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CAF Confederation Cup: SuperSport 0-0 TP Mazembe – As it happened – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Nov 25, 2017. 22:02


Welcome to coverage of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup final, second leg between SuperSport United and TP Mazembe from the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Tshwane, South Africa.

Commentary:

All times CAT

90+4′ – Full time – It ends 0-0 and TP Mazembe win the final 2-1 on aggregate! The DRC giants defend their Confederation Cup crown, while the South Africans miss out on a first continental prize!

90+1′ – Yellow card – Furman booked for a challenge borne of frustration. There will be four minutes of added time.

90′ – Red card – Phala is sent off for a studs-up challenge, he can have no complaint. It’s 10 v 10 for what remains of the match.

88′ – Wome plays a disappointing pass straight out of play as the desperation builds for United…

85′ – Five minutes left for SuperSport to get one goal against a team down to 10 men. Surely they’ll never get a better chance to win a continental competition?

82′ – Yellow card, sending off – Mazembe down to 10 men for the remainder of the match after Kabaso picks up his second booking and is sent off! The defender went through the back of Nkhatha to earn the caution.

81′ – Substitution – Kingston Nkhatha replaces Mbule in the last change of the match.

80′ – Grobler shoots direct from the set piece… way too high, disappointing effort.

79′ – Free kick just outside the penalty area for United. Can they make something of this chance?

77′ – Yellow card – Kabaso now booked for a late challenge in midfield. It suits the visitors to make the game stop-start…

76′ – Yellow card – Mpeko cautioned for a late kick on the United goalkeeper.

74′ – Substitution – Traore makes way for Solomon Asante in the final change for the Ravens.

73′ – Wome brings down a cross in the box and gets away a shot, but it’s a cormfortable save for the TPM ‘keeper.

72′ – Malango with a low shot… comfortable save for Williams.

71′ – Yellow card – Mashamaite is perhaps lucky to get only a caution as he cynically takes down Mika.

68′ – Kimwaki goes down with cramp, it’s already some crafty time wasting from TPM as we reach the midway point of the second half.

66′ – Substitution – Dove Wome replaces Brockie in United’s second change. The New Zealand striker won’t add any further to the 10 goals he has in the competition.

65′ – Malango with a great turn down the left flank, but his attempted cross is poor.

64′ – Substitution – Adjei makes way for Miche Mika in Mazembe’s second change.

61′ – Modiba with a shooting chance on the left of the box… just over the target! United are getting closer.

60′ – Substitution – Kalaba is replaced by Mechak Elia in Mazembe’s first change.

57′ – Mbule tumbles in the box, but there’s no real shot for a penalty from the hosts.

55′ – A United corner is flicked on by Daniels, before Grobler and Mashamaite both miss out on the loose ball!

53′ – Kekana floats in a cross from the right, Kimwaki with a good headed clearance.

50′ – Grobler with a half chance in the penalty area, but he’s called back for a hand ball.

49′ – Mashamaite with a fine challenge to stop the run of Traore in the penalty area. Mazembe look revived after the half time break.

46′ – Substitution – Back underway in the second half. United have made a change at the break, with Nhlapo making way for Grant Kekana, presumably due to injury.

45+1′ – Half time – The game and the tie remain precariously poised at 0-0 and 2-1 to TPM respectively. The visitors will feel they should have killed off the game early on, but United’s growing strength suggests the trophy remains within their reach.

45′ – There will be one minute of added time.

44′ – Brockie with an imaginative attempt on the turn, but it’s no real threat to the TPM goal.

42′ – Yellow card – Kalaba booked for a blatant foul on Nhlapo.

40′ – Five minutes to half time, United are showing their strength now and will feel that the game is there for them to win after Mazembe’s early misses.

37′ – Kalaba tries a long-range curler which drifts wide of Williams’ left-hand post.

36′ – Fine defence from Kouame as he clears an awkward ball between Brockie and Grobler.

34′ – Malango crosses from the right, but it’s straight out for a goal kick. The visitors’ attack has gone quite in the last few minutes, with United gradually claiming a control of the game.

31′ – Past the half hour mark, still 0-0. Mazembe with an injury worry after Kimwaki goes down, but he should be okay to play on.

29′ – Grobler goes for goal… hits the wall. The second ball into the box sees Mashamaite find the back of the net, but he’s flagged offside.

28′ – Mbule wins a free kick in the ‘D’ of Mazembe’s box after a foul from Adjei. Great attacking opportunity for the hosts…

27′ – Kiaku gets a talking to from the referee after chopping down Nhlapo on United’s right flank.

