Bafana final squad announced

first_imgCoach Carlos Alberto Parreira has askedBafana Bafana supporters to keep up theenergy, the vibe, and the noise.(Image: Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Morio SanyaneSafa communications director+27 82 990 0835Janine ErasmusThe 23 players that will carry the hopes of the nation in the 2010 Fifa World Cup have been announced.Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira described the whittling of five players from the current 28-man complement as one of the most difficult of his career – and he surprised the nation by leaving controversial striker Benni McCarthy out of the team.The announcement took place at media house Primedia’s premises in Johannesburg under the auspices of the National Press Club. It follows national squad Bafana Bafana’s 5-0 thrashing of Guatemala in Polokwane, Limpopo province, the evening before.Fifa has set 1 June as the deadline for all countries to submit their final 23-member teams.Besides Parreira, the South African Football Association (Safa) CEO Leslie Sedibe, Safa president Kirsten Nematandani, assistant coach Pitso “Jingles” Mosimane, and representatives from sponsors Absa Bank and South African Breweries, were also in attendance.Parreira quit as the national coach in April 2008 because of family reasons, only to be reappointed in November 2009 when his successor Joel Santana left. Before Santana’s departure, Bafana lost eight of their last nine games and dropped to their lowest Fifa ranking since 1994.However, Safa is confident that bringing Parreira back was the best possible move. “This hasn’t been an easy road for any coach,” said Nematandani to Parreira, “but the Safa executive made no mistake when we recalled you.”He encouraged the players who did not make it to the final squad by saying that they have all developed and improved immensely, and there will be another opportunity for them. The investment into developing their skills will pay off in the future.“There are 48-million people behind you,” he told the newly announced squad, “so now you must stand up and be counted.”Nematandani also urged the media to report positively about the team during the last remaining days until kick-off, to help build an atmosphere of energy and confidence that will inspire Bafana Bafana.Commitment and support“This announcement is the culmination of Bafana’s strict training regimen,” said Sedibe, “that saw them attending camps on three continents, in Brazil, Germany and Durban.”He reminded the audience that during the World Cup, South Africa plays host to the world both on and off the field and as such, it’s not just the players’ performance that needs to be top-notch.“Bafana has committed to putting on a game that is always worth watching – yesterday will attest to that statement,” said Sedibe, referring to the Bafana-Guatemala game.He thanked the South African public for their overwhelming support of the national team, mentioning the Football Fridays initiative that encourages all to wear yellow Bafana shirts at the end of the working week.“This is what nation-building is about. We saw it [at the Super 14 rugby final] in Orlando over the weekend, and yesterday in Polokwane. This is how we rally behind our team as a nation.”Sedibe spoke of Safa’s confidence that South Africa was entering the football spectacular with the best possible team, one that was backed by world-class coaching and technical expertise.Ready to make the country proudBesides McCarthy, the four that didn’t make it are defenders Bryce Moon and Innocent Mdledle, goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez and midfielder Franklin Cale. They were informed of the coach’s decision on 31 May.Parreira said that every player deserved to be in the final team, and it was not a matter of one being better than another. Rather, factors such as team dynamics, discipline and physical condition were applied in making the selection.“Our goal is to go as far as we can in the World Cup,” he said, “and we are ready to make you proud.” He said that he was happy with the players’ improvement, and felt that, with an average of three goals per game in their last four games, the team was ready.Parreira added that Bafana Bafana were looking to their fans to create their usual spirited vibe in the stadiums. “We need the vuvuzela – it is our 12th man, and it will help us a lot.”Bafana Bafana final squad:Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates), Shu-Aib Walters (Maritzburg United)Defenders:Siboniso Gaxa (Mamelodi Sundowns), Matthew Booth (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lance Davids (Ajax Cape Town), Lucas Thwala (Orlando Pirates), Aaron Mokoena (captain) (Portsmouth), Bongani Khumalo (SuperSport United), Siyabonga Sangweni (Golden Arrows), Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa), Anele Ngcongca (Racing Genk)Midfielders: Steven Pienaar (Everton), Teko Modise (Orlando Pirates), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs), Thanduyise Khuboni (Golden Arrows), Kagisho Dikgaco (Fulham), Macbeth Sibaya (Rubin Kazan), Surprise Moriri (Mamelodi Sundowns)Strikers:Katlego Mphela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Bernard Parker (FC Twente), Siyabonga Nomvethe (Moroka Swallows) (Image: more free photos, visit the image library)last_img read more

