Siyabonga Ntshingila

Redknapp’s simple, gutsy approach to the beautiful game pays off

Maybe Jermain Defoe has a future as a soothsayer. Just months after the often misfiring Tottenham Hotspur finisher was derided for saying Harry Redknapp’s side could do better than illustrious rivals Arsenal on the club game’s biggest stage, he has been proven right. Of course this had as much to do with the incompetence of…

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Arsenal have only themselves to blame

Firstly, before Arsenal throw their toys out the cot blaming ref Massimo Busacca, they must remember they had 90 minutes in which all they needed to do was match Barca goal for goal on an aggregate basis. That is all. Teams often come to the Nou Camp with greater tasks than theirs. They must remember…

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Why aren’t Lambie and Jantjies given space to grow?

Only South Africans would, faced with the prospect of having two genuine world-class pivot prospects, seek to align among provincial lines and do their utmost to tear them down week in week out. I am talking here of Pat Lambie of the Sharks and Elton Jantjies of the Lions. Ex-teammates at age group level, now…

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When do the Proteas get ‘to pick themselves up’ then?

“We have to pick ourselves up. We haven’t become bad players because of one performance. We’ll have to work on our decision making.” — Graeme Smith, January 15 2011. “We’ve got to learn from today, pick ourselves up.” — Graeme Smith March 6 2011. Urm, yeah. Because that is an all new lesson which needed…

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Timing of Manyi outrage suspicious

Much has been made of the scathing letter addressed to Black Management Forum leader Jimmy Manyi by Trevor Manuel, the minister of national planning. Noted academic and analyst Adam Habib surmised as much yesterday saying “strategic calculations are being made about the Western Cape. I cannot imagine that he has not consulted widely on this…

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Liverpool and Everton need to suck it up and share a ground

Explain this to me, Inter Milan and AC Milan, with their combined history of success and passion and pride, are more than happy to share a ground and stadium identity, but Liverpool and Everton cannot find an easy way to do this? Why? On its own, the argument about history and identity is a powerful…

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When do we start owning our true character?

South Africans, well most of us anyway, say we see former president Nelson Mandela as a symbol of dignity, pride, measure and humility. Which of course is why when the great statesman was in hospital last week, we were egging on the media vultures who hovered at the hospital hoping to pick up and sensationalise…

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Let them eat sushi

The current brouhaha about Kenny Kunene and his (probable) preference for hot women and sushi is another example of the narrow and sensationalist reporting and debate that plagues so much of our discourse. I personally do not give a rat’s ass where and how Kunene likes his raw fish and seaweed served. If he is…

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King Kenny sobers up to new Liverpool reality

So King Kenny goes back to Anfield and gees up the troops to pull fingers from Scouse (and international) arse and get going. And what happens next? Chelsea reminds them of their place in the 2011 pecking order. A cheeky cash up-front offer for their best player and talisman. Sure they’ve rejected it, but Chelsea…

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Is our history now hate speech?

In South Africa it is legal, though frowned upon, to raise the old flag. Die Stem is part of the national anthem. Yet songs about the all-too-recent struggle are now hate speech. Makes no sense does it. Unless one is prepared to accept that black people are some kind of mindless, easily excitable rabble which…

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