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Uganda receive 10 billion in country’s biggest sponsorship deal from Airtel – FUFA Super League 2017/18

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Uganda receive 10 billion in country's biggest sponsorship deal from Airtel

Fufa President, Engineer Moses Magogo (L) and former Fufa President, Lawrence Mulindwa share a moment together after the 2017 Total Caf Confederation Cup match between KCCA FC (Uganda) and Club Africain (Tunisia) on 23 May 2017 at Phillip Omondi Stadium, Lugogo, Kampala. ©Ismail Kezaala/BackpagePix

by
Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 06, 2017. 17:00


The Federation of Ugandan Football Associations have received a massive financial boost as Airtel Uganda Limited has renewed its partnership with the FA.

Airtel is a leading telecommunications giant and announced the deal on Monday as the Cranes main sponsors.

It is announced that part of the package will be spent on the FUFA Juniors League, Airtel FUFA Awards and The Uganda Cranes Regional Tours.

According to a statement released by FUFA, the new new sponsorship deal is worth Ug.shs 10 billion for a period of four years.

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At the event, FUFA was represented by the President Moses Magogo whilst Airtel Uganda Limited’s delegation was led by the Managing Director VG Somasekhar.

“These are four more years to write a new history in Uganda’s football circles. The Shs 10 Billion contribution is to make a meaningful investment in football development,” said Somasekhar.

“The recognition of individuals at international level is success for the entire country.Life in Uganda can be summarized in three words. Eat, Sleep and play football.

“To the players, play for the name on the front of the shirt and remember the name at the back. Airtel Uganda is committed to serve football for the next 4 years, like we have done for the previous 4 years.”

Meanwhile, Magogo added that this was the biggest deal in the history of the country and also thanked Airtel.

“I thank Airtel Uganda for this renewal. Coaches, players, referees create the football product which is marketable to the fans and sponsors and regulated by Government,” adds Magogo.

“This is the biggest sponsorship in the history of this country. It is not about today but the future. Airtel Uganda even supported FUFA in the regional campaigns and the FUFA Awards for two years now.

“I also thank the Government of Uganda for the support throughout the AFCON and World Cup qualification campaigns.”

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2017 CAF Champions League: Wydad Casablanca 1-0 Al Ahly – As it happened – 2017 CAF Champions League

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 23:50


Welcome to coverage of the 2017 CAF Champions League final, second-leg match between Wydad Casablanca and Al Ahly from the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca.

Commentary:
All times CAT

90+5′ – Full time – Done and dusted, Wydad Casablanca are the new kings of Africa! They won 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate to claim their second CAF Champions League title!

90+3′ – Substitution – El Haddad makes way for Mouhamed Ouattara.

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

89′ – Great work from Bencharki to spring the offside trap and earn his side a corner kick. Wydad are just trying to run down the clock now.

87′ – Zakareya with a great attacking chance for Ahly, but he shoots into the side netting when his teammates were crying out for a square pass across the box…

86′ – Substitution – Zakaria El Hachimi replaces Khadrouf.

85′ – Ahly have five minutes to find a goal and send the final to penalties…

84′ – A brave block to close down Said as he looks to fire in a shot, but the offside flag is up anyway.

83′ – Yellow card – Khadrouf booked for time wasting.

80’ – Bencharki free down the right again, he squares for Khadrouf, who is denied by a brave save from Ekramy!

77 – Yellow card – El Sulaya booked for a clumsy challenge on El Haddad.

77’ – Substitution – Walid Soliman replaces El-Sayed.

76’ – Zakareya shoots from long range, but it’s high and wide.

74’ – A pushing match breaks out on the far side of the field… emotions running high in Casablanca.

72’ – Substitution – Another change for Ahly as Emad Moteab replaces Fathi.

70’ – Wydad now lead 2-1 on aggregate. It doesn’t really change things for Al Ahly – they needed to score a goal before, and it’s still the case.

69’ – GOAL! Wydad 1-0 Al Ahly – Bencharki with great work down the right, his deflected cross is met by a great header from El Karti to find the back of the net!

67’ – Yellow card – Zakareya booked for simulation.

64’ – Wydad look to have pace on the counter attack, but they’re playing a dangerous game by sitting back like this.

61′ – Substitution – Ahmed Hamoudi replaces Azaro in Ahly’s first change.

60′ – Rabeh with a great defensive clearance from an Al Ahly corner kick. The Egyptian side is dominating at the moment.

57′ – Fathi with a good ball into the box, Azaro pulls it back from the by-line, but it doesn’t quite come together for Ahly.

54′ – El Sayed clears from central defence as Wydad push forward. Plenty of cut and thrust, this game just needs a goal to really ignite it.

51′ – Strong play from Ajayi to win a free kick in the middle of the park. Ahly will need that running power to penetrate Wydad’s defence.

49′ – In fact the referee has paused the game while we wait for the worst of the smoke to clear…

48′ – Plenty of smoke from the flares in the crowd drifting across the field. Shouldn’t affect the players too much.

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

45+1′ – Half time – Goalless at the break, Wydad are halfway to their second CAF Champions League title as things stand, but you get the feeling there’s drama in store in the second stanza.

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

43′ – Closing in on half time, Wydad will be happy with proceedings so far but the tie remains on a knife edge.

40′ – Fathi floats a free kick into the Wydad box, but it passes through for a goal kick to the hosts.

39′ – Yellow cards – Both Ahly’s Fathi and Wydad’s Rabeh are booked in quick succession.

35′ – At the other end it’s El Haddad with a low shot which skids just wide of Ekramy’s left-hand post!

34′ – Al Ahly hit through the middle on a quick counter, Zakareya has a one-on-one chance but sees his effort well saved by Laaroubi!

30′ – Wydad on the  counter attack and Khadrouf sees his deflected shot rebound off the crossbar! The hosts’ first real attacking highlight.

29′ – From a free kick to a corner kick for the visitors, but Wydad defend well.

28′ – Azaro earns a free kick out on the left flank, Al Ahly are making all the running now.

26′ – Said with an in-swinging cross from the left, but it’s easily claimed by goalkeeper Laaroubi.