An Early Fourth: Welcome To ReadWrite 4.0

first_imgYou may notice that the site you love has a new look. But the visual refresh, while substantial and welcome, is just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve changed far more in the deep infrastructure of ReadWrite.ReadWrite 4.0: ReadWrite’s July 2014 redesignSince its earliest days, one of ReadWrite’s core obsessions has been the tools used to create the Web. And yet for most of our history, we didn’t have the resources to make the most of those technologies ourselves.That changed two and a half years ago, when Say Media acquired ReadWrite. Say Media is a media company and a technology company. Some organizations struggle to reconcile those identities, but one of the things that makes this place special is that we don’t see a contradiction.Since Say became ReadWrite’s publisher, we’ve released three new versions of the site. You can call this one ReadWrite 4.0. And the best news is that the software underpinning the site will let us engage in even more rapid change in the future.Say Media’s Ross Hattori and Ben Trott discuss ReadWrite 4.0’s launch.The Fourth Is Strong With This OneReadWrite is now running on Tempest, Say Media’s internally developed publishing system. As a result, while it looks like a website, it’s really a Web app—a single-page application, if you want to use the technical term, like Gmail or Twitter.This doesn’t change the goal of the site, which is to deliver a great reading experience. Expectations of readers have changed in the past 11 years, though. It’s no longer about serving up a static mix of text and images for a desktop computer monitor. A great reading experience must adapt to different devices, screen sizes, and environments—as well as learning about readers and giving them information suited to their needs.As a result, it makes more sense to deliver a compact Web app in the browser which then fetches and displays the text, images, and other elements of a story, and arranges them intelligently. That’s what Tempest does. And it’s a radical change from the past two decades of how Web servers have worked, particularly for content sites.Tempest uses Web technologies ReadWrite has written about frequently, like AngularJS and Node.js. Say Media engineers have extended those software libraries further and contributed the code to the public as open source: For example, software engineer Martin Atkins built angularjs-server, a specialized tool for making Angular sites friendly to search engines, which are peculiarly old-fashioned in how they expect Web servers to work.As a result of this new, modern infrastructure, ReadWrite’s pages should load quickly and look good on a variety of devices. One particular benefit will be an ability to move very quickly from page to page within the site. I hope that will encourage readers to take a deep dive on topics they are passionate about, and spend more time with our rich and illuminating archive.Moving our substantial body of work from 11 years of continuous publication was itself arduous, especially with our habit of testing the boundaries of what one could do in the canvas of HTML. While we’ve carried all but a tiny fraction of our articles over, a few are still being migrated. If you encounter a missing article or any other bugs with the site, please let us know at [email protected] Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Angular#AngularJS#Node.js#ReadWrite#ReadWrite 4.0#redesign#Say Media Say Media’s Paul Devine and Matt Matson prepare to move ReadWrite to new infrastructure, as Ramona the Love Terrier supervises. Now, To Take ActionAs part of this redesign, we’ve renamed two of our sections. Enterprise is now Work. Small Biz is now Start.With every article we write, we hope to inform you about new aspects of technology—the Web, cloud, mobile, and social. But we also aim to inspire you to take action. To work more effectively. To play with more joy. To hack new things. To start your own adventure.And so those are ReadWrite’s sections: Web, Cloud, Mobile, Social. Work, Play, Hack, Start. They don’t limit or contain our coverage, but they help define it. We describe the world of technology. And we help you figure out what to do with it.Extending The Web To All Who Need ItBy “you,” we mean all of you. Everyone in the world. With ReadWrite 4.0, we’re also beginning a new focus on our longtime cause: the democratization of technology. Technology is only useful if everyone can participate in its benefits and its future direction.We will continue to champion those left behind and left out, and advocate for their inclusion in technology. To be a support for them, we require a sturdy platform of our own.You need a Web server to serve the Web.ReadWrite thanks all of the Say Media engineering, design, and product team members who worked on our relaunch on Tempest, including but by no means limited to Adrian Cleave, Antoine Imbert, Brad Choate, James Cabrera, John Vars, Paul Devine, Pradheap Babu, Ross Hattori, Shane Dosch, Steven Cook, Ben Trott, Dave Lerman, Bryan Wyman, Franck Cuny, Matt Matson, Smith Schwartz, Michael Hunter, Shanna Chambers, Madeleine Weiss, and Alex Schleifer. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… owen thomaslast_img read more

