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Japan beat Colombia 2-1 in tough Group H opener

12 minutes ago

- Japan beat Colombia 2-1 during their opening game of Group H match

- Colombia superstar James Rodriguez started the match from the bench due to a lingering calf injury

- As Colombia Carlos Sanchez's red card after two minutes and 56 seconds is the second fastest shown in World Cup history

Japan beat Colombia 2-1 on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 in their World Cup opener in Group H at the ongoing 2018 Fifa World Cup at the Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia.

Japan’s Yuya Osako got the all-important winner in the second half with 17 minutes remaining on the watch, but the South American could not come back as they did in the first half.

The encounter at Saransk saw Colombia superstar, James Rodriguez named on the bench due to a lingering calf injury, but that did not stop the South Americans taking the early initiative.

The Asian representatives on the other hand, could barely touch the ball as the Colombians were looking very comfortable in possession.

However, on the 4th minute Yuya Osako changed the situation for Japan following a fast break, but his effort failed to beat Ospina in a one-on-one situation.

Dortmund’s Shinji Kagawa followed Osako early attempt with another shot at goal but his effort was blocked by the arm of Carlos Sanchez.

Japan beat Colombia 2-1 in tough Group H opener

Colombia's Carlos Sanchez sent off by Referee Damir Skomina during their tough Group H opener against Japan on Tuesday Photo Credit: Getty Images

The Centre referee, Damir Skomina did not need the VAR before sending Sanchez off as well as pointing to the spot.

Japan’s Germany-based Kagawa stepped-out and converted coolly from the spot after waiting for Ospina to commit himself before rolling the ball the other way.

On the 12th minute mark, Colombia’s Falacao had a great chance to level scores after a free-kick was floated into the Japan area, but the Monaco’s star got a touch on the stretch, but that was not enough to guide the ball past Kawashima in Japan goal.

Four minutes later, Japan’s Takashi Inui was played into space on the left side of the box. Sadly, he could only curl his first-time shot well off target leaving scores at 1-0 in favour of the Asians.

With the game heading towards the half–hour mark, Juventus forward, Cuadrado earned his side a corner kick.

Although, the initial cross did not yield any dividend, the Japanese failed to clear their lines, thus granting an opportunity for Cuadrado to attempt a shot at goal.

However, after missing out of goal scoring opportunities, the 10-man Colombia side were rewarded on the 39th minute when Juan Quintero, converted a free-kick by slipping the ball under Japan’s defence wall into the bottom corner.

Kawashima’s attempted to scramble the ball to safety but it was too late as it has already crossed the line.

Interestingly, Carlos Sanchez's red card after two minutes and 56 seconds entered the history books as the second fastest shown in World Cup history, after Jose Alberto Batista for Uruguay vs Scotland in 1986.

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South African lady gushes over Nigerian men, says she wishes to marry one

42 minutes ago

- A South African lady has taken to social media to shower praises on Nigerian men

- According to her, Nigerian men know how to take care of a woman unlike South African men who are fond of abusing their women

- She further stated that she wouldn't mind getting married to a Nigerian man

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A South African lady identified by her Twitter username Nnwektu is currently the talk of Nigerians on Twitter after her interesting series of tweets. According to her, Nigerian men make better lovers than their South African counterparts.

She stated that South African men are fond of abusing and killing their women. She further stated that while their idea of romance is to write poems, Nigerian men spend money on their women and know how to show them a good time.

She wrote, "When It Comes To Women, Nigerian Men Are The Kings Of Africa. Despite the hatred and distrust by many South Africans on Nigerians living in South Africa, Nigerian men are greatest men I’ve ever had a relationship with. would love to get married to one if I can find one. I’ve been scared of what people will say. But funny enough, I love them and would like to marry one

READ ALSO: Lady gushes over loving boyfriend: ‘He worships the ground I walk on’

South African lady gushes over Nigerian men, says she wishes to marry one

South African lady gushes over Nigerian men, says she wishes to marry one

Nigerian men are better than South African men. Nigerian guys spend money on them because apparently, their South African guys are not that… I have seen a case where you give a South African girl money that is not that much but she’s like so surprised and so happy. Nigerian guys ball out and spend so much money on us, and take us shopping…I mean they like us.
South African men should forget about the scare tactic of lying about narcotics regarding Nigerians, we ladies discovered it’s a blanket lie. Nigerian men know how to treat women; spending money on them instead of writing poems.
Nigerian Men ain’t got time for poems, they give you cash , Love and a good time. South Africa has one of the world’s highest rates of r*pe and murder of women. More than 40,000 cases of r*pe are reported every year, figures which are thought to only represent a fraction of actual attacks.

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I am so obsessed with naija guys but i don’t know why. i really don't like guys from my country South Africa or Botswana. More women are murdered , wounded , battered by South African men than in any other country. This means if you are in relationship with a South African man, you are more likely to be abused or killed. I won’t mind moving to Nigeria or bringing a Nigerian man down to SA , I will take go care of you.. I love Nigerian men… Pls retweet so my Nigerian king can find Me.”
South African lady gushes over Nigerian men, says she wishes to marry one

Nnwektu's tweets Source: Twitter

Recall a while ago, there was news of how a Ghanaian lady identified as Zipporah had taken to social media to praise Nigerian men. She just like Nnwektu, had nothing but nice things to say about South African men.