23′ – Midway through the first half, still goalless on the night and 1-1 on aggregate. It remains in favour of Wydad on the away goals rule.

22′ – Yellow card – Ahly’s Ajayi is booked for repeated fouls.

19′ – Bencharki plays in a low cross from the right by-line, but Wydad have no one in the middle to take advantage.

18′ – Wydad captain Nakach goes down under a challenge and looks a little sore getting to his feet, but he should be fine to continue.

15′ – Ahly’s Said has had a couple of dangerous corner deliveries so far. Set pieces certainly look like an avenue back into the tie for the Egyptian side.

14′ – Wydad defender Atouchi makes a vital challenge as Ahly look to break free down their right flank.

12′ – Zakareya cuts inside from the right and shoots on goal, Laaroubi makes an awkward save and the rebound almost falls for Azaro, who would have had a tap-in! So close for Al Ahly…

10′  – There’s no room to breathe in midfield, both teams closing down space in the engine room very quickly.

8′ – Slick passing from Wydad, but the ball ends up safely in the hands of Ahly goalkeeper Ekramy.

5′ – Azaro looks to get onto a cross from Zakareya and goes down under a challenge, but there’s no real call for a penalty from the referee.

3′ – Al Ahly looking full of intent in the early minutes, as they try to catch out the hosts before the match settles down.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Casablanca! Wydad wear all-white with red trim, while Al Ahly are in all-blue.

21h55 – The players have made their way out onto the pitch at a packed Stade Mohamed V Stadium.

21h45 – A reminder that Wydad are looking to win their second CAF Champions League title and a first since 1992, while Al Ahly are chasing a record-extending ninth African crown, having won their eighth back in 2013.

21h30 – Thirty minutes to kick-off. A reminder that the first leg at the Borg El Arab Stadium outside of Alexandria last weekend ended in a 1-1 draw, giving Wydad the advantage of an away goal.

Here are the line-ups ahead of the match:

Al Ahly: Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed Hani, Saad Samir, Rami Rabia, Hussein El-Sayed, Amr El-Sulaya, Ahmed Fathi, Moemen Zakareya, Abdallah El-Said, Junior Ajayi, Walid Azaro

Wydad: Zouhair Laaroubi, Youssef Rabeh, Amine Atouchi, Abdellatif Noussir, Salaheddine Saidi, Walid El Karti, Brahim Nakach, Badr Gaddarine, Achraf Bencharki, Ismail El Haddad, Abdeladim Khadrouf

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2018 FIFA WCQ: Nigeria 1-0 Zambia – As It Happened – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 07, 2017. 20:05


Welcome to the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo for this evening’s 2018 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Zambia.

Live Commentary (press F5 to refresh)
All times CAT

 

90+3′ – Full time – Done and dusted, Nigeria win and qualify for the 2018 World Cup! It will be the sixth appearance for the Super Eagles, who are the first team from Africa to secure their place in next year’s global tournament!

90+1′ – Yellow card – Chingandu is booked for a late challenge.

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

87′ – Substitution – Mulenga makes way for John Chingandu in Zambia’s final change.

85′ – Moses with a chance on the ‘D’ of the box, but he snatches at his volley and sends it over the target.

84′ – Iwobi free down the right side of the penalty area, but he’s flagged offside.

80′ – Substitution – Ola Aina replaces Echiejile in Nigeria’s final change.

78′ – Substitution – Justin Shonga replaces Sakala in Zambia’s attack.

76′ – Iwobi crosses from the right but his ball is just too strong for Ighalo at the far post! The Arsenal man has added a new dimension to his team’s attack.

73′ – GOAL! Nigeria 1-0 Zambia – Finally the deadlock is broken! Shehu provides a cut-back from the right and Iwobi shoots first time to beat Mweene with a low shot! Great finish and that goal could send Nigeria to Russia 2018!

71′ – A great counter attack for Nigeria, but Ighalo opts to try and cut back rather than shoot first time and the move breaks down!

68′ – Midway through the second half, still 0-0. So far so good for Zambia, but they need to win this match if they are to have any realistic hope of qualifying ahead of Nigeria.

66′ – Substitution – Here’s the answer, as Iwobi replaces Simon in the forward line.

65′ – How long before Nigeria look to boost their attack? They have the likes of Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho on the bench…

63′ – Yellow card – Abdullahi is booked for a nasty challenge on Mwepu.

60′ – Up to the hour mark, just 30 minutes left for one of these teams to take this game by the scruff of the neck.

57′ – Ndidi with a looping header on target but Mweene makes a superb save to keep the game goalless!

56′ – Yellow card – Mtonga is booked for a cynical foul on Mikel.

55′ – A sniff of goal for Zambia but Ngonga can’t bring the ball under control. Nigeria living dangerously at the back…

51′ – Substitution – Ernest Mbewe replaces Lungu in Zambia’s first change of the match.

50′ – Ndidi gets onto the end of a free kick driven into the box, but his header is high and wide.

47′ – Moses floats a long diagonal into the box and Balogun heads on target, but it’s an easy save for Mweene.

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

45+2′ – Half time – Goalless at the break, but it’s certainly not been short of entertainment. Nigeria know they can take this game if they just tighten up their play, while Zambia still have genuine hope of an upset.

45+1′ – There will be two minutes of added time.

45′ – Ighalo with a great chance to dig out a cross from the right by-line and Simon tries an acrobatic volley which is also way high and wide. Had the crowd excited, though…

43′ – Ighalo with a half-chance under pressure from Tembo, but he volleys off target.

40′ – Five minutes to half time. Nigeria have been the better team overall, but Zambia have had perhaps the best chances.

38′ – Mikel volleys a dropping ball on the edge of the box, but his effort is high and wide.

36′ – Ngonga with a long range effort which bounces awkwardly in front of Ezenwa and then strikes the outside of the post! The closest we’ve come to a goal at either end!

35′ – Yellow card – Agu is booked for a hand in Mwepu’s face in midfield. He’ll need to tread carefully now…

31′ – Moses cuts inside from the right and shoots left-footed, but Mweene makes a comfortable save. Now it’s a chance for Ngonga, who outmuscles Balogun and stabs a shot over with only Ezenwa to beat!

