Liverpool’s Gomez out for 6 months because of damaged leg

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez will be out for up to 6 months immediately after breaking his leg in an English EPL League match against Burnley.

Gomez was injured midway of the first half of Liverpool’s 3-1 win at Turf Moor on Wednesday and taken off on a stretcher.

Liverpool gave its prognosis on Gomez’s injury immediately after he underwent checks on Thursday.

The 21-year-old Gomez has been a key member of Liverpool’s protection, actively playing at centre back and right back, and has turn into a regular in the England squad.

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TP Mazembe coach planning for second leg of Confed Cup final in South Africa

Rainford Kalaba of TP Mazembe challenged by Clayton Daniels of Supersport United during the Caf Confederation Cup match between Supersport United and TP Mazembe at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on 20 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 20, 2017. 17:00

Despite conceding against SuperSport United, TP Mazembe coach Phampile Mihayo says they will have a good plan for their return leg this weekend.

The Ravens beat the South African side 2-1 in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final at home on Sunday afternoon.

Mihayo’s troops netted through Adama Traore and Daniel Adjei, but they conceded in the second half when Sipho Mbule dribbled past his marker to unleash a powerful strike that caught the keeper napping.

However, Mihayo, who was also a former captain of the side, said they will need to have an even better and stronger game plan in the return leg.

“We wanted to play well and win the game because we are home and needed to be offensive,” said Mihayo to CAF.

“Going to Pretoria will be difficult and they will pressurise us from the onset but we will have a plan that will give us the desired result.

“They are a very good side which isn’t easily broken down but we will have a good game plan.”

The return leg is set to be staged at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday, November 25 at 20:15 (CAT).

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Al Ahly suffer massive blow ahead of the second leg of the Champions League final – 2017 CAF Champions League

Al Ahly’s Hossam Ashour in continental action against Orlando Pirates

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 12:00

Al Ahly have received a huge blow ahead of the second leg of the CAF Champions League final away in Morocco against Wydad Casablanca.

The clash will be staged on Saturday after last weekend’s 1-1 draw, but the Red Devils will be without experienced midfielder Hossam Ashour.


The 31-year-old, who sustained a groin injury in Ahly’s 4-1 win over Ragaa in an Egyptian Premier League game early October, also missed the first-leg of the CAFChampions League final and is set to miss the second leg as well.

“Ashour is still undergoing rehabilitation due to his groin muscle strain. He is very unlikely to play on Saturday,” Ahly Doctor Khaled Mahmoud said on the club’s official website.

Ashour’s absence deepens Ahly’s troubles as left-winger Ali Maaloul and defender Rami Rabia are also doubtful for the game due to injuries.

Coach Hossam El-Badry and his troops will need to score an away goal to stand a chance of lifting their first Champions League trophy since 2013.

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All Ahly’s El-Badry bemoans poor refereeing in first leg of Champions League final – 2017 CAF Champions League

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 29, 2017. 10:30

In the wake of their CAF Champions League, first-leg 1-1 draw in the final against Wydad Casablanca, Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry has lashed out at the referee.

El-Badry believes his side should have been awarded a penalty against Wydad Casablanca on Saturday at the Borg El-Arab Stadium.

Goals through Momen Zakaria and Achraf Bencharki saw the two North African sides playing to a draw.


However, El-Badry bemoaned the Ethiopian referee Bamlak Tessema Weyesa’s failure to give his side a penalty in the second half.

The 56-year-old coach believes his side deserved a penalty when Moroccan striker Walid Azaro was fouled inside the box by defender Badr Gaddarin just before the hour-mark.

“The referee denied us a legitimate penalty after Azaro was fouled inside the box,” El-Badry said.

“I knew it was going to be a tough match, and we didn’t exploit the chances that we had during the game. We weren’t lucky today too.

“The difference between the Etoile du Sahal game and today’s game is that against Etoile we were lucky and scored from all that the chances we got.”

The Red Devils will travel to Morocco for the second leg next Saturday and a victory or a 2-2 draw would secure Al Ahly their ninth title, while a goalless draw would earn Wydad their second title in history.

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Offside calls in the first leg were decisive – Pitso Mosimane

Sibusiso Vilakazi of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Abdellatif Noussirr of Wydad Athletic during 2017 Caf Champions League game between Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad AC at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 17 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 25, 2017. 14:30

Marginal offside calls came back to haunt Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF Champions League, according to coach Pitso Mosimane.

The African champions were dethroned on Saturday night when Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca eliminated them from the premier continental tournament.

Wydad won their second leg, quarterfinal clash in Casablanca 1-0 to see the teams locked at 1-1 on aggregate, before triumphing 3-2 on post-match penalties.

“I think we lost in Pretoria. In Pretoria we had three balls [that were ruled offside],” said Mosimane after the match, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“The referee said it’s offside, but it was not offside. We would have scored three goals, like last year we scored three [against Zamalek].”

He continued: “It’s very sad for football.”

The Brazilians coach insisted that his side did not set out to defend their slender lead in the second leg.

“I think we played very well. We came here to play and not to sit back but unfortunately in penalties anybody can win. But congratulations to Wydad,” said the former Bafana Bafana coach.

