England World Cup success could drive up Covid infections, scientists warn

England’s progress in the World Cup could drive up the number of Covid cases across the country this winter, scientists have warned. Researchers say that mass gatherings in pubs, and in homes where friends and relatives get together to watch the team compete in Qatar, could lead to a rise in infections. They point out … Read more

Stokes, Curran star as England win T20 World Cup | The Citizen

Ben Stokes and Sam Curran starred as England edged Pakistan by five wickets to win the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday and become the sport’s first dual white-ball champions, holding both the 50 and 20-over titles. Jos Buttler’s side held Pakistan to 137-8 in front of a partisan 80,462 fans at a heaving Melbourne Cricket … Read more

Nienaber’s Boks have ‘work to do’ before Rugby World Cup after France loss | The Citizen

South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber said on Saturday his side “have work to do” to challenge hosts France at next year’s Rugby World Cup after losing 30-26 to Les Bleus in Marseille. The Springboks played more than an hour at the Velodrome with 14-men after Pieter-Steph du Toit’s red card before captain Antoine Dupont … Read more

Sundowns get sweet revenge against Pirates and win Carling Cup | The Citizen

It was a sweet revenge for Mamelodi Sundowns, as they hammered 10-man Orlando Pirates 4-0 in the final of the Carling Black Label Cup at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.  Downs were aiming to settle the score having suffered a 3-0 loss against Bucs in the semi-finals of the MTN8, which was eventually won by … Read more

PODCAST: The Beer Cup – Do Chiefs and Pirates fans know what they want? | The Citizen

Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu will do battle in the Carling Black Label Cup (AKA Beer Cup) on Saturday, the final action of the domestic season before a break for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar. ALSO READ: Zwane reveals ‘bucket list’ for player recruitment at Chiefs The Black Label Cup … Read more

CAF Confederation Cup wrap: Plateau collapse in Libya as holders Berkane fall | The Citizen

Nigerian club Plateau United crashed out of the CAF Confederation Cup on Wednesday with a late collapse in Libya costing them a group place. ALSO READ: Rabale fires Sundowns into Champions League final Al Akhdar won the second leg of a play-off 3-0 in Benghazi to qualify on away goals after losing 4-1 in Abuja … Read more

Senegal star Sadio Mane doubtful for World Cup | The Citizen

Doubts over Senegalese talisman Sadio Mane being fit for the World Cup finals had a nation holding its collective breath on Wednesday with Senegal President Macky Sall tweeting: “Sadio, heart of a Lion! All my heart is with you!” Mane limped off just after 20 minutes of Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga clash with Werder Bremen on … Read more

2022 World Cup: Country factfile – Saudi Arabia | The Citizen

Factfile on Saudi Arabia who are in World Cup Group C:  Best World Cup performance: Round of 16 in 1994 Other notable performances:  AFC Asian Cup winners in 1984, 1988, 1996 FIFA ranking: 51 Main clubs: Al-Hilal, Al-Nassr, Al-Ittihad How they qualified: Saudi Arabia finished first in Asia zone qualifying Group B Coach: Herve Renard, … Read more