30′ – Substitution – Here comes the change for Nigeria, with Agu replacing the injured Onazi.

29′ – Zambia have grown in this game and are now posing a genuine threat to the hosts.

27′ – Nigeria have got Ndubisi Agu ready to replace Onazi, but the midfielder limps on for now. Looks like he’ll try to run the injury off.

24′ – A blow here for Nigeria, with Onazi receiving treatment and the medical team has called for a substitution.

23′ – Midway through the first half, still goalless in Uyo. Zambia have the ball in the back of the net through Mulenga, but he’s flagged offside.

20′ – Another corner for Nigeria, again it’s well defended by Zambia.

17′ – Simon plays a great cross from the right flank but it’s just too strong for Ighalo, who threw himself at the ball but couldn’t quite reach it!

14′ – Nigeria’s defence gives the ball away and Zambia are presented with a great chance – however, Sakala opts for a shot from a tight angle which only travels out for a goal kick. Lucky break for the hosts…

13′ – Ngonga with a cracking turn, run and cross from the right flank, but his ball is just too strong for Sakala through the middle.

12′ – Good defending from Echiejile as he holds off Ngonga in attack for Zambia.

9′ – Good passing from the Super Eagles, though Zambia are looking well organised in defence.

6′ – Simon with a storming run forward to win a corner kick. The set piece sees Moses look for the far post, but Mweene makes a solid catch.

4′ – Zambia with a couple of quick corners, but neither is a bother for Nigeria thanks to some sub-par delivery from Kapumbu.

2′ – Moses blown up for an early hand-ball near the centre circle. Nigeria starting with plenty of energy and intent.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Uyo! Nigeria wear their famous all-green, while Zambia are kitted out in orange and black.

17h50 – Ten minutes to kick-off. Our referee today is Joshua Bondo from Botswana. He will be assisted by Oamogetse Godisamang and Souro Phatsoane, with Tirelo Mositwane as the fourth official.

17h40 – A reminder of the stakes for this match, where the equation is very simple for Nigeria: win and they will be the first African team to secure qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. A draw would also be a good result, but wouldn’t mathematically guarantee their spot at the finals.

Should Zambia win, it would bring them level on points with Nigeria ahead of the final round of matches in November.

17h30 – Half an hour to kick-off, here are the line-ups for the match:

Nigeria: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Shehu Abdullahi, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Elderson Echiejile, Wilfred Ndidi, John Obi Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi, Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo, Moses Simon

Zambia: Kennedy Mweene, Simon Silwimba, Fackson Kapumbu, Ziyo Tembo, Stophila Sunzu, Kondwani Mtonga, Enock Mwepu, Chisamba Lungu, Augustin Mulenga, Fashion Sakala, Alex N’gonga

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2017 CAF CL: Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 Wydad Casablanca – AS IT HAPPENED

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2017 CAF CL: Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 Wydad Casablanca - AS IT HAPPENED

Percy Tau of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrating his goal during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Free State Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns at Goble Park, Bethlehem on 11 September 2017 © Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Sunday Sep 17, 2017. 16:56


Good afternoon and welcome to our live PBP coverage of the 2017 CAF Champions League first-leg quarterfinal clash between Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad Casablanca, from the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville.

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango; Morena, Arendse, Madisha (Soumahoro 82′), Langerman – Kekana, Manyisa, Vilakazi (Zakri 46′) – Zwane, Tau, Castro (Nthethe 87′)

Wydad Casablanca: Laaroubi; Noussir, Rabeh, Atouchi, Gaddarine, El Haddad (Khadrouf 78′), Nekach, Saidi, Ait Ben Idir (El Kaeti 67′), Nicaise Daho, Ounnajem

AS IT HAPPENED UPDATES: 

Advantage Sundowns, the second-leg will take place at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca next Saturday, 23 September.

90+5′ Full-Time: Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 Wydad Casablanca – (Zakri 71′) 

90+2′ Heated end to the half with Ounnajem and Mosimane almost coming to blows! Wydad technical team  quick to rush over to the scene, but the referee is quick to calm things down.

90′ Three minutes added.

87′ Mosimane shutting up shop as he pulls Castro off for Nthethe. Sundowns starting to slow things down as they aim to see out the rest of the game without conceding.

80′ Into the final 10 minutes we go in Atteridgeville – Sundowns will be more than happy with the scoreline.

76′ Kekana has another pop from range, but his attempt flies wide of goal. A second would really put the Brazilians in the driving seat heading to Casablanca.

71′ GOAL! Zakri guides home from close range following a well worked corner-kick routine – great touch by Themba Zwane on the byline to set up the Ivorian who makes no mistake.

67′ CHANCE! Golden opportunity for Wayne Arendse to open the scoring as the ball finds him from a free-kick, but he centre back is static with the ball hitting him more than anything – easy for Laaroubi in the end.

65′ Kekana starting to find a lot of space in the middle of the park – up to the midfielder now to capitalize, but in all fairness to the Sundowns captain he has not been at his best this afternoon.

60′ Sundowns ramping up the pressure in Atteridgeville, but the Moroccans are holding on for the time being.

55′ CHANCE! Thapelo Morena ghosts into the area, but is blocked by the Wydad defence. The hosts starting to find their rhythm.

51′ Positive start to the half by the Brazilians as Percy Tau tries his luck from range – ball flies wide, but Mosimane will be happy with the intent.

46′ Attacking intent by Pitso Mosiamane who swaps Themba Zwane with Yannick Zakri at the start of the second stanza.

45+2′ Half-Time: Mamelodi Sundowns 0-0 Wydad Casablanca 

45′ Two minutes added to the half.

43′ Four successive corner-kick‘s here for Wydad who are ending the half on the front foot. Good defending, though, by the Brazilians who clear their lines – finally!

39′ Sundowns starting to find gaps in the Wydad defence – the hosts will need be patient here.

33′ Nervy moment at the back for Sundowns as Mohamed Ounnajem takes a tumble in the box – lucky for the Brazilians who look vulnerable whenever Wydad win possession.