Setti: ‘We heard no racist chants’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Verona President Maurizio Setti claims he didn’t hear any racist chanting towards Brescia’s Mario Balotelli, even though there is video evidence. Balotelli picked up the ball in the 53rd minute and blasted it into the crowd after incessant chants from the home fans, and threatened to walk off the pitch before being calmed down by his teammates. Unsurprisingly, Verona’s President took an all-too familiar approach to this issue, pleading ignorance. “We did not hear anything. I arrived in Verona eight years ago and immediately seen that the Verona fans are ironic, but absolutely not racist. When Balotelli made his debut here for Milan six years ago there were episodes of racism, and we condemned it. We have always done,” Setti told reporters in the mixed zone. “It is wrong to generalise, speaking for all 20,000 fans when, perhaps, a couple of people have said something. If there are two or three people who have said something, we are ready to take action against them because we condemn any episode of this type. “But to speak of Verona as we were 30 years ago is wrong. We are a club that only has sport in our real DNA. There are many players of colour who wear the Gialloblu from the youth team to the first. “Racism is a path for us that doesn’t exist and Verona is not a correct position for generalisations. In eight years of my presidency, you could confirm this. The attitude of our fans is absolutely correct.” Coach Ivan Juric also insisted it was “a lie” to say there was racist abuse from the Verona fans towards Balotelli during today’s game. However, one of the Verona fans themselves helpfully uploaded a video to social media highlighting the odious ‘monkey noises’ just before the precise moment he kicked the ball into the stands. The supporter presented the video with this caption: “Do you hear racist abuse? Or did the genius just want to get attention?” The answer is very clearly the former.last_img read more

10 months agoMilner assures Liverpool fans everyone focused on Newcastle

first_imgMilner assures Liverpool fans everyone focused on Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder James Milner has no doubts the focus will be on Newcastle United from the players over Christmas.Milner promises a business-as-usual approach from the players.“Boxing Day always seems to have a different feel,” the vice-captain explained to“There are plenty of distractions, or there could be, for players and for fans and things like that, and it’s always a nice festive feeling around the game.“It’s a traditional thing to do at Christmas but as players we have to focus on the job at hand and make sure we’re not distracted by the time of year.“It is a time of year for family and you have to make time for that, but when you’re training on Christmas Day and then going to the hotel and preparing for the game, your mind has got to be on that.“We’ve got a good group of players who have done that very well this year and a lot of players who are very experienced around Christmas time and know what it’s about.“It is a tough time of year, there are plenty of things going on, and that’s all part of the challenge of Christmas.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Trudeaus former righthand adviser playing role in Liberal election campaign

