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TP Mazembe claim second successive Confederation Cup

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TP Mazembe claim second successive Confederation Cup

Thuso Phala of Supersport United challenged by Chongo Kabaso of TP Mazembe during 2017 CAF Confederations Cup Final Supersport United training at TP Mazembe Stadium in Stade Kamalondo DRC on 19 November 2017 © Aubrey Kgakatsi /BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Nov 25, 2017. 22:20



TP Mazembe have won the CAF Confederation Cup for a second successive time after they held SuperSport United 0-0 in the second leg of the final at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night.

The result saw the Ravens win the final 2-1 on aggregate, with the DRC giants rewarded for a superb defensive performance against a United side which wasn’t quite able to find the killer instinct needed to claim a first continental prize.

Mazembe began strongly and looked to take the game to United rather than sit back and defend their lead. Their positive attitude should have paid dividends in the 10th minute when Rainford Kalaba sprung the offside trap, but faced with only the goalkeeper to beat he struck his shot wildly over the target.

Four minutes later Kalaba did some fine work down the left flank to get to the byline and pull a dangerous ball back, but Daniel Nii Adjei somehow shot wide of the near post when it seemed easier to score.

United took some time to get a foothold in the game, but it was a sign of their growing strength that they had a goal ruled out – correctly – for offside just before the half hour mark, as Tefu Mashamaite found the net with a diving header from Dean Furman’s cross.

The hosts made a change at the start of the second half, as they introduced Grant Kekana in place of the injured Siyabonga Nhlapo, and they created the first clear chance after the restart when a corner kick was flicked on by Clayton Daniels and just missed by both Mashamaite and Bradley Grobler.

SuperSport dominated the majority of the second half, but on a wet, heavy pitch they struggled to create openings. In fact, their first shot on target only arrived in the 73rd minute when substitute Dove Wome saw his effort easily saved by Sylvain Gbouhouo.

Mazembe were reduced to 10 men in the 82nd minute when defender Chongo Kabaso picked up a second yellow card in quick succession and was sent for an early shower, yet United ‘levelled’ the game to 10 v 10 when Thuso Phala was shown a straight red in the final minute of regulation time for a studs-up challenge.

SuperSport United 0

TP Mazembe 0

Mazembe won 2-1 on aggregate

SuperSport: Ronwen Williams, Siyabonga Nhlapo (Grant Kekana 46’), Tefu Mashamaite, Clayton Daniels, Aubrey Modiba, Dean Furman, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Thuso Phala, Sipho Mbule (Kingston Nkhatha 81’), Bradley Grobler, Jeremy Brockie (Dove Wome 66’)

TP Mazembe: Sylvain Gbouhouo, Issama Mpeko, Joel Kimwaki, Chongo Kabaso, Zola Kiaku, Nathan Sinkala, Koffi Kouame, Daniel Nii Adjei (Miche Mika 64’), Adama Traore (Solomon Asante 74’), Ben Malango, Rainford Kalaba (Mechak Elia 60’)

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Fourth successive draw for Chiefs – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Fourth successive draw for Chiefs

Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs FC and Paulus Masehe Captain of Free State Stars FC compete for the high ball during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on 25 November 2017 © Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Nov 25, 2017. 20:07


Kaizer Chiefs racked up a fourth successive draw in the Absa Premiership after they were held 1-1 by Free State Stars at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

The Amakhosi had to fight back from a goal down to salvage a share of the spoils, with Bernard Parker’s equaliser cancelling out an earlier strike from Nhlanhla Vilakazi which found the net via a massive deflection from Daniel Cardoso.

Stars created the early scoring chances, with Sinethemba Jantjie shooting wide of the target from a third minute free kick, while four minutes later Thabo Maphakisa fired a dangerous ball across the face of goal which only needed the slightest touch to be turned home.

Chiefs gradually found their footing in the match and on 21 minutes they made their first clear opportunity, with the good movement of Gustavo Paez allowing him to tee up George Maluleka, but the midfield pulled his effort wide of Badra Ali Sangare’s right-hand post.

On 37 minutes they had another chance through Siphiwe Tshabalala, who cut inside from the right and beat the goalkeeper with a low shot, but the retreating Sifiso Mbhele was able to clear the goal-bound effort with a clever back-heel.

