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An Apology to Stevie G

  Cast a cold eye On life, on death Horseman, pass by! – W.B. Yeats, Under Ben Bulben The end came in ignominy. It was a desultory, disheveled, listless performance by a poorly managed team against Crystal Palace two Saturdays ago. Then, a 6-1 rout by Stoke on the final weekend in which Steven George […]

Mashaba’s Bafana Shake-Up

Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba’s gait is half-limp – probably a consequence of his days as a solid defender, captaining Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Moroka Swallows – and half bounce, like the old township gentlemen, with shoes so shiny you can see your reflection in them. Born in Orlando East 64 years ago, Mashaba is a […]

Senzo Meyiwa, the Lion-Heart, and the Line in the Sand

  Senzo Meyiwa was a sweet guy. As footballers go he was about as sweet as they come. I never knew him that well. The first time we met was in a lift in the Hilton Hotel in Yaounde. It was the week of the neutral-ground World Cup qualifier there against Cameroon’s war-torn neighbours Central […]