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Tough Brazil mission for Bafana Bafana

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By InsideSportAfrica Reporter Bafana Bafana’s road to the FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil is suddenly not as smooth as it initially appeared. Positioned second in Group A with two points behind leaders Ethiopia, Bafana need to win their remaining matches against Central Africa Republic and Ethiopia (both away) as well as a home clash against neighbors Botswana to guarantee qualification regardless of what happens in other matches. But coach Gordon Igesund has been doing the mathematics and reckons that victory against CAR and a draw against Ethiopia could do the trick. That however, is dependent on what Ethiopia does in their other two matches and relying on sup-

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EDITORIAL

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SUPPORT DOMINGO AND NOT PUT PRESSURE ON HIM We have been greatly encouraged by the appointment of Russell Domingo as head coach of the Proteas and we can proudly call him the capo di tuti capo (Boss of bosses) in as far as South African cricket is concerned. We sincerely trust and believe that his appointment is not window dressing; that the decision to elevate him to the highest and hottest seat in South African cricket was not driven by malicious intentions to placate all the people who claim there has not been any transformation in cricket. We would also like to believe that he has not been set up to ensure that he fails and then his detractors would then turn around to us, shrug their shoulders in resignation and then proclaim: “You people wanted a coach of color, you have been clamoring for a Black coach and we gave you what you wanted!” We would sincerely like to believe that Domingo has been appointed on merit and nothing else. We also trust that he would be given all the material support he needs to ensure that he performs his duties to the best of his abilities. We also hope that Domingo will be given the freedom to perform his job without people breathing heavily down his neck or exerting pressure on the man and then criticize him for not transforming the national team and to crown it all, then criticize him some more for

Chief Editor Thomas Kwenaite moving too fast and too quickly to transform the national team. We take this opportunity to congratulate Domingo on his appointment and we trust that he will perform his duties by selecting and managing players not please a certain section of our communities or according to the color of their skins, but according to their abilities without fear or favor. Congratulations I suppose are also in order for Polokwane City who won promotion to the South African Premiership. Theirs is a story that constantly remind us never to give up in life but to persevere even when the odds are heavily stacked against us. At the time of going to press,

Polokwane City had been declared First Division champions pending several misconduct cases arising from First Division teams boycotting their League fixtures at the beginning of the season and the situation could change. Having said that, theirs is a heartwarming story of a team that lost four players in a fatal car accident and others are now crippled and out of sympathy, the league gave them time to recover before resuming their league campaign. Now they are champions and could be playing in the elite division next season. We would also like to congratulate Bafana Bafana midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi whose team

Crystal Palace won the English Football Championship and would be playing in the English Premier League against the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Spur. Well done to Kaizer Chiefs for winning the double in what can easily be described as one of the toughest and most competitive ABSA Premierships campaigns. I know that for daring to say the SA Premiership is competitive revokes guffaws of derision from critics who opines that the Premiership is anything but competitive. However, if you consider that Manchester United won the EPL with 89 points from City who amassed 78, that Barcelona finished the La Liga with a massive 91 points while Real Madrid secured 81 points; Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga with 91 points and Dortmund trailed in second with a measly 66 points. Take also the case of PSG who won the French League with 83 points and Marseille second with 71; Juventus in Italy won the Serie A with 87 while Napoli were runners up with 78; Galatasary in Turkey won with 71 and Fenerbache secured 61, you will realize that statistics don’t lie do they? Now, consider the fact that in the SA Premiership, like it has been the case for the past seven years, Chiefs snatched it on the last day and collected 49 points,

second and third teams finished on 47 points, fifth team was on 46 and in my view, that was a very tight and competitive race. Having said that, congratulations to Itumeleng Khune for a clean sweep of individual awards. Usually goalkeepers are never recognized in football and it is only when they let in goals that they become the butt of jokes. But this season, Khune was simply outstanding and he deserves all the four wards he received. Somewhere on the pages of this newspaper, we feature Khune and young Ronwen Williams, who won the Most Promising Player of the season award for the second successive season following yet another excellent season for SuperSport United. It was also heartwarming to hear about an exciting new running talent in the form of 18-year old Blandina Makatisi who hails from one of the poorest areas of the country but she proves that having no running shoes is no deterrent as she continues to break regional and national records and is tipped as a potential medal winner in Brazil 2016. And finally, there is an uplifting story in this edition about a man who should inspire many of my generation and perhaps if we could take a leaf out of his book, maybe we might enjoy living healthier lives like Oscar Chalupsky who claims life begins at 50.

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SASCOC’s Olympic, Paralympic support plans SASCOC on Wednesday announced their latest and updated athlete support system for the country’s leading Olympic and Paralympic sportsmen and women at a function at Olympic House, Johannesburg. This follows a successful Olympic and Paralympic Games in London last year where our Olympians returned with six medals and our Paralympians won 29 medals. Immediately after the London Games, the country’s Olympic governing body wasted no time in turning its attention to the next quadrennial period leading up to the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Operation Excellence (OPEX) is the premier programme for prospective Olympic and Paralympic medalists and the programme consists of three different tiers which provide varying degrees of funding and support. A total of 13 athletes on the Olympic Programme and 14 athletes on the Paralympic Programme will be part of the Tier One structure and exciting news is that there is now added special support for athletes who may not be ranked sufficiently high enough but are nevertheless preparing for 2014 Commonwealth Games qualification. “There is no doubting that SASCOC’s increased support structures in the build-up to the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics was a major factor in the country’s success at these events,” said SASCOC CEO Mr Tubby Reddy. “As such, we remain 100% committed to giving every last bit of support that we are able to and are constantly looking at new avenues of funding and back-up.” All the country’s National Fed-

Chief Executive Officer Tubby Reddy from sourcing funding wherever possible, we have roped in the Defence Force, our academic institutions and the various provincial academies, all of whom have parts to play in the bigger support picture. We saw how OPEX helped us get back on track in London after Beijing, now we are extending that programme even further.” In the 2009-2012 quadrennial SASCOC supported 58 Olympic athletes and 42 Paralympian athletes to the tune of a whopping R70.7-million. Said Ms Ezera Tshabangu (General Manager: High Performance Dept): “It was evident from the Games that it is critical for this support to continue to ensure that athletes and National Federations are able to plan for the next quadrennial (2013-2016). “Regarding team sports, limited resources mean that SASCOC shall again prioritise sports codes based on past quadrennial performance history. This is to ensure

As such, we remain 100% committed to giving every last bit of support that we are able to and are constantly looking at new avenues of funding and back-up.

erations were asked in February to nominate athletes they regarded as qualifying for support and the deadline was 4 March, 2013. And still more athletes names will be forwarded to the Provincial Academies to be assisted where possible and in line with the Academies’ athletes support policy. “We’re roping in support from wherever we can to help our athletes live their Olympic and Paralympic dreams,” said SASCOC President Mr Gideon Sam. “Apart

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that our resources are invested in sports that will return medals for the country, which is obviously the ultimate performance measure in any Games and determines SA’s standing in terms of rankings.” Important to consider is that only athletes still eligible for 2016 qualification and participation shall be considered for support over the next quadrennial. Support services offered to athletes through the programme will be as follows: Living expenses,

SASCOC President Gideon Sam medical aid, and transport for training sessions, access to training facilities, International camps and competitions, local camps and competitions, coaching fees, scientific and medical support services, technological services, sport specific equipment. Still more support for our up and coming athletes comes in the form of SASCOC’s bursary scheme, now being rolled out around the country and funded through dividends from Phumelela. A total of 650 applications were received nationwide by the closing date of 15 February 2013 and 11 names (five male, six female) have been shortlisted for support. “Priority was given to national athletes who were either doing first or second year studies, with emphasis on first year applicants to allow us to support them for the full duration of their course,” said Tshabangu. Among these names is rising sprint star Akani Simbine who set a national junior 100-metre record at the Zone VI Games in Zambia last year. “He is registered for his second year but his rationale for his inclusion is that he is an athlete who has shown great potential. The fact that he is studying information science is important because with the sports world being driven by technology his course is seen as being important in the development of databases for athlete management systems and be of great value to the sports fraternity,” said Tshabangu. The names of athletes on the latest Olympic and Paralympic support programmes are as follows:

Olympic Programme Tier One

Athletics: Anaso Jobodwana, Khotso Mokoena, Lehann Fourie, Sunette Viljoen, Willem Coertzen Canoeing: Bridgitte Hartley Rowing: James Thompson, John Smith, Lawrence Ndlovu Swimming: Cameron Van Der Burgh, Chad Le Clos, Roland Schoeman Triathlon: Richard Murray

Tier Two

Cycling: Teagan O’Keeffe Equestrian: Samantha McIntosh Gymnastics: Kirsten Beckett Triathlon: Wian Sullwald

