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Banyana will not surrender

Diminutive defensive midfielder Mamello Makhabane, or “Juca” to her teammates, has become an indispensable part of Banyana’s hunt for an elusive World Cup berth.

IMRAN TAHIR and AARON PHANGISO

Proteas out to foil NZ with spin

IF IMRAN Tahir is a more attacking spinner than Aaron Phangiso, how come they each took the same number of wickets and had identical strike rates in the triangular series in Zimbabwe in August

VENUE DEBATE: Safa president Danny Jordaan says CAF sent a
letter to Safa on October 12, requesting SA to consider hosting the
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Door open on hosting of cup

The South African Football Association (Safa) has left the door open for South Africa to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations despite the growing concerns over the deadly Ebola virus.

Shakes Mashaba says everything is under control

Shakes out to jack up his Bafana

THERE’S not much harm done with a draw as Bafana Bafana’s fate remains firmly in their own hands. But Polokwane served up a king-size anticlimax.

Tokelo Rantie and Rivaldo Coetzee during the South African national soccer team training session at Royal Marang Sports Complex on October 08, 2014 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Shakes stars real top dogs

BAFANA Bafana coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba was yesterday  tempted to use a different phrase to describe his work with the national team so far, having made them a force in Group A of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

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Shakes braces for tough clash

Bafana Bafana want to wrap up their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification with two matches to spare by beating Congo at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday, but coach Shakes Mashaba has warned they will face “wounded tigers”.

GAME ON: Ivory Coast’s Gervinho controls the ball during their African Cup of Nations qualifying match against Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa on Saturday. REUTERS

Another shock loss for Nigeria

Holders Nigeria suffered another shock defeat in African Nations Cup qualifying on Saturday when a 1-0 loss to Sudan left them facing the possibility of missing out on the chance to defend their title next year.

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Bafana to put up fight

Mild weather and even a comfortable Moroccan-themed hotel had Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim ‘‘Shakes” Mashaba believing the football gods might be smiling on his side for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo at the Stade Municipal today.

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