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James Freemantle

James Freemantle is a fanatical football supporter fascinated by facts & figures that make the beautiful game such a joy to watch. He's a long-suffering Arsenal and Ajax Cape Town fan. He has worked in a digital marketing environment in the past but slowly gravitated towards football writing in the last five years where he has experience in social & editorial content strategy. One of the first highlights of his writing career was co-authoring Suzelle DIY's book. In his spare time, James plays tennis (badly) and is an avid trail runner, hiker and beach-goer. He also believes that ice-cream is a food group.
Duane Vermeulen Springboks retiring

Three Springboks giving Jacques and Rassie a selection headache

By James Freemantle 11-07-23 18:10

The Springboks face New Zealand on Saturday with a much-changed team from the one which dispatched Australia 43-12 in Pretoria on Saturday. Can Manie Libbok and Kurt-Lee Arendse put up their hands for regular starting berths at 10 and 11 respectively? ICYMI: Have the Boks identified World Cup bolter? SPRINGBOKS FLEXING THEIR DEPTH Not so long […]

Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates

MTN8: Everything you need to know as Kaizer Chiefs seek revenge

By James Freemantle 11-07-23 16:38

The MTN8 kicks off another top-flight South African football season and it’s not far off now. Here’s all you need to know with Kaizer Chiefs looking to avenge some of last season’s pain. WOW: Will Billiat commit the ultimate sin and move to Orlando Pirates? MTN8 LINEUP THROWS UP EXCITING CLASHES The MTN8 is the season’s […]

Khama Billiat Kaizer Chiefs

Open letter to Chiefs star Khama Billiat: We need to chat

By James Freemantle 11-07-23 10:41

Khama Billiat has enjoyed a stellar career in top-flight South African football, but his Kaizer Chiefs tenure hangs in the balance and threatens to tarnish his fine legacy. LION OF JUDAH: Percy Tau to the Premier League? BILLIAT’S PSL CAREER IN A NUTSHELL BILLIAT AT AJAX The young Zimbabwean was an electric prospect who even earned […]

Wimbledon key matches

Wimbledon: Key matches on 6 July

By James Freemantle 06-07-23 11:33

Wimbledon 2023 is underway in London and we’re into the fourth day. Today’s order of play features Wimbledon 2023: Mind-blowing Novak Djokovic stats that can’t be true Wimbledon: Is this the coldest celebration in tennis history? ANDY MURRAY VS STEF TSITSIPAS HEADLINES DAY 4 Last on centre court today is a mouthwatering clash between two-time Wimbledon champion […]

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Kaizer Chiefs and Sundowns to battle for bargain of the century

By James Freemantle 05-07-23 13:59

Kaizer Chiefs will still be quietly confident they can lure Thulani Serero to Naturena although Sundowns are also reportedly keen. ICYMI: Chiefs management issue cryptic update on Khama Billiat ICYMI: Huge twist in the future of Ibraheem Jabaar SERERO BEING WATCHED BY KAIZER CHIEFS AND SUNDOWNS Serero has spent a total of decade in the Netherlands and […]

Novak Djokovic stats

Wimbledon 2023: Mind-blowing Novak Djokovic stats

By James Freemantle 04-07-23 10:51

Seven-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic is aiming to win his fifth crown in a row at SW19. Here’s that and other insane stats the Serbian currently boasts. ICYMI: Is this the coldest celebration in tennis history? MIND-BLOWING NOVAK DJOKOVIC STATS AT WIMBLEDON Novak Djokovic is currently ranked Number 2 in the world but not many would […]

Elena Rybakina Wimbledon celebration

Wimbledon: The coldest celebration in tennis history?

By James Freemantle 04-07-23 10:25

When Elena Rybakina won Wimbledon in 2022, she celebrated with such nonchalance that it basically broke the internet. WIMBLEDON: Who is playing on 4 July? WIMBLEDON: Full order of play on 4 July COLDEST CELEBRATION IN WIMBLEDON HISTORY? The internet went nuts over Rybakina’s apparent non-celebration, which has become her signature after winning matches. Even matches as […]

Lyle Foster Orlando Pirates. Premier League

Proof Lyle Foster will never forget his Orlando Pirates roots

By James Freemantle 30-06-23 09:01

Bafana Bafana and Burnley striker Lyle Foster will never forget his Orlando Pirates roots. ICYMI: SuperSport sign Ndlovu from Pirates FOSTER AND ORLANDO PIRATES: ONCE, ALWAYS You know how it goes. Once a Pirate always a Pirate. Lyle Foster isn’t too active on social media, but he did tweet this in October last year. He clearly […]

