Author: Karabo Mokgalagadi

Mzansi got to shine at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards with Desiree Ellis, Percy Tau, and Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies all getting honoured at the glamorous dinner held in Marrakech, Morocco. The awards were held at the Palais des Congres making it the second year in a row that Morocco hosted the continental awards with last year’s event happening in Rabat. “Today we are recognising the best of the best in Africa, celebrating them. Africa has always for many decades produced some of the best players in the world.  “Some of them have succeeded in Europe and the highest level…

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In a significant move for African football, Confederation of African Football (CAF) has through the leadership of President Dr Patrice Motsepe formed the African Clubs Association (ACA). The ACA’s mission has been outlined as a measure to protect and promote the interest of football clubs across the continent and to improve their professionalism. The ACA’s objectives include protecting and promoting the interests of African football clubs, ensuring their commercial viability, global competitiveness, and building partnerships with sponsors, among others. The ACA also seeks to ensure that referees, match commissioners, and VAR operators are respected, credible, independent, and world-class; and to…

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Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies have yet again been crowned champions of the HollywoodBets Super League (HBSL) after beating TS Galaxy Queens 1-0 to reign supreme. The latest success hands them the treble in this campaign, after they were crowned COSAFA CUP as well as the CAF Women’s Champions League champions, a repeat of their achievements in 2021. Andisiwe Mgcoyi ensured Banyana Ba Style secured their third successive HBSL title, and they have now won the league title since the inception of the women’s football league in Mzansi. The result sees Masandawana summit the log standings on 75 points after 28 matches.…

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There’s been a breakthrough in the Diepsloot mob killings that left seven people dead on 1 December. Two bodies were discovered in the street in extension 13, and police suspect they were torched to death. Five others were found in extension 12 a few hours later. Police in Gauteng say five suspects have so far been arrested in connection with the murders which occurred on Friday night and Saturday morning in two different sections of the township situated north of Johannesburg. Provincial police spokesperson Dimakatso Nevhuhulwi said an eyewitness identified one suspect who in turn led investigators to four of…

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Finally, an 11-year-old African record has been broken as Banyana Banyana star Janine Van Wyk is now Africa’s most-capped international footballer of all time. Van Wyk received her 185th cap for South Africa on Monday in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, WAFCON qualifier against Burkina Faso. She is now the most capped footballer, male or female, on the continent. The former Egyptian international, Ahmed Hassan, held the record of the most capped player in Africa for over a decade. Van Wyk, who made her debut for Banyana 18 years ago, has confirmed her imminent retirement. Last month the defender…

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Electoral reform campaigners have expressed mixed feelings to the Constitutional Court’s ruling on two major cases where changes to the Electoral Amendment Act were sought. In a ruling delivered by Justice Nonkosi Mhlantla, the Apex court rejected the Independent Candidates Association’s demand for independent candidates to be allowed to contest for up to 350 seats while only reserving 50 to be exclusively for political parties. Currently independents can only contest for 200 seats while the other half is exclusively for political parties. Based on this arrangement, independents can never be a majority in the parliament or any of the legislatures…

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Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa has confirmed that the government supports the South Africa’s Football Association, SAFA, decision to withdraw from bidding to host the 2027 Women’s World Cup and instead focus on putting together a bid to host the 2031 tournament. Speaking during a media briefing in Pretoria, Kodwa re-iterated that it was not the government’s prerogative to finance sporting bids, but to provide guarantees as has been the case in the past. “The government of South Africa was clear in November 2022 when supporting SAFA’s Expression of Interest in hosting the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup…

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The Premier Soccer League, PSL, will be observing a moment of silence for the late Orland Pirates Captain Papi Khomane. Khomane and his mother Rita, passed away following a car accident on their way to Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday morning. “The Premier Soccer League sends heartfelt condolences to the Khomane family, and the football community at large. A moment of silence will be observed in their honour at all PSL fixtures this week commencing on Sunday afternoon. May their souls repose peacefully,” read a statement from the PSL.  Khomane, donned the Bafana Bafana jersey nine times, made more than 150…

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After wrapping up their tour of Australia, the Spar Proteas are gearing up to face England’s Vitality Roses in a three match test series. The two teams last met in January during Quad Series, where they drew once, and England won their play-off match.  The two nations also avoided each other in Cape Town during the Netball World Cup, which was hosted for the first time in 60 years on African soil. World No 1 Australia remained the undisputed champions of world netball when they beat England 61-45 in the final of the global tournament. South Africa are currently ranked 5th while…

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Cricket South Africa has appointed Laura Wolvaardt as the Protea women’s permanent captain for all three formats of the game. Wolvaardt takes over the reins after a successful tenure as interim captain, where she led the team in back-to-back ODI series victories against New Zealand and the T20I series against Pakistan. The 24-year-old Wolvaardt took over from Sune Luus who captained the SA women during the T20 World Cup earlier this year. Luus had stepped in for former skipper Dane van Niekerk, who struggled for form and fitness and subsequently retired. Proteas Women Convenor of Selectors, Clinton du Preez said…

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