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South African lady gushes over Nigerian men, says she wishes to marry one

an hour ago

- A South African lady has taken to social media to shower praises on Nigerian men

- According to her, Nigerian men know how to take care of a woman unlike South African men who are fond of abusing their women

- She further stated that she wouldn't mind getting married to a Nigerian man

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A South African lady identified by her Twitter username Nnwektu is currently the talk of Nigerians on Twitter after her interesting series of tweets. According to her, Nigerian men make better lovers than their South African counterparts.

She stated that South African men are fond of abusing and killing their women. She further stated that while their idea of romance is to write poems, Nigerian men spend money on their women and know how to show them a good time.

She wrote, "When It Comes To Women, Nigerian Men Are The Kings Of Africa. Despite the hatred and distrust by many South Africans on Nigerians living in South Africa, Nigerian men are greatest men I’ve ever had a relationship with. would love to get married to one if I can find one. I’ve been scared of what people will say. But funny enough, I love them and would like to marry one

READ ALSO: Lady gushes over loving boyfriend: ‘He worships the ground I walk on’

South African lady gushes over Nigerian men, says she wishes to marry one

South African lady gushes over Nigerian men, says she wishes to marry one

Nigerian men are better than South African men. Nigerian guys spend money on them because apparently, their South African guys are not that… I have seen a case where you give a South African girl money that is not that much but she’s like so surprised and so happy. Nigerian guys ball out and spend so much money on us, and take us shopping…I mean they like us.
South African men should forget about the scare tactic of lying about narcotics regarding Nigerians, we ladies discovered it’s a blanket lie. Nigerian men know how to treat women; spending money on them instead of writing poems.
Nigerian Men ain’t got time for poems, they give you cash , Love and a good time. South Africa has one of the world’s highest rates of r*pe and murder of women. More than 40,000 cases of r*pe are reported every year, figures which are thought to only represent a fraction of actual attacks.

READ ALSO: Watch the Saudi Arabian soccer team airplane catch fire mid-flight over Russia

I am so obsessed with naija guys but i don’t know why. i really don't like guys from my country South Africa or Botswana. More women are murdered , wounded , battered by South African men than in any other country. This means if you are in relationship with a South African man, you are more likely to be abused or killed. I won’t mind moving to Nigeria or bringing a Nigerian man down to SA , I will take go care of you.. I love Nigerian men… Pls retweet so my Nigerian king can find Me.”
South African lady gushes over Nigerian men, says she wishes to marry one

Nnwektu's tweets Source: Twitter

Recall a while ago, there was news of how a Ghanaian lady identified as Zipporah had taken to social media to praise Nigerian men. She just like Nnwektu, had nothing but nice things to say about South African men.

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Cape Town urges residents to continue saving water despite recent rainfall

an hour ago

- The water levels of Cape Town's dams have been increasing in the last few weeks

- The levels now stand at a total of 38% full.

- But the City of Cape Town asks residents to keep using water sparingly

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Day Zero may not be happening this year, but it could still happen. The recent rainfall has given Cape Town residents a lot of relief after the drought.

According to a report by News24, Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson said that the dam levels in Cape Town increased by 6,3%.

The levels are now a total of 38,1% full, thanks to the rain of the past few weeks.

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But Capetonians are asked to keep using water wisely. It is too soon to feel totally relaxed about the water levels.

Briefly.co.za learned that the water levels are now just about the same as it was at the end of 2017's winter.

It is not certain yet what the supply levels need to be at for efficient provisions in the year to come.

Residents still need to use water sparingly and save as much as possible.

The innovation on water-saving consumption that we've seen from residents, businesses and this local government has been quite phenomenal. We ask them to keep up with this effort until the dams reach assured levels of supply.

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The Deputy Mayor also said that the City of Cape Town will continue to try and keep consumption as low as possible.

Only at the end of the winter rainfall season will it be possible to determine if the current restrictions can be lifted.

The water conservation plans and projects will remain ongoing as it is not possible to predict the future.

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Orlando Pirates release van Heerden and promise to unveil even more new players

2 hours ago

- Orlando Pirates have confirmed the departure of defender Marc van Heerden

- The club has also promised to announce additional new players in the near future

- On Monday, the Buccaneers announced eight new players had joined the squad

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Orlando Pirates have confirmed the departure of defender Marc van Heerden. His release is part of the club’s strategy to bolster and strengthen its playing squad ahead of the CAF Champions League.

On Monday, the club announced that it had come to a mutual agreement with van Heerden to terminate his contract early. Van Heerden joined the club in January last year, but failed to secure a permanent starting spot during his 18 months at the Buccaneers.

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Pirates were widely expected to release a raft of players after announcing the addition of eight new players to the squad and promising even more new players before the start of the African campaign.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the club’s administrative manager Floyd Mbele said the side had to strengthen its playing squad for the upcoming CAF African Champions League. Mbele said the Buccaneers would announce more signings in the coming weeks.

This comes after Pirates announced the arrival of Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo, Chippa United trio of Linda Mntambo, Paseka Mako and Abel Mabaso, Mamelodi Sundowns duo of Asavela Mbekile and Kudakwashe Mahachi, Bidvest Wits midfielders Vincent Pule and Ben Motshwari as well as Black Leopards attacker Meshack Maphangule.

Goal.com reported that Mbele said the strengthening of the playing squad was nothing new and was actually an ongoing process.

Mbele said because Pirates would be competing and trying to win the African league next season it needed to boost its player numbers. He said if the club wanted to do well it needed to ensure there were enough players to rotate.

He pointed out that SuperSport United had struggled in the domestic season during 2017 after reaching the finals of the CAF League. In that instance, player fatigue was blamed for the poor performance.

