Bucs dish tough lesson

THE road to a fifth cup final in a row was not one that will be best remembered to have produced the best football, but Orlando Pirates deserved to party the night away for showing such consistency.  

Shakes names Bafana squad

Bafana Bafana team coach Shakes Mashaba named several surprises in his squad for the next two Caf Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Sudan and Nigeria.  

SA deserves a rainbow nation Bokke: Tutu

Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says South Africa deserves to have a Springbok team representative of its rainbow nation, The Star reported .  

Mourinho's warning shot

IF the first games of the Barclays Premier League were a sign of things to come, then the football gods must be smiling.  

PSL teams raise the bar on the pitch

ASSUMING that the type of football dished out by PSL teams this past week is an indication of things to come, we are on the right track.  

Man U false start shows depth of malaise

Manchester United's momentum-sapping defeat by Swansea City on the Premier League's opening weekend suggested that new manager Louis van Gaal will not be able to revive the club's fortunes overnight.  

Ajax weary of wounded Sundowns

A WOUNDED Mamelodi Sundowns might prove a more dangerous proposition than usual for Ajax Cape Town tomorrow, according to coach Roger de Sa.  

Shakes's assistant a secret

BAFANA coach Shakes Mashaba's backroom staff, to be announced on Tuesday, may surprise or even shock the football fraternity.  

Chiefs march on to fourth win

KAIZER Chiefs rode a first-half storm and flexed their muscle in the second to take a double-goal lead into the second leg of their MTN8 semifinal against Platinum Stars at FNB Stadium in two weeks.  

Mpisanes get their own football club

Flamboyant Durban businesswoman Shauwn Mpisane and her husband S'bu, who have made headlines for their legal battles with the SA Revenue Service, will officially launch their football club Royal Eagles this weekend.  

Musona staying put at Amakhosi

KNOWLEDGE Musona could finally be confirmed as a Kaizer Chiefs player on yet another loan deal, albeit kicking and screaming after efforts to find him a European club seem to have fallen flat.  

Amajita draw with Cameroon

The South Africa national under-20 side drew 1-1 with Cameroon in their African Youth Championships (AYC), first leg, tie in Yaounde on Saturday afternoon.  

Celtic keen to add to Bucs' woes

Orlando Pirates should brace themselves for more disappointment when they visit Bloemfontein Celtic for their Absa Premiership match tonight (Free State Stadium, 7.30pm).  

Amakhosi kick-off season with Stars in their pocket

KAIZER Chiefs continued from where they left off last season - solid, measured and with just a dose of style when required - to see off Free State Stars in tough conditions.  

Boxing suffers if rookies are rushed, say legends

THE trend of rushing raw boxers into the professional ranks is bad for the sport, several legendary South African fighters believe.  

Talent swept under the rug

DEAR Oupa Manyisa,  

Nelly insults Floyd Mayweather

Rapper Nelly has risked the wrath of boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. by taking a swipe at the boxing champ's lack of education moments after denying the pair is feuding.  

COMMENT: No such thing as a 'quick' fix for Bafana

SAFA should get the Bafana Bafana thing right this time .  

Nkhatha shines for Kaizer Chiefs

Very few Kaizer Chiefs fans, and perhaps even some of his teammates, would have picked Kingston Nkhatha to lead the line for Amakhosi in the absence of Bernard Parker.  

Next time we might not be so lucky - VV

Orlando Pirates need to solve their finishing problems or they might not be so lucky again, according to coach Vladimir Vermezovic.  

Pirates sign Thabo Qalinge

Orlando Pirates have signed Thabo Qalinge from Mpumalanga Black Aces.  

Tete takes IBF world champ title for Tata

ZOLANI "Last Born" Tete made the most of his 67 minutes for Nelson Mandela when he punched his way to the IBF junior bantamweight title on Friday.  

Shakes new Bafana boss

EPHRAIM "Shakes" Mashaba saw off stiff competition to become the new Bafana Bafana coach.  

Bafana assistant coach leads U19

Bafana Bafana assistant coach Serame Letsoaka has been asked to lead the SA under-19 side that will compete in the Durban U19 International Tournament.  

Suarez comeback against Real Madrid

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, who is currently serving a four-month suspension for biting, is poised to potentially make his club debut against bitter rivals Real Madrid in late October.  

Neymar's brain on auto-pilot during play

Brazilian superstar Neymar's brain activity while dancing past opponents is less than 10 percent the level of amateur players.  

Igesund ready to help Bafana coach

Outgoing Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says he is ready to help the SA Football Association (Safa) in any way possible after his contract ends at the end of August.  

Manyisa dismisses Sundowns link

OUPA "Ace" Manyisa has laughed off speculation that he was on his way to big spenders Mamelodi Sundowns.  