24′ – Past the midway point of the first half here in Tshwane, still 0-0 in the match and 2-1 to TPM on aggregate.

22′ – SuperSport down to 10 men temporarily while Mashamaite receives treatment for a cut to the head.

19′ – Traore shoots from long range… well off target.

17′ – Another comfortable claim for Gbouhouo. An easy evening for TPM’s defence so far.

16′ – United need to shake off the cobwebs, they’re being totally outplayed by Mazembe so far and remain in contention only through sheer luck.

14′ – Great work from Kalaba down the left, his pull back finds Adjei, who misses a glaring chance from close range! It should be 2-0 to the visitors…

12′ – A first touch – and a confident one at that – for goalkeeper Gbouhouo, who claims a left-flank cross from Modiba.

10′ – Kalaba springs the offside trap brilliantly, finds himself faced one-on-one with Williams, but he panics and shoots over! What a great chance missed by the Ravens!

8′ – Kalaba crosses from the left, but there’s no one in the middle for the DRC visitors.

6′ – Mazembe’s first effort in anger comes from Sinkala, whose long-range drive is high and wide.

3′ – Phala crosses from the corner, finds Letsholonyane ahead of the near post, but the midfielder’s flick is out for a goal kick to Mazembe.

2′ – Phala wins the first corner kick of the match in favour of the hosts.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Tshwane! SuperSport wear all blue, while Mazembe are in black and white.

20h10 – The referee for tonight’s clash is Senegalese official Malang Diedhiou. And a reminder that if SuperSport wins the game 2-1, we will go straight to a penalty shootout with no extra time.

19h45 – Half an hour to kick-off in Tshwane. Just a reminder that the first leg in Lubumbashi last weekend ended in a 2-1 win for Mazembe. Adama Traore and Daniel Nii Adjei scored for the Ravens, while Matsatsantsa’s away goal was netted by Sipho Mbule.

Here are the starting line-ups…

SuperSport: Ronwen Williams, Siyabonga Nhlapo, Tefu Mashamaite, Clayton Daniels, Aubrey Modiba, Dean Furman, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Thuso Phala, Sipho Mbule, Bradley Grobler, Jeremy Brockie

TP Mazembe: Sylvain Gbouhouo, Issama Mpeko, Joel Kimwaki, Chongo Kabaso, Zola Kiaku, Nathan Sinkala, Koffi Kouame, Daniel Nii Adjei, Adama Traore, Ben Malango, Rainford Kalaba

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CAF Confederation Cup: SuperSport 0-0 TP Mazembe – LIVE – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup

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Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United challenged by 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

Saturday Nov 25, 2017. 20:28


Welcome to LIVE coverage of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup final, second leg between SuperSport United and TP Mazembe from the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Tshwane, South Africa.

Live Commentary (press F5 to refresh)

All times CAT

14′ – Great work from Kalaba down the left, his pull back finds Adjei, who misses a glaring chance from close range! It should be 2-0 to the visitors…

12′ – A first touch – and a confident one at that – for goalkeeper Gbouhouo, who claims a left-flank cross from Modiba.

10′ – Kalaba springs the offside trap brilliantly, finds himself faced one-on-one with Williams, but he panics and shoots over! What a great chance missed by the Ravens!

8′ – Kalaba crosses from the left, but there’s no one in the middle for the DRC visitors.

6′ – Mazembe’s first effort in anger comes from Sinkala, whose long-range drive is high and wide.

3′ – Phala crosses from the corner, finds Letsholonyane ahead of the near post, but the midfielder’s flick is out for a goal kick to Mazembe.

2′ – Phala wins the first corner kick of the match in favour of the hosts.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Tshwane! SuperSport wear all blue, while Mazembe are in black and white.

20h10 – The referee for tonight‘s clash is Senegalese official Malang Diedhiou. And a reminder that if SuperSport wins the game 2-1, we will go straight to a penalty shootout with no extra time.

19h45 – Half an hour to kick-off in Tshwane. Just a reminder that the first leg in Lubumbashi last weekend ended in a 2-1 win for Mazembe. Adama Traore and Daniel Nii Adjei scored for the Ravens, while Matsatsantsa’s away goal was netted by Sipho Mbule.