first_imgOTTAWA — A Liberal party official is confirming that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s former principal secretary Gerald Butts is playing a key role in the party’s election campaign.With three months to go now until election day, the Liberals are intensifying their campaign efforts, with Trudeau himself hitting party events to drum up support among supporters.Butts, a close long-time friend of Trudeau, resigned in February amid the SNC-Lavalin controversy, citing that anonymous sources alleged he pressured former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to assist the Quebec engineering giant to be considered for an agreement akin to a plea bargain.Butts issued a statement at the time saying he categorically denied the accusation that he or anyone else in his office pressured Wilson-Raybould, adding that they acted with integrity.The SNC-Lavalin affair has been connected to sliding support for the Liberals reflected in a number of public opinion polls conducted this spring.The Liberals, however, say they are hearing positive feedback during canvassing efforts and say they have more field volunteers on the ground than in any other election.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Toronto author and filmmaker Peter Vronsky has written several books on serial killers, and in the introduction to his latest on the subject, Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers From the Stone Age To the Present, he explains how it all got started.In 1979 a 23-year-old Vronsky literally bumped into Richard Francis Cottingham, the “Times Square Torso Ripper,” in the lobby of a hotel in New York City where they were both staying. As The Ripper walked past him, a cloth bag he was carrying bonked into Vronsky, with what he thought might be bowling balls inside. In fact, they were the heads of two of his victims.It’s a wonderfully macabre anecdote and it sets the tone for the rest of the book. Sons of Cain covers a lot of ground in an informative, entertaining and at times idiosyncratic take on serial killers that expands on the coverage provided in Vronsky’s previous books Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters and Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Leicester City boss defends his victory celebration

first_imgFor Foxes manager Claude Puel, his celebration after the 2-1 win over Southampton has nothing to do with his past at The SaintsAfter his team score the winning goal against Southampton, Leicester City boss Claude Puel invaded the pitch double fist-pumping.And now he has to defend himself after some confusion about what this celebration means.Puel coached The Saints and was sacked in 2017, after guiding the English Premier League club to the League Cup final.So, was this celebration against former employees?Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“No, no, no: nothing about this,” he told Football 365.“Because I have a lot of respect for all the people working at Southampton.”“It was just about the circumstance of the game, and it was a tough game, difficult to play against this team and we have had good desire and a good reaction to keep our calm and to play the second part of the game and to win this time is a fantastic feeling,” he said.“I’m happy for my players, for the fans, to get something. It’s justice.”last_img read more

Real Madrid line up massive bid for Premier League star

first_imgReal Madrid are weighing up a massive £100 million to secure the services of a Premier League star following a disastrous start of the seasonAfter the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, Los Blancos have failed to find a suitable replacement in the summer, which turns out to be a dare mistake.With a record of four wins, two draws, and three defeats, the defending European champions already trail arch-rivals Barcelona by four points. Moreover, they’ve failed to clinch La Liga victory in four consecutive matches, having failed to find the back of the net three times in a row.With Julen Lopetegui’s job already on the line, the former Porto manager is willing to splash out high figures to bring the much-needed reinforcements to his attacking department.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.According to the British news outlet, Express Sport, Los Merengues would like to grab Manchester City in-form forward Raheem Sterling, as Gareth Bale struggles to overcome physical problems.The 23-year-old winger has registered seven Premier League outings for the Citizens this season, having notched four goals and provided two assists in the process.Additionally, Sterling was the one to seal Spain’s faith in Seville during the international break, as England swept the Red Fury aside in the first half with a commanding 3-goal lead.However, the former Liverpool star is Pep Guardiola’s favorite and the Spaniard would hardly renounce his services.last_img read more

Manchester United sack Jose Mourinho

first_imgManchester United have parted company with manager Jose Mourinho after two-and-a-half years in charge at Old Trafford.Manchester United slipped 19 points behind the Liverpool on Sunday and a poor start to the Premier League season has left them in 6th place.Manchester United has announced that Jose Mourinho has left the Club.We would like to thank him for his work during his time at Manchester United and wish him success in the future. #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 18, 2018Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.The club issued a statement on Tuesday morning which read: “Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect.“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future. A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.”Mourinho won the Europa League and League Cup double in 2017, reached the FA Cup final and finished runners-up the Premier League behind City last season.Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has been touted as his possible replacement at United.last_img read more