We bring you all the latest sports news and fixtures of interest to South African’s on the final Saturday of 2019 with the Boxing Day Test between the Proteas and England in full swing.
The PSL might be on a break but Mamelodi Sundowns are victims of their own success and play in Algeria just three days after Christmas.
Latest sports news and fixtures
Caf Champions League
USM Alger vs Mamelodi Sundowns Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blider – Algeria 18:00
Sundowns are the only team with a win to their name in Group C of the Caf Champions League after they thumped Petro De Luanda 3-0 on the opening match day, and followed that up with a creditable 0-0 draw against Wydad in Casablanca.
Downs can expect a hostile environment in Algeria but should have the quality to get a positive result if the team play to their potential.
On matchday one USMA held Wydad 1-1 but might have done even better after they grabbed an early goal and held out last season’s beaten finalists until the 89th minute. It is these kind of matches that make life difficult for South African teams in continental competition.
Proteas Test series
South Africa vs England – First Test: day 3 at Supersport Park in Centurion 10:00
The Proteas just about edged ahead on day two of the first Test against England etsablishing a 103-run first innings lead after bwoling the tourists out for 181 and stretching that lead out to 175 by stumps for the loss of four wickets.
Rassie van der Dussen and nightwatchman Anrich Nortje will pick up the challengeof taking on the English bowling attack from 10:00.
The Proteas have lost their last five Tests on the trot while England have just two wins in their last seven and both sides are beset by faltering top orders giving the contest a tense and fraught nature that makes for great viewing but is not for the faint of heart or easily frustrated.
Latest sports news
Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) released a statement saying that cyclist Nic Dlamini injured himself during an arrest ordeal with park rangers.
The statement came after a video was posted to Twitter on 27 December 2019 showing South African star cyclist Dlamini being assaulted by rangers at the Silvermine Nature Reserve, in Cape Town.
Two Proteas legends have been named among Wisden’s top five cricketers of the second decade of this century with AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn honoured with a place.
Rugby World Cup winner Etzebeth was asked about the ongoing legal wranglings between the lock and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in an interview with bi-weekly French rugby newspaper Midi Olympique. Etzebeth told the publication he has been falsely accused and insisted the truth would come out and vindicate him.