Khumalo can make mark

WITH a new season comes potential heartache for Bongani Khumalo - a journeyman who few coaches seem to want on their books ahead of a gruelling campaign.  

Bottles, burgers out for Mbesuma

THE capable juggernaut that was Kaizer Chiefs striker Collins "Ntofontofo" Mbesuma is about to make a comeback, according to the granddad of South African coaches, Clive Barker.  

Pirates and Bulls do it for Madiba - PHOTOS

Orlando Pirates and Blue bulls players honoured Madiba by packing food parcels for orphans.  

Brake failure cause Hamilton's Grand Prix crash

The Mercedes team confirmed that a right front brake disc failure caused former world champion Lewis Hamilton's high-speed crash in qualifying for the German Grand Prix.  

The goal is consistency: Daylon Claasen

DAYLON Claasen admits that finding consistency in his game is the key to making the step up that his potential deserves, as he settles into life at new club TSV 1860 Munich in Germany's Bundesliga 2.  

Mbalula blamed for boxing mess

ALLEGATIONS of corruption against Loyiso Mtya, the acting chief executive of Boxing South Africa (BSA), are to be probed.  

Nigeria faces FIFA ban

Nigeria is not backing down after sacking its entire national football federation leadership, ignoring a FIFA directive and moving closer to a ban from internationals for the reigning African champion.  

African drama at the World Cup

Algeria and Nigeria headed home Tuesday after another five-prong African World Cup challenge came to a disappointing end in Brazil.  

Bafana now keen on Keshi

STEPHEN Keshi has put himself in a strong position to land the Bafana Bafana coaching job after leading his native Nigeria to the second round of the World Cup.  

Mosimane pushing winning mentality in team

Mamelodi Sundowns are in Polokwane for the start of their pre-season training, which coach Pitso Mosimane is also using to instil a winning mentality for them to monopolise the PSL.  

Former Bafana player dies

FORMER Bafana Bafana defender and Mamelodi Sundowns stalwart Joas "Hluphi" Magolego has died.  

Venus Williams in the nude

Tennis star Venus Williams is doing it nude for… oh well for herself.  

Germany squad hit by flu

Germany's squad have been hit by mild flu symptoms and sore throats ahead of tonight's World Cup quarterfinal against France  

Brazil too hot for Chile

Nervous Brazil beat Chile 3-2 on penalties to reach the World Cup quarter-finals last night after an epic battle that left Neymar and his teammates in tears.  

Suarez banned for nine matches

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was banned for nine matches by FIFA after being found guilty of biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.  

The vuvuzela legend

EVEN though our national team did not make it to Brazil, we have something of South Africa to represent us in 2014: the vuvuzela.  

Boateng, Muntari suspended from Ghana team

Midfielders Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari have been suspended from Ghana's World Cup team.  

Ghana could have, should have

GERMANY striker Miroslav Klose came off the bench to score a record-equalling 15th World Cup goal and salvage a 2-2 draw against Ghana in a pulsating Group G game last night.  

Pele not invited to World Cup

He's renowned as football's greatest and the icon of Brazilian World Cup success. But with the tournament finally back in his home country, it seems somebody forgot to invite Pele.  

World Cup: A carnival of footie heart-throbs - PHOTOS

The World Cup has started and Shwa's eye is definitely far from the ball. Who will win a spot in Shwa's heart? Oh, the choices a girl has to make!  

Athletics Kenya wants to help ASA go the distance

ATHLETICS Kenya has pledged to assist in rebuilding Athletics South Africa (ASA).  

Safa's bombshell!

SAFA is threatening to withdraw its membership from the South African Sports Confederation & Olympic Committee (Sascoc) .  

Bafana coach was highlight for Igesund

Leading the national team was the highlight of my career, outgoing Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said in Johannesburg  

Ghana World Cup squad named

Jerry Akaminko, Jeffrey Schlupp and David Accam failed to make the final cut as Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah named his 23-man squad for the World Cup.  

'Save me from scandal' - Meyiwa

HIS profile has risen considerably over the past few months, but Orlando Pirates' No1 goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa, is not happy that it is his personal life that has brought him to the attention of the South African public.  

COMMENT: No pride in Bafana shirt

AT the Nike store on Oxford Street in London, the mannequins displaying England World Cup replica gear are lined up in formation with their right hands on the England crest.  

Benni McCarthy the ultimate Goal Digger

Soccer legend Benni McCarthy will host reality TV show, Goal Diggerz.  

No contract for Igesund

Safa has announced Gordon Igesund's contract as Bafana Bafana coach will not be renewed and the hunt for a new coach starts immediately.  

McCarthy: The wedding and the wishlist - PHOTOS

Soccer star Benni McCarthy, tied the knot in the weekend.  

Blatter blasts racism

FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Monday demanded action be taken by the Italian Football Federation after a banana was thrown at AC Milan defender Kevin Constant on Sunday.  

