- Ant Sims
Over the last few weeks, Emmanuel Adebayor has been posting some disturbing details about his family relations on Facebook. The most staggering came on Wednesday, when he spoke of how his brother threatened him with a knife and how he had considered suicide “many times”. As saddening and shocking as this might be, Adebayor might have done something quite incredible for helping to break down the stigma of mental illness. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Those who claim there’s nothing wrong with Danny Jordaan having a dual role as mayor and as president of SAFA - and neither of his positions will “suffer” - completely miss the point. It’s against SAFA’s Constitution and goes against FIFA’s code of ethics, and it’s about neutrality and credibility. BY ANTOINETTE MULLER.
While the men’s Sevens team lost out on yet another World Series title, the South African women’s Sevens team managed their first win since December last year. The two teams have had mixed fortunes, but at least SARU isn’t under any illusions over the investment needed to push the women’s team to the top. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Love him or hate him, right now it’s hard not to feel sympathy for Kevin Pietersen, who was told one thing and then ended up being taken for a ride by the England and Wales Cricket Board. His international career seems to be as good as done, but it’s the ECB’s hypocrisy that means this issue is unlikely to go away quietly. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
As things stand, 22 May will be a massively significant day in the future of Pakistan cricket. For the first time in over six years, international cricket will return to the country with Zimbabwe playing a whistle-stop series in Lahore. It’s a small but significant step in reviving international cricket in Pakistan. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
It’s far too early to tell whether a new era is about to dawn on West Indies cricket, but Phil Simmons got off to a very good start with a drawn series against England. The task at hand is much bigger than that, but for the time being, he can pat himself and his players on the back. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Fikile Mbalula has hit the headlines once again for his extravagant lifestyle, which he likes to shove in everybody’s face. While he has every right to gallivant around the globe and watch a man convicted of domestic abuse, it’s his failure to support grassroots boxing in South Africa that really grates. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
The noise surrounding the possibility of a cricket body to rival the International Cricket Council is getting louder and louder with the Essel Group confirming they are indeed looking to expand cricket beyond the Commonwealth. While it’s all very cloak and dagger at the moment, ANTOINETTE MULLER picks five reasons why such a breakaway league has the potential to be successful.
Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) response to the debacle over whether external influence was brought to bear on the selection of the Proteas team that took the field in the Cricket World Cup (CWC) semi-final defeat of New Zealand increasingly resembles the government’s shambolic attempt to deflect responsibility for the landing of a private aeroplane at the Waterkloof Air Force base in 2013. By LAWSON NAIDOO.
Mike Horn, one of the members of the South African cricket team’s support staff during the World Cup, is the first to openly suggest there was indeed selection interference from the top, weeks after Cricket South Africa vehemently denied it. This is not a story that’s going to just die down and South Africa’s cricket administrators will be ducking beamers for a while still. BY ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Schalk Burger is one of rugby’s comeback kings, and his ability to bounce back time and time again was recognised when he won the Laureus Comeback of the Year Award on Wednesday, going from fighting for his life to playing for the Springboks, something doctors said he wouldn’t be able to do again. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.