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Red Devils sign up race for Pepe’s signature

Manchester United have joined English Premiership League rivals Liverpool in pursuit of Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe.

The Lille winger has been in wonderful form for the club this season and scored his 20th goal of the Ligue 1 campaign in a 5- thumping of Nimes this previous weekend.

In full, the 23-year-old has scored 21 goals and assisted a further 12 in 36 appearances throughout all competitions this season, subsequently attracting attention from numerous of Europe’s leading clubs.

In accordance to the Specific, United have now joined Liverpool in the race to sign the £60m-rated winger ahead of the 2019-20 season with head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be handed a huge transfer spending plan in an try to resurrect the Red Devils.

Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are between the many others clubs reportedly fascinated in Pepe, who joined Lille from Angers in 2017.

Pepe has scored four goals in 11 appearances for Ivory Coast and the French born forward has been tipped to be just one of the standout players at this yrs Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

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Mane scoops player of month award – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane has been named as the PFA Fans’ Player of the month for March.

The Senegal intercontinental beat off opposition from fellow English Premier League players Lucas Digne, Wilfred Ndidi, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to assert the prize for the 2nd time this season.

Mane received the similar award in August, obtaining scored 3 goals in his 1st two games of the league season.

The 26-year-old, who has been in superb form for the Reds this season, scored a few goals in 4 appearances previous thirty day period.

In complete, the Liverpool attacker has scored 20 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions this season, chipping in with a even more 4 assists.

Liverpool beat Porto in the 1st leg of the Champions League last night 2-0

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Essien swaps Indonesia for Azerbaijan

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has surfaced in Azerbaijan where by he has joined Sabail FC in a player-coach role.

Essien experienced been a totally free agent due to the fact leaving Indonesian club facet Persib Bandung in March past year, and regardless of stories that he would be contacting time on his distinguished occupation, the former Ghana worldwide will alternatively proceed participating in.

“I’m a football player and I want to play,” Essien is quoted as expressing. “We talked about the club’s upcoming designs with the management and that intrigued me”

He included as for every the club’s official site: “I was below three months back. Had a very good chat with the club and they instructed me about the undertaking. I imagined about it, favored it and right here we are. ”

It really is a unique detail to what I have noticed prior to. Looks appealing and enjoyable, so content to be listed here.”The 36-year-old has signed a agreement until May next yr and will reportedly assist in coaching the club’s U19’s as element of his bid to attain his coaching badges.

Essien most notable gained the UEFA Champions League, two English Premier League and 3 FA Cup titles with the Blues.

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Gernot Rohr on Mikel and Moses’ worldwide futures

Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr has spoken of the intercontinental futures for John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses.

Neither player was named in the Super Eagles’ squad for their impending matches against the Seychelles and Egypt.

The former is a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, even though the latter is a welcoming.

Both games will be played in Asaba.Moses retired from worldwide football, contacting time on his Nigeria vocation after the 2018 World Cup in Russia past year.

There was speculation that he could return to the Super Eagles soon after exhibiting some great form for loan club Fenerbahce, and Rohr is open to the player resuming his worldwide career.

Talking to the official website of Confederation of African Football, Rohr claimed: “I was against his global retirement and, if he altered his thoughts, he need to explain to me but I have no information and facts about it.

We are going to see.”On the situation of his skipper John Obi Mikel, who was omitted from the hottest collection, the German manager added: “He has arrived in Middlesbrough not too long ago. He told me he was not ready and wants to function after his knee damage in China.“He did not play all winter season possibly. He is not dominated out for the AFCON but could not make that match in Asaba. We will see for the potential.”

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Koulibaly ‘pleased’ at desire, but eager to stay with Napoli

Napoli’s Senegalese defender Kalidouy Koulibaly has admitted that he is “pleased” by the transfer desire demonstrated in him, but adds that he has no need to leave the Stadio San Paolo.

The 27-year-old Teranga Lions sweeper is regarded as a person of the most effective players in his position in world football.

He has been strongly linked with a go to Manchester United, with speculation rife that the Red Devils are geared up to break the world transfer rate for a defender (currently £75m, which observed Virgil van Dijk leave Southampton for Liverpool) to indication Koulibaly.

It has also been uncovered that interim United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer assigned his major scout Jim Lawlor to view the defender in a – Serie A draw at Fiorentina previously in the month.

Koulibaly has admitted currently being flattered at report linking him to United and other key European sides.

“My upcoming? I never know if I’m a person of the strongest defenders. I generally consider to give my most effective,” Koulibaly informed Rai Sport. “Since I’m below, I generally consider to mature with Napoli. I have a whole lot of enthusiasm to go on and I want to continue to keep doing this.

“I am happy that numerous groups adhere to me, but I want to exhibit on the field that I am at the degree of the best and I want to display it in the upcoming.”

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Salah ‘diving’ into Ronaldo’s footsteps suggests previous pro – English EPL League 2018/2019

Previous Chelsea forward Tony Cascarino thinks an included ‘ruthlessness’ to Mohamed Salah’s game could be the motive behind him ‘diving’ in the spot kick area in lookup of spot kick-kicks.

Salah, who has scored sixteen goals in 23 matches in the English EPL League for Liverpool this season, has come under scrutiny in modern weeks from some quarters pursuing a spate of penalties awarded in his favour.

Cascarino feels that the CAF Men’s Player of the 12 months is pursuing in the footsteps of previous Manchester United attacker Cristiano Ronaldo.

“(Salah) blatantly dived in the spot kick area. It would seem as nevertheless there is an included ruthlessness in his game, which is why he is crossing into doing whatever it takes to win games,” Cascarino reported in The Times.

“Perhaps it stems from the strain that Liverpool players potentially really feel in terms of winning a trophy this season and if so, Salah certainly will not be the to start with star identify ready to cheat to attain an benefit.

“Cristiano Ronaldo‘s willingness to go to floor conveniently in the area only enhanced as his career progressed.”

The Egypt worldwide bagged a brace in the Reds 4-3 win about Crystal Palace this earlier weekend as they retained their lead atop the English EPL League standings.

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Chipezeze shuts out Sundowns – ABSA Premiership

Elvis Chipezeze continued his encouraged form in goal for Baroka FC as they held defending Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns to a goalless draw at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Tuesday night.

The point moves Bakgaga up to twelfth place on the log standings although Sundowns continue being in third location, 5 points behind Orlando Pirates.

Sundowns threatened early on by Hlompho Kekana in the third minute, but the Brazilians skipper was denied by Chipezeze, who carried on from in which he remaining off on the weekend.

The hosts continued to probe, but found it ever more complicated to defeat Chipezeze, who made a further superior save in the thirty fifth minute to deny Jeremy Brockie, whose rasping effort looked destined for the back again of the net.

Baroka almost hit the front against the run of play on the cusp of half-time. Jemondre Dickens carved by the Sundowns defence just before attempting a square ball to an unmarked Tebogo Sodi, but Maboe presented a well timed interception to deny the people the direct at the crack.

Chipezeze was proving a complicated to defeat once more and pulled off a further fantastic save 5 minutes into the second-50 percent to preserve out Brockie’s arrowing header.

Baroka experienced a late chance to steal all a few points in included time, but Mduduzi Mdantsane was desperately unfortunate to see his glancing header fly inches wide of goal, as both of those sides sooner or later settled for a point apiece.

