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SA women qualify for 2009 CWC

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Brad Morgan

25 February 2008

The South African women's cricket team enjoyed an unbeaten run through the ICC Women's World Cup qualifying tournament, which ended in Stellenbosch on Sunday, to book their a place at the 2009 World Cup in Australia.

Prior to the weekend tournament-decider against Pakistan, Graeme Smith, captain of the Proteas, who are on tour in Bangladesh, sent a message of congratulations on the women's qualification for the World Cup, saying: "On behalf of our entire squad I send best wishes and congratulations to our lady counterparts.

"We have been following their progress with keen interest and we are thrilled that they have won all their matches by such convincing margins. "Well done and good luck for the final as well as next year's tournament. We are proud of you."

One-sided final
As it turned out, captain Cri-Zelda Brits and her side didn't need any luck in the final as they swept Pakistan aside in a one-sided contest to put an exclamation mark on a very successful tournament for the hosts.

Batting first, Pakistan managed only 61 all out in 24.3 overs as Alicia Smith proved too much for the Asians to handle.

She became the first South African woman to take a five-for in a one-day international, capturing 5 for 7 in eight overs, as only one Pakistani made it into double figures.

"I was really pleased," said Smith after the match. "I had been feeling a bit down before today, as I had felt I had underperformed in this tournament, so I just wanted to focus on the basics and I was pleased it all worked out.

"Getting a place on the plane to Australia for me is the most important thing at the moment. I dropped out of the team last year, as I fell ill and had to withdraw from the squad, which was very disappointing, so it's great to be back in the side."

Susan Benade provided excellent support with a haul of 2 for 11 in five overs, while Sunette Loubser shone with 2 for 14 in 7.3 overs.

"I think all of my bowlers did extremely well," said captain Brits. "Alicia was excellent and showed the kind of character that I want from my team."

Brits also paid tribute to the support the South African side received from a passionate home crowd at Stellenbosch University.

"I haven't played in front of a crowd like that in South Africa for ages," she said. "I think it's really important to get people to come and watch our games as hopefully that will encourage people to start playing as well."

Semi-final success
South Africa qualified for the final with a convincing win over Ireland in the semi-finals. The Irish won the toss and elected to bat, but found it difficult to contend with the home team's bowling.

Opener Cecilia Joyce carried her bat throughout the innings to finish undefeated on 43. Apart from her, however, only Clare Shillington, with 13, reached double-figures as Ireland were restricted to 107 all out in 47.4 overs.

Right-arm off-spinner Loubser was the outstanding performer for South Africa, sending down 10 overs and snaring an extremely miserly 2 for 12.

South Africa, in reply, reached 108 for 3 in the 28th over to win by seven wickets with 134 balls to spare.

Olivia Anderson did the business at the top of the order with the bat, making 46 not out, to guide SA to victory, as well as a place in the final, and a place at the World Cup.

Lop-sided victories
South Africa qualified for the semi-finals with a number of lop-sided victories. Against the Netherlands, the home team's batting matched the dominance that the bowling exhibited throughout the tournament.

Brits chose to bat after winning the toss and the decision proved to be a good one, both for her personally and for her team.

She struck her maiden ODI century, ending unbeaten on 107 as SA totalled an imposing 277 for 4 in their 50 overs. Annelie Minnie provided strong support with 73 and shared in a stand of 126 with Brits.

Alicia Smith provided fireworks at the end of the innings by smashing an 45 not out off just 30 balls.

The Dutch, in their turn at the crease, were unable to come to terms with the South African bowling attack. Helmien Rambaldo's 19 looked lonely on their scorecard as, apart from extras, it was the only score in double-figures. The next best batting score was a paltry five by two players.

Ashlyn Kilowan knocked over 3 for 8, Smith 2 for 14, and Charlize van der Westhuizen 2 for 4 as The Netherlands slid to 50 all out in 41.4 overs. That gave the South African team a massive 227 run victory.

South Africa's two earlier wins were even more one-sided.

A merry run-around
In the match before the contest against the Dutch, Papua New Guinea won the toss and elected to field, which was a decision that certainly prolonged the length of the contest. It also led to a merry run-around for the islanders as they were made to chase leather by the South Africans.

