18 Dec
2019

Bafana can beat Brazil: Barker

first_img26 February 2014African Nations Cup-winning Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker is backing current coach Gordon Igesund to come good against five-time World Cup winners Brazil when the two teams clash at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 5 March.Barker was at the helm when South Africa and Brazil met in 1996 and 1997. The Brazilians won both matches, 3-2 and 2-1 respectively.The former match, contested between the then African champions and world champions, has gone down as a classic in South African football history.The value of experience“I believe in both matches, first at FNB Stadium, when we lost 3-2 having led 2-0 at halftime, and secondly at Ellis Park in the 2-1 loss, we could have come up with better results had we had a bit of experience,” the Black Aces mentor said in a statement late last week.He said one thing that Bafana Bafana needed to remind themselves of was that, regardless of names, it would be a contest of 11 men against 11 men.“One of the biggest short-comings is to give too much respect to your opponents. Yes, Brazil have a star-studded team, but that means nothing once you walk onto the pitch,” Barker said.ImpressedHe declared himself impressed by Igesund’s charges when they beat Spain at the same venue late last year, and said he was expecting a repeat of those heroics from the local boys.“This is a big match for everyone. It is every player’s dream to play against world beaters like Brazil, and I think that inspiration will drive all players to go all out.”Kit launchBrazil will be using the match to launch their 2014 World Cup playing kit. They will use the home kit in the opening half and change into their away kit for the second half.Bafana Bafana will also be launching their new limited edition Nike kit on the night.“We are using the match as a handover of the 2010 Fifa World Cup hosts to 2014 hosts,” said South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan.TicketsThe match kicks off at 19:00 and tickets are going for R50 (upper tier), R100 (lower tier) and R200 (middle tier).Brazil arrivalThe Brazilian squad will arrive on Monday, 3 March, in three batches at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.Having previously named a squad of 15 European-based players, coach Felipe Scolari has added three players who ply their trade in Brazil, namely Fluminense’s Fred, Atletico Mineiro striker Jo and Botafogo goalkeeper Jefferson.Fred was the top goal scorer in the 2013 Fifa Confederations Cup, which Brazil won, netting five times, but missed the 1-0 loss to Switzerland in August because of injury.Jo has become a regular under Scolari, while Jefferson returns after missing November’s friendlies against Honduras and Chile.‘A good opportunity’“It’s a good opportunity to meet the group, our last before the final squad of the World Cup [is decided],” Scolari said in a statement released by Confederaçao Brasileira de Futebol (CBF).“It will be an important test against an African team who recently beat Spain, and a good time to talk to the players and coaching staff on planning for the World Cup.”SAinfo reporter and South African Football Associationlast_img read more

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18 Dec
2019

Proteas go pink for World Cancer Day

first_imgWorld Cancer Day is on 4 February 2016, a global event that unites the world in the fight against cancer.(Image: Cricket South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe special day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness of and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action. South Africa has a long tradition of giving its support to the fight against cancer. And in recent years South African cricket has become a strong supporter of the cause.Cricket South Africa (CSA) and PinkDrive have urged cricket fans to support the team during their traditional Pink One Day International (ODI) against England at Wanderers, Johannesburg on 12 February.It’s the third time the Proteas have donned the pink for a good cause, and according to CSA, previous events have raised almost half-a-million rand for local cancer awareness programmes and non-profit organisations. The money is used to buy mobile mammography and gynaecology testing centres.This year, CSA hopes to raise R1 000 000 and fans can contribute by sending an SMS with the keyword PINKDRIVE to 40158.“Our support for PinkDrive is one of our foremost social programmes and underlines the fact that cricket has a broader responsibility within society,” said CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat at the PinkDrive launch on 26 January. “The Pink ODI (will) mobilise cricket fans and the CSA family in support of a most worthy cause.”CSA, Bidvest, the Gauteng Cricket Board and sponsors, including Momentum and Castle Lager, will all contribute to the pink theme of the day, as well as raise funds. In addition to the Pink Proteas, billboards and branding around the Wanderers stadium will be decked out in pink. Merchandise, including hats and T- shirts, will be on sale for the day.As is tradition for the PinkDrive match, sponsors have offered players game incentives to add to the contributions.Momentum will donate R10 000 for every six hit into its family area spectators’ zone, and R100 000 for every boundary that hits a giant inflatable M placed in the arena.Castle wants to donate R10 000 for every catch of the day, while R2.50 from every beer sold on the day will also be donated to PinkDrive.Venue sponsors Bidvest will donate R1 000 every time the ball hits the (pink, naturally) branded boundary rope.Highlights from previous PinkDrive gamesJason Holder and AB de Villiers on the future of #cricket: https://t.co/zrlCqTItDG pic.twitter.com/h9PB2B3SiB— ESPN Caribbean (@ESPN_Caribbean) January 16, 2016In 2015, South Africa played in pink against the West Indies at Wanderers. It seemed as if the colour came packed with luck as AB de Villiers, Riley Rossouw and Hashim Amla all scored centuries to give South Africa a total of 439, surpassing the highest score in one-day international cricket. The Proteas held the previous record of 438 in the legendary game against Australia in 2006.Captain De Villiers led from the front, scoring the fastest century in one-day international history.The history of cricket and pinkInternational cricket’s association with cancer awareness began in 2005, with the formation of the McGrath Foundation. That fundraising and awareness initiative was started by former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath and his wife, Jane.Following Jane McGrath’s initial diagnosis and successful treatment for breast cancer, the couple wanted to use their status in the cricketing world and Australian society to draw attention to the need for cancer technology research and awareness for women, particularly young women, to have regular cancer checks.Initially a standard fundraising operation, the foundation’s pink-themed cricket events boosted its popularity, first in Australian domestic competitions and later in official games by the national side.Now in its tenth year, the foundation holds regular annual pink events, including the Sydney Pink Test, an iconic centrepiece of the charity held during Australia’s home Test match in January every year. In February, around World Cancer Day, there is a number of charity matches played featuring pink stumps. On 31 January 2016, Australia also played a Pink T20 in Sydney against the touring Indian team.Supporting Jane McGrath Day at the Australia v India T20 Cricket #janemcgrathfoundation #artisgroup pic.twitter.com/C3f9OSvMlB— Chris Greatrex (@chrisgreatrex) January 31, 2016Jane McGrath died in 2008, but her memory lives on in the pink initiatives held by cricketing nations around the world on World Cancer Day, including in South Africa.Source: News24Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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