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Football: S. Africa minister slams 'useless losers' after cup exit

A livid South African Sports Minister chastised the national squad Monday as "useless bunch of losers" after it crashed to Nigeria in the group stages of the African Nations Championship. Fikile Mbalula said Bafana Bafana's performance on Sunday, when it suffered a 3-1 defeat to the Nigeria to exit the tournament, was "not even lacklustre, it was useless," and a "disaster". The squad is "just a bunch of unbearable, useless individuals," he told a news conference.

Football: FIFA, South Africa defuse match-fixing probe spat

South Africa and FIFA have managed to head off a full-blown battle over the country's probe of a pre-2010 World Cup match-fixing scandal, which world football's governing body saw as political meddling in the game. FIFA said on Friday that the dispute had been defused after talks at its Swiss headquarters with South African sports minister Fikile Mbalula and the head of the South African Football Association, Kirsten Nematandani.

Football: Storm brews over South African match-fixing

South African sports minister Fikile Mbalula is on a collision course with world football governing body FIFA over how to handle a pre-2010 World Cup match-fixing scandal. Mbalula wants an independent inquiry headed by a retired judge to delve into a FIFA report that claims four warm-up games involving Bafana Bafana (The Boys) were fixed by corrupt Kenyan, Nigerien and Togolese referees.

S.Africa sports minister voices "disbelief" at Pistorius case

South Africa's sports minister on Tuesday expressed shock and disbelief that star athlete Oscar Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend in a country battling rising levels of violence against women. "We strongly believe that no one is above the law," minister Fikile Mbalula said after the champion Paralympian appeared in court on Tuesday. "None of our sporting heroes and heroines should be associated with such acts of violence against women and children."
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