Ronaldo shamed by Brazil

Ronaldo is embarrassed about his country's inability to complete the promised infrastructure ahead of the deadline. But he believes the hosts will get it right on the pitch.  

Bafana Bafana draw with Australia

Bafana Bafana held their own against a determined Australia, playing out to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly at ANZ Stadium, in Sydne.  

Shower pic might land Pirates players in hot water

The Orlando Pirates players who appeared nude in a photo that went viral on social networks may have breached the club's social media policy, administrative manager Floyd Mbele said  

Talent swept under the rug

DEAR Oupa Manyisa,  

Hunt concerned by Wits' lack of goals

Gavin Hunt admits Wits' lack of goals is cause for concern and says the Clever Boys will need to address the problem quickly if they are to challenge for trophies this season.  

Neymar healed, fit to play

Neymar has been cleared to play for Barcelona's by the team's doctors after recovering from a broken vertebra in his back that he suffered during last month's World Cup.  

Birds aim for top-3 finish

LEON Prins, the Moroka Swallows chairman still in search of a major sponsor for the club, has asked coach Zeca Marques to aim for a top-three finish in the Absa Premiership this season  

Mdaki 'over the moon' about loan

Xolani  Mdaki has described himself as "over the moon" after sealing a loan spell with Swedish side Djurgardens until the end of the season.  

United in new era under van Gaal

From the gloom and constant disappointments of David Moyes' tenure to hope and anticipation under new manager Louis van Gaal, the mood at Manchester United has shifted dramatically heading into the new Premier League season.  

Ajax weary of wounded Sundowns

A WOUNDED Mamelodi Sundowns might prove a more dangerous proposition than usual for Ajax Cape Town tomorrow, according to coach Roger de Sa.  

Musona staying put at Amakhosi

KNOWLEDGE Musona could finally be confirmed as a Kaizer Chiefs player on yet another loan deal, albeit kicking and screaming after efforts to find him a European club seem to have fallen flat.  

Birds off to winning start

ORLANDO Pirates paid the price for another night of wastefulness in front of goal as they missed a myriad of chances and then saw Moroka Swallows snatch a late winner for a shock 2-1 triumph on the opening Saturday of the new league season.  

Bucs ready for Swallows

In his five months since taking over at the helm, Orlando Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic has already left his imprint, invigorating a side he found in a desolate state.  

We are changing broadcasting: Siyaya TV

Siyaya TV, which acquired the rights to air Bafana Bafana matches for R1 billion, is poised to change the face of broadcasting, its major shareholder said.  

Siyaya TV scoops SABC in Bafana deal

LIVE Bafana Bafana matches are about to disappear from the SABC.  

No Soweto Derby for MTN8 semis

There is no Soweto Derby on the cards for the MTN8 semi-final  

PSL's bag of tricks

PITSO MOSIMANE (Mamelodi Sundowns)  

Five key issues for Shakes

EPHRAIM "Shakes" Mashaba faces many hurdles as he sets out to rebuild Bafana. Here are five of them.  

What is Kaizer thinking?

KAIZER Chiefs is supposedly the most professionally run team in the country, so the squad would be constantly analysed by the coach and management. We play fly on the wall to see what chairman Kaizer Motaung's technical evaluation of his squad would be as he prepares for the new season:  

Tapping youthful energy

AJAX Cape Town coach Roger de Sa hopes the versatility of his team's talked-about prospect Abbubaker Mobara does not become a stumbling block in the player's career.  

Pirates wins goalless derby - PHOTOS

Orlando Pirates were crowned Carling Black Label Cup champions after they defeated staunch rivals Kaizer Chiefs 6-5 on penalties after the match ended goalless at the FNB Stadium  

SuperSport willing to replace Chiefs in CAF

SuperSport United coach Cavin Johnson says the club would be willing to stand in at CAF.  

Brake failure cause Hamilton's Grand Prix crash

The Mercedes team confirmed that a right front brake disc failure caused former world champion Lewis Hamilton's high-speed crash in qualifying for the German Grand Prix.  

Khumalo can make mark

WITH a new season comes potential heartache for Bongani Khumalo - a journeyman who few coaches seem to want on their books ahead of a gruelling campaign.  

FIFA lifts Nigerian ban

Football governing body FIFA on Friday lifted the suspension of Nigeria from international competition over "government interference" in the game.  

'Evolving' Sundowns gets 10 new faces

Mamelodi Sundowns must constantly be an evolving side, says coach Pitso Mosimane  

Brazil looking to Dunga for help

Brazil could appoint former coach Dunga to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari as national team boss, media reports indicated, despite ex-Corinthians coach Tite being considered the long time favourite.  

Jordaan hints at foreign coach for Bafana

SA Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan has dropped a major hint that Bafana Bafana's new head coach will not be a locally-based coach.  