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Mamelodi Sundowns: Mweene Morena, Arendse, Madisha, Lakay, Kekana, Jali (90+2′), Maboe, Ngoma (Mahlambi 55′), Sirino (Silva 80′), Brockie.
Baroka FC: Chipezeze Semenya, Sibiya, Banda, Gebhardt, Makgaka (Kgaswane 89′), Mdantsane, Mosele, Chawaphiwa (Kgoetyane 66′), Sodi, Dickens (Makgantai 79′).

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Liverpool coach enthusiastic by Keita

Liverpool head coach Jürgen Klopp is enthusiastic by Naby Keita’s the latest performances as the Merseyside club now change their interest to a will have to-win clash against Napoli in the Uefa Champions League on Tuesday night.

The Reds conquer Bournemouth 4- on Saturday to shift top of the English EPL League standings, a position they retained many thanks to Chelsea’s 2- win over Manchester City.

Keita formally joined Liverpool from German Bundesliga club RB Leipzig forward of the 2018-19 season, creating an immediate impact at Anfield. Irrespective of a slight dip in form and subsequent personal injury the 23-year-old has in the last two games showcased his qualifications.

Klopp has been impressed by the Guinea international, but expects even extra from him in the long term.

Questioned on Liverpoolfc.com if he considered Keita and fellow new recruit Fabinho would have this sort of impact so early in their respective Liverpool occupations, Klopp said: “Yes, but really do not overlook all the other individuals.

“I know we signed these two players but Joel [Matip] had a challenging time period he is in good shape, trains and does anything and then at the conclude does not play or is not even in the squad extremely generally. That’s challenging, like for Alberto [Moreno].

“But it was apparent Fabinho and Naby required time to adapt. Naby is nevertheless not specifically the player he can be, that’s good. But he is definitely thrilling, it is awesome to see him.

He ongoing: “It was often apparent we will need all of them. We play [on Tuesday] all over again, I have no clue in the instant who I can line up. We have to see. We have to get better and do regardless of what we can to get refreshing legs all over again. Then, let us go against Napoli.”

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Morocco win Against Tunisia

Morocco edged Tunisia 1- in an international friendly played at the Olympic Stadium in Rades on Tuesday evening.

The Atlas Lions backed up their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying win above Cameroon very last Friday with a victory in this regional derby, while the Carthage Eagles suffered a next straight decline to a fellow North Africa following their 3-2 defeat in Egypt.

Morocco opened the scoring late in the initially fifty percent, with Mehdi Benatia’s reduced shot from a small free kick saved by goalie Farouk Ben Mustapha, but Youssef En Nesyri was on hand to change home to rebound in the 41st minute.

Tunisia had earlier dominated possession and tried out to push higher any time they did not have the ball, but they have been unable to generate any clear likelihood to test out Atlas Lions goalie Monir El Kajoui.

Sofiane Boufal almost additional to Morocco’s gain just ahead of the hour mark, slipping earlier a few of troubles ahead of sending a shot narrowly vast of the focus on.

In common the next fifty percent followed the identical sample as the initially, with the Carthage Eagles dictating the rate, but the Atlas Lions looked a lot more threatening in attack.

The hosts looked to increase their hopes with numerous introductions from the subs bench, but ongoing to deficiency a cutting edge in the final 3rd.

Late in the game Tunisia almost claimed an equaliser but substitute Mohamed Drager, when introduced with a clear opportunity in front of goal, was unable to hit the target leaving Morocco to claim victory.

Both groups will return to motion next March when they wrap up their 2019 AFCON qualification campaigns: Morocco will be away to Malawi, while Tunisia host eSwatini.

Tunisia
Morocco (1) 1 (En Nesyri 41’)

Tunisia: Ben Mustapha, Nagguez (Mathlouthi ninety+1’), Skhiri (Bedoui 73’), Sassi (Chaouat 65’), Haddadi, Ben Amor (Karoui ninety+1’), Meriah, Khaoui (Srarfi 57’), Ben Yousseff, Khazri, Sliti (Drager 79’)

Morocco: El Kajoui, Dirar (Hakimi 69’), Benatia (Da Costa 46’), Amrabat (Mazraoui 86’), Fajr, Ait Bennasser, El Hajjam, Hafidi (Azaro 46’), Boufal (El Ahmadi 89’), Saiss, En Nesyre

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Guinea, Ivory Coastline equally qualify soon after draw in Conakry

A 1-1 draw at the Stade du 28 Septembre in Conakry on Sunday evening was adequate for equally Guinea and Ivory Coast to guide a place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Syli Nationale had secured qualification ahead of the match even kicked off, with the before result amongst Rwanda and Central Africa Republic (a 2-2 draw in Butare) making sure they would finish in the top rated two regardless.

And the Elephants then claimed the similar status – they are a few points obvious of third-put place, but assured to finish ahead of them on head-to-head results ought to the groups conclude amount on points when the qualifiers wrap up in March next 12 months.

Guinea claimed the lead just eleven minutes into the match, with Mohamed Yattara obtaining the better of goalie Sylvain Gbohouo soon after some lousy defence from the site visitors.

Still Ivory Coast responded well to the setback and drew amount in the 21st minute via midfielder Jean Michael Seri, who put aside his struggles at club amount with Fulham to star for the Elephants.

The away side’s midfield triumvirate of Seri, Serey Die and Franck Kessie had been bossing the match and aided to generate several extra half-likelihood, though the score remained locked at 1-1 by the time of the interval.

The next half remained evenly well balanced amongst the groups, but the actuality that a tie would go well with equally seemed to stake any real sting out of the match amongst these West African rivals.

The Elephants would have been hoping for revenge for the defeat they endured at home to Syli Nationale in June very last 12 months, but finished up settling for a worthwhile point on the highway instead.

Guinea (1) 1 (Yattara 11’)
Ivory Coast (1) 1 (Seri 21’)

Guinea: Aly Keita, Sylla, Seka, Falette (Conte 58’), Sankoh, Naby Keita, Camara, Diawara, Kamano (Barry 86’), Kaba, Yattara

Ivory Coast: Gbohouo, Aurier, Gbamin, Kanon, Konan, Kessie (Doukoure 68’), Die, Seri, Gradel, Kodjia, Pepe (Cornet 85’)

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Comoros, Malawi holding hope – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

When Comoros and Malawi clash in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match on Saturday at the Stade de Moroni, the two will be holding hope that they can attain the match correct next year in Cameroon.

Kick-off is at 14h00 (CAT).

Group B of the 2019 Afcon qualifying campaign is delicately poised with the two Comoros and Malawi holding an outside likelihood of qualifying.

Cameroon leading the standings with 8 points from four games, adopted by Morocco in 2nd place on seven points. Malawi are third in group B with four points whilst Comoros are previous with two points.

Malawi’s only win in their Afcon qualifying campaign arrived around Comoros in their very first Team B match, beating them 1- back in June previous year.

Subsequent that victory Malawi endured an embarrassing 3- reduction to Morocco away from home in September of this year and then a 1- reduction to Cameroon on October 12, also away from home.

Malawi’s most modern qualifying match was a – draw at home to Cameroon on October 16.

