take on England

The springboks are in London getting ready to take on England on Saturday 3 November. The Boks will then face France, Scotland and Wales on consecutive Saturdays throughout November.  The springboks will be playing the English at twickenham stadium.

The Boks are entering the tour in an inconsistent manner, even though they beat England in previous test series. The Boks away form has struggled in recent months to impress, after finishing 4th in the Rugby Championship as well as defeats from Italy and Ireland.

According to this will be the fourth test between England and South Africa this years,after the they faced off in a three match series in June where the Boks won 2-1. The Springboks team that will take on England is expected to be named by coach Rassie Erasmus on Thursday.


By Mokgethi Mtezuka

Rabada named the best young male cricketer in the world

Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has been named Wisden’s Golden Boy of 2018, an award for the best male cricketer in the world aged 23 or under.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has congratulated Rabada on his milestone.

CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe said:“This is another well-deserved honour for KG, whose achievements over the last few years have been quite phenomenal. These include becoming the youngest ever player to top the ICC Test bowling rankings earlier this year and becoming the youngest player to take 150 Test wickets.”

Moroe included that Rabada is clearly destined to become one of South Africa’s all-time greats and he fully deserves all the accolades that have come his way.

He added that Wisden is one of the most respected voices of world cricket and being named by them as one of the best cricketers at age 23 or under, is a tremendous achievement.

“It is also highly gratifying that we have two other well deserving cricketers in the top 10 in Aiden Markram and Lungi Ngidi. This speaks volumes for our talent development pipeline and holds promise of a very bright future for our cricket,” Moroe concluded.

Source: Sports24

Third Annual BRICS Games underway

South Africa’s Department of Sports and Recreation is hosting the third annual BRICS games from today, 17 July – 22 July at Wits University in Johannesburg. The BRICS member countries will be competing in 2 key sporting categories, namely Football U17 women, and Volleyball U21 men and women 6-aside teams.

The BRICS Games were established in 2016 and the inaugural tournament was played in Goa, 2016 which saw Brazil finishing as champions while South Africa emerged as runners-up. The games are set to help facilitate sports and cultural exchanges among BRICS nations.

This year’s BRICS games are in commemoration of the centenary of South African Struggle icons Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu. The South African women’s football team, Abantwana (U17) will use this as preparation for the U17 women’s World Cup to be held later on this year in Uruguay. During an interview with IOL, Abantwana captain, Simphiwe Dludlu said that they are looking at improving on defence more than anything.

The games serve as an opportunity for the South African team to study Brazil’s U17 as they will also be partaking in the World Cup.

They are an important part of association between BRICS countries. The BRICS Games sideline the upcoming BRICS Media Forum and 10th BRICS summit.

By: Kgothatso Nkanyane

France crowned as the 2018 FIFA World Cup champions

The final whistle was blown on the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup. the winner France, runners-up Croatia and third place goes to Belgium. Russia has been congratulated on hosting a safe and successful World Cup, with only one game ending in a goalless draw.

The football tournament saw the whole world come to a standstill and will probably have many football fans going through withdrawal symptoms. In the end, the French were victorious winning their second World Cup and writing the players’ names into history books as legends.

The final match was not without controversy of course, as the first goal came in the form of an own goal from Croatian striker Mandzukic. But the Croatians being the fighters of the tournament, equalized in the 28th minute – only for their hopes and dreams to be shattered by a VAR penalty, which was smoothly buried by French forward Antoine Griezmann.

It seems as though after the penalty, the Croatians had lost their will to fight and went on to concede another two goals, the goals from Pogba and Mbappe sealed it for France, a conciliation goal from Mandzukic making up for his mistake unfortunately was not enough, and in the end the French won (4-2).

Eyes are now fixed on the the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which will not only be the first world cup in the Middle East, but also the first to be played in November to December.

Winners of the 2018 FIFA World Cup: France

Young Player of the Tournament: Kylian Mbappe (France)

Golden Ball Winner: Luka Modrić (Croatia)

Golden Boot Winner: Harry Kane (England)

BRICS Journals Player of the Tournament: N’golo Kante (France)


By Mokgethi Mtezuka



2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi-Final’s Review

The shocks of the 2018 FIFA World Cup haven’t stopped, with almost all the favourites knocked out by underestimated competition. The Semi-Finals were no different as most analysists and pundits were expecting Belgium to defeat France, and for England to overcome Croatia.

This World Cup will be remembered as the most unpredictable; many bets have been laid and lost, and those who gambled early on Croatia or France look to be the big winners. The first Semi-Final between Belgium and France was a very tight game, with only one goal from French defender Samuel Umtiti, separating the two teams.

The French goalkeeper and defenders were enough to keep Belgium’s attack quiet, with a standout performance from French midfielder N’golo Kante, who worked tirelessly in preventing Belgium’s creative players Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne from having an impact. Unfortunately the Red Devils could not live up to the high expectations laid on the star name players in the team.

The second semi-final was between England and Croatia. Many English media outlets had underestimated the Croatians, predicting an easy win for the Three Lions. The game seemed like it was in England’s control in the first half, when English winger Kieran Trippier score a wonderful free-kick to put England up one.

But the Blazing Croatians are fighters having come back from one-nil down in their last 2 games, Croatia’s equalizer came from Ivan Perisic in the 68th minute in a moment when the English Defence was caught napping. Croatia’s experienced striker Mandzukic, who has had a quiet world cup so far, woke up in extra time to score the winning goal. Many analysts up until that point were calling for the coach to drop him, but Mandzukic proved why the coach had faith in him.

