Treble-chasing Man City seek place in the record books

first_imgManchester City will head to Wembley on Saturday on the brink of history.After last weekend’s Premier League title triumph, now only unfancied Watford can prevent Pep Guardiola’s exhilarating side from becoming the first team to win the domestic treble.Most of the build-up to the FA Cup final will focus on City and their breathtaking achievements in the past two years.The odds will heavily favour City as they bid to win their fifth major English trophy of the last six available.It is not a foregone conclusion – after all City suffered FA Cup Wembley heartache when they were stunned by lowly Wigan in the 2013 final.But City are a more serene club under Guardiola than they were in the chaotic final days of Roberto Mancini’s admittedly successful reign six years ago.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss not only advocates slick and attractive football, but demands the highest standards in terms of performance, fitness and attitude.Whatever celebrations there might have been after City finally saw off Liverpool in a compelling title race on Sunday, Guardiola’s history suggests there will be little loss of focus.The Spaniard simply does not tolerate complacency and Watford, who finished a distant 48 points behind City in 11th place, are clearly going to have their work cut out.Despite chasing glory on other fronts, City have taken the FA Cup seriously from the off. They fielded a strong side and thrashed Championship Rotherham 7-0 in the third round and were similarly ruthless against Premier League Burnley in round four, winning 5-0.They needed a big slice of luck to see off Swansea in the quarter-finals and the semi-final defeat of Brighton was a grind, but Wembley is the perfect stage to crown a magnificent campaign.The likes of Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero – outstanding all season – will relish the occasion.Watford, however, will not want to make up the numbers.Admittedly, recent history is not on their side. The Hornets have lost all eight of their clashes with City since returning to the top flight, including 6-0 and 5-0 thrashings at Vicarage Road. There were also FA Cup losses in 2013 and 2014.But under the tactically astute Javi Gracia, Watford have enjoyed a positive campaign. Reaching the cup final may have taken the edge off their league form in recent weeks – they lost their last three games to fall out of contention for seventh place – but they are a capable side.They are defensively strong while Etienne Capoue and Abdoulaye Doucoure have midfield bite. They also utilise the wings while Gerard Deulofeu and Troy Deeney are a threat up front.Watford have not appeared in the FA Cup final since 1984, but after losing to Everton their Wembley appearance is best remembered for the showbiz quality brought to the occasion by Sir Elton John.Watford will want to let their football take centre stage this time – to pull off one of the great cup final shocks.last_img read more

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Without Embiid, 76ers upset Griffin and Clippers

