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Football: Claims against South Africa coach dismissed

South Africa coach Gordon Igesund was cleared Thursday of allegations by officials that he incited players to demand higher bonuses before a tournament last January. National football association president Danny Jordaan told a media conference at Johannesburg international airport that there was no substance to the claims. Jordaan also said there was no truth to allegations that national team selections were influenced by player agents. A five-man team led by advocate Norman Arendse, a former president of the national cricket association, investigated the claims.

Football: Kekana thunderbolt lifts Sundowns' title bid

A Hlompho Kekana thunderbolt earned Mamelodi Sundowns a 1-0 win at Orlando Pirates this weekend and kept alive the South African Premiership title hopes of the Pretoria club. Success before a 25,000 Soweto crowd narrowed the gap behind leaders Kaizer Chiefs to eight points and record five-time champions Sundowns have a game in hand. Midfielder Kekana struck on 63 minutes, unleashing an unstoppable 40-metre shot which flew past goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa into the roof of the net.

Football: South African 'Red Devils' go top

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane called his team the "Manchester United of South Africa" after they became the third league leaders within four days on Wednesday. Former national coach Mosimane was upbeat despite an unimpressive 2-1 home win over Free State Stars in a Premiership game that came to life only in the second half. "We displayed the character that has made Manchester United such a force in English football," proud Mosimane said at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria.

Soccer-South Africa can cause Nations Cup 'shock' - coach

By Mark Gleeson CAPE TOWN, Jan 7 (Reuters) - South Africa, tumbling down the FIFA rankings and given little chance in their home tournament, can "shock people" and make a bold bid to win the African Nations Cup, coach Gordon Igesund said on Monday. Igesund said his squad, hard hit by injury, the retirement from international football of captain Steven Pienaar and a match fixing scandal that led to a temporary suspension of top officials, was on the right path.
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