Here are the starting line-ups…

SuperSport: Ronwen Williams, Siyabonga Nhlapo, Tefu Mashamaite, Clayton Daniels, Aubrey Modiba, Dean Furman, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Thuso Phala, Sipho Mbule, Bradley Grobler, Jeremy Brockie

TP Mazembe: Sylvain Gbouhouo, Issama Mpeko, Joel Kimwaki, Chongo Kabaso, Zola Kiaku, Nathan Sinkala, Koffi Kouame, Daniel Nii Adjei, Adama Traore, Ben Malango, Rainford Kalaba

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

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Rise and Shine held to 0-0 draw in Polokwane

Evans Rusike of Maritzburg Utd

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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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2018 World Cup Qualifier: Tunisia 0-0 Libya – AS IT HAPPENED – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Taha Yassine Khenissi of Tunisia wins header against Blati Toure of Burkina Faso during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon quarterfinal football match between Burkina Faso and Tunisia at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 28 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Nov 11, 2017. 21:18


We have come to the end of the ASW and we thank you for joining us for the match.

Lineups:

Tunisia: Mathlouthi, Youssef, Merieh, Msakni, Khazri, Khenissi, Maaloul, Ben Amor, Chaalani, Naguez, Badri

Libya: Nashnush, Maghasi, Sabbou, Tubal, Al-Warfali, Ghanudi, Mohamed, Benali, Eltrbi, Musrati, Ellafi

Commentary:

90+5′ – It is full time in Rades and Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles have booked a spot in Russia. They join Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal, and Morocco.

90+5′ – Sub for Libya: Ghanudi off for El Taher

90+5′ – Five minutes added in the match and Libya will hope to secure a win in the dying stages of the tie, whilst the hosts will want to end it at 0-0.

87′ – Three minutes to wrap the encounter and it looks like it will finish at 0-0. Should it finish at 0-0, the score will be favourable for the hosts to book a spot in Russia.

83′ – Sub for Tunisia: Sassi on for Badri

80′ – Nashnush receives a yellow card for time wasting.

75′ – Ghilane Chaalani given acres of space in the middle of the field and is able to test Nashnush from a distance aiming for the top left corner, but the keeper is equal to the task and makes a superb save.

74′ – Sub for Libya: Tubal off for Taktak.

71′ Ben Amor is booked for a foul.

70′ Sub for Tunisia: Oussama Hadadi on for Ali Maaloul and Ben Youssef on for Khazri

65′ – Despite their dominance and support at home, the Tunisians are not so clinical in front of goal.

60′ – Libya under siege from their hosts, yet their defence remains stable and protecting Nashnush very well. No goals in the encounter as yet.

58′ Sub for Libya: Badr on for Ellafi.

56′ – A dipping strike by Msakni saw Nashnush diving to his left to parry the ball away for a corner. The host could not capitalise from the set piece.

50′ – Mathlouthi saves a well-struck shot by Musrati to collect from second attempt. Tunisia losing the ball easily in the heart of the park.

46′ – The second is underway, we are yet to see goals in the encounter.

45+2′ Two minutes of injury time were added by the referee and there were no clear cut chances. It is half time in Rades. 0-0.

44′ – Good touches by the Knights in the hosts half, but a final shot is wide off the target. An acrobatic attempt from Anice Badri forces another brilliant save from Libyan keeper to concede a corner.

40′ – Taha Khenissi nearly found the back of the net when Nashnush tried to punch away a cross from the left, the ball went straight to Khenissi yet it went over the cross bar.

38′ – Msakni tries another shot from a brilliant one touch football, his weak effort is collected by Nashnush. Tunisia 0-0 Libya.

30′ – Tunisia need a draw to book a spot at the World Cup in Russia. Good movement by Tunisia and Youssef Msakni fails to keep his shot on target in the box.

25′ – Libya are also holding their own in the crucial encounter. Coach Jalal Damja seems to be impressed by his charges.

21′ – Tunisia in a hurry to bag an early goal, but are yet to dominate in the final third. Libya take a shot through Ahmed Eltrbi, but Mathlouthi saves. No goals after 20 minutes in Rades.

15′ – A spectacular volley from Wahbi Khazri in the 12th minute nearly caught Nashnush off his line, but it went wide off the left top corner. Libya’s Hamdou Mohamed tries a curling shot form a counter attack, but it’s wide.

10′ – The Mediterranean Knights are also fighting to penetrate the hosts, but find it difficult to break down the Tunisian defence. However, it is Tunisia who look threatening so far.

05′ – Tunisia dictating terms as early as the third minute, with Mohamed Nashnush producing a fine save from Syam Ben Youssef’s hot in the box.

