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Mapimpi explains video that apparently shows him being sidelined from huddle

Rugby star Makazole Mapimpi has dispelled concerns of racism in the Springboks squad sparked by viral videos on social media.

The clips were taken soon after South Africa’s game against Italy at the Rugby World Cup on Friday.

They show a group of Boks players huddling together as Mampimpi approached. However, Mapimpi appeared to realise something before turning away from the group hug.

For some fans on social media, this suggested that the players huddling together were sidelining Mapimpi.

‘Players from the bench’

In a video he posted on Instagram on Saturday, Mapimpi explained that he wasn’t being sidelined at all.

He said the players seen in the huddle are usually introduced into the game from the bench and therefore have “their own thing going on” to motivate each other.

The star player said this group of players is known as the “bomb squad.”

As he was approaching them, he realised that they were motivating each other as usual after a game and he didn’t want to intrude, he added.

Mapimpi said this is the only reason he turned away, adding that there is nothing wrong in the Springboks squad as has been suggested on social media.

Fans react

Some fans were however still sceptical even after Mapimpi’s explanation. Instagram user thabiso_star23 replied, “I don’t buy this story. You won as collective so you have to celebrate as a collective.”

However, others such as former Generations actor Sidwell Ngwenya accepted Mapimpi’s account of what had transpired.

He tweeted, “So the dudes on the bench are called the ‘bomb squad?’ You learn something new everyday. Mapimpi has clarified everything. Let’s enjoy some rugby…”

Hopefully, South Africa will continue to rally behind the Boks as they face Canada in their final Group B game on Tuesday for a spot in the quarter finals.

Proteas go wicketless on rain-curtailed 1st day of India Test

The Proteas went wicketless on day one of the first Test against India at Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.

Rain and bad light brought a halt to play in the second session with India comfortable at 202 without loss.

The rain failed to subside, forcing stumps with just 59.1 overs bowled.

India’s openers comfortable

India won the toss and elected to bat. Openers Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal exercised patience against South Africa’s seamers Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander.

However, they scored freely against the spinning trio of Keshav Maharaj, Dane Piedt and debutant Senuran Muthusamy.

The latter two were especially expensive, returning economy rates of 6.14 and 4.60 respectively.

This forced captain Fas du Plessis to rely heavily on Maharaj, who sent down 23 overs compared to seven by Piedt and five by Muthusamy.

Sharma continued his impressive home form, cruising to 115 not out with a strike rate of 66 percent.

Agarwak was more circumspect, but reached 84 not out.

Work for South Africa

South Africa have their work cut out on day two if they are to make this Test competitive.

India have a formidable home record over the past few years, especially after winning the toss and batting first.

Proteas great Dale Steyn tweeted his concern as the bowlers toiled. He wrote, “Gotta think outside the box here.”

India vs South Africa Test: teams

South African team: Aiden Makram, Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis (C), Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Senuram Muthusamy, Keshav Maharaj, Dane Piedt, and Kagiso Rabada.

Indian team: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Shami.

‘Hayibo Lion of Judah:’ Percy Tau’s Club Brugge is winning over Mzansi Twitter

South Africa’s soccer star Percy Tau has won Belgian side Club Brugge a legion of Mzansi fans and it’s making the most of it.

Club Brugge’s Twitter account used some South African words in its tweets on Wednesday, much to the delight of local fans.

In the first one, it retweeted SuperSport’s video showcasing Tau’s talent during his days at Mamelodi Sundowns.

The club accompanied it with the caption, “HAYIBO Lion of Judah! This is Champions League Quality!”

In reply, Mamelodi Sundowns tweeted, “We created this!” This prompted Club Brugge to also reply, “Siyabulela guys!”

Fans applaud

Mzansi fans couldn’t hold back their delight at Club Brugge’s inspired tweets.

Twitter user Magasela Mzobe replied, “Because of this tweet, I just officially started supporting Brugge KV. Pls advise when can I buy my team’s shirt.”

@zweliblack added, “I’m glad Club Brugge decided to hire a South African Admin for Twitter. Admin you one of us now.”

“Club Brugge is wildin. This admin is learning real fast. We Are The Brugges,” replied @SQ_Myeza.

Club Brugge vs Galatasaray

Percy Tau’s Club Brugge is set to face Galatasaray in their UEFA Champions League Group A clash in Belgium later on Wednesday.

