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MARCH 03 2013
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Boeta these days has neither foot on the ground
the various stages, starting with a recreational licence, and I am now almost fully qualified in the field,” he explained this week. The smile is never far from Dippenaar’s face, and he admits that his easy-going demeanour probably saw his career suffer to an extent. “Ja, when I look back, I was probably easy to drop because I just accepted it. I should have stood up a bit more for myself, I think. But, you know, things have actually worked out well, because I was able to start planning for my life after cricket sooner than most.” The Grey College product is happily settled in Bloemfontein, along with his young family . “My wife Charlene is a physio, and we also have a daughter, Jemma, who is now three,” he revealed proudly . Dippenaar, a precociously talented teen who had played first-class cricket by the time he wrote his matric exams, says one of his heroes growing up was former Aussie skipper Steve Waugh. “When you look at his career, he wasn’t the most talented guy around, but he certainly made the most of his talent. I was also totally obsessed with Hansie Cronje’s Free State side in the 90s, with great players like Franklyn Stephenson, Allan Donald, Bradley Player and Kosie Venter.” While his work at Westline Aviation keeps him pretty busy these days, with plenty of lessons filling up his day he also finds time to get , into the Supersport studio to share his insights on the game. “I never really saw myself going into it, but I do really enjoy it. I just try to provide the viewer with a perspective on what it’s like to be out there in the middle, so hopefully that comes through,” he said. He freely admits that he has enjoyed watching the Proteas dominate Test cricket in recent years, and he particularly savoured their triumphs in Australia. “It’s great to see them dominating like this, and it is special to have so many world-class players in the team at the same time. We should really savour this,” he beamed. “It also inspires guys who come into the side to perform immediately, as we saw with Kyle Abbott recently I remember Brad Hodge . making 200 when he finally got into the Aussie side, and then getting dropped!” For Dippenaar, Australia had long been the benchmark in the game. “You know, Australia is a beautiful place to tour, just a magnificent place to play cricket. “When we toured there, I was lucky enough to play against the best team in the world, in their own backyard, and it was a massive challenge,” he sighed. When Dippenaar finally squared up to the Antipodean challenge, in 2001/02, they were at their formidable peak, with Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne at their snarling best. “McGrath was definitely the toughest bowler I ever faced. He was just relentless, especially with the new ball. “McGrath was always forcing you to play, and didn’t give you much to leave,” he reflects. As for the chunky twirler on the other end, Dippenaar says Warne’s sheer force of personality was a thing to behold. “Look, he was a great bowler, but it was actually amazing that a spinner could be that intimidating. Usually a bowler is aggressive because of his speed or something, but he had this aura about him ...” Even now, Dippenaar takes a quiet satisfaction in the knowledge that he took on the best, and occasionally got on top of them, as he did in making a fluent 74 during the Sydney Test on that tour. “I guess the really great moments were when you sat back in the changeroom and looked back on a really significant contribution for your country That for me was the . ultimate.” For Dippenaar, the bells and whistles that came with being an international sportsman were not important, and he has not lost his sense of humour. “You know, I wasn’t one for the glitz and glamour, but it was a great privilege for me to play for my country he remarked. ,” “And people tend to overlook the role that I played in that 438 game,” he chuckled. “You see, if I had batted for much longer in that chase, we wouldn’t be sitting here talking about the greatest one-day game yet played. “I deserved the Man of the Match award for getting out when I did!”
LU N G A N I Z A M A
FOR a man whose career never quite scaled the heights that his talent promised, Boeta Dippenaar is now positively flying. The former Proteas batsman, now a baby-faced 35-year-old, has turned his passion for helicopters into a living, and is the chief instructor at Westline Aviation in Bloemfontein. “ friend of mine, André Coetzee, A took me on a flight once, and I was hooked. I worked my way through
Mo Farah who?