01′ – Libya get the proceedings underway in front of a packed Stade Olympique de Radès. The match gets underway.

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Absa Premiership wrap: Soweto derby ends 0-0, leaders Baroka suffer first loss

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Daniel Cardoso of Kaizer Chiefs clears ball from Thamsanqa Gabuza of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on 21 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 23, 2017. 09:30


Baroka FC suffered their first loss in the Absa Premiership this season but continue to lead the log after another thrilling weekend round of matches.

Saturday’s feature match was the Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, though it was an entirely predictable result, as the teams played out a goalless stalemate. It was a match which only really sparked to life in the second half, but neither side did enough to earn more than a share of the spoils.

Elsewhere, on the same afternoon, Golden Arrows needed a late goal from Thomas Chideu to retain their unbeaten record, as they were held 2-2 at home by Polokwane City to record a sixth draw from nine matches this season.

The three evening games made for fascinating viewing, as AmaZulu claimed a shock win over Mamelodi Sundowns. Goals from ‘golden oldies’ Siyabonga Nomvethe and Mabhuti Khenyeza saw Usuthu hand the Brazilians a third successive home defeat this season.

Platinum Stars continue to show gradual signs of improvement as they secured a 1-1 draw away to in-form Free State Stars, while Ajax Cape Town claimed a much-needed win – 2-1 at home to Bloemfontein Celtic – thanks to goals from Bantu Mzwakali and Tashreeq Morris.

Sunday’s headline result was Bidvest Wits defeating Baroka FC 1-0 in the Limpopo province thanks to Vincent Pule’s first-half strike. It was Bakgaga’s first defeat of the season and saw the Clever Boys move out of the relegation zone.

In the Eastern Cape, Chippa United came from a goal down to beat Cape Town City 2-1 thanks to second-half goals from Abel Mabaso and Katlego Mashego. The result broke a six-match winless streak for the Clever Boys and handed the Citizens a second straight loss.

The Absa Premiership will return with a full round of matches on the midweek dates of October 31 to November 1.

Absa Premiership weekend results

Saturday 21 October

Kaizer Chiefs 0-0 Orlando Pirates

Golden Arrows 2-2 Polokwane City

Mamelodi Sundowns 1-2 AmaZulu

Free State Stars 1-1 Platinum Stars

Ajax Cape Town 2-1 Bloemfontein Celtic

Sunday 22 October

Baroka 0-1 Bidvest Wits

Chippa 2-1 Cape Town City

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FUS held 0-0 by TP Mazembe

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Hmza Semmouni (L) of FATH Union Sport in action against Raiford Kalaba (R) of TP Mazembe during the semifinal of the 2017 Confederations Cup match between FATH Union Sport and TP Mazembe in Rabat on 21 October 2017 .. © BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 00:36


FUS Rabat’s dream of advancing into the CAF Confederation Cup final was shattered on Saturday night when they were held 0-0 by TP Mazembe in Morocco.

The result at the Stade de FUS in Rabat secured a 1-0 aggregate triumph for Mazembe, who move into the final and remain on course to defend their continental crown.

The first half presented few attacking opportunities at either end, with TP Mazembe happy to sit back, absorb whatever the hosts could throw at them, and look to hit on the counter.

Rabat were able to enjoy the majority of ball possession, but it was a classic case of sterile domination, with the Ravens holding their opponents at arm’s length.

FUS started strongly in the second half and created a good chance for Brahim El Bahraoui, but the striker wasn’t able to convert and bring the teams level on aggregate.

Mazembe gradually began to come out of their shell as the game wore on, with substitute Meshak Elia a particular threat after coming off the bench to replace captain Rainford Kalaba.

Yet neither side was able to work an opening in the 90 minutes, allowing Mazembe to see out a 0-0 draw and secure their place in the final.

The DR Congo giants will face either SuperSport United or Club Africain over two legs in November.

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Soweto Derby – Kaizer Chiefs 0-0 Orlando Pirates – As it happened – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 17:17


Welcome to coverage of the Absa Premiership Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates from the FNB Stadium.

Commentary:

All times CAT

90+4′ – Full time – It ends in a predictable draw, a fair reflection of the game. Both teams hit the woodwork, neither really did enough to earn all three points.

90+3′ – But Tshabalala’s free kick is headed clear.

90+2′ – Yellow card – Mobara with a stupid challenge to give away a free kick in a dangerous position right at the death.

90+1′ – There will be three minutes of added time.