Comoros, on the other hand, are however to win a game in Team B and have endured losses to Malawi (1- in June 2017) and Morocco (1- on October 13 of this year).

The Comoros’ only two points in Team B have arrive from attracts against Cameroon (1-1 at home in September of this year) and most recently a 2-2 draw against Cameroon on October 16.

So it is all to play for involving Malawi and Comoros with the two their Afcon lives on the line, but they could know their destiny ahead of the come across as the other Team B game involving Morocco and Cameroon takes place on Friday, November 16.

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Mane available, Keita out for Liverpool’s Red Star battle

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has verified that Senegal attacker Sadio Mane is available for their UEFA Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade tonight.Mane has recovered from a recent procedure on his hand. Nevertheless, Guinea midfielder Naby Keita and England global Jordan Henderson have been dominated out of competition owing to damage.

“Sadio looked very good in schooling in the final two times,” claimed the Reds’ German manager. “He skilled fully ordinary, so if practically nothing comes about he is in competition. I learnt that term a second back truly! So that’s very good. We will see.”

On Mane and Henderson, Klopp extra: “Naby will not be available, Hendo not as effectively. Naby is in a very good way now. He’s outside jogging and all that stuff. So we are going to have to see.

“We get it now day by day. We can not set any pressure on that, we have to see when he is entirely in shape. It should really not be that long any much more.

“Hendo bought a very little hamstring damage in the game and how I recognized it is that it is not way too significant but significant more than enough that he will not be available tomorrow and not at the weekend also.

“Then we will depend the times. Ideally he will be back again for Arsenal but for the next two not available.”

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George Maluleka wants to make things right this season

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder George Maluleka has revealed that the club is eager to make things right this season.

The Amakhosi haven’t won a trophy since lifting the Absa Premiership title at the end of the 2014-15 campaign, and pressure is mounting on everyone at Naturena to deliver the goods this term.

Chiefs beat Free State Stars 2-0 at Goble Park on Tuesday evening for a second league win on the bounce.

Maluleka, who won the man-of-the-match accolade, was one of seven changes made by head coach Giovanni Solinas from the team that beat Cape Town City 4-1 this past weekend.

“It’s been quite a while, about three months or so. I’ve been working my way back. The guys have been motivating me making sure that always I’m in good hands. I’m very proud of the boys and I’m grateful with the amount of effort they put in tonight,” Maluleka told SuperSport TV in the aftermath.

“With the team that we have there’s a lot of quality and we have a lot to offer. It’s been a difficult three years or so we want to make sure that we make things right this season.

“There’s a lot to offer you can see the team was changed today – the other guys were given a rest because of the game on Saturday. But we came out to show that we’re one team and there’s one philosophy we followed it tonight.”

“It gets tough but it’s also good for the team because you give your best all the time. It’s good for competition, it’s good for the next guy so we push ourselves to the limit,” Maluleka concluded.

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Egypt thrash Niger

Egypt have returned to kind in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with a 6- thrashing of Group J rivals Niger at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria on Saturday evening.

The result sees the Pharaohs move to 2nd place on the log on three points, when the Menas drop to fourth on 1 point. The other Group J game concerning leaders Tunisia (three points) and 3rd-placed Swaziland (1 point) will choose place in Mazini on Sunday.

Egypt, in their initial game underneath new manager Javier Aguirre, have been on top from the early minutes and had a penalty inside the initial sixty seconds soon after kick-off, with Mohamed Salah fouled in the box. The Liverpool forward took the kick himself, but was denied by the Niger goalkeeper Kassaly Daouda.

In the fourth minute Ahmed Hegazy just about gave the hosts the lead, sending a header from a corner kick just around the crossbar, when Salah and Marwan Mohsen missed additional very clear probabilities inside the opening period of time.

Yet the Pharaohs did not have to hold out extensive for their opener, as Salah assisted Mohsen to make it 1- in the thirteenth minute. The striker managed a great go from the right flank in advance of steering a shot beyond the ‘keeper’s right-hand.

Seven minutes later on it was 2-, with still left-again Ayman Ashraf taking advantage of some bad defending from Mahamadou Souley to roll a small shot into the again of the net.

Just in advance of the 50 percent-hour mark Egypt enhanced their goal tally as a result of Salah, who was all over again denied from the penalty location by the Niger ‘keeper, but reacted rapidly to score on the rebound. The location kick was acquired by Mahmoud Trezeguet.

The tempo dropped in the 2nd 50 percent, with Egypt taking their foot off the pedal rather, although they still racked up a fourth goal as a result of substitute Salah Mohsen in the 73rd minute, as he played a 1-two in advance of sending an angled travel into the bottom corner.

Mo Salah racked up his 2nd goal of the evening the eighty fifth minute, heading home from a pinpoint cross by Ahmed Elmohamady, in advance of the scoring was concluded in harm time with a deflected strike from Mohamed Elneny.

The groups will return to 2019 AFCON qualifying action next month with Egypt facing Swaziland in a double-header and Niger two times battling another North African large in the shape of Tunisia.

Egypt (3) 6 (M. Mohsen 13’, Ashraf 20’, Salah 29’ 85’, S. Mohsen 73’, Elneny ninety+2’)

Niger

Egypt: El-Shennawy, Elmohamady, Baher, Hegazi, Ashraf, Ghazal (Warda 57’), Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Trezeguet (El Shahat 74’), M. Mohsen (S. Mohen 57’)

Niger: Daouda Katakore, Fatoukouma, Aliou, Boubacar, Sacko, Diabate, Souley, Cisse, Sidibe, Maazou

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MTN8 tie in the equilibrium following 2-2 draw in Atteridgeville

Ghampani Lungu of Supersport United issues Dumisani Zuma of Kaizer Chiefs in the course of the MTN8 Semi Last 1st Leg match in between Supersport United and Kaizer Chiefs on the 26 August 2018 at Lucas Moripe Stadium

Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United will both equally fancy their chances of reaching the MTN8 ultimate following a 2-2 draw in Atteridgeville on Sunday afternoon, in what was an enthralling 1st-leg semifinal clash.

Bradley Grobler bagged a brace for the defending champions who held a 2-1 guide at the crack. Khama Billiat and Leonardo Castro found the again of the net for the website visitors who host the very same opponents in Soweto next Saturday in the reverse fixture.

Chiefs strike the front with 19 minutes on the clock by means of Billiat. The Zimbabwe worldwide connected up effectively with Dumisani Zumu who’s pin-point cross still left the attacker with the least complicated of finishes on his return to the stadium exactly where he achieved so substantially achievements with Mamelodi Sundowns.

Matsatsanta threatened by means of Bradley Grobler soon soon after and owning unsuccessful to just take his warning shot seriously, Chiefs had been made to spend as the forward latched onto a cross by Fagrie Lakay to degree issues in the twenty fourth minute. The striker with a poachers complete as the ball cannoned off the inside of of the post and in.

Matsatsantsa, who now firmly had their tails up, had been unlucky not to strike the front in the 28th minute as Dean Furman’s howitzer of a shot cannoned of the woodwork and out of threat.

Grobler duly accomplished his brace 7 minutes short of the crack. The forward with an unerring complete soon after the Glamour Boys unsuccessful to very clear their traces from a prolonged throw-in.