However, the defender soon succumbed to a hamstring injury and was replaced by Rooi Mahamutsa with just a few minutes to the half-time break.

The first chance of the second half went the way of Ea Lla Koto, with Jantjie opening up space for a shot from the edge of the penalty area on 53 minutes, but goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune pulled off a fine save.

Yet there was nothing the Chiefs ‘keeper could do to prevent Stars taking the lead in the 64th minute: midfielder Nhlanhla Vilakazi let fly from long range and his effort deflected off the head of Daniel Cardoso, totally wrong-footing Khune before finding the back of the net.

Stars were only ahead for three minutes, as the Amakhosi hit back through a well-worked passing move which saw Willard Katsande set up Bernard Parker, who beat Sangare with a right-footed shot.

On 78 minutes Chiefs needed Khune to make another important save, as he palmed away a sliced effort from Nyiko Mobbie which looked destined for the back of the net.

The Soweto giants ended the stronger of the two teams as they pushed hard for a winning goal, but they found Stars’ defence in an uncompromising mood. The result sees Chiefs move up one spot to sixth place, while Ea Lla Koto also improve one position to go ninth.

Kaizer Chiefs (0) 1 (Parker 67’)

Free State Stars (0) 1 (Vilakazi/Cardoso [og] 64’)

Chiefs: Khune, Cardoso, Hadebe, Ngezana, Zulu (Jayiya 70’), Katsande, Maluleka, Molangoane, Parker, Tshabalala, Paez (Zuma 65’)

Stars: Sangare, Mobbie, Keita, Mbhele (Mahamutsa 41’), Phungwayo, Masehe, Vilakazi, Maphakisa (Potsane 81’), Dlamini, Jantjie, Abrahms (Mthembu 56’)

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TP Mazembe out to claim second successive Confed Cup title

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TP Mazembe out to claim second successive Confed Cup title

Thuso Phala of Supersport United challenges Jean Kasusula of TP Mazembe during 2017 CAF Confederations Cup Final Supersport United training at TP Mazembe Stadium in Stade Kamalondo DRC on 19 November 2017 © Aubrey Kgakatsi /BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 18:00


TP Mazembe will look to claim a second successive CAF Confederation Cup title when they face hosts SuperSport United for the return leg of the final.
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Cape Town City look to bounce back from successive losses

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Cape Town City look to bounce back from successive losses

Ayanda Patosi of Cape Town City evades challenge from Sammy Seabi of Polokwane City during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Cape Town City FC and Polokwane City at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 22 September 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 10:08


Cape Town City will look to bounce back to winning form in the Absa Premiership when they host Free State Stars at Athlone Stadium on 1 November 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

City have suffered two straight losses in the top flight league, going down 1-0 at home to Bloemfontein Celtic and 2-1 away to Chippa United in the space of five days in October. Coach Benni McCarthy saw his team react strongly to a similar situation back in September and will hope for a repeat as they head into a new month.

The Citizens have recorded mixed results at home this season, with two wins and two losses from four turns as hosts. Their last win at home was against Polokwane City back in September, and they will be searching for another three points in this clash.

Stars come into the match having drawn 1-1 at home to bottom-of-the-log Platinum Stars on October 21. Nonetheless, the Free State side has claimed an impressive 10 points from the last 12 up for grabs and have been one of the league’s form teams.

Ea Lla Koto have been hit and miss away from home, recording two wins and two defeats from four matches on the road. However, those two victories were recorded against Polokwane City and Maritzburg United in September and Stars are actually looking for a hat-trick of away wins.

In head-to-head stats, City and Stars have met in just two previous top flight league matches. Both of those encounters took place last season, with Ea Lla Koto winning 1-0 at home in the first half of the campaign, while the return game finished 1-0 in favour of the Citizens.

City’s line-up from their 2-1 loss to Chippa on October 22: tephens, Mkhize, Fielies, Johannes, Seedat, Nodada, Matsi Modise (Patosi 75′), Lakay, Martin (Masina 64′), Majoro (Obinna 79′).

Stars’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Platinum on October 21: Sangare, Masehe, Mobbie (Mashego 13′), Keita, Phungwayo, Mbhele, Potsane, Vilakazi (G.Dlamini 56′), Manqele (Mahamutsa 74′), Jantjie, Anas.