90′ – Pirates with a corner kick in the final minute of regulation time, but they don’t really test Chiefs’ defence.

87′ – Yellow card – Tshabalala booked for a late challenge on Sarr.

86′ – Substitution – The final change sees Ryan Moon replace Parker upfront for Chiefs.

85′ – Pirates with a corner kick from Makola, but Mathoho heads clear.

83′ – Chiefs ending the match strongly, they look to have plenty of legs left. Pirates are tired and weary after bossing most of the game.

81′ – Substitution – Thembinkosi Lorch replaces the excellent Qalinge, who finally ran out of steam after a great performance.

80′ – Great chance for Chiefs! Maluleka crosses from the right to pick out an unmarked Cardoso at the back post, but he volleys over!

77′ – Yellow card – Makola goes through Meyiwa and is deservedly booked.

76′ – Chiefs with a free kick in a great attacking position… Tshabalala looks to shoot on goal, but only hits the wall.

74′ – Substitution – Wiseman Meyiwa replaces Ngezana for Chiefs.

73′ – Yellow card – Pirates have the ball in the back of the net as Morrison turns home Makola’s cross, but the forward used his hand and is rightly booked.

71′ – Tshabalala crosses from a free kick, Katsande heads on target… great one-handed save from Sandilands! He hasn’t had much to do, but he was sharp to the danger that time!

68′ – Molangoane crosses from the right, Parker tries an overhead kick which doesn’t come off. Goal kick to Pirates.

66′ – Maela floats in a cross from the left, Gabuza gets up to win the header but can’t direct his effort on target.

64′ – Substitution – Rakhale off and Thamsanqa Gabuza on in Pirates’ second change.

63′ – Chiefs with a sustained attack which ends with Tshabalala shooting toward the near post and Sandilands saving. But it should have been so much more for the Amakhosi, they had Bucs on the rack just then!

61′ – Past the hour mark, the tempo has risen after those substitutions – both teams now have more energy and movement upfront.

58′ – Qalinge shoots on goal direct from a free kick, punched away by Khune.

57′ – Yellow card – Ngezana booked for a clumsy challenge.

56′ – Substitution – Pirates’ first change sees Kutumela make way for Bernard Morrison.

55′ – Makola chips a ball over the top to find the run of Qalinge, who tries an acrobatic volley and rattles the crossbar! So close for Bucs!
Substitution – Chiefs’ first change sees Gustavo Paez replace Ekstein.

53′ – Tshabalala with a good delivery from the set piece, but no chance created for Amakhosi.

52′ – Rare chance for Chiefs as Zulu crosses from the left and Parker looks to head on goal… the ball loops out of play for a corner kick.

51′ – Back to the same pattern as the first half: plenty of the ball for Pirates, but Chiefs able to defend quite comfortably.

48′ – Parker picks up a loose ball and shoots from range, but his effort is high and wide.

46′ – Back underway in the second half, no changes from either team at the break.

45+2′ – Half time – Goalless at the break. Pirates have enjoyed most of the ball, but have had little penetration. Chiefs look dangerous from set pieces and will hope to win the chess battle in the second stanza.

45′ – Qalinge picks out Makola with a great back-heel, but the Pirates midfielder then shoots into the side netting!

44′ – Yellow card – Sarr cautioned for a trip on Katsande in midfield.

43′ – Pirates work a corner to see Rakhale shoot through bodies from outside the ‘D’ of the box and Khune gets down to make a fine save low to his right!

41′ – Makola shoots from range… again not on target. Chiefs still keeping Bucs at arm’s length with relative ease.

39′ – Mathoho with a good challenge to stop Matlaba in his tracks. Now Rakhale gets a curling shot away, but it’s an easy save for Khune.

36′ – Yellow card – Katsande cautioned for a foul in midfield, he’ll have to tread carefully for the rest of the match.

35′ – Good work from Cardoso to hold off Kutumela. The Chiefs defence hasn’t really been tested thus far.

33′ – Matlaba shoots from range… high and wide.

31′ – Rakhale with a good cross from the right, but it’s just too high for Kutumela to get onto.

29′ – Maluleka crosses from the set piece, Ngezana wins the header at the back post and hits the opposite upright with his effort! So close to a second goal in as many games for the youngster!

28′ – Tshabalala wins a free kick wide on the right for Chiefs. What can the Amakhosi create from this?

26′ – Maela with a fine cross from the left, but Pirates don’t have the numbers in Chiefs’ box to take advantage.

24′ – Past the midway point of the first half, still goalless at FNB Stadium between Chiefs and Pirates.

