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Latest sports news and fixtures: Saturday 7 December 2019

The first Saturday of December has rolled around and we have all the latest sports news and fixtures ready for your perusal.

Latest sports news and fixtures

Absa Premiership

Black Leopards vs AmaZulu FC, Thohoyandou Stadium, 15:30

Lidoda Duvha have moved up to ninth in the PSL following their 2-1 home win over Golden Arrows. Luc Eymael’s men now welcome Arrows’ neighbours, Usuthu.

Black Leopards have not had it all their own way in front of goal this season, but AmaZulu’s problems at that end of the pitch have far exceeded theirs.

Bongi Ntuli aside, AmaZulu have still not had a single goalscorer in the Premiership in 2019-20. Nevertheless, they managed to keep a clean sheet in the 0-0 derby draw with Maritzburg United.

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Latest sports news:Jonas Mendes of Black Leopards during the 2019-20 PSL season. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Baroka FC vs Orlando Pirates, Peter Mokaba Stadium, 15:30

Orlando Pirates scraped through their last PSL game 3-2 against Polokwane City. Now, they visit the Peter Mokaba Stadium to take on Rise and Shine’s rivals, Baroka FC.

Rhulani Mokwena’s men have not yet avenged last December’s Telkom Knockout final defeat to Bakgaga. Pirates, then under the guidance of Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojević, drew 1-1 when they next faced Baroka in the league.

The Buccaneers have defensive issues to resolve, having conceded 18 goals in 12 league matches this season, but Mokwena has downplayed the significance of the problem.

Cape Town City FC vs Chippa United, Athlone Stadium, 18:00

Jan Olde Riekerink has had two 0-0 stalemates in two games since moving to the Cape Town City dugout. He will be looking to get a first win under his belt against bottom-of-the-table Chippa United.

City drew 0-0 to Highlands Park in their last game, with their attacking efforts hampered somewhat by a relapse of Kermit Erasmus’ hamstring problem.

Erasmus has been the standout attacker for the Citizens this season with seven league goals already to his name.

Kaizer Chiefs vs Bloemfontein Celtic, Moses Mabhida Stadium, 20:15

Kaizer Chiefs are running away with the league title and can put further daylight between themselves and defending PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns with a favourable result against Bloemfontein Celtic.

Sundowns are out of league action this weekend due to their CAF Champions League clash with Wydad Casablanca. Chiefs are currently 10 points clear of Pitso Mosimane’s men.

Amakhosi’s last league match saw them thump Stellenbosch 4-0, recovering from a 2-1 Telkom Knockout semi-final defeat to Maritzburg United.

Sevens World Series in Dubai

Dubai Sevens: Enjoy radio commentary from World Rugby.

Dubai Sevens results.

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Latest sports news: Rosko Specman of South Africa runs with the ball during the match between South Africa and Kenya on Day One of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series – Dubai at The Sevens Stadium on December 05, 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Mzansi Super League

Jozi Stars vs Durban Heat, Johannesburg, 12:30

Having won their last three Mzansi Super League matches in a row, the Durban Heat square up to two back-to-back matches against the Jozi Stars starting at the Imperial Wanderers on Saturday knowing that they need to win both convincingly to sustain their charge for a place in the tournament play-off match.

The Heat have enjoyed a resurgence in the second half of the competition after they lost two of their opening five games and rain claimed the other three. Thereafter the Heat have put in three clinical run chases with their third one being a tournament record chase in Paarl on Wednesday.

Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj has been a crucial part of the bowling attack for the Heat this season and with a strong batting line up the team are bullish ahead of Saturday’s clash, but are wary of the Stars line up.

“The team are definitely on a high after the three wins in a row,” Maharaj said. “But we cannot take anything for granted and as the old cliché goes you must beware of the wounded animal.

“The Stars have a strong line up and we know that because they won the competition last year so we will be wary of them.

“We are just going to take it game by game and try and ride off the confidence that we have built over the last three games.”

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SuperSport United consolidated their second-place log position with a well-taken 2-0 win over Highlands Park in a Premiership match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville, on Friday evening.

The outcome means that SuperSport extend their unbeaten run in the league to eight games. Highlands, on the other hand, have now gone six matches in the league without a win

The possession stakes were fairly even in the first half although SuperSport looked the more penetrative but failed to create many scoring chances. Highlands, however, had a few more shots on target but failed to capitalise.

A record century stand between Ben Dunk and Matthew Breetzke helped the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants assure themselves a ticket to the Mzansi Super League (MSL) play-offs and put the Cape Town Blitz on the brink of elimination with a comfortable 11-run win at Newlands on Friday.

Both players struck half-centuries in a 136-run opening partnership – the highest for any wicket for the Port Elizabeth-based franchise in their brief history.

Australian Dunk, one of the star performers of the campaign, clubbed 75 off 56 balls (six fours, four sixes) and rising young star Breetzke blasted 64 off 40 balls (seven fours, two sixes) to carry their side to 173/6 after they had lost the toss and were put into bat.

Calum Hill continued his strong start to life on the European Tour with a stunnning 64 to take a one shot lead into the weekend at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.

The Scot graduated from the European Challenge Tour last season as he made headlines over a summer spell that saw him win twice with three other top tens in five starts.

A top-15 at last week’s Alfred Dunhill Championship was a good start to the new season and he brought that form to Heritage Golf Club, moving to 12 under as he matched the lowest round of the week.

Rolex Series winner Brandon Stone, Belgian Thomas Detry and Frenchman Matthieu Pavon were were then at 11 under, a shot clear of two more Frenchmen in Benjamin Hebert and Antoine Rozner, American Sihwan Kim and Scot Connor Syme.

The Board of Directors of Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Friday put its Chief Executive Officer, Thabang Moroe, on precautionary suspension with pay, due to allegations of misconduct, pending further investigations.

“The decision to place Moroe on precautionary suspension follows from the reports received by the Social and Ethics Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee of the Board related to possible failure of controls in the organisation,” said CSA in a statement.

“During the course of Thabang Moroe’s precautionary suspension, a forensic audit of critical aspects of the business and the conduct of management related to such aspects shall be conducted by an independent forensic team. In this regard, we urge all our stakeholder including sponsors, members of staff, players, volunteers and cricket fans to allow this process to unfold and we will provide updates on this matter.

“In the interim, the Board of Directors has mandated the Chairman to look at various options including holding discussions with Mr. Dave Richardson, the former Chief Executive Officer of the International Cricket Council (ICC), regarding the appointment of an Acting Chief Executive Officer for the duration of Thabang Moroe’s precautionary suspension.”

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Latest sports news: Thabang Moroe (CEO of CSA) during the T20 Challenge talent launch at CSA Offices in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

Standard Bank on Friday informed Cricket South Africa (CSA) that it will not renew its agreement as the title sponsor of the SA men’s cricket team when it concludes on April 30, 2020.

Standard Bank Group Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Thulani Sibeko, said the decision not to renew the sponsorship agreement was not taken lightly.

“Standard Bank is committed to upholding the highest levels of leadership, integrity and governance. In light of recent developments at CSA, which are a culmination of long standing problems which have damaged Standard Bank’s reputation, it has decided not to renew its partnership with CSA,” said Sibeko.

“We wish the national cricket team well in the years ahead. The Test, ODI and T20 teams have made South Africans immensely proud over the years and we are grateful to have been a part of their journey.”

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