Tier Three

Athletics: Cornel Fredericks, Lynique Prinsloo, Zarck Visser Boxing: Siphiwe Lusizi, Ayabonga Sonjica, Tulani Mbenge Canoeing: Tiffany Kruger Cycling: Ashleigh Moolman, Bernard Esterhuizen Judo: Jacques Van Zyl Rowing: Lee Ann Persse, Naydene Smith Sailing: Asenathi Jim, Roger Hudson Swimming: Michael Meyer, Myles Brown Weightlifting: Jean Greeff

Olympics Special Support Programme Athletics: Elroy Gelant, PC Beneke, Wade Van Niekerk Badminton: Jacob Maliekal Cycling: Candice Neethling, Nolan Hoffman Judo: Siyabulela Mabulu Rowing: Men’s Pair Table Tennis: Team Taekwondo: Joseph Maponyane, Hamilton Motawana, Gopolang

Mokoka Weightlifting: Team

Paralympic Programme Tier One

Athletics: Anrune Liebenberg, Arnu Fourie, Dyan Buis, Hilton Langenhoven, Ilse Hayes, Michael Louwrens, Jonathan Ntutu, Fanie van der Merwe, Tebogo Mokgalagadi, Union Sekailwe Cycling: Ernst Van Dyk Swimming: Charl Bouwer, Hendri Herbst, Kevin Paul

Tier Two

Athletics: Andrea Dalle Ave, Casper Schutte, Charl Du Toit

Tier Three

Cycling: Gerhard Viljoen Paralympics Special Support Athletics: Chenelle Van Zyl, Zandile Nhlapo, Louzanne Coetzee, Zanele Situ Cycling: Roxy Burns, Stuart McCreadie Swimming: Achmat Hassiem, Shireen Sapiro Rowing: Sandra Khumalo Shooting: Von Zeuner Kohne Wheelchair Tennis: Kgothatso Montjane, Lucas Sithole Table Tennis: Team The shortlist of athletes recommend for bursary support until completion of their studies is as follows: Katlego Sotsaka (rowing), Akani Simbine (athletics), Maite Makola (football), Kristen Matthews (fencing), Suzaan Broodryk (athletics), Jacque Joubert (athletics), Justine Palframan (athletics), Natalie Friesling (gymnastics), Nthabiseng Matshaba (football), Johannes Pretorius (athletics), Landelani Ngubane (basketball).


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 Continues from page 1 positions and what others would be doing is dangerous and could prove disastrous. It was for this reason that he selected a fairly balanced squad for the two away fixtures to CAR at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in neutral Cameroon and Ethiopia in Addis Ababa. The clash against CAR was moved to Yaounde due to political instability in Bangui following a violent clash that resulted in the killing of 13 South African soldiers. Although the neutral venue appears to have given the South Africans a kind of psychological advantage as a meeting in Bangui could have resembled a trench war, the South Africans need to guard against complacency and ensure they focus and get the job regardless of their slight edge. Politics aside, Igesund knows how crucial these matches are. Qualification for Brazil will not only raise his coaching profile but will lift the gloom that has surrounded the SA Football Association (SAFA) due to theendless reports about their financial standing as well as the pending commission of inquiry into match fixing.

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Africa Zone Fixtures

And even though we are missing a few players through injuries or loss of form, things are looking very positive. In spite of their slight edge due to CAR losing home ground advantage, Bafana Bafana will nevertheless fly to Cameroon on a wing and a prayer due to injuries that have ravaged his squad and left him a bit thin even though he still has the core of his players at his disposal. But South Africa is huge country and is supposed to be among powerhouses of African football and it is for this reason that Igesund must cut and paste as much as he possibly can to prove the country’s credentials which means he has to come up with a stronger selection despite the challenges he is facing. He has brought in seven players that were not part of the personnel that faced CAR in Cape Town in March. Injuries have ruled out defenders Morgan Gould, Siyabonga Sangweni, Siyanda Xulu, and Thabo Matlaba, as well as striker Dino Ndlovu while Daylon Claasen who


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Group A Pos Team 1 Ethiopia 2 3 4

South Africa Central African Republic Botswana

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Group B Pos Team 1 Tunisia 2

Sierra Leone

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Equatorial Guinea

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Group C Pos Team 1 Ivory Coast Bafana Bafana shot-stopper and captain Itumeleng Khune. is not attached to anyclub is out. Midfielder Lerato Chabangu has also been left out. Igesund’s heart must have skipped a bit when another defender Siboniso Gaxa limped off during the Nedbank Cup final which was the final match of what had been an eventful domestic season and the Kaizer Chiefs defender will face a fitness test before the team departs for Cameroon. Igesund has called up Tsepo Masilela, Tefo Mashamaite, Siboniso Gaxa (all Kaizer Chiefs), as well as Bevan Fransman of Supersport United in what could be a completely new defensive formation as South Africa wants to shed prove they can qualify for major competitions even if they are not hosting. Also returning to the Bafana Bafana fold after long absences are Thandani Ntshumayelo and Tlou Segolela (both Orlando Pirates), Richard Henyekane of Mamelodi Sundowns and Katlego Mashego of Moroka Swallows. “These are two very important matches for us,” said Igesund. “And even though we are missing a few players through injuries or loss of form, things are looking very positive. The players I have selected for these matches are highly technical and ready for the challenge that lie ahead. They also know what is at stake. I am quite confident that we will pull through,” added Igesund. “These are huge encounters for us. As for the CAR match, the most important thing is that we must not lose this game. If we don’t win then we need to have a draw so we can stay in the race because we still have to meet and hopefully beat Ethiopia the following week who are top of the group.” Sithembiso Ngxobo must be the unluckiest player around. There was a school of thought that CAR is a physical side and to counter their strength, the Kaizer Chiefs striker would be called up for the expected physical encounter, but Igesund has opted for Mashego and the country needs to support his decision.

The Bafana Bafana mentor believes that even though playing away, he will have to stick to his offensive strategy in order to get positive results. “We beat CAR convincingly in Cape Town in March, and we want to continue with our attacking game and I believe playing at a neutral venue will help in that regard. We have to be offensive if we want to get something out of the match against CAR or we will be putting ourselves in a very tight corner. “The following week will be key against Ethiopia irrespective of how they woulkd have played against Botswana in Gaborone,” added Igesund. Something else that Igesund will have to content with is trying to find a balance between selecting his strongest possible squad andtreading a fine line with Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter. The Amakhosi boss had already expressed his reservations calling for his players to be given a break after a long season. Full squad: Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Wayne Sandilands (Mamelodi Sundowns), Senzo Meyiwa (Olando Pirates). Defenders: Eric Mathoho, Tefo Mashamaite, Siboniso Gaxa, Tsepo Masilela (all Kaizer Chiefs), Thabo Nthethe (Bloemfontein Celtic), Anele Ngcongca (Racing Genk, Belgium), Bevan Fransman (SuperSport United),Tebogo Langerman (Mamelodi Sundowns) Midfielders: Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace,Eng), Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers,Eng), Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Siphiwe Tshabalala (both Kaizer Chiefs), Oupa Manyisa, Thandani Ntshumayelo, Daine Klate, Tlou Segolela (all Orlando Pirates), May Mahlangu (Helsingborg IF, Sweden), Richard Henyekane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thuso Phala (Platinum Stars). Strikers: Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs), Tokelo Rantie (Malmo FF, Sweden), Katlego Mashego (Moroka Swallows).

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IT IS GOING TO GET EVEN TOUGHER FOR PIRATES By Thomas Kwenaite Orlando Pirates undertake an ambitious quest to add a second star on their jersey when they tackle Congolese side AC Leopards as well as two Egyptian giants Zamalek and Al Ahly in the final stage of Africa’s Premier competition in July. But it is not just the pride and prestige of pinning a star on their chest that would be a major driving force for Dr Irvin Khoza’s team, certainly the possibility of representing the country in the FIFA World Club championship in Morocco during December is a mouth-watering prospect. Not only does taking part in the FIFA event brings prestige, but much needed cash injection as well. The winner of this tournament takeshome US$5-m (R45.3-m) while the runners-up are guaranteed an estimated US$4-m (R36.3m) which is quite a tidy amount. The Confederation of African Football has come under heavy criticism for failing to properly market Africa’s Premier club competition and try to improve the prize money, which is a pittance compared to the R133-m earned by Bayern Munich when they defeated Borussia Dort-

mund at Wembley recently. There is no doubt that the two trips by Pirates to Egypt will be demanding and challenging but the jaunt to Brazzaville to face the current CAF Confederation Cup champions will be a daunting task for the Buccaneers where they dare not the mistake of underestimating the Congolese. The spotlight has been firmly focused on the Egyptians since the draw was conducted in Cairo recently with little or nothing said about the capabilities of the Congolese. But in truth, they (Leopards) are the most dangerous and could actually spoil the party if taken lightly. Granted, Leopards have proven to be poor travelers and their record on the road is appalling to say the least. However, it is at home where they bare their teeth and claws and chances are whoever between Pirates and the two Egyptians lose focus in Brazzaville will come back with their clothes tattered and their eyes scratched badly. The Pirates team has been severely ravaged by injuries and they need to stop living under the heroic exploits of their achievements in Lubumbashi and come down to earth to face reality. And reality means they need to

