Nathi Mthethwa set to intervene in Cricket South Africa fiasco

Nathi Mthethwa set to intervene in Cricket South Africa fiasco

- Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa has given Cricket South Africa until 27 October to prevent him from intervening

- The minister has also informed the International Cricket Council of his intentions, which could result in them banning international cricket play for SA

- South Africans are not at all impressed by this announcement as many believe that this is the end for the sport in the country

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South African Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa said he intends on intervening in Cricket South Africa (CSA) unless they give him a reason not to. The minister has given CSA until 27 October to put forth their defence to prevent him from intervening.

His declaration comes after the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) instructed the CSA board and executive to move aside while an examination concerning their monetary and administration undertakings went on.

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has been informed about Mthethwa's plans, meaning they can sanction a national board which could result in the banning of international play.

Government, set to intervene, running, Cricket South Africa
Minister Nathi Mthethwa has informed CSA that he would intervene after no progress was made in stabilising its governance. Source: Jeffrey Abrahams / Gallo Images via Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

According to IOL, Mthethwa said he had reached a point where he saw "no value in any further engagement with CSA". News24 reported that Mthethwa's statement concluded with: "The ball is now firmly in the court of CSA."

News24 tweeted about Mthethwa's statement and here's what some Saffa tweeps had to say:

@carminecos responded:

"Supersport will soon have no content to fill its sporting schedule for the summer months..."

@AToxicMess wrote:

"Here goes cricket down the drain."

@JDP_53 said:

"It is downhill from here!"

In other sports news, recently reported on SA's reaction to Steve Komphela joining Mamelodi Sundowns. Steve Komphela is now part of the Mamelodi Sundowns' technical team.

The 53-year-old signed a deal with Masandawana to act as a senior coach. According to the Sundowns, Komphela will report to the joint head coaches, Rulani Mokwena and Manqoba Mngqithi. A statement by the Brazilians read:

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"Masandawana let's welcome @komphelasteve to the home of the Champions! He will join the Brazilians' technical team as a first team senior coach reporting to the joint head coaches."

The news left soccer fans divided - with some applauding the Sundowns for signing a coach with so much experience while others wanted to know what the difference is between the senior and head coaches.

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