How do you come down from the high of the Springboks’ nerve-jangling Rugby World Cup performances? Well, you don’t, you just ride that wonderful victory wave of euphoria for four more years.
What an inspiration Siya Kolisi and his Boks were for all youngsters – true torchbearers for South African sport in France. Now, et tu Bafana Bafana? What do you have in store for us as you take your place at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire? Expecting Bok-like bravado from Bafana might be asking a bit much, but Hugo Broos’ side have found a bit of solidity and some swagger as they head to West Africa, where they will be hoping to cause a few upsets at Africa’s biggest football event. The draw was kind enough for Bafana as they drew Tunisia, neighbours Namibia, and Mali in Group E. They will be looking to at least progress to the AFCON knockout stages.
Sowetan sports editor Nkareng Matshe runs the rule over Bafana in this edition of Inside Sport. He says that with goalkeeper Ronwen Williams impressing between the sticks, Percy Tau having become one of the lions of African football with Al Ahly, and Lebo Mathiba and Zakhele Lepasa shining at club level, things are looking up for Bafana. Let’s back the boys and see how they go against Africa’s big guns.
Stuart Hess looks at the second instalment of the Betway SA20 and finds South African cricket in far better health than it was a year or so ago, with plenty of young talent flowing through the pipeline. We also look at the Padel craze that’s sweeping South Africa, and see that the Sunshine Tour’s doing just nicely as it sees out the LIV Golf phenomenon and continues to grow in stature and prestige, with no less than six DP World Tour events on its calendar.
We also look at the “amazing madness” that is the Absa Cape Epic, which celebrates its 20th edition next year. We’ve enjoyed putting this issue together, and we hope you enjoy the read.