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Maritzburg United in playoffs driving seat after a win over TTM
22 May 2019, 8:41 PM

Maritzburg United made sure they are in the driving seat in the Premier Soccer League promotion playoffs with a 2-0 win over Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) in Thohoyandou, on Wednesday.

Judas Moseamedi came off the bench to score United’s first goal in the 67th minute then Bongokuhle Hlongwane netted the winner in the 82nd minute.

The PSL side sits in the first position on the playoffs log with six points from two matches. United coach Eric Tinkler says the victory was well deserved.

Tinkler was also pleased his charges were able to block out pre-match “drama” and get the win.

The team of choice left their changing to go kit in their team bus with Tinkler saying it was because the room was smelling and made them itch.

Tinkler says the team of choice will lay a complaint with the league about the incident.

Meanwhile, TTM are at the bottom of the playoffs table pointless in two outings. The Vhembe based side is not completely out of contention for promotion with two games still left to play.

TTM coach Momcilo Medic says Maritzburg showed why they are in the Premier division.


TTM have a chance to get back into the thick of things against Royal Eagles at home on Saturday.

Medic says he cannot fault his players saying the playoffs are a good learning curve for next season.

Report by Lethabo Kganyago

Mosimane heaps praise on Pirates’ Lorch
22 May 2019, 7:16 PM

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane says Orlando Pirates attacker Thembinkosi Lorch deserved the Footballer of the Season award which he got at the PSL awards in Durban this past weekend.

Mosimane was reacting to comments that Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana should’ve been the recipient of this award.

Lorch was up against two Sundowns players for this award in Kekana and Themba Zwane.

 

He beat them in two categories, the main award and the Absa Premiership Players’ player of the year, accolades which are decided by the coaches and players respectively.

After spearheading the Pirates attack this season and losing the league title by only two points to Sundowns, Mosimane says the 25-year-old got what he deserved.

But Mosimane has questioned how their number one goalkeeper Denis Onyango failed to win the goalkeeper of the year award and instead it went to Ronwen Williams of SuperSport United.

After a good run that culminated in the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League this season, Mosimane says they now need quality players who will make them able to compete especially against the North African clubs which are dominating on the continent.

Sundowns won their ninth league title in the PSL era which is also a record-equalling fourth title for Mosimane.

SABC Sport has learned that Sundowns is prioritising a no.9 type of a striker, possibly from West Africa.

The name of Togolese international Kodjo Fo-Do Laba who is currently with Moroccan side RS Berkane who are in the CAD Confederation Cup final against Egyptian giants Zamalek.

Mosimane also believes that Emiliano Tade will be key upfront for them next season.

Mosimane has also saluted the South African and African born coaches in the PSL this season for raising their hands this season and dominated over the European coaches.

All the trophies have been won by local coaches, including the Telkom Knockout competition which was claimed by former Zambian international Wedson Nyirenda at Baroka FC.

Meanwhile, Mosimane says it’s important for Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter to build a strong team for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and not just focus on getting the results at this coming AFCON in Egypt.

Baxter announced his provisional 30-man squad yesterday and most of the junior internationals were left with the COSAFA U23 national team squad.

The former Bafana coach says the composition of Baxter’s final 23-man squad should speak to the future. – Report by Velile Mnyandu

Kaizer Chiefs may be interested in PSL’s top goal scorer
22 May 2019, 7:07 PM

The Absa Premiership top goal scorer with 16 goals this season, Mwape Musonda of Black Leopards has got a simple message for the desperate Kaizer Chiefs side, he’s waiting for their call.

Musonda was responding to reports that Chiefs is one of the team that’s interested in his services together with Bidvest Wits and SuperSport United.

SABC Sport is aware that Chiefs scouts have been following the Zambian international striker, analysing his game and movement and see how he can fit into their style of play.

Musonda says he’s open to the move.

Leopards chairman David Thidiela has already commented that they are prepared to listen to the offers for Musonda.