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accept that their strength cannot match that of the three other contestants. Dr Irvin Khoza needs to move fast and with stealth to strengthen the team to give them a fighting chance. They are allowed to add five players to their squad before the group stages get underway and Khoza need to use his shrewdness to bring on board quality players that would give them an edge. There are reports that beside the injured players, they could further lose at least two additional players to an English Championship side that has been closely monitoring them throughout the season and have extended an invitation to the duo to join them in pre-season training. That would be a massive boost to the careers of the duo but a huge loss to Pirates as both Andile Jali and Tlou Segolela have been an integral part of the Pirates side that won back-to-back triple trophies which they surrendered this year to their bitter rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic. And if Pirates is still walking on air following their remarkable result against TP Mazembe in

going to get much worse from now onwards. They are going to face teams that would be in their faces for 90 minutes. If they thought the heat and the pressure in Lubumbashi was intense, then they ain’t seen nothing yet. It is going to get tougher and much more difficult. The intimidation would increase and sometimes the gamesmanship will take ridiculous proportions and would need their resolve and to develop thick skins and toughen up considerably in terms of their mental strength. And finally they need to adopt percentage strategies and ensure that they win all their home matches and then at least win, draw and budget for a single loss away to ensure they secure a top two finish that would qualify them for the semi-final of the competition.

Lubumbashi, they need to come down to earth very fast because in truth, Mazembe shot themselves in the foot through their respect for the South African team. On the day, the Mazembe technical team got their tactics completely wrong. For starters, Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi was ejected in the 35th minute and instead of pushing more bodies forward, Mazembe remained cautions and deployed five defenders to police lone striker Collins Mbesuma. The result was that their strike force did not have enough bite and neither did they put enough pressure on a Pirates side that was hanging on for dear life. It was only when Mazembe introduced Solomon Asante late in the second half that they really pinned the visitors against the wall. They need to know that it is

CAF AFRICAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 19-21 July 2013

30-31 August 2013

Orlando Pirates vs AC Leopards Zamalek vs Al Ahly

Zamalek vs Orlando Pirates Al Ahly vs AC Leopards

02 -04 August 2013

13 – 15 September 2013

AC Leopards vs Zamalek Al Ahly vs Orlando Pirates

AC Leopards vs Orlando Pirates Al Ahly vs Zamalek

16-18 August 2013

20-22 September 2013

Orlando Pirates vs Zamalek AC Leopards vs Al Ahly

Zamalek vs AC Leopards Orlando Pirates vs Al Ahly

WINNER - US$1.5-m  

FIFA WORLD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

Orlando Pirates chairman Dr Irvin Khoza.

Winner

US$ 5,000,000

Runner-up

US$ 4,000,000

Third place

US$ 2,500,000

Fourth place

US$ 2,000,000

Fifth place

US$ 1,500,000

Sixth place

US$ 1,000,000

Seventh place

US$ 500,000


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R1 million cash bonanza in Cosafa Cup The prize-money for the COSAFA Cup Zambia 2013 has been set with teams competing for a share of over R1-million. The regional championship makes a return after a three year absence and will be played from July 6-20 in three venues across Zambia. Twelve of the 14 COSAFA member countries will be present, along with guest nations Kenya and Equatorial Guinea. The winning country will go home with R500 000, while the runners up in the July 20 Final will receive R250 000. The team that collects the bronze medal will earn R150 000. There will also be a Plate competition this year for the losing

quarterfinalists, with the winner of that taking home R100 000. COSAFA are also hoping to promote exciting, attacking football for fans, and will give two R30 000 prizes to the nations who score the most goals in the pool stages, ensuring there will be no ‘dead rubbers’ in the competition. There will also be prizes for Player of the Tournament, Top Goalscorer and Top Goalkeeper, with each of these amounting to R10 000. The draw for the COSAFA Cup Zambia 2013 was executed earlier this month in Lusaka. The eight lower seeded sides according to the April FIFA World Rankings were pooled into two groups of four sides each.

The remaining six top seeds enter the competition in the quarterfinal stages, with hosts Zambia already paired against Mozambique in their Last 8 clash. Group A contains Central African guests Equatorial Guinea, Namibia, Mauritius and Seychelles

and is sure to be hotly contested. Group B features another guest nation, this time from East Africa in Kenya, as well as Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. The teams will play each other in a round-robin format, with the top sides in each pool advancing

to the quarterfinals. Aside from Zambia take on Mozambique, holders Zimbabwe will start the defence of their title with a tasty clash against Malawi. South Africa will take on the winners of Group A, while Angola await for the victors in Group B The opening game of the tournament will be played in Lusaka on July 6 when Equatorial Guinea take on Mauritius. Matches will also be played in Ndola and Kitwe. The COSAFA Cup was first played in 1997 as a regional championship for Southern African sides. Zimbabwe heads the honours list with four titles, while Zambia, South Africa and Angola have three each. They are the only countries to have won the event.

Mozambican Sidat praises Katumbi A fortnight following the storm created in the South African media about TP Mazembe’s alleged illtreatment of Orlando Pirates in their second leg African Champions League, Presidents of both Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Liga Muculmana painted a different picture of Lubumbashi. Mozambican side Muculmana lost 4-0 to Mazembe in their first leg CAF Confederation Cup at the Stade Mazembe, but club President Rafiq Sidat gave a glowing account of their trip to the bustling mining town of Lubumbashi where he described their treatment as “first class!” “We were looked after very well,” confessed Sidat. “From the minute we arrived at the airport, we received an escort right to the hotel, which turned out to be a five star joint. The meals, accommodation, transport, everything was laid for us and we have no complaints,” said Sadat. This was a far cry from a month earlier when Pirates players and technical staff described their visit to Lubumbashi as “Hell on Earth” and despite assurances from Pirates players that off the field the treatment had been excellent, the on-field drama over-shadowed everything else. “The hotel (Grand Karavia) was excellent,” Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi had revealed. “We were served excellent meals. The bus we were allocated to ferry us around town was superb, but everything was different on the field with the referee whose overall handling of the game was totally against the spirit of fair play but turned our trip into a nightmare.” And therein lays the problem because while reports from Lubumbashi gave the impression that the

safety and lives of the South Africans had been compromised, the Mozambicans and Botswana tell a different story. “It is only fair to state that the logistics were in place. However, my only gripe is with the referee, and while it is regarded as normal across Africa, I do not think he (referee) adhered to the true spirit of the game. But besides his poor handling, outside the field of play everything else was to our satisfaction,” added Sidat. Centre Chiefs received a 6-0 hiding from Mazembe prior to the Congolese facing Pirates but Maclean Leshwiti, President of the Botswana champions was surprised by the reported ill-treatment of Pirates and revealed they had been well received and well treated by their hosts. “We would have lodged a complaint with CAF had we been ill-treated but to be honest, we have been to countless countries and the treatment was shoddy in many instances, but something to expect, yet in Lubumbashi we were treated like royalty,” said Leshwiti. While poor officiating cannot be tolerated and it could actually affect and decide the outcome of a match, there has been a general outcry about the standard of refereeing worldwide, be it in the Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga, English Premier League and even here in South Africa, standards have

Liga Muculmana President Rafiq Sidat praises Katumbi.

dropped. Who can forget referee Howard Webb who handed Manchester United a controversial, if not dubious penalty against Tottenham while the Old Trafford Red Devils were 2-0 down and following the penalty decision, United went on to overturn the deficit and came out

… my only gripe is with the referee, and while it is regarded as normal across Africa, I do not think he (referee) adhered to the true spirit of the game.

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5-2 winners? Webb was subsequently demoted to handle Championship matches, but that crucial decision influenced the outcome of the game. On the eve of the Nedbank Cup final against SuperSport United, Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter called for the improvement in the general officiating of matches in the South African Premiership, described as the “beacon of African leagues.” Baxter’s call came closely after Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa had also expressed his concerns about the poor officiating and recommended that referees needed to be held accountable for their actions. “I think there has been a lot of

inconsistency,” said Baxter, “and at times the officiating has been too poor. It must be the same for us all and while the players need to improve, the referees also need to improve. “For too many games I have seen have not been decided by a decision, but the course of the game has been changed by a very poor decision from the referee. There should be some sort of review or ramification. “If you do not have that, people sort of get the idea that it doesn’t matter what they do – and it does matter what they do. They’re the same as us all, and that is human. They are the same as coaches. I make a mistake, a couple of players make mistakes, unfortunately….I get sacked if I make too many mistakes. “The players get dropped and don’t get bonuses. For us and the club there are ramifications, so you hope their education and development is looked at in a realistic way. Mind you, no one is trying to pick on the referees; we’re just trying to hold our standards as high as possible.” Free State Stars could have been serious challengers for the ABSA Premiership had it not been but for a series of crucial “blunders” committed by referees in countless matches, the most glaring been when they smashed a free kick against SuperSport United and the whistle man disallowed the effort and ruled for off-side. Back to Pan-African club competitions, SuperSport United crashed out of the CAF Confederation Cup 3-1 on aggregate after losing to ENPPI from Egypt while Pirates lost 1-0 to TP Mazembe, but advanced to the lucrative group stage 3-2 on aggregate after winning 3-1 in the first leg match at Orlando Stadium.


