Daily Archives: October 16, 2016

South Africa: Sundowns Closer to Winning Champions League

Mamelodi Sundowns moved within touching distance of a first continental crown following a 3-0 hammering of Zamalek in the first leg of the 2016 Caf Champions League final at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Saturday.

Anthony Laffor, Tebogo Langerman and an own goal saw the hosts keep their unblemished home record intact.

Pitso Mosimane’s troops, though, will not be resting on their laurels as attention switches to the reverse fixture in Egypt, knowing that playing away in the North African country will be a difficult affair no matter their advantage.

Both teams took time to find their feet in the sweltering conditions just outside the South African capital, as fans continued to filter into the stadium past the designated kick-off time of 3pm CAT.

The hosts were limited to long-range shots in the early exchanges with both Keagan Dolly and Hlompho Kekana trying their luck – to no avail – from distance.

Thabo Nthethe notably saw his header attempt flash inches wide in the 22nd minute, as Sundowns continued to turn the screw.

But, the hosts’ patience would finally pay off in the 31st minute as go-to-man Laffor rattled home. Kekana picked up the ball in the middle of the park and following a marauding run at goal the Sundowns captain unleashed his fellow teammate; who turned his marker before firing into the top corner of the net.

With a certain William Jebor having caused the White Knights all sorts of problems in Rabat late last month, another Liberia international in Laffor did the same with the attacker a constant threat down the right flank in the proceeding minutes.

Sundowns were in firm control and doubled their lead in the 40th minute. Langerman’s speculative shot from range flying over Ahmed Elshenawy and into back of the net to the astonishment of both the fullback and his coach.

Zamalek’s best chance of the opening stanza fell to Basem Morsy on the cusp of halftime, the midfielder unlucky to see his weaving run come to nothing.

At the break, all the fans had made their way into the ground with the stadium packed to the rafters with close to 30 000 people filling the stands for an unforgettable atmosphere.

Inspired by the Sundowns faithful, the Brazilians came out firing after the break and made it 3-0 through Percy Tau in the 46th minute. Eslam Gamal Hamed was guilty of directing the midfielder’s low shot past his own goalkeeper.

Eager to grab an away goal, Zamalek pressed forward and went close in the 58th minute. Superb cover defence by Wayne Arendse denied Aly Hefny, who’s shot was cleared off the line.

Sundowns continued to boss the game and could have added to their tally late on, but last ditch defending on either end of the pitch kept the score at 3-0 heading into the reverse fixture.

The second-leg is scheduled to take place at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria on Sunday, 23 October 2016.

Mamelodi Sundowns (2) 3 (Laffor 31′ Langerman 40′ Tau 46′)

Zamalek (0) 0

Teams:

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango; Langerman, Nthethe, Arendse (Soumahoro 70′), Mbekile – Kekana (T. Zwane 85′), Mabunda – Dolly, Tau, Laffor – Billiat (Modise 65′)

Zamalek: Elshenawy (Elrehim 63′); Maroof, Eslam Gamal, Al Gabr, Tawfik – Ohawuchi, Ibrahim Salah, Tarek Hamed – Shikabala (Ramzi 55′), Hefny, Morsy (Mohamed Fathi 76′)

Source: South African Football Association

BRICS Summit Ends With Pledge To Fight Terrorism

The five leaders of the BRICS group of emerging economies have ended a two-day summit with a pledge to speed global economic recovery as well as fight terrorism and extremism, forces that they said pose a threat to regional and international peace and stability.

Meeting in the beach resort state of Goa in southwestern India, the five countries known collectively as BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China. and South Africa — adopted a final declaration on October 16 endorsing their commitment to act against the financing of terror groups and their supplies of weapons and other equipment.

Speaking at the meeting, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi branded Pakistan a “mothership of terrorism.

“Tragically, the mothership of terrorism is a country in India’s neighborhood,” Modi was quoted as saying, in a veiled reference to Pakistan.

No immediate reaction was available from Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry.

Modi told the presidents of Brazil, Russia, China, and South Africa that terrorism poses a grave threat to peace, security, and development.

The sponsors of terrorism were “as much a threat to us as the terrorists themselves,” Modi said in his closing remarks to reporters.

New Delhi accuses Islamabad of backing militant groups in disputed Kashmir as well as of sending fighters to other parts of the country to carry out acts of violence. Pakistan denies the allegations.

The final summit declaration did not level any blame over the tensions between India and Pakistan.

On October 15, a series of bilateral meetings saw Russia and India sign energy and defense deals worth billions of dollars.

BRICS members represent nearly half of the world’s population and a quarter of its economy.

But the grouping faces the tough task of asserting its growing influence as a power group.

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the 30th Anniversary Service of the Death of the late Mozambican President Samora Machel, Mbuzini

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will, on behalf of President Jacob Zuma, attend and address the 30th Anniversary Service of the late Mozambican President Samora Machel scheduled for Mbuzini in Mpumalanga on Monday, 17 October 2016.

This year’s anniversary, organised under theme Commemorating life-long dedication to the people of Southern African people, We remember them! will be attended by the Prime Minister of the Peoples Republic of Mozambique, Carlos Agostinho do Rosario, Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, Premier David Mabuza, representatives of the Russian Federation as well as families of those who perished alongside President Samora Machel in the plane crash in 1986 in Mbuzini.

The 30th Anniversary is organised among others to:

commemorate the lives of President Samora Machel and the 34 others who died during the plane crash at Mbuzini,

highlight the role played by the people of Mozambique towards the liberation of South Africa and other countries in the subcontinent, and

promote Liberation Heritage as a vehicle to foster social cohesion, nation building, economic development and inclusive citizenship.

As a consequence of the sacrifices made by the people of Mozambique including the late President Samora Machel in the struggle against apartheid and towards the creation of a non-racial, democratic and non-sexist society, our two countries today enjoy strategic bilateral political, economic, trade and cultural relations.

These bilateral relations are conducted through the Heads of State Economic Bilateral Forum (HOSEB) established in 1997 and the Joint Commission of Cooperation (JCC). To date, over (70) seventy sectoral agreements have been signed between the two countries, demonstrating the strength and the depth of the bilateral relations.

Source: The Presidency Republic Of South Africa