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Highlands Park hold ten-man Sundowns to a draw
23 August 2018, 5:59 AM

A ten-man Mamelodi Sundowns were frustrated after drawing 0-0 with Highlands Park in an Absa Premiership match at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday evening.

Sundowns had a penalty appeal turned down in the first minute.

The Brazillians then found it very difficult to bridge a stubborn Highlands park defence in the first half.

The Lions of the North also had a chance to break the deadlock.

The half ended with both teams deadlocked.

Highlands got off to a good start in the second half but still failed to grab an early lead. Downs were then handed a blow when centre-back Ricardo Nascimento got red for dissent. This forced The Brazillians to make changes and they brought on Motjeka Madisha for Jeremy Brockie.

The best chance of the game undoubtedly found Wayne Arendse who saw his header brilliantly cleared off the line by Junior Sibande on 70 minutes.

As the clock wind down, Toni Silva made his entry for Meza in their second change of the encounter. It was almost a dream start for him, but after running down his marker fired to the side-netting.

Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane
Three PSL teams ‘forced’ to share Peter Mokaba stadium
22 August 2018, 6:00 AM

Three Limpopo soccer teams in the PSL will share the new Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane as their home-ground while waiting for the PSL to approve two more stadiums.

Baroka FC, Black Leopards and Polokwane City will be playing their home matches at Peter Mokaba.

The Old Peter Mokaba and Thohoyandou stadiums were found to be unsuitable to host PSL games for now.

The PSL is concerned that the Old Peter Mokaba stadium does not have a back-up generator in case of power failure.

The stadium has been home to PSL side Polokwane City for years. The club used New Peter Mokaba as an alternative ground when hosting crowd pullers such as Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

Rise and Shine, as Polokwane City are fondly known by fans, have decried what they call lack of commitment by the Polokwane Municipality to resolve the matter.

“Professor Ronnie Schloss (PSL official) assessed the Thohoyandou stadium for the third  time today, after it was found unsuitable to host PSL games during his two assessment earlier this month.  Black Leopards have registered the stadium as their home ground,” says Leopards spokesperson is Berry Ramunenyiwa.

“We respect the fixture for now in the sense that in case that there’s nothing if the stadium is not ready we are not even looking at that we are very positive the stadium is at a standard will meet requirements of the PSL.”

WATCH: Commission of Inquiry into State Capture
21 August 2018, 10:05 AM

The much-anticipated Commission of Inquiry into State Capture officially began its proceedings  on Monday continues in Parktown, Johannesburg.

Chairperson for the inquiry, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, admitted that there were challenges for the Commission of Inquiry into State.

Zondo told the commission that some of their investigators had not been cleared by the State Security Agency.

People wait for aid next to a makeshift raft at a flooded area in Kerala,
Authorities hand out medicines after India’s worst flood in a century
21 August 2018, 6:18 AM

The death toll in India’s southern state of Kerala rose on Monday to nearly 400 after its worst flood in a century, as authorities handed out medicine and disinfectants to ward off disease in thousands of relief camps.

Dozens of people are missing and 1.2 million are sheltering in the camps, state officials said, as water receded and a huge clean-up gathered pace.

“The death toll has risen to 373,” an official of the state’s disaster management authority told Reuters.

Kerala received rainfall more than 40% greater than normal for the monsoon season, which runs from June to September. Torrential rain in the last 10 days forced officials to release water from dozens of dangerously full dams.

The Indian government classified the floods as a “calamity of severe nature.” Kerala has pitched it as a national disaster, which if accepted by the federal government, is likely to prompt greater commitments of funds for relief and rebuilding efforts.

But, without a yardstick for such a declaration, it could bean uphill task, state officials involved with disaster management said.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called the flood one of the worst in India’s history, displacing more than half a million people.

Federal health minister J.P. Nadda said more than 3 500 medical camps were set up across a region roughly the size of Switzerland, where rains since Aug. 8 have swelled rivers andtriggered landslides.

“There is a requirement for 90 different medicines and the first instalment has reached,” he added.

“The biggest challenges immediately ahead are cleaning ofthe flood-hit houses, rehabilitation, and prevention of water-borne diseases,” said Mahesh P., a village official inRayamangalam, about 45 km (28 miles) from Kerala’s financial capital of Kochi.

Mahesh oversees four relief camps in his village, which itself escaped flood damage. The camps accommodate people rescued from neighbouring areas, which were among the worst affected.

The villagers had all pulled together to rescue people and prevent an even bigger disaster, Mahesh said.

“The flood has bonded the people like never before, sharing whatever they had.”

Chlorine powder to disinfect water and other cleaning material are distributed by the camps Mahesh oversees, along with a basic survival kit consisting of a five-day supply of rice and food, toiletries and clothing.

No Ronaldo, no Zidane, no problem as Real start La Liga with victory
20 August 2018, 5:43 AM

Real Madrid got their La Liga campaign off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory at home to Getafe on Sunday in their first league outing since the summer departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane.

The European champions ensured the three points at the Santiago Bernabeu with a 20th-minute goal from Dani Carvajal and a Gareth Bale strike on 51 minutes.

Keylor Navas held on to his place as Real Madrid’s starting goalkeeper despite the arrival of Thibaut Courtois.

Costa Rica international Navas has been first choice since 2015 but had been expected to make way for Courtois, a recent € 35-million  recruit from Chelsea who was voted best goalkeeper at this summer’s World Cup.

Julen Lopetegui, who replaced Zidane as coach, also selected Nacho at the heart of the defence rather than French World Cup winner Raphael Varane.

Real, playing their first La Liga game since the departure of Ronaldo to Juventus, went into Sunday’s game on the back of a 4-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Supercup in midweek.

But they were rarely in trouble on Sunday.

Bale was unlucky when a diving header came back off the crossbar in the first half before the Welshman was key in the build-up to the first goal with Carvajal heading in his cross.

Another defensive error helped Real grab their second goal when Marco Asensio stole the ball and sent over a cross for Bale to score with his left foot.

Asensio was close to getting his name on the scoresheet but was denied by the woodwork.

Meanwhile, Portuguese striker Andre Silva marked his La Liga debut with a hat-trick as Sevilla romped to a 4-1 win at Rayo Vallecano, surpassing his total of goals scored for AC Milan in the whole of last season’s Serie A.

Silva had managed just two goals for the Serie A giants and was loaned out to Sevilla this summer.

Franco “Mudo” Vazquez opened the scoring with a backheel in the 15th minute before Silva bagged his first just after the half hour mark.

The 22-year-old added his second in first-half stoppage time after a corner and completed his hat-trick 10 minutes from time.

However, he endured a nervous wait before he could celebrate, requiring the VAR to overturn an offside decision which had ruled out Silva’s effort.

It was the first time in La Liga history that the VAR had made such an intervention.

The system was called upon again in the last minute when Adrian Embarba converted a penalty for Rayo after the referee had initially whistled for a free-kick outside the box.




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