Pirates’ Palacios outlines measures to bring back the PSL

t would be a means, as much as anything, of easing the widespread depression and lowering morale that has gripped the country as a result of the deadly coronavirus and its lockdown restrictions.

This is the view of former Peruvian World Cup player and Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates coach, Augusto Palacios, in calling for the resumption of the PSL’s halted competitions – probably sometime in June.

Palacios, currently the Orlando Pirates development director, stresses that any resumption at this stage would need to take place without spectators present, but for the many millions of soccer followers throughout the country – and others with only a casual interest in football – this would be off-set to a considerable degree by the games being televised, while helping take thoughts briefly from the grim crisis that has spread through the country.

“I see depression, low morale and even fear wherever I look,” added the cosmopolitan Pirates development director, “and the resumption of soccer would take the minds of many from the wider issues with which they are faced – if only briefly.”

The urbane Palacios, nevertheless, stressed that any return of games would need to be implemented under strict rules, which include:

– An agreement between the PSL and soccer controlling body SAFA that would receive the approval and consent of the Government.

–  All players and officials to be tested for the coronavirus, with those testing positive not eligible to participate.

– A system, with government consent, allowing for a limited relaxation in the travelling of teams.

–  The extension of substitutes from the standard maximum of three per game to

five – implemented by FIFA as a temporary arrangement.

– A minimum number of officials and workers allowed at games.

In addition, attention needs to be focussed on the leagues expected to be resumed shortly in some European countries as a guide to the process.

Palacios said he had confidence in the PSL’s top administration to devise a plan that would fall in line with government’s efforts to limit the spread of the virus pandemic – and lift the spirits of many who are understandably overwhelmed by their current problems.

“From a purely soccer point of view,” added the Pirates development director, “it would eliminate the potentially unsatisfactory and undesirable situation of abandoning the season without a champion club or one appointed artificially and thereby arousing much controversy.”

And with this in mind, it is worth noting that Kaizer Chiefs, with a four-point lead at the top of the log over defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, but having played an extra game, stand out as the top, intriguing contenders.

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MP spends time with the boxing gogos on Valentine’s Day

Member of Parliament Dr Mimmy Gondwe exercised with the Cosmo City gogos who train at the A Team Gym at a February 14 celebration of the women’s sixth anniversary practising at the gym.

Dr. Gondwe said that she visited the event to raise awareness about the importance of the elderly in society.

“The government should not forget to put the elderly on its different agendas,” she said. “We often talk about children and women and forget to emphasise the elderly. I have seen these Cosmo City gogos several times in the media showcasing their physical fitness.”

Dr Gondwe, who also serves as the constituency head for George in the Western Cape, said it is crucial to take care of the elderly because most of them are the ones who look after the children in the community. “The elders—especially the grannies — contribute much in the upbringing of the children. I would like to thank everyone who is contributing towards the elderly throughout the country.”

The gogos said they were happy to spend time with a woman from the National Assembly.  “it is always interesting to have a visitor from the government,” said 73-year-old gogo Olivia. “We love her so much and we hope she comes back again soon.”

The gogos train with Coach Claude Maphosa in twice-weekly sessions at Multipurpose Centre. Many of them say that they no longer suffer from the ailments they had before and are stronger than ever. I

Triple Threat Defence

By Teliza van Eeden Vorster

The young Triple Threat Kickboxing Club launched their first free self-defence class for women in Ruimsig on the 1st of February.  

Wade Rendall, the owner of the club, has hosted self-defence classes for three years at local gyms, schools and universities. Rendall has always had the idea of running weekly self-defence classes, said Kyle Valentine, one of the Triple Threat members.

The Club’s classes are for women and girls older than twelve. “The whole purpose of this is to empower women and to show them that, regardless of the situation, they can defend themselves,” said Rendall.

The classes are free because all women, despite their financial backgrounds, should be given the opportunity to defend themselves in a country with high crime rates and other issues, said Rendall. “We thought we’d give back to the community,” he said.

Kim Parkes was one of the ladies who attended the class after hearing about it on Facebook. “I felt more in control,” said Parkes, referring to one of the self-defence techniques that she practiced during the hour-long session.  

Even if you don’t participate you can still learn a lot, said Valentine, because someone can just listen and become more aware of what happens in a self-defence situation.

“It was very interesting and informative,” said Parkes. “You can see everyone was here to learn something,” said Rendall. “You can see they wanted to do this.”

The first session focuses on getting the basics right and understanding how important it is to defend oneself. “The thing with self-defence is, it all comes with practice,” said Valentine. “It must become second nature.”

The basics covered in the first session:  

  1. Base

Make your stance wide and bend your knees to be lower to the ground if someone tries to pull you towards them. In this way you will have more balance and strength over your attacker.  

  • Palm thrust

Step forward and jam the bottom of your palm upwards into the attacker’s nose or chin.

  • Knee strike

Grab your opponent around the back of the head and jab your knee into his or her stomach or face.

  • Immobilize your attacker

When someone grabs you around the wrist, twist your arm in a circular motion and grab their arm. Then twist their arm behind their back, kick their leg behind the knee and put your other arm around their neck.

After perfecting the basic techniques, attendees will eventually move on to more advanced striking and grappling moves, said Rendall.

The Triple Threat classes occur every Saturday at 10 am on Peter Road. To attend, send an email to triplethreatdojo@gmail.com

Kaizer Motaung reveals Chiefs’ target for January transfer window

08 January 2020 – 11:57


Kaizer Chiefs owner-chairman Kaizer Motaung speaks during the club’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in Orlando West, Soweto, on January 7 2020. 
Image: Marc Strydom

Kaizer Chiefs are lining up one big signing in the January transfer window‚ chairman Kaizer Motaung has revealed.

Speaking at Chiefs’ 50th anniversary celebrations in Phefeni‚ Orlando West on Tuesday‚ Motaung was asked if‚ with Amakhosi top of the log at the halfway stage the club’s thinking might be to sign one or two top-class players to ram home the advantage.

Chiefs have come under pressure as chasing teams – including defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns – have reduced a gap of around 10 points to four or five over the Christmas period.

This adds to the burden for a relatively inexperienced squad‚ but one who hit form in the opening half of 2019-20‚ of adding silverware in Amakhosi’s half-century anniversary season after four unprecedented preceding campaigns without a trophy.

“As you know it’s another window period‚ and obviously there might be an opportunity for us to acquire one position. If it succeeds‚ it will happen in the next two weeks or so‚” Motaung said.

“Obviously we have done our homework and we’ve made certain moves. But if it doesn’t happen‚ it’s not a train smash.”

Motaung was reluctant to reveal even the position of the player‚ probably understandably‚ given the manner in which some of Chiefs’ opposition have appeared to jump in front of the queue on the signings they have tried to line up in the past.

“At the moment I wouldn’t want to disclose because in this game today‚ because of technology‚ people get information within a few minutes‚” he said.

“I wouldn’t want to indicate otherwise I would be letting the cat out of the bag.”

Chiefs have given free entrance (two each‚ first come‚ first serve at Computicket) to commemorate their 50th birthday for their 7.30pm home game against Highlands Park at FNB Stadium on Wednesday night.

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