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How Kaizer Chiefs reclaimed the glory After eight long and often lean years, the Glamour Boys of South African football finally put it all together and reclaimed their former glory by winning the Holy Grail as they snatched the 2012-13 Absa Premiership title. It was a long and at times frustrating wait for the Amakhosi and their faithful. Yet they must have sensed glory as they kicked off their campaign with a 6-0 victory away to AmaZulu. That feat placed them at the summit of the Absa Premiership table, a spot they were to occupy until the end. But the victory was not a

matter of chance. It took many years of planning, trying a few combinations as well as buying wisely in the transfer market. When Serbian Vladimir Vermezovic failed to get the team playing in their swaggering manner people have come to identify their style, the door was swung open and he left in a season that saw bitter rivals Orlando Pirates do a treble backto-back. Inside Sport Africa focuses at the key issues that we believe contributed to the success of the Glamour Boys this time around.

The Leadership While many had felt that legendary club boss Kaizer Motaung had taken the back seat and allowed others to run the club to the ground, Captain Chincha Guluva was the least bothered. He continued to provide much needed leadership at a time when the ship appeared at times to be sailing in troubled waters. He was the voice of reason in the boardroom and pointed the team in the right direction. It all started with Vermezovic biting the bullet and the appointment of Briton Stuart Baxter. “We were dedicated from the start and were able to maintain consistency throughout,” said Motaung. “These factors were not only

evident on the pitch, but resonated through all our departments as key to achieving our set goals,” said Motaung. “We definitely pulled out all the stops to ensure good administrative governance that cut through structures like the Football Department, Marketing, Supporters Relations and the Technical Department. We were certain to achieve maximally in all these aspects motivated by our adopted theme of “reclaiming the glory;” perhaps the reason to thank everyone that embraced our approach and philosophy.” It was never plain sailing for his Glamour Boys though. It has never been a smooth run to win the South

African Premiership in any case. The league is a tough, challenging and demanding marathon where only the strongest survive. The Amakhosi boss acknowledged the contribution of the club’s faithful followers. Though there were isolated incidents where a minority group at crucial times turned against their players instead of encouraging them on when the chips were down. “Of course it should be like that to appreciate the contribution of thousands of supporters that stood with us for the duration of the season,” he said. That was how Motaung saw the season.

The coach Baxter was written off as a failure even before he touched down at OR Tambo International. The ground appeared fertile for a bruising battle with the local scribes but Baxter shrugged off the stinging pens like water off a dove’s back. He hit the ground running and

got on with the job. But the masterstroke was signing key players while releasing those deemed surplus to requirements. He chose his assistant coach carefully in Doctor Khumalo and the pair worked like ebony and ivory, perfect in harmony.

The Players With the transfer market in South Africa reaching worrying heights, Chiefs went about their business in securing what they considered key players in key positions. This time they appeared ready for battle as they got almost all the players on their wish list. It is often said that to build a

strong team you must lay a solid foundation and tighten the screws at the back indicated that Chiefs wanted to prevent leaking goals by bringing on board Siboniso Gaxa, Tsepo Masilela, Morgan Gould and Tower Mathoho. When injuries floored former captain Jimmy Tau, there were

always questions about the next team leader. Goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was considered too young and inexperienced to lead a team of Amakhosi’s stature. How he proved many wrong not only with his leadership credentials but also his solid performance has been there for everyone to see.


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Marketing The previous season the Amakhosi marketers came up with a slogan “Rise Khosi Rise” and that proved anything but that. They became the butt of jokes around town with their opponents constantly taking the mickey out of them by turning that slogan to “Fall Khosi Fall”. But that did not dissuade the Chiefs marketing team to be inventive and

The Fans

Always the voice behind the team – they traversed the country following their team wherever they played and always went home with a smile on their faces. Thisonce against proved that for a team to succeed on the field of play, they must have a loyal and vocal support from the stands.

they came up with something creative. This time Jessica Motaung and her team coined “reclaiming the glory” and reclaim the glory they did. As the league title celebrations continued, another slogan came out from the marketers: “The Glory Continues”. A warning to the opposition perhaps?

It must be noted though that there were a few isolated cases where players were booed. This worried the team to an extent that they even had to flash messages on the big screen at the FNB Stadium reading “Please do not boo us” Not something you want to see from your own supporters. We hope they have learned an important lesson here.

the Matches that mattered Kaizer Chiefs finally ended an eight-year Absa Premiership title drought following a 1-1 draw against SuperSport United at the Peter Mokaba Stadium. That result was sufficient to hand them the title with one match to go, as they could not be overtaken even if they lot the final match.

11 August: AmaZulu 0 Kaizer Chiefs 6

The Amakhosi got their campaign off with a loud bang as they blasted AmaZulu 6-0 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. That sent out a clear enough signals of their intentions of challenging for league honors. Bafana striker Bernard Parker was particularly on fire as he chalked up four of the six goals.

22 August: Kaizer Chiefs 2 Mamelodi Sundowns 1

Sundowns humiliated Amakhosi 4-1 in the MTN Cup a week previously but in their first home-league match of the season at the FNB Stadium, Chiefs turned the tables to record a memorable victory and eliminated the Chloorkop side from the championship from then onwards. The engine was now beginning to warm up.

September

Four matches on the roster and Chiefs were on a roll. They collected maximum points except on one occasion – a trip to Charles Mopeli only yielded a single point against Free State Stars. That did not amount to a major setback though. Full marks against Black Leopards (2-1), then away to Bidvest Wits (1-3) and finally at home to Chippa United (2-0) gave them a total of 10 in a month that proved productive for Stuart Baxter’s men.

October

Only two league matches in October due to international matches and the Telkom Knockout. It appeared the Amakhosi machine had hit a snag as they managed only two points from the 0-0 draws against Bloemfontein Celtic and the 1-1 against Maritzburg United.

November

Once through the October pothole, the Amakhosi machine appeared revitalized as they clocked victories against Golden Arrows (3-0), then 2-1 away to SuperSport United and a hard-fought 3-2 result against Soweto neighbors Moroka Swallows. With the Birds almost certain to secure a share of the spoils following a 59th minute equalizer by Bennett Chenene, Lehlohonolo Majoro pounced on the 90th minute for a famous smash-and-grab victory. The only dent was provided in their last match of the month away to Platinum Stars, a 2-0 setback. It was the first time they had failed to collect any point and the third time they had failed to score.

December

Once the disappointment of the Stars defeat was behind them, Chiefs took to December with guns blazing, well sort of, as they raked in eight points out of a possible 12. They hammered Ajax Cape Town 3-0, drew 1-1 with both Orlando Pirates and University of Pretoria and ended with a 2-0 home win against AmaZulu. Parker still had his scoring boots on as he chipped in with crucial goals to boost the Amakhosi campaign.

February

With the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations taking place on our shores, domestic football took a break, which had many Amakhosi followers worried that it would somehow temper with their team’s momentum. They resumed with

a massive clash against underachieving big-spenders Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Stadium. The once mighty Brazilians were in a battle of their lives to move away from the bottom half of the table. The titanic clash ended in a deadlock and Chiefs were happy to move away with apoint – still very much at the top of the table. They went on to strengthen their position with victories over Free State Stars (2-1) and Black Leopards (3-1).

March

Two draws and two victories was all Amakhosi could muster here but significant was the fact that they managed to hold off title rivals Orlando Pirates in a 0-0 draw. Another vital fact for Amakhosi was that they only conceded one goal in four matches while putting six in the net. The 2-0 win against relegation candidates Chippa United and 3-0 against Bloem Celtic - both away - edged them closer and closer to their first league title in eight years.

April

The going was getting tough now for Amakhosi as fatigue took its toll on players. The pressure from their hungry horde of supporters also intensified the heat. Their title credentials were also put to the test. Two significant matches in this month – 1-1 against Maritzburg United and a 3-1 victory against Swallows – on both occasions they had to claw their way back after conceding. Another milestone for Amakhosi was that they managed to hold off dark horses Platinum Stars, who needed victory against Chiefs on April 28 to take the title race down to the wire. As they have done throughout the season, Amakhosi burgled a valuable point away in a match that Player of the season

Itumeleng Khune sat out due to suspension.

