By Ziaan Siems

South Africa is a football-loving country. Yet, when it comes to developing there still seems to be hurdles to overcome. Why else is Bafana still ranked outside the top 50 – even top 60?

Supporting Bafana has been a tough ask. One always hopes for the best, just to be let down. Still, Football is the clear favourite sport in the country but fails to deliver when it comes to generating excitement at the school level. That’s if you compare it to Rugby.

Football agent, Rui Alves and former PSL manager Craig Rosslee, who joined City Kings FC as a recently joined me on The Honest Truth with Benito Vergotine and had a few theories.

“It’s funny,” Says Rui without cracking a smile.

“When you look at the Northern Suburbs (in Cape Town) schools are playing rugby. But, when you drive past the same school at break time, the boys are playing Soccer. Yet the schools… they don’t play Soccer, it’s unbelievable.”

So, how do we get the ball rolling?

“We need to look at the Rugby model and put that into the schools, and sort of force them because that’s where proper development starts,” says Rui.

“We should be streets ahead of Rugby, but we’re not.”

Craig Rosslee jumps in, exclaiming his love for Rugby, Rassie and the boys, and shines the light on the culture that Rugby has in South Africa.

“They create a culture at School level and we don’t have that in football.

“It actually boils down to the leaders in football. We have to come on board and change the dynamics on how we develop in those School areas. The fact that they (Springboks) are number 1 in the world… it doesn’t just happen, it’s because there’s a growth through the sport for years. We need to start that, and that’s where City Kings FC comes in. We want to engage with Schools, we want to engage with partners in and around the community, and start that culture.”

Rui confirms that there is huge potential in those areas.

“It’s just a case of someone actually coming forward and doing it.

“Everyone talks about it, but no one does it. So I think it’s a case of us coming forward and putting the plan in place.”

The plan?

We’ll it starts this weekend with the City Kings Football Tournament at Northink College in Panorama. Young footballers in the Western Cape will have the opportunity to showcase their talent. The age groups run from U8 through U10, U12, U14 and U16, with a couple still available.

Proceeds of the tournament will go towards CSI programs that involve support for the A&A Development feeding scheme in Freedom Park, Tafelsig, Mitchell’s Plain. It will also go toward the development of the surrounding communities by providing football coaching, education opportunities & supplying disadvantaged youth with equipment & kits.

To get involved in the tournament tomorrow, or to join the City Kings football fraternity give Rui a call on 072 680 8725.

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All of former Blitzbok, Werner Kok’s Sevens jerseys have been stolen after bandits broke into a storage facility in Cape Town and robbed him of priceless artefacts on Wednesday 1 December.

Werner Kok beating an opponent and running with the balll
Credit – World Rugby twitter

The 28-year-old took to his Instagram Stories to confirm the news. In the short clip, a visibly upset Kok calls on residents of the Mother City to be on the lookout for someone selling the jerseys.

“It’s tough for me this video,” the Sevens star started. Ten angry face emojis placed just above him to emphasise his dismay….I really need your help. All my Springbok Sevens jerseys have been stolen in Cape Town.”

What’s missing?

It’s been confirmed that the storage facility is situated near the Canal Walk area and includes irreplaceable items. From personal milestones, like his 50th Sevens Series tournament, to memorabilia from his school days.

Most of the Jerseys have the number 5 on the back.

If anyone has information, either give Smile 90.4fm a call on 021 818 8904 – or send Werner Kok a DM.

It’s been a wonderful career thus far.

Kok made his debut for Blitsbokke in 2013 at the showpiece in London and won the Bronze medal with the side at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. After that, Kok made the move back to the 15-man version of the game in the same year. He signed with the Western Province and now ploughs his trade at the Sharks.

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Lionel Messi has been named the world’s best football player for the seventh time on Monday, adding to his Ballon d’Or wins in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019.

“It’s incredible to be here again. Two years ago I thought it was the last time. Winning the Copa América was key,” Messi said at Paris’s Theatre du Châtelet.

“It is a special year for me with this Copa América title. It meant a lot to win at the Maracanã Stadium, and I was so happy to celebrate with the people from Argentina.”

English Premier League outfit, Chelsea, was named Club of the Year. That followed a successful year for both their men’s and woman’s sides.

