Stars of diski: South Africa’s football greats

first_imgBafana Bafana are on the up, once again wearing the badge with pride. One day we’re likely to talk about this group of players with the same reverence as our legendary heroes – Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone, Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe, Jomo Sono and Kaizer Motaung. Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone (front row, far right) in the 1957 to 1958 squad for Dutch football club Heracles Almelo. Mokone is so beloved in the Netherlands that there is a street named after him in Amsterdam. (Image: Salmon Palangana)Football-mad South Africa has had its share of greats, men who have not only wowed their countrymen, but have gone on to fly the flag in other countries as well. Among these legends are men who were stars long before the game was just about money. They were men whose reputations were built on their skill, and not the size of their wallet.Early starsAmong South Africa’s early football exports were Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone, Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe, Jomo Sono and Kaizer Motaung.Once signed for Barcelona (he never played a single game at the Palau Blaugrana arena) Mokone was the first black South African to play professional football in Europe. After signing up for English club Coventry City in 1955, Mokone went on to achieve superstar status playing for the Dutch side Heracles and later for Torino in Italy.At the time he was one of a handful of players to earn £10 000 a year. By 1959 he was rated as one of the best soccer players in Europe, and was being compared to the all-time greats of the game.Ntsoelengoe was a legend with Kaizer Chiefs Football Club in the 1970s before moving to the United States for 11 seasons. He was in the North American Soccer League (NASL) all-star team in 1979 and 1982 and was inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003. Ace Ntsoelengoe in the 1976 Minnesota Kicks squad. (Image: Stimulated Faculties)Sono, owner of Jomo Cosmos FC, had a tough childhood. His father, Orlando Pirates midfielder Eric “Scara” Bhamuza Sono, died in a car crash and his mother abandoned him. Being from Orlando East in Soweto, Orlando Pirates was his home club before he moved on to play for the New York Cosmos, where one of his team-mates was the legendary player Pelé.Jomo Sono in action against Angelo DiBernado in 1982. (Image: NASL Jerseys) Motaung – “Chincha-Guluva” as he was affectionately known because of his dribbling skills – played for Orlando Pirates. After a successful stint with US club Atlanta Chiefs he came back and formed the club Kaizer Chiefs, one of the most revered teams in South African football and the biggest rival to Orlando Pirates.A 22-year-old Kaizer Motaung with Brazilian football legend Pele in 1968. (Image: NASL Jerseys) Class of ’96Fast-forward a few decades and a new crop of players sprang up who would go on to be known as the Class of ’96 after winning the Africa Cup of Nations, or Afcon, two years into South Africa’s new democracy.From that crop Lucas “Rhoo” Radebe, Doctor “16V” Khumalo and Phil “Chippa” Masinga stand out for also appealing internationally and having great careers.Watch highlights of Bafana Bafana’s victory against Tunisia in the final of the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations:Radebe plied his trade with Kaizer Chiefs before leaving them in 1994 and going to Leeds United in the UK. Leeds player of the year in 1998 he became club captain and remains a hero to the fans at Elland Road, the clubs home. The English band Kaiser Chiefs, all Leeds fans, named the band in honour of Kaizer Chiefs, Radebe’s first club.Khumalo, nicknamed after the Volkswagen GTI, a popular car in the township of Soweto at the time was a dribbling wizard that could read the game well. He was the guy that passed to Masinga to score the winning goal for the Afcon title. Khumalo played for the Moroka Swallows reserves before going to Kaizer Chiefs and then on to play for LA Galaxy in the US.Masinga scored the winning goal in the Afcon final of 1996 and brought South Africa to a standstill. A lanky striker with a thunderous shot, Masinga made use of his height advantage very well to score many goals during his illustrious career. He played for Jomo Cosmos and Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa before going to Leeds United and Italy’s Bari.The millennium revelationsBenni McCarthy is the only South African player to have ever won the European Cup Champions League. He is probably the most decorated South African players having won the Eredivisie with Ajax Amsterdam; Portuguese League with Porto under Jose Mourinho; and, a championship treble with Orlando Pirates where he retired in 2013.Watch Benni McCarthy’s top 10 goals for AFC Ajax:Aaron Mokoena is the first and only South African player with a century caps (107). He represented South Africa in four African Cup of Nations (1998, 2002, 2004, 2008), two World Cups (2002 and 2010) and the 2000 Summer Olympics. He was the captain of the South African team in the FIFA 2010 World Cup and was also Portsmouth FC captain in 2009 in the UK’s Premier League.Still playing regularly in the top flight league in South Africa, Siyabonga Nomvete can still put many a younger striker to shame. Having played in several European leagues, and now Moroka Swallows in the Premier Soccer League, Nomvete has represented Bafana Bafana since 6 May 1999, and he played in the 2002 and 2010 World Cups.These are not all of the greatest players to come from South Africa but their accomplishments continue to inspire the players that came after.last_img read more