first_imgThe Sixers listed 17,591 at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday, another stout crowd for a franchise coming off one of the worst stretches of seasons in NBA history. Embiid’s growing popularity has forced the Sixers to at least consider playing him only the home game when they play on consecutive nights.“We are mindful that our fans want to see Joel play,” coach Brett Brown said. “It’s one of several layers that influence the decision on when to play Joel. But it’s certainly on our mind to do the right thing by our fans.”While fans are crushed when Embiid doesn’t play, Brown said other Sixers see his absence as their opportunity to develop and contribute.“I think those type of words come to my mind more than ‘woe is me’ stuff,” Brown said. “That’s not it. That’s not it at all. We wind our guys up and we play NBA basketball and here we go.”Jahlil Okafor missed his chance to start and was held out with right knee soreness. Noel made the most of his first start of the season, and Dario Saric and Holmes were clutch off the bench.The Clippers made 12 of 19 3-pointers in the first half and rolled to a 19-point lead until the Sixers got going in the third.DeAndre Jordan missed four straight free throws – the last one on an airball – that sent the crowd into a frenzy not heard in Philly in some time. Noel finished an alley-oop and Sergio Rodriguez’s fast-break layup gave the Sixers an 87-86 lead.The 76ers rallied from 19 down to win for the first time since Dec. 23, 2014, at Miami.“You get a 19-point lead, nothing’s guaranteed, but you’ve got to secure it,” Clippers assistant Mike Woodson said.TIP-INSClippers: Doc Rivers did not coach the Clippers because of an illness. Woodson ran the team. … Griffin had a shot blocked on a spin move in the paint by Holmes. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan (6) leaps for a rebound against Philadelphia 76ers’ Gerald Henderson (12), Richaun Holmes (22) and Robert Covington (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 121-110. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — M. Night Shyamalan could not have scripted a twist ending from his courtside seat as implausible as this one: The 76ers pulled off a stunner over the 30-win Clippers without injured center Joel Embiid.Nerlens Noel scored 19 points, Richaun Holmes had 18 and Philadelphia beat Los Angeles 121-110 on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims LATEST STORIES Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member MOST READ NBA: Aldridge spurs San Antonio past Raptors 76ers: Shyamalan wore a “Trust the Process” shirt and visited with Embiid. Shyamalan’s daughter sang the national anthem. Comedian Kevin Hart also watched from a courtside seat . … Brown has yet to #RaiseTheCat after a 76ers win. “The Australians would be proud of it,” Brown said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitecenter_img DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ The Sixers rallied from 19 points down and proved yet again they are now a team trying to win games instead of tank seasons.“We come here, put in the work every day and it’s starting to show for us on the floor,” Holmes said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnEmbiid, out with a left knee contusion, waved his arms from the bench as the crowd shouted “Trust the Process” in the waning minutes.Noel had three blocked shots in Embiid’s spot and the Sixers hit 10 3-pointers to spur the second-half rally. Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal The Sixers are 3-10 without Embiid this season.Blake Griffin, a five-time All-Star, scored 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting in his first game since Dec. 18. He averaged 21.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists this season, and played in 26 of the Clippers’ first 28 games.Jamal Crawford hit six 3s and scored 27 points for the Clippers. J.J. Redick had 22.“This one’s more disheartening,” Crawford said. “You have to put those games away, by any means. This one’s on us.”Embiid continues to be hampered by the knee he hurt on Friday night. He’s scheduled to sit out Wednesday night’s game at Milwaukee because he does not play in one game of back-to-back sets.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Over $1 million invested in oil rig training

first_imgAs well, Shell Canada will be investing an additional $100,000. President and CEO of NLC Laurie Rancourt commented, “As we strive to continue meeting the skills training needs of northeastern B.C., and specifically of the oil and gas industry, this level of collaboration and multi-partnered approach will continue to be one of the key drivers of our success.” The triple cantilever rig, donated by Nabors Canada, will serve as a hands-on training site, where students will use actual field equipment, simulating a very accurate oil rig experience. Murray Slezak from Shell Canada argues that this facility will help workers get training without having to travel significant distances.- Advertisement – “We believe that the individuals that are trained in the north, will want to stay in the north, thus increasing local employment and career opportunities for northeastern B.C. residents. The simulated well site will be the only one of its kind in the province, with Alberta holding the only other site similar to this one.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Gulf crisis could hit Qatar 2022