Kickoff is at 18h55 South African time and local fans are already setting their reminders.

With Paris St. Germain and Real Madrid also in it, Group A is a difficult one for Club Brugge.

However, fans will be on the lookout for Tau’s performance – and South Africa is rallying fully behind him.

Another setback for Bafana as Madagascar withdraws from friendly

Madagascar has withdrawn from Saturday’s friendly with Bafana Bafana, according to the South African Football Association (SAFA).

SAFA made the announcement in a tweet posted on Thursday afternoon.

SAFA regrets to inform the public that the match between Bafana Bafana and Madagascar scheduled for this coming Saturday (7 September) has been called off after the visitors (Madagascar) decided to withdraw from the encounter.

SAFA

The national soccer governing body did not immediately provide a reason for Madagascar’s withdrawal.

Free entry

Just an hour before the announcement, Bafana Bafana were in training at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

Earlier on Thursday, SAFA announced free entry to the friendly “due to late notice of game preps.”

The sudden nature of Madagascar’s withdrawal has therefore seemingly caught SAFA by surprise.

Madagascar was Zambia’s replacement

Madagascar agreed to play Bafana Bafana following Zambia’s withdrawal earlier this week.

In a statement, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) cited the “prevailing security concerns in South Africa” as the reason.

The match had been scheduled for Saturday as well. Interestingly, it was to be played in Zambia’s capital Lusaka, not South Africa.

Many have interpreted the withdrawal as a sign of Zambia’s displeasure at the targeting of foreign-owned shops across Gauteng this week.

Bafana to play Madagascar after Zambia pulls out citing SA’s ‘security concerns’

Bafana Bafana is set to play Madagascar in a friendly match on Saturday at Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg. Kick off will be at 19h00.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) made the announcement on Wednesday morning via social media.

Zambia pulls out

The decision to play Madagascar comes less than a day after Zambia pulled out of their scheduled friendly against Bafana Bafana.

In a statement, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) cited the “prevailing security concerns in South Africa” as the reason.

The match had been scheduled for Saturday as well. Interestingly, it was to be played in Zambia’s capital Lusaka, not South Africa.

Many have interpreted the withdrawal as a sign of Zambia’s displeasure at the targeting of foreign-owned shops across Gauteng over the past several days.

Primary issue is criminality – Cele

However, Police Minister Bheki Cele has emphasised that while some may have anti-immigrant sentiments, the primary issue is criminality.

Speaking to SABC News on Wednesday morning, Cele pointed out that even retail stores owned by South African nationals have been looted.

I went to the streets where this thing started. There was a string of shops that were looted and burned. Among them were Shoprite, Usave, Pep – which are all South African shops.

Bheki Cele

Social media reacts

Soccer fans on social media have reacted to the cancellation of the Zambia friendly and announcement of Madagascar as the replacement.

Some admonished Zambia for its decision. Twitter user @francondloves tweeted, “Zambia should not have boycotted this game because sports should unite us.”

Others welcomed the new friendly. They argued that, given their most recent form, Madagascar could pose a fascinating challenge for Bafana Bafana.

‘Who’s he?’ Molefi Ntseki appointed Bafana coach but fans are unimpressed

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has appointed Molefi Ntseki as the new Bafana Bafana coach, but most soccer fans are unimpressed.

SAFA announced the appointment on Saturday afternoon following its national executive committee (NEC) meeting.

According to a media statement, the appointment was unanimous.

The national football body first appointed the 50-year-old Ntseki as interim coach about three weeks ago.

He served as assistant coach to former Bafana Bafana coaches Shakes Mashaba and Stuart Baxter.

Ntseki pledged to do his best as coach of the men’s senior football team.

I want to first of all thank the SAFA NEC and the Technical Committee for the confidence they have showed in me. I am humbled by this honour and I want to assure the nation that I will give this the best go.

Molefi Ntseki

He takes over from Baxter, who resigned earlier in August. His first official game as coach is a Bafana Bafana friendly against Zambia.

The match is scheduled for 7 September in Lusaka.

Soccer fans react

Social media has been abuzz with news of the appointment. Many soccer fans genuinely professed to not knowing who Ntseki is.