May

Chiefs went to the Cape Town Stadium on May Day knowing that victory against Ajax Cape Town would hand them the title. Perhaps the pressure was too much to bear and the presence of their former coach Muhsin Ertugral on the Ajax dugout seemed to do the trick for the Capetonians. Lebo Manyama breached chiefs early but defender Tefu Mashamaite pulled level on 78 minutes. The match seemed headed for a stalemate but a sudden burst by Ajax saw them score two goals in three minutes to send their visitors home with nothing. Suddenly the chasing pack (Platinum Stars and Pirates) had a glimmer of hope. More so as Chiefs would go on a 15-day break prior to their next

match. It was never to be as the Absa Premiership trophy seemed to have the name Kaizer Chiefs written all over it. Pirates lost 1-0 to Sundowns at home and Stars also suffered a 2-1 defeat against Golden Arrows. Chiefs now needed just a point in their remaining two matches to sew up the title.

May 15 Kaizer Chiefs vs SuperSport United

With only a point needed to secure the first league title in eight years, Chiefswelcomed United to their other “home” at the Peter Mokaba Stadium. This venue had proved to a happy hunting ground for Stuart Baxter’s charges. Assistant coach Doctor Khumalo took charge of the team with Baxter watching from the Presidential Suite following his confrontation with the referee in the Nedbank Cup match against United FC the previous week. Then Lehlohonolo Majoro got the black and gold crowd roaring with a 47th minute goal. At that stage both Amakhosi hands were now firmly clutching the trophy and only waiting to hoist it. But SuperSport United almost dampened the mood with a gutsy performance and a superb goal from veteran Sibusiso Zuma three minutes from time made for some anxious moments. The long wait was finally over as the referee blew the final whistle to send the Amakhosi into wild celebrations.


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IT IS RAINING GOALKEEPERS IN SOUTH AFRICA Darren Keet, Itumeleng Khune, Senzo Meyiwa and Ronwen Williams continue to shine the light with the kind of performances that makes Mzansi the destination of choice if you are searching for a goalkeeper that you can depend on … ITUMELENG KHUNE (25)

The Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper is currently considered number one in the country and he has just completed a season one can only describe as memorable. There are few goalkepeers blessed with the ability to pass the ball to a teammate as accurately as Khune. It does not matter the distance. Khune’s distribution is near faultless. This gives his club an advantage to turn ball possession into a quick counter attack. One would imagine that for a man who could distribute as accurately, Khune would be found wanting in handling the ball.

But Itu is as safe as Fort Knox. His reading of the game is uncanny. He can read the game and when it comes to penalty kicks, Khune can force an opponent to shoot exactly where he wants him to and watch him preventing a penalty to realize what a sensational shot stopper he is. He caught the attention of the world during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, though no suitors came forward, there is no doubt that he commands respect among goalkeepers and little wonder, his own coach Stuart Baxter describes him as the best goalkeeper in the continent.

Khune’s distribution is near faultless

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By Thomas Kwenaite South Africa has always been blessed with an abundance of goalkeepers. From way back during the halcyon days of isolations in the segregated (White) National Football League, (Black) National Professional Soccer

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They say good things come to those who wait. Meyiwa patiently waited his turn on the Orlando Pirates bench and when Moeneeb Josephs was injured, he grabbed the opportunity with both hands and such has been his outstanding form that it is difficult to dislodge him from the number one position. Meyiwa came of age in the cauldron of Lubumbashi when Pirates eliminated powerhouses TP Mazembe from the African Champions League when he stopped penalty kicks from the boots of both Eric Bukanga and Tresor Mputu Mabe to emerge as one of the rising stars of African football. And throughput the season Meyiwa has never shirked his responsibilities. It is very rare to find a goalkeeper been named “Man of the Match” but Meyiwa has lost count of

League and the (Indian/Coloreds) Federation Professional League, goal minders have always been aplenty. My early recollection of fantastically gifted goalkeepers playing on the domestic front is of men like Durban City’s Allan Watt. He was such a stingy goalkeeper that during the South

the number of times he has been mentioned as the most outstanding player in a match. In truth, Meyiwa needed a kick up his behind. He lacked confidence in his own abilities and even during the national U-20 and U-23, he played second fiddle to Khune, little wonder the Chiefs shot stopper graduated ahead of him and even won more recognition compared to the Pirates man. It was only when he stepped out of the shadows and took his game to another level that Meyiwa caught the attention of his peers. He can no longer be taken for granted and it is good to know that even Khune is aware that he cannot lower his guards, not even for a second, because Meyiwa will push him aside.

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June Edition – 2013 l www.insidesportafrica.com African Games in 1973, he kept clean sheets throughout the tournament won by the White XI. There was also Joseph “Banks” Setlhodi, a lanky goalkeeper who hailed from Randfontein with the late Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe. He first started using gloves long before FIFA ruled that for safety, it is mandatory for goalkeepers to wear gloves during official or friendly matches. Setlhodi was tall and looked awkward and clumsy. Yet he was the most brilliant shot stopper we have ever produced and his clever positional sense ensured he was never easily beaten on the ground as he almost always forced strikers to shoot where he intended them to shoot.

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Sethlodi came into national prominence when the late Roy Bailey preferred him to Patson Banda when the Black XI played Malcolm Allison’s British All Stars at Orlando Stadium on a winter July afternoon during 1973. The former Kaizer Chiefs shot stopper smothered, punched, fisted and clutched every ball shot in his direction. And when the visitors were awarded a penalty, he flung himself to the left to sensationally stop the spot kick from the boot of Gary Sprake even though in the end he could not prevent the locals from losing 3-1. Add to the mix during that time his fiercest rival Patson “Kamuzu” Banda, a man blessed with raw courage and was as acrobatic as

Not since Gary Bailey and Andre Arendse has a South African goalkeeper forced his way and grabbed the attention of European critics like the former Bidvest Wits number one who initially struggled in Belgium but has caught the attention of everyone in that country in his second season. They initially doubted his abilities and indeed, he was prone to making silly errors. But that is understandable as he was still trying to adapt to his new surroundings in a different environment where the cold weather can freeze your fingers and turn you into a zombie. But Keet has emerged as one of the best goalkeepers in that country and little wonder his own team in a rare show of respect and honor to his contrition, conferred the Foot-

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SOCCER they came. “Sparks” Banda had a massive physical presence and was never scared to venture into a crowded goalmouth where heads and boots were flying. He never hesitated to fling himself onto the feet of an onrushing forward in a one-on-one situation. And when the dust settled, there would be a couple of unlucky strikers littered on the ground groaning – after Banda had made his presence felt, that he was the boss of his 18-yard area. Trevor Gething, Star Black Jama, Vuma Mfeka, Cyprian Maimane, Deshi Baktawer, Fred Mfeka, Ephraim Madikgetla, Dave Watterson, Brian Baloyi, John Tlale, Roger de Sa, Daniel Mboweni, Henry “Black Cat” Cele

baller of the Year award to him and even members of the fourth estate are unanimous that he fully deserved the award. Although he missed out on selection for the squad that would do battle with both Central African Republic as well as Ethiopia in World Cup qualifying for Brazil, Keet has age on his gloves and in any case, goalkeepers mature with age and his time will come.

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The first time I saw him was in Freetown and the South African national U-20 squad was taking part in an international tournament featuring teams from Italy, France, England, Nigeria, Ghana, Gabon and South America. He was a spindly 16-year old yet stood his ground. He was fearless and although

(who went on the star in the television series Shaka Zulu) the list is simply endless. Fast forward to today and it pleases me no end to see that while at national level we are struggling to find consistent goalscorers like Michael “Bhizza” Dlamini, Bobby Viljoen, Shane McGregor, Les Grobler, Noel Cousins, Mike Mangena or Fani Madida, there is never a shortage of goalkeepers. Darren Keet, Itumeleng Khune, Senzo Meyiwa and Ronwen Williams continue to shine the light with the kind of performances that makes Mzansi the destination of choice if you are searching for a goalkeeper that you can depend on to withstand a bombardment and remain standing when the

still naïve and wet behind the ears, one could detect his natural abilities and with proper guidance, he was destined to go far in the game. And when Gavin Hunt threw him into the deep end into the rigors of the South African Premiership at 19 years, I thought he would be exposed and his confidence would be shot to pieces as he was still developing and needed careful grooming. But Williams has come through unscathed. He needed the spotlight and the big stage to really display his true potential. IN two seasons that he has been the number one at Randburg, Williams has won critics over and there is no doubt that Khune and Meyiwa cannot breathe with Williams around. The boy is calm and possesses a huge heart. His agility between the posts is unbe-

Page 17 dust settles. It is true that goalkeepers are considered a little crazy. They wear a completely different color outfit to the rest of their teammates, coupled with baggy Bermuda or long pants and one gets the impression that goalkeepers are the odds one out, and maybe even a little crazy. Consider Bruce Grobelaar hanging upside down on his poles while at Liverpool and the Jungle Man even pulling down his pants when the action and focus is on the other side of the field. Then there is TP Mazembe’s Robert Kidiaba who has introduced his “bum dance” whenever his team has scored and you must be convinced that indeed, goalkeepers are a crazy lot!

lievable, His reflexes make near impossible saves look simple. Williams is going places and the fact that he has been selected among the Goalkeepers of the year is proof of his growth. Gavin Hunt should take credit for believing in the boy at a time when many coaches turn to over “protect” youngsters under false pretenses that they are still young and would eventually learn. But above all, credit to Williams and he needs to know that he must constantly keep working hard to continue growing. The 2016 Olympics Games qualifiers get underway next year and he will be the go-to goalkeeper and who knows, he might receive the biggest stage to showcase his talents if he helps the South Africans qualify for the Games in Brazil.

