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Caster Semenya Loses Legal Landmark Case Against IAAF

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South African 800m Olympic champion Caster Semenya is considering an appeal after losing her landmark legal case against athletics’ governing body, the IAAF.

The ruling by the court of arbitration for Sport (CAS) means that Semenya, who has not lost the 800m track event since 2015, will have to take medication to significantly reduce her testosterone if she wants to run internationally at events. This means she will only be able to partake in the 5000m event.

Despite the setback, Semenya has maintained that she will consider taking her fight to court, and issued a defiant statement against the decision, saying:

“I know that the IAAF’s regulations have always targeted me specifically,” she added.

“For a decade the IAAF has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me stronger. The decision of the Cas will not hold me back. I will once again rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world.”

The IAAF has since confirmed that its policy would come into place on 8 May 2019.

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Provisional Bafana Bafana Squad For AFCON Showpiece Announced

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Following his announcement of the COSAFA Cup squad, head coach Stuart Baxter has announced a provisional 28-man Bafana Bafana side for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Goalkeepers:

Darren Keet (Bidvest Wits ), Rowen Williams (SuperSport United), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs)

Defenders:

Daniel Cardoso (Kaizer Chiefs), Rivaldo Coetzee (Mamelodi Sundowns), Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Kaizer Chiefs), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), S’Fiso Hlanti (Bidvest Wits ), Buhle Mkhawanazi (Bidvest Wits), Thamsanqa Mkhize (Cape Town City)

Midfielders:

Bongani Zungu (Amiens), Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Downs), Dean Furman (SuperSport United), Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford FC), Tiyani Mabunda (Mamelodi Downs), Thulani Serero (Vitesse Arnhem FC), Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Fortune Makaringe (Maritzburg United), Ben Motshwari (Orlando Pirates), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier)

Strikers:

Lebo Mothiba (RC Strasbourg), Percy Tau (Royal St Union), Lars Veldwijk (Sparta Rotterdam), Lebogang Maboe (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Kermit Erasmus (Cape Town City)

Bafana Bafana have been pitted in Group F alongside Ivory Coast, Namibia and Morocco.

They open their Afcon account against the Elephants on June 18.

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Stuart Baxter Announces Bafana Bafana Squad For COSAFA Cup

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Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter has announced his 23-man squad for the upcoming COSAFA Cup and Africa Cup of Nations in Durban next month.
COSAFA Cup Squad:
Goalkeepers:

Mondli Mpoto (Bloemfontein Celtic), Darren Johnson (Ajax Cape Town), Reyaad Pieterse (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Defenders:

Thendo Mukumela (Ajax Cape Town),  Keanu Cupido (Cape Town City), Reeve Frosler (Kaizer Chiefs), Tercious Malepe (Chippa United), Katlego Mohamme (SuperSport United), Bongani Sam (Bloemfontein Celtic), Sandie Mthethwa (Richards Bay United)

Midfielders:

Teboho Mokoena (Supersport United), Athenkosi Dlala (Supersport United), Kegan Dolly (Montpellier), Sipho Mbule (SuperSport United), Kamohelo Mahlatsi (SuperSport United), Grant Margeman (Ajax Cape Town), Jamie Webber (SuperSport United), Kgaogelo Sekgota (Vitoria Setubal, (Portugal).

Strikers:

Phakamani Mahlambi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lerato Lepasa (TS Galaxy), Jemondre Dickens (Baroka FC), Luther Singh GD Chaves, Portugal), Liam Jordan (Koge FC, Denmark)

National U23 head coach David Notoane will take charge of the COSAFA Squad for the SADC regional tournament which starts on Saturday, 25 June.

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Desiree Ellis Names Banyana Banyana Squad For FIFA Women’s World Cup In France

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Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis has named her 23-woman squad for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
Perhaps the biggest surprise omission was that of veteran midfielder Nompumelelo Nyandeni who was been part of the national team set-up for 17 years, racking up 149 appearances.
Ellis’ troops, that comprises of the bulk that won the 2018 Women’s COSAFA Championship in South Africa and finished second at the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana, will be making their debut at the global showpiece which will take place from 7 June – 7 July.
Full Squad:
Goalkeepers: Kaylin Swart, Amanda Dlamini, Mpuru Mapaseka
Defenders: Lebohang Ramalepe, Nothando Vilakazi, Noko Matlou, Janine Van Wyk
Midfielders: Bambanani Mbane, Bongeka Gamede, Tiisetso Makhubela, Refiloe Jane, Mamello Makhabane, Karabo Dhlamini, Leandra Smeda, Kholosa Biyana, Busisiwe Ndimeni
Attackers: Linda Motlhalo, Sibulele Holweni, Jermaine Seoposenwe, Rhoda Mulaudzi, Amanda Mthandi, Ode Fulutulidu, Thembi Kgatlana
South Africa have been drawn alongside Germany, Spain and China in Group B, and will open their World Cup campaign with a tough encounter against the Spaniards on Saturday, 8 June.

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