Others were left plain unimpressed and actually felt that SAFA was not being serious.

@TboozSA tweeted, “Who’s he? Let me Google.” “This must be a joke,” @SlimTony6 added.

Sandile Shamase also tweeted, “Funny……….Ok let’s get serious now, when are you announcing the new Bafana coach?”

However, others were prepared to give Ntseki a chance, including Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula.

He replied, “He is underrated – that’s what I know, but wait and see. He is a good coach. Congratulations are in order.”

Pitso Mosimane trolls Pirates: ‘They haven’t said they want to win the league’

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has lowkey trolled Orlando Pirates, suggesting that they have no desire of winning the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

Mosimane was speaking at a press conference on Thursday ahead of Masandawana’s MTN8 semifinal first leg clash with SuperSport United this weekend.

The conversation however strayed to the PSL and the various teams’ chances of winning it.

Middendorp says he’s winning the league, why not? Gavin Hunt says he’s winning the league. He said it openly. Even Baroka said they winning it. We want to win it also.

Pirates haven’t said they want to win it. Until they say they want to win it, maybe they will win it

Pitso Mosimane

Not going back to Bafana Bafana

Mosimane also dismissed talk of him going back to his 2010-2012 role as Bafana Bafana coach.

He said although he benefitted a lot from the South African Football Association (SAFA), the manner of his sacking was “not nice.”

What was not nice was they way they sacked me. I don’t believe a coach who lost two games in two years should be fired. I don’t want to be there. I’m happy at Sundowns.

Pitso Mosimane

The Mamelodi Sundowns vs SuperSport United match will start at 15h00 on Sunday, 1 September.

The two sides will play at the Lucas Moripe stadium in Atteridgeville, Pretoria.

Halala: SA’s own Percy Tau set to play in UEFA Champions League

South Africa’s very own Percy Tau will play in the prestigious UEFA Champions League this season.

The Bafana Bafana star helped his Belgian side Club Brugge qualify for the elite competition on Wednesday.

He set up the winning goal as Club Brugge beat LASK 2-1 (3-1 aggregate win) to secure a spot in the League.

Tau took to Twitter on Thursday morning to celebrate his milestone achievement.

He posted a picture of himself with the caption, “Dreams That You Dare To Dream Really Do Come True.”

The talented forward will know which opponents his club will face when the Champions League draw is held later on Thursday.

Club Brugge are in Pot 3 of the group stage draw along with Inter Milan, Valencia, and Lyon.

Tau joins 13 other South African players who have appeared in the UEFA Champions League.

Other famous names include Benni McCarthy, Quinton Fortune, Tsepo Masilela, Thulani Serero, and Steven Pienaar.

Fans react

Social media has been abuzz with the news as South Africans congratulated Tau and drew inspiration from him.

This is a motivation right there – Percy Tau will be playing in UEFA. Black child it possible. Determination and hard work.

Twitter user @EnhleEnhlez

Wow Percy Tau really went from MDC to UCL within a couple of years. Dreams really do come true.

@MandlaIvan1

Khama Billiat sends heartfelt message to his mom on her birthday

Kaizer Chiefs’ star footballer Khama Billiat has paid a heartfelt tribute to his mom on her birthday.

Billiat posted a snap of his youthful mom on Twitter on Tuesday morning. He captioned it:

I want to let you know dear Mother that having you is a wonderful thing for me. Today on your birthday I dedicate these words of affection.

I love you so much Mom and I always will. May God have you in his bosom and bless you with many more years for us to spend together.

Khama Billiat

The midfielder’s fans joined him in wishing her a happy birthday.

Some even asked him to score a goal or two for his mom when Amakhosi face Cape Town City on Tuesday night.

Machidi Madisha joked, “How about a brace for her tonight?”

“Happy birthday ma may you see many more years to come. Thank you for bringing king Khama to this world,” @Mookameli2 replied.

Billiat returns from injury

Billiat returned from a knee injury to make his first PSL appearance for Chiefs this season in their game against SuperSport United over the weekend.

However, he came off in the 77th minute after picking up a knock.

Fortunately, coach Ernst Middendorp confirmed to the club’s official website on Tuesday that Billiat travelled with the squad to Cape Town.

It however remains to be seen whether he will start or come from the bench.

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

Testosterone levels

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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