“We've seen where have the other teams ended on the log after playing in continental competitions. We don't want to be victims,” Mbele said.

Mbele said the Buccaneers did not want to sacrifice domestic performance to do well on the continent.

Reports suggest that Mpho Makola, Thabo Matlaba, Issa Sarr, Thamsanqa Sangweni and Justice Chabalala are some of the players who are thought to be on the chopping block when the transfer window opens in July.

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Benni McCarthy shares what needs to be done to score more goals during PSL

2 hours ago

- South African football legend Benni McCarthy believes more goals will be scored in the PSL if the standard of refereeing improves

- The outspoken coach of Cape Town City FC has appeared before the PSL Disciplinary Committee twice in 2017/18 for criticising match officials

- McCarthy, Pitso Mosimane, Gavin Hunt and Roger da Sa have all been critical of PSL officials during the last season

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South African football legend Benni McCarthy has joined the call for more goals to be scored in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and given his opinion about what needs to be done for this to happen. McCarthy believes if the standard of refereeing improves more goals will be scored.

McCarthy’s calls have been echoed by other coaches in the PSL during the 2017/18 season. Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt and Platinum Stars boss Roger da Sa have at various stages been left angered, frustrated and concerned with match officials.

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The 2017/18 season will go down in history as the lowest scoring season of the PSL ever to take place. Only 490 league goals were scored in the 240 matches to have taken place. This represents a worrying drop of 10% over the previous season.

Briefly.co.za gathered that McCarthy is currently the coach of Cape Town City FC and has appeared in front of the PSL’s Disciplinary Committee twice in the last season for criticising match officials.

McCarthy is never one to mince words and said while the standard of play and coaching in the PSL was steadily improving, the same could not be said of refereeing.

Sport24.com reported that McCarthy said he hoped when the new season starts PSL officials will have done something positive to address the poor standards of match officiating.

McCarthy said he was tired of fighting and arguing with on-field officials and noted that not all of the referees were to blame for low standards.

He did note that there were far too many matches where coaches were fighting with match officials. McCarthy said it was easy for outsiders to say coaches fight with referees when their team lose, but according to him, this was hardly ever the case.

McCarthy said it was frustrating when match officials killed the game.

He said: "If we have better officials we would've seen more goals and that is a problem. That is why there's not so many goals scored in this league, but that’s a problem for another day."

Cape Town City finished fifth in the PSL standings, but the team scored the third lowest amount of goals during the season, only Ajax Cape Town and Platinum Stars scored fewer goals.

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Benni McCarthy shares what needs to be done to score more goals during PSL

3 hours ago

- South African football legend Benni McCarthy believes more goals will be scored in the PSL if the standard of refereeing improves

- The outspoken coach of Cape Town City FC has appeared before the PSL Disciplinary Committee twice in 2017/18 for criticising match officials

- McCarthy, Pitso Mosimane, Gavin Hunt and Roger da Sa have all been critical of PSL officials during the last season

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South African football legend Benni McCarthy has joined the call for more goals to be scored in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and given his opinion about what needs to be done for this to happen. McCarthy believes if the standard of refereeing improves more goals will be scored.

McCarthy’s calls have been echoed by other coaches in the PSL during the 2017/18 season. Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt and Platinum Stars boss Roger da Sa have at various stages been left angered, frustrated and concerned with match officials.

READ ALSO: Dream vacation: 3 South African friends save big to attend 2018 World Cup

The 2017/18 season will go down in history as the lowest scoring season of the PSL ever to take place. Only 490 league goals were scored in the 240 matches to have taken place. This represents a worrying drop of 10% over the previous season.

Briefly.co.za gathered that McCarthy is currently the coach of Cape Town City FC and has appeared in front of the PSL’s Disciplinary Committee twice in the last season for criticising match officials.

McCarthy is never one to mince words and said while the standard of play and coaching in the PSL was steadily improving, the same could not be said of refereeing.

Sport24.com reported that McCarthy said he hoped when the new season starts PSL officials will have done something positive to address the poor standards of match officiating.

McCarthy said he was tired of fighting and arguing with on-field officials and noted that not all of the referees were to blame for low standards.

He did note that there were far too many matches where coaches were fighting with match officials. McCarthy said it was easy for outsiders to say coaches fight with referees when their team lose, but according to him, this was hardly ever the case.

McCarthy said it was frustrating when match officials killed the game.

He said: "If we have better officials we would've seen more goals and that is a problem. That is why there's not so many goals scored in this league, but that’s a problem for another day."

Cape Town City finished fifth in the PSL standings, but the team scored the third lowest amount of goals during the season, only Ajax Cape Town and Platinum Stars scored fewer goals.

READ ALSO: Australian cricket hits 34-year low in wake of sandpapergate scandal

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Watch the Saudi Arabian soccer team airplane catch fire mid-flight over Russia

3 hours ago

- Saudi Arabia’s official football team airplane caught fire on Wednesday

- The team were travelling to Rostov to prepare for their second match against Uruguay

- Flames could be seen coming out of the engines of the Russian Airlines plane

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The Saudi Arabian football team’s official team airplane caught fire while in flight. The team was travelling to Rostov to prepare for their second match of the tournament on Wednesday. Flames could be seen coming out of the engines of the Russian Airlines plane.

The Saudi Arabian football association released a statement which said: "The Saudi Football Federation wishes to reassure everyone about the safety of all members of the mission of the national team after a minor technical malfunction in an engine.”

