SAFA Confirmed Deal With Siyaya TV

The South African Football Association (SAFA) officially announced and confirmed a new deal involving broadcasting rights with Siyaya TV that will allow the football governing body of Siyaya TV to transmit South African national team matches. The deal is reported to be worth $93.6 million.
This deal will allow Siyaya TV to have the exclusive rights for them to broadcast all of the matches of the South African team.

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Igesund Sacked!

The manager of the South Africa national football team, Gordon Igesund, has been sacked from his post. The Association in South Africa made that announcement yesterday evening.

Igesund was given the charge of the South African team a couple of years back i.e. in June 2012. He was expected to guide the team to the Round of 4 in the 2013 Africa Cup and also to the 2014 World Cup finals, but, he couldn’t do either of that.

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South Africa Suffers Major Setback

South Africa suffered a major setback in their hopes of qualifying for the next World Cup after they were beaten 5-0 by World Cup 2014 hopefuls Brazil. The national team has been steadily improving over the last five years, but this is a major setback for the team. It has also put to the future of manager Gordon Igesund in major doubt. Even before the match, it was heavily speculated that Igesund would be leaving the South African national team.

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IMPATIENCE

Former South African player Isaac 'Shakes' Kungwane has said that he is sure that manager Gordon Igesund is about to lose his job due to the impatient nature of the national football Association. South Africa are known to part with their coaches very soon if results do not improve.

South Africa were recently unable to progress into the latter stages of the African Nations championship, which is a tournament held for the locally-based players. South Africa were expected to dominate in this tournament after the recent World Cup 2014 gave them a lot of confidence.

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IGESUND CONFIDENT

South Africa's national team manager Gordon Igesund has said that he is confident that his team will be able to get past Nigeria when the two sides meet each other in the African nations championship.

This tournament, which is held only for the local players, is a prestigious tournament in Africa. South Africa will head into this match leading the table with four points. However, their lead is mainly due to the better goal difference and they would want to take a win from this match in order to retain this spot in the table.

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FAMOUS WIN

South Africa managed one of the most famous victories in their history after achieving a 1-0 win over current world champions Spain. Spain were playing in the same stadium that saw them lift the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

However, they were not able to achieve success this time around after South Africa were quite impressive in the 1-0 win. This result was a feather in the cap for South Africa manager Gordon Igesund, who lavished praise on his team after this impressive win.

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS

South Africa were expected to comfortably win against Zimbabwe in a friendly match between the two teams, but manager Gordon Igesund was given a major shock after his team suffered a 2-1 defeat.

This defeat has sent shockwaves across Africa because South Africa are a popular team with a number of international players. Zimbabwe, meanwhile, are struggling a lot to establish themselves and create an identity for themselves. In order to blend some of the youngsters, Igesund decided to field a young line-up that included a number of local players.

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Betting on French Ligue

Ligue 1 seems to be in the sites of some of football’s richest investors these days and in many ways, it could go the same way as the English Premier League. Monaco and Paris Saint Germain are the currently the two big sides in Ligue 1, with clubs like Marseille and Lyon close behind. Lyon produced a 4-0 win on opening day despite Gomis being unavailable.

They seem to turnover a huge amount of talent at a low cost despite selling star names every season, and as much as a title challenge may be a bit beyond them, they could be a good Coupe de France bet at 9/1.

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COSAFA CUP DEFEAT

South Africa were recently knocked out of the Cosafa Cup by Zambia in a penalty shootout. After the match, South Africa manager Gordon Igesund stated that despite the loss his team at the better team in the match.

The match ended as a 0-0 draw after extra time. Hence, it needed penalties to bring out the winner between the two teams. Zambia came out of the lottery as the winners after a 5-3 score. Igesund made some significant changes to the starting line-up.

The team have just come on the back of a victory against Namibia, but the manager decided to freshen things up.

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IGESUND REFUTRE RUMOURS

South African manager Gordon Igesund has said that he never refused to play at the Cosafa Cup, but he has refused to play a weakened team at this tournament. Officials from the South African Premier league and the football Association of the country will be meeting in order to decide on the players being released for this tournament.

It is understood that the Premier league clubs are not willing to allow their players to join up for the national team.

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