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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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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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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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Bafana Bafana stalemate with Congo

ABONGILE SKOSANA

Bafana Bafana hosted Congo-Brazzaville on Wednesday 15 October at Peter Mokaba Stadium for the second round of fixtures in the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.

The bad weather did not stop people from coming in their numbers to support the national team. Bafana managed to keep their unbeaten record by drawing, which keeps them on top of group A with eight points followed by Congo with seven points. Coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba made changes and it showed as Bafana played as a well organised team.

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