It was a sad, terrible and humiliating sport weekend for south Africa. Firstly, it was a sad and terrible reality when the news broke that Mondli Cele of Maritzburg United was involved, and died in a car accident in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday evening.
Reports has it that the Maritzburg midfielder, aged 27 was killed in a car crash after a match where he put up a fantastic performance and scored a goal for his team at the Absa Premiership match against the Orlando Pirates at Harry Gwala Stadium. It was really, really depressing to learn that Cele who just thrilled a crowd, is dead and that we must now, wish he rests in peace.
Then came the humiliation. We wouldn’t be saying farewell to Cele alone. The South African cricket team’s shocking loss to England got them ridden of the NO. 1 ICC Test ranking position. India grabbed the No. 1 position as the South African team decided to receive more trashing.
The South African cricket team, since the beginning of last year has lost five out of nine games with four draws. And analysis have indicated that even if the South African team gets to beat England in the Fourth Test in Centurion, they won’t be able to improve on their current third position. This is so because along with the fact that it has been over a year since the team last won a Test match, it was against the eight-ranked West Indies.
Apparently, the 3-0 lash the South African team received from the Indians recently wasn’t okay with them. They needed to extend the frontiers of their new-found inability to win. Thus, they lost to England at home; allowing the visitors to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the test series.
Stuart Broad’s performance helped England destroy South Africa. He ran and racked up an incredible 6 for 17, and the South Africa team was eventually bowled out for 83.
If the beating South Africa got from the Indians killed the team’s confidence, the visiting England trashing buried it. Resurrection is far-fetched for as predicted by analysts, the South African cricket team is in for more free-falls.