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About sadigital

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    South African Head Researcher


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    RSA Head Researcher

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    Cape Town, South Africa

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  1. [South Africa] (Official) Data Issues

    Thanks. Ubuntu already done and will be in the next edition.
  2. [South Africa] (Official) Data Issues

    This is not entirely correct. In South Africa we work on a franchise system, and while Stellenbosch FC did replace Vasco in professional football, Vasco Da Gama still exists in the youth and amateur ranks.
  3. [South Africa] (Official) Data Issues

    Hi, thanks corrected DOB, but I'm going to have to check on birthplace. Most sites actually have his birthplace as Manyana, Botswana. Regards, Rob
  4. [South Africa] (Official) Data Issues

    Hey, apologies for the delay. I actually uploaded a small update (with ABC Motsepe league) on the day you asked. (Just search FMSA as per usual and it should find it). I will let you know if I do another (though only addition would be players to smaller teams, or the odd youth player who's come of age.) Rob
  5. South Africa Lower Divisions

    Yeh, unfortunately the SAB leagues are run individually by each of the 52 regions, so it would basically be trying to contact each region, and then each team. (If you do want to try this momentous task, I suggest searching Facebook, as clubs, leagues, SAFA-regions, fans etc. often set up their own little pages like... https://www.facebook.com/groups/the4thmoment/permalink/701199659915423/ or https://www.facebook.com/groups/676385462480825/?multi_permalinks=1135233679929332%2C1135225009930199%2C1135213853264648&notif_t=group_activity&notif_id=1483512955368185 or https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=mopani sab league - searching SAB league or SAB regional or more direct searches to teams, etc.) I had actually hoped to add them, but because they change so dramatically each year, it became an impossible task. Even the 9 ABC Motsepe leagues are difficult to cover, as teams change regularly, players can only be contracted a year at a time. (the league also starts a little later than the two pro divisions, so sometimes the data at release is based on the season before, and only after the January transfer window they're updated correctly - I usually put a patch on Steam Workshop though with the correct ABC set-up) SAFA have got better with updating the ABC, but as you can see below not with the SAB http://www.safaonline.co.za/public/index.php
  6. [South Africa] (Official) Data Issues

    Hi Poola and Gripper. I've updated the late Ted Dumitru's achievements from the late 80's,90's and early 2000's. Thanks Poola. Regards, Rob
  7. Hi. Haha, I will def pop in. And I really enjoy your guys' adventures, makes for good reading. And if ever any queries, let me know. Good luck to all!
  8. It is the CAF version of the Europa league yes. Qualification usually comes through FA Cup success, but it can be league related, depending on how many qualifying spots a country has. Of course the Champions League in Africa also has the same calendar issues, so you'd face similar challenges there too. Rob
  9. No problem. Sadly it's happened IRL too that teams have got themselves knocked out early - on purpose? Not sure, but not taking the game seriously - even just last season Wits sent basically a youth team to compete in 1 leg and got KO'd. It really shouldn't happen in a continental competition, but it's hard to compare e.g. UEFA to CAF. For example there have been times it takes a team 2 to 3 days to travel to another country to play a game, so you're looking at over a week away to play 1 game with travelling there and back, and of course spending a day or two in the other country to play the match. And that of course can jeopardise your domestic competitions, which in SA's case are quite lucrative. But it's an interesting dilemma, as fans of clubs in SA are now demanding continental success, so PSL clubs have to face the challenges. Rob
  10. Hi, Was just looking through the forums and noticed your query about the African Confederation Cup. That I'm afraid is also what South African clubs face in reality because the SA PSL season doesn't run at the same time as the CAF Calendar (PSL is August to May, while CAF calendar is February to November) . It is one of the reasons many SA clubs have cited as why they don't do well in the competition, and because financially it can be a burden, why they haven't always taken continental competitions seriously. Obviously can be very frustrating if at the end of the SA season, your registered CAF players leave the club, and you're suddenly down to a limited squad and of course have to play during the 'off season'. For a case study of how competing in it might affect the following season, might be worth looking at Orlando Pirates right now IRL, who were Confederation Cup finalists in 2015. They are finding themselves in real trouble in the PSL at the moment, and for a club of their stature, it is a big shock. Regards, Rob
  11. Hi all. I've done it in South Africa too, after my home-city, Port Elizabeth, failed to have a team in either SA Premier League or National First Division. To add to the SA game, I created the 9 regional league 3rd tier, made up of mostly semi-pro clubs across the 9 provinces, so it added 144 more clubs to the game. (Also made this edit file available on my website - fmsouthafrica.webs.com) Its quite a challenge, most of these clubs start with no staff or players, so its literally a from-scratch job. My intention was to sign only players born in Port Elizabeth or the Eastern Cape (the province) and develop as much youth as possible. Have just managed to get the "Mighty Elephants" up to the First Division, and signed a few better players, but with very little budget, its a tough gig. Rob D. RSA Head Researcher for FM2012.
  12. Haha. Thats great. The Vuvuzela soundpack will be perfect to add to the authenticity of the South African leagues in the game!
  13. Competition time!

    Please pick me! Please pick me!