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The Luke Alfred Show

Written by: Luke Alfred
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  • Welcome to The Luke Alfred Show. 

    I have 30 years of experience on the front lines of sports journalism, covering some of the biggest games in cricket, rugby, the Fifa World Cup, and even the Olympic Games. 

    Come and join me, as we learn about the greatest sports stories you’ve never heard.

    © 2024 The Luke Alfred Show
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Episodes
  • Are Bafana Bafana Finally Good Again?
    Feb 24 2024

    I don’t think I’m saying anything controversial in admitting that, like a good friend from university, Bafana Bafana and I have lost touch over the last 10 or 12 years. 

    It hasn’t been an active thing on my part. I haven’t turned my back on Bafana, at least I don’t think I have. Rather, it’s been a passive withdrawal into other things.

    Keeping in touch requires effort. When occasionally we did get together, I realised we were running out of things to say. The failure to take a goal when it presented itself did become a conversational sticking point, I’ll admit. 

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    24 mins
  • James Small: The Springbok Who Died In A Strip Club
    Feb 17 2024

    There was something darkly comic about World Cup winning Springbok James Small, losing his life in a strip joint.

    Some of us might have lost other things – our virginity, our wallets, our self-respect, we might even have lost our mates, or our marriage in a strip joint – but Small wasn’t a small gestures kind of guy. He was all in.

    And there he was, at The Harem strip club in Bedfordview, a Johannesburg suburb, having his ticker call time on a life he seemed to lose long before he dropped dead.

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    23 mins
  • Why South Africa Overachieves In Sport
    Feb 10 2024

    In the year between February 2023 and February 2024, for instance, six South African teams either won or reached World Cup finals, reached World Cup or continental semi-finals or hustled out of the group stages of World Cups to make the round of 16.

    In order of success, the teams are as follows: the Springboks, who won the Rugby World Cupfinal against arch-foes New Zealand in October, winning the final 12-11 in Paris.

    Six months before that our women cricketers reached the final of the T20 World Cup at
    Newlands, beating England in the semi-finals before losing to Meg Lanning’s Australia.
    Of the semi-finalists, there were three. 

    The Proteas, after winning seven or their nine matches, including wins over England, New Zealand, Pakistan and Australia, in the round-robin phase of the men’s World Cup in India in October, lost to eventual winners, Australia in the semi-final. 

    The SA under-19 men, reached the semi-finals of the under-19 World Cup
    on home turf, losing a close match against India at Willowmoore Park by two wickets.

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    24 mins

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