Roberto Di Matteo appeared to suggest that Papiss Cisse did not mean the amazing strike that sealed Newcastle’s 2-0 win at Chelsea.Cisse hit the net with a great first-half opener and then registered his 13th goal in 12 matches for the Magpies with a long-range effort with the outside of his right boot.Chelsea boss Di Matteo told Sky: “I don’t think even he knew what he was doing. It was a strange shot and went in at the far post.”The Italian now turns his attention to Saturday’s FA Cup final against Liverpool at Wembley as the games come thick and fast for his team.“It’s demanding, but we have to pick ourselves up and go again. We’ve got a big game on Saturday,” he said.More reaction to follow.Click here for our Chelsea v Newcastle quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
MEDIA STATEMENTTO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS14 April 2015PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA APPOINTS MEMBERS TO SERVE ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF BRAND SOUTH AFRICAPresident Jacob Zuma has appointed new members to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Brand South Africa Trust for a period of three years.Brand South Africa’s key mandate is to develop and implement proactive and co-ordinated marketing, communication and reputation management strategies for South Africa, with the ultimate aim of contributing towards economic growth, job creation, poverty alleviation and social cohesion by encouraging local and foreign investment, tourism and trade.NEW MEMBERS• Ms Khanyisile Kweyama, with extensive business leadership and management expertise, has been appointed as Chairperson of the Brand SA Board of Trustees. She is the CEO of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and a former executive director at Anglo American South Africa.• Ms Babalwa Ngonyama has been appointed as Deputy Chairperson. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Sinayo Securities. A chartered accountant, she is a member of Advisory Board of African Women Chartered Accountants. and She is also a former interim CEO and former Treasurer of the Black Business Council. She holds directorships on other Boards.• Ms Thembi Kunene, an expert in Tourism, Marketing as well Business Management and Strategy, and has wide experience in quality assurance in the tourism sector.• Mr Mpho Makwana, independent non-executive Chairman of Arcelor Mittal South Africa. He brings to the Board vast experience in executive business leadership, business strategy and management, transformation, strategic communications and stakeholder relations. He is also a former chairman and former acting CEO at Eskom.• Mr Kuseni Dlamini, Chairman of Aspen Pharmacare Holdings and of Massmart Holdings. He brings extensive business executive leadership, strategic communication and management expertise to the board.• Ms Janine Hills, the founder and CEO of Vuma Reputation Management. She brings expertise in reputation management, stakeholder relationship management and media relationship management to the Board,• Ms Lehlohonolo Bonoko, lawyer and partner in the law firm Bonoko and Maphokga Attorneys, who brings legal expertise to the Board.• Ms Muditambi Ravele, the chairperson of Boxing South Africa who brings sports marketing expertise. She previously held directorship positions in Women in Sports International, Netball South Africa, and South African Sports Hall of Fame among others.• Mr Arthur Mafokate, musician and producer. He is founder of 999 Music, an independent black owned music label. He is a pioneer of the kwaito music genre, and also an astute marketer and entrepreneur.• Ms Given Refilwe Sibiya, a chartered accountant and director of Xabaniso Consulting, and previously served on the Board of Basil Read.• Mr Rashid Lombard, the founder of Cape Town International Jazz Festival has a played a pivotal role in conceptualising, strategising and implementing the marketing strategies for the festival now branded as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering“. He previously worked as an international political and war photojournalist for over 28 years and is former CEO of esp Afrika (Pty)Ltd.RETURNING TRUSTEESThe following persons have been re-appointed to the Board of Trustees;• Mr Stavros Nicolaou, the Senior Executive responsible for Strategic Development for Aspen Pharmaceuticals.• Mr Mzimkulu Malunga, media and communications consultant and former CEO Urban Brew and former MD of BDFM Publishers, publishers of Business Day and Financial Mail publications.• Ms Pumla Ncapayi, the Deputy Director-General responsible for trade and exports at the Department of Trade and Industry.The new team will join the only current serving member, Mr Geoffrey Rothschild, consultant and former head of government relations at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.President Jacob Zuma wishes the new trustees well in executing their duties.Enquiries: Bongani Majola on 082 339 1993 or email@example.comIssued by: The PresidencyPretoriawww.thepresidency.gov.za
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday said he would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Mines Pralhad Joshi to seek solutions to restart the mining industry in Goa, which stands banned by the Supreme Court since 2018. Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a function in Panaji on Sunday, Mr. Sawant said he would meet them both after Mr. Joshi familiarises himself with his portfolio. He reiterated that resolving the mining deadlock was a priority for his government. Last month, Mr. Sawant had said harvesting of mining dumps near the mining leases was one of the options his government was examining to resume the mining activity in the interest of stakeholders, despite the Supreme Court ban on mining in 88 leases. There are currently over 736 million tonnes of iron ore dumped in mountain-like heaps in Goa’s mining belt. Mr. Sawant is expected to finalise a policy for dump ore harvesting by July this year.
As Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna were struggling to find their rhythm against Serbians Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac in the doubles rubber on Saturday, there was one very recognisable face sitting quietly on an aisle seat next to the section meant for VVIPs. Legendary Indian off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna’s interest for tennis dragged him to the KSLTA stadium here and he had a night to remember.While bigwigs from the Karnataka government and the state tennis body watched India’s doubles pair fight back from their comfortable couches, Prasanna looked at ease sitting on the plastic bucket seatsmeant for the public. “I love this game,” was Prasanna’s immediate reply when Mail Today reached out to him. “I follow this sport very closely. It’s not just cricket that I follow, I have interest in a lot of other sports and tennis definitely comes somewhere at the top.”Occasionally, people waved at him and Prasanna acknowledged them by raising his arms. “They are my friends. They know me well,” he added.In his heyday, Prasanna’s guile, accuracy and loop made him a constant threat to batsmen. The 74-year-old, who led Karnataka to two Ranji Trophy titles, scalped 189 wickets in 49 Tests. But it was captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi who brought the best out of him. He would challenge the batsmen to come out and hit him over the top, and with the flight he would offer, it was always enticing. A majority of Prasanna’s wickets – 116 –came under the captaincy of Pataudi. The diminutive off-spinner was always a threat to the batsmen he played against, but beyond that he was always a gentleman.advertisementSo what was a cricketer doing at the tennis court? Pat comes the reply: “I follow tennis very closely. I watch ATP events, Grand Slams and, with the Davis Cup tie happening in Bangalore, I had to be here. I wanted to see [Novak] Djokovic here but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. “I love watching Roger Federer but Djokovic is surely my favourite at the moment.”Besides giving time to his academy, Prasanna loves playing golf and Bopanna, who is a local boy, often turns up to play with the former cricketer and his friends at the Bangalore Golf Club. The International Premier Tennis League, the brainchild of Mahesh Bhupathi, is something that Prasanna wants to see unfold now. “I want to see it happening in India and I would love to watch the top players play live in front of me at the stadium. I will be there to see the matches in India,” he promised.