The 28-year-old finished with 18 goals in all competitions this season and is also happy with the consistency he’s shown in the two seasons.

Interestingly, Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane who is also looking for a no.9 elsewhere, has warned Musonda that the grass is not always greener on the other side.

The former Zanaco FC marksman had earlier failed to make his mark at Orlando Pirates when he arrived in the country.

Through his heroics in the PSL this season, Musonda also earned a call-up to the Chipolopolo national team this year and played in the last African Cup of Nations qualifier against Namibia in March. Going forward he needs to entrench his place in this team.

Over the years, Zambia strikers have always dominated the PSL, go back to Denis Lota, Collins Mbesuma, Christopher Katongo and the latest generation of Justin Shonga, Augustine Mulenga and many more.  Musonda knows that he has big shoes to fill. – Report by Velile Mnyandu

Netball South Africa announces team for 2019 World Cup
22 May 2019, 6:23 PM

Netball South Africa (NSA) announces a team that will compete at the 2019 World Cup in Liverpool, England from the 12-21 July, in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

The 12-women strong team comprises of experienced and up and coming youngsters.  There is also a mix of overseas-based players and locally-based players in the world-cup bound team.

Norma Plummer will be assisted by Nicole Cusack and Dorette Badenhorst.

Netball SA president Cecilia Molokwane announced the team and management staff.

The team also has four black players including Captain Bongi Msomi, Khanyisa Chawane, Zanele Vimbela and Phumza Maweni.  Molokwane says they selected black players on merit with no pressure of quota system.

 

SA finished third at the 1967 World Cup in England, and also finished second at the 1995 World Cup again in England. Molokwane is expecting the team to return with a medal.

The team will be dressed by popular sports apparel Puma for the duration of the world cup. Netball has acquired few sponsors in recent weeks including Telkom and Twizza to sponsor the Premier League.

Molokwane is happy with the latest developments.

Assistant coach Dorette Badenhorst has been in charge of the locally-based players in the Premier League, which is currently underway.

The team is playing against other teams in the league and will play against the male teams this coming weekend. She says it was not easy to come up with the final team.

Players-Lenize Potgieter, Ine-Marie Venter, Maryka Holtzhausen, Renske Stoltz, Erin Burger, Izette Griesel, Khanyisa Chawane, Bongiwe Msomi, Shadine Van der Merwe, Karla Pretorius, Phumza Maweni, Zanele Vimbela. – Report by Vincent Sitsula

Oosthuizen is expecting a fired up Lions unit at Kings Park, desperate for revenge after the Sharks thumped them 42-5 at Ellis Park last month.
Sharks plot home revival after bye week
22 May 2019, 5:25 PM

The Sharks are ready to resume their Super Rugby campaign after a tough Australasian tour which saw them regain some confidence.

They returned last week after losing to the Chiefs but a draw against the Crusaders and win over the Waratahs in their opening game has seen them shoot back up into playoff contention.

They enjoyed a bye last weekend and return to action at home against the Lions this Saturday.

Experienced prop, Coenie Oosthuizen reflects on the tour.

While they have been impressive on the road the Sharks have struggled on their home patch. Four of their six defeats this year have come at the Shark Tank.

Oosthuizen says the tour gave them plenty of time to analyse where they have fallen short this season.

Oosthuizen is expecting a fired up Lions unit at Kings Park, desperate for revenge after the Sharks thumped them 42-5 at Ellis Park last month.

Since then the Lions have enjoyed an upturn in form. They will arrive in Durban off the back of victories over the Waratahas and Highlanders.

Meanwhile, Oosthuizen also spoke openly about his move away from the Sharks at the end of the Super Rugby campaign to English side the Sale Sharks.

It was announced last week that the 30-year-old had agreed a three-year deal with the English Premiership club.

The move will see him link up with current Sharks team mate, Akker van der Merwe. Oosthuizen who has 30 Springbok caps says the decision is part of the plan to broaden his horizons. – Report by Thahir Asmal

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