Bafana claim bronze in Cosafa Cup

first_img22 July 2013South Africa claimed bronze in the 2013 Cosafa Cup tournament on Saturday, beating Lesotho 2-1 in the third place play-off at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, Zambia.Goals on either side of half-time from Mandla Masango and Hlompho Kekana were enough to see Bafana Bafana through, while Maile Tlali replied for Lesotho from the penalty spot.Bafana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund made three changes to the squad that lost to Zambia in the semi-final – bringing on Masango, Lerato Chabangu and Mzikayise Mashaba, with Ruzaigh Gamildien, Katlego Mashego and Thabani Mthembu making way.South Africa started play the brighter of the two nations, and dictated terms from early on.First chanceTheir first real chance came in the 17th minute when Mashaba’s powerful close- range shot was stopped by the Lesotho goalkeeper.Three minutes later, much against the run of play, Bafana Bafana conceded a penalty when Thulani Hlatshwayo was adjudged to have fouled an opponent in the box. Tlale scored to give Lesotho the lead.South Africa kept on pushing forward and attacking relentlessly, but Lesotho held firm. Bafana, though, came close in the 40th minute when Masango saw his shot cleared off the line with the keeper well beaten.But there was no denying him three minutes later when he levelled matters after a well-worked free kick from Chabangu.Shortly after the restart, Chabangu could have been on the score sheet when, with only the goalkeeper to beat, his lob sailed over the crossbar.LeadBafana Bafana took the lead in the 53rd minute following good play from Hlompho Kekana, who collected the ball out wide, beat one marker and scored from a difficult angle to make it 2-1. It was his second goal in the tournament, and he walked away with the Man of the Match Award.“As a team we carried ourselves very well, the performance was great, we applied ourselves very well and we can’t ask for more,” Kekana said afterwards.“We knew it was going to be tough because all the teams want to beat us, so we had to work very hard to get this win.“Good work from the coach and the technical team for getting this far in the tournament. We really wanted to be in the final, but I guess third place is also something to appreciate,” said Kekana.Penalty saveLesotho was given a life-line in the 69th minute when Buhle Mkhwanazi was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. From the resulting penalty, however, Bafana Bafana captain Wayne Sandilands kept his side in the match with a great save to deny Maile, who had scored the first penalty for Lesotho.“No disrespect to Lesotho, but I think it was too easy for my players,” South Africa’s coach Gordon Igesund commented after the contest.“Lesotho relied heavily on counter-attacks, which did not really work. We had too many chances to score and I hope the players will learn that we have to be more clinical, more ruthless, to finish the opponent off when we have a chance.‘Happy’“But I am quite happy with the result. It shows the boys wanted to be in the final and they did well even though it’s not the same as being in the final. But I am glad we won,” he added.The Bafana Bafana mentor was also pleased with what his players took out of the tournament, but said the squad’s preparation, which was heavily disrupted by withdrawals, needed to be better.“I want to believe it’s been a good experience for most of these players, at the end of the day it was good exposure for them. I also saw a couple of good things from one or two of them, and this tournament was a good stepping stone for them to get that much needed experience,” Igesund said.last_img read more

Congress expels Lalzirliana in Mizoram

first_imgMizoram’s ruling Congress party on Monday expelled R. Lalzirliana, three days after the veteran politician resigned as the poll-bound State’s Home Minister.Mr. Lalzirliana, a vice president of the party’s State unit, was regarded as the most influential Congress leader in Mizoram after Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, who would be completing his second successive term when elections to the 40-member assembly are held by the year end.“We had to issue the expulsion order for the larger interest of the party and under the present circumstances,” C. Lalpianthanga, chairman of the disciplinary action committee of the Congress’s Mizoram State unit said in a statement, explaining the rationale behind the party’s decision. Mr. Lalpianthanga added that the party had tried to avoid expelling Mr. Lalzirliana, 69, who had been a “pillar of strength” and a “guiding force”.The Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) had on September 14 served a show-cause notice to Mr. Lalzirliana — hours before he announced his resignation from the State Cabinet — asking him to clarify several statements reportedly made by him to the local media that could ‘affect the integrity’ of the party.There has been speculation in the local media in recent days that Mr. Lalzirliana may be set to join a rival party, with the most widely talked about possibility being the Mizo National Front (MNF). The MNF is a member of the North East Development Alliance of regional parties helmed by the Bharatiya Janata Party.While MNF president and former chief minister Zoramthanga has indicated Mr. Lalzirliana could join his party, speculation of a possible move to the National People’s Party also gathered momentum after Meghalaya’s Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong called on him at his residence in Aizawl last week.Mr. Lalzirliana, who is yet to spell out his plans, has, however, insisted that the recent chain of events had been triggered by his unwillingness to compromise over his demand for declaring Saitual and the area it administers a full-fledged district.“The Chief Minister had promised to upgrade Saitual into a district but failed to do so,” he said.Saitual is the major town of Tawi constituency that Mr. Lalzirliana has represented for four terms.Separately, the portfolios handled by the expelled leader including the crucial Home, Excise and Power ministries were put under the direct charge of Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, according to a notification from the State government.last_img read more

Russian broadcast infrastructure provider RTRS has

first_imgRussian broadcast infrastructure provider RTRS has started test broadcasting digital-terrestrial TV services in the Irkutsk region in Siberia.According to RTRS, digital broadcasting currently covers 43.8% of the population of the region, with full transition to digital planned for 2013.last_img

Vodafone Spain and Orange have struck a deal with

first_imgVodafone Spain and Orange have struck a deal with Catalan broadcaster Mediapro that secures for them the rights to provide coverage of La Liga football and the Copa del Rey for the next three seasons.Vodafone and Mediapro have struck a deal whereby Vodafone will distribute Mediapro’s beIN Sports La Liga channel, including coverage of Spanish first division matches as well as the Copa del Rey for the 2016-19 seasons.The agreement means that Vodafone will be able to provide eight matches a day to its subscribers via the channel, including a minimum of 18 each featuring Real Madrid and Barcelona. The channel will be made available via the Ono fibre network and xDSL TV as well as via the Vodafone TV Online OTT service.Vodafone also has a deal to distribute the beIN Sports channel, which includes coverage of European football competitions, for the next two seasons.A similar deal for Orange means that both telcos now have guarantees that they will be able to compete with Telefónica’s Movistar, which is January struck a €2.4 billion deal with Mediapro to offer its customers all competitions to which Mediapro held the rights for the next three seasons, including La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the European Champions League and Europa League competitions.The deals do not include the major game of each day – El Partidazo – to which Telefónica holds the rights. Vodafone and Orange have however reportedly indicated that they will provide a complete offering, either by striking a deal with Telefónica or by filing a complaint with the competition regulator if this is not possible.last_img read more