30′ Half-Hour played in Atteridgeville and still little to right home about with Wydad keeping Sundowns at arms length thus far. 11 red shirts in their own half, frustrating the Brazilians.

25′ Wydad happy to sit back and welcome pressure from their hosts. The Moroccans hoping to capitalize on counter-attacks and set-piece opportunists.

20′ Nothing between the two side’s thus far. Sundowns fans starting to find their voice in the stands. Pitso Mosimane, though, will take this scoreline to Casablanca!

13′ Kekana’s shot remains the only notable attempt at goal thus far. Wydad, though, are growing into the game and Onyango is called into action to tip Saidi’s cross-come-shot over the crossbar.

8′ GOAL! No… That looked to have rattled the back of the net – Hlompho Kekana’s rocket fools everyone in the stadium – including the journalists, but his attempt is just wide. CLOSE!

4′ Conservative start to the game by the visitors in what is the first meeting between the two side’s. Early chants of ‘Accccceee’ every time Oupa Manyisa is on the ball.

1′ Kick-off!

– A lot of yellow out in the stands this afternoon, as the defending champions host the Moroccan league holders.

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African Stars Watch – As It Happened (10 September 2017)

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Newcastle United’s Christian Atsu

by
Bertin Basson

Sunday Sep 10, 2017. 18:57


Welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our African Stars Watch; where we keep you updated on action across Europe from an African perspective, on 10 September 2017.

AS IT HAPPENED UPDATES: 

19h00 – Full-Time at the Liberty Stadium and Newcastle United have claimed a 1-0 win over Swansea City. Good day for Christian Atsu and Mohamed Diame in South Wales.

18h55 – Bertrand Traore played 89 minutes as Lyon beat Lebogang Phiri’s Guingamp 2-1 in a French Ligue 1 clash.

18h45 – Chadrac Akolo has  pulled Stuttgart level at Schalke. 1-1 at the interval in the German Bundesliga clash.

18h35 – Newcastle United with the sucker punch as Magpies skipper Jamaal Lascelles powers home a header from a corner-kick.

18h30 – Wilfried Bony makes his way onto the pitch for his second Swansea City debut. Mohamed Diame is also on the pitch now – plenty of African talent on display!

18h25 – Mubarak Wakaso is on the bench for Alaves who are away to Celta Vigo in the Spanish La Liga.

18h20 – Christian Atsu has made his way onto the pitch – still goalless at the Liberty Stadium. Tammy Abraham with the best chance thus far, his chance cleared off the line.

18h15 – Early strike for Schalke as Nabil Bentaleb finds the back of the net from the spot to put the Royal Blues 1-0 up against Stuttgart.

18h10 – Not a day Franck Kessie will reflect on fondly as AC Milan suffer a 4-1 defeat away to Lazio. Victory moves the hosts up to third place on the Italian Serie A table.

18h05 – Ikani Williams with two assists as Bilbao beat Girona 2-0 in the Spanish La Liga.

17h55 – Half-Time in South Wales: Swansea City 0-0 Newcastle United. All set for a Wilfried Bony or Christian Atsu winner from the bench?

17h45 – Plenty of African interest in the Serie A clash between Benevento and Torino. Raman Chibsah starts for the hosts with Nicolas N’Koulou & Joel Obi involved from the onset for the visitors.

17h35 – Full-Time in the German Bundesliga where Werder Bremen and Hertha Berlin have played to a 1-1 stalemate.

17h30 – Nabil Bentaleb and Chadrac Akolo are set to go head-to-head as Schalke welcome Stuttgart in a German Bundesliga encounter. Ebenzeer Ofori on the bench for the visitors.

17h15 – Full-Time in the Italian Serie A:  Atalanta 2-1 Sassuolo; Cagliari 1-0 Crotone; Udinese 1-0 Genoa; Verona 0-5 Fiorentina

Over in Lazio, it is turning out to be a day to forget for Franck Kessie and Co as AC Milan find themselves 4-0 down before the hour mark.

17h05 – Tammy Abraham also involved from the onset for the Swans. The towering forward who is on-loan from Chelsea could well play for Nigeria at international level in the future.

17h00 – Early goal for Bilbao as Inaki Williams tees up Iker Munian for the games opener.

16h45 – Plenty of African interest in the French Ligue 1 clash between Lyon & Guingamp. Bertrand Traore starts for the hosts with Abdoul Camara, Mustapha Diallo and Jordan Ikoko all involved from the onset for the visitors.

16h30 – Michael Olunga is among three Africans on the bench for Girona who are away to to Ahtletic Bilbao in the Spanish La Liga. Inaki Williams starts for the hosts.

16h25 – Full-Time at Turf Moor and it ends in defeat for Crystal Palace. Burnley holding on for a 1-0 win.

16h20 – Wilfried Bony starts on the bench for Swansea City with fellow African Jordan Ayew – having recovered from illness – to lead the line against Newcastle United. Ayew’s Ghana teammate Christian Atsu is on the bench for the Magpies – Mohamed Diame also among the subs.

16h10 – Ivory Coast international Franck Kessie involved from the onset for AC Milan who are away to Lazio in the Serie A. The hosts without Balde Keita Diao who completed a move to Monaco late last month.

16h00 – Surprise call by Frank De Boer who has introduced little known Levi Lumeka as Palace continue to search for the equaliser.

Half-Time scores in the Italian Serie A: Atalanta 1-1 Sassuolo; Cagliari 1-0 Crotone; Udinese 1-0 Genoa; Verona 0-3 Fiorentina

15h50 – Half-Time in France where St.Etienne and Angers are deadlocked at 1-1.

15h45 – From bad to worse for Adel Taarabt’s Genoa who have been reduced to 10-men 15 minutes before the interval.

15h35 – Dream start for Fiorentina who are 3-0 up at Verona with a half-hour played. Khouma Babacar on the bench for Viola who look sure to grab all three points.

15h30 – Half-Time at Turf Moor & there is more bad news for Jeffery Schupp and Co as Crystal Palace find themselves a goal down at the interval.

15h20 – Forgotten man Adel Taarabt is currently in action for Genoa who find themselves a goal down away to Udinese in the Italian Serie A. Seko Fofana on the bench for the hosts.

