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Caster Semenya serves loads of inspiration: ‘I’m the architect of my career’

800m star athlete Caster Semenya served plenty of wisdom and inspiration during her appearance at the Top Women Conference on Wednesday.

Semenya, who was a guest speaker at the event, shed light on her journey as an athlete and her contribution to gender empowerment and human rights.

She noted how this month marks 10 years since she won her first world 800m gold medal. She was just 18 years old at the time.

I was one of those girls that had no fear. I believed that everything I touched will become gold.

Caster Semenya

Semenya immediately captured the imagination of South Africans and the rest of the world with her seemingly effortless success on the track.

She credited it all to self-belief and “learning to fail forward.”

Success comes with being knowledgeable, having strong beliefs and learning to fail forward. The young generation needs to learn how to build their own personal brand.

Caster Semenya

The Olympic gold medalist struck a defiant note as she reflected on the persistent attempts to limit her natural testosterone levels.

She said, “Whoever is going to stop me from running has to drag me from the track.”

She insisted that success in athletics has more to do with hard work, not genetics. She had a word for her detractors:

I am the architect of my career. I am the engineer of my career.

Caster Semenya

The talented athlete said retirement is not an option now because she’s just 28 years old and “I still have ten years to run.”

Semenya urged South Africans to make meaningful contributions towards gender empowerment and not just pay lip service.

She was especially keen to inspire young girls, saying, “Tell our girls they can become anything they want to become.”

The two-day conference is being held at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg.

Standard Bank is hosting it in partnership with United Nations Women and Commission on Gender Equality.

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British fan of Leeds United names newborn son after Lucas Radebe

A British man has named his newborn son Lucas – after South African soccer legend Lucas Radebe.

The man, George Bull, posted an adorable snap of himself and his son on Twitter over the weekend.

He captioned the photo, “This is Lucas, born yesterday. Named after @LucasRadebe.

Bull appears to be a fan of Leeds United, where Radebe played an impressive 256 matches.

Radebe eventually became the club’s captain, during which they reached the UEFA Champions League semi-final in the 2000/2001 season.

Leeds United also finished fourth in the FA Premier League’s 1998/1999 season and third in the 1999/2000 season under his captainship.

In the replies to Bull’s tweet, it turned out that he wasn’t the only one to have named their kid after Radebe.

Radebe replied to Bull’s tweet, saying, “Wow brilliant. Hope all is well.”

Bull’s gesture has warmed the hearts of South Africans on social media. Here are some of their comments:

Unreal thread. Lucas Radebe has demi-god status amongst Leeds United supporters.

Twitter user Nkhosi

It’s heartwarming to see Leeds United fans appreciating Lucas Radebe the way they do. In fact, [to] a lot of English people he’s an idol.

Twitter user Bulelani Mpengesi

Lucas Radebe is a legend. He’s so loved overseas. Wish he could be showed the same love here.

Twitter user Katlego

End of an era: Proteas great Dale Steyn retires from Test cricket

One of the great swing bowlers of all time Dale Steyn has announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect.

In a statement on Monday, Steyn however confirmed that he will still be available for ODIs and T20Is “to maximise my full potential and ensure my longevity in this sport.”

Steyn ends his magnificent Test career with an imperious record of 439 wickets from 93 matches.

The Proteas great retires with a bowling average of 22.95, economy rate of 3.24 and best figures of 7/51.

Steyn also holds the record for most Test wickets by a South African as well as the lowest strike rate of any bowler with more than 200 Test wickets.

He topped the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test bowling rankings for 263 weeks.

He has been in and out of the Proteas Test squad since suffering a shoulder injury during a Test against Australia in 2016.

It appears that the possibility of the injury recurring may have played a huge part in his decision.

Steyn has been a big proponent of bowlers prolonging their careers well into their 30s.

In this regard, he has often expressed his admiration for England’s James Anderson.

Australia wins 1st Ashes Test by 251 runs after dramatic England collapse

Australia have bagged a huge win in the first Ashes Test following a dramatic collapse by England on day 5.

England had no answer to Nathan Lyon’s spin on a turning track as they succumbed to a disappointing 146 all out.

They began day 5 with all 10 wickets intact after Australia had set them a virtually unreachable target of 398.

With wickets in hand, England must have been feeling optimistic about holding a draw.

However, those hopes wee dashed quickly when they found themselves four wickets down for just 85 runs in the 30th over.

Lyon claimed 6/49 while paceman Pat Cummins grabbed 4/32 to seal England’s fate.

Chris Woakes provided some resistance from England, top scoring with 37 runs.

The hosts will be disappointed with their second innings batting effort after outscoring Australia in the first and getting a lead of 90-odd runs.

For Australia, Steve Smith’s hundreds in successive innings proved almost decisive, helped by Mathew Wade’s second innings magnificent century as well.

Smith won the man of the match award for his surreal batting.

England will head into the second Test at Lord’s needing to level the 1-0 series deficit and reduce the prospect of losing a home Ashes series.

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‘Great news for days:’ SA reacts to Stuart Baxter’s resignation

Mzansi social media is abuzz with news of Stuart Baxter’s resignation as head coach of Bafana Bafana.

Baxter, 65, called a press conference on Friday to announce his decision.

He said his decision was prompted by the fact that Bafana Bafana will soon start a new cycle of qualifiers for African Cup of Nations and the World Cup.

It was my personal decision. Someone should continue with this project and therefore I am resigning as Bafana Bafana coach.

Stuart Baxter

Interestingly, he was flanked by CEO of the South African Football Association (SAFA) Russell Paul.

Initial indications were that he had organised the press conference without SAFA’s participation.

Reactions from South Africans were quick on social media. Some pointed out that his record with the national team isn’t so great.

