Komphela confirms Chiefs’ hunt for a striker

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says the club are in the market for a striker following the club's 1-0 Telkom Knockout semi-final defeat to Bidvest Wits. Amakhosi missed a number of good chances, with Dumisani Zuma and Gustavo Paez particularly guilty of spurning a number of openings in the loss at Milpark on Saturday.

Thus far this season, Paez is the club's leading scorer with just three goals to his name as Amakhosi's struggles in front of goal have been well documented.

As such, Komphela expressed his frustration with the situation and admitted that his side has to find a prolific goal scorer in attack.

He told reporters: "Listen‚ strikers are strikers. We could have had the best striker on the day‚ but if it's not your day‚ it's not. Missing chances like these (the ones missed by Paez and Zuma)‚ happens.

"But if you ask me 'if there is an opportunity for us to get another striker'‚ yes there is.

"With Zuma and Paez I thought we could at least have got an equaliser. Zuma had a one-on-one twice. Peaz as well had his fair share. All these are excuses and excuses. But if you ask 'did we have an opportunity to equalise'‚ yes we did." Said Komphela.

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Ireland not letting go in 2023 World Cup fight

Cape Town - Irish Rugby has written a letter to World Rugby expressing its concern at South Africa being recommended as hosts of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

This follows last week's recommendation from World Rugby that South Africa be awarded the rights to host the showpiece.

That recommendation was the result of an independent evaluation conducted by World Rugby, and while it does not guarantee South Africa the tournament just yet, it has left both Ireland and France less than happy.

In a letter to World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper that was published in the Irish Times, IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne requested that all World Rugby Council members be reassured that they can vote for whichever of the three potential host nations they prefer on November 15.

That is the date when 39 votes will be cast by the World Rugby Council, with a simple majority determining the official hosts for 2023.

World Rugby Council members are encouraged to consider the World Rugby recommendation when casting their votes, but they can still vote for whoever they like.

Browne went on to suggest that there were concerns over South Africa's ability to ensure full stadiums throughout the tournament and he wanted to know why this was not reflected in the recommendation report.

He then highlighted security, querying what mechanisms had been used in the recommendation to determine threat levels in the three regions.

Finally, Brown pointed to the fact that there was no mention of South Africa's failed 2022 Commonwealth Games journey. The country had been awarded the rights to host the global event, but pulled out due to financial concerns.

Browne wrote that he was surprised that World Rugby had not approached the Commonwealth Games Federation to obtain more information as to what transpired in South Africa eventually being stripped of the rights to host the Games.

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Chelsea secures Sony music deal

Chelsea Football Club has announced a new and exclusive partnership with Sony Music.

The deal will see the two parties use their respective rosters of football players and music artists to create and produce content for the Premier League side’s fanbase.

To launch the partnership, Chelsea has curated a special playlist, using input from Chelsea players to bring supporters a special Sony Music playlist.

Chris Townsend OBE, Chelsea FC commercial director, said: ‘We are incredibly excited to join forces with Sony Music, one of the leading entertainment companies in the world.

“Combining some of the world’s most celebrated music artists and football stars will create innovative content and experiences for our global fanbase, starting with an exciting competition for fans of football and music all over the world.”

Dusko Justic, vice president, international marketing, Sony Music International, added: “Both football and music are fuelled by passionate fans. That emotional pull makes the connection so satisfying.

“We want to combine the two and elevate the experience to new heights. Everyone here at Sony is incredibly proud and excited to work with Chelsea Football Club.”

TAEKWONDO in Cosmo City

In Cosmo City there is now a sport that requires the same set of skills as that of soccer and rugby, this one however is not a group but rather an individual sport, it is Taekwondo. Which is a form of martial arts and entails very strict rules that participants must respect.

Taekwondo literally means the way of the foot and the fist in Korean. The roots of the art dates back as far as 2000 years ago. It is a martial art that in today’s “self-defense”, has evolved by combining many different forms of martial arts that existed in Korea for 2000 years. The earliest records of Taekwondo practice date back as far as to about 50 B.C.

‘’ I started doing Taekwondo because I had a passion for it, which came from watching Bruce Lee, Jean Claude Van Damme and many other martial artists on television and wishing I could be like them.’’ Explained Relebohile Cade Mathetha, 2nd degree Black belt in Taekwondo.

Being from Johannesburg and moving to Cosmo City to be closer to family, Cade realised that there is no point in having a talent and keeping it to yourself, which then allowed him to open a Taekwondo Centre in Sunninghill Village Mall, sponsored by A.C.E TAEKWONDO South Africa.  The Centre is open to anyone from the ages of 15 to 70 years old

Taekwondo is not just about acquiring the skill of fighting there is more levels to it, the skill of fighting is just a bonus but the root of taekwondo is about learning self-discipline, awareness and control. Hence the skill is not acquired to hurt someone but to defend yourself from one tries to bring you harm but also not to inflict harm if necessary. Certain fighting skills from Asian where built with a form of spiritual connection, a way to link your mind body and soul.

It is vitally important for people to find ways of channeling energy into peaceful ways and Taekwondo can be regarded as one of those outlooks, the youth just any other sport learn that the sport is not just about playing it there are other principals involved that will help benefit and navigate the direction of one’s life.

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