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City, Wits in second successive MTN8 semifinal – MTN8 2017

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City, Wits in second successive MTN8 semifinal

Enocent Mkhabela of Platinum Stars battles for the ball with Lebogang Manyama of Cape Town City FC during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Cape Town City FC and Platinum Stars at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 23 August 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Friday Aug 25, 2017. 11:30


Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits will meet in the semifinals of the MTN8 for the second successive season, with their first leg clash set for Cape Town Stadium on 27 August 2017, kick-off at 15h30.

CTC booked their place in the last four with a narrow 1-0 win over Polokwane City. Sibusiso Mbonani scored an unfortunate own goal to leave Rise and Shine feeling they were unlucky to lose, but in truth Benni McCarthy’s debut win as a coach should have been secured with a greater margin, given the chances his side created.

By contrast, Wits had to fight back from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw with Golden Arrows, before edging the KwaZulu-Natal team on post-match penalties. It was a fraught match for the defending champions, who had debutant Slavko Damjanovic sent off (one of six red cards dished out) but saw striker James Keene score two goals to become the tournament’s early leading marksman.

As mentioned above, City and Wits met in last season’s MTN8 semifinals – their only cup clashes to date. The Clever Boys claimed a 3-0 home win in the first leg (courtesy of goals from Eleazar Rodgers, Elias Pelembe and Frank Mhango) before playing out a goalless stalemate in the return to secure comfortable progression into the final.

Gavin Hunt’s side didn’t have things their own way in the teams’ league clashes, however, with City winning 3-2 in Johannesburg in the first half of the season, before the clubs played out a 1-1 draw in the return game in the ‘Mother City’. By the end of the campaign, Wits finished as champions, two places and five points clear of the Citizens.

The teams clashed again just last week, meeting at the Bidvest Stadium on the opening weekend of the new 2017/18 Absa Premiership season. City claimed a surprise 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Lehlohonolo Majoro, meaning that the teams’ five meetings across all competitions have produced two wins for the Cape side, one for Wits and two draws.

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Baroka, Pirates play to third successive 1-1 draw

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Baroka, Pirates play to third successive 1-1 draw

Thabo Qalinge of Orlando Pirates is challenged by Albert Mothupa of Baroka FC during the Absa Premiership match between Baroka FC and Orlando Pirates on the 22 August 2017 at Peter Mokaba Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Tuesday Aug 22, 2017. 21:32


Different season, same story, as Baroka FC and Orlando Pirates played to a 1-1 stalemate in an Absa Premiership clash at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The two sides have now played to three successive 1-1 draws with goals from Thabo Qalinge and Abdi Banda splitting the spoils between the two sides.

Pirates threatened early on through Thamsanqa Gabuza with the burly forward unable to replicate what he did over the weekend. His 24th minute header from a Innocent Maela cross well wide.

Qalinge would fare better with his head in the 41st minute as the midfielder nodded Mpho Makola’s pin-point cross past the outstretched Virgil Vries.

Pirates 1-0 up at the break.

Bakgaga looked a better team following the interval, especially following the introduction of Siphelele Ntshangase in aftermath of his switch from Black Leopards.

The midfielder setting up Sipho Moeti after the hour mark, but the forward failed to convert as Wayne Sandilands made a good smothering save.

Baroka, though, would get their goal through Banda in the 73rd minute. The Sea Robbers set-piece frailties coming to light once more as the Tanzanian powered home from a corner-kick.

Thabiso Kutumela had a late chance to sink his former employers, but the Pirates forward could only guide his shot straight at Vries as the game ended all square.

Baroka FC (0) 1 (Banda 73′)

Orlando Pirates (1) 1 (Qalinge 41′)

Baroka FC: Vries; Kgoetyane (Mothupa 16′), Mahashe, Banda, Masenamela – Chawapiwa, Madubanya, Mosele (Mdatsane 45+4′), Kgaswane – Moeti, Motupa (Ntshangase 47′)

Orlando Pirates: Sandilands; Shitolo, Nyauza, Matlaba, Maela – Mobara (Nkosi 82′), Makola, Nyatama, Memela (Rakhale 59′), Qalinge (Kutumela 80′) – Gabuza

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