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South Africa's flagship golfing event the Nedbank Golf Challenge is set to take place this weekend at the 8000 yard Gary Player Country Club is a golf club in Sun City. Affectionately known as 'Africa's Major', coordinators have confirmed another all-star field which has been reorganized to showcase a superior brand of players.
The 2013 Nedbank Golf Challenge rush will be led by the 37 year-old Swede, Henrik Stenson who is perhaps the most in-form golfer of the moment .The Swede is set to finish the year as Europe's number one after an excellent 2013 spell that saw him become the very first golfer to win the Fed Ex Cup and the Race to Dubai in the same season.
Other internationally recognised golfers ready to clinch a place among the great champions at the Gary Player Country Club, include the likes of Martin Kaymer who will be is back to defend his title. Englishman Luke Donald is back in the field this year while South African-born Englishman Justin Rose, Spaniard Sergio Garcia and American D.A Points will also be making an appearance at Sun City this year. Most of the golfers have already arrived in the country with many taking a short South African holiday while going on safaris.
As expected there will be a strong South African contingent led by Major conquerors Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Ernie Els. Schwartzel will be confident of his chances having finished two strokes behind to Germany's Martin Kaymer after a dramatic final round last year. Not to mention the fact that Schwartzel heads to Sun City on the back of a history making third Alfred Dunhill Championship.
While there may be a strong emotional link to this event for the South Africans, golf betting enthusiasts will be in for a treat this year given that recent media hype surrounding the event indicates that the foreigner participants also value their place in the Sun City field.
Group A will see Manchester United take on Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Sociedad host Bayer 04 Leverkusen. A win for the Red Devils will take their 2013/14 European season record to three successive a home victories. While Leverkusen will make their way to Spain for the first time since suffering their worst European defeat, a 7-1 drumming to the hands of FC Barcelona..
Group B will have Galatasaray traveling to Turin for a duel out with Juventus and Real Madrid welcomes FC København to the Santiago Bernabéu. Group C action takes place in Portugal and Greece where SL Benfica will receive Paris Saint-Germain and Olympiacos FC go head to head with RSC Anderlecht..
Group D will feature a high contest battle between the defending champions Bayern München and the ever improving Manchester City. Viktoria Plzeň will look to extend their champions league campaign into the new year for the third consecutive season, when they host PFC CSKA Moskva..
Wednesday night European football action will Groups E to G take to the field for the final UEFA Champions' League group stage encounters of the season. In Groups E Chelsea FC play hosts to Steaua Bucureşti and FC Basel 1893 travel to Schalke. SSC Napoli will seek revenge when they host a Group F return leg fixture, against Arsenal, while Olympique de Marseille and Borussia Dortmund will duel it out in a vengeance meeting as well..
Porto v Club Atlético Madrid and Austria Wien v Zenit will finalise Group G's proceedings, whilst the Group H fixtures due to make waves in Milan and Barcelona are: AC Milan v AFC Ajax, FC Barcelona v Celtic FC.
Coca Cola Dome get ready, EFC Africa once again presents the toughest cage fighting tournament in all of Africa at tonight's highly anticipated EFC26 event. Not only will two of the EFC's finest warriors go all out for the heavy weight title , but the best MMA pugilists on the continent such as Mathew Buirski, Abdul Hassan, Alain Illunga and Jason Culverwell , will also be in action.
The toughest hard hitters, ranked at the very top of the EFC heavyweight division will go at it again for an all or nothing clash. These two MMA giants will meet for the third time this year, both fighters poses complete fields of abilities and are normally comfortable on the ground as well as standing, hence the overwhelming excitement levels among EFC betting fans who are anticipating an encounter that is most likely to register on the rectors' scale when the power exchange gets underway. The 1st time these two exchanged it went to Ruan "Fangz" Potts who won a dominant 1st round choke. After the first punch left Potts with a broken left hand he still managed to tangle up Andrew "One Gear" Van Zyl and secure this win.
Their second encounter was at EFC 18 and once again was without a doubt one for the books. After his first and only loss to Ruan, Andrew went on to destroy any and everything in his way to get the rematch. The MMA fertility waited in anticipation and was in no way left wanting. And what an incredible show they put on, Ruan worked on the stand up while Andrew had worked the ground brilliantly - 5 rounds later, it ultimately went down to a decision and we had a new champion. This time around, you can only imagine the rivalry that has sparked.
What will the third round between the best of the giants holds? Who still needs to learn a bob'en'weave or two? All we do know is that this one is panning out to be on for the record books.
While our nation expects the arrival of an number of high profile dignitaries, this including ; several heads of state, world renowned celebrities , Kings and Queens, to pay their respects at the funeral and memorial services for former president and international icon Nelson Mandela, South Africa will also be hosting the second edition of the Nelson Mandela Golf Championship.
The 2013 Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa is scheduled to go ahead as planned. In acknowledgment of the national week of mourning, arrangements have also been made for Sunday the 15th of December when the state funeral for Mr Mandela which will take place on. The event will start a day earlier this Wednesday, the 11th of December through to Saturday the 14th.
The tournament is co-sanctioned by both the European Tour on the 2014 Race to Dubai and the Sunshine Tour. This year the tournament will be held at the Championship Mount Edgecombe Country Club in Kwa Zulu Natal, Durban and will be the fourth of a total of seven co-sanctioned events between the above mentioned governing bodies.
The R13.5-million tournament pays tribute to Mr Mandela's constant charity work through the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. As with the inaugural event, won Scotsmen Scott Jamieson all proceeds will be donated to the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital Trust.
The 156 man field will be made up of a host of golfing professionals, it will include equal amount of South African and international, an will also feature some of the world's best ranked players.