first_imgOne of the areas that could feel the impact is Qatar’s hosting of the World Cup, football’s biggest tournament, in five years’ time.“This is a massive escalation in pressure on Qatar,” said Kristian Ulrichsen, a Gulf analyst with the Baker Institute at Rice University in Houston. “I think it will really have an impact if it lasts any time.”Since being controversially chosen by FIFA in 2010 as the host, Qatar has maintained that it is a politically secure nation despite its location in a volatile region.Doha has also emphasised that the tournament serves the entire Gulf, and not just the tiny gas-rich emirate.Nasser Al-Khater, a senior figure with Qatar’s World Cup organising body, recently claimed that up to 1.3 million fans would visit Doha in 2022, the majority from the Gulf and “mainly from Saudi Arabia”.But current events may challenge those notions, Ulrichsen said.“One of its pitches (to secure the World Cup) was that Qatar is one of the most stable countries in the Middle East,” he told AFP.– ‘Looking over their shoulder’ –With that potentially called into question — and the fact that there are other countries which could host the event at little notice — organisers may be getting anxious, Ulrichsen said.“Qatar will know that there are alternatives, so they will be looking over their shoulder,” he said.Suggestions have been made previously that the United States, one of the countries that lost the race for the 2022 competition to Qatar, could take over hosting duties if necessary.The crisis that erupted on Monday came only a few weeks after US President Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia to cement ties with Riyadh and called for Muslim countries to unite against extremism.In a brief statement sent to AFP, football’s governing body FIFA said it was “in regular contact” with Qatar 2022 organisers and had “no further comments for the time being”.Simon Chadwick, professor of sports enterprise at Britain’s Salford University, said the diplomatic crisis “raises an important issue of risk assessment and contingency planning” for the World Cup.“The closer we get to 2022, the more Qatar becomes exposed. In terms of reputation and embarrassment, this is a big issue for Qatar,” he said.“As a country, Qatar likes to hedge, in regional terms it hedges and I think it’s being forced by countries and organisations to stop that. I think there’s an awful lot to be resolved in five years.”– Sponsorship deal cancelled –Already the first sporting victim of the crisis has been claimed.Saudi football club Al-Ahli said just hours after the cut in diplomatic ties that it would end its financial association with Qatar Airways, taking to Twitter to announce “the termination of the sponsorship contract between the club and Qatar Airways”.A three-year sponsorship deal, worth an estimated $16 million a season (14 million euros) with the Doha-based carrier was originally signed in October 2014 and renewed in May this year.Another potential early victim could be this year’s Gulf Cup of Nations, scheduled to take place in December in Doha.Qatar had stepped in as host when Kuwait was stopped from hosting following its ban from FIFA.Among the nations set to take part include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, who all cut diplomatic ties on Monday.Saudi Arabia and the UAE also announced they were suspending flights to Qatar and banned their citizens from travelling to Doha.Winning the right to host the 2022 World Cup was a major coup for Qatar, which has used its natural gas riches to promote its international profile. The country has said it is spending almost $500 million every week on major infrastructure projects related to the tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A picture taken on May 18, 2017, shows a general view of the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha after it was refurbished ahead of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup © AFP / KARIM JAAFARDOHA, Qatar, Jun 5 – The diplomatic crisis sweeping the Gulf could invigorate a campaign by critics of Qatar to strip Doha of the 2022 World Cup, experts said Monday.Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen were among those to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on the grounds that Doha supported extremist groups “that aim to destabilise the region”.last_img read more

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Man United continue talks over signing Brazil defender

first_img Monaco star Fabinho Manchester United remain locked in talks with Monaco over the signing of defender Fabinho.Louis van Gaal is on the hunt for a right-back this summer and the club were chasing Barcelona star Dani Alves.However, the Brazilian has now signed a new deal with the Spanish giants and United have switched targets to Fabinho.According to French outlet Ma Chaine Sport, the Premier League club are in discussions with Monaco for the 21-year-old and are favourites for his signature.United are ready to offer the French club around £15m for the Brazilian, who is currently on international duty at the Copa America.Fabinho has only just signed for Monaco permanently, having previously spent two seasons on loan from Portuguese side Rio Ave, but they are said to be willing to sell and make a quick profit. 1last_img read more

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Sniper reward may be boosted

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Authorities believe the earlier shot had been intended to lure deputies to the dealership to be targeted for sniping. The shots were fired from about 225 yards away. Deputies said they found spent shell casings near a wall around an apartment complex on Gadsden Avenue. The sniper or snipers had fired across a field and the dry Amargosa Creek at the deputies in the car lot. Deputies searched two apartments to which bloodhounds led them the morning after the shooting, but no suspects were found. Deputies shot tear gas into one of the two apartments when they heard noise inside, but nobody answered the door. The noise proved to be from a television set that had been left on, deputies said. When an occupant returned, they arrested him on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale. Deputies said they found marijuana in the apartment. LANCASTER – City Council members are expected to vote next week on increasing a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a sniper who fired at least a dozen shots Jan. 5 at three sheriff’s deputies. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors already has authorized a $10,000 reward, and the City Council is being asked to add $5,000 more. “We’re looking for a little more help,” Capt. Carl Deeley, commander of the Lancaster sheriff’s station, said Tuesday. The three sheriff’s deputies were not hurt but had to take cover behind cars at the Lancaster Mazda auto dealership on 10th Street West, where they had gone to investigate an earlier shot fired into a dealership showroom window. last_img read more

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Leeds boss Bielsa used children to spy on opposition teams in Argentina

