PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Thomas Partey – Ghanaian continues to shine for Atletico – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Thomas Partey - Ghanaian continues to shine for Atletico

Atletico Madrid’s players Koke Resurreccion (R) and Thomas Partey during a training session

Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 13:00

Ghana international Thomas Partey has continued his stunning run of form for club side Atletico Madrid, with the 24-year-old proving his versatility in a 5-0 walloping of Levante this past weekend.

Atleti remain unbeaten in this season’s Spanish La Liga, with Partey one of their outstanding players thus far.

The midfielder-come-fullback, held his own at right-back in the club’s 2-0 win over Roma in the UEFA Champions League before starring in the same position in league success on Saturday.

Having added goals to his game in a more advanced role in midfield, Partey has since proven his worth at fullback and surely if needed – he will play as a striker too!


The run of form comes as just reward for Partey who struggled for game time in the Spanish capital leading up to the current campaign.

In total, the former Mallorca and Almeria man has played 18 games this season across all competitions, scoring four goals.

Atletico return to action this evening in the Copa del Rey with a clash against Elche.


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Rise and Shine held to 0-0 draw in Polokwane – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Rise and Shine held to 0-0 draw in Polokwane

Evans Rusike of Maritzburg Utd

Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 22:04

Polokwane City and Maritzburg United played to a goalless stalemate in an Absa Premiership clash at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Wednesday night.

The result extending the Team of Choice’s winless run in the league to seven matches, as they remain in 13th spot on the log standings. A third successive draw takes Rise and Shine up one spot to 11th.

The game struggled to kick into gear with neither side showing any real impetus in the opening half-hour, with nothing to write home about as the two teams failed to create any noteworthy attempts at goal.

Maritzburg finally conjured something notable in the 39th minute, but Evans Rusike was unable to convert following good work down the flank by Mxolisi Kunene.

Either side tried their luck from range in the closing exchanges of the half, but neither could find the back of the net before the break.

Rise and Shine, nor their Premiership counterparts were willing to take a leap of faith as the same tempo continued following the interval.

The game threatened to finally spark into life in the final 10 minutes, but it was not to be as both teams ultimately settled for a point apiece in what was a largely uneventful evening in the Limpopo province.

Polokwane City (0) 0

Maritzburg United (0) 0

Polokwane City: Chigova; Semenya, Ravhuhali, Tshilo, Maponyane, Seabi, Tlolane (Phiri 82′) [Musona 90+2′], W.Maluleke, J.Maluleke (Mngomezulu 87′), Ramagalela, Ndou.

Maritzburg United: Ofori; Sanoka, Xulu, Fransman, Makaringe, Rusike (Ntshangase 85′), Weidlich, Kunene (Shandu 90′), Maboe, Ndlovu, Mekoa.


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Katsvairo eager to shine for Kaizer Chiefs – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Katsvairo eager to shine for Kaizer Chiefs

Michelle Katsvairo of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Paulus Masehe of Free State Stars during the 2016 Telkom Knockout match between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban South Africa on 06 Nomvember 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jul 11, 2017. 16:00

Kaizer Chiefs forward Mitchelle Katsvairo is says he needs to man up and fight for his place in the Amakhosi starting line-up.

The Zimbabwean attacker was transfer-listed by Chiefs last month and he’s available on loan according to the South African giants.

However, Katsvairo, who joined Chiefs from Zimbabwean club Chicken Inn prior to the 2016/17 season, wants to prove himself to the Amakhosi technical team.

“As far as I am concerned‚ I am still a Kaizer Chiefs player‚” Katsvairo told The Sowetan.

“As a footballer‚ a lot of things are said about you‚ you just have to stay strong and stand your ground. As I striker‚ I didn’t do my best at Chiefs,” he said.

Katsvairo, who helped Zimbabwe win the 2017 COSAFA Cup in North West, South Africa, will be hoping to feature for Amakhosi at the 2017 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup in Orkney, this Saturday.

“I was still gelling in. I am going to go back to Naturena and work hard to play again,” he continued.

“I want to remain at Chiefs because they are a big team and I have been dreaming of playing there‚” Katsvairo added.

“I am going to fight hard to play for that team again. I think that I deserve to be at Chiefs. I have to man up and fight for my place,” he concluded.

Chiefs will face Botswana side Township Rollers in the Maize Cup semi-finals, and the winner will face Free State Stars or Platinum Stars in the final.

All matches will take place at the James Motlatsi Stadium on Saturday.


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Bidvest Wits and Lebogang Manyama shine at South Africa’s PSL awards


Bidvest Wits and Lebogang Manyama shine at South Africa’s PSL awards

Lebogang Manyama of Cape Town City FC wins the Absa Premiership Top Goal Scorerer, Footballer of the Season and Absa Premiership Player’s Player of the Season during the 2016/17 PSL Awards at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg South Africa on 10 July 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Brian Lee

Tuesday Jul 11, 2017. 00:11

The 2016/17 Absa Premiership Champions, Bidvest Wits, and new comers Cape Town City were the big winners at the South African Premier Soccer League awards ceremony.

The PSL rewarded the top performers for the season at the Sandton Convention Centre in Gauteng on Monday night, July 10.

Both Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City picked up five accolades a piece with Lebogang Manyama the biggest individual winner on the night.

Manyama won three awards (including the Absa Premiership Top goal scorer, the Absa Premiership Players’ Player of the Season and the PSL Footballer of the Season) and picked up a total of R425 000 in prize money.

Below is a full list of the winners and the prize money that comes along with the accolade:

MTN8 Last Man Standing: Daine Klate (Bidvest Wits) – R80 000

Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament: Aubrey Ngoma (Cape Town City) – R200 000

Nedbank Cup Young Player of the Tournament: Nduduzo Sibiya (Golden Arrows) – R50 000

Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament: Abbubaker Mobara (Orlando Pirates) – R150 000

NFD Top goal scorer (winner): Sedwyn George (Royal Eagles – 20) – R50 000

MultiChoice Diski Challenge Top Goal Scorer: Tshegofatso Mabaso (Bloemfontein Celtic – 12)

MultiChoice Diski Challenge Player of the Tournament: Keletso Makgalwa (Mamelodi Sundowns) – R30 000

PSL Assistant Referee of the Season: Luvuyo Pupuma – R40 000

PSL Referee of the Season: Phelelani Ndaba – R50 000

Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season: Darren Keet (Bidvest Wits) – R50 000

Absa Premiership Young Player of the Season: Phakamani Mahlambi (Bidvest Wits) – R50 000

Absa Premiership Coach of the Season: Gavin Hunt (Bidvest Wits) – R75 000

Absa Premiership Top goal scorer: Lebogang Manyama (Cape Town City – 13) – R25 000

Absa Premiership Defender of the Season: Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits) – R50 000

Absa Premiership Midfielder of the Season: Aubrey Ngoma (Cape Town City) – R50 000

Absa Premiership Goal of the Season: Siphiwe Tshabalala (Chiefs vs SuperSport United, 29 April 2017) – R50 000

Absa Premiership Players’ Player of the Season: Lebogang Manyama (Cape Town City) – R150 000

PSL Footballer of the Season: Lebogang Manyama (Cape Town City) – R250 000


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