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Last week’s sports events delivered an exhilarating roller coaster of emotions, spanning from Mamelodi Sundowns’ triumphant victory in the African Football League to the Proteas’ hard-fought exit in the Cricket World Cup, alongside the thrilling Fast5 Netball World Series.
African Football League
In a captivating match on Sunday, the 12th of November, Mamelodi Sundowns clashed with Wydad AC. Despite trailing 2-1 on aggregate, Sundowns displayed incredible resilience in the second leg. They netted two remarkable goals, courtesy of Peter Shalulile and Aubrey Modiba, securing a 2-0 victory and a 3-2 aggregate score, ultimately clinching the African Football League title.
Cricket World Cup
On the 16th of November, the Proteas faced Australia in a high-stakes Cricket World Cup semi-final. Despite South Africa’s tenacity and determination, they narrowly fell short, losing by three wickets with only 16 balls remaining, granting Australia the win.
FAST5 Netball World Series
From the 11th to the 12th of November, the Fast5 Netball World Series captivated audiences worldwide, showcasing remarkable netball skills and unwavering passion. Notable teams included the South African Men’s and Women’s Netball teams, alongside the Malawi Women’s netball team.
The South African Women’s team demonstrated their prowess among the African teams, securing a well-deserved fourth place. Despite their valiant efforts, they faced a 22-30 defeat against England in the third and fourth-place playoff.
Malawi closely followed suit but concluded their journey in sixth place after a 31-36 defeat to Jamaica in the fifth and sixth place playoff.
The South African Men’s team secured third place despite falling short of the final, experiencing defeats of 39-50 against Australia and 31-38 against New Zealand. Despite not reaching the final, South African Shane Labuschagne received high honours by winning the Sky Fans’ Player of the Series Award.
The past week in sports delivered a rollercoaster of emotions. Mamelodi Sundowns’ comeback victory in the African Football League, the Proteas’ hard-fought battle in the Cricket World Cup, and the spirited performances in the Fast5 Netball World Series
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