The home team posted a huge 298 for 7, led by Olivia Anderson's 91. Claire Terblanche also excelled, striking 76 at better than a run a ball and sharing in a partnership of 144 with the opener.

Papua New Guinea's reply lasted only 17.2 overs as they were skittled for just 28 runs. Kilowan snapped up 4 for 14, Marcia Letsoalo claimed 2 for 3, and Charlize van der Westhuizen 2 for 4.

If the victory over Papua New Guinea was embarrasingly one-sided, South Africa's opening win over Bermuda almost defied description.

Put in to bat, Bermuda managed only 13 all out. Their total included only three runs off the bat as three players scored one each, while the other eight were dismissed for ducks.

Sunette Loubser's spin bamboozled the opposition as she finished with 6 for 3 in four overs, while Sunette Loubser and Alicia Smith both picked up 2 for 1.South Africa achieved victory in only four balls, racing to 15 without loss to put an end to the mismatch.

Additional reporting: Cricket South Africa

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 World Social Forum uniquely organized

The 7th World Social Forum (WSF) will be held from 20 until 25 January 2007 at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani, Nairobi and is expected to host up to 150,000 delegates from all over the world. Over 1,000 activities will take place in the 106 spaces provided at the venue.

World Social Forum uniquely organized

 

The 7th World Social Forum (WSF) will be held from 20 until 25 January 2007 at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani, Nairobi and is expected to host up to 150,000 delegates from all over the world. Over 1,000 activities will take place in the 106 spaces provided at the venue.

The World Social Forum is an open meeting place for ordinary people to get a platform for reflective thinking, democratic debate of ideas, formulation of proposals, free exchange and interlinking for effective action, by groups and movements opposed to a world dominated by capital and any form of imperialism.

Activities during the World Social Forum are self-organized by community based organizations (CBOs), social movements and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from more than 100 countries. This means that most activities (seminars, workshops, performances, exhibitions etc.) during the Forum are not organized by the WSF Secretariat but by hundreds of different organizations from all around the globe. The task of the WSF Secretariat is ‘merely’ to coordinate these activities and to provide the venue and facilities as well as information to the public.

Everybody who is interested in changing the world for the better is invited to join the discussion. The entry-fee for people from the African continent is 450 Kenyan Shillings. The deliberations devoted to the motto “Peoples struggles, peoples alternatives – Another world is posible” will be about the following twelve topics: 

  • HIV-AIDS
  • Women issues
  • Privatization of common goods
  • The landless
  • Peace and conflict
  • Migration and diaspora
  • Memory of people and struggles.
  • Youth
  • Debt
  • Free trade agreements
  • Labour
  • Housing

Information on the World Social Forum can be obtained from www.worldsocialforum.org. Practical information regarding the WSF in Nairobi is available at www.wsf2007.org.

 

Note: Journalists interested in reporting on one of the various specific issues mentioned above are

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Clear declaration to defend the autonomy of sport

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At its two-day meeting in Zurich, the FIFA Executive Committee once again delivered a clear message regarding the need to defend the autonomy of sport and especially football. Under the chairmanship of FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, the committee reaffirmed the resolution passed by the International Olympic Committee, the national Olympic committees and the international sports federations on 21-22 September 2006. The Executive Committee also directed President Blatter and vice-president Lennart Johansson, who is also the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), to continue to work together on the challenges that are currently facing the game, particularly in Europe. 

The Executive Committee also listened with satisfaction to a report on the status of preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa and underlined its support for the Local Organising Committee. However, the Executive Committee stated that it was now expecting work to begin, particularly on constructing and renovating the stadiums.

The dates for the final competition of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ were set for 11 June to 11 July 2010. The allocation of places will be the same as for 2006, i.e. Europe: 13; Africa: 5; Asia and Oceania: 5 (4.5 + 0.5; play-off); South America and CONCACAF: 8 (4.5 + 3.5; play-off); hosts (South Africa): 1. 

