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South African Footballers Have Their Say On Doctor Khumalo

Soccer Laduma - 3 hours ago
By Soccer Laduma - Jun 26, 2017 08:00 PM. Thumbs_up. 0. 0 ... “I would like to wish South Africa and Kaizer Chiefs legend, Doctor '16v' Khumalo, a happy birthday, and I will never forget all the shibobos that he used to give his opponents. What a ...and...

34 soccer recruits have signed on at Gillette College

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Doctor Khumalo Solidified His Spot As A South African Legend

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By Soccer Laduma - Jun 26, 2017 05:30 PM ... Khumalo was the man who, in 1992, scored South Africa's first goal since readmission into FIFA, and four years later – in 1996 – set up Mark Williams for the winning goal in the African Cup of Nations final.and...

'I want hard work from everybody'

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Players will be able to relate to us because we are not old school and are open to change.” The City players return for the start of pre-season on Friday‚ bar Ngoma and Judas Moseamedi‚ who are on national team duty with South Africa at the COSAFA ...and...

Bafana Bafana scrambling for players ahead of Cosafa Cup participation

Times LIVE - 7 hours ago
A scramble for players continued for South Africa's national team on Monday as Mandla Masango and Lebogang Phiri were both told to report for pre-season training at their European clubs. The pair had been initially included in a makeshift squad ...and...

Wits return to work to plan for new PSL season

Times LIVE - 8 hours ago
It will be followed by a steady diet of training games‚ then a trip down to Stellenbosch and concluded with a now traditional one-day two-match tournament behind closed doors at Bidvest Stadium‚ involving other Premier Soccer League clubs. The week in ...and...

PSL Name Nominees For PSL Awards

Soccer Laduma - 8 hours ago
With South Africa's 2016/17 season officially at an end, the Premier Soccer League has named the nominees for the upcoming awards ceremony. Check out the gallery above for all of the nominees. The league celebrates those who performed throughout the ...and...

Cosafa games live on Supersport

Nyasa Times - 1 day ago
“Once again we are bringing the Cosafa Castle Cup direct to the homes of soccer mad Malawians who will follow every game live from South Africa in the comfort of their homes. Just recently we donated the DStv PVR Explora decoder to the Flames coach ...and...

Teenage Hadebe To Follow Other Chicken Inn Stars To The PSL

Soccer Laduma - 1 day ago
In Soccer Laduma issue number 1028 it was reported that the 21-year-old has agreed to a deal in principle with the Soweto giants. However, Hadebe's move from the Zimbabwean club to South Africa's top flight is not an unfamiliar move, with several...

Alan Koch: A soccer purist grappling with the game's tech future

Cincinnati.com - 2 days ago
Futbol Club Cincinnati head coach Alan Koch is as pure as any soccer purist you'll find. As such, Koch believes the rules of soccer should be easily applicable for anyone playing it, regardless of whether it's being played on a sandy beach in South...

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#PROTEACAPTURE - Gupta Tentacles In Cricket: What The Proteas Look Like – WATCH!

EDINBURGH — Two years ago few people had heard of the Gupta family. Today it is apparent that the Gupta family tentacles stretch deep into government and political circles as well as South Africa’s social fabric. The name of the Gupta family has become synonymous with the rule of the ANC under President Jacob Zuma, however a state capture strategy indicates that the Gupta brothers have been courting many people over more than a decade in order to secure access to the levers of power. In this video, investigative journalists with News24 highlight the role of the Gupta family in South African cricket. They show how South African cricketers were paraded in India, drawing strong reactions from at least one cricket star. – Jackie Cameron

The Gupta family’s grip on Cricket South Africa (CSA) was so firm in the mid-2000s that they managed to drag the Proteas to their hometown during one of the national team’s tours to India.

Exclusive video footage obtained by News24 shows how current and former cricket stars such as Makhaya Ntini, AB de Villiers and Graeme Smith were paraded around Saharanpur – where Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta hail from – in the middle of the team’s tour to the subcontinent at the end of 2005.

The Proteas were paraded around town on horse-drawn carriages and were even made to wear traditional Indian headwear.

How Guptas captured Proteas: Links highlighted in book - "The Republic Of Gupta - A Story Of State Capture' by Pieter-Louis Myburgh

The book by Pieter-Louis Myburgh highlights that “as passionate cricket supporters struggled to come to terms with the name changes of their near-sacred cricket grounds, the Guptas decided to discharge a little public relation magic to try to win the fans’ hearts”.

“To help them, they formed a somewhat unlikely alliance with Graeme Smith, at the time South Africa’s national cricket captain,” reports IOL in a book review.

At the official announcement of the deal, Sahara Computers introduced Smith as the company’s new “brand ambassador”, says IOL.

“The relationship between Sahara and Smith would last for the greater part of the Proteas captain’s career. In 2009, Smith released his book, A Captain’s Diary, at a function held at the Newlands cricket ground. According to a promotional board photographed at the event, Sahara was the ‘official book sponsor’.

“In a video from the event, a somewhat obsequious Smith, not known among the sporting press for his modesty, can be seen literally bowing his head to his paymasters at Sahara.

“You just heard that the relationship (between Smith and Sahara) has been going for five years and they’ve been an integral part of those five years. To Mr Gupta (bows head) and Gary (Naidoo), thank you very much,” says Smith, standing in front of a Sahara placard.”

Smith was not the only Proteas star roped in by the Guptas for marketing purposes, notes IOL.

“In December 2004, teammates Shaun Pollock, Jacques Kallis, Makhaya Ntini, Boeta Dippenaar, Jacques Rudolph, Martin van Jaarsveld and Neil McKenzie all signed on to become ‘brand representatives’ of Sahara.

“By the end of 2005, the Guptas’ grip on the Proteas and CSA was so firmly established that the family managed to make significant alterations to the team’s schedule for a tour to India that November,” reports IOL.

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