The Men won their second Champions League title, beating out clear favourites Manchester City on a marvellous night in Porto.

The Woman’s side meanwhile won the Women’s Super League and the League cup. They also got to the Women’s Champions League final for the first time in history.

Last week the Western Province did something quite amazing. They travelled to Durban to face the Sharks knowing they had to win to stay in the Currie Cup. However, the way things unfolded in Kimberley earlier that day threw a spanner in the works.

The last thing Province needed was the Pumas and Griquas, who were in the respective 4th and 3rd place on the log, playing out to a draw. That was unfortunately exactly what happened. The 13-13 result giving both sides 2-log points, which helped give the Pumas a four-point lead over WP on the Points table.

The Mpumalanga outfit also enjoyed a better point’s difference. That meant that Province needed to score four tries and win for the full five-point haul.

Nobody gave them chance. The Bulls were probably getting their visitors’ locker room ready for the Pumas. But, WP proved all the doubters wrong. Not only scoring the four tries need, but adding a fifth for good fun. The soon to be Lions wing, Edwill van der Merwe running in an intercept try in the 84th minute to put a nice bow on proceedings at Kings Park.

Western Province Rugby team, led by Ernst van Rhyn, getting ready for kickoff in the Cape Town Stadium
DHL Western Province Matchday Magazine
Can WP do it again?

There was an expectation that Western Province coach, John Dobson will call on his big guns to face the mighty Bulls. However, Dobson opted not to mess with a winning formula and made just two changes to the team.

After an impressive showing coming off the bench against the Sharks, Sazi Sandi gets promoted to the starting lineup. That move sees Neethling Fouche shift to the bench. The other change sees Springbok hooker, Scarra Ntubeni returning to the front row of the WP pack.

Former WP captain, Corne Krige believes that John Dobson should’ve beefed up his pack a bit more.

“It going to be a slugfest up front”, said Krige

“Clearly a more running game suits WP better, unfortunately against the Bulls, it’s going to be a different ball game.”

It is knockout rugby from here on out, and Krige proclaimed that WP will have to be perfect in the line-outs and scrums.

“It starts in the front. You have to make sure your set-pieces are bulletproof, and obviously, your tactical kicking must be very good because you want to keep them in their half”, said the former Springbok

“You don’t want them to get 5m from your line, because they probably are going to score through their forwards, through their driving maul.”

Krige, who played in the blue and white hooped jersey between ’96 and ’02, shared his views on tonight’s semifinal on The Honest Truth last night.

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Listen to Corné Krige tipping Evan Roos as a future Bok, here.

Springbok and Western Province legend, Corne Krige has given a massive endorsement to Western Province 8th-man Evan Roos.

Roos has taken the Cape by storm since returning to his homestead earlier this year. The 21-year-old joined the Stormers on a 9-month loan from the Sharks. However, Roos has since penned a 3-year contract with the Blue and White hoops.

His efforts on the field also brought him into the Springbok conversation. He’s been knocking on the Green and Gold door, and Corne Krige believes that he might not be too far away from a national call-up.

“Evan Roos has been playing some incredible rugby, and it will be great to give him a taste of Test Match Rugby”, said the Springbok and Stormers legend.

“There’s not a lot of other guys at an International level that I can see at the moment, so we (the Springboks) really need to make sure we look after our locks and loose-forwards.”

Evan Roos runs with the ball for Western Province vs Pumas
From Evan Roos’ Intagram

Roos, a product of Paarl Boy’s high, has been a consistent performer since his days playing at schoolboy level. Going on to represent the SA Schools side in 2018. He also represented the country at under-19 level.

Though still a youngster, Krige believes that the time is now to include Roos in the Springbok set-up.

“It will be great to give him a taste of test match rugby. He’s still very young and inexperienced”, said Krige.

“But, the only way you get experience is by touring with the team and playing at that high level. I would love to see him there.”

Krige, who himself earned 39-test caps for the Springboks, leading the side for 18 of those games, shared his views on Evan Roos, Jasper Wiese, the Springboks so-called boring game-plan and the Springboks encounter with Argentina on Saturday, 21 August. You can listen to the full interview, below.

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