The preliminary competition for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ will be played in the confederations as follows:
- Africa: the qualifying competition for the African Cup of Nations will once again be combined with the preliminary competition for the FIFA World Cup™ (start date: 13/14 October 2007).
- South America: the league system will once again be used (home and away matches) for a single group of 10 associations, but only double-header dates will be used. The provisional start date is September/October 2007.
- Oceania: in three phases, as for 2006. The first phase will be combined with the South Pacific Games 2007 and the OFC Nations Cup 2008, and the winning team will enter a group in Asia's final round.
- Asia, Europe, CONCACAF: in groups that have yet to be determined.

The preliminary draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ will be held in Durban on 23 November 2007, and the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 will be held in the five venues of Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg (Ellis Park), Pretoria and Rustenburg from 14 to 27 June.

With regard to the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, which in accordance with the rotation policy and a decision passed by the Executive Committee in May 2002 is to be held in South America, the committee opened the official bidding procedure for South American member associations. If only one association submits a bid, and if this association meets all requirements, the procedure will be accelerated. The FIFA Executive Committee will reach a decision on the host country in November 2007.

In relation to the allegations made against vice-president Jack A. Warner and the Simpaul Travel company with regard to World Cup ticketing, the FIFA Executive Committee followed the recommendation of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee chaired by Marcel Mathier (Switzerland) and closed the file. The recommendation reads as follows:

1. The Executive Committee expresses disapproval of vice-president Jack A. Warner's conduct and reminds him to exercise the requisite level of care in ticketing matters in the future and to strictly abide by all directives.
2. Jack A. Warner should, in particular, ensure that his son, Daryan Warner, does not abuse the position held by his father.

With regard to the "Win in Africa with Africa" initiative, the Executive Committee approved the construction of 25 artificial turf pitches in as many African associations at a cost of USD 18.5 million. This proposal had been tabled by the relevant body based on the "Football for a Better World" regulations. The Executive Committee also confirmed a budget of USD 50 million (FIFA's profit share from the final accounts of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee Germany) for other similar special projects on other continents. The "Football for a Better World" fund, which incorporates the "Win in Africa with Africa" initiative, implements and supports sporting and humanitarian projects in under-privileged regions all around the world and is also open to donations from external partners.

The FIFA Executive Committee also reached the following decisions on various member associations:
 
- Ratification of Iran's suspension, which has since been partially and provisionally lifted to allow Iran's
U-23 national team to compete in the Asian Games in Doha. Iran has until 12 December to accept the specified conditions, and failure to do so will result in the suspension staying in force.
- Ratification of Kenya's suspension, which is still in place. The Executive Committee encouraged the stakeholders of Kenyan football that have accepted FIFA's Statutes and decisions to continue on their path towards normalisation.
- The situation in Poland and in Albania will be clarified during visits by joint FIFA-UEFA delegations. The same will apply to Peru, with a joint delegation of FIFA and CONMEBOL to visit the country.
- With regard to the Togo FA, the Executive Committee expressed its support for the independent electoral committee set up by FIFA and CAF and for its determination to hold independent and democratic elections.
- Finally, the Executive Committee ruled that Gibraltar does not meet the statutory requirements to become a FIFA member.

Further decisions:

- A working group was set up under the chairmanship of Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder to work on an insurance solution for players released for international duty.
- Payments from the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme were suspended until further notice for 59 member associations that still have not submitted their statutes to FIFA for inspection. This decision affects 22 associations from Asia, 14 from Africa, 7 from North America, Central America and the Caribbean, 3 from South America and 13 from Europe.
- Two offers for the Brazilian TV rights for the 2007-2014 period were evaluated, with the Executive Committee accepting the offer from TV Globo.
- FIFA's four representatives at next year's meeting of the game's lawmakers, the International Football Association Board, in Manchester on 3 March 2007 will be FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, vice-president David Will, vice-president and chairman of the Referees Committee Angel Maria Villar Llona and FIFA General Secretary Urs Linsi.
- The official inauguration of the Home of FIFA will take place on 29 May as part of the programme for the Congress, which will be held in Zurich on 30-31 May 2007.


Further information from:
FIFA Media Department
media@fifa.org

African Sports Network, RMC [ WebPage ]

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