15h15 – In Germany, Lamine Sane starts for Werder Bremen who are away to Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga.  Solomon Kalou (Ivory Coast) and Ishak Belfodil (Algeria) on the bench for their respective side’s.

15h05 – Plenty of Italian Serie A action this afternoon. Four games just kicked-off, following Inter Milan’s 2-0 win over Spal.

Atalanta vs Sassuolo; Cagliari vs Crotone; Udinese vs Genoa; Verona vs Fiorentina

14h55 – In France, St Etienne & Angers are set to go head-to-head. No Florentin Pogba for the hosts with the Guinea international ruled out of action due to injury. Assane Diousse, though, does start.

As for the visitors, three Africans involved from the onset: Abdoulaye Bamba, Karl Toko Ekambi and captain Ismael Traore.

14h45 – We kick-off our coverage at Turf Moor where Burnley have taken an early lead against a struggling Crystal Palace outfit. Jeffery Schlupp and Timothy Fosu-Mensah involved from the onset for the Eagles. No Pape Souare, Bakary Sako or Wilfried Zaha for Palace,with the trio still nursing respective injuries.

 

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2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Egypt 1-0 Uganda – As It Happened – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Egypt 1-0 Uganda - As It Happened

Uganda and Egypt players engulfed in a scuffle

by
Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Sep 05, 2017. 21:54


The hosts, Egypt are under pressure to bounce back from their 1-0 loss they suffered in Kampala last week to reclaim their top spot.

On the other hand, Uganda will be targeting a second win over the Pharaohs in Alexandria as they want to consolidate their top spot in the group.

Line-ups:

Egypt: El-Hadary, Fathi, Hegazi, Rabia, Abdel-Shaf, Hamed, Elneny, El-Said, Sobhi, Salah, Gamal

Uganda: Onyango, Wadada, Walusimbi, Isinde, Juuko, Mawanda, Aucho, Okwi, Miya, Derrick Nsibambi, Ochaya

Commentary:

92′ – It is over in the Group B match in Alexandria. Egypt return to the top of the table with nine points.

90′ – Booking for Juuko

89′ – Sub for Uganda: Karissa for Nsibambi

88′ – Sub for Egypt: Gomaa on for El Said

88′ – Brilliant save by Onyango to deny Salah as the winger looked for a bottom corner. The Pharaohs piling pressure looking for a second goal.

83′ – Uganda really pushing to find an equaliser. A header from Nsibambi was not too strong as El-Hadary makes a save on the right corner.

79′ – Luwagga receives a wonderful pass on the far post, but his effort lacks power and goes wide. Egypt 1-0 Uganda

76′ – Sub for Egypt: Mahgoub on for Gamal

75′ – Booking for Uganda’s Aucho.

73′ – Onyango alert to read a dangerous ball, a cross is miskicked by Juuko. No clear cut chances in the final 20 minutes pf the contest.

70′ – Sub for Egypt: Trezeguet on for Sobhi

68′ – Sub for Uganda: Sserunkuma on for Okwi

64′ – Uganda pushing for an equaliser, they get a corner, referee gives a set piece to the hosts. Frustration for the Cranes.

55′ – Good defending by Walusimbi to deny Egypt from launching a dangerous counter attack. Uganda receive a corner.

50′ – Egypt calls for a penalty, but referee Victor Gomes not interested. A fats-paced start for the Egyptians.

Uganda sub: 46′ Muwanga on for Ochaya

46′ – The second half gets underway in Alexandria with the hosts still leading 1-0.

45+2′ Half time in Egypt.

45′ – We are in the injury time of the opening half in Alexandria. Egypt leading through Salah’s sixth minute goal.

40′ – Good touches by the Cranes but their decision making in the d-line or final third needs to be decisive. They are not threatening the opponent

32′ – Uganda delivers a dangerous set piece into the penalty area, but El-Hadary collects it. Egypt 1-0 Uganda

27′ – Uganda failing to make good decisions in the final third of the hosts. Good football so far from both sides. Onyango denies the El-Said from a powerful header in the box.

22′ – Two players are injured in the heart of the park. Onyango restarts the game.

19′ – Uganda now starting to come out of the blocks, a good cross down the right but Nsibambi’s header flies over the cross bar.

15′ – A well delivered cross by Salah in search of Amr Gamaal in the box saw the forward missing the ball from close range on the far post. Uganda 0-1 Egypt

10′ – The Pharaohs having an advantage in the first 10 minutes. They enjoy the ball possession so far. Uganda on the backfoot.

06′- Both sides chasing an early goal, but the hosts are the ones spending more time in the Cranes half. Mohamed Salah nets from a rebound after Onyango initially denied him from close range. Egypt 1-0 Uganda

1′ – The match is underway.

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WCQ: Uganda 1-0 Egypt – As It Happened – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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WCQ: Uganda 1-0 Egypt - As It Happened

Khalid Aucho of Uganda challenged by Mohamed Elneny of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Egypt and Uganda

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Aug 31, 2017. 17:07


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group E match between Uganda and Egypt at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala.

Line-ups:

Uganda XI: Denis Onyango, Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Isaac Isinde, Murushid Juuko, Wasswa Hassan Mawanda,Khalid Aucho, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Faruku Miya, Derrick Nsibambi, Joseph Benson Ochaya.

Egypt XI: Essam El-Hadary; Mohamed Abdel-Shafi, Ahmed Hegazy, Rami Rabia, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdallah El-Said, Mahmoud “Trezeguet” Hassan, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’.

Commentary:

FULL-TIME! Uganda 1-0 Egypt

95′ – CHANCE! Egypt attacker Salah’s effort is blocked by his teammate Hegazy from close range.

93′ – Uganda sub: Muleme IN, Ochaya OUT.

90′ – The fourth has added seven minutes.

88′ – Uganda sub: Sserunkuma IN, Okwi OUT.

82′ – Caution: Uganda captain Onyango is booked for time wasting.

80′ – Uganda are now defending too deep as they look to contain Egypt in the remaining minutes of this encounter.

73′ – Egypt sub: Hamed IN, El-Said OUT.

75′ – Uganda sub: Kizito IN, Miya OUT.

