No sooner has the football finished, than it begins again.
And then there were four. France, Belgium, England or Croatia will lift the 2018 Fifa World Cup on Sunday evening, at the end of what has been an enthralling tournament, full of surprises and entertaining football.
The shambles that is the curious case of Ajax Cape Town and Tendai Ndoro took another twist yesterday as a Judge Denise Fisher overturned Advocate William Mokhari’s decision to relegate the club to the National First Division.
As I write this, Africa’s quest for glory at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia has got off to an awful start.
The 2018 Fifa World Cup is almost upon us, and it promises to be a fantastic festival of football, albeit against the controversial backdrop of Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
So where do we rank Bafana Bafana’s latest embarrassment – a Cosafa Cup quarterfinal exit at the hands of Madagascar – in a pile-up of embarrassments that have grown all-too prolific over the years?

Editor's Blog Bench-warmer is hitting the heights

Siyanda Xulu’s rise from bench-warmer at Kaizer Chiefs to Bafana Bafana captain is a transformation to put a smile on the face of all but the most cold-hearted of football supporters.

Editor's Blog Coach re-ignites his Komphela feud

Basking in the glory of a Nedbank Cup triumph, Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael still couldn’t resist a little dig at Kaizer Chiefs’ departed leader Steve Komphela.

Editor's Blog PSL the masters of double standards

While a friendly between Mamelodi Sundowns and Barcelona should be a brilliant spectacle, the Premier Soccer League have shown mind-boggling double-standards in letting it go ahead.

Editor's Blog Fan violence simply can’t be tolerated

It was a sickening day for South African football on Saturday, as supporters raged in the aftermath of Kaizer Chiefs’ Nedbank Cup exit at the hands of Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Editor's Blog Premiership race is at the business end

And then there were two. Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates are now officially the only sides that can win this season’s Absa Premiership, with the Buccaneers’ victory at AmaZulu on Sunday at least keeping some sort of pressure on Pitso Mosimane’s Masandawana.

Editor's Blog A privilege to watch English league games

“Stoke is a “s**thole,” we want to go home”. We are on a bus with a group of Tottenham Hotspur fans, making our way to the bet365 Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, and they are singing out their feelings about this small city in the English Midlands.

Editor's Blog Davids appointment looks a masterstroke

Fadlu Davids’ remarkable season so far with Maritzburg United gives credence to the belief that more and more young coaches deserve a chance in South African football.

Editor's Blog There might be light at end of the tunnel

There is some irony in the fact that in the past seven days or so Bafana Bafana have finally had some success in an international competition, but nobody, barring those at the Four Nations tournament in Zambia, was able to see it.

Editor's Blog Dysfunctional Safa study in mediocrity

In terms of staggering acts of total incompetence, the South African Football Association (Safa) have racked up so many over the years, it can hardly be too much of a surprise when another one comes around the corner, pricking up its farcical ears for all to see.

Editor's Blog Cup is proving to be a great leveller

The magic of a tournament like the Nedbank Cup is all about the opportunities it gives the lower league teams to take on the so-called giants of the Absa Premiership.

Editor's Blog Micho’s Pirates are on the march again

Finally, on Saturday at the FNB Stadium, after what has felt like an eternity, we had a Soweto derby that lived up to the hype.

Editor's Blog Gung-ho approach needed in big derby

Another Soweto derby is nearly upon us, with Saturday’s Absa Premiership clash between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs carrying more intrigue than usual, given that both sides are well in the title race this season.

Editor's Blog Eymael slips in under the radar

Orlando Pirates’ Milutin Sredojevic deservedly won his Absa Premiership Coach-of-the-Month award for January on Monday, but there is another coach who is my early candidate for Coach-of-the-Season, even if he cannot ultimately guide his team to a miraculous league title success.

Editor's Blog Moon can be one to break mould

Kaizer Chiefs’ search for a prolific goalscorer to come flying through the doors at Naturena has been long and largely fruitless during the trophy-less reign of Steve Komphela.


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