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ATHLETICS

WE DISCOVER DIAMONDS IN THE DUSTY STREETS OF XHARIEP

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By Thomas Kwenaite A group of exceptionally talented children from the impoverished area of Xhariep are in desperate need financial assistance otherwise their blossoming careers in athletics could end up just like the facilities in their area which are in a state of disrepair. They have no gym, no athletic track for training neither do they enjoy proper, modern facilities to prepare adequately for the demands of professional athletics, but they are determined to beat the heavy odds stacked against them and write their names in the hearts of South Africans with gold letters. In fact, to think that 18-year old Blandina Makatisi and the rest of her colleagues have no running shoes and basically compete barefoot on a dilapidated, vandalized and run-down stadium in their community yet she has broken numerous regional and national records is nothing short of miraculous. Thanks to the efforts of Anton Mostert, a former athlete who together with his wife are sacrificing their time and efforts and literally digging into their own pockets to transport and feed these children, Makatisi’s incredible achievements have already caught the attention of Athletic South Africa. “We are a community based organization operating under the slogan “Change The Nation,” said mentor and head of this non-profit making organization and coach of these aspiring athletes, Anton Mostert. “Change The Nation is a “Sports Programme with the Potential to Change the lives of Young People in this country and beyond.” Based on the concept of getting community based organizations and volunteers to take responsibility for the young people in their communities by introducing them to sport, values and life skills.” But lack of funds and the wrangles that have plagued Athletic South Africa resulting in the organization put under the management of attorney Zola Majavu and the International Amateur Athletic Federation instructing SASCOC to lift the suspensions on the elected administrators, her achievements could fizzle like a

deflated balloon. “She is an incredible athlete,” said her trainer and coach Mostert. “She was among six athletes that I am personally training that went to the SA Schools Cross Country Championships and came back with gold and two silver medals,” added Mostert. Makatisi is a learner at Trompsburg Secondary in Trompsburg.  She is a talented young athlete that has already participated in the All Africa Games in Maputo during 2011. She has also participated in the SASSA (South African School Athletic Championships) in East

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London where she again won gold in the 3000m and the 5000m and broke the SA record in the 5000m for junior women.  “Makatisi’s sole ambition is to take part in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and when one considers that last year, she has already broken the Free State record in the 5000m event in a time of 17:54min during the Free State Championships and I am fairly confident that she is a medal contender in Brazil if properly guided. Mostert started taking an interest in these kids nearly three years ago. He realized that they liked running but sadly circum-

stances did not allow them to pursue their chosen sport, particularly because they came from an impoverished area and their parents could not afford to buy them training and running equipment. “I was an athlete myself,” said Mostert. “So when I saw these children I immediately thought of giving something back to the community. I volunteered to help train them but obviously the challenges were simply too much, but we persevered. “For me, training these children afforded me an opportunity to help keep them away from antisocial behavior; away from drugs and alcoholism. But it also gave me the pleasure of seeing them develop and becoming respected by their peers,” explained Mostert. At the recent Schools Championships in Rustenburg, two of the boys under his wing came first and second respectively in the 4km race for boys U-15. And of course Makatini won both the 3000 and 4000m events. “We train the children every Monday to Friday between 4pm – 5.30pm,” reveals Mostert. “But like I mentioned earlier, our biggest challenge is lack of funds. The kids need training shoes, vests, shorts and I find it increasingly difficult to afford to purchase these basic needs for them. “These children come from a very poor background. We therefore appeal to corporate and business houses out there to come to our rescue. We appeal to good Samaritans to help us guide these children to achieve their ambitions with any donation. “I appeal to professional athletes to donate running shoes they no longer use just to help these children. They say beggars are no choosers and we will appreciate every help that they can extend to us, for the sake of these children please assist us.”

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Introducing Rutendo Nyahora Sport is all about endurance. And when it comes to athletics, it literally tests one’s ability to go the distance. It is a craft that takes a while to perfect and requires a lot of dedication, commitment and discipline to your training regimen. Zimbabwe is a country that has had a turbulent phase over the last decade or so, but through its upheavals, it continues to produce some of the finest athletes on the continent and Rutendo Nyahora is one of them. Nyahora has been steadily working her way to the front of the finishing line and it is starting to pay dividends. In March she stormed to victory in the Spar Women’s Challenge 10km road race in Cape Town crossing the line in 33 minutes, 10 seconds (33:10), 12 seconds clear of former middledistance specialist Mapaseka

Zimbabwean athlete Rutendo Nyahora. Makhanya. Nyahora finished only second in the same race last year. This was a sweet victory as she outpaced powerhouses like Rene Kalmer, Irvette Van Zyl and Mapaseka Makhanya. And if her

competitors and critics thought her victory in Cape Town was a fluke, she proved them wrong with another massive win in May in Port Elizabeth, recording her second successive victory in the Spar

Women’s Challenge 10km series. Although she was hoping to finish within 32 minutes, she was still quicker than she was in Cape Town by 1second, finishing in 33 minutes, 09 seconds (33:09) finishing ahead of veteran Lebo Phalula and Mapaseka Makhanya. While many struggled with the cold and windy conditions in Port Elizabeth with the likes of Makhanya falling behind towards the halfway mark but not Nyahora who did not find the course to be difficult at all and decided to break away from the pack with 5 kilometres to the finish, perhaps a strategic move to avoid a sprint finish with 800m race specialist Lebo Phalula.  Unfortunately, because of her nationality this win will not count for the overall Grand Prix series where the overall winner receives

a car, but she is not letting that wear her spirit down and already looking ahead to the third race in the series in Durban on June 23. It can’t be easy for anyone to leave their homeland to follow a dream in a foreign country, and Nyahora says if it wasn’t for her husband and fellow runner Luwis Masunda who keeps her focused and disciplined, life would have been really difficult. She is a big fan of Kenyan long distance champion Lorna Kiplagat and enjoys cycling (on television though, not taking part in it). Although she regards 2011 as her biggest year by far, which included winning a few medals and ran outside the continent for the first time (Puerto Rico) where she finished eighth, it is clear that there are still a lot more accolades waiting for this Zimbabwe rising star.

read out, retaining his IBO super featherweight title with the judges scorecards 117-110, 118-109 and 118-109 all in favour of Tomlinson. An infuriated Klassen immediately exited the ring upon the announce-

ment, clearly appalled by the decision. Following the decision, Rodney Berman has revealed that a protest had already been forwarded to the IBO organisation in the United States. With questionable decisions being reviewed by the body, Golden Gloves is calling for a rematch as a matter of urgency. Berman also recalled when South Africa’s IBO super flyweight champion Gideon Buthelezi recently gained a fortuitous win over Filipino Gideon Dapudong, the IBO had ordered a rematch which will be staged at Emperors Palace on June 15. Many have echoed the sentiments that Klaasen was cheated in Melbourne, Top South African trainer Nick Durandt said hometown decisions in boxing were nothing to get excited about as “they happen so often.” Fans of “The Stone” now wait with bated breath for him to be vilified.

Klaasen comeback still on

By Carol Tshabalala

Following an impressive victory over boxing veteran Cassius Baloyi which saw him end a sabbatical of two years, Malcolm Klaasen pronounced that he is back on the fight scene and eager to get more accolades under his belt. An impressed Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves promotions was convinced that he still had the pedigree to add to his triumphs and hence sought out an opportunity for Klaasen to fight for a third IBF super featherweight title. Looking to gauge his capability, Berman set him up with a fight in Australia for the IBO title, a litmus test against local drawcard Tomlinson who dethroned Mexico’s Alan Herrera for the IBO super-featherweight title two years ago and defending it against another Mexican, the highly-regarded Daniel Ruiz. Berman believed that in the right mood, Klaasen could take on anyone and that he still possessed

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Boxer Malcolm Klaasen with trainer Nick Durandt. his skill and craft that catapulted him to capturing his two IBF championship belts but the outing down under would prove to be a disappointing one for the South African. In what was an extremely com-

petitive fight, Klaasen recovered from a controversial knockdown in the first round to show his championship pedigree. However Tomlinson got the home ground advantage when the final scores were

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Say That Again!

