Neil Powell made history over the weekend by becoming the first person to win the World Series Sevens as a player and a coach. He deserves immense credit for the environment he has fostered, and the players who have flourished under his tutelage. The administrators who have crafted these structures should learn from themselves too. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
In the space of seven days, three different soccer players, in three different parts of the world have all encountered racism. There might be even more who we’ve not heard of – or who didn’t feel like saying anything. It is time for the game’s authorities to act strongly and ruthless against those who transgress – and those who ignore their complaints. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
The announcement of Stuart Baxter’s appointment as the new coach of Bafana Bafana nearly got lost among the #DAZuma news last week. Consensus among the media seems to be split. And if you believe social media, the team is going to Hell in a handcart. But the issue is not so much with the man appointed, but how we got here. ANTOINETTE MULLER rounds up the South African media’s views.
Gift Ngoepe’s rise to baseball’s big time is an astonishing tale of persistence. But it’s one that’s not entirely unfamiliar to South Africans. Because like so many of our country’s best stories, it’s one that reminds us what happens when we embrace our humanity and when somebody is presented with an equal opportunity. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
This week, Lonwabo Tsotsobe became the seventh player to be named in Cricket South Africa’s ongoing investigation into a match-fixing saga that rocked the 2015 T20 domestic competition. Once upon a time, he had the world at his feet. How did it all go so wrong? By ANTOINETTE MULLER.