22′ – Parker with a couple of touches in Pirates’ box, but he’s quickly crowded out by Chabalala and Mobara.

20′ – Qalinge seeing a lot of the ball and doing a great job to link play for Pirates, but they need a little more speed and incisiveness to trouble the Amakhosi.

17′ – Chiefs used similar tactics away to Mamelodi Sundowns in midweek and came away with an impressive 2-1 victory.

16′ – Plenty of the ball for Bucs, but they don’t really look threatening. Chiefs will be quite comfortable with the way the game is going.

14′ – Yellow card – Kutumela receives a silly booking for a challenge on Khune.

12′ – Makola with a long-range drive… high and wide, no worry for Khune.

11′ – Tshabalala plays a great reverse pass to put Parker in on goal, but Sandilands was quick off his line to smother the ball!

10′ – A sustained spell of possession for Pirates ends with Qalinge crossing from the right, only for Khune to make an easy catch.

7′ – Chiefs with an attacking free kick which takes a couple of deflections before bouncing into the hands of goalkeeper Sandilands, who is playing in his first Soweto Derby.

5′ – The corner is initially cleared by Zulu and Chiefs go on to defend solidly in the face of some Pirates pressure, before Maluleka wins a free kick near his own penalty area.

4′ – Qalinge tries from long range and his skidding shot is turned away for a corner kick by Khune!

2′ – Qalinge with an early piece of showboating to get the crowd cheering…

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway at FNB Stadium! Chiefs wear gold with black trim, while Pirates are in black with white trim.

15h25 – Thando Ndzandzeka is the referee for today’s match. We are just a few minutes away from kick-off

15h15 – There’s little to separate these teams as they come into this clash: Pirates are third on the log with 13 points, while Chiefs are fourth on 12 points. A draw would seem the likely result and history backs this up: the teams have drawn their last three league meetings in succession, while seven of the last 10 have ended in stalemates.

15h00 – Half an hour to kick-off, here are the starting XIs:

Kaizer Chiefs: Itumeleng Khune, Siyabonga Ngezana, Daniel Cardoso, Erick Mathoho, Philani Zulu, Joseph Molangoane, Willard Katsande, George Maluleka, Hendrick Ekstein, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker

Orlando Pirates: Wayne Sandilands, Thabo Matlaba, Justice Chabalala, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Innocent Maela, Thabo Qalinga, Abbubaker Mobara, Issa Sarr, Mpho Makola, Thabo Rakhale, Thabiso Kutumela

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2018 FIFA WCQ: Cape Verde 0-0 Senegal – LIVE – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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2018 FIFA WCQ: Cape Verde 0-0 Senegal – LIVE

Sadio Mane of Senegal reacts in disappointment for missing a penalty during the Afcon Quarter Final match between Senegal and Cameroon on the 28 January 2017 at Franceville , Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 07, 2017. 19:43


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group D match between Cape Verde and Senegal at the Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde in Praia.

Line-ups:

Cape Verde XI: Vozinha, Stopira, Varela, Babanco, Soares, Nhuck, Rodrigues, Perreira, Ponck, Mendes, Almeida.

Senegal XI: Ndiaye; Wague, Mbodj, Koulibaly, Mbengue; Gueye, Kouyaté, P.Ndiaye; Keita Baldé, Sakho, Mané.

Commentary:

60′ – CHANCE! Senegal midfielder P.Ndiaye fires straight at Cape Verde keeper Vozinha, who denies him.

55′ – It is still 0-0 here in Praia as we approach the hour-mark.

50′ – Cape Verde fail to capitalize after Senegal keeper Ndiaye had dropped the ball inside the box.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Cape Verde 0-0 Senegal.

45′ – The fourth official has added two minutes.

40′ – Cape Verde captain Soares finds some space outside the Senegal box and he forces keeper Ndiaye into a comfortable save.

35′ – Senegal’s talisman Mane has been tightly marked by the Cape Verde defence thus far.

30′ – It remains goalless here in Praia as we reach the half-hour mark.

25′ – Senegal striker Sakho fires over the crossbar from outside the Cape Verde box.

20′ – Cape Verde’s talisman Mendes has been lively for the hosts thus far keeping the Senegal defence busy.

15′ – It’s end-to-end stuff as the two sides look for the opening goal.

10′ – GREAT SAVE! Mendes sets up his Cape Verde team-mate Rodrigues, who is denied by Senegal goalkeeper Ndiaye.