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The statement went on to say that the plane had safely landed in Rostov and the team were all safe, accounted for and on their way to their hotel.

Briefly.co.za gathered that a video uploaded to Twitter shows flames shooting out from under the wings.

Midfielder Hatan Bahbir told fans via Twitter that all the players and coaching staff were scared but suffered no injury, he confirmed that players had gotten off the plane without further incident.

Sport24.com reported that Saudi Arabia will play Uruguay on Wednesday, the match will be the second for both teams.

The Green Falcons will be looking to put the 5-0 defeat against host nation, Russia behind them and will at the very least be looking for an improved performance against Luiz Suarez and his men.

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Dream vacation: 3 friends save big to attend 2018 World Cup

4 hours ago

- Three best friends from Johannesburg have saved around R60 000 in the last five years so they can attend the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

- Fhatuwani Mpfuni, Thami Khuzwayo, and Brian Moshoeshoe landed in Saint Petersburg last week for their once in a lifetime holiday

- Mpfuni is the trigger behind the trip, he has dreamed of attending a live World Cup match since he first watched the World Cup on TV in 1998

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Three best friends from Johannesburg have embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. Fhatuwani Mpfuni, Thami Khuzwayo, and Brian Moshoeshoe landed in Saint Petersburg, Russia last week after saving R60 000 over the last five years for their dream vacation.

Mpfuni was the trigger behind the trip, he has dreamed of attending a World Cup match in person since the first time he watched the tournament on TV in 1998.

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The trio will watch three matches in the historic city of Saint Petersburg before they fly to Moscow to attend another two matches.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the friends admitted to having some concerns about going to Russia due to all the bad publicity the country has received in the media.

The friends said they were pleasantly surprised when they landed by the warm welcome of the locals and the party vibe surrounding the World Cup as a whole.

Mpfuni could not attend any of the World Cup matches held in South Africa in 2010, because he had financial troubles at the time. He said his heart broke when he came to the conclusion that some dreams simply don’t come true.

It was on a road trip with Khuzwayo and Moshoeshoe to Durban in 2013 that the Mpfuni decided to start saving money to attend the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Unfortunately, the three friends faced more disappointment when barely a month before the start of that tournament they realised the money they had saved would not even be enough for flights to and from Brazil.

Mpfuni said he was sad and dejected when he was forced to watch a fifth World Cup on TV.

The friends picked themselves up and started planning and saving for the 2018 tournament in October of 2014.

The friends revealed that the trip actually worked out cheaper than they had anticipated and due to their planning and saving they were able to book their flights to Saint Petersburg a year ahead of time which saved them a lot.

Businessinsider.co.za reported that return flights to Russia cost on average about R8 500, while food and accommodation comes to about R1 000 per day.

Mpfuni revealed his parents bought a TV just in time for the 1998 World Cup which was hosted by France and was the first time South Africa had qualified for the tournament.

His village in Limpopo did not have electricity at the time, which meant the TV had to be connected to a noisy generator. Mpfuni was eight-years-old at the time and fell in love with the spectacle of the tournament.

He says this love of the tournament comes from the fact that every time there was a match on TV between 50 and 80 people from across the village would descend on his family home and watch the match.

This created an atmosphere and vibe which he forever after associated with the World Cup and fostered the burning desire within him to be a part of the tournament and the festivities.

The friends say they are living proof that dreams to come true. Mpfuni advises anyone with a dream to plan and take action in order to realise that dream.

He said: “Please be aware that simply having a dream is not enough to help you realise it, you need to plan and work hard towards whatever that dream is.”

As for being in Russia, all three friends said they couldn’t believe that they had actually landed in Saint Petersburg.

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Australian cricket hits 34-year low in wake of sandpapergate scandal

4 hours ago

- Australia’s once mighty cricketing team has fallen to a 34-year low in the ICC rankings

- The team is struggling to come to terms with the fallout of the ball tampering scandal which broke in South Africa and led to two of their best players being banned for a year

- Australia have lost 13 of their last 15 One-Day International matches

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The current cricket world champions and once mighty Australian team has fallen to a 34-year low on the International Cricket Council (ICC) One-Day International (ODIs) rankings. This comes as Australia lost the second ODI against England.

The loss means Australia have lost 13 of their last 15 ODIs. Australia is now ranked a lowly sixth on the latest ICC ODI rankings.

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The Australian team is still struggling to come to terms with the fallout from the so-called sandpapergate scandal which broke in South Africa earlier this year.

Briefly.co.za gathered that TV cameras caught Cameron Bancroft using a piece of sandpaper to alter the state of the cricket ball during the Cape Town Test match. It later emerged that Bancroft had acted on instructions from captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner.

The repercussions of the incident are only now starting to be fully felt by the shell-shocked team.

Immediately after the match Smith, Warner and Bancroft were sent back to Australia, all three players were banned from playing for the national side for a year. Smith and Warner were dumped by their Indian Premier League (IPL) teams which cost them millions of rand in lost income.

Cricket commentators have expressed doubts over whether Warner will ever play for Australia again. He is thought to have been the main instigator behind the ball-tampering and he has a tumultuous relationship with Cricket Australia.

More damaging for Australia, both Smith and Warner are two of the best batsmen and fielders not only in the team, but in the world.

The public backlash in Australia was unprecedented and the country’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called for a comprehensive investigation into the matter by Cricket Australia.