The final and third place play-off have been decided; it will either be 2018 World Cup winner France or Croatia. Which team will define a generation for their respective countries and be the main subject of football for the next four years? On Sunday the 15 July 2018 at 17:00 we will all find out. Belgium and England have the unfortunate part of playing dress rehearsal, on Saturday 14 July at 16:00 for the final as they battle for third place.

By Mokgethi Mtezuka       

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final’s Review

Known as the World Cup of the underdogs, the final four of the 2018 FIFA World Cup are not the teams that most people predicted. Belgium, France, England and Croatia are awash with Europe’s talent who play for top clubs in top leagues, but still all four were not the favourites for most football fans.

Unless you’re from these countries of course, the Semi-Finals pairing is quite unexpected. It seems all four teams are having a golden generation moment, as they are all surpassing expectation and their predecessors of the previous World Cups. With the exception of France’s 1998 team who won the World Cup for the first time, the last time England won the World Cup was in 1966, and if Belgium and Croatia won it, it would not be the first time either both countries, but also result in new country winning it, become the 9th different country to win the World Cup.

 With the exception of England, none of the teams have had an easy road to the semi-finals. The other 3 teams have had to battle it out. The quarter finals was a battle of technicality and who can best handle the pressure. The first quarter final was a fast and dynamic France VS a ridged and stubborn Uruguay. All eyes were on Uruguayan star man Luis Suárez to carry Uruguay to the semi’s as his main partner Edinson Cavani fell out due to injury.

Unfortunately France had too much resolve, defeating what seemed to be an impenetrable Uruguay Defence (0-2). Belgium the team that will meet France at the semi-finals, also had to find its resolve during the quarters when they faced favourites Neymar and his star-studded Brazil. The match seemed to have brought out the best in the Belgium forwards with Romelu Lukaku, Eden hazard and Kevin De Bruyne have standout appearance helping Belgium to edge out Brazil (1-2).

After Belgium eliminated Brazil they have now assumed the tag of favourites to win the World Cup, but it won’t be easy as they must first go past a dynamic French team. With the legendary French footballer Thierry Henry as the assistant coach of Belgium, perhaps he’ll help them find a way to defeat his countrymen… only time will tell. The second semi-final will be a contest between England and Croatia. Many are expecting England to win this World Cup due the weaker competition they’ve faced.

Their quarter final game with Sweden was just a formality, as the Swedes rolled over with relative ease (0-2). England football fans having even come up with the catchphrase “It’s Coming Home”, being that they invented the modern rules of football. But the Croatians should not be underestimated after battling it out 120 minutes and then penalties against host nation Russia, who, for a moment seemed like homeground advantage could carry them all the way to the finals.

The Croatian team is packed with experienced campaigners. Going up against the unexperienced youthful English team could make for a very difficult game, especially since both teams have won most of their games through set-pieces.

The English Premiere league is the biggest winner of this World Cup with the most represented clubs at the Semi-Finals with 34 players from the top 5 football clubs in England; while Spanish clubs Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid have 12 players in the Semi-Finals; 4 players from France specially Paris Saint-Germain Football Club and 3 players from Italian Club Juventus.

Players of the Group Stages: Kevin De Bruyne

Team of the Group Stages: Belgium

By Mokgethi Mtezuka

Images: Mawande Khesws

Russia unstoppable at the FIFA World Cup

Russia has shown up to the World Cup guns blazing, win their first two games. Russia came into the World Cup as the lowest-ranked nation and in dismal form, but two games in they have won against Saudi Arabia 5-0 and a 3-1 victory against Egypt making it the best start of any host side in World Cup history.

Ahead of the World Cup, Russia played seven friendly matches without any win and were ranked 70th in the world by FIFA. Russian National team are practically guaranteed a place in the last 16, barring a series of unlikely high-scoring results, which would be the first time they have reached the knockout stages since the break-up of the Soviet Union.

The next game Russia will play will be against Uruguay on the 25th June 2018 at Cosmos Arena, Samara.

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A budget breakdown of the spending for FIFA World Cup 2018

The Russians have invested billions of dollars to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the event will make FIFA hundreds of millions in profits. The Russian Government had budgeted $11.6 billion on projects for the World Cup which is less than the estimated $15 billion spent by Brazil on the 2014 World Cup. Construction and preparation for the World Cup has cost Russia an estimated $11.8 billion, according to USA Today, with more than 70 percent of the spending coming from public funding.


FIFA will top $6 billion for the four-year commercial cycle tied to this World Cup, beating its $5.656 billion target. The World Cup is the main source of FIFA income, FIFA gets its profits from broadcasting revenue, sponsorships and ticket sales. Ahead of the 2018 World Cup FIFA had four deals from Russia, three with Russian State-owned firms; three Chinese sponsors; none from the Americas or Africa and the Middle East.


Teams will win portions of the $400 million in total prize money, according to FIFA. The winner will get $38 million and runner-up $28 million, the 16 teams going home after the group phase will each get $8 million. FIFA has budgeted spending $791 million on teams and players for prize money, club compensation, insurance for players injured on national-team duty, and preparation costs for 32 squads. Clubs providing players will share $209 million from FIFA. A daily rate of $8,530 for the official involvement of 736 players is shared among each club they were registered with in the two previous years.


(Source: The Indian Express)