“I’ll catch him somewhere and I’ll beat him up. This will happen.” Former Mamelodi Sundowns coach and current Litex Lovech manager Hristo Stoichkov on what he could do to Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) president Borislav Mihaylov after his team’s 2-1 home loss to Lokomotiv Sofia. “We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken.” Sergio Garcia after being asked if he would invite Tiger Woods over after a round of golf.

“I hope to go out with a bang. We have a good squad going out there. But in tournaments of this nature, you need to be playing well at the right time. We’ll also need some luck, I think. We hope individuals will come through in pressure situations.” Outgoing Proteas coach Gary Kirsten. “Thanks to Mou, Mou is worse too, aged and crushed, defeated and heading back to a capricious, wealthy man’s club but far from the dream of Old Trafford.” Orfeo Suarez, sports commentator of daily El Mundo on Jose Mourinho’s departure from Real Madrid. “Let’s see if you understand it once and for all, I am a soccer coach. They hired me to be a soccer coach and a soccer coach has certain responsibilities, one of which is to pick the team.  I don’t do it by

flipping a coin. I do it after discussion and lengthy analysis of my decisions. For me, I like DiegoLopez better as a goalkeeper than Iker Casillas. I don’t do it to harm anyone. I accept it if someone says that Casillas is better than Diego Lopez but you have to accept that I am the coach of Real Madrid.” Jose Mourinho responding to a question on whether he had a problem with goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

“Look, we chose to rather forget about all the negative things and take that experience in Congo and move on. We were scared for our lives after the match. The fans of Mazembe started burning cars outside the stadium…. we could not understand that. It is never easy in Africa – we will soldier on from now – I think the team is better prepared to face whatever may come – we did well for the country and I am happy about that.” Orlando Pirates midfielder Lehlohonolo Masalesa on the team’s experience in the DRC. Just before his pre-tournament conference at Roland Garros, the moderator announced: “Novak has requested he would like to answer only questions about his first-round opponent, nothing else to do with the draw at all, top half, bottom half, and he’s asked his team not to mention anything about the draw, either. If you could respect that request. Thank you very much.”

Outgoing Proteas coach Gary Kirsten.

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Book title: Lore of Running Author: Dr. Tim Noakes Now revised, expanded and updated, Lore of Running gives you incomparable detail on physiology, training, racing, injuries, world-class athletes, and races. Author Tim Noakes blends the expertise of a physician and research scientist with the passion of a dedicated runner to answer the most pressing questions for those who are serious about the sport for example, how your body systems respond to training, the effects of different training methods, how to detect

“It’s to be expected that Mr Blatter will go towards the confederations who wish to have more slots than they have. You know, in1994 there were 15 European teams and now there are 13, so our solidarity has already been forthcoming.” Michelle Platini on the number of World Cup places available to Europe. “On Saturday night, if I have to, I will kill this f***er. Sorry about the language, but I will kill him. It sounds brutal, it sounds horrible, but this is what it means to me. I’m going to leave it in the ring. And when I’m smashing his face in, I am going to go for the kill. I am going to go for the finish.” British boxer Carl Froch’s promise to Mikkel Kessler in their IBF super-middleweight title bout.

and avoid overtraining, and genetic versus trainable potential. How to train for the 10K up through ultra-marathon with detailed programs from Noakes and several leading running experts and how to prevent and treat injuries, increase your strength and flexibility, and use proper nutrition for weight control and maximum performance details are also included. You’ll also find a candid analysis of supplements and ergogenic effects and training aids. The book includes new interviews with 10 world-class runners who share their secrets to success and longevity in the sport. It features on legendary figures and events in running history provide fascinating insights. And that’s just scratching the surface. Lore of Running is not only the biggest and best running publication on the planet. It’s the one book every runner should own.

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Baby Proteas geared for World Youth Champs It was an easy outing for the SPAR Baby Proteas when they marched to win the final test of the U21 test series, played at the LC De Villiers Sports Centre in Pretoria by beating Zimbabwe 53-27 in midMay. But this time, the team’s performance was slightly off compared to their first match when they best Botswana 60-26. Credit must go to Zimbabwe who came in as last minute replacements for Malawi who could not honour the call for this tournament. Maybe that is because they will not be taking part in the World Youth Championships in Glasgow in August. Only South Africa and Namibia will be the only African representatives. It is a sad turn of events for Malawi as they have always represented their nation with pride in netball. Although the Baby Proteas head coach Dorette Badenhorst

was pleased with the series win, she wasn’t particular flattered at all. But the terrific pace with which the team attacked both oppositions would have made her very proud indeed. Against Botswana, the girls scored within the first 30 seconds, dominating the 32-10 at halftime. They showed the same zeal against Zimbabwe scoring the first goal within a minute of the start whistle. Their interception was equally impressive as they preyed on Zimbabwe’s basic mistakes. Credit has to go to both goal defence Rochelle Lawson (best defence Zimbabwe and player of the tournament) and captain Simphiwe Sithebe. Sithebe is slowly maturing into a great leader for the team

having been to the last world championships as a junior. Her experience in Glasgow could prove to be priceless. Early this year when SPAR announced a R20 million sponsorship deal for netball that had everyone elated because the sponsorship

spiraled down to the Under 21s and the Under-19s. This also meant that in preparing for the world junior championships in Glasgow in August, the Baby Proteas could organize proper training camps ahead of the competition. And judging by how well this Tri-Series went for the side, the SPAR investment is already starting to pay off. But even before this sponsorship could be finalized, the team was already getting ready for this tournament by announcing a strong 15 member squad for a short tour to Singapore as part of their preparations for the Under-21 World Youth Championships in Glasgow in August with potential to be gold medal winners, and good future prospects for the SPAR national team.

The training squad trained in Pretoria, and left for the tour which included three matches against the Singapore Under-21 team, two against the Singapore Open team and one against Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS). Coach Dorette Badenhorst still has to trim down the squad to 12 members and these ladies seem determined to make that job difficult.  But the hard-to-please head coach believes the team is still struggling especially with the second line-up and still wants to work with those players a lot more, but her confidence in her girls’ the talent is unwavering. This is a team that does not play often but it also has players that will carry the country’s Olympic medal hopes in Rio Brazil come 2016 and if the discipline they are showing on and off the court is anything to go by, these ladies are destined for much bigger things.


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Malawi to host African Netball Championship By Thomas Kwenaite It might be considered the so-called Cinderella sport, but netball is destined to grow rapidly across the continent following latest developments ahead of the African Women Championships scheduled for June 24 in Malawi. Nine countries would converge to Blantyre to challenge defending champions Malawian Queens in the Championship scheduled for the capital Blantyre where local authorities have completely demolished the court and busy constructing two brand new courts for the event. The Secretary General of the Malawi Sports Council George Jana was pleased about the progress at the construction site and assured the nine visiting countries that the courts would be ready when the tournament gets underway on June 24 and that his government had budgeted US$26 000 to spend on the project. Hosts Malawi, would be joined by South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and Namibia for what is

expected to be a festival of high quality netball as the Africans fine tune their squads in preparation for both the upcoming Commonwealth and Olympic Games. It is also pleasing to note that besides the government, corporate Malawi is beginning to smell the coffee and media company MultiChoice Malawi through its subsidiary GOtv is now sponsoring the Malawi Netball Championship League. Netball Association of Malawi will receive K500 000 (about $1 250) for administration whereas K1 500 000 (about $3 750) will go towards rebranding the netball courts in the country. The package for national team is K4 million (about $10 000) with K1 million (about $2 500) going towards the Queens preparation for the African Netball Championship whereas K3 million ($7 500) will be allocated towards netball materials such as shoes, bags and kits. Meanwhile Netball South Africa received a massive boost from Spar who bankrolled the sport to a tune of R20-m (US$1.5-m) for the next five years, spreading the

LIFE BEGINS AT 50 FOR OSCAR By Carol Tshabalala Surfski superstar Oscar Chalupsky was on a mission to crush the myth that an athlete’s performance wanes with age. In the year that he turns 50 he was bidding to extend his own record in the Molokai challenge by winning his 13th title in the 52km crossing in Hawaii in May. “That will be quite something if I can win the race in my 20s, my 30s, my 40s and my 50s”, said Chalupsky. “No one gives a paddler in their 50s any ghost of a chance against younger pad-

outlay to the U-19 and junior teams and allocating some of the funds to development and the training of administrators and coaches. And it was clear when the U-19 Junior Proteas won a tournament they hosted recently that the senior team would never be short of talent as they have successfully put in place a conveyor belt that would be churning out exceptionally talented netballers for the benefit of the senior squad. But it is not all roses and butterflies as Swaziland is racing against time to raise about E80 000 and appealing to corporate Swaziland as well as the general populace to help them raise the amount in order to enable the girls to participate in the tournament. Simphiwe Nxumalo, Secretary General of the National Netball Association of Swaziland confessed their the National Sports Council was unable to help them raise the amount and their salvation lay with corporate Swaziland and benevolence of businessmen in the country. “We appeal to potential sponsors to come on board as we don’t

have enough money in our coffers to raise the needed amount. Our mother body, Sports Council also can’t afford to foot the entire costs,” said Nxumalo. Nxumalo stressed that it was important for the country to compete in the event to increase chances of qualifying for renowned competitions like the Commonwealth Games. “Such events give us an opportunity to put our name on the world map and improve our rankings. We’re still behind most countries like Lesotho and Botswana due to inactivity,” she said. Nxumalo further announced that two officials in Friction Dlamini and Mduduzi Dlamini would attend Phase Three of the Africa Coaching Officials Framework workshop that will run concurrently with the championships at the host nation. Meanwhile, the chief of Namibia’s netball – Carol Garoes, has blasted the Namibian Sports Commission of holding their sport to hostage by withholding funding at the detriment of developing the sport that once flourished in the country.