5′ – Senegal midfielder Gueye’s long range effort from a free-kick is easily saved by Cape Verde goalkeeper Vozinha.

1′ – The match is underway.

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2018 FIFA WCQ: Uganda 0-0 Ghana – AS IT HAPPENED – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Staff Reporter

Saturday Oct 07, 2017. 16:55


Good afternoon and welcome to the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala for our live coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group E qualifier between Uganda and Ghana, on 07 October 2017.

Uganda: Onyango; Isinde, Mawejje, Okwi, Kizito (Ochaya 73′), Nsibambi (Serunkuma 67′), Iguma, Wakiro, Walusimbi, Wasswa, Miya (Mutyaba 62′)

Ghana: R.Ofori; Opare, Partey, E.Ofori, Duncan (Dwamena 56′), Sarfo (Twumasi 51′), Agbenyenu, Amartey, Opoku, Yiadom, Acheampong (Attomah 86′)

AS IT HAPPENED UPDATES: 

90+4′ Full-Time: Uganda 0-0 Ghana

90′ Four minutes added.

83′ Amartey has been an absolute beast for Ghana today, as the Cranes struggle to find a way past the burly defender.  Not long to go now, the Cranes are in desperate search of a goal.

75′ Into the final exchanges in Kampala and as things stand Egypt will be smiling, knowing that victory over Congo in Alexandria tomorrow will seal their ticket to Russia.

65′ MISS! Derrick Nsibambi with the miss of the decade as he heads wide from point-blank range! Could this be  the defining moment for the Cranes?

59′ Double booking as Okwi and Partey go into the referee’s book following a tussle.

58′ CHANCE! Patrick Twumasi’s free-kick attempt flies inches over the crossbar. Onyango found himself in an awkward position, but  lucky for him the ball sails wide.

54′ Uganda have had several chances on the counter-attack, but have looked nervous in-front of goal this afternoon. Meanwhile, Ghana are about to make their second change following the introduction of Twumasi.

48′ Early chance for Ghana who win a free-kick in a dangerous position, but it comes to nothing. Wasted opportunity for the visitors.

46′ Second-half is underway in Kampala.  All to play for!

45+2′ Half-Time: Uganda 0-0 Ghana

45′ Two minutes added to the half.

45′ Ebenezer Ofori tries his luck from range, but the ball was always flying wide of goal.

40′ Tempo has died down since the break in play. Both teams reluctant to flood bodies forward knowing a single goal could decide the outcome of the match.

34’Goal! No! … Amartey’s header is chalked off with the assistant’s flag raised for offside.

30′Half-hour played in Kampala and there is nothing to separate the two teams at this point. Stoppage in play following a clash of heads, with teams taking this opportunity to hydrate.

26′ The Black Stars are starting to flex their muscles having weathered early pressure from the Cranes. Still waiting for the game’s opener, though.

18′ CHANCE! Opportunities at either end of the pitch as the game sparks to life. Eric Ofori does just about enough to deny the Cranes before Partey see’s his shot rattle the side-netting from the resulting counter-attack.

10′ Nothing to write home about just yet, with the hosts edging the encounter thus far. A lot on the line and you can sense the tension in the air.

6′ Nervy start to the match for Ghana as Okwi breaks through on goal, but Amartey does just about enough to stop the playmaker in his tracks – takes one for the team so to speak and goes into the referee’s book as a result.

1′ Kick-off in Kampala! Crucial game for both teams with a win a must for the Black Stars especially, if they are to keep their slim hopes alive! The Cranes, though, are in the driving seat, but need all three points or they could see Egypt booking their ticket to Russia later tonight at their expense.

 

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WCQ: Mali 0-0 Ivory Coast – As it happened – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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WCQ: Mali 0-0 Ivory Coast – As it happened

L’international ivoirien Franck Kessié

by
Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Oct 06, 2017. 22:55


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group C match between Mali and Ivory Coast at the Stade du 26 Mars in Bamako.

LINEUPS:

Mali XI: Diarra, Wagué, Traoré, Koné, Fofana, Doumbia, Samassekou , Diarra, Bissouma, Niane, Traore.

Ivory Coast XI: Gbohouo, Aurier, Kanon, Bailly, Konan, Dié, Gbamin, Kessié, Kodjia, Cornet, Assalé.

COMMENTARY:

That’s all from the Stade du 26 Mars where Mali drew 0-0 with Ivory Coast. As a result, Mali are eliminated from the qualifiers, while Ivory Coast remain at the top of Group C standings. Please join us again tomorrow, bye!