This led to coach Daren Lehmann resigning from his position. Lehmann was cleared of any wrongdoing in regards to the ball-tampering scandal, but his win at all costs culture was brought into question.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland resigned from his position earlier this month, he will remain with the organisation for a year or until a suitable replacement has been appointed.

Sacricketmag.com reported that Australia needs to win at least one of the remaining three ODIs against England in order to move past Pakistan in the rankings.

South Africa is currently ranked third, behind India and England.

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Australian cricket hits 34-year low in wake of sandpapergate scandal

5 hours ago

- Australia’s once mighty cricketing team has fallen to a 34-year low in the ICC rankings

- The team is struggling to come to terms with the fallout of the ball tampering scandal which broke in South Africa and led to two of their best players being banned for a year

- Australia have lost 13 of their last 15 One-Day International matches

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The current cricket world champions and once mighty Australian team has fallen to a 34-year low on the International Cricket Council (ICC) One-Day International (ODIs) rankings. This comes as Australia lost the second ODI against England.

The loss means Australia have lost 13 of their last 15 ODIs. Australia is now ranked a lowly sixth on the latest ICC ODI rankings.

READ ALSO: Dream vacation: 3 friends save big to attend 2018 World Cup

The Australian team is still struggling to come to terms with the fallout from the so-called sandpapergate scandal which broke in South Africa earlier this year.

Briefly.co.za gathered that TV cameras caught Cameron Bancroft using a piece of sandpaper to alter the state of the cricket ball during the Cape Town Test match. It later emerged that Bancroft had acted on instructions from captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner.

The repercussions of the incident are only now starting to be fully felt by the shell-shocked team.

Immediately after the match Smith, Warner and Bancroft were sent back to Australia, all three players were banned from playing for the national side for a year. Smith and Warner were dumped by their Indian Premier League (IPL) teams which cost them millions of rand in lost income.

Cricket commentators have expressed doubts over whether Warner will ever play for Australia again. He is thought to have been the main instigator behind the ball-tampering and he has a tumultuous relationship with Cricket Australia.

More damaging for Australia, both Smith and Warner are two of the best batsmen and fielders not only in the team, but in the world.

The public backlash in Australia was unprecedented and the country’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called for a comprehensive investigation into the matter by Cricket Australia.

This led to coach Daren Lehmann resigning from his position. Lehmann was cleared of any wrongdoing in regards to the ball-tampering scandal, but his win at all costs culture was brought into question.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland resigned from his position earlier this month, he will remain with the organisation for a year or until a suitable replacement has been appointed.

Sacricketmag.com reported that Australia needs to win at least one of the remaining three ODIs against England in order to move past Pakistan in the rankings.

South Africa is currently ranked third, behind India and England.

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Australian cricket hits 34-year low in wake of sandpapergate scandal

5 hours ago

- Australia’s once mighty cricketing team has fallen to a 34-year low in the ICC rankings

- The team is struggling to come to terms with the fallout of the ball tampering scandal which broke in South Africa and led to two of their best players being banned for a year

- Australia have lost 13 of their last 15 One-Day International matches

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The current cricket world champions and once mighty Australian team has fallen to a 34-year low on the International Cricket Council (ICC) One-Day International (ODIs) rankings. This comes as Australia lost the second ODI against England.

The loss means Australia have lost 13 of their last 15 ODIs. Australia is now ranked a lowly sixth on the latest ICC ODI rankings.

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The Australian team is still struggling to come to terms with the fallout from the so-called sandpapergate scandal which broke in South Africa earlier this year.

Briefly.co.za gathered that TV cameras caught Cameron Bancroft using a piece of sandpaper to alter the state of the cricket ball during the Cape Town Test match. It later emerged that Bancroft had acted on instructions from captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner.

The repercussions of the incident are only now starting to be fully felt by the shell-shocked team.

Immediately after the match Smith, Warner and Bancroft were sent back to Australia, all three players were banned from playing for the national side for a year. Smith and Warner were dumped by their Indian Premier League (IPL) teams which cost them millions of rand in lost income.

More damaging for Australia, both Smith and Warner are two of the best batsmen and fielders not only in the team, but in the world.

The public backlash in Australia was unprecedented and the country’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called for a comprehensive investigation into the matter by Cricket Australia.

This led to coach Daren Lehmann resigning from his position. Lehmann was cleared of any wrongdoing in regards to the ball-tampering scandal, but his win at all costs culture was brought into question.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland resigned from his position earlier this month, he will remain with the organisation for a year or until a suitable replacement has been appointed.

Sacricketmag.com reported that Australia needs to win at least one of the remaining three ODIs against England in order to move past Pakistan in the rankings.

South Africa is currently ranked third, behind India and England.

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Woman admits calling captain the k-word, blames the airline for her behaviour

6 hours ago

- The woman accused of calling the captain of a Kulula flight the k-word admitted guilt

- She blamed her frustration with the airline for using the word

- The passenger who called her out on her behaviour feels she should face the Human Rights Commission

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It has come to light that the passenger who was removed from a Kulula flight for allegedly calling the captain the k-word has admitted to doing so.

26-year-old Alochna Moodley called the captain as well as two black passengers the k-word.

Moodley blamed her behaviour on her frustration with the airline. She was upset that it was so late and the airplane was not yet moving.

Captain Menzi Mvelase, Sibusiso Magubane and Reverend Solumuzi Mabuza were the three people she called this word.

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According to a report by the Sowetan, Moodley was called out by Reverend Mabuza. He saw her type the k-word on her phone as well as complain about another passenger's sniffing.

