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AmaTuks u/19 impress in the Multichoice Diski Challenge

DANIËL BASSON

The capitulation of Bafana Bafana over the past decade left South African football in disarray. The once top-ranked African football team has slipped down the Fifa world rankings, failed to qualify for two of the last three World Cups, and struggled to qualify for the African Cup of Nations on numerous occasions. After ten barren years the answer has been found, and the South African Football Association came to the conclusion that the lack of youth development in soccer is the main reason for the lack of results in the senior sides.

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) and Multichoice teamed up to create the Multichoice Diski Challenge, which is a reserve league for the teams that play in the PSL. The 16 reserve teams are split into two groups and the top four finishers qualify for the knockout stage. All squads have to consist of u/19 players, with the exception of three players who can be over the age of 20, because the challenge aims to create another platform for young players to showcase their skills and gain the necessary exposure and guidance for each player to reach fulfil their potential.

Tuks got the tournament off to a winning start, but consecutive poor performances threatened to be the undoing of the youngsters. A couple of wins and a draw in their last rounds of the group stage gave the boys from UP a glimmer of hope as elimination after only the first round seemed to be inevitable.

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Bafana crash out of Afcon

DANIËL BASSON

South African football fans were undoubtedly delighted after Bafana Bafana’s very successful Afcon qualifying campaign under new boss Shakes Mashaba. Bafana finished at the top of their qualification group, knocking defending Afcon champions Nigeria off their throne and ultimately causing the Nigerian side to miss out on securing their spot in Equatorial Guinea, with home and away draws against them.

This new found form raised expectations, but high hopes for Afcon 2015 success were damped when Bafana Bafana were drawn in the “group of death” alongside Algeria, Senegal and Ghana, all of whom are higher placed in the Fifa World rankings. Most notable are the Algerians who are coming off a very successful world cup campaign and rank in the top 20 football playing nations.

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Jeremiah Nkwana Interview

ZUKO QUSHEKA

The 21-year old, Mamelodi-born Jeremiah Nkwana is set to be next in the long line of sporting stars produced by the University of Pretoria. With a work-ethic to rival ABSA Premier League players it’s only a matter of time before he sets the top level alight with his talent. Perdeby sat down with Jeremiah to talk about his football career.

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SA loses two sport stars in one weekend

MICHAEL BONGANI REINDERS

Two South African sport stars have died in the last few days and their deaths have left South Africa in shock.

The first death was that of Olympic 800m silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, who died in a car crash on Friday 24 October in Mpumalanga. He had a decorated career, winning the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and winning the gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth games. Mulaudzi was the flag bearer for South Africa at the opening ceremony of the Athens Olympics. He also became the first black South African athlete to be ranked number one in the world. The 34-year old Mulaudzi retired last year. Fellow Olympic silver medallist Khotso Mokoena tweeted, “I’ve lost a brother, a friend a champion! Sad news to my soul! Will miss you my brother! RIP… Death be not proud!!”

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Interview with Pieter Griesel and Derek Botha

SIMPHIWE NHLABATHI

Pieter Griesel and Derek Botha are both UP-Tuks 1 rugby players studying theology and education respectively. Perdeby asked them some questions about their path in rugby.

When did you start playing rugby?

Pieter Griesel (PG): I basically started playing as soon as I was able to hold a ball.

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