INJURY Time has made many mistakes along the rocky paths of our careers in speculation, guessing and some outright bitching. We do, however, try to be just a bit prepared for interviews, like knowing something about the history of the person we’re speaking to, or whether they were a runner or a cyclist. Some television presenters seem to think that research is not necessary as WSDU presenter , LaTonya Norton (her real name, apparently) showed when she interviewed Mo Farah on a live crossing. He had just won the Rock ’n Roll New Orleans Half-Marathon last Sunday Farah became the . darling of the world after the Olympics last year when he won gold in the 5 000 and 10 000m, and made the ‘Mobot’, his post-race celebration in which he made the sign of an ‘M’ above his head, as recognisable as Usain Bolt’s ‘lightning’ pose. Indeed, one of the finest pictures from the Olympics was of the two of them pulling the other’s pose while standing side by side. This seems to have been missed by Norton, though, who asked Farah: “Now haven’t you run before?” Farah looked confused, but Norton then repeated the question: “Haven’t you run before? This isn’t your first time?” To his great credit, Farah smiled and then spoke about it being his first time running in New Orleans. Norton never once mentioned that Farah had won at the Olympics, and after her producer initially tried to claim that her quotes were taken out of context (view it on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =MVIyq-kGL5Y and make up your own mind), WSDU issued this apology: “We regret our unfortunate phrasing of questions posed to Mr Mo Farah following his impressive victory in this past weekend’s Rock ’n Roll halfmarathon in New Orleans and for not acknowledging his status as an Olympic champion. We express our sincere apology to Mr Farah and his many fans who may have been offended by our error. We hope that Mr Farah will have occasion to visit New Orleans again and that we may have the opportunity to apologise in person.” Farah is a class act, and subsequently tweeted: “Just wanna say to everyone being nasty to LaTonya Norton, please stop!! She made a mistake like we all do!! She didn’t mean anything by it!”
SILVER & CO CARRY SLIVERS OF HOPE
‘Prisoners are people and F4L can touch their lives’
THE HEAD COACH
Full name: Silver Lee Shabalala Nickname: Silver Home town: Alberton Position: Goalkeeper Teams played for: Jomo Cosmos, Dynamos, Black Leopards, Amazulu Hobbies: Travelling, meeting new people, reading Languages: English, Zulu, Sotho, Xhosa Key message: Love life and treasure every moment. Remember, if you can dream it, you can do it.
OOTBALL great Silver Shabalala admits he was a little anxious when he first visited a prison. “The prison officials would tell us, ‘Don’t get close to these guys. These guys were not found in a church. They have done wrong’.” But once he started interacting with the inmates, the former goalkeeper who played for Jomo Cosmos, Dynamos, Black Leopards and Amazulu realised that “these guys are people, they are brothers, and I think I can do something to touch their lives”. Shabalala is head coach of Footballers 4 Life (F4L), a non-governmental organisation which provides health and life skills training to prisoners and which is funded by the USAID Tuberculosis Programme South Africa. Former footballers Enrico Bhana, Charles Motlohi and Collen Tlemo and wellness coach Sipho Phiri work with Shabalala to deliver the F4L curriculum to inmates. The course covers topics such as personal finance, decision-making, problem solving, parenting, and HIV/Aids and tuberculosis (TB) prevention and management. Besides playing football with some of their heroes, inmates attend F4L sessions twice a week for threeand-a-half months. They also have to complete homework assignments. At the end of the course, proud inmates receive a certificate from F4L ambassadors and football legends like Doctor Khumalo, John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu, Mark Williams and Eugene Zwane. Shabalala says the prisoners really value the F4L certificate, which they use when applying for parole and putting together their CVs. He says the course also helps in the rehabilitation process. “It gives them an opportunity to look at themselves as men, look at what they’ve done, where they want to go after prison, what they want to achieve in life.” *Sibusiso Dlamini, an inmate at Krugersdorp prison, says the course has made him more open-minded, considerate and thoughtful.
No time, no memory
THAT reminds us of the story of a Scottish rugby writer who was working in South Africa at the time, and at a post-match press conference following a SpringboksAll Blacks match, asked the All Blacks coach about the state of the injury to one of his players. The coach turned to the player in question, who was sitting beside him, gestured to him and said to the writer: “Why don’t you ask him?” The writer, not noticing the gesture nor recognising the player, said: “I don’t have time for that. I’m on a deadline.”
L ’ SILVER LINING: Silve r Shab alala is head coach of Footb alle rs 4 Life, and is making a d iffe re nce in p risoners’live s.
“It has taught me what it really means to be a man and how I can develop myself into a better person.” Fellow inmate *Herbert Mokoena also says the F4L programme has had a dramatic impact on him. “It changed my life in terms of wanting to know myself better and to fight the demons in me.” F4L project coordinator Dr Darren Peck is particularly proud of the work F4L has done on TB, a disease which affects many prisoners. The organisation screens prisoners for TB during the F4L classes and football tournaments. “We have set up Directly Observed Treatment support groups run by the inmates,” Peck says. Inmates encourage those who are sick to take their medication correctly . Peck also plans to use soccer to bring together senior Correctional Services officials, warders and inmates to discuss TB. “We have a Footballers 4 Life fivea-side soccer team and we want to use it as a networking tool for stakeholders in the eradication of TB. “We want to bring them together
for a five-a-side tournament and then turn it into a mini-conference.” *Inmates’ names have been changed to protect their privacy Hazel Meda is a member of the Wits Justice Project which investigates miscarriages of justice
DENNIS Rodman told the world that he loved Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, one of the most oppressive countries in the world. He called him a friend for life. He hugged him. Not bad propaganda, Rodman, a man who knows no better. As the New York Times put it: “Speaking with the regional knowledge of a man who seemed to believe less than 48 hours ago that the upscale Seoul neighborhood featured in the global pop hit ‘Gangnam Style’ was not in South Korea but somewhere in the impoverished North, Mr Rodman parted with these words of praise for the heir to the Kim dynasty: ‘Guess what? His grandfather and his father were great leaders’.” What’s Korean for dimwit?
