Sporting greats

Remembering Muhammad Ali in Africa

As the world mourns the passing of Muhammad Ali, the undeniable 'Greatest', we celebrate the iconic boxer's strong connection to Africa: he helped inspire struggles against racial injustice, fought his biggest bout in Kinshasa, and became a close friend of another legend, Nelson Mandela.

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Five South Africans honoured in world rugby

Five South Africans were among the 25 inductees into the World Rugby Hall of Fame. The ceremony, conducted in England as they host the 2015 World Cup, honoured players who have made a positive impact on the world game.


Van der Burgh wins more gold for South Africa

Superfast swimmer Cameron van der Burgh and his teammates are making South Africa proud at the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup. They have bagged several gold and silver medals, with Van der Burgh winning gold twice in two days. He is also top of the overall rankings.


'Doctor' Khumalo: midfield wizard

Midfield maestro Doctor Khumalo hung up his boots in 2004 after a glamorous career in which he pulled the strings for South Africa's most famous football club – and for South Africa in its early post-isolation years, leading up to 1996, when the country fielded one of its best football teams ever.


Ace: South Africa's greatest footballer?

Pule "Ace" Ntsoelengoe, who made his mark both in South Africa and the United States, was inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003. This came as no surprise: former SA coach Clive Barker puts Ntsoelengoe on a par with Zinedine Zidane, while former Argentinean manager Oscar Martinez once described him as "almost a perfect footballer".

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