Others flat out rejoiced at the Englishman’s departure. However, some had words of caution that the problem may not actually be the coaches.

For some fans, Baxter’s resignation is an opportunity for their favourite clubs to sign him.

Interestingly, Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy’s name has popped up among Baxter’s potential replacements.

Whoever comes in next, experience shows it’s not an easy job at all.

Mzansi pays tribute to Brilliant Khuzwayo as injury forces early retirement

South Africans are paying tribute to goalkeeping star Brilliant Khuzwayo, who is going into early retirement due to a longterm ankle injury.

The Orlando Pirates keeper, 29, has been unable to feature for the club since his transfer from Kaizer Chiefs early last season.

Fans became anxious about his fate when his name went missing from the Buccaneers’ list of goalkeepers on its official website early this week.

The Bucs finally announced on Wednesday that Khuzwayo has been forced into early retirement.

In an interview with the club, Khuzwayo expressed disappointment, but said he had accepted his fate.

I would like to thank all the supporters who have been behind me from the day I joined this club.

They were the main reason behind my motivation and drive to get better. Theyโ€™ll always hold a special place in my heart.

Brilliant Khuzwayo

Khuzwayo’s former club Amakhosi sent him their best wishes and applauded him for serving football “with discipline, distinction and dedication.”

Fellow goalkeeper Brylon Petersen also conveyed his best wishes.

Popular actress Nomzamo Mbatha wished Khuzwayo “strength and stamina” in a heartfelt message.

As a testimony to Khuzwayo’s popularity and inspirational story, Twitter is awash with encouraging messages to him.

All the best in your future endeavours, Khuzwayo! We’re certain that with your talents and determination to succeed, you’ll excel just as you did on the pitch.

African stars Mo Salah, Sadio Mane among FIFA Men’s Best Player nominees

African superstars Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have been named among FIFA’s 2019 Men’s Best Player nominees.

The world soccer governing body released the 10-player shortlist on Wednesday afternoon.

Egyptian Salah and Senegalese Mane were among the standout performers in Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League-winning 2018-2019 season.

Both were also joint top scorers in the English Premier League, with Mane also helping Senegal to the CAF Africa Cup of Nations final.

Salah was also Liverpool’s top goalscorer in all competitions.

The two stars were joined in the shortlist by fellow Liverpool player Virgil van Dijk, who is the 2018-2019 PFA Players’ Player and Premier League Player of the Year.

The usual suspects – Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo – are included among the nominees.

Paris St Germain’s Kylian Mbappรฉ, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, and Tottenham’s Harry Kane also feature after having stellar seasons.

Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt and Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong complete the shortlist.

Fans worldwide can now vote for their top three players on the FIFA website, available here.

Confirmed: Kaizer Chiefs sign Yagan Sasman on a 3-year contract

Kaizer Chiefs have announced the signing of defender Yagan Sasman.

Amakhosi made the announcement on their Twitter page on Wednesday morning, Current Affairs ZA learned.

23-year-old Sasman joins the club on a three-year contract. He was with Ajax Cape Town for 12 years, although he has lately been a free agent.

The defender appears to have done enough to impress coach Ernst Middendorp, as he has been training with the club during the pre-season period.

However, fan reaction on social media has been mixed. Some welcomed Sasman to Amakhosi family with open arms.

Others were not so excited about the signing and made it clear in rather unpalatable terms.

Looks like Sasman will definitely have to prove some doubters wrong quite quickly into the new season.

If he has his way, he could even feature in Chiefs’ first game of the season against Highlands Park this weekend.

Fans anxious after Khuzwayo’s name is removed from Pirates website

Brilliant Khuzwayo’s name has inexplicably gone missing from Orlando Pirates’ list of goalkeepers on its website.

The talented keeper, who joined the Buccaneers at the start of last season from Kaizer Chiefs, has been battling a longterm ankle injury.

He didn’t feature in Pirates’ games last season and was withdrawn from Saturday’s Carling Black Label Cup squad list.

According to coach Milutin Sredojevic, Khuzwayo’s withdrawal was based on medical advice.

He added that the 29-year-old star’s return will be subject to a medical clearance.

It is something beyond my authority. Medical people are coming and giving advice and we cannot go beyond that.

Orlando Pirates Coach Milutin Sredojevic

However, fans are now anxious after Khuzwayo’s name went missing on the Bucs website.

As of Tuesday morning, only Siyabonga Mpontshane, Wayne Sandilands and Joris Delle appeared on the list.

A video of the Bucs’ New jersey numbers posted on the club’s Twitter page also left out Khuzwayo among the goalkeepers.

Fans have expressed confusion and sadness about this turn of events. Some demanded answers from the club.

There has been no official word from the club on the matter so far.

Bafana star Percy Tau joins Belgian side Club Brugge on season-long loan

Bafana Bafana star Percy Tau has officially joined Belgian top-tier side Club Brugge on a season-long loan.

The club made the announcement on its Twitter page on Monday morning after Tau passed a fitness test.

The 25-year-old attacker has been on another loan at second-tier Belgian side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise.

Work visa issues in England mean he is unable to play at Brighton & Hove Albion, where he was originally signed at the beginning of last season.

He shone in his season at Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, where he bagged 11 goals and 13 assists.

This was enough for him to win the Proximus League Player of the Year award.

In a video interview Club Brugge posted on Twitter, Tau said expectations at the club are higher but he’s up for it.

I’m just proud to be part of those expectations and hopefully we’ll get to win some silverware.

Percy Tau

The talented soccer star has a chance of featuring in the Champions League if Club Brugge, which finished second in the Belgian league last season, overcomes the competition in the final qualifying rounds.

Mzansi Twitter has been abuzz with the news of his transfer, with many South Africans wishing him well at his new club.

South Africa wishes you well, Tau!

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