Kaizer Chiefs players could be axed by Ntseki

Five Chiefs players who could be axed by Ntseki

By James Freemantle 29-06-23 16:13

Kaizer Chiefs have a new head coach in the shape of Molefi Ntseki, and that means a clean slate for a number of players. However, it also means a number of players face exits. ICYMI: Latest Kaizer Chiefs news on Thursday 29 June ICYMI: Say Ola to the latest Chiefs prodigy FIVE KAIZER CHIEFS STARS WHO COULD […]

Orlando Pirates Bafana Bafana

Two new Orlando Pirates signings complete their medicals

By James Freemantle 27-06-23 09:36

Orlando Pirates have snapped up two new players ahead of the new season. ICYMI: Orlando Pirates outcast wanted by former manager ORLANDO PIRATES COMPLETE MEDICALS FOR NEW SIGNINGS The Buccaneers were at Tuks High Performance centre yesterday to complete medicals for Melusi Buthelezi and Siphelo Baloni. Pirates fans will be eager to see more incoming deals, […]

Kaizer Chiefs managerial shortlist

Kaizer Chiefs might be losing a key senior star

By James Freemantle 23-06-23 16:39

Kaizer Chiefs have already said goodbye to Erick Mathoho and Phathutshedzo Nange, and now they might be bidding farewell to a key, experienced campaigner. RUMOUR: Top Chiefs and Pirates target will force Sundowns move WATCH: Njabulo Blom BOSSING the MLS (watch) HLANTI’S KAIZER CHIEFS FUTURE IS IN DOUBT According to popular source Unplayable, there is no longer any guarantee […]

Orlando Pirates star retires

Former Orlando Pirates midfielder hangs up his boots

By James Freemantle 22-06-23 13:29

Swallows midfielder Thandani Ntshumayelo, once of Orlando Pirates, has announced his retirement from football aged 33. ICYMI: The best nicknames in PSL history? ICYMI: Potential Kaizer Chiefs XI with new signings and rumoured additions FORMER ORLANDO PIRATES MIDFIELDER NTSHUMAYELO RETIRES Most recently with Swallows, Thandani “Bibo” Ntshumayelo has been without a club since July 2022. He also […]

Kaizer Chiefs foreign coach - Nasreddine Nabi

Kaizer Chiefs: Five big names could be arriving soon

By James Freemantle 15-06-23 17:50

The Kaizer Chiefs dugout and dressing room is going to have a distinctly different flavour next season. Here’s a handful of new faces we could be seeing. AMAKHOSI BUSY IN THE MARKET With Thatayane Ditlhokwe, Given Msimango and Mduduzi Mdantsane all confirmed, the first 11 at Naturena is already receiving some surgery. So, who else […]

Andile Jali

One-year Orlando Pirates lifeline for Andile Jali?

By James Freemantle 15-06-23 13:05

According to Soccer Laduma reports, Andile Jali is edging closer to a one-year contract with former club Orlando Pirates. JALI IN LIMBO Andile Jali reportedly and recently turned down an offer from Wydad Casablanca with Orlando Pirates back on the radar. Jali apparently has no intention of leaving the country, so that rules out a move […]

Kaizer Chiefs managerial shortlist

Kaizer Chiefs: Big update on the future of Nasreddine Nabi

By James Freemantle 15-06-23 10:33

Nasreddine Nabi has officially left Yanga SC in Tanzania and is in search of a new challenge. Will that be Kaizer Chiefs? NABI NATURENA BOUND? 57-year-old Nasreddine Nabi won back-to-back trebles with Yanga and also reached the CAF Confederations Cup final, where they lost to USM Alger on the goals rule. Earlier this week, Chiefs’ leadership […]

Kaizer Chiefs new manager

Report: Kaizer Chiefs make first contact with potential new manager

By James Freemantle 12-06-23 13:10

Kaizer Chiefs have made an enquiry over possible talks with Young Africans coach Nasreddine Nabi, according to a Phakaaathi report. Wimbledon 2023: When does action from SW19 start? KAIZER CHIEFS CONTINUE THE SEARCH? SABC Sport Sources in both South Africa and Tanzania believe Nabi is being considered for the top Chiefs job. “The position is not vacant, […]

Kaizer Chiefs managerial shortlist

The choice between Jali and Serero for Kaizer Chiefs is so obvious

By James Freemantle 07-06-23 18:05

If there’s a straight decision to be made for Kaizer Chiefs between Thulani Serero and ex-Orlando Pirates star Andile Jali, one man is clear. Perhaps we’re all living in a fantasy world, but Kaizer Chiefs can and really should sign Thulani Serero after being linked to former Orlando Pirates man Andile Jali. ICYMI: Did you know […]

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