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Graeme Smith Grateful His Name Has Been Cleared Of Racism

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Graeme Smith Grateful His Name Has Been Cleared Of Racism

Former Proteas Men’s captain and Cricket South Africa (CSA) Director of Cricket Graeme Smith has admitted the “ unwarranted allegations of racism” against him have been “ exhausting and abstracting.”

Smith was cleared this week of all three charges related to contended ethnical demarcation by a two- man arbitration panel appointed by CSA.

The 41- time-old was under scrutiny following the CSA’s Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) commission’s report, which had made conditional findings that Smith had engaged in prejudicial geste involving thenon-selection of former gate keeper Thami Tsolekile in the period 2012-2014, the appointment of Proteas Men’s trainer Mark Boucher over Enoch Nkwe in 2019, and the contended turndown to work with Black leadership at CSA.

Commenting on Advocates Ngwako Maenetje SC and Michael Bishop’s ruling, a “completely vindicated” Smith said: “I’m grateful that my name has finally been cleared. I’ve always given South African cricket my utmost, as a player, captain and administrator, over the last 20 years. So, to hear these baseless allegations of racism being made has been extremely difficult, both for me and my family.

“It has been exhausting and distracting, not least because South African cricket has also been going through a well-publicised rebuilding process which has required a lot of attention.

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“I’m just pleased that we have now gone through a robust arbitration process before independent, objective arbitrators and I have been completely vindicated.”

Smith’s attorney David Becker was inversely pleased that his customer had been cleared off these “ vexatious claims”.

“Unfortunately there were a multitude of opportunistic claims and insinuations made before the SJN which were not properly tested and were clearly false,” said Becker.

“The allegations made against Graeme Smith in particular were made by a small group of disgruntled individuals with an obvious agenda to tarnish his good name and have him removed as the Director of Cricket.

“These vexatious claims and insinuations were serious and defamatory. Graeme has every right to feel aggrieved by these personal attacks. However, it is a testimony to his character and leadership that he has held his head up high throughout this process, focused on the job at hand and continued to play a hugely significant role in assisting South African cricket.”

Smith’s contract as CSA’s Director of Cricket expired at the end of last month.

He has since decided to move on to other business gambles and is presently stating in India.

CSA has been ordered to pay all Smith’s costs associated with the arbitration process.

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Jomo Cosmos Could Play GladAfrica Championship Football Next Season

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Jomo Cosmos Could Play GladAfrica Championship Football Next Season

Relegated Jomo Cosmos have been handed a lifeline and could play GladAfrica Championship football next season following discoveries of Hungry Lions fielding an ineligible player in 10 of their 30 games.

Jomo Cosmos submitted a formal complaint through their legal representatives with regards to the ‘illegal’ fielding of a player who is still on their books.

“It has recently come to our attention, Mr Tshepo Mohlala(the player) has been playing for Hungry Lions Football Club during the 2021/2022 football season, despite being a player of our client,” read the charge sheet of the Premier Soccer League.

“The player has never been cleared nor released by Jomo Cosmos Football Club and hence any games played for Hungry Lions Football Club constitute a breach of NSL handbook rules 30,31 and 32.”

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Tshepo Mohlala, who was a part of the Ezenkosi amateurs set up in the 2015/2016 featured in matches that Hungry Lions managed to collect 15 points, he could be the reason the Northern Cape side are docked of these points which would subsequently relegate them and ensure Jomo Cosmos another season in the second tier of South African football.

Cosmo concluded their GladAfrica Championship campaign in 15th position after accumulating 28 points in their 30 matches.

Lions, who currently sit 11th on the log with 36 points could end up on 24 points if they are found guilty on the charges placed on them and that would mean they finish bottom of the log and Cosmos jump out to safety.

Lions and Mohlala are set to appear before the PSL DC on the 27th of June and will know their fate thereafter.

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Bafana icon Mark Fish Declares Support For Ria Ledwaba In SAFA Presidency Race

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Former Bafana Bafana star Mark Fish has said that he is supporting Ria Ledwaba in the race for the SAFA presidency against Danny Jordaan.

Ledwaba is currently challenging for the SAFA presidency but is viewed as an outsider against competitor Danny Jordaan.

At the moment, I’m supporting Ria (Ledwaba). It’s not because we are ex-footballers. We are football fans as well. We need change. SAFA has done good things but we need change if we are to move forward. I think if we don’t see change now, it will be difficult to see improvement in grassroots football,” said Fish.

Fish insisted that change is now necessary if Bafana Bafana is to embark on a revival after nearly two decades of mediocrity on the field of play.

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“We are giving support to an individual who has spoken to us as ex-players and said that she can bring change. We need change to move on. We need to get back to being number one in the continent and back to being among the top 20 or 25 in the World,” said Fish.

The former Charlton Athletic defender insisted that while he is supporting Ledwaba, he has no personal issues with Jordaan.

“Danny has never done anything wrong to me. I have a picture of Danny, myself and Benni McCarthy at the 1998 World Cup. I also have a picture of myself and Danny in Congo. He is passionate about the game.