70′ – Twenty minutes left on the clock for the Pharaohs to level matters.

66′ – Egypt sub: Gamal IN, Kahraba OUT.

65′ – GREAT SAVE! Egypt winger Salah’s header from close range is parried away by Uganda keeper Onyango as the Pharaohs continue to press the Cranes.

60′ – Uganda are leading 1-0 as we reach the hour-mark here in Kampala.

55′ – Egypt are now pressing Uganda as keeper Onyango gathers two long balls as the visitors look to respond with a goal.

51 – GOAL! Uganda 1-0 Egypt. Okwi cuts inside and he beats El-Hadary with a low shot.

50′ – GREAT SAVE! Uganda forward Miya forces Egypt keeper El-Hadary into a great save at the near-post.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

Egypt sub: Sobhi IN, Hassan OUT

HALF-TIME! Uganda 0-0 Egypt.

45′ – The fourth official has added one minute.

40′ – Pressure is mounting on the Egyptian defence as El-Hadary denies Uganda attacker Nsibambi, whose header was heading for the top corner.

35′ – GREAT SAVE! Egypt keeper El-Hadary makes a great save to deny Uganda winger Okwi, who had unleashed a powerful low shot from side the box.

30′ – It remains goalless here in Kampala and Uganda have been doing most of the attacking thus far.

25′ – Uganda keeper Onyango is called into action and he gathers Egypt winger Salah’s curling effort from a corner-kick.

20′ – Uganda attacker Okwi plays a cross into the Egypt box for Nsibambi, but the ball goes out for a goal-kick.

15′ – GOOD SAVE! Egypt goalkeeper El-Hadary tips Uganda forward Okwi’s effort over the crossbar as the Cranes press the Pharaohs.

10′ – Uganda attacker Miya makes a good run down the right-hand side, but Egypt defender Hegazy does well to stop him.

5′ – The Cranes of Uganda are enjoying more possession thus far as they search for an early goal.

CAUTION: Uganda’s Nsibambi is booked after elbowing Egypt attacker Salah.

1′ – The match is underway.

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MTN8: CAPE TOWN CITY 1-0 BIDVEST WITS – As it happened – MTN8 2017

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MTN8: CAPE TOWN CITY 1-0 BIDVEST WITS - As it happened

Lehlohonolo Majoro of Cape Town City takes on Slavko Damjanovic of Bidvest Wits during the 2017 MTN8 Semifinal 1st leg fixture between Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits at Cape Town Stadium on 27 August 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Aug 27, 2017. 17:24


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 MTN8 Cup semi-final first-leg match between Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits at the Cape Town Stadium in the Mother City, South Africa.

LINE UPS:

Cape Town City XI: Walters, Fielies, Johannes, Mkhize, Seedat, Putsche, Nodada, Masina, Patosi, Lakay, Majoro.

Bidvest Wits XI: Josephs, Frosler, Hlatshwayo, Damjanovic, Hlanti, Scott, Klate, Monare, Claasen, Mhango, Gamal.

COOMENTARY:

That’s all from the Cape Town Stadium. Wits will host City in the second-leg clash at the Bidvest Stadium in two weeks time. Please join us again next time. Cheers!

FULL-TIME! City 1-0 Wits.

95′ – GOOD SAVE! Wits attacker Kodisang forces City keeper Walters into a good save with a first time effort.

90′ – The fourth official has added six minutes.

88′ – Wits Caution: Hlatshwayo booked.

85′ – City striker Majoro is substituted after failing to score from close range with the Wits defence exposed.



84′ – City sub: Koapeng IN, Majoro OUT.

80′ – Wits midfielder Kodisang beats his marker and he fires wide of the target as the visitors press City.

78′ – Wits sub: Pule IN, Klate OUT.

75′ – Fifteen minutes left for Wits to grab a crucial away goal and they are doing most of the attacking.

74′ – City sub: Dove IN, Patosi OUT

70′ – City sub: Modise IN, Masina OUT.

65′ – Pressure is mounting on the City defence as Kodisang whips a great cross into the box and his Wits teammate Klate forces Walters into a good save with a decent header.

60′ – City Caution: Seedat is booked.

59′ – Wits sub: Kodisang IN, Monare OUT.

55′ – City launch a quick counter-attack and Patosi bursts into the Wits box, but Hlatshwayo does well to block his cross.

50′ – City forward Masina is stretchered off as Wits press for the equalizing goal.

46′ – Wits sub: Pienaar IN, Mhango OUT.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME! City 1-0 Wits.

45′ – The fourth official has added two minutes.

44′ – GOAL! City 1-0 Wits. Patosi fires home from close range.

40′ – Wits, who are attacking in numbers, are pressing City with the half-time break fast approaching.

35′ – Johannes, who is captaining City in the absence of Lebogang Manyama, has done a good job thus far containing Wits’ new signing Gamal.

30′ – It is still 0-0 here at the Cape Town Stadium as we reach the half-hour mark.

25′ – City winger Lakay plays a long ball for his teammate Majoro, who is ruled offside as the home side search for the opening goal.

20′ – GREAT SAVE! Klate whips a good cross into the City box and his Wits teammate Monare forces City keeper Walter into a great save at the near-post.

15′ – It remains goalless in a tightly contested opening exchanges in the midfield.

10′ – CHANCE! City forward Masina bursts into the Wits box, but he fails to make contact with a high ball and goalkeeper Josephs gathers the ball with ease.

5′ – City goalkeeper Walters is called into action as he gathers Wits full-back Frosler’s long throw.

1′ – The match is underway.

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2017 MTN8: Cape Town City 1-0 Polokwane City – As it happened – MTN8 2017

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 16:47


Welcome to coverage of the 2017 MTN8 quarterfinal between Cape Town City and Polokwane City from the Cape Town Stadium.

Last night we saw defending champions Bidvest Wits edge into the semifinal thanks to a penalty shootout win over Golden Arrows, with the teams having drawn 2-2 in Johannesburg. This match in the ‘Mother City’ saw the hosts become the second team into tomorrow’s semifinal draw.

