The Olympic champion wastes little sweat on his hallmark 400 because of a lack of decent competition in the City of Roses.

Olympic champion and world record holder Wayde van Niekerk coasted to a pedestrian time in his opening 400m race of the season, after apparently having words with officials in Bloemfontein on Saturday, though he delivered solid performances in the 100m and 200m events during a busy day of competition at the Free State Athletics Championships.

Van Niekerk got

Former Middlesbrough striker Kei Kamara was booked for twerking after scoring for New England Revolution against Montreal Impact.

Kamara, who also played for Norwich, completed the scoring for the hosts in the 71st minute of their 3-0 win, and celebrated by pulling off the mood, made popular by popstar Miley Cyrus.

But it didn't impress the referee, who promptly pulled out a yellow card for the Sierra Leone-born forward, who could not hide his disbelief at the decision.


BAFANA Bafana are targeting at least two goals in their opening 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Burkina Faso tomorrow. Kick-off at Stade Du 4 Aout is at 8pm SA time.

Although coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba said he was expecting a tough match, he was nevertheless confident of getting a positive result.

He could not over emphasise the importance of a solid start in the qualifiers, saying it was important to start on a winning note.

“We need two goals in the game to be on

Evergreen Daine Klate scored twice including a goal inside the first minute as Bidvest Wits sent out a strong early season signal of their potential for honours with a 3-0 thumping of Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8 final as they claimed the first silverware of the campaign.

Eleazar Rodgers got the other goal in a rain affected final in front of some 30,000 at the Mbombela Stadium who created a rousing atmosphere.
It took all of 35 seconds – a record for a domestic cup final – for

Joker Anthony Laffor and the diminutive Percy Tau both scored to put Mamelodi Sundowns through to African Champions League final on a night of much celebration for South African football.

Sundowns beat  Zesco United of Zambia 3-2 on aggregate after the second leg of their semifinal on Saturday night in Atteridgeville, emphasising their quality and putting themselves now just two matches away from being crowned continental champions.
Laffor scored early and Tau delivered a

Bafana Bafana head coach Shakes Mashaba announced his squad ahead of their clash against Burkina Faso in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers 2018 in Russia.

Bafana will play tricky Burkina Faso away from home on the 8 October (8pm) at Stade Du 4 Aout in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso..
As expected, Mashaba defended his decision to include Tokelo Rantie and Orlando Pirates out of favourite striker Thamsanqa Gabuza.

Mashaba said: "Gabuza is one of the top goal scorers in the Bafana squad

Caster Semenya has convincingly won her first heat of the 800 metres at the 2016 Rio Olympics on Wednesday to qualify for the semi-finals.

Semenya won the heat with a time of 1:59.31.

The current world record is 1:53:28 with the Olympic record standing at 1:53:43.
Many observers insist Semenya, the world No1 this year, is expected to add another gold to South Africa's haul of seven medals - one gold, five silver and a bronze.

The semi-finals are on Thursday‚ which means

As you make your way into their home, you could be forgiven for thinking the Hartleys are the happiest family around the Fleurhof area, southwest of Joburg.

This is where you find Junaid Hartley's father, Omar.
Omar (62) has witnessed the rise and fall of his eldest son, and as he pages through the family albums, he sees pictures of him alongside Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs.

He knew his son was destined for greatness, but Junaid was lured into the world of drugs and is

Ex Orlando Pirates defender Siyabonga Sangweni has been dispossessed of his luxury vehicle as rumours alleging that he is now dead broke take centre stage.

The former Bafana Bafana player's BMW 4 series cabriolet was repossessed from his rented Southgate townhouse last month. Sangweni confirmed he lost his set of wheels.
"The car was involved in an accident and the insurance refused to pay. I stopped paying for it. They took it back, but I will continue to pay the instalment when

Fresh from his recent break up with Sbahle Mpisane, Itumeleng Khune has spent most of the week trying to defend his selection as part of the country's Olympic men's football team. But it all seems to have been forgotten after his heroics against Brazil on Thursday.

You see, Itu is back to being Mzansi's favourite football bae!
The footballer has had a rough last few weeks both on and off the pitch. Not only has he had to get over the heartbreak and mockery that he got following his

Following the surprising news of an Orlando Pirates player testing positive for the use of cocaine, the club is yet to reveal the player's identity.

Sport24 reported on Wednesday that the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) confirmed a player from the Soweto giants tested positive for cocaine in a recent routine drug test.
Hours after the news broke, Pirates released a statement acknowledging the report and revealed that the club will "conduct its own

THE death of former Under-23 soccer star, Simphiwe "Boy-Boy" Mosia (31), has shocked Mzansi!

Boy-Boy's close friends claimed the star, who was buried in Hammarsdale, north of Durban, yesterday, died of too much nyaope and drug overdose last Sunday.

Sources said Boy-Boy had just got a new job and was celebrating his first salary.
"He spent his first salary on booze and drugs. He had so much drugs on the day he died," claimed the source.

According to the source, Boy-Boy

MAMELODI Sundowns are on a big mission – to WIN the Caf Champions League title for the first time!

The Brazilians have promised not to take their foot off the pedal despite being the runaway winners of Group B with nine points and a game to spare.
Coach Pitso Mosimane’s charges have fired a warning shot to the rest of their Champions League rivals, showing they mean business in Africa’s premium club competition this year.

The Tshwane giants have maintained their 100% record in

MZANSI national Under-23 coach Owen Da Gama says his side will show no fear against a star-studded Brazil in their Olympic Games opening match on 4 August.

The football portion of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, runs from 3-21 August.

Both the SA men and women’s national teams have been drawn against Brazil. Young Bafana’s other opponents in Group A are Denmark and Iraq.
Sweden and China join Banyana and Brazil in Group E.

Banyana face Sweden at the Rio de

Mamelodi Sundowns captain Ramahlwe Mphahlele has been offered a R30 000 less monthly salary by his own club than a rival offer by Kaizer Chiefs.

This is believed to be the stumbling block in the right-back putting pen to paper on a new contract at Sundowns‚ and the reason Mphahlele did not make the trip with the squad that left on Tuesday to play ES Setif in Algeria in Sundowns’ first Caf Champions League group stage match on Saturday.
Times Media has learnt that Mphahlele has been

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