We will be true to who we are – Desiree Ellis

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis believes staying true to their style of play will be key for the team when South Africa face Ghana in the Aisha Buhari Cup later today, Friday 17 September at Mobolaji Johnson Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria. The match will kick-off at 16h00.

Ellis expressed her excitement with the tournament which she believes will be a good test for the upcoming COSAFA Cup tournament and well as the AWCON qualifiers.

Banyana Banyana’s squad is a fusion of locally based players and those plying their trade abroad.

“We had two days to work with everyone and we felt with the time we had, there was a bit of gelling. More days would have been great, we just wanted to make sure that everyone gets a feel of the ball and that what we have done,” said Ellis.

“However there is nothing much we can do now, it’s all about executing the plan for the match against Ghana.

“We had a training session for the local based players in South Africa and the overseas players only joined the training yesterday and today due to long travel. However, they have been playing where they are at their respective clubs and as you could pick up from the first training session there was a bit of understanding. They have played before with each other and against each other. The transition has been better than what I expected,” added Ellis.

For the first time Banyana Banyana will have more than one captain as coach Desiree Ellis aims to equip more leaders in the team.

“We are trying to build a group of leaders so we have more than one captain. We have Janine Van Wyk, Refiloe Jane, Thembi Kgatlana and Mamello Makhabane as possible leaders and Andile is unfortunately not available. We are trying to build more leaders and this group will be lead the team going forward,” said Ellis.

“If we don’t build more leaders, we are going to fall short and that is the whole idea of having more than one captain,” concluded Ellis.


Source: South Africa Football Association

Minister congratulates Bafana Bafana

Minister for Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, has congratulated South Africa’s senior national team, Bafana Bafana, for winning against Ghana Black Stars.


“Hugo Broos, the national team coach, led the team to a super victory against Ghana’s Black Stars at FNB Stadium, winning 1-0 in a game that many thought would be threatening for South Africa’s Senior Men’s National Team,” the department said on Monday.


The team has jumped on the top of Group G now with four points, setting them on probable motion to qualify for the FIFA 2022 Qatar World Cup.


Bafana Bafana are now leading Group G after collecting one point during their initial goal-less draw match against neighbouring Zimbabwe last Friday.


“Congratulations to our youngest looking Bafana Bafana who proved to be too much for Ghana throughout the 90 minutes. This result will go a long way in giving hope to a nation that has been starved of victories.


“I so hope that as a nation we can give our youngsters the much needed support by standing up in large numbers and getting vaccinated so that when they play their final qualifiers, they are able to play in the presence of our passionate supporters,” the Minister said.


The next stop for Bafana Bafana is their travel to Ethiopia on 6 October for their next FIFA World Cup Qualifier.


Source: South African Government News Agency

Another gold for Team SA at Tokyo Paralympics

Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa has welcomed Team South Africa’s fourth medal achievement at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.


The news come after a world-class performance by the versatile South African para-cycling world champion Pieter du Preez who pocketed a gold medal during the Cycling Road Men’s T51, H1 competition – increasing the country’s medal tally to four.


Pieter du Preez, who previously broke the 10 000 metres T51 world record and went on to set new African records in the 200m, 1 500m and 10 000m, pocketed his 5th title by finishing at 43min 49.4sec, beating both Fabrizio Cornegliani (Italy) and Maxime Hordies (Belgium).


“I am elated with the impressive performance of our athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. What we are currently witnessing is a sterling performance by our ambassadors in sport and I am convinced that we are destined to make a remarkable finish in the world rankings.


“I wish the remaining athletes the best of luck and I look forward to more celebrations,” the Minister said on Tuesday.


Source: South African Government News Agency

Minister congratulates Paralympics athletes

Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, has congratulated team South Africa for winning three medals so far at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.


Athletes Anrune Weyers and Ntando Mahlangu emerged as the first pair to collect gold medals out of the 38 athletes who are currently representing South Africa at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.


“We are extremely proud of Team South Africa and what they have achieved so far at the Paralympics. This is a clear indication that there are no limits when you set your mind to something. We believed they could and they did. Furthermore, we will continue to support them on their ongoing journey,” the Minister said on Saturday.


Competing in the T47, 400m Women’s Race Weyers emerged victorious and finished first by clocking 56.05 defeating Liesbli Marina Andrade (Venezuela) and Anastasia Solovieva (Russia), coming second and third respectively.


In the men’s 200m T61 sprint, Mahlangu was able to collect gold and broke his previously self-set world record after finishing. First clocking 7.17.


He was then followed by both Leon Schafer (Germany) and Daniel Wagner (Denmark) who finished second and third respectively.


“Mahlangu’s victory is equally accompanied by the self-set world record which was long overdue. His self-set path emerged when he was only 14, after winning a silver medal in the men’s 200m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. In 2017, he won a silver medal in the men’s 200m at the World Championships. Two years later, he was a world champion. This year, he set a world record,” the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture said.


Visually impaired athlete Louzanne Coetzee won silver in the T11 1500m, setting the new African record.


Coetzee finished second behind Mexico’s Monica Rodriguez Saavedra (4:37.40) and clocked 4min 40.96 seconds.


“I have been competing for eight years and this is my first medal. I am overwhelmed. I couldn’t have asked for a better race, a better guide, better preparation. I’m very thankful for how things went down,” Coetzee said.