Does Creative Commons Work? Check Out the New Case Studies Database

first_imgTags:#Product Reviews#web marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts The Creative Commons Foundation launched a much-needed database of case studies today, highlighting CC licensed content from around the world. Creative Commons licenses are built on top of international copyright law but let content producers offer their work with more refined permissioning for re-use than the de facto “it’s mine don’t touch it” sentiment of standard copyright.When working to advance a new concept or technology, few things are as important as showcasing proven, inspiring use cases. The new CC database does a good job of that. If your organization is interested in making your content easier to distribute, this database is a great place to learn from the experiences of others.The breadth of examples already available is very commendable and many of them are quite well developed. The one thing we wish was included in each profile is some discussion of the distribution metrics of each project and any information available about the CC license’s impact on those metrics.Creative Commons Business and Community Development Manager Jon Phillips says that the database has been in the works for months and was contributed to by quite a few CC community members. That’s evident by how well developed the site is, too often things like this are launched while still bare bones. The database is a part of the Creative Commons wiki, so anyone can add to it. Site navigation is very convenient, see for example the list of organizations using CC for video content.Two of our favorite examples in the database are the page for the African Sleeping Sickness Test and for Architecture for Humanity. It’s pretty great that content like that is available under CC license. The CC content we most often use is from Flickr, but the Flickr case study in the new database is not fleshed out at all. What are some of your favorites?We expect that this database will prove very useful for people all around the world and for the Creative Commons Foundation. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Fulton woman accused of stabbing relative

first_imgA 69-year-old Fulton woman is accused of going after a family member with a couple sharp objects.Judith Kribbs was arrested Sunday afternoon at a home on Kathy Street. Investigators say she caused minor injuries to a family member with a pair of scissors and a knife.Kribbs is accused of felony domestic assault and unlawful use of a weapon.last_img

Fight of the century? Mayweather vs Pacquiao is nothing but an epic scam

first_imgFloyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao has been touted as the fight of the centuryWe’ve been told this is one of the greatest sporting events of all time.Maybe five to 10 years ago, but not now.Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao is a matchup of two fighters past their prime looking to make one last massive score, assuming 3 million or so takers come along for the ride at a hundred bucks a pop on pay-per-view.Epic?Only in the sense that it might be the last hurrah for a once-great sport.Promoter Bob Arum and his minions will try to tell you otherwise.”It’s a credit to the sport of boxing that we’ve been able to put on such an event,” Arum said with a straight face.Spoken like someone who’ll be pulling off his own version of “Ocean’s Eleven” Saturday night in Las Vegas, though this heist is completely legal and comes with an even bigger payoff – though not for boxing itself.If the fight had happened when it should have, then we’d have seen two of the greatest boxers of this generation in the prime of their careers. That sort of bout could’ve pushed the sport forward, helped to lift it back up from the abyss it has languished in since the self-destruction of Mike Tyson.Not this watered-down version, no matter how much they try to persuade us otherwise.”It’s been a long road. But we’re here now,” Mayweather said. “Everything is about timing. We couldn’t choose a better time.”advertisementNo better time for the fighters, because it’s not a good time for me and you.With both fighters winding down their careers – Mayweather is 38, Pacquiao 36 – the two acrimonious sides finally came together to milk their cash cows totally dry.With that, we pause for a brief infomercial.”This is a fight that the world can’t miss,” Mayweather said. “This is an unbelievable matchup. An action-packed fight.”Now, back to reality, which provides nary a clue of this fight coming anywhere close to living up to the hype.Over the last eight years, Mayweather (47-0) has been thoroughly unimpressive while winning just two of his 10 fights via knockouts. One of his victories during that span was by split-decision, two others by majority decision. He’s a defensive specialist whose game plan will be to slickly dodge most of Pacquiao’s once-fearsome punches, while delivering just enough blows himself to claim another decision.Not that he should be overly concerned about Pacquiao’s power. The Filipino fighter (57-5-2) has looked rather ordinary while losing two of his last five fights.Granted, one of those defeats was a joke of a decision in favor of Timothy Bradley. But the other was a brutal KO at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez, who delivered a right that left Pac Man sprawled face-first on the canvas, out cold. In fact, Pacquiao has gone more than five years without knocking anyone out, taking his last seven wins by decision.The Vegas odds makers fully expect this bout to go to the scorecards.R.J. Bell, a betting analyst who runs the Pregame.com website, set the over-under in the 12-round bout at 11.5 – in other words, will it last beyond the midway point of the final round. Bell reported Friday that bets were running nearly 3-to-1 in favor of the fighters making it to the final 90 seconds, with the odds of Mayweather scoring a knockout at a staggering 8-1. Pacquiao was the clear underdog in the fight but was given a slightly better chance of ending it early, his odds of scoring a knockout set at 5-1.Chances are, these guys will dance around the ring for 36 minutes, Mayweather piling up the points while an increasingly desperate Pacquiao goes for a Hail Mary of a punch. There figures to be more action on the “Food Network” – and it won’t cost you $99.95.Still not convinced?Well, if you decide to play along with this charade, here’s what you can expect when it’s over: The fighters will come together for a hug, finally say some nice things about each other, then try to persuade us that it really was a great fight, maybe even one worthy of a rematch.One last PR push before everyone heads to the bank to cash their obscene paychecks.Then we can finish off the burial of a sport that gave us Johnson and Louis, Ali and Frazier, Leonard and Hagler.Not epic at all.Just a sad ending.advertisementlast_img read more