Diamond Fields Advertiser : 2020-01-24

Dfa Sport : 28 : 28

Dfa Sport

DFA WE BUY CARS BAKKIES & BIKES SPORT INSIDE: Call 082-555-1974 PAGE FRIDAY 28 JANUARY 24 2020 Pitso plots full points at Petro MIHLALI BALEKA their last two matches and Wydad doesn’t win (their last two matches against us and USM Alger). But trust me, in Casablanca, Wydad is going to wrap it up because they know that they can’t come here and say they are going to win because they’ve never won here,” he said. “If they win (tomorrow against USM Alger), they’ll eliminate the Algerians and if we win, we’ll eliminate Petro. So, it can be an official friendly game at the end. But they’ll want us to win (tomorrow), because their threat in the group is only Petro. So, everybody has to do what they have to do for themselves.” A win for Sundowns tomorrow will also ensure they are seeded during the knockout stage draw, where they’ll meet a runners-up finisher from the other groups. But in the bigger scheme of things, should both Sundowns and Wydad win their respective matches, the meeting between the two teams in Atteridgev­ille next Friday, will all but serve as battle of the supremacy, especially after playing to a 0-0 draw in the first leg. “It’s very important (that we win) because we don’t want to play Wydad here and looking for a win. When you manage competitio­n, it’s a bit different. You can’t have the cake and eat it. You’d wish to eliminate Wydad because you can meet them again,” Mosimane said. “When we won the Champions League (in 2016), we had Zamalek SC in our group but we met them in the final. So, you don’t want the big boys around there (in the knockout stage). That’s why we have to finish top.” COACH Pitso Mosimane is not bothered by Mamelodi Sundowns doing CAF Champions League group stage counterpar­ts Wydad Casablanca a favour in their bid to qualify for the knockout stage as long as the Brazilians finish top of the group. Tomorrow Sundowns play in the penultimat­e round of the group matches where they’ll meet Angola’s Petro de Luanda in their backyard, Estádio 11 de Novembro (3:30pm kick-off). Win there and Sundowns would have done enough to cement top spot in Group C. They’ve already qualified for the knockout stage after amassing 10 points out of 12 in the last four matches, thanks to three wins and a draw. However, a Sundowns win would also be a blessing in disguise for Wydad. The Moroccans are second in the group with six points, four clear of thirdplace­d Petro, who still have a shot at a berth in the quarter-finals. Granted the Angolans get maximum points (six) in the next two matches, against Sundowns and USM Alger, and Wydad lose their remaining two matches, they’ll be the second team to qualify for the knockout stage, alongside the South Africans, in group C. Mosimane, however, is confident that Wydad won’t drop points at home when they meet USM Alger tomorrow afternoon, but he doesn’t mind doing the “Lord’s work” by pulling off a win in Angola and almost handing the Moroccans a berth in the quarter-finals. “Petro still has a life if they win Rabada needs to learn to control his SERVICE TRUST ADVICE aggression STUART HESS missing, it’s at his home ground and there is no doubting his importance to the Proteas team. Smith raised another important point on Wednesday. Rabada is very much the poster boy of South African cricket: His face is everywhere, he does seem to be in all the TV ads and does a lot of media work. “We need to develop more poster boys,” said Smith. “I think it is a good thing he is being rested in the One-dayers because it gives others an opportunit­y to step up, to fill that void. “Maybe that will start taking some pressure off him.” Indeed, this is a Proteas team devoid of star quality – it’s really just Rabada and Quinton de Kock and the latter has now been asked to captain the limited overs team, too. Creating new stars is critical for the sport in this country at a stage when there has been far too much publicity about bad administra­tion. And hopefully this period out of the spotlight will allow Rabada time to reflect about his nature on the field. The aggression must remain, but it needs to be channelled better. Aggression and animated displays of joy shouldn’t be removed from the sport. The ICC risks looking like the overseers of a nanny state if they continue in this sort of manner. That doesn’t absolve Rabada of any responsibi­lity, as he, Smith and the leadership of the team have acknowledg­ed. He certainly hasn’t helped himself in the past and was somewhat fortunate in the incident involving Steve Smith also in Port Elizabeth two years ago. Rabada also claimed to have learned a lesson from that incident, although this time it really does feel like the last straw. All fast bowlers operate on the edge; it’s what makes them such thrilling athletes to observe. Rabada needs to stay on the right side of that edge, though, and not make it quite so much about shoving it in the opposing team’s faces when he is successful would be a good place to start. It’s a crucial match that he is Cnr Long Street & Carters Rd (053) 861-3331/5 Fax: (053) 861-3338 Jason: “IT CAN’T keep happening, because I’m letting the team down and I’m letting myself down,” said Kagiso Rabada. “It just can’t keep happening and that’s why it hurts so much,” he added about missing the fourth Test against England at his home ground. “It can’t happen anymore,” Graeme Smith, Cricket SA’S interim Director of Cricket, said on Wednesday. “We cannot have our gun bowler missing games.” Well, at least everyone, Mark Boucher and Faf du Plessis included, is agreeing that “it” – Rabada getting banned or incurring demerit points – “can’t keep happening”. They’re right, of course. There is also the need for clarity and consistenc­y from the Internatio­nal Cricket Council about its disciplina­ry system and the fact that institutin­g that kind of punishment risks taking away an element of Test cricket that makes it such an enticing spectacle. 082-555-7888 E-mail: motoxtreme@telkomsa.net Website: www.motoxtreme.co.za 2015 Mercedes Benz Vito 1.6CDI Tourer Pro 2012 VW Polo 1.6 TDI Comfortlin­e 113000km 2017 Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD6 Auto 32000km R379 950 R139 950 R449 950 VEHICLES R199 950 R379 950 R219 950 R479 950 R179 950 R109 950 R389 950 R198 950 R289 950 R129 950 R649 950 R849 950 R379 950 R369 950 R139 950 R199 950 R419 950 R169 950 R639 950 R499 950 2014 Mercedes Benz C180 Coupe + S/R ............ 2014 Range Rover Evoque 2.2 D Dynamic ........... 2014 Ford Focus ST 2.0 GTDI (ST3) 64000km ....... 2014 Mercedes Benz ML350 CDI S/R ................... 2019 Audi Q3 2.0TDI (35) ..................................... 2017 Mercedes Benz GLC AMG C43 32000km ..... 2017 VW Tiquan 1.4 TSI 43000km ....................... 2017 BMW 320i Sport A/T 26800km ................... 2017 Toyota Aygo X Play 1.0 11000km ................. 2017 Ford Ecosport 1.5 TIVCT 22000km ............... 2016 Toyota Fortuner GD-6 2.8 A/T 20000km ....... 2016 VW Polo VIVO Comfortlin­e 87600km ............. 2015 BMW X5 Xdrive 4.0D M-sport A/T 93 000km ........ 2015 Mercedes Benz GLC 220D ............................. 2014 Audi A4 1.8 TSE Sunroof 117396km ............ 2013 VW Polo Vivo 1.4 + A/C ................................ 2013 Landrover Discovery 4 3.0 TD SD V6 SE ...... 2012 Mercedes Benz C250 CDI Avantgarde Auto . 2011 Jeep 5.7 Overland Many extras ................... 2009 Mazda CX-7 Turbo A/T 174000km ................ LDVS R99 950 2005 Ford Ranger 4.0 D/cab + canopy .......... R159 950 2018 Nissan NP200 1.6 A/C (Safety) 11000km ...... QUALITY IS REMEMBERED LONG AFTER THE PRICE IS FORGOTTEN! WE BUY CARS FROM THE PUBLIC! ACM 11230519