The Minister said he was excited to see the athletes putting all efforts to increase the medal tally.


“We are watching very closely what is happening at the Tokyo Paralympics and we are excited to see that the athletes are putting all efforts to increase our medal tally. We wish them success and we are looking forward to celebrating more of such achievements,” the Minister said on Monday.


Source: South African Government News Agency

Medal winning Paralympic, Olympic athletes to receive financial incentives

Department of Sports, Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, has announced the financial incentives for medal winning Tokyo Games 2020 Paralympic and Olympic athletes and their coaches.


Mthethwa announced the following incentives for the athletes:


Gold medal winners will be rewarded with R450 000 with their coach earning R120 000

Silver medal winners will be rewarded with R220 000 with their coach earning R70 000

Bronze medal winners will be rewarded with R100 000 with their coach winning R30 000

World Record breaking feats will earn athletes R180 000

“We are guided by our core values of an athlete-centred and excellence-driven sports system. Our aim is to provide incentives and to applaud individual athletes and teams who continue to make our nation proud by displaying exceptional performance and attaining remarkable results.


“Rewarding of excellence, especially every four years with the primary focus on Olympics, has been a permanent feature in our sporting calendar,” Mthethwa said.


Olympic swimming sensation Tatjana Schoenmaker, who broke a world record in the pool on her way to bagging silver and gold medals, will be rewarded with at least R850 000.


Surfer Bianca Buitendag walked away with a silver medal in what a debut appearance for the sport at the Olympics.


Buitendag’s exploits at the games earned her at least R220 000.


Minister Mthethwa praised the two athletes for their performances at the games and expressed great hope for athletes currently competing at the Paralympics.


“Let me take this opportunity to shower with felicitations, both our athletes for doing exceptionally well at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Thanks to both athletes for bringing pride and honour to our country and for uplifting our spirit especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.


“I am equally confident that our Paralympians will do better and bring more medals which will be worthy of various celebrations and form part of our class of 2021 great achievers,” he said.


Source: South African Government News Agency

SA congratulates SA under 20 athletics team

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture has joined the nation in welcoming back the South Africa Under 20 athletics team from their excellent performance at the Under 20 World Athletics Championship which was held in Nairobi, Kenya.


Team SA was able to finish sixth out of 100 participating countries after a hard-fought and thrilling encounter across most codes, therefore amassing nine medals, including breaking the men’s U20 4x100m relay world record.


The relay team comprising Benjamin Richardson, Sinesipho Dambile, Mihlali Xhotyeni and Letlhogonolo Moleyane finished at 38.51, followed by both Jamaica (38.61) and Poland (38.90).


The rest of amassed medals were as follows:


Gold: Mire Reinstorf (pole vault women), Mine De Klerk (discus women).


Silver: Benjamin Richardson (100m sprint), Mine De Klerk (discus women).


Bronze: Kyle Rademeyer (pole vault), Dane Roets (shot put), Matt Nortje (400m), Sinesipho Dambile (200m).


“Congratulations to the U20 athletics team, under the guidance of Athletics South Africa. Our appreciation goes out to all of them for making the nation proud and flying the South African flag with such distinction,” Minister Mthethwa said upon hearing the successful story of the U20 athletics team.


“My appreciation as well goes out to Athletics South Africa for ensuring that they were able to send a tailor-made team of not more than 50 athletes and for bringing home nine medals including breaking the world record,” Mthethwa said.


The national team landed at the OR Tambo Airport on Monday afternoon.


Source: South African Government News Agency

Goals galore as Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies cement top position

Reigning Women’s League champions Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies remain unbeaten in this season’s campaign and look the team to beat as they extended their lead at the top of the log standings.


The relentless league champions played their two catch up matches inside four days and from the recent form, will take some beating.


On Saturday, 7 August 2021, Downs travelled to Free State where they thrashed hosts Tsunami Queens 8-0 before comfortably overcoming University of Johannesburg 2-0 on Tuesday, 10 August in Pretoria to extend their lead on the Hollywoodbets Super League standings.


The champions took their points tally to 28 and are slowly running away with the league title, midway through the season.


Meanwhile, the University of the Western Cape managed a 1-1 draw with Ma-Indies Ladies on Saturday in Giyani before coming with guns blazing, blowing away Golden Ladies 6-0 on Tuesday to cement their second spot position on the log standings.


JVW Ladies who of late have gone off the boil after starting the season like a house on fire, were held to a 1-1 draw by Coal City Wizards to remain rooted on 6th position on the log.


The highlight of this coming weekend’s matches will be at King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban where Durban Ladies will host the University of Western Cape. That match kicks off at 13h00.


Coal City Wizards travel to Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium to face Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies, while First Touch Academy host the University of Johannesburg at Seshego Stadium in Polokwane.


Golden Ladies will have to dig deep when they host the Tshwane University of Technology at the North West University in Mafikeng while Tsunami Queens travel to Tsakane Stadium to play JVW Ladies.


Unbeaten Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies host Richmond United at Groenkloof Stadium while the last match of the weekend sees Ma-Indies Ladies hosting Thunderbirds Ladies on Sunday 15 August 2021 at Giyani Stadium.


Source: The South African Football Association