Nothing has changed but I feel that we need a change of leadership. Ria has put up her hand and we are behind it because we feel that there should be change,” said Fish.

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Pitso Mosimane Leaves Al Ahly After Two Years

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Egyptian Giants Al Ahly have announced their decision to part ways with Head Coach Pitso Mosimane two years after his appointment.

The future of the 57 year old Mosimane came under the spotlight after his Red Devils side suffered defeat to Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League final.

Al Ahly President, Mahmoud El Khatib along with other board members held a meeting regarding Mosimane’s tenure with defeat in the champions league and the indifferent form in their domestic endeavours on the agenda.

Mosimane with back-to-back champions league medals on his was considered the right man to lead the Club of The Century into a new era, However in a twist of events, the former Bafana Bafana mentor has requested to leave his post at the Cairo based club.

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“During the meeting, they all decided that he should continue his mission with Al Ahly as of the achievements he has managed to accomplish during his time at the club, However during a meeting that was held recently Mosimane requested to leave and that he was satisfied with the achievements he managed while with the club,” the club statement read.

“Later on it was discussed and the board decided to approve his request to part ways with the club and thank him for all his achievements while with the club.”

Mosimane’s two year stay at Al Ahly will be regarded as one of the successful at the club having managed two champions league medals along with two super cups and an Egyptian cup. He leaves the club in third place on the Egyptian premier league, trailing Zamalek in first by seven points but having four games in hand.

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Bafana Bafana Coach Hugo Broos Not Disappointed By Performance Against Morocco

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Bafana Coach Hugo Broos Cautious About His Team's Chances In World Cup Qualifiers

Bafana Bafana suffered defeat in their first Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2023 qualification match against Morocco on Thursday night.

Coach Hugo Broos’ men made a bright start when Lyle Foster opened the scoring in the eighth minute, however, they were on the backfoot for their entire contest but the Belgian mentor was pleased with his side’s application.

“No, not at all (the result we wanted). I thought we could win, then after the goal we received I was happy with one point, if you get a second goal so close to the end it’s disappointing,” Broos said after the game.

“For sure we know what to do now in September. I was not – how can I say it – disappointed about the performance today. We will fight for it. We played against a very strong Moroccan team.

“So that was good. Let’s hope that we can do it in September twice and hopefully get two victories.”

Bafana had just 36% possession, five shots at goal and with one going on target. The intention to absorb pressure and play on the counter attack was clear from the onset and that’s how Foster broke through on goal to give his side the lead.

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The South African men’s national team featured a couple of debutants, amongst them Sphephelo Sithole who was amongst Bafana’s best players on the night.

The 23-year-old, though, did appear to be struggling with injury for the majority of the game and coach Broos revealed his displeasure at conceding a late goal without ‘Yaya’ on the field even though they had asked him if he was okay at half time.

“We were waiting ‘till the ball was out, but the ball was staying in and then we lost the ball in a very simple way (by Yusuf Maart) and after that it was 2-1,” explained Broos.

“We asked him during the half-time, he said ‘Yeah, no problem, no problem’. So okay, no problem,” the coach continued.

“But you see then at a certain moment there is a problem and then you cannot change immediately. And as you play with 10, you concede the goal.”

Bafana’ chances at qualification chances are still intact after match day one. They will need to beat 144th-ranked Liberia home and away to all but guarantee themselves a chance at Afcon in Ivory Coast.

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Sekhukhune United Appoint Kaitano Tembo As New Head Coach

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Sekhukhune United Football Club have announced the appointment of Kaitano Tembo as the club’s new head coach.

The former Supersport United boss will come into the position vacated by McDonald Makhubedu, who has been reinstated as the club’s senior coach.

“Sekhukhune United Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Kaitano Tembo to the Technical Team of Sekhukhune United FC,” the club statement read.

“The former Supersport United FC Head Coach will be working as a Head Coach for Babina Noko.

“Mr Tembo takes over the Head Coach position of the team following the appointment of Mr. McDonald Makhubedu as the Senior Coach.”

The 51 year old Tembo was released by Supersport at the tail end of last season after a string of indifferent results that forced the club to relieve of his duties in order to begin preparations for the upcoming season.

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Babina Noko have roped in Tembo in an attempt to build a sustainable model of success at top flight level. The Zimbabwean international will work alongside Makhubedu and Thabo Senong to try and identify the kind of players required to form the new guard at Sekhukhune.

The Johannesburg based club began last season like a house on fire, winning seven of their opening 12 games and recorded just two losses and three draws, a run that stuck them in the middle of top 8 contention.

However a second round capitulation saw them win just one game in 2022, contributing to a spiral down the log and eventually finishing 11th, a position Tembo felt could be built upon.

“I think next season we have to do better, the club has done well coming into the league from the GladAfrica Championship and finishing 11th. Therefore the next step has to be looking to break into the top eight and from what I’ve seen in terms of attitude and work ethic from the staff, I think we have enough to fight for a position in the top eight,” he said.

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