Khumalo can make mark

WITH a new season comes potential heartache for Bongani Khumalo - a journeyman who few coaches seem to want on their books ahead of a gruelling campaign.  

No pressure for new coach

THE next Bafana Bafana coach does not have to worry about qualifying for next year's Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), and there will be no repercussions should he fail to get South Africa to the tournament, to be held in Morocco in January.  

Shakes Mashaba: I am available to coach Bafana

The protracted search for a new Bafana Bafana coach took another twist when Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba announced that he was available for the job yesterday.  

World Cup lessons for Bafana

IF ever development coaches needed a tournament to illustrate how important the simple things about football are, the World Cup fits the bill.  

Bafana coach to be announced next week

Safa will announce the new Bafana Bafana coach as early as next week,  

Carnival or war - it depends

ON days that Brazil are playing, the nation gets the day, or at least half a day, off.  

Brazil waxed by Germany

Brazil's World Cup dream was smashed into oblivion as majestic Germany ran riot to win an extraordinary semifinal 7-1  

Matthew Booth retires

Matthew Booth is hanging up his boots after 18 years as a professional footballer.  

Shakira to headline at World Cup final

Pop star Shakira will perform before the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.  

Dauda's Pirates future uncertain

Ghanian goalkeeper Fatau Dauda's future with Orlando Pirates is uncertain following the arrival of Philani Zikalala.  

Suarez: Bite wasn't deliberate

Luis Suarez claimed to FIFA's disciplinary panel that he did not deliberately bite Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the Soccer World Cup.  

Coach told Kevin-Prince Boateng 'f*** off'

Kevin-Prince Boateng claims Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah hurled insults and told him to 'f*** off' after one-on-one exercise with Sulley Muntari  

Footie fashion - the weird and the wacky

THE World Cup ain't just about the beautiful game. Every four years, the shirts get better, the boots get brighter, hairstyles get weirder and chests gets bigger.  

Charmza of the week: Karim Mostafa Benzema

OUR charmza this week is red-hot French striker Karim Mostafa Benzema after he fired Les Bleus to a rousing 5-2 victory against Switzerland at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, on Friday.  

Moegoe of the week: Olivier Giroud

The moegoe this week, while we are staying with the World Cup, is French striker Olivier Giroud for his ninja flying kick to the face of Swiss defender Steve von Bergen.  

Bafana coach applicants named

SAFA president Danny Jordaan has given the names of some of the people who have applied for the vacant Bafana Bafana job.  

Ghana goal celebration is everything! – VIDEO

So we all thought the Colombia’s goal celebrations, was happening.  

Samuel Eto'o needs a "miracle" to face Croatia

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o claims he needs a "miracle" to face Croatia on Wednesday in their crucial FIFA World Cup Group A encounter.  

Silence of the Vuvuzela

South Africa's vuvuzelas will be quiet when the football World Cup kicks off in Sao Paulo.  

Defensive lines are drawn in total football

THE win by Brazil over Spain at the Confederations Cup final last year has reinvigorated the debate about "total football" - and which modifications of it is superior.  

Bafana player hijacked in Cape Town

Bafana Bafana midfielder Ayanda Patosi survived a hijacking in Gugulethu in Cape Town.  

Benni McCarthy the ultimate Goal Digger

Soccer legend Benni McCarthy will host reality TV show, Goal Diggerz.  

SAFA to deal with AWOL Bafana players

SAFA  has declared that disciplinary action will be taken against Bafana Bafana players who did not attend scheduled medical exams.  

Remembering kasi styled Shakes Kungwane – PHOTOS

Known for his wizardry and precise passing, Shakes Kungwane earned himself the respect of his teammates and the opposition alike.  

Bafana coach was highlight for Igesund

Leading the national team was the highlight of my career, outgoing Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said in Johannesburg  

DJ Cleo takes part in ‘idols of football’

DJ Cleo joined thousands of other budding soccer stars for the Nedbank Ke Yona search tryouts.  

Soccer legend Shakes Kungwane has died

Sports presenter Robert Marawa made the announcement on his twitter page.  

Pirates players: touching, kissing and cuddling – PHOTOS

Orlando Pirates players have our attention now.  

Pirates win R7M but Meyiwa feels snubbed by PSL – PHOTOS

Orlando Pirates finally has a reason to celebrate and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa is feeling snubbed by the PSL.  

Banyana squad named

Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw named a 20-member squad to travel to the Comoros for the first leg of their African Women's Championship qualifier.  

Pirates never panicked: VV

Orlando Pirates coach Vladamir Vermezovic admitted that the key to their Nedbank Cup success was not to panic when they fell a goal behind to Wits in the Durban final.  

Leading PSL goal scorers - PHOTOS

Leading 2014 South African Premiership scorers after final round matches  

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