Chiefs emerged from the tunnel raring to appropriate the wrongs from the 1st 50 percent and strike again within just the opening minute. Billiat and Castro linking up effectively in the ultimate third as the latter latched onto a by means of ball with aplomb: lobbing the onrushing Williams to make it 2-2.

Matsatsantsa wrestled their way again into the tie as Grobler went close to completing his hat-trick with a rasping shot in the 77th minute, only to be denied by Itumleng Khune.

Both of those groups, however, begun to tire in the closing stages with the action dwindling substantially. Ultimately both equally groups settling for a draw – leaving it all to play for next weekend.

SuperSport United (2) 2 (Grobler 24′ 38′)

Kaizer Chiefs (1) 2 (Billiat 19′ Castro 46′)

SuperSport United: Williams Ntshangase, Daniels, Khumalo, Modiba, Furman, Letsholonyane (Keene 60′), Lakay (Phala 70′), Lungu, Rusike (Mnyamane 82′), Grobler.

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune Mphahlele, Ngezana, Cardoso, Ntiya-Ntiya, Katsande, Ntshangase, Jayiya (Parker 70′), Billiat, Zuma (Zulu 82′), Castro (Moon 90′).

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Highlands hold 10-man Sundowns – ABSA Premiership 2018/19

Highlands Park continued their unbeaten return to the Absa Premiership as they held 10-man Mamelodi Sundowns to a goalless stalemate on Wednesday.

The result at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium sees the Brazilians shift up to fifth place on the log with 5 points from their initial three matches, even though the Lions of the North are up to eleventh just after a third straight draw.

Sundowns liked early dominance, but found Highlands’ defence a hard nut to crack. Junior Sibande was specially exceptional, typically popping up in just the proper place to put an conclude to any harmful moves from the hosts.

The Brazilians’ greatest hope for a goal in the initial 50 % came in the 35th minute when Gaston Sirion played a fantastic diagonal ball into the penalty area – Jeremy Brockie lined up to make a diving header, but Sello Motsepe managed to make a critical interception.

The Lions of the North supplied fairly very little in attack, although they had the greatest prospect of the initial 50 %. In injuries time a error at the back from Wayne Arendse gifted Sabelo Nyembe a sight of goal, but he lashed a volley significant and large.

Controversy struck early in the 2nd 50 % when ‘Downs defender Ricardo Nascimento was sent off – evidently for an unsavoury remark toward the referee – leaving the home facet with just 10 men from the 51st minute onward.

Inspite of their numerical downside, ‘Downs nearly claimed the lead in the 73rd minute – a impressive header from Arendse looked destined for the back of the net, but Sibande made a heroic clearance off the line to maintain the score line blank.

The Brazilians once more came close to breaking the deadlock in the 87th minute, as substitute Lyle Lakay – with his initial contact of the ball – compelled Highlands goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini into a diving save with a shot immediate from a no cost kick.

Sundowns will be in action this weekend when they face Cape City City in the initial leg of the MTN8 semifinals, even though Highlands will be away at Baroka FC in the league next midweek.

Mamelodi Sundowns
Highlands Park

Sundowns: Onyango, Ncgongca, Arendse, Nascimento, Langerman, Sirino, Kekana, Zwane, Vilakazi (Lakay 86’), Meza (Tony Silva 81’), Brockie (Madisha 55’)

Highlands: Kapini, Mokoena, Sibande, Motsepe, Mofokeng (Versuur 61’), Mahlangu (Motlafi 68’), Rae (Mbunjana 81’), Haoseb, Mvala, Mbatha, Nyembe

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Tunisia fall to England – 2018 FIFA World Cup

Tunisia started their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group G  campaign with a 2-1 defeat to England at the Volgograd Arena in Russia on Monday.

The victory took the 3 Lions to next place on the Team G standings following match day a single, while the Carthage Eagles are placed 3rd on the table.

The 3 Lions dominated the game from the start off with their inspirational captain Harry Kane top their assault.

The very first likelihood of the game fell for England midfielder Jesse Lingard, who unleashed a very low shot which was saved by Tunisia goalkeeper Mouez Hassen four minutes into the game.

On the other hand, the France-primarily based shot-stopper was then crushed when John Stones’ header was saved by Hassen and Kane pounced and fired home the rebound to make it 1- to England.

The Carthage Eagles then experienced a further blow in the 14th minute as they had to make an early substitution with Hassen wounded and he was replaced by Farouk Mustapha.

Mustapha turned a busy man as he had to cease Jordan Henderson’s prolonged-vary shot in the 18th minute, before denying Harry Maguire, who was seeking to score with a header just following the first half mark.

Tunisia then grew self-assurance and they pushed forward in numbers, with Fakhreddine Ben Youssef seeking lively upfront for the 2004 African champions.

The towering centre-forward was fouled by Kyle Walker within the England box and Tunisia was being awarded a penalty in the 33rd minute.

Ferjani Sassi then stepped up and made no error from the spot-kick as he beat England shot-stopper Jordan Pickford to make it 1-1 for Tunisia.

The 3 Lions then piled tension on the Carthage Eagles defence and they virtually scored in the 39th minute via Stones, who fluffed his left-footed effort from close vary.

The last likelihood of the first half fell for Lingard, who was unfortunate as he managed to beat Mustapha, but his effort strike the upright and Tunisia survived a scare just before the half-time split.

Tunisia and England were being locked 1-1 at the interval subsequent a motion-packed very first half.

The 3 Lions were being the superior facet in the early levels of the next half and they virtually scored from a properly-taken corner-kick by Kieran Trippier.

The diminutive full-back again managed to find his England team-mate Harry Maguire, whose header was conveniently saved by Mustapha seven minutes into the next half.

England head coach Gareth Southgate determined to make a transform 8 minutes following the hour-mark – pulling out the ineffective Raheem Sterling and he released marksman Marcus Rashford.

The Carthage Eagles were being content to sit back again and launch brief-counter assaults, but they could not examination Pickford, who had a tranquil next half in England’s goal-posts.

On the other hand, the Tunisia defence, which was led by Syam Ben Youssef, looked reliable and organised with England attackers battling to penetrate the backline in the closing levels of the game.

On the other hand, England retained probing and they deservedly snatched a late winning goal via Kane, who scored with a header from the blind spot in stoppage time, with the Tunisia defence exposed, and finally, England emerged 2-1 winners.

Tunisia (1) 1 (Sassi 35′)

England (1) 2 (Kane 11′, 90’+1)

Tunisia: Hassen (Mustapha 15′), S. Ben Youssef, Meriah, Maaloul, Sassi, Sliti (Ben Amor 73′), Skhiri, Bronn, Khazri (Khalifa 85′), Badri, F. Ben Youssef.

England: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Young, Trippier, Henderson, Alli (Loftus-Cheek 80′), Lingard (Dier 90’+2), Sterling (Rashford 68′), Kane.

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2018 World Cup – Group A preview: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay & Egypt

Group A at the 2018 World Cup will function a Russian team on the lookout to stay clear of the shame of an initially-spherical exit, although Egypt will be hopeful of advancing in their initial appearance at the event in almost 3 decades.