The All Namibia Netball Association urgently needs funding for development in regions across the country. The national association is expecting US$45 000from the Sports Commission, of which they would allocate each region US$1500, but because the regions are poor and cannot afford affiliation fees to the NSC, the latter is withholding the funding. “This is similar to blackmail,” said Garoes. “At the moment the regions are idle and we are supposed to have a congress soon. We are also supposed to put an U-20 team together to prepare for the Youth Games in two months, but our leaders are being selfish at the detriment of our children.” However, NSC Chief Administrator Rusten Mogane shot back and claimed there was no way they would release the funds until the congress took place. He explained that they needed to go to elections and once a new committee had been elected, then money would be available. “Our decision is based on findings of the NSC and the Ministry of Sport following an investigation into the ANNA’s inactive leadership, under-performing national teams, lack of communication and general poor administration of the game in the country,” said Mogane. Hopefully the different arms of Netball administration in Namibia will eventually resolve their differences in time to allow the Namibian Brave Queens to send their team to the championship in Malawi.

Olympian and an emerging athlete from Cape Town just some of the contenders. Chalupsky lead a bunch of contenders including Clint Robinson and South African champion Sean Rice on a northerly line from the start, staying on the rum line, while Martin Kenny spearheaded a group that went slightly further south. Racing on flat seas in extreme heat and just a very slight northerly wind from the side, the race turned into are lent less grind with no downwind runs available to the paddlers.

Oscar started well but as the headwinds wore on, the younger contenders got faster. With an average speed of about 11,5km an hour when his usual average is 16km an hour, he alluded to this being his toughest Molokai challenge yet. He managed a ninth finish whilst Australian Olympic gold medalist Clint Robinson took the laurels in just less than four hours with South African champion Sean Rice came within a whisker of winning it in his debut year, finishing in a credible second.

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dlers in their prime, many of them Olympic class paddlers, but that just makes it more of a challenge for me,” said Chalupsky. Chalupsky has dominated the 52km race from the island of Molokai across the Kaiwi channel to the town centre of Hawaii Kai on the island of Oahu since he first won it in 1983 as a twenty year old. The triumph was the first of seven consecutive victories, before going on to win the crown in a variety of conditions in his thirties and forties. In preparation for his challenge this year, he worked

closely with sports scientist Tim Noakes and in the process shed a lot of weight ahead of the race. Preparing for the heat and dehydration experienced during the race, he would train wearing two or three thermal tops despite temperatures in the mid-thirties as he went through his 50 km long paces. Being both physically and mentally prepared, Chalupsky set off shortly before midnight on the 19th of May amidst a strong and competitive field with a three time Olympic medalist, a Hungarian


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SA Women’s Pro Golf lost in the rough By Victor Khasu Over the last few months South Africa has been singing the praises of women’s amateur golf  as it continues to bring out new and exciting talent like Nobuhle Dlamini, Kim Williams, Sylvia Masango and Magda Kruger. These ladies have their sights

also set on breaking into the elite local professional tour, the LPGA, and pursue golf as a professional paying career. But over the last 10 years, the LPGA has been swinging straight into the bunkers with very little success and inspiration for fans and aspiring female golfers alike. As we speak there is only one tournament

on the cards locally and that is not doing any justice to the sport. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that here are problems in local professional women’s golf that need to be attended to as once highlighted by South Africa’s legend golfer, Sally Little. She lamented the fact that in a country like South Africa where there is

an abundance of talent, women golfers don’t have a respectable well-sponsored tour. It would appear that since Tania Fourie was blamed for allegedly enriching herself with sponsor’s money since 2005 to 2008, the SA women’s golf has not stopped suffering and sponsors are still hard to come by for women’s professional events, bringing serious doubt on the future of the game in the country. In April of 2011, the former Boland Ladies Golf President Cynthia Rayner was elected Women’s Golf South Africa President taking over from Erica Lefson. E x p e r t s believe that her vast business and golfing experience will bring about good governance and transparency in Women’s Golf in the country. Something that is badly needed if we are to stop great talent from moving overseas, like Stacy Bergman, Lee-Anne Pace and Ashley Simon have. But in order for this to materialize, there needs

to be a program or schedule for professional golf in South Africa. The likes of Retief Goosen, Ernie Els, Trevor Immelman, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel have shown year in and year out that this feat is indeed achievable and our Ladies golfers can learn from this. There was a time when the SA LPGA was host to five European cosanctioned events which included the then successful SA Open but funds mismanagement effectively buried this great initiative. With the help of local government and businesses support for women’s professional golf in South Africa those glory days can be reclaimed. Already last month South Africa hosted the Ladies SA Open for the second-time consecutively, after it was removed from the golfing calendar in 2010 and 2011 and that is one giant leap for Ladies golf in South Africa.


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DLAMINI THE ONE TO BEAT IN GAUTENG WOMEN GOLF TOURNEY By Thomas Kwenaite It is hardly six months since the successful staging of the Tshwane Open Golf tournament that formed part of the Sunshine Tour; the Gauteng North Golf Association is staging their Women Golf Championship at the Centurion Country Club between June 30 and July 3. The Tshwane Open staged during February was much more than just a golfing tournament. It was a venture in which the city successfully positioned itself as a distinguished business and tourism destination after utilizing almost R1-billion worth of television coverage over four days to expose the city to millions of people across the globe. A number of exciting events have since taken place in the city, notwithstanding regular rugby and football matches, there had also been the SA Athletic Championships around the city as well while inter active activities have also been implemented like putting greens at shopping malls and key landmarks. Dot van Ryneveld, President of the Gauteng North Women Golf Association disclosed to Inside Sport Africa that the Gauteng North Women Championship is one of the highly anticipated tournaments of the year in Tshwane and they are expecting a high turnout of golfers. “We expect the top ten golfers in the country to enter,” said van Reyneveld. “The tournament is scheduled for a period when it would be in the middle of the midyear school holidays and hopefully there will be a better turn out,” she added. The City’s investment in the Tshwane Open was aimed at more than merely presenting an event of international class. It was aimed at stimulating job creation and the developmental aspect

Nobuhle Dlamini of sport in general, particularly women golfers who have been disadvantaged in the past but are now encouraged to enter the sport. “Golf is expensive,” says van Reyneveld. “And although we enjoy financial backing from Sanlam and Pick and Pay, we welcome more sponsors to come on board for the improvement and development of women golf in this country,” added van Reyneveld. Naturally, Nobuhle Dlamini has been installed a favorite following her brilliant form and last she recently underlined her capabilities when she lifted the Tshwane

Amateur tournament with Lara Weinstein finishing as runner up, scoring 74 while Eleanor Galletti tied with Michelle Swanepoel and Izel Pieters for fifth to give an indication of the growing standard of women golf. Nobuhle recently won the South African women’s amateur stroke-play title by an amazing 10 shots, beating some of the best women golfers in the country like Martha Kruger at Umhlali Country Club near Durban. She believes her father’s lessons sparked a deeper interest in the game as she started following him around from the time she was

able to walk and that is where she developed this great love for the game. “He taught me how to play and I took it seriously from then onwards,” she says. The little girl from Lobamba in Swaziland is now hoping to put her village on the world golfing map. She hopes to do this by turning pro and playing on the tough LPGA Tour. The LPGA is where the best women golfers in the world compete. It’s held mainly in the US, but the last time an American won Player of the Year was in Beth Daniel in 1994. Since then a

Swede, Australia, Briton, Mexican and Taiwanese have dominated. Dlamini’s amateur achievements have been limited to South Africa, but her victory in the national stroke-play championship on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast revealed not only an ability to triumph over conditions but also just how far ahead she is of the other top women amateurs. Her accuracy on the fairway, finesse around the greens and near-flawless putting have combined to make her a star, but her coach Llewellyn van Leeuwen believes she also has the edge in natural strength.


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