The Portuguese was short when asked about a Diego Costa’s first-half penalty appeal and curt when answering questions about Courtois’ dismissal for bringing down Gomis. “I do not want to speak about red cards,” he said towards the end of the press conference. Asked whether that would be a policy this season, Mourinho retorted to laughter in the press room: “No, it is just because the first time I can control myself. “I want to react this way so you don’t say he was (complaining) from day one. In day one we were punished, but it was not on day one that I opened my mouth.” Mourinho may feel hard done by, but Swansea counterpart Garry Monk believes the officials’ decision was correct. “From where I was sat and the replay I saw, the referee got it right,” the Swans boss said. “Bafe would have had a goalscoring opportunity when the keeper took him down and he took him down inside the area, so it’s definitely a penalty and obviously a red card.” In truth, Swansea were unlucky to return to south Wales with just a point to their name, having continued where they left off last term. “I thought for 90 minutes we were excellent,” Monk said. “We really competed. “I set the team up to be offensive and showcase the talent we have in the squad, and I thought we did that for 90 minutes. “Of course there were periods when we had to defend well, but you’d expect that at a place like this against a really good team. “We were excellent. The best chances fell to us. We had some very good chances. We always looked dangerous and got the result we deserved.” Mourinho also moved to explain why he was so animated late in the game when Eden Hazard had to leave the field – leaving Chelsea with nine men temporarily – after receiving treatment. “I was unhappy with my medical staff. They were impulsive and naive,” he told Sky Sports. “Whether you are a kit man, doctor or secretary on the bench you have to understand the game. “You have to know you have one player less and to assist a player you must be sure he has a serious problem. I was sure Eden did not have a serious problem. He had a knock. He was tired.” Press Association Oscar’s free-kick and a Federico Fernandez own goal either side of debutant Andre Ayew’s classy effort gave the hosts a comfortable half-time lead, only for Thibaut Courtois’ sending-off shortly after the restart to change the dynamics. Bafetimbi Gomis slotted home the resulting penalty and Chelsea just about held on after the goalkeeper’s red card, launching a desperate late bid to turn the draw into a win. “We tried,” Mourinho said. “I repeat this for a long, long, long time, even in my first period here, because my record at Stamford Bridge is something incredible. “I never played for a draw. Never. So if today we lose, we lose. “But at home a draw is only good in special circumstances, like last year, for example, when we were almost champions so a draw against Manchester United was a good result. “Apart from that, we play at home to win and we tried that, so it is normal. The players know that. They know one point is one point. “Playing with 10 men for such a long time is much more difficult and fundamentally I am happy with the quality they had in the first half and I am happy with their spirit in the second half, so we are in peace. We are not happy with the result.” Mourinho also did not appear to be particularly happy with referee Michael Oliver and his assistants. There was a feel-good factor around Stamford Bridge heading into the game, with the club basking the afterglow of last season’s success and the self-proclaimed Special One penning a new long-term deal. However, things went awry on the field as the Blues drew 2-2 – and were fortunate to avoid becoming the first Premier League champions to start their defence with defeat. Jose Mourinho attempted to keep his counsel after Chelsea’s stuttering start to their Barclays Premier League title defence, yet could not help let slip that he felt officials had “punished” his side against Swansea.
Younger and better. That’s been the clarion call for Raiders’ player personnel operatives ever since George Blanda retired his truss.This might be overdoing it.Recently, and apparently during a lull in the action at the Raiders’ training camp facility in Napa, Deker Carr, 3, son of Raiders starting quarterback Derek Carr, and Ali Brown, 4, son of wide receiver Antonio Brown, got together for some individual drills. What happened next was magic.First, a quick reminder from big AB to li’l AB: …
11 November 2014 Warona Seane on stage in the play Ukutshona ko Mendi (The Sinking of the Mendi). (Image: Mark Wessels, Goethe-Institut )The poem Ukutshona Kukamendi (The Sinking of the Mendi) by SEK Mqhayi sums the 1917 tragedy of the sinking of SS Mendi just off the Isle of Wight in the English Channel quite succinctly.A reader may assume that the overall tone of the poem would be total indignation and hatred directed at the powers that be that sent 600 men, mostly from South Africa’s rural Pondoland in the Eastern Cape, to fight a war that was alien to them.The men set sail from Cape Town on 16 January 1917 on their way to support the British Army in France during the First World War. Unfortunately, they were never to see their native country again.Mqhayi’s poem is a praise piece. It reveals the deep sorrow of a nation that has lost some of its brave sons, swallowed by the deep blue sea on their way to fight for a worthy cause. It describes the last acts of 600 men, bravely accepting their fate as the ship sank on a foggy morning of 21 February.The brave acts of the doomed South African men did not escape attention. Years later to recognise and honour the valour of the soldiers, any South African citizen who performs an act of bravery is awarded the Order of the Mendi.Ukutshona ko Mendi . Did We DanceAlmost 100 years later, the sinking of SS Mendi and the last moments of the brave men on board has been brought to life in a play written by Lara Foot and directed by Mandla Mbothwe. Ukutshona ko Mendi . Did We Dance recounts the sinking of SS Mendi vividly. The title of the play