Bafana Coach Mashaba Suspended

[SAFA] Bafana Bafana Head Coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba will not join the team on their trip to Mozambique as the Association has deemed it necessary to employ disciplinary measures after a regrettable incident at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday, 12 …

[SAFA] Bafana Bafana Head Coach Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba will not join the team on their trip to Mozambique as the Association has deemed it necessary to employ disciplinary measures after a regrettable incident at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday, 12 November 2016.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Minister Brown Assures Eskom Will Remain Stable

[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has assured South Africa that as the shareholder representative, she will work closely with the board to ensure that Eskom remains stable.

[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has assured South Africa that as the shareholder representative, she will work closely with the board to ensure that Eskom remains stable.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Analysis: BBC Journalist Reflects On Zambia’s 1-All Draw Against Cameroun

In the aftermath of the 1-all draw against Cameroun, BBC Sports journalist Kennedy Gondwe has penned some reflections on the direction Zambian football should take. The respected scribe reckons the Chipolopolo should have their eyes on building a team to … Continued

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In the aftermath of the 1-all draw against Cameroun, BBC Sports journalist Kennedy Gondwe has penned some reflections on the direction Zambian football should take. The respected scribe reckons the Chipolopolo should have their eyes on building a team to aim for Qatar 2022 whilst allowing the team to enjoy the run in the race for Russia 2018. Below is Gondwe’s full posting on his facebook page: Whilst watching the Cameroon versus Zambia World Cup qualifying match yesterday, Gary Al-Smith, a good sports journalist friend from Ghana remarked on Twitter, “Collins Mbesuma has been scoring goals before I started wearing diapers. And he will continue after my kids are done with uni [university]…†Such remarks show how dedicated Mbesuma has been to national duty though at his peak, his exploits on the field were punctuated with similar but toxic acts off it until ‘King David’ looked to Jehovah God to restore him and in the process rediscover his form. The only thing God cannot do now is to make him younger and run as much as he used to before he reached his 30s. His legs are still potent though and industrious enough to score—goals I mean—but not for long. That Zambia still looks up to him as their Redeemer-in-Chief in the World Cup qualifying campaign explains how much the country needs new strikers before the former Roan United man finally hangs up his boots and possibly join Chishimba Kambwili in Roan constituency. Like I have previously argued, qualification for Russia 2018 went when the draw was made. Our current team has seen better days. And the five points difference between Zambia and group toppers Nigeria is too much to overhaul. But we live in a world of possibilities were even Donald Trump can be President and Temitope Balogun (TB) Joshua can be messed up by his predictions, sorry, prophesies. Focus should now, or rather should have been, going to Qatar in 2022. What the senior national team needs now is not necessarily a root-and-branch overhaul but something close to it. A team that relies on 30 year-olds (Mbesuma, Kondwani Mtonga, Kennedy Mweene, Isaac Chansa and possibly others who have under-declared [note: I don’t mean tickets sales money] but football ages) should now look up to its youth ranks as the future. That is why since Zambia’s next game is close to a year after now, coach Wedson Nyirenda should be attached to the Under-20 coaching bench and start identifying future stars. Zambia finishing among the top four teams in the Under-20 Africa Youth Cup tournament they are hosting next year will guarantee qualification to the Under-20 World Cup. And if that happens, one or two players may end up playing in Europe. And that team should be allowed to graduate into the Under-23 side whose target should be qualification for the All-Africa Games and the Olympics in 2020. That’s the team whose overall target should be going to the 2019 Africa Cup and Qatar in 2022 and I am sure the likes of Rainford Kalaba, Nathan Sinkala, Stopilla Sunzu will still be competitive in a way and provide leadership. And who knows, we shall be seeing less of Chisamba Lungu’s shoe-shine football, Evans Kangwa and Rodger Kola would have become a lot more serious in national colours by then and not the pain they were yesterday. In between, there will be Africa Cup matches and also youth tournaments so these players would have a lot of matches to gel and play coherently. All in all, coach Wedson Nyirenda and his team should be supported. The man has something in his sky-blue jacket, touchline antics and barks. The passion is there for even Elijah Ngwale to see. Though just a draw in yesterday’s match, it’s an important point for belief. The team played as a united force. Ziyo Tembo gave us an idea of what defence partnership Nyirenda has fathered and how he could already be looking to the future once he sorts out the other equally important departments of the team… The post Analysis: BBC Journalist Reflects On Zambia’s 1-All Draw Against Cameroun appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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VJ Wants ConCourt Disbanded

Veteran politician Vernon Mwaanga has not let up on his post-election grievances taking shots at the Constitutional Court. Mwaanga, who backed losing United Party for National Development candidate Hakainde Hichilema, says the Constitutional Court should be disbanded. He said the … Continued

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Veteran politician Vernon Mwaanga has not let up on his post-election grievances taking shots at the Constitutional Court. Mwaanga, who backed losing United Party for National Development candidate Hakainde Hichilema, says the Constitutional Court should be disbanded. He said the court that threw out the petition was comprised of incompetent judges that should be hounded out. Mwaanga said the Constitutional Court had failed the people of Zambia and had yet to make any credible decision. He said that the court was such a circus that they were even re-adjudicating matters that they had already ruled upon like the issue of ministers refunding the government money they used after parliament had been dissolved. Mwaanga found favour with the UPND, a party that over the years had accused him of being the master rigger of elections but are now shunted in the same boat. The UPND long held the notion that Mwaanga helped ‘rob’ the late Anderson Mazoka of victory in 2001 when Levy Mwanawasa emerged winner. The post VJ Wants ConCourt Disbanded appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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NPA Records 93.8 Percent Conviction Rate

[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is forging ahead with its mission of ensuring justice for victims of crime by prosecuting without fear, favour and prejudice.

[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is forging ahead with its mission of ensuring justice for victims of crime by prosecuting without fear, favour and prejudice.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Solve Polarising Debate On League Size Once and for All

[Nation] For the past two years, the end of the season has been mired in the same quarrel between the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and the Kenya Premier League (KPL) over the number of teams that ought to be included in the top flight football in Ke…

[Nation] For the past two years, the end of the season has been mired in the same quarrel between the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and the Kenya Premier League (KPL) over the number of teams that ought to be included in the top flight football in Kenya.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Be Kind to Your Political Opponents, Cleric Tells Obaseki

[Vanguard] The Bishop of the Anglican ?Communion, Benin Diocese, Rt. Rev. Peter Imasuen, has called on Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo to extend a hand of fellowship to other candidates he defeated in the Sept. 28 governorship election.

[Vanguard] The Bishop of the Anglican ?Communion, Benin Diocese, Rt. Rev. Peter Imasuen, has called on Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo to extend a hand of fellowship to other candidates he defeated in the Sept. 28 governorship election.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Blitzboks Victorious in Namibian Warmup

[News24Wire] The Blitzboks outplayed fellow World Series contestants, Kenya, by 31-10 to win the Safland Sevens tournament played at the Dome Sports Arena in Swakopmund on Sunday.

[News24Wire] The Blitzboks outplayed fellow World Series contestants, Kenya, by 31-10 to win the Safland Sevens tournament played at the Dome Sports Arena in Swakopmund on Sunday.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa