Team SA’s first appearance in Tokyo ends in disappointment

22 July 2021, 9:05 PM
Football took centre stage at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, a day before the official opening of the spectacle in the Japanese capital.
Kubo comes of age as playmaker leads Japan into quarters 30 July 2021, 7:44 PM

With crucial goals in each of Japan's three group games, Takefusa Kubo is delivering on his potential, as the Olympic Games hosts step up their chase for a place on the podium for the first time in over half a century.

SA U23 crash out of Tokyo Olympics winless and without points following 3-0 drubbing by Mexico 28 July 2021, 3:57 PM

The South African U23 side have crashed out of the Tokyo Olympics, winless and pointless, following a 3-0 drubbing by Mexico on Wednesday.

Brazil, Ivory Coast march into quarter-finals, Germany out 28 July 2021, 12:32 PM

Defending champions Brazil advanced to the quarter-finals of the men's Olympic soccer tournament after a 3-1 victory over Saudi Arabia on Wednesday helped them top Group D while Ivory Coast booked their berth following a 1-1 draw with Germany.

Kaizer Chiefs release seven players 27 July 2021, 7:54 PM

Willard Katsande, Kgotso Moleko, Philani Zulu, Lazarus Kambole, Yagan Sasman, Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya, as well as goalkeeper Brylon Petersen will not be kept by the Naturena-based club. 

Chiefs confirm the signing of Keagan Dolly and Cole Alexander 27 July 2021, 5:01 PM

Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed the signing of former Mamelodi Sundowns attacking midfielder, Keagan Dolly and former Wits holding midfielder, Cole Alexander.  

Misfiring US held by Australia but reach knockouts 27 July 2021, 1:30 PM

The United States women's soccer team were less than convincing in their goalless draw with Australia on Tuesday but did enough to reach the Olympic tournament knockout stage behind Group G winners Sweden who stayed perfect by beating New Zealand 2-0.

Japan edge towards knockouts, Brazil held, and South Korea find scoring boots 25 July 2021, 5:56 PM

Hosts Japan moved within touching distance of qualifying for the men's soccer knockout stages with a 2-1 win over Mexico at Saitama Stadium on Sunday, while France staged a remarkable comeback to beat South Africa 4-3.

France pierce South African hearts in a seven-goal thriller 25 July 2021, 12:35 PM

France came back from behind three times and took the lead when it mattered most in the dying minutes of the match to beat a much-improved South African U23 side 4-3.

Glittering gold distracts from Tokyo woes 24 July 2021, 3:23 PM

Sport stretched out over Tokyo on Saturday and gold medals rained down as the Olympic Games burst into life, finally casting aside some of the shadow of COVID-19 and controversy that has plagued the global showpiece. China made an instant statement of intent when Yang Qian grabbed the Games’ first gold, and Japanese judoka Naohisa […]

Slimmed-down ceremony to open pandemic-hit Tokyo Games 23 July 2021, 11:36 AM

The Tokyo Olympics opens on Friday with a ceremony reflecting a Games like no other, walking a fine line between celebrating the feats of the world's best athletes while acknowledging the global hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Japan beat South Africa 1-0 as France, Argentina suffer shock defeats 22 July 2021, 6:13 PM

Hosts Japan made a winning start courtesy of a late strike from midfielder Takefusa Kubo in a 1-0 victory over South Africa, who were dealing with COVID-19 cases on the eve of the Group A match.

Richarlison hits hat-trick as Brazil beat Germany 22 July 2021, 6:04 PM

Brazil striker Richarlison struck a stunning hat-trick inside 30 minutes as the defending Olympic champions beat Germany 4-2 in their opening Group D game in the men's tournament at the International Stadium on Thursday.

Spain frustrated in goalless draw, Mexico stun France 22 July 2021, 1:19 PM

Spain's Olympic men's soccer campaign got off to a rocky start after they lost two players to injury in a goalless draw with Egypt, while Mexico stunned France 4-1 as the group stage kicked off on Thursday.

Netherland crush Zambia in a 13-goal thriller as Sweden ends US’ unbeaten run 21 July 2021, 5:35 PM

World champions the United States were dealt a 3-0 drubbing by Sweden to end a 30-month unbeaten run, and the Netherlands put 10 goals past a hapless Zambia on a day of drama as the Olympics women's soccer tournament kicked off.

