Over the past two weeks, there have been three, horrible tragedies in the world of South African sport. It has been emotional and rough, but South African sports fans have stuck together during this horrible time.
In memory of the three, talented sporting stars we have lost, a joint memorial was held at the Standard Bank Arena in Johannesburg yesterday.
The lives of Phindile Mwelase, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and Senzo Meyiwa were celebrated at the memorial service, with hundreds of fans, family members, friends and ministers showing up to pay their respects.
In an unfortunate turn of events, all three these South African sports stars died within 2 weeks of one another. (more…)
As everyone in the football world knows, being nominated for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award is truly something spectacular. Sure, at the end of the day there can only be one winer, but being nominated is an honour in itself.
Today, FIFA in association with France Football, released the shortlist of 23 nominees for the award.
The Ballon d’Or, which is also called the FIFA Player of the Year Award, is awarded annually to a prominent footballer that displayed an exceptional level of football throughout the year.
Last year (or rather this year) the award was given to Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Germany leads the pack in the this year’s nominations, with 6 players nominated. It comes as no surprise really, with them being the World Cup Champions and all. (more…)
South Africans are in mourning today as the nation woke up to the tragic news of the passing of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain, Senzo Meyiwa.
Meyiwa was fatally shot on Sunday night in what appears to be a botched armed robbery.
According to various reports, Meyiwa was shot and killed at his girlfriend, South African singer Kelly Khumalo’s home in Vosloorus in Johannesburg. It s believed that three intruders entered the house with guns and that Meyiwa was shot when he tried to protect his girlfriend.
The intruders were apparently pointing a gun towards Kelly as they demanded the people inside the house hand over valuables including cellphones, laptops and jewellery. When Meyiwa moved in front of his girlfriend he was shot in the back.
The bullet then exited through his chest and he was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital. (more…)
Oscar Pistorius – or the Blade Runner as he is knob in athletic circles – will not be allowed to compete in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, following his sentence for the killing of Reeva Steenkamp.
Yesterday, Pistorius was sentenced to 5 years in prison for culpable homicide, following the shooting of his then-girlfriend on Valentines Day last year. He was also sentenced to three years imprisonment for shooting a gun in a restaurant, of which all three years were wholly suspended.
Following the outcome of the sentencing, Pistorius will now not be allowed to compete in the Paralympics for the entire 5 years of his sentence. (more…)
If the two semi-finals of the Currie Cup this past weekend is anything to go by, then this Saturday’s final between the Western Province and the Lions looks set to be one helluva game!
This past Saturday, the Western Province faced off against the Bulls at Newlands in Cape Town and the Lions took on the current Currie Cup holders, the Sharks, at Ellis Park.
Both games were definitely one for the books, as both the WP and the Lions played an exceptionally high level of rugby and onc again proved that South African rugby teams are a serious force to be reckoned with.
The Western Province scored 3 tries in their match against a disgruntled Bulls team, with Cheslin Kolbe being the undoubted star of the show scoring two tries. He has consistently been a star player for the Cape Town side and will definitely be a pillar of strength for the team come the final this Saturday. He was also named Man of the Match in the semi-final, which will obviously help boost his confidence in the final.
The end result for the semi-final against the Bulls at Newlands was 31 -23. (more…)
South African soccer legend, Lucas Radebe, was just named as one of the top 100 English Premier League players, ever – and as South Africans, we couldn’t be more proud.
The former Bafana Bafana captain was included in the list after his 11 year spell at Leeds United, where he proved to be a firm fan favourite and played in more than 200 games for the team.
As for his national duties, “The Chief” as he was known – presumably because of his stint at Kaizer Chief before heading across the pond to Leeds – was capped 70 times for Bafana Bafana and was most notably the captain in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
He also got used to the title of captain, as he also captained Leeds United for a while. (more…)
It seems that the partnership between Fernando Alonso and Ferrari has come to an end. The talented Spanish driver has kind of (not officially) made it clear that he will be leaving Ferrari in favour of a new team next season, according to a Ferrari insider.
Ferrari’s ex-chairman, Luca di Montezemolo, announced yesterday that Alonso will no longer be a part of the Ferrari family, come the end of the season.
Montezemolo said that there are two main reasons why Alonso is leaving Ferrari, one of them being that he is hungry to win a title:
“Fernando is leaving for two reasons… [sic] One because he wants to cement himself in another environment. And two because he’s at an age where he cannot wait to win again…He has been disappointed not to have won (the title) in these years and he needs a new stimulus” he said. (more…)