describes the last dance of the barefoot “death dance’ performed by the Members of the South African Native Labour Corps (SANLC) on the deck of the SS Mendi as the ship took water and sank to bottom of the sea.With support from the Goethe-Institut, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and the British Council, Foot and Mbothwe are taking the play to the Soweto Theatre from 25 to 30 November, after a stint at the Baxter and Market theatres earlier this year.A statement from the organisers says the play has been met with great acclaim. “[The play] has been hailed as magical realism storytelling at its finest, conveying a uniquely South African story set against the backdrop of World War One,’ says the statement.The staging of the play is part of a series of lectures, films and panel discussions organised by the Goethe-Institut to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, the 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War and the 20th commemoration of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.“We want to shed light not only on the European experience of the First World War, but also on the many South African stories linked to it – such as the tragedy of the SS Mendi, which is being told in this exceptional theatre production,’ says Norbert Spitz, Director of the Goethe-Institut South Africa.The SS MendiOn 16 January 1917, the SS Mendi troopship sailed from Cape Town to La Havre in France, carrying the 5th battalion of the South African Native Labour Contingent. About 805 black privates, 22 white officers and 33 crewmembers were on board.On the morning of 21 February 1917, just south of the Isle of Wight, the 4 000-ton steamship was rammed and almost cut in half by an 11 000-ton liner, the SS Darro. It sank in 20 minutes, killing 607 black troops, nine white officers and all 33 crewmembers.Stories of the troops’ bravery is legend. It is said Reverend Isaac Wauchope Dyobha calmed the dying men by saying: “Be quiet and calm my countrymen, for what is taking place now is what you came here to do. We are all going to die, and that is what we came for.“Brothers we are drilling the death drill. I say here and now that you are all my brothers. Xhosas, Swazis, Pondos, Basotho and all others, let us die like warriors. We are the sons of Africa. Raise your war cries my brothers, for though they made us leave our assegais in our kraals, our voices are left with our bodies.”Today the SS Mendi is honoured by the South African Navy, which has among its fleet the SAS Isaac Dyobha, a warrior-class fast attack craft, and the SAS Mendi, a valour-class frigate. In 1995, Queen Elizabeth II unveiled a Mendi memorial at Avalon Cemetery in Soweto to commemorate the disaster. Another plaque was also unveiled at the Delville Wood Museum in France.The castUkutshona ko Mendi . Did We Dance stars Warona Seane, Apollo Ntshoko, Bongile Mantsai, Lulamile Nikani, Mongenzi Ncwadi, Owen Manamela and Thando Doni.The Soweto Theatre season is primarily aimed at high school learners, hence there will be matinee performances at 3pm on 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 November. There will also be 8pm performances on 25, 26 and 28 November 2014. However, the general public is welcome to attend any of the matinee or evening shows.To ensure as many learners get to watch the play at the Soweto Theatre, the British Council is giving away free tickets to schools. Interested schools can contact Ncebakazi at the Soweto Theatre on 011 930 7463.To book tickets to Ukutshona ko Mendi . Did We Dance log on to the Soweto Theatre website or call 011 930 7463. Discounts are available for block bookings and schoolsAs a follow up to staging of Ukutshona ko Mendi . Did We Dance, a free teachers’ workshop organised by the South African History Archive (SAHA), will take place at the Constitution Hill on Saturday, 29 November. To book a place please contact SAHA on 011 718 2560 or email [email protected] reporter and Joburg.org
Antonio Cassano has announced another sensational U-turn in his retirement plans, stating that he wants to return to playing with a Serie A team and joking that he can ‘play until he’s 60’.The striker has been almost two years out of action, last announcing that he would be hanging up his boots to focus on spending time with his family after a series of flip-flopping statements over whether he would continue playing.Despite having said he was ‘done’ with football, it seems Fantantonio has found a much-needed work-life balance, with the 36-year-old stating that he is ready to make a difference in Serie A – as long as he gets to play for a side close to his family. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Remember Almeyda, the Argentina midfielder who played with Parma and Lazio?” Cassano put to Il Mattino, “He stopped for two years then started again with River Plate, who play in a physical league.“If I have the opportunity, I’ll always make a difference. I’m 110 per cent, I feel good with my head and my body – as for the feet, I can play until I’m 60!“I often talk with Ale [agent Alessandro Moggi], he performs miracles. I would like to play for a team near Genoa, where I live – maybe Bologna, Sassuolo, Parma, Turin… but also Empoli and Cagliari – because I cannot live without my family. “There are things that make a difference for me, like accompanying my children to school.”Despite his advanced years, the ever-confident Cassano believes he can still be amongst the best performers in Italy, claiming that there are very few players in Serie A who can be considered champions – even with Cristiano Ronaldo having arrived.“Can I make a difference? In this league? Yes. Today’s Serie A is a race with quantity, little footballing intelligence and quality. When I started at the end of the 90s, there were absolute champions. “I remember Fiorentina: they only reached sixth place with Edmundo, Batistuta and Rui Costa. Apart from Ronaldo, Higuain and Pjanic, I do not see many champions around. Some of the players today wouldn’t have gotten close to the training ground 20 years ago.”