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker Bielsa is embroiled in ‘spy’ gate Marcelo Bielsa used CHILDREN to spy on opposition teams when he was managing Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina.The Football Association have confirmed they are investigating the training ground ‘spy’ incident involving Derby County and Leeds United, who meet live on talkSPORT 2 this evening at 7.45pm. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion SORRY latest BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update During his time as manager of Newell’s Old Boys, the Argentine used kids to spy on opposition teams before games.The 63-year-old (known as El Loco) would hire youth footballers to climb fences and trees adjoining to the training grounds of his rivals to take detailed notes and report back on potential starting XI’s.Bielsa has since confirmed he did send a Leeds employee to the training ground and wanted to take full responsibility for the matter.center_img 1 Police were called to the club’s training ground on Thursday after a man was seen acting suspiciously outside the premises.The FA issued a statement which read: “We are aware of the incident at Derby County’s training ground and we will be investigating the matter.”The suspect was reportedly in possession of a pair of binoculars, pliers and a change of clothes at the time he was picked up by police.However, this is not the first time a team managed by Bielsa has faced accusations of this nature. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 RANKED REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won revealed Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Most Read in Footballlast_img read more

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Another Man United star in talks over new deal despite Real Madrid interest

first_img The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 The England international has scored six goals in 10 games since interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December.Rashford’s form has helped United leapfrog Arsenal into fifth and move to within just two points of fourth-placed Chelsea.The club will need Rashford at his best as they face Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Liverpool this month. Marcus Rashford is in talks with Manchester United about a new deal.Real Madrid have been linked with a £100million summer move for the 21-year-old, whose contract expires in 18 months’ time. SORRY whoops RANKED Marcus Rashford is in fine form for Manchester United 1 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings BEST OF LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update center_img predicted REVEALED revealed Rashford’s United team-mate Anthony Martial signed a lucrative five-year deal last week, and Old Trafford chiefs believe the pair could form a lethal attack in the forthcoming seasons.The Telegraph report Rashford sees his long-term future with United despite interest from Real, who are said to be keeping tabs on the youngster.United are reportedly preparing to offer their star man, who currently earns around £60,000-a-week, a bumper £150,000-a-week deal with bonuses. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? latest Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT last_img read more

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Ronny Deila to remain as Celtic boss until at least end of the season

first_imgRonny Deila will not be sacked in the wake of the Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Rangers and will remain in charge until at least the end of the season, STV understands.The Norwegian’s position has come under increased scrutiny following the club’s penalty shoot-out loss to Mark Warburton’s men at Hampden.Speaking at the national stadium, Deila said it was not the time to talk about his future and called for his team to focus on the end of their league campaign. Celtic’s majority shareholder Dermot Desmond made the trip to Glasgow to watch the game from the stands alongside chief executive Peter Lawwell and chairman Ian Bankier. Like his predecessor Neil Lennon, Deila has a rolling 12-month contract with the Scottish champions. Celtic hold an eight-point advantage over Aberdeen with just five games of the season remaining and Deila will lead the Scottish champions as they aim to secure their fifth successive league title.The 40-year-old claimed the domestic double in his first season, lifting the League Cup before claiming the Premiership title. Criticism has been aimed at the manager following poor results in Europe as well as over the team’s style of play.last_img read more

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Five sports stars to receive National Orders