FULL-TIME: Mali 0-0 Ivory Coast.

90′ – The fourth official has added three minutes.

85′ – Mali attacker Coulibaly forces Gbohouo into a decent save with a header.

85′ – Five minutes left for the Eagles to snatch a late winning goal.

80′ – Mali sub: Haidara IN, Bissouma OUT.

80′ – CAUTION: Aurier (Ivory Coast)

75′ – The match is stopped as Mali’s Diarra is down injured.

70′ – Twenty minutes left for Mali to snatch a late winning goal and keep their slim hopes of qualifying for the World Cup alive.



67′ – CAUTION: Gbohouo (Ivory Coast)



67′ – Ivory Coast sub: Kalou IN, Assale OUT.

65′ – Mali midfielder Bissouma plays a through ball for Doumbia, who is ruled offside.

63′ – Mali sub: Coulibaly IN, Niane OUT.

60′ – The match is stopped as Mali’s Traore is down injured. It remains goalless as we reach the hour-mark.



55′ – CAUTION: Konan (Ivory Coast)

50′ – Mali defender Kone tries his luck from range and his right footed shot from outside the box misses to the target.



46′ – Ivory Coast sub: Sanogo IN, Die OUT.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Mali 0-0 Ivory Coast.

45′ – The fourth official has added one minute.

40′ – Mali sub: Djenepo IN, Traoré OUT.

40′ – CHANCE! Ivory Coast striker Kodjia has a chance to put the Elephants into the lead, but his effort is blocked.

35′ – CAUTION: Samassekou (Mali)

30′ – It remains goalless here at the Stade du 26 Mars as we reach the half-hour mark.

26′ – CAUTION: Bailly (Ivory Coast)

25′ – Traoré tries a through ball for his Mali team-mate Diarra, but the latter is ruled offside.

20′ – Mali midfielder Bissouma goes down injured and play is stopped.

15′ – The Elephants of Ivory Coast are starting to apply some pressure on the Mali defence with Die stamping his authority in midfield.

10′ – Kodjia is playing as a target-man for Ivory Coast, but there’s no supply for him thus far as Mali continue to dominate possession without testing goalkeeper Gbohouo.

5′ – The Eagles of Mali have been the better side thus far – pressing Ivory Coast in search of an early goal.

1′ – The match is underway.

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Group D in the balance following 0-0 draw in Dakar – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Group D in the balance following 0-0 draw in Dakar

Serigne Mbodji of Senegal is challenged by Sofiane Hanni of Algeria during the Afcon Group B match between Senegal and Algeria on the 23 January 2017 at Franceville , Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Sunday Sep 03, 2017. 00:44


Senegal were held to a 0-0 draw by Burkina Faso in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor in Dakar on Saturday evening, as things in Group D remain wide open.

The Lions of Teranga had a real opportunity to stamp their authority following South Africa’s 2-1 defeat in Praia, but failed in their attempt as focus now switches to the reverse fixture in Ouagadougou this coming Tuesday.

The hosts had Kalidou Koulibaly sent off with six minutes remaining in what ultimately proved to be an underwhelming outing for the West Africans as the Burkinabe remain in control atop the standings.

Both teams showcased their intent from the onset with Idrissa Gana Gueye and

Alain Traoré trying their luck at either end of the pitch before the half-hour mark.

Prejuce Nakoulma then forced Khadim N’Diaye into a good save in the 37th minute with the visitors not content in going on the defensive in the Senegalese capital.

Despite chances at either end the half would end goalless.

The clash would continue at the same tempo following the interval with Senegal throwing everything but the kitchen sink at their opponents.

Burkina Faso, though, stood firm and had their opportunities as Koulibaly received his marching orders in the 84th minute following a second bookable offence.

The visitors introduced Aristide Bancé in an attempt to make good on their advantage, but the burly forward simply ran out of time as the two teams ultimately shared the spoils.

Senegal (0) 0

Burkina Faso (0) 0

Senegal: Khadim N’Diaye; Ciss, Mbodji, Koulibaly, Wague – Gana Gueye, Salif Sané – Sankharé (P.N’Diaye 74′) – Sarr (Keita Baldé 66′), Mané, Sow (Kouyaté 89′)

Burkina Faso: Koffi; Paro (Malo 35′), Dayo, Coulibaly, Koné – Kaboré Touré A.Traoré, Bayala (Banhoro 79′) – B. Traoré Nakoulma (Bancé 87′)

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