Briefly.co.za learned that Moodley defended herself, saying that Reverend Mabuza had no right to look on her phone as she was typing.

She feels the situation was blown out of proportion. She added that she tried to apologise to Mabuza, but he didn't want to hear her.

However, Mabuza says she did not apologise. In fact, according to Mabuza, Moodley was arrogant.

He feels her case must go to the Human Rights Commission and is willing to lay criminal charges.

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Briefly.co.za earlier reported on the incident on Friday, the 15th of June, when a woman was removed from a Kulula flight from Joburg to Durban after she was accused of calling the captain the k-word.

Another passenger, Nadine Watkins, shared the news on social media, according to The Sowetan. Watkins stated that the flight would turn back to the Johannesburg airport after a passenger called the captain the k-word.

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Woman admits calling captain the k-word, blames the airline for her behaviour

6 hours ago

- The woman accused of calling the captain of a Kulula flight the k-word admitted guilt

- She blamed her frustration with the airline for using the word

- The passenger who called her out on her behaviour feels she should face the Human Rights Commission

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It has come to light that the passenger who was removed from a Kulula flight for allegedly calling the captain the k-word has admitted to doing so.

26-year-old Alochna Moodley called the captain as well as two black passengers the k-word.

Moodley blamed her behaviour on her frustration with the airline. She was upset that it was so late and the airplane was not yet moving.

Captain Menzi Mvelase, Sibusiso Magubane and Reverend Solumuzi Mabuza were the three people she called this word.

READ ALSO: Sassy 4-year-old Durban girl steals the hearts of South Africans with hilarious videos

According to a report by the Sowetan, Moodley was called out by Reverend Mabuza. He saw her type the k-word on her phone as well as complain about another passenger's sniffing.

Briefly.co.za learned that Moodley defended herself, saying that Reverend Mabuza had no right to look on her phone as she was typing.

She feels the situation was blown out of proportion. She added that she tried to apologise to Mabuza, but he didn't want to hear her.

However, Mabuza says she did not apologise. In fact, according to Mabuza, Moodley was arrogant.

He feels her case must go to the Human Rights Commission and is willing to lay criminal charges.

READ ALSO: Ace Magashule says ANC will push for unity ahead of 2019 elections

Briefly.co.za earlier reported on the incident on Friday, the 15th of June, when a woman was removed from a Kulula flight from Joburg to Durban after she was accused of calling the captain the k-word.

Another passenger, Nadine Watkins, shared the news on social media, according to The Sowetan. Watkins stated that the flight would turn back to the Johannesburg airport after a passenger called the captain the k-word.

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Ace Magashule says ANC will push for unity ahead of 2019 elections

7 hours ago

- ANC secretary general Ace Magashule says the party and its leaders will do everything in its power to push for unity ahead of the 2019 election

- The ANC’s NEC met over the weekend to discuss how to deal with the current divisions and factions which plague the party

- Magashule revealed that ANC leaders would be visiting all corners of the country to deal with divisions at a provincial and even branch level

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The African National Congress’ (ANC) national leaders are doing everything in their power to unite party members ahead of the 2019 general election, this is according to the ANC’s secretary general Ace Magashule.

The ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) – the party’s highest decision-making body- met over the weekend to discuss various critical issues, including how best to deal with the current divisions and factions which plague the ruling party.

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Magashule said the unity programme as set out during the ANC’s 54th National Elective Conference was still a priority and the party would do everything in its power to foster unity.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the ANC will be sending out its national leaders to all corners of the country to deal with divisions at a provincial and even branch levels.

The ANC will brief the media later on Tuesday on the outcome of the NEC meeting.

EWN.co.za reported that disgruntled members of the ANC in the Eastern Cape have applied for a court order to have the provincial leadership dissolved and to declare the provincial elective conference invalid.

The ANC fears if the motion succeeds, it could place the results of the National Elective Conference in doubt and cause a leadership crisis.

The party faces similar court action in KwaZulu-Natal and Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that the national leadership ordered the postponement of the Moses Mabhida regional conference.

Magashule also said the ANC is considering taking action against party members who institute unwarranted legal action against the party.

He said members who had not fully exhausted internal processes could face disciplinary action in the future. Magashule noted that if all internal processes had been fully exhausted ANC members were permitted to use the courts.

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Dream vacation: 3 friends save big to attend 2018 World Cup

7 hours ago

- Three best friends from Johannesburg have saved around R60 000 in the last five years so they can attend the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

- Fhatuwani Mpfuni, Thami Khuzwayo, and Brian Moshoeshoe landed in Saint Petersburg last week for their once in a lifetime holiday

- Mpfuni is the trigger behind the trip, he has dreamed of attending a live World Cup match since he first watched the World Cup on TV in 1998

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Three best friends from Johannesburg have embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. Fhatuwani Mpfuni, Thami Khuzwayo, and Brian Moshoeshoe landed in Saint Petersburg, Russia last week after saving R60 000 over the last five years for their dream vacation.

Mpfuni was the trigger behind the trip, he has dreamed of attending a World Cup match in person since the first time he watched the tournament on TV in 1998.

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The trio will watch three matches in the historic city of Saint Petersburg before they fly to Moscow to attend another two matches.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the friends admitted to having some concerns about going to Russia due to all the bad publicity the country has received in the media.

The friends said they were pleasantly surprised when they landed by the warm welcome of the locals and the party vibe surrounding the World Cup as a whole.