“We pressed. We were not scared to lose. We saw that they could not take the stress and we played in their half and put them under pressure.

“You could see that they could not take the ball out of their half. But I have to give them credit [because] in the first half they really showed that they want to win.”

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Rabat edge Sfaxien in first leg

Saad Aitkhorsa (L) of FUS Rabat vies for the ball with Aliassou Sanou (R) Rivers Unitedduring the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup game between FATH Union Sport and Rivers United in Rabat, Morocco on 7 July 2017 © BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 16, 2017. 23:33

FUS Rabat narrowly defeated CS Sfaxien on Saturday night to hold the advantage in their CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinal tie.

The Moroccan hosts won 1-0 in the teams’ first-leg clash at the Stade de FUS in Rabat on Saturday night.

Tunisian side Sfaxien, who are three-time champions of this continental competition, will look to turn the tie around in the second leg on home soil.

Faith Union Sport struck the game’s decisive goal in the 19th minute through midfielder Karim Benarif and they held firm in defence to ensure they have a strong foothold in the tie.

The return match will be held at the Stade Taieb Mhiri in Sfax next Friday night. The aggregate winners of the tie will face either TP Mazembe or Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid in the semifinals.

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South Africa grab first leg advantage

Gift Motupa of South Africa

Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Jul 15, 2017. 17:40

South Africa brushed aside Botswana 2-0 in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier Southern Zone first-leg match at the Francistown on Saturday.

The two sides are scheduled to meet again the second-leg in Moruleng, South Africa next weekend and the winner on aggregate will face either Swaziland or Zambia in the third round.

Bafana Bafana started the match brightly and they were awarded a free-kick in a promising area just six minutes into the encounter.

Teboho Mokoena then stepped up and forced Botswana goalkeeper Mwampule Masule, who was well-positioned, into a comfortable save.

The Zebras then took control of the match pressing Bafana, but they were finding it difficult to penetrate the visitors’ defence.

The deadlock was broken two minutes before the half-hour mark after the Botswana defence was exposed and it was Ryan Moon, who scored for Bafana.

The striker beat his marker, before firing past Masule to make it 1-0 to South Africa and Moon became one of the few players, who have scored for Bafana on debut.

Botswana had to find a way to respond with a goal and in the 36th minute, Thero Setsile’s header narrowly missed South Africa keeper Boafela Pule’s goal-posts.

Pressure was mounting on the Bafana defence and Pule produced two good saves in the closing stages of the first-half and the score was 1-0 to South Africa at half-time.

David Bright, the Botswana coach, made two changes in the first 10 minutes of the second-half with Lemponye Tshireletso and Thabang Sesinyi coming on.

However, the Zebras struggled to penetrate the Bafana defence and Gift Motupa nearly doubled the visitors’ lead just after the hour-mark.

The midfielder-cum-striker turned well, before unleashing a shot which narrowly missed the target as the South Africans pressed the home side.

Motupa made amends in the 72nd minute when he scored to make it 2-0 to South Africa with Cole Alexander grabbing an assist with a great pass.

The momentum was with the visitors in the closing stages of the match and Bafana captain Mario Booysen’s header narrowly missed the target in the 79th minute.

Masule was called into action six minutes later and he made a good save to deny Motupa, who was looking for his second goal of the encounter.

South Africa held on to their lead in the dying minutes of the encounter and they ran out 2-0 winners over Botswana on the day.

Botswana (0)

SA (1) 2 (Moon 28′, Motupa 72′)

Botswana: Masule, Leinanyane, Kgaswane, Mathumo, Leririma, Gaolaolwe, Legwaila, Seakanyeng, Moyo (Sesinyi 51′), Setsile (Tshireletso 54′), Orebonye.

SA: Pule, Nhlapo, Malepe, Mvala, Booysen, Khumalo, Mokoena, Alexander, Norodien (Modise 81′, Ntshangase 88′), Motupa, Moon (Webber 65′).

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Botswana out to grab first leg advantage

Thabo Cele of South Africa challenged by Tumisang Orebonye of Botswana during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Botswana and South Africa at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 04 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jul 14, 2017. 13:30

Botswana will take on South Africa in the 2018 African Nations Championship qualifier Southern Zone first-leg match at the Francistown on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 15h30 CAT.

The Zebras have never qualified for the CHAN finals and the Southern African side will be keen to make history by booking their place in the 2018 finals.

Botswana participated in the recent 2017 COSAFA Cup in South Africa were they lost to Zambia and South Africa.

Newly appointed Zebras head coach David Bright will be looking to mastermind a home victory over South Africa.

Meanwhile, South Africa have participated in two CHAN finals (in 2011 and 2014). Their best finish was when they were knocked out of the quarterfinals in 2011.

Bafana Bafana hosted the recent 2017 COSAFA Cup and they finished fifth after beating Namibia in the plate final.

Stuart Baxter, the Bafana coach, will hoping to mastermind another victory over the Zebras in Botswana ahead of the second-leg clash.

The winner on aggregate between Botswana and South Africa will take on either Swaziland or Zambia in the final round of the qualifying campaign.

Refreee Willengton Kaoma, who hails from Zambia, will be in charge of the encounter between Botswana and South Africa in Francistown.

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