2018 World Cup prediction: Germany has the best chance followed by Brazil and Belgium

By: SATopShops A civil engineering lecturer from Wits University, Charles MacRobert, submits that Germany, followed by Brazil and Belgium has the best chances of winning the 2018 World Cup when using civil engineering influenced predictive tools. But this prediction comes with a heavy dose of disclaimers. His top five, of a top 16 list, is … Read more2018 World Cup prediction: Germany has the best chance followed by Brazil and Belgium

Who will win the 2018 World Cup: here’s a prediction form an engineer

Charles MacRobert, University of the Witwatersrand As a civil engineer I’m fascinated by predictions of who will win the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia, seeing that we use predictions on a regular basis in engineering. For the finals, there’s a wide variety of forecasts. In addition to armchair fans’ predictions, there are those by … Read moreWho will win the 2018 World Cup: here’s a prediction form an engineer

Why African football fans should welcome video assistant referees at the World Cup

Chuka Onwumechili, Howard University African fans have always seen match officiating at the World Cup as one reason why their teams fail to do better than they have done so far. Now technology is set to come to the aid of African teams and their fans during the World Cup in Russia. Earlier this year, … Read moreWhy African football fans should welcome video assistant referees at the World Cup

Senegal is counting on its World Cup football stars to lift its political gloom

Mark Hann, University of Amsterdam With next year’s presidential elections on the horizon, Senegal is gripped by political and economic unrest. The recent killing of a student by a police officer during university protests over unpaid bursaries is just one tragic indicator of the upheaval, discontent and uncertainty which characterises the current climate. Amid the … Read moreSenegal is counting on its World Cup football stars to lift its political gloom

When the poor sponsor the rich: Rwanda and Arsenal FC

Filip Reyntjens, University of Antwerp Rwanda keeps surprising. Recently the Rwandan Development Board signed a sleeve sponsoring deal with London Premier League club, Arsenal. Over a three-year period, the 200 sq centimetre ad “Visit Rwanda” will cost the country USD$39 million. President Paul Kagame is known to be a committed Arsenal fan. Recently, he even … Read moreWhen the poor sponsor the rich: Rwanda and Arsenal FC

Here’s a full list of the 2018 World Cup matches, times and venues

SATopShops The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia kicks off on Thursday the 14th of June. Here is a full list of the matches, times and venues of the first round round robin of the finals. Thursday 14 June – 17:00 Group A Luzhniki Stadium Moscow Russia Saudi Arabia Friday 15 June – 17:00 Group A … Read moreHere’s a full list of the 2018 World Cup matches, times and venues

Your 2018 World Cup Guide: Group A Matches & the grand opening

SATopShops Group A of the 2018 World Cup Finals features the grand opening match between the hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia which becomes the first Asian team to take part in an opening match at the global finals. The group promises to offer exciting football action with the two other contenders being the Pharoes (Egypt) … Read moreYour 2018 World Cup Guide: Group A Matches & the grand opening

Stadium violence reflects deep seated misogyny and governance issues

By: Palesa Motshoene In a moment of utter madness, fans of South Africa’s largest football club, Kaizer Chiefs, stormed the pitch and assaulted a woman who was serving as a security guard amongst other unsavoury acts committed on Saturday night when their game against Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban ended in … Read moreStadium violence reflects deep seated misogyny and governance issues

Steve Khompela: One plus one is two. It can never be 11

You cannot bring facts that are truthful when the question is not… Ujuh Reporter Steve Khompela, the coach of South Africa’s most prominent football team, Kaizer Chiefs, will surely go down as one of the most skilful weavers of complicated English phrases amongst sporting coaches and perhaps amongst all of public figures. This is clearly … Read moreSteve Khompela: One plus one is two. It can never be 11