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Chiefs suffer 2-1 defeat to Asec

20 April 2014 18:20

Kaizer Chiefs again came face-to-face with the realities of competing in Caf's continental tournaments while going down 2-1 to the Ivory Coast's Asec Mimosas in a first-leg Confederations Cup match at the Dobsonville Stadium.

It’s a goal!: Atlético Madrid's Diego Costa celebrates his goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Elche at the Vicente Calderón Stadium in Madrid on Friday (April 18 2014). Atlético won 2-0.

Picture: Juan Medina/Reuters

Liverpool beat Norwich to go five clear in title race

20 April 2014 15:44

Liverpool took a giant step towards their first title in 24 years with a 3-2 win at a plucky Norwich City today, opening up a five point lead over second-placed Chelsea with three matches remaining.

Hot or Not

  • This Week

    Hot:

    Julius Malema or Juju, as we have come to know him. He is a master at the stumps. Last week, he boobed by going from place to place in a chopper. Not quite the right image for the radical Bolivarian revolutionary he wants to be. This week, Juju was a political Jesus of Nazareth of sorts. He arrived at an election pit stop on a donkey cart!

    Not:

    Roger Dixon, the geologist who testified about ballistics, crime scene reconstructions and human anatomy for the defence in the ­Oscar Pistorius murder trial. ­Experts like Dixon charge thousands of rands. But the experience of hearing your expert witness ­admit that he’s a “layman” when it comes to ballistics? Priceless.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    National Assembly Speaker Max ­Sisulu for at least setting up the ad hoc committee to consider the ­president’s submission on the ­Nkandla matter. His ANC colleagues wanted the issue buried and ­forgotten, but Sisulu has ensured it will be transparently considered by a multiparty committee, even if the ANC has a majority in Parliament.

    Not:

    Clearly a high-profile individual accused of murder deserves high-class treatment from our government. The R2.9 million spent on a private jet to fly Shrien Dewani to the country from the UK shows the justice department paid way too much. We all want justice in this matter, but several cheaper options could have been explored.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Police constable Beauty-Queen Nchabeleng donned a school uniform and posed as a pupil to catch a brutal serial rapist in Limpopo. She was among the winners at the SAPS’ annual National Excellence Awards late last week – a well-deserved honour for an officer who went above and beyond to remind us just how much good cops can achieve.

    Not:

    Shinawaaz Ahmento and Kyle Fredericks, both 21, were convicted and sentenced this week for
    the rape and murder of young Eldorado Park mother Tracey-Lee Martins. The two posed for
    reporters outside court, grinning proudly as though they were at a party. Criminals as self-made
    celebrities? Sickening.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Female leaders in the ANC don’t often publicly challenge the sexism that’s endemic across the political spectrum. Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula deserves praise for defending Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. She criticised those in the alliance who decried Madonsela’s “big nose”, saying Madonsela’s detractors should play the ball, not the woman.

    Not:

    Reading up on a subject lends credence to anyone who wants to speak with authority on a matter. So ANC parliamentary chief whip Stone Sizani should have known better when he called a press ­conference to discuss Public ­Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on Nkandla spending. Sizani had not read the report.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    During the course of the Nkandla ­investigation, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was stymied, bullied, insulted and threatened by governing party leaders and supporters.
    She stood her ground and proceeded to fulfil her duties of safeguarding the public interest. South Africans are ­fortunate to have someone of her integrity and courage in that office.

    Not:

    How does one begin to describe Thulas Nxesi? Puppet? Suck-up? Manipulator of truth?
    As the frontline man in the defence of the Nkandla plunder, Nxesi has dreamt up wild stories that would make residents of the Weskoppies mental institution envious. He is really working hard to hold on to his R2 million salary.

Safa declares war on agents

@City_Press 20 April 2014 10:00

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund’s exoneration from any wrongdoing on Thursday has opened up a new war ­between the SA Football Association (Safa) and soccer agents.

Pitso Mosimane: It’s a bit unfair

@City_Press 19 April 2014 21:33

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said it was “it’s a bit unfair” to have one side with two games remaining while another had four in the run-in to the Absa Premiership, especially at this point of the campaign.

Time for shortcuts in football development is over – Gordon Igesund

@City_Press 19 April 2014 12:16

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund believes the Metropolitan under-19 Premier Cup is leading the development agenda and that similar tournaments will give a major boost to the struggling senior national team.

Everton game not about me – Manchester United manager David Moyes

19 April 2014 9:38

Manchester United manager David Moyes played down the significance of returning to his former club for the first time in tomorrow’s Premier League match against Everton.

Liverpool trio on shortlist for PFA player of the year

18 April 2014 15:42

Liverpool trio Luis Suárez, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge are on the shortlist for the English Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) player of the year award.

Barcelona’s Neymar, Jordi Alba out for the season

18 April 2014 8:52

Barcelona will be without Neymar and Jordi Alba for the final month of the season after both were injured during the Copa del Rey final loss to Real Madrid.

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When they come, it should be for worship, not to canvass for membership.
SA Council of Churches general secretary, Mautji Pataki, on politicians taking to churches over the Easter weekend to campaign for the upcoming elections

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