Hosts Russia will open the event and the team with a clash against Saudi Arabia in Moscow on 14 June. Although it is barely the most engaging of opening matches for these a significant event, it is a crucial clash for the Russians, who will need to have a sturdy start off to ease fears that they will stick in the footsteps of South Africa in 2010 and come to be just the 2nd host nation to fall at the initial hurdle.

South American heavyweights Uruguay appear to be the dominant pressure in the team, with Oscar Tabarez’s facet 2nd to only Brazil in the notoriously complicated CONMEBOL qualifying event. Boasting the likes of Diego Godin, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, two-time champions ‘La Celeste’ have a very good combination of youth and encounter and ought to have no issues ending in the major two.

The team most likely to join Uruguay in advancing could properly be Egypt. The North Africans are returning to the World Cup for the initially time since 1990, but they have a talented, multipurpose team and a manager in Hector Cuper whose pragmatism is properly suited to the do-or-die mother nature of event football.

But the query mark above the fitness of talisman Mohamed Salah is a significant worry, with the Liverpool man in a race against time to be suited for the finals immediately after suffering a severe shoulder personal injury in the UEFA Champions League remaining the final month.

Saudi Arabia is returning to the World Cup immediately after lacking the final editions in 2010 and 2014, and their reliable displaying in qualifying (they finished runners-up to Asian powerhouses Japan in their team) indicates they are not to be underestimated. The Eco-friendly Falcons are capable of disheartening a lot more talented groups, but they lack the real attacking potency necessary to contend at the maximum amount.

Group A fixtures (all times CAT)

14 June 2018, 17h00 – Russia v Saudi Arabia – Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

15 June 2018, 14h00 – Egypt v Uruguay – Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg

19 June 2018, 20h00 – Russia v Egypt – Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

20 June 2018, 17h00 – Uruguay v Saudi Arabia – Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don

25 June 2018, 16h00 – Uruguay v Russia – Cosmos Arena, Samara

25 June 2018, 16h00 – Saudi Arabia v Egypt – Volgograd Arena, Volgograd

Group A head-to-heads (as per FIFA stats databases, in reference to ‘home’ team)

Russia v Saudi Arabia – P1 W0 D0 L1 GF2 GA4

Egypt v Uruguay – P1 W0 D L1 GF0 GA2

Russia v Egypt – No preceding matches

Uruguay v Saudi Arabia – P2 W0 D1 L1 GF3 GA4

Uruguay v Russia – P8 W1 D2 L5 GF5 GA14

Saudi Arabia v Egypt – P6 W1 D1 L4 GF7 GA19

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Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane chase Champions League glory

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will chase glory in the UEFA Champions League when they face Real Madrid in the closing, set for the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev on Saturday 26 May 2018, kick-off at 20h45 CAT.

The match will be included Live right here on AfricanFootball.com.

Real are chasing a third successive European crown and a record-extending 13th general, getting claimed the trophy in 2016 and 2017.

The Spanish side’s path to the closing noticed them complete runners-up in Group H (behind Tottenham Hotspur) ahead of defeating Paris Saint-Germain (5-2 on mixture), Juventus (4-3) and Bayern Munich (4-3) in the past 16, quarter- and semifinals respectively.

‘Los Blancos’ have endured a disappointing season domestically, only finishing third in La Liga behind hated rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, but if they win the Champions League yet again, then all will be forgiven for coach Zinedine Zidane.

They occur into the game getting played to a 2-2 draw away to Villarreal in a league clash on Saturday, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale proving their physical fitness and variety by commencing and scoring a goal apiece.

Liverpool is chasing their sixth European crown and a 1st considering that 2005 when they famously came from a few goals down to defeat Italian giants AC Milan.

The English side’s path to the closing noticed them complete prime of Group E ahead of defeating Porto (5- on mixture), Manchester Town (5-1) and Roma (7-6) in the past 16, quarter- and semifinals respectively.

‘The Reds’ were passed in action on May thirteen, when they thrashed Brighton & Hove Albion 4- to safe a fourth-place complete in the Leading League. The match provided yet one more goal for Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah, who has netted an outstanding 44 times in his debut season for the club.

In head-to-head stats, Real and Liverpool have achieved in just 5 earlier European Cup matches. The Reds have claimed a few wins in contrast to two for Los Blancos and outscored the Spanish aspect six goals to 4.

Included in Liverpool’s victories is a 1- win in the closing of the 1981 competitiveness in Paris. It was Madrid’s past closing reduction in the European Cup and the only time an English aspect have crushed Spanish opponents in the closing.

The teams’ most current conferences were in the team phase in 2014/fifteen, with the La Liga aspect winning each matches.

Modern variety, all competitions, most current results 1st

Real – DWLDD

Liverpool – WLLDW

Head-to-head, all competitions

Matches played 5

Real wins two

Liverpool wins three

Draws

Real goals four

Liverpool goals 6

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KCCA go through narrow defeat to determined Rollers – 2018 CAF Champions League

Kampala Funds City Authority (KCCA) FC commenced there in the 2018 CAF Champions League, Group A marketing campaign with a 1- defeat to Township Rollers at the National Stadium in Gaborone 

The win can take the Botswana giants to the leading of Group A standings following match day just one, even though Uganda’s KCCA are placed fourth on the table.

The Blues dominated the match from the start with Lemponye Tshireletso wanting perilous for the home aspect.

he skilful forward defeat 4 KCCA defenders just before forcing goalkeeper Tom Ikara into a very good save twelve minutes into the game.

Tshireletso then almost benefited from some miscommunication at the again concerning KCCA defenders and Ikara just before the 50 %-hour mark.

The shot-stopper came out speeding to very clear the ball and it strikes Tshireletso, but KCCA defender Ibrahima Kizza made an important goal-line clearance.

Nonetheless, Tshireletso was not to be denied in the 36th minute when he pounced on to a bad pass by the defence and he fired the previous Ikara to make it 1- to Rollers.

The momentum was with Rollers with half-time split approaching and it must have been 2- to the hosts 7 minutes just before the split.

Tshireletso unleashed an impressive shot which was spilt by Ikara and by some means Joel Mogotosi skipped the focus on from the rebound.

KCCA then contained Rollers right until the match referee Ferdinand Udoh from Nigeria the half-time whistle and the score were 1- to Rollers at the interval.

The Rubbish Collectors commenced the next-50 % very well and they came really near to levelling issues three minutes into the game.

Muhammad Shaban strikes the crossbar with Rollers shot-stopper Keagile Kgosipula very well-overwhelmed and Rollers managed to very clear their traces.

Nonetheless, Tshireletso continued to torment the Rubbish Collectors’ defence with his rate and ability.

The Botswana international was unlucky not to seize his brace when he pulled the result in from selection in the seventieth minute and the ball strike the woodwork with Ikara overwhelmed.

Nikola Kavazivoc, the Rollers coach, then made the decision to make a tactical adjust – pulling out attack-minded Motsholetsi Sikele and he launched keeping midfielder Gape Mohutsiwa

Mohutsiwa was deployed just in front of the Rollers defence as they appeared to consist of KCCA in the closing phases of the game.

This authorized KCCA to attack and they were awarded a free-kick in a promising area in stoppage time.

Nonetheless, Derrick Nsibambi’s work from the resultant free-kick was finger-tipped in excess of the crossbar by Kgosipula, who ensured that the game ended in a 1- win favour of Rollers.