Match commentary:
All times CAT

90+5′ – Full time – Done and dusted, CTC have won 1-0 and advance into the semifinals! A deserved win given the number of chances they made, but coach Benni McCarthy will want to see better finishing in the future.

90+3′ – CTC sitting deep but looking very dangerous on the counter attack…

90+1′ – Substitution – Manyama makes way for Ebrahim Seedat in CT City’s final change.

90′ – There will be five minutes of added time.

87′ – Manyama goes down with cramp, no doubt looking to eat up a bit of time for his team.

84′ – Yellow card – Hlongwane into the book for a high foot near Lakay’s head.

83′ – Substitution – Majoro makes way for Mpho Matsi in CTC’s second change of the match.

80′ – Substitution – Wiseman Maluleke replaces Seabi in Polokwane’s last change.

78′ – Substitution – Polokwane swap Tlolane out for Thobani Mncwango.

77′ – Manyama breaks away on the counter, plays in Majoro… who is denied by Chigova!

75′ – Polokwane’s Tlolane is receiving some treatment for cramp. The visitors are readying two substitutes…

71′ – Less than 20 minutes of regulation time left. Will the hosts’ missed chances come back to haunt them?

69′ – Patosi with a chance, his shot is saved by Chigova… the rebound falls for Lakay, who drags his effort wide of the target!

66′ – Substitution – Ayanda Patosi makes his CTC debut as he replaces Masina.

65′ – CTC appeal for a penalty after Manyama’s shot is half blocked by a defender’s hand, but the referee isn’t interested.

61′ – Semenya overcooks a cross when Ramagalela would have had a simple finish at the far post!

60′ – Up to the hour mark, Cape Town City still enjoy a 1-0 lead after Mbonani’s first-half own goal.

56′ – Substitution – Polokwane’s first change sees Lorence Vilaklazi replace Phiri. Nicely worked chance from Polokwane and Tlolane trades passes with Maluleke, but his shot is easily saved by Walters.

55′ – Majoro with a sight of goal after he sneaks between two defenders, but his effort is straight at Chigova.

53′ – Seabi makes a vital intervention in defence as Lakay’s cross from the left almost hands Majoro a clear scoring chance.

52′ – Masina looks to get a header on target, but he’s flagged offside.

49′ – Tlolane gets in behind the defence from the left of the penalty area and is denied from a tight angle by goalkeeper Walters!

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

45+2′ – Half time – There’s the whistle for the interval, with CT City deservedly holding a 1-0 lead. Can Rise and Shine come back into the game in the second half?

45+1′ – This time Mbonani does well at the other end to prevent Putsche having a tap-in from Masina’s excellent cross.

45′ – Mngomezulu arrives late to meet a low cross, but Dove does just enough to ensure the winger’s effort is spooned over the crossbar.

42′ – Yellow card – Mbonani goes into the book just a few minutes after his own goal.

40′ – Lakay with a snap shot from just outside the box, but the ball skips well wide of the mark.

38′ – GOAL! CTC 1-0 Polokwane – CTC claim the lead through an unlikely source, as poor Mbonani tries to cushion a header back to his goalkeeper but puts a looping effort over Chigova for an own goal!

37′ – Putsche with a sight of goal, but his low effort is blocked by Mbonani!

34′ – Ramagalela cuts inside from the left and shoots from within the box, but Johannes makes a vital block!

33′ – Polokwane with a free kick out wide on the right. Maluleke tries to pick out Seabi at the far post, but his effort has too much on it.

29′ – Yellow card – CTC’s Mkhize is booked for a clumsy challenge from behind on Mngomezulu.

28′ – Manyama free in the box with a clear sight of goal, but he slips at the vital moment and the chance is gone!

26′ – Cape Town have a goal ruled out for offside after Majoro taps-in from Lakay’s low cross… TV replays suggest the hosts were hard done by.

25′ – Super skill from Mngomezulu to skip past Dove, before his cross is put behind for a corner kick. The set piece from captain Maluleke is well defended by CT City.

23′ – Up the midway point of the first half, still goalless between the ‘Citizens’ and ‘Rise and Shine’.

19′ – Polokwane’s Tlolane is incorrectly flagged offside, robbing the visitors of a good scoring chance.

15′ – Manyama with a great pass to put Majoro in on goal, but the striker’s quick attempt is comfortably saved by Chigova!

14′ – The hosts are settling into a pattern of possession, with Polokwane happy to sit back for now.

11′ – Masina whips in a cross from the right, but it’s straight at Chigova, who makes an easy catch and sends Polokwane away on the counter attack.

9′ – Yellow card – Seabi is deservedly booked for a cynical foul on Masina, who was threatening to open up Polokwane’s defence.

7′ – Both teams very eager to hit on the break and possession is being turned over regularly in these opening minutes.

4′ – Mngomezulu pulls a shot/cross that skips across the penalty area but doesn’t threaten CTC’s defence. End-to-end stuff so far.

2′ – The first chance of the match sees Majoro with a sight of goal, but his left-footed attempt from a tight angle hits the side netting.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway at Cape Town Stadium! Cape Town City wear their home strip of blue and yellow, while Polokwane City are in all orange.

14h55 – Five minutes to kick-off, and we have confirmation that Thabo Nodada has replaced Modise in the starting XI.

14h45 – Breaking news in regards to the line-ups, with Teko Modise ruled out after picking up an injury in the warm-up.

14h30 – There’s 30 minutes to kick-off in Cape Town, here are the starting line-ups for the teams:

Cape Town City: Walters, Mkhize, Johannes, Gumede, Dove, Masina, Putsche, Nodada, Lakay, Manyama, Majoro

Polokwane City: Chigova, Semenya, Mbonani, Tshilo, Hlongwane, Maluleke, Seabi, Phiri, Mngomezulu, Ramagalela, Tlolane

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Friendly: Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 Orlando Pirates – As It Happened – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

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Friendly: Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 Orlando Pirates - As It Happened

Patrick Phungwayo of Orlando Pirates challenged by Gustavo Paez

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Jul 29, 2017. 17:28


Congratulations to Kaizer Chiefs, who have successfully defended the Carling Black Label Champion Cup – winning the trophy for the third time.