Fe rg ie hints at like ly succe ssors: Gig g s and Schole s
I A N L A DY M A N
ALTHOUGH it can sometimes feel like it, Sir Alex Ferguson will not be at Manchester United forever. His fingerprints, though, will remain for some time to come. On the day he handed Ryan Giggs yet another Old Trafford contract, the United manager revealed his blueprint for the club’s future. To nobody’s surprise, players like Giggs and Paul Scholes are right at the core of it. “Those two will join my technical staff,” said Ferguson this week. “Everything is ready for that. I do not want to put pressure on them and I think my direct successor must be a coach with experience. They (Giggs and Scholes) must start with youth players, reserves. “They have time, though. In 10
years, we’ll see where they are. Both are intelligent, determined workers. They will be with us. I see them integrated in the staff, just like Gerd Müller and Sepp Maier at Bayern Munich. At Bayern, the big players exert a strong influence on the lives of the group. Today you can see Tarnat, Dremmler, Breitner and many other former players who work for the club. It is part of the administrative, financial and diplomatic structure with Beckenbauer, Rummenigge, Hoeness. “This is also why they need a manager. And they found one from the outside with Pep Guardiola.” Ferguson was in Barcelona on Wednesday night to watch United’s Champions League opponents Real Madrid. Seeing off José Mourinho’s challenge on Tuesday will not be easy but for Ferguson, the game is always a long one. A single fixture – win, lose or draw – is never allowed
to set a tone or a pattern for the future. This week, for example, he spoke of Giggs’ new contract as a father would his eldest son’s A-level results. And, speaking with French newspaper L’Equipe this week, he was asked just what made a United player. “First, there is personality he ,” said. “He immediately needs to meet my demands, my expectations. Second, there is the dressing-room. Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes watch them, as did Gary Neville. These guys, they’re in charge. They’re never absent, never late. At 39 and 38 years old! The values they embody , as a necessity seep into those who , sit next to them in the dressingroom. You can’t fool these guys, or take them for idiots. “We continue to coach young people, the ones that will become the next Giggs and Scholes. The key is coaching the player when they
arrive. We have a team of teachers who have been at the club for more than 10 years. It’s education, but also sharing values; there are lines not to cross. Sometimes we are faced with differences, but we don’t have any serial killers here (laughs). “We do not bury the stories, but they are dealt with internally A . good player is also a disciplined player.” Giggs and Scholes will not be centre stage against Real on Tuesday of course. Time leaves everyone , behind eventually and this week Ferguson will look to players like Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick to carry his team past the Spaniards and into the last eight of a competition he still covets more than any other. Van Persie, signed from Arsenal under competition from rivals Manchester City last summer, has already proved a defining presence
domestically prompting Ferguson , to admit he signed him many years too late. “I’m only interested in players who really want to play for United and who are bad losers, like me,” he said. “Van Persie meets these requirements. He integrated very quickly With me, there is some. times an atmosphere in the dressing-room. These periods can be ‘colourful’ when I’m not happy. Robin soon realised that I have one idea in mind: to win. He now plays with Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Giggs, Scholes, Carrick and these guys. They are the winners. “This mentality he breathes it , every minute and without doubt should tell himself that he should have signed here much earlier. He was spotted by us in Holland when he was 18. We watched a Feyenoord reserve game and he was sent off. Jimmy Ryan, who was watching,
said, ‘He is a fantastic talent, but he needs to improve his behaviour and control his frustration’. We gave up then. We were wrong on this issue, at the time. It happens. It happened. And it will happen again. But the percentage of players we sign who impose themselves is excellent. “Rooney came from Everton and at 18, in his first match, he scored a hat-trick against Fenerbahce. Ryan Giggs scored on his debut for us as a starter at 17. Eric Cantona, we saw him at Leeds and very soon he became a legend here. “Robin is in his first season here and I hope that will have the same impact as Cantona. Eric, when he came through the door, in an instant he became stronger, prouder, more brilliant. His approach became more majestic, his head more upright. It became obvious to the players: Pass him the ball. With Van Persie, it took them a few weeks ...”
THE headline of the week, spotted by the good people at football365.com, is from the Daily Mirror and refers to Rafa Benitez: “Interim, interim, they’ve stuck the knives interim.”
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