PREVIEW: Brazil’s veteran Alves feels ‘butterflies’ ahead of Germany opener 21 July 2021, 1:07 PM

Brazil's Olympic football men's team captain Dani Alves has played on the game's biggest stages but says he is still feeling pre-tournament 'butterflies' ahead of Thursday's opener against Germany.

Sweden’s women stun US with 3-0 thrashing in Tokyo opener 21 July 2021, 12:46 PM

A pair of goals from Swedish forward Stina Blackstenius spelled catastrophe for the US women‘s national team on Wednesday, as the four-time Olympic gold medallists suffered a shock 3-0 defeat in their Tokyo 2020 debut. Fifth-ranked Sweden put the pressure on almost immediately with three shots in the first eight minutes, while the four-time Olympic gold […]

Brazil’s Marta scores in fifth Games running, Britain beat Chile 21 July 2021, 12:29 PM

Brazil's Marta became the first woman footballer to score in five consecutive Olympic Games when she netted twice in Wednesday's 5-0 thrashing of China at the Miyagi Stadium in Rifu.

PREVIEW: First stress test of ‘COVID Games’ may come when Japan play South Africa 20 July 2021, 10:22 PM

The first major test of how an Olympics can be held in the midst of a pandemic may well come this week in the men's soccer tournament, when Japan face a South Africa side that could struggle to field 11 players due to the new coronavirus.

Bafana Bafana lift the 2021 Cosafa Cup after beating Senegal 5-4 in sudden death penalties 18 July 2021, 7:00 PM

The game had to be decided on penalties after it failed to produce any goals after hundred and twenty minutes of play.

Egypt’s Al Ahly win African Champions League for record extending 10th time 17 July 2021, 11:58 PM

Egyptian giants Al Ahly sealed a record-extending 10th African Champions League title after they beat 10-man Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa 3-0 in Saturday's final.

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SABC to broadcast CAF Champions League final, South Africans wish Amakhosi best of luck 17 July 2021, 3:30 PM

The CAF Champions League final is Kaizer Chiefs' first ever since the club's more than five decades of existence.

Bafana Bafana held to goalless draw by Zambia 14 July 2021, 6:05 PM

Bafana Bafana finished top of Group A to book themselves a place in the semi-finals of the COSAFA Cup

Italy beat England on penalties to win Euro 2020 12 July 2021, 12:09 AM

Italy beat England 3-2 on penalties after the Euro 2020 final ended 1-1 following extra time at Wembley on Sunday to secure their second European Championship title. Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was the hero for the Azzurri in the shootout, while substitutes Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka failed to convert from the spot […]

‘Bring it home’: Prince William wishes England the best at soccer final 11 July 2021, 6:21 PM

Prince William wished the England soccer team the best of luck as it prepares for Sunday's Euro 2020 final, its most anticipated game since the side won the 1966 World Cup.

Match Preview: Italy look to win Euro 2020 in style, while England look to maintain form 11 July 2021, 3:11 PM

Italy manager Roberto Mancini urged his players to entertain the public one last time at Euro 2020 and said he has no plans to alter the Azzurri's attacking style for Sunday's final against England at Wembley. 

Dino Zoff on secret for Italy at Wembley: ‘Warm heart and cold blood’ 10 July 2021, 6:57 PM

Italy's Dino Zoff, a former European Championship winner, says the Azzurri need a "warm heart and cold blood" to beat England at Wembley in Sunday's Euro 2020 final, having himself played in his country's first ever win in London in 1973.

UEFA deny request to perform ‘Three Lions’ at Wembley before Euro final 10 July 2021, 5:01 PM

"Three Lions" singer Frank Skinner said UEFA had opposed plans for him and David Baddiel to perform their popular song before Sunday's European Championship final between England and Italy at Wembley.

Zimbabwe stage a late comeback to force 2-all draw with Malawi 9 July 2021, 9:50 PM

Six-time COSAFA Cup champions, Zimbabwe, are still winless after two matches in the 2021 COSAFA Cup tournament currently under way in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape.

Bafana on top of Cosafa Cup Group A after second win 8 July 2021, 9:02 PM

South Africa went top of Group A after registering their second successive win in this year's Cosafa Cup tournament. Bafana Bafana registered a one-nil win over a 10-men Eswatini in Gqeberha, earlier on Thursday afternoon.

England into Euros final after ending Danish dream run 8 July 2021, 12:11 AM

England won their first semi-final since the 1966 World Cup when Harry Kane's extra-time goal, following up after his penalty had been saved, earned a 2-1 victory over Denmark on Wednesday that sent them into Sunday's Euro 2020 final against Italy.