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Weekend sports “must see” fixtures

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By Tholwana Mokoko

With another action packed sports weekend ahead of us, we take a look at and any major fixtures you will not want to miss, from the conclusion of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup, as well as the return of league football around the world, after 2 weeks of International friendly’s and qualifiers.

Tennis

We get to see the continuation of the Miami Open over in the USA, and we also expect the final decision on who the new Springsboks coach will be.

Football

Locally, South Africans can look forward to the Nedbank Cup this weekend, as team’s battle it out of for the last local Cup competition this season, notable fixtures being:

Nedbank Cup

  • Magesi FC v Bidvest Wits (Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, kick-off 20:00) (1st April)
  • Mamelodi Sundowns v Mbombela United (Lucas Moripe Stadium, kick-off 20:15) (2nd April)
  • Platinum Stars v Polokwane City (Royal Bafokeng Stadium, kick-off 15:00) (2nd April)
  • Jomo Cosmos v Orlando Pirates (Olen Park Stadium, kick-off 15:00) (3rd April)

Internationally, we see the return of all major European leagues, as they all edge closer to their respective conclusions, but one can imagine the football world will all be highly anticipating the El Classico, as we look to see who comes out on top this time between Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo, as well as some major games in the EPL.

La Liga

  • Barcelona v Real Madrid (Nou Camp Stadium, kick-off 20:30) (2nd April)

English Premier League

  • Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspurs (Anfield Stadium, kick-off 18:30) (2nd April)
  • Man United v Everton ( Old Trafford Stadium, kick-off 17:00) (3rd April)

Cricket

Cricket fans will have screens glued on their screens and they look to see who takes home the T20 World Cup, as the final will take place in Mumbai, India this Sunday 3rd April. This year’s final will also see a first time repeat winner, also as this is expected be the last World Cup appearances for a few veterans, many fans will be hoping for some big shots from the likes of MS Donhi and or Chris Gayle.

Rugby

Super Rugby continues this weekend with the 6th round bringing some major clashes that should bring excitement to fans across the Rugby world as old rivalries will be brought back to life again between the Blues and the Cheetahs.

  • Emirates Lions v Crusaders (1st April)
  • Vodacom Bulls v Toyota Cheetahs (2nd April)

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