first_img17 April 2014Five South African sports stars were on Wednesday named by the Presidency among the list of people who will be honoured with National Orders on Freedom Day, 27 April, in an investiture ceremony at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria.They are top athlete Caster Semenya, swimming star Cameron van der Burgh, Paralympic standout Fanie van der Merwe, wheelchair tennis ace Lucas Sithole, and footballing great Jomo Sono.Caster SemenyaSemenya will receive the Order of Ikhamanga in bronze. The Order recognises South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.The Presidency described her nomination in a statement as follows: “For her outstanding contribution in the sporting field of middle distance track running. Her performance against all odds has made the country proud.”Semenya burst onto the international athletics scene at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin when she won gold in the 800 metres at the age of only 18. Her winning time was a sensational 1:55.45.Two years later, at the IAAF World Championships in Seoul, Semenya fought her way back from injury to claim silver in the 800 metres.The following year, at the London Olympic Games, she won another silver medal, to help South Africa finish 23rd on the medal table, significantly up from a tie for 70th in Beijing four years earlier.The Order of Ikhamanga in Silver will be bestowed on the four remaining sportspeople.Cameron van der BurghDescribing Cameron van der Burgh, the Presidency said: “For his display of dignity and grace in his performance on international stages as a swimmer, while firmly rooted in South Africa and training at home. He has shown determination and strength and has portrayed continuous excellence in the field of aquatic sport.”Van der Burgh’s promise was first shown on the world stage in 2007 when he won bronze in the 50m breaststroke at the Fina Aquatics World Championships in Melbourne.In 2008 and 2009, he was the overall winner of the Fina World Cup, the short course world series that takes place in various major cities around the world.In April 2009, he set his first long course world record in in the 50 metres, and that same year captured gold in the 50m at the Fina World Aquatic Championships in Rome. He also added a bronze medal in the 100 metres.His achievements in 2010 included gold in the 50m and 100 metres at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and victory in the 100m at the World Short Course Championships in Dubai.The highlight of his career thus far occurred at the 2012 London Olympics when he won gold in the 100m in a world record time of 58.46 seconds.Last year, he was crowned world champion in the 50m and also picked up a silver medal in the 100m at the Fina World Championships in Barcelona.Fanie van der Merwe“For his excellent contribution in the field of Paralympic athletics. He has pushed past physical impediments to shine as a man of courage,” the Presidency said of Fanie van der Merwe’s award.Van der Merwe competes under a T37 classification, which is one of a number of classes for athletes with cerebral palsy.He won gold in both the 100 and 200 metres at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, with his 200 metres victory coming in a world record time of 23.84 seconds.In 2011, he bettered that world record to 23.10 seconds at the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique.At the Paralympics, in London, in 2012, he snatched gold in the 100 metres again, edging out China’s Liang Yongbin in a photo finish to win the final in a world record equalling time of 11.51 seconds.Unfortunately, in the 200 metres, Van der Merwe stumbled, lost his balance and then his title, despite running a still impressive 23.79 seconds.Lucas SitholeWheelchair tennis star Lucas Sithole was recognised by the Presidency thus: “For bearing witness to resilience. He pushes past his limitations to achieve the seemingly impossible and has made history in the process.”At the age of 12, Sithole lost both legs and his right arm when he fell under a train. Then, in 2005, when the sport was launched in South Africa, he was invited to a wheelchair tennis camp. He instantly took to the sport and by the following year he was representing his country.Since then, Sithole has continued to make strides upwards in the world of quads wheelchair tennis. In recent years, he has become one of the world’s elite players.In 2013, he made a massive jump, winning the British Open in July and following that up with victory in the US Open in September to capture his first Grand Slam title. In both tournaments he beat world number one David Wagner. He finished the year ranked second in the world.In January of this year, Sithole finished runner-up in the singles and doubles at the Australian Open.Jomo SonoDescribing Jomo Sono’s award, the Presidency said: “For his commitment and dedication as a footballer. His excellent contribution to the development of football and young talent is commendable.”Nicknamed “The Black Prince”, Sono was a wonderfully skilled player, able to beat defenders with individual skills or astute passes. He could control the game from the midfield and was able to fashion some eye-opening goals, some with guile and others with power.He first played for Orlando Pirates, but then headed to North America where he played for the New York Cosmos, Colorado Caribous, Atlanta Chiefs and Toronto Blizzards.After his retirement in 1982, Sono returned to South Africa and purchased the Highlands Park Club in Johannesburg, renaming it Jomo Cosmos, in honour of the team that brought him to the USA.Although the club is currently in the South African First Division, it has over the years enjoyed a number of successes, including winning the Telkom Knockout Cup three times and the Nedbank Cup once. Before the formation of the Premier Soccer League, it also won the National Soccer League title in 1987.Among the players who played for Sono at Cosmos before going on to earn themselves lucrative overseas contracts were Mark Fish, Philemon “Chippa” Masinga and Helman Mkhalele. He is known for having a good eye for talent.He also made a telling contribution to Bafana Bafana when he took charge of the national team as a caretaker coach after Philippe Troussier was fired just before the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations. With the team in disarray, a disaster was predicted by many. Instead, with Sono leading, Bafana made it all the way to the final, where they lost to Egypt.Four years later, he was again the caretaker coach when South Africa narrowly missed out on the second round of the Fifa World Cup, bowing out of the event on goal difference, but only on goals scored.last_img read more

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