Rollers (1) 1 (Tshireletso 36′)

KCCA ()

Rollers: Kgosipula, Mathumo, Motlhabankwe, Gaolaolwe, Ditshupo, Mogorosi (Ncenga 90’+2), Tshireletso (Matete 89′), Moyana, Sikele (Mohutsiwa 74′), Ntege, Boy.

KCCA: Ikara, Awanyi, Kizza, Kirabira, Okello, Nunda (Nsibambi 58′), Obenchan, Shaban (Kaddu 90′), Bukenya, Musamali,

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Yobo: Nigeria have talented, fearless youngsters

Joseph Yobo has urged Nigeria to concentrate on their initially game alternatively than the aspiration of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Last and backed them to hold their individual against Argentina. The Tremendous Eagles begin their Group D marketing campaign against Croatia in Kaliningrad, right before having on Iceland and then Lionel Messi and Co.

“It needs to be a single game at a time,” Nigeria‘s joint-most-capped player (a hundred and one appearances), who performed at Korea/Japan 2002, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014 right before retiring, informed Information Agency of Nigeria. “You really do not go to the World Cup and be dreaming of taking part in in the Last when you are not completed with what you have right before you initially in the team phase.

“Win your initially game initially, and get ready for the next a single without imagining of the third game. It needs to be a single at a time. I really do not think it is great to lose the initial game and begin to worry.

“If the Tremendous Eagles can win the initial game, the self-esteem and high-quality will establish and Nigerians will see high-quality in them as the level of competition to progress.

Nigeria and Argentina will play their fifth World Cup come upon in St. Petersburg. Claudio Caniggia’s brace – he scored the initially immediately after a clever free-kick amongst Diego Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta, and extra a wonderful second – seized the South People in America a 2-1 win at the United States 1994. Yobo then performed in 1- losses in 2002 and 2010 and a Messi-inspired 3-2 defeat in 2014.

Having said that, without Victor Moses, John Obi Mikel, Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho overcame Nicolas Otamendi, Angel Di Maria, Paulo Dybala and Sergio Aguero 4-2 in a helpful very last November.

“I performed against Argentina in 3 World Cups,” mentioned Yobo. “Maybe this is the time for Nigeria to report her initially victory about the Albeceleste. If we really do not concede an early goal against Argentina, we need to be able to get at least a draw.

“Croatia, Iceland… everything can transpire. Croatia we know, but Iceland is the surprise package deal of Group D.

“I disagree with individuals worrying about the Tremendous Eagles’ defence. What is critical is working experience. Of course, we may not have seasoned senior players in that area but we have talented, fearless youthful players who can hold their individual against any team. I really really do not think the defence is as terrible as is staying portrayed.”

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Kaizer Chiefs restore some delight with win more than Maritzburg

Kaizer Chiefs restored some delight just after latest problems as they defeated Maritzburg United 2- in an Absa Premiership clash at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

The result secured thanks to goals from Gustavo Paez and Dumisani Zuma, observed the Amakhosi and Team of Choice swap positions on the table, with the latter dropping to fourth spot and the Soweto giants soaring to third.

Maritzburg had been the 1st to threaten, with striker Andrea Fileccia possessing a temporary sight of goal in the sixth minute, but he was swiftly closed down by the Chiefs defence. Two minutes later on the Belgian attacker once more appear possible to get in behind the backline, but youngster Siyabonga Ngezana made a wonderful last-ditch tackle.

The hosts’ 1st shot in anger arrived in the 13th minute, with midfielder George Maluleka seeking to curl just one home from extended-selection, but his work didn’t issues United goalkeeper Bongani Mpandle.

Chiefs steadily took manage of the match and claimed the lead on the 50 %-hour mark by way of striker Gustavo Paez – the Venezuelan took comprehensive gain of someplace in the closing third and fired home a 50 %-volley from the ‘D’ of the penalty area to make it 1-.

The Amakhosi appreciated more prospects by way of the remainder of the 1st 50 %, but they had been unable to include to their gain, leaving the game marginally in their favour at the interval.

In the next 50 %, the Glamour Boys continued to produce scoring chances and Siphiwe Tshabalala sent a shot just extensive of the mark on the hour, but they didn’t have to hold out a great deal more time for the next goal to arrive.

Substitute Dumisani Zuma, who experienced changed Paez upfront, made an just about fast perception as he doubled the Amakhosi’s lead in the 67th minute, offering a wonderful end to get the superior of Mpandle.

The teams will wrap up their league campaigns in two weeks’ time, with Chiefs absent to Ajax Cape City and Maritzburg United web hosting Golden Arrows. The Team of Choice also has the Nedbank Cup closing against No cost Point out Stars on May 19 to appear ahead to.

Kaizer Chiefs (1) 2 (Paez 30’, Zuma 67’)

Maritzburg United

Chiefs: Khune, Mphahlele, Cardoso, Ngezana, Khumalo (Zulu 81’), Molangoane (Chirambadare 79’), Katsande, Maluleka, Tshabalala, Parker, Paez

Maritzburg: Mpandle, de Reuk (Mokate 46’), Xulu, Fransman, Sanoka, Makaringe, Shandu, Maboe, Atouba (Eksteen 69’), Mekoa, Fileccia (Matime 85’)

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Baroka undergo third straight loss at Athlone – ABSA Premiership 2017/eighteen

Baroka endured a 1- loss at the arms of Ajax Cape Town in an Absa Premiership match on Wednesday evening at Athlone Stadium.

In the wake of the loss, coach MacDonald Makhubedu’s men go to the 10th location on the log standings with 33 points from 28 league games.

A late goal by means of skipper Mosa Lebusa ensured the Urban Warriors handed Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele their third loss in a row.

It was a fast-paced start out by the two sides, but the most effective option fell for the hosts when Yannick Zakri saw his header punched away for a corner by Ayanda Dlamini in the 11th minute.

Baroka experienced an upper hand in terms of assaults just after the 30th minute and Mpho Kgaswane saw his set-piece sailing more than the crossbar with the hosts’ defence failing to offer with a few successive corner kicks.

With additional action going on in the coronary heart of the park, Zakri experienced a free of charge header in the fortieth minute, however, could not immediate it on concentrate on.

Irrespective of the feeling of urgency from the hosts, they could not break the sound travelling to defence as it remained goalless at 50 percent time.

Ajax came again from the tunnel with starvation as they and substitute Samuel Julies practically made a rapid impression when he compelled a high-quality save from Dlamini.

Immediately after the sixty-fifth minute, Zakri brilliantly played a cross with a header in research of Julies and the substitute’s effort and hard work was punched more than the crossbar by Dlamini for a corner.

Ajax gave Bakgaga ba Mphahlele also considerably house and Talent Chawapiwa attempted a curling shot in the 79th minute, but could not difficulties February.

With 9 minutes to go, substitute Sergio Kammies would find himself in the penalty area, he beat his marker but saw his reduced shot going extensive.

The Ajax bench could not consider it when Zakri missed another superb prospect on the still left post when he experienced all the time to decide on his location, his effort and hard work went extensively in the 86th minute.

