Despite the cold creeping in this past weekend, South African sportsmen made us proud, delivering nothing but their best on their respective fields. It was a weekend filled with great victories for Bafana Bafana, The Springboks and two of our national athletes, Wayde van Niekerk and Akani Simbine.
Bafana Bafana played Nigeria at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria on Saturday, beating their counterparts with a score of 2 – 0. The team played under the leadership of their newly-appointed captain, Thulani Hlatshwayo and re-appointed coach Stuart Baxter. City Press reports that this was “Bafana Bafana’s first win over Nigeria in an official game in more than two decades”.
Also on Saturday, the Bokke hosted France at Loftus Versfeld in the first match of their three-Test series. The Springboks’ 37-14 homeground victory over France moved them up two spots in the official World Rugby rankings, now placing them in 5th position.
Meanwhile, sprint sensation Wayde van Niekerk breaks yet another record! Van Niekerk took the 200m half-lap win at the Racers Grand Prix at a meeting in Kingston, Jamaica, in 19.84 to break the two-year-old mark of 19.87 held by Anaso Jobodwana. Van Niekerk broke his Personal Best record time of 19.90, which was set in Potchefstroom in April when he won the SA title by 0.06. Akani Simbine, South Africa’s 100m record holder, also made us proud when he took second place in 10.00 in the short dash.