Mpfuni could not attend any of the World Cup matches held in South Africa in 2010, because he had financial troubles at the time. He said his heart broke when he came to the conclusion that some dreams simply don’t come true.

It was on a road trip with Khuzwayo and Moshoeshoe to Durban in 2013 that the Mpfuni decided to start saving money to attend the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Unfortunately, the three friends faced more disappointment when barely a month before the start of that tournament they realised the money they had saved would not even be enough for flights to and from Brazil.

Mpfuni said he was sad and dejected when he was forced to watch a fifth World Cup on TV.

The friends picked themselves up and started planning and saving for the 2018 tournament in October of 2014.

The friends revealed that the trip actually worked out cheaper than they had anticipated and due to their planning and saving they were able to book their flights to Saint Petersburg a year ahead of time which saved them a lot.

Businessinsider.co.za reported that return flights to Russia cost on average about R8 500, while food and accommodation comes to about R1 000 per day.

Mpfuni revealed his parents bought a TV just in time for the 1998 World Cup which was hosted by France and was the first time South Africa had qualified for the tournament.

His village in Limpopo did not have electricity at the time, which meant the TV had to be connected to a noisy generator. Mpfuni was eight-years-old at the time and fell in love with the spectacle of the tournament.

He says this love of the tournament comes from the fact that every time there was a match on TV between 50 and 80 people from across the village would descend on his family home and watch the match.

This created an atmosphere and vibe which he forever after associated with the World Cup and fostered the burning desire within him to be a part of the tournament and the festivities.

The friends say they are living proof that dreams to come true. Mpfuni advises anyone with a dream to plan and take action in order to realise that dream.

He said: “Please be aware that simply having a dream is not enough to help you realise it, you need to plan and work hard towards whatever that dream is.”

As for being in Russia, all three friends said they couldn’t believe that they had actually landed in Saint Petersburg.

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Dream vacation: 3 friends save big to attend 2018 World Cup

8 hours ago

- Three best friends from Johannesburg have saved around R60 000 in the last five years so they can attend the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

- Fhatuwani Mpfuni, Thami Khuzwayo, and Brian Moshoeshoe landed in Saint Petersburg last week for their once in a lifetime holiday

- Mpfuni is the trigger behind the trip, he has dreamed of attending a live World Cup match since he first watched the World Cup on TV in 1998

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Three best friends from Johannesburg have embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. Fhatuwani Mpfuni, Thami Khuzwayo, and Brian Moshoeshoe landed in Saint Petersburg, Russia last week after saving R60 000 over the last five years for their dream vacation.

Mpfuni was the trigger behind the trip, he has dreamed of attending a World Cup match in person since the first time he watched the tournament on TV in 1998.

READ ALSO: 50 South Africans stuck in China after work scam

The trio will watch three matches in the historic city of Saint Petersburg before they fly to Moscow to attend another two matches.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the friends admitted to having some concerns about going to Russia due to all the bad publicity the country has received in the media.

The friends said they were pleasantly surprised when they landed by the warm welcome of the locals and the party vibe surrounding the World Cup as a whole.

Mpfuni could not attend any of the World Cup matches held in South Africa in 2010, because he had financial troubles at the time. He said his heart broke when he came to the conclusion that some dreams simply don’t come true.

It was on a road trip with Khuzwayo and Moshoeshoe to Durban in 2013 that the Mpfuni decided to start saving money to attend the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Unfortunately, the three friends faced more disappointment when barely a month before the start of that tournament they realised the money they had saved would not even be enough for flights to and from Brazil.

Mpfuni said he was sad and dejected when he was forced to watch a fifth World Cup on TV.

The friends picked themselves up and started planning and saving for the 2018 tournament in October of 2014.

The friends revealed that the trip actually worked out cheaper than they had anticipated and due to their planning and saving they were able to book their flights to Saint Petersburg a year ahead of time which saved them a lot.

Businessinsider.co.za reported that return flights to Russia cost on average about R8 500, while food and accommodation comes to about R1 000 per day.

Mpfuni revealed his parents bought a TV just in time for the 1998 World Cup which was hosted by France and was the first time South Africa had qualified for the tournament.

His village in Limpopo did not have electricity at the time, which meant the TV had to be connected to a noisy generator. Mpfuni was eight-years-old at the time and fell in love with the spectacle of the tournament.

He says this love of the tournament comes from the fact that every time there was a match on TV between 50 and 80 people from across the village would descend on his family home and watch the match.

This created an atmosphere and vibe which he forever after associated with the World Cup and fostered the burning desire within him to be a part of the tournament and the festivities.

The friends say they are living proof that dreams to come true. Mpfuni advises anyone with a dream to plan and take action in order to realise that dream.

He said: “Please be aware that simply having a dream is not enough to help you realise it, you need to plan and work hard towards whatever that dream is.”

As for being in Russia, all three friends said they couldn’t believe that they had actually landed in Saint Petersburg.

READ ALSO: Football for dummies: 5 players to watch not named Ronaldo or Messi

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50 South Africans stuck in China after work scam

8 hours ago

- South Africans were promised a job teaching English in China for R16 000 a month

- Owen Wong - the recruiter - has disappeared with the South African's passports

- They are confined to rooms given to them by a university without food or an idea when they can return home

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It was revealed by Carte Blanche that 50 South Africans are stuck in a nightmarish situation in China.

The young South Africans thought they'd be working as teachers in China, but that is not the case.

They are stranded without their passports, money or any idea when they'll be able to come home.