Ajax ongoing to pile tension on the Limpopo side and it was Lebusa who found the again of the in the 91st minute from a telling cross from the right pursuing a poor managing by Dlamini.

The second win for the hosts at home sees them transferring up to the 14th location with 31 points from 28 games.

Ajax Cape Town () 1 (Lebusa 90+1’)
Baroka FC

Ajax Cape Town: February, Zwane, Nhlapo (Julies 59’), Booysen, Lebusa, Nel (Kammies 78’), Malepe (Losper 46’), Margeman, Kabwe, Morris, Zakri

Baroka FC: Dlamini, Kgoetyane, Mothupa, Madubanya, Nguzana (Soso 78’), Chawapiwa (Mahashe 90’), Kgaswane, Mabotja, Mdantsane, Makgaka (Mosele 59’), Banda

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CAF Confederation Cup wrap – Wednesday, April eighteen

The CAF Confederation Cup playoff spherical wrapped up on Wednesday, April eighteen with twelve matches throughout the continent and featured progress to the team phase for the likes of Aduana Stars, Enyimba, Al Hilal and Raja Casablanca.

Ghana champions Aduana Stars nevertheless can not win absent from home right after heading down 2-1 in Madagascar to Fosa Juniors, but they’ll have at the very least three opportunities to split their journey drought in the team phase of the Confed Cup, as they progressed 7-3 on mixture.

South African sides Bidvest Wits and SuperSport United (last year’s runners-up in the level of competition) both exited on the absent goals rule: the former held Nigerian heavyweights Enyimba – in Calabar for the tie to conclusion 1-1 on mixture, although the latter gained 2-1 at home to Kenya’s Gor Mahia but exited with the all round score at 2-2.

Sudanese giants Al Hilal also benefited from the absent goals rule, progressing to the team phase regardless of a 3-1 reduction in Uyo against Akwa United, although Congo’s CARA Brazzaville conquer Ethiopian side Saint George 1- to amount the tie, before advancing 4-3 on penalties.

The final Nigerian side, MFM, claimed a creditable goalless draw absent to Mali’s Djoliba, but nevertheless missing the tie 1- on mixture, although Ivory Coast’s Williamsville held Equatorial Guinea’s Deportivo Niefang – in Bata to progress 2- all round.

Mozambican duo UD Songo and Costa do Sol experienced contrasting fortunes, as the former superior at the price of Sudan’s Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid although the latter have been beaten 3-2 on mixture by Rwanda’s Rayon Sports, and Tanzania’s Younger Africans also superior regardless of losing absent to Ethiopia’s Welayta Dicha.

The day’s action wrapped up with two evening games in Morocco, as RS Berkane conquer Senegal’s Technology Foot 2- to amount the tie at 3-3 on mixture and progress on absent goals, although Raja Casablanca cruised to a 2- home win around Zambia’s Zanaco to progress 4- all round.

The twelve mixture winners on Wednesday done the sixteen-team line-up for the team phase, the draw for which will be held in Cairo on Saturday, April 21.

CAF Confederation Cup results, Wednesday, April eighteen
Playoff spherical, return-leg matches final mixture scores in parenthesis

Fosa Juniors 2-1 Aduana Stars (3-7)
Welayta Dicha 1- Younger Africans (1-2)
CARA Brazzaville 1- Saint George (1-1 – CARA gained 4-3 on penalties)
Deportivo Niefang – Williamsville AC (-2)
Enyimba – Bidvest Wits (1-1 – Enyimba gained on absent goals)
Akwa United 3-1 Al Hilal (3-3 – Al Hilal gained on absent goals)
Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid 2-1 UD Songo (3-4)
Djoliba – MFM (1-)
Costa do Sol 2- Rayon Sports (2-3)
SuperSport United 2-1 Gor Mahia (2-2 – Gor Mahia gained on absent goals)
RS Berkane 2- Technology Foot (3-3 – RS Berkane gained on absent goals)
Raja Casablanca 3- Zanaco (5-)

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Township Rollers’ Nikola Kavazovic set to be new Kaizer Chiefs coach

With speculation performing the rounds that Kaizer Chiefs are looking for coach Steve Komphela’s substitute, a supply in Botswana has verified that Township Rollers coach Nikola Kavazovic will direct Amakhosi following season.

Sources near to the enhancement of Botswana uncovered that the former Amakhosi defender will leave the Naturena-centered facet as his 3-calendar year deal expires at the stop of the season.

Just right after their 1- win over Platinum Stars at the FNB Stadium, Komphela’s post-match reaction advised that he is sending his farewell messages.

He spoke to SuperSport Tv set right after the game and reported: “as he goes out, he many thanks to everybody who has put stress on him”.

The fourth-positioned Chiefs have been under stress to bag a win right after suffering a 3- defeat against Chippa United at the exact same venue previous weekend.

Ensuing from that defeat, the club’s fans pelted the coach and the players with objects as they exited the pitch, shouting for the coach to leave.

“As I go out, I must thank everybody” reported Komphela right after Chiefs‘ win on Sunday.

“Personally, I must thank everybody who has put stress on me. I could not have been the coal that I am. I could not have been the diamond that I am. I would have stayed a very simple muddy house.
“It is by way of stress that you get greater.

“But you have to take the stress mainly because at the again of not accepting stress you are denying “God what he desires you to do.

“He is getting ready for another environment – it could be outside football, it could be anywhere else. So do not say no to difficulties, relatively search for more knowledge.

“I have developed immensely. I am not the exact same coach that came to Chiefs, as I go out I must thank everybody.

“The stress that you get tends to make you a greater man or woman. Emotionally, I was extremely weak as a man or woman but if you inquire me now the thoughts are much better and that moves further into the ranges of religion.

“Maybe I want to be more faithful and the only way to do that is to have thoughts that are potent and stable, that almost nothing hurts you but that comes from considering.”

The Soweto giants have endured a two and a fifty percent trophyless decades below Komphela’s reign and word is that Kavazovic will head to Johannesburg and triumph the former Bafana Bafana skipper.

“Yes, Kavazovic is coming to the PSL and choose over at Kaizer Chiefs – Komphela is leaving,” reported the supply.

The Serbian manager has led Rollers to the CAF Champions League group stages, Popa (as Rollers is affectionately regarded) turned the very first club from Botswana to attain that feat.

In their domestic league campaign, they sit at the summit of the BTC Premiership table with 53 points from 24 games.

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Nyatama, Qalinge consider Pirates to victory

Goals from Musa Nyatama and Thabo Qalinge saw Orlando Pirates claim a 2-1 win more than AmaZulu at King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday.

The result sees the Buccaneers continue to be in Absa Premiership title competition, as they shut to inside of 3 points of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns (who have a game in hand), even though Usuthu continues to be in tenth place on the log.

AmaZulu began strongly and claimed the lead in the eleventh minute: a fast counter-attack saw Ovidy Karuru run no cost down the proper flank right before giving a great small cross for Mabhuti Khenyeza to convert the ball home at the far post, 1-.

The team in eco-friendly were then ready to allow for Pirates the vast majority of possession, but they remained an excellent risk on the split, with the knowledge of Siyabonga Nomvethe and Khenyeza combining very well with the pace and vitality of Mhlengi Cele and Karuru.

