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CAPE TOWN---Former South Africa Test
player Thami Tsolekile is among four play-
ers banned from cricket yesterday for his
part in a match-fixing scandal in the local
Tsolekile was banned for 12 years by
Cricket South Africa for "contriving to fix
a match or matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM"
as well as "obstructing or delaying the inves-
tigation by destroying evidence that was
relevant to the investigation."
Fast bowler Pumelela Matshikwe and
batsman Jean Symes, who both played under
Tsolekile at the Lions franchise in the RAM
SLAM competition, were banned for ten
and seven years respectively.
Titans fast bowler Ethy Mbhalati also
received a 10-year ban.
for encore after
A day after masterminding the most unlikely title
success in English football history, Leicester man-
ager Claudio Ranieri was asked about his target for
the next Premier League season.
Would it be a top-four finish? Maybe even retaining
the trophy? Not even close.
"We know very well," Ranieri said, "we have to
fight for 10th position."
Never have titleholders ambitions appeared to be
so low. These, though, are no normal champions.
Leicester wrote a sporting underdog story for the
ages by toppling the traditional heavyweights of Eng-
land and winning the Premier League at pre-season
odds of 5,000-1. A team widely tipped for relegation
finished 10 points clear of second place.
Now for the encore.
But it won t be with the same cast.
Ranieri has lost his midfield dynamo, N Golo Kante,
to Chelsea for $40 million. Another significant depar-
ture came off the field, with Steve Walsh, the head
of recruitment with a record of unearthing unheralded
players and making them stars, joining Everton.
For this season, Leicester s title odds with British
bookmakers range between 20-1 and 33-1. Pre-season
games have been against Paris Saint-Germain and
Barcelona rather than Lincoln and Burton, which
was the case in 2015. And part of the warm-up for
the new campaign was a trip to Wembley Stadium
for the Community Shield against Manchester United,
which Leicester lost 2-1 on Sunday.
"Everything s different now," Ranieri said. Proving
that Leicester is operating at a completely new level,
the team will be competing in the Champions League
for the first time. Ranieri could rely on a core group
of players last season --- with no European involvement
along with early exits from the domestic cup com-
petitions --- and was able to shed his "Tinkerman"
tag.That may return, given he must juggle domestic
and European competition, and Ranieri has been
busy strengthening the depth of his squad in the
offseason. Nampalys Mendy is tasked with filling the
void left by Kante in central midfield, Nigeria forward
Ahmed Musa joined from CSKA Moscow and has
a similar profile to Vardy, while centre back Luis Her-
nandez (from Sporting Gijon) and goalkeeper Ron-
Robert Zieler (from Hannover) appear able back-ups.
With their mostly unheralded players and reliance
on the counter-attack, the Foxes brought an element
of surprise to last season and opponents underes-
timated them until it was too late. Even when oppo-
sition teams altered tactics and sat back more, Leices-
ter still found a way to get results and finished the
season with only three losses.
Matshikwe, Mbhalati and Symes all admitted to
accepting money to influence matches in the com-
petition and failing "to disclose details of an approach
to engage in corrupt conduct".
CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the inves-
tigation is ongoing, and more players could be sanc-
"It is our stated position that any form of corruption
in the game will be dealt with severely," Lorgat stated
at a media briefing at Newlands cricket ground on
"We will leave no stone unturned and we will do
everything in our power to protect the integrity of
Two other South Africa internationals have been
implicated in the investigation by media reports since
January, when CSA banned former Proteas batsman
Gulam Bodi for 20 years after he admitted to being
an intermediary for international betting syndicates.
Ex Test player in four banned for fixing
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