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Ex-Athletics South Africa President, Leonard Chuene, Dies at 68

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Leonard Chuene, a former president of Athletics South Africa (ASA), is dead.

He was 68-years-old.

Chuene, a former marathoner, achieved his best time of 07:19:25 in the 1991 Comrades Marathon down run at the age of 38

The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA), in a statement, said it was saddened by his death.

“The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) is saddened by the tragic passing of Comrades Marathon honorary member, green number runner and former Athletics SA president Leonard Chuene. He was 68 years old,” the association said in a statement.

“Leonard completed 12 Comrades Marathons between 1987 and 2000, earning 11 bronze medals and one silver medal. He achieved his best time of 07:19:25 in the 1991 Comrades Marathon down run at the age of 38.

“Leonard ran for the Diepkloof Athletic Club, of which he was also a long-standing chairperson; as well as being a member of the Central Gauteng Blind Sports in later years.

“He was also credited with founding the Soweto Marathon, along with athletics administrator Banele Sindani and development officer Boycie Ntlwane.

“Leonard was honoured with CMA honorary life membership at the 2002 Spirit of Comrades Awards gala, alongside long-serving volunteer Theo Millar, who was awarded life membership, and current CMA chairperson Cheryl Winn, awarded life membership with honours.”

CMA chairperson Cheryl Winn was quoted as saying: “We are deeply saddened by the untimely passing of a true Comrade, Leonard Chuene. His passion for the Comrades Marathon and running in general will be remembered by many, as well as his contribution to athletics during his lengthy tenure at our athletics federation, ASA. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this sad time.”

Chuene was replaced as ASA president by James Evans in July 2011.

The position was left vacant after the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) found Chuene and former ASA vice-president Kakata Maponyane guilty of financial impropriety in February.

Chuene was banned from involvement in any sport under the jurisdiction of Sascoc for seven years, while Maponyane was handed a five-year ban.

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Kaizer Chiefs Make Historic Champions League Qualification

Kaizer Chiefs, South African champions have made it to the grandest stage of club football in Africa for the first time

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South African Premier Soccer League champions, Kaizer Chiefs have made it to the group stage of the CAF Champions League for the first time.

Chiefs defeated Angola’s Primeiro D’Agosto over two legs with a slim 1-0 margin.

The Blacks and Yellows have enjoyed a historic qualification, joining local rivals, Mamelodi Sundowns in the group stage.

Chiefs are also the first South African team to beat Primeiro in Luanda. Facing a hard to break Anglian side, Gavin Hunt’s team finally broke the deadlock when star man Khama Billiat released Leonardo Castro to score the only, but all-important goal of the encounter.

South Africa is well represented in CAF this year with both the Soweto giants and Sundowns making it to the group stage. Also, Al Ahly, managed by Pitso Mosimane, South African, have progressed to the group stage.

South African billionaire, Patrice Motsepe, who is also the Chairman of Mamelodi Sundowns is also gunning to be CAF President in an election slated for March 2021.

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Slain South African Star Meyiwa’s Tombstone Vandalised

Meyiwa was gunned down in 2014 by assailants at the home of his then-girlfriend, actress Kelly Khumalo.

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The memorial tombstone of late former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has been vandalised.

It was unveiled on November 10 at Chesterville Heroes Acre cemetery by SAFA president Dr. Danny Jordaan and other Bafana Bafana players.

Meyiwa was gunned down in 2014 by assailants at the home of his then-girlfriend, actress Kelly Khumalo.  South Africa football Association (SAFA) launched an investigation into the matter after pictures of the desecrated monument flooded social media revealing the full destruction caused by the vandals.

SAFA spokesman Dominic Chimhavi who expressed disappointments, vowed to unravel the faces behind this invasion.

“We’ve learned about this with disappointment and disgust at the news. We are so disappointed by the lack of respect shown to our former Bafana Bafana captain,” 

“It’s a disgrace that people don’t respect cemeteries. We will get more information and take it from there. It’s really disappointing.”

On the 26th of October 2020, South African Minister of Police Bheki Cele confirmed the arrest of five suspects linked with Meyiwa’s murder.

Cele announced in an official statement that SAPS have a ‘watertight’ case and evidence against the five unnamed suspects, who were detained same day.

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South Africa’s Defender, Madisha, Dies in Car Crash

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South Africa’s Bafana Bafana defender, Motjeka Madisha, has died in a car crash.

He was aged 25.

The defender, who plied his trade form Mamelodi Sundowns, died on Saturday night in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, hours after the club celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Details of the accident have not yet been confirmed.

However, reports say the car Madisha was travelling in along with another occupant, burst into flames on Zuurfontein road.

It is believed the driver of the car lost control and crashed onto a metal pole.

One of the occupants burned inside the car while a male occupant was found outside of the car. Both were declared dead on the scene.

Madisha joined the Brazilians in 2015 from Highlands Park. With the club and under the guidance of former coach Pitso Mosimane, Madisha won three ABSA Premiership titles between 2017 and 2020.

He represented the national team, Bafana Bafana, 13 times and scored one goal.

Meanwhile, condolence messages have poured in for the deceased defender.

Cape Town City FC, in a tweet, said: “It is with great sadness that we learn the passing of Motjeka Madisha. Our thoughts are with Sundowns, his friends, and his family Blue heart”

The Bafana Bafana management expressed shock and devastation over Madisha’s death.

SuperSport United FC said, “We send our deepest condolences to the families, friends & football fraternity for the tragic loss of Mamelodi Sundowns defender Motjeka Madisha. Our thoughts are with you in this trying time. May his soul rest in peace 💛”

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