The Buccaneers took an even though to get well from AmaZulu’s aggressive start, but in the 33rd minute, they drew level at 1-1, with Musa Nyatama’s glancing header from Luvoyo Memela’s no cost kick obtaining the far better of goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha.

Pirates endured an injury blow towards the top of the 1st 50 percent when Thembinkosi Lorch took an awkward drop and appeared to undergo a shoulder injury, necessitating the introduction of Augustine Mulenga at the start of the 2nd stanza.

The visitors appeared the likelier scorers right after the restart and AmaZulu goalkeeper Mbatha experienced quite a few heart-in-mouth moments wherever he wandered off his line to give Pirates hope of a 2nd goal but in some way the Usuthu defence held business.

On seventy-four minutes Mbatha pulled off an outstanding save, diving small to his proper to continue to keep out a small shot from Justin Shonga, right before AmaZulu wasted an excellent possibility, as Cele fired superior and large right after a low kick delivery glanced into his path.

AmaZulu’s courageous rearguard action lastly faltered in the eightieth minute, as a cross from the left by Harmless Maela was skipped by his teammates in the centre, but substitute Thabo Qalinge arrived late to fulfil the ball and strike a small shot into the again of the net, 2-1 to Bucs.

AmaZulu (1) 1 (Khenyeza 11’)

Orlando Pirates (1) 2 (Nyatama 33’, Qalinge 80’)

AmaZulu: S. Mbatha, Sikhakhane, M. Gumede, Ouro-Akoriko, Mabiliso, Ncube, Mnguni, Cele (Manzini 83’), Karuru, Nomvethe (Ncobeni 73’), Khenyeza (Morton 68’)

Pirates: Mpontshane, Thopola, Jele, Shitolo, Maela, Mlambo, Nyatama, Lorch (Mulenga 46’), Makola (Qalinge 61’), Memela (Munetsi 83’), Shonga

Ogenyi Onazi desires to make Nigerians proud in Russia – 2018 FIFA World Cup

Ogenyi Onazi desires to make Nigerians proud in Russia

 Ogenyi Onazi,Nigeria

Ogenyi Onazi


Nigeria’s global midfielder Ogenyi Onazi suggests he has developed in leaps and bounds since generating his debut for the Tremendous Eagles for a long time in the past. Onazi made his debut in the course of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and points have been relatively demanding although donning the Tremendous Eagles environmentally friendly.

Just after failing to qualify for successive 2015 and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournaments for the initially time in about forty a long time, he admits the place was struggling. “At that minute we experienced a lot of issues in the place, with the federation, between the players and there was a lot of confusion in the team,” Onazi admitted to FIFA.com. “We did not give up mainly because we experienced the option to demonstrate we were really a team and we were capable to make it. “We just advised ourselves we have to do this for all people we gave all our hearts from working day one to the pretty final.” However, in advance of the 2018 global tournament’s version, the Trabzonspor player extra that he desires to make persons pleased and proud of the team.
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“This is my goal in lifestyle: To make persons pleased and to make certain that they have hopes that points are likely to be improved in lifestyle,” extra Onazi. “It was a really good minute for us. We experienced to celebrate it pretty effectively with our captain John Mikel Obi.”

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South African champions Bidvest Wits want Cameroonian striker Epoupa – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Gavin Hunt, coach of Bidvest Wits ©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Dec 02, 2017. 13:00


South African side Bidvest Wits are said to have shown interest in Christian Epoupa.

The Cameroonian striker is currently on the books of Dynamos, who are campaigning in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League (ZPSL).

The highly-rated player has been linked with South African club Ajax Cape Town in the past.

Wits and another South African side Polokwane City are also believed to be keen to sign the attacker.

Dynamos chairman Keni Mubaiwa has been quoted as confirming talks for the forward with clubs in South Africa.

“A number of clubs from South Africa have made contact with Christian,” he told News Day.

“Some were here in the past few days for negotiations and others have been talking to us on the phone.

“We have not agreed with anyone because of the price. We have put our value on the player, which the teams are saying they cannot meet,” he continued.

“The good thing on our part is that we are not desperate to sell, so we will try to get the full value of what we think our player is worth.

Epoupa scored 12 goals in the ZPSL this past season.



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Africa’s 2018 World Cup teams to receive $500,000 – 2018 FIFA World Cup – Russia


CAF 1st Vice President, Kwesi Nyantakyi

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Dec 02, 2017. 12:00


The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will give US$500,000 to each the of the continent’s 2018 FIFA World Cup teams.

Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia will receive the money ahead of next year’s finals in Russia.

CAF released the following statement on their official website.

“At its last meeting held on 16 November 2017 in Rabat, Morocco, the CAF Executive Committee decided to set up an ad hoc committee chaired by the CAF 1st Vice President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, to map out a kind of support to be provided to African representatives to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.

“The committee, which has CAF Executive Committee member Kalusha Bwalya and presidents of the Football Associations of the five qualified countries as members, met in Moscow, Russia, on the sidelines of the draw for the FIFA World Cup scheduled for 1 December 2017.

“At the meeting, it was decided that CAF will grant a financial subsidy of $500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand dollars) to each of the five African teams. The financial package will be used mainly to strengthen and improve the technical supervision of each team.

“In addition, CAF will provide each African representative with “fieldwiz” equipment, a technological device and physical performance measuring tool for outdoor team sports players,” a statement read.



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South Africa beat Botswana in 2018 Women’s U17 WC qualifier


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Saturday Dec 02, 2017. 11:00


The South African U17 Women’s National Team (Bantwana) defeated Botswana 5-1 in the first leg first round of the 2018 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifier played at the Lobatse Sports Complex on Friday, 1 December 2017.

With this being a new squad, South Africa head coach Simphiwe Dludlu gave debuts to 11 players, and they did not disappoint.

Goals from Karabo Dlamini, Thambolinye Mzoneli, Miche Minnies, Jessica Wade as well as an own goal from Tshegofatso Mosotho were enough to see South Africa take a healthy lead going into the second leg which will be played in two weeks time.

Bantwana started on a high grabbing the first goal in the first minute of play through Dlamini, before Mzoneli made it 2-0 in the 15th minute.

But a minute later the hosts pulled one back when Leungo Senwelo latched on to a defence splitting pass and pushed the ball past an advancing Kaydee Windvogel in the Bantwana goals.

Four minutes before the half time whistle, South Africa extended their lead through and own goal by Tshegofatso Mosotho – leaving the score at 3-1.

In the second stanza, Bantwana continued where they left off in the first half and increased their lead to 4-1 from a Miche Minnies goal in the 56th minute.

Five minutes later South Africa was awarded a free kick and Jessica Wade took it brilliantly to beat Atang Sedimonyane in the Botswana goals.

In the 73rd minute Bantwana captain Kaylin Jordaan was adjudged to have fouled her opponent and Botswana were awarded a penalty.

Esalenna Galekhutle stepped up to take it but Windvogel pulled off a beautiful save to keep the scored at 5-1 to Bantwana.

South Africa head coach Simphiwe Dludlu made two substitutions bringing Holweni for Mzoneli and Micaela Nunens for Wade.

Bantwana travel back to South Africa on Saturday, 2 December. The second leg will be played on Saturday, 16 December 2017 at the Dobsonville Stadium.



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