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The South Africans are being investigated by the Chinese police because it was found their visas aren't legal.

Owen Wong said he was from Sanda Youth International, an international company that hires teachers.

Wong promised the South Africans a salary of R16 000 a month. There are legitimate companies that hire South Africans to work in China, and more than 1 000 South Africans are working legally in the country.

Unfortunately, Wong was not legitimate. He took their passports, claiming he would sort out their work visas.

He didn't.

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The South Africans were working for a few months, before they were told they're being investigated because they're not allowed to work in China, according to the law.

While they were working they were staying in areas that left much to be desired.

Rooms

Living areas were not that great (Image Source: Carte Blanch video)

They are now confined to the rooms offered to them by a Chinese university while the investigation goes on. The university also gives them R150 a week for food - not even close to enough.

It has been said that Wong has been arrested, but the parents of the South Africans aren't sure if it's true. He also took half of every South African's salary - his commission.

Parents of the youngsters are sending them money to survive. One parent spent up to R70 000 so far.

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Briefly.co.za learned that it is a delicate situation for the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation, as they don't want to negatively influence the relations between South Africa and China.

Ndivhuwo Mabaya from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation stated that this problem has been brought to the attention of the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu.

The case is reported to be given high attention and that the department is working with the foreign minister to return the South Africans home as soon as possible.

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50 South Africans stuck in China after work scam

9 hours ago

- South Africans were promised a job teaching English in China for R16 000 a month

- Owen Wong - the recruiter - has disappeared with the South African's passports

- They are confined to rooms given to them by a university without food or an idea when they can return home

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It was revealed by Carte Blanche that 50 South Africans are stuck in a nightmarish situation in China.

The young South Africans thought they'd be working as teachers in China, but that is not the case.

They are stranded without their passports, money or any idea when they'll be able to come home.

READ ALSO: Tweeps applaud #OurPerfectWedding bride who does not tolerate the 'bekezela' life

The South Africans are being investigated by the Chinese police because it was found their visas aren't legal.

Owen Wong said he was from Sanda Youth International, an international company that hires teachers.

Wong promised the South Africans a salary of R16 000 a month. There are legitimate companies that hire South Africans to work in China, and more than 1 000 South Africans are working legally in the country.

Unfortunately, Wong was not legitimate. He took their passports, claiming he would sort out their work visas.

He didn't.

READ ALSO: Rollin’ in style: ZAlebs kiddies ride in style in their pimped out wheels

The South Africans were working for a few months, before they were told they're being investigated because they're not allowed to work in China, according to the law.

While they were working they were staying in areas that left much to be desired.

Rooms

Living areas were not that great (Image Source: Carte Blanch video)

They are now confined to the rooms offered to them by a Chinese university while the investigation goes on. The university also gives them R150 a week for food - not even close to enough.

It has been said that Wong has been arrested, but the parents of the South Africans aren't sure if it's true. He also took half of every South African's salary - his commission.

Parents of the youngsters are sending them money to survive. One parent spent up to R70 000 so far.

READ ALSO: Sassy 4-year-old Durban girl steals the hearts of South Africans with hilarious videos

Briefly.co.za learned that it is a delicate situation for the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation, as they don't want to negatively influence the relations between South Africa and China.

Ndivhuwo Mabaya from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation stated that this problem has been brought to the attention of the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu.

The case is reported to be given high attention and that the department is working with the foreign minister to return the South Africans home as soon as possible.

How do you feel about what happened to these South Africans? Let us know on our Facebook page and we could be sharing your thoughts and views.

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Football for dummies: 5 players to watch not named Ronaldo or Messi

9 hours ago

The global fame and stardom of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are such that even non-football and non-sports fans know who they are. These two players have been at the top of the pile of talented international footballers for the best part of a decade.

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They are, however, just the tip of a very talented pool of players who will be in action over the next month in Russia when 32 teams play in 64 matches in the biggest sporting event in the world.

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup has already delivered more than its fair share of shocks and surprises, Spain firing its head coach on the eve of the tournament and Germany’s shock loss to Mexico on Sunday come to mind.

The World Cup has over the years been a stage for rising stars to announce themselves and for established players to prove their brilliance. Briefly.co.za brings football newbies a list of five of the best football players not named Messi or Ronaldo.

1. Neymar – Brazil

The 26-year old Brazilian is undoubtedly the third most recognisable face in football. He has twice finished second in the world footballer of the year awards. He proved to be an astute businessman when he engineered a move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a staggering $263 million (around R3.2 billion).

2. Mohamed Salah – Egypt

Salah had a magnificent debut season in the English Premier League for Liverpool this year. He easily won the golden boot award and in the process broke the record for the most goals scored in a season which was jointly held by Cristiano Ronaldo.

3. Harry Kane – England

QZ.com reported that once again England has placed their hopes and the captain’s armband on their best player. The attacking striker seems to thrive on pressure and seems to be immune to the controversies which engulfed players like David Beckham and Wayne Rooney.

4. Paul Pogba – France

Pogba enters the 2018 tournament with a mountain of pressure. He was named best young player in the 2014 World Cup. This led him to transfer from Juventus to Manchester United. Pogba has failed to deliver while at the Red Devils and has clashed with manager Jose Mourinho.

5. Manuel Neuer – Germany

Neuer is regarded as the best goalkeeper of his era and some even say he could be the best goalkeeper of all-time. Neuer is an attacking goalkeeper who loves to charge at strikers. He gave away just four goals in Germany’s 2014 tournament victory.

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