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<p><strong>By Timmy T Maranda</strong><br />
timgweru@yahoo.com</p>

<p><strong>FOOTBALL </strong>- Bafana Bafana defeated Mali 2-1 to be crowned the champions of the Nelson Mandela Challenge on Sunday at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Two first half goals from captain Dean Furman and Themba Zwane clinched the victory for South Africa. Mali reduced the deficit with a well taken goal late in the second half. However, Bafana Bafana stood firm and consolidated their lead to clinch the victory on the 25 editions of Nelson Mandela Challenge. It was Bafana Bafana first match under the new coach MolefiNtseki following the cancellation of two friendlies against Zambia and Madagascar due to xenophobic attacks. Bafana Bafana coach Molefe Ntseki said, “We played against a very strong team in Mali and I am happy with the win, but we have a long way to go.” “It was great to sit on the bench for the first time as the head coach of Bafana and I also draw inspiration from Trott Moloto.” Bafana Bafana clinched the victory without Percy Tau and Lebo Mothiba.</p>

<p><strong>RUGBY </strong>- Toyota Cheetahs captain Ruan Pienaar praised his side after they finally broke their duck against the Irish side, Munster on Friday night, racking up their first victory and stopping Munster’s unbeaten run 40-16 in this year’s PRO14 Rugby Championship and against the South African sides. The Cheetahs struggled in the first half but pulled away in the second as their expansive brand of rugby spurred them on to their third victory in as many games before they head off to Europe for their next match in a fortnight. Pienaar, who has made an immense difference to the team with his experience and is currently the general who dictates the way they play, believes the team is building something special as they continue to play with confidence and use their attacking style of rugby to take a step forward in the competition.</p>
Weekend Sports Wrap

By Timmy T Maranda
timgweru@yahoo.com

FOOTBALL - Bafana Bafana defeated Mali 2-1 to be crowned the champions of the Nelson Mandela Challenge on Sunday at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Two first half goals from captain Dean Furman and Themba Zwane clinched the victory for South Africa. Mali reduced the deficit with a well taken goal late in the second half. However, Bafana Bafana stood firm and consolidated their lead to clinch the victory on the 25 editions of Nelson Mandela Challenge. It was Bafana Bafana first match under the new coach MolefiNtseki following the cancellation of two friendlies against Zambia and Madagascar due to xenophobic attacks. Bafana Bafana coach Molefe Ntseki said, “We played against a very strong team in Mali and I am happy with the win, but we have a long way to go.” “It was great to sit on the bench for the first time as the head coach of Bafana and I also draw inspiration from Trott Moloto.” Bafana Bafana clinched the victory without Percy Tau and Lebo Mothiba.

RUGBY - Toyota Cheetahs captain Ruan Pienaar praised his side after they finally broke their duck against the Irish side, Munster on Friday night, racking up their first victory and stopping Munster’s unbeaten run 40-16 in this year’s PRO14 Rugby Championship and against the South African sides. The Cheetahs struggled in the first half but pulled away in the second as their expansive brand of rugby spurred them on to their third victory in as many games before they head off to Europe for their next match in a fortnight. Pienaar, who has made an immense difference to the team with his experience and is currently the general who dictates the way they play, believes the team is building something special as they continue to play with confidence and use their attacking style of rugby to take a step forward in the competition.

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