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RITUAL OF DEATH

The 39 faces of botched circumcisions

PATH OF COOPERATION: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Jacob Zuma, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff  and Russian President Vladimir Putin applaud at a photo session during the fifth Brics summit in Durban yesterday Picture: REUTERS

Brics bank talks to iron out sticking points

THE Brics nations will now open formal talks to set up a development bank, President Jacob Zuma said yesterday .

POWER HEADER: Aristide Bance of Burkina Faso beats Ghana’s Derek Boateng to the ball in their Africa Cup of Nations semifinal match at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Wednesday. The Burkinabe meet Nigeria in Sunday’s final in Johannesburg after winning 3-2 on penalties. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Stallions gallop on

BURKINA Faso’s extraordinary progress to the Nations Cup is the stuff of fairytale, exemplified by the personal trauma of their coach, the loss of their best player, a bizarre refereeing experience and having to play on a virtual sandpit.

BONGANI KHUMALO

No easy ride for Bafana

BAFANA should regard their next opponents, Mali, as a Cape Verde with more experience, but mentally fragile.

KEY STRIKE: Dove Wome of Togo scores a goal while challenged by Djamel Mesbah of Algeria during their match at Royal Bafokeng Stadium. Wome’s goal could prove pivotal to Togo’s hopes. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Togolese have the edge over Tunisia

HE PROBABLY wasn’t aware of it at the time, but substitute Dove Wome’s goal in the third minute of injury time in Togo’s 2-0 win over Algeria could prove priceless.

GORDON IGESUND

Bafana set for big push

BAFANA Bafana have always believed that anything is possible in the Africa Cup of Nations, said coach Gordon Igesund after Sunday night’s dramatic 2-2 draw against Morocco at Moses Mabhida Stadium to reach the quarterfinals.

KEY MAN: Bernard Parker,  Bafana Bafana and Kaizer  Chiefs striker, is expected to  play a pivotal role when  South Africa take on  Morocco tomorrow  night in a Group  A clash Picture:  GALLO IMAGES

Igesund eyes next round

IMAGINE washing away months of harsh criticism by playing out of your skin; sweating, roughing it through intense pressure to beat a polished African team, defying the pessimism that follows years of failure and bringing joy to the entire nation.

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