Team line-ups:

Chiefs XI: Khune, Mphahlele, Mathoho, Gordinho, Masilela, Ekstein, Katsande, Maluleka, Lebese, Paez, Parker.

Pirates XI: Mpontshane, Matlaba, Jele, Gcaba, Phungwayo, Makola, Manyisa, Sarr, Memela, Gabuza, Ndoro.

Commentary:

FULL-TIME: Chiefs 1-0 Pirates.

90′ – The fourth official has added five minutes as Pirates press Chiefs in stoppage time.

87′ – Chiefs sub: Malope IN, Ekstein OUT.

85′ – Chiefs sub: Cardoso IN, Paez OUT.

80′ – GREAT SAVE! Chiefs keeper Khune denies Morrison and Gcaba’s effort hits the crossbar with the shot-stopper beaten.

75′ – Pirates sub: Nkosi IN, Makola OUT.

72′ – Chiefs sub: Twala IN, Parker OUT.

70′ – Pirates are still struggling to penetrate the Amakhosi defence as Makola’s effort from range is easily saved by Chiefs captain and keeper Khune.

65′ – Pirates subs: Morrison IN, Gabuza OUT and Mobara IN, Manyisa OUT.

58′ – Pirates subs: Nyatama IN, Ndoro OUT and Kutumela IN, Memela OUT.

55′ – CHANCE! Chiefs striker Paez has a chance to shoot at goal, but his effort goes straight into Pirates keeper Mpontshane’s hands.

53′ – Chiefs sub: Moon IN, Molangoane OUT. Pirates sub: Sangweni IN, Sarr OUT.

50′ – Play is stopped as Chiefs duo Paez and Mphahlele are down injured after colliding.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Chiefs 1-0 Pirates

45′ – The fourth official has added two minutes as Chiefs midfielder Maluleka’s effort hits the upright.

40′ – Chiefs are still leading 1-0 as we enter the last five minutes of the first-half.

35′ – Chiefs midfielder Ekstein’s through pass goes out for a Pirates goal-kick as Amakhosi look to double their lead.

30′ – Pirates keeper Mpontshane comes out to punch away Chiefs midfielder Maluleka‘s effort from a free-kick.

25′ – It remains 1-0 to Chiefs as we approach the half-hour mark.

20′ – Pirates are pushing forward in numbers as they look to restore parity against Chiefs.

15′ – Pirates striker Gabuza goes down in the Chiefs box following a challenge from Chiefs defender Gordinho, but the referee waves play on.

10′ – Chiefs have been the better side thus far as Mpontshane denied Gordinho and Parker in the first eight minutes of the game. But Parker broke the deadlock with a great finish.

9′ – GOAL! Chiefs 1-0 Pirates. Parker fires home Paez’s low cross.

5′ – Chiefs defender Gordinho makes a great tackle to stop Pirates striker Ndoro in the box.

1′ – The match is undeway.

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2017 COSAFA CUP PLATE FINAL: South Africa 1-0 Namibia – As it happened

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Maximilian Mbaeva of Namibia challenged by Mothobi Mvala of South Africa during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between South Africa and Namibia at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 07 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jul 07, 2017. 18:53


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 COSAFA Cup plate final between South Africa and Namibia at the Moruleng Stadium in Moruleng on Friday.

LINEUPS:

South Africa: Pule, Mukumela, Malepe, Booysen, Gordinho, Mvala, Masalesa, Norodien, Sibiya, Mokate, Moseamedi.

Namibia: Mbaeva, Haoseb, Hanamub, Karongee, Shitembi, Horaeb, Ketjijere, Keimuine, Gome, Hotto, Katjiteo.



COMMENTARY:

Thank you for joining us for the plate final which saw South Africa beat Namibia and the two sides finished fifth, and sixth respectively in this year’s COSAFA Cup.

FULL-TIME: South Africa 1-0 Namibia.

90′ – The fourth official has added three minutes.



86′ – South Africa sub: Webber IN, Mokate OUT.

85′ – Five minutes left for Namibia to snatch a late equalizer.

81′ – Namibia sub: Nenkavu IN, Gome OUT.

80′ – South Africa sub: Jordan IN, Norodien OUT.

76′ CLOSE! Namibia defender Haoseb’s header hits the crossbar with South Africa keeper Pule beaten.

80′ – South Afric

75′ – It looks like South Africa coach Stuart Baxter will be introducing Jordan, an attack-minded player.

70′ – Namibia are still searching for the equalizing goal as we enter the final 20 minutes of the match.

65′ – South Africa midfielder Sibiya forces Mbaeva into a decent save from a free-kick as Bafana Bafana look to double their lead.

61′ – Namibia sub: Shalulie IN, Keiminue OUT.

60′ – It still 1-0 to South Africa as we reach the hour-mark.

58′ – CHANCE! Moseamedi is set through on goal, but somehow the South Africa striker misses the target with Mbaeva off his goal line.

55′ – Namibia sub: A. Gebhardt IN, R. Hanamub OUT.

50′ – CHANCE! The Namibian defence make a mistake and Moseamedi looks to pounce, but the backline recovers, and clears the ball away.

The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: South Africa 1-0 Namibia.

45+2′ – CHANCE! Namibia defender Karongee clears the ball, before Mvala could pounce from close range as South Africa press the Brave Warriors.

45′ – The fourth official has added two minutes.

40′ – South Africa sub: Mthethwa IN, Mukumela OUT.

36′ – GOAL! South Africa 1-0 Namibia. Moseamedi set-ups Mokate, who scores with a deflected shot.

35′ – Namibia keeper Mbaeva has been the busier of the two shot-stoppers – dealing well with crosses from South Africa.

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

25′ – Moseamedi forces Namibia keeper Mbaeva into a comfortable save with a shot from outside the box following a good move by South Africa.



20′ – Namibia caution: Namibia captain Ketjijere is booked after fouling Moseamedi.

15′ – South Africa striker Moseamedi unleashes a long range shot which misses the target as the tournament hosts look to break the deadlock.

10′ – CHANCE! South Africa midfielder Mvala pounces inside the Namibia box, but he fires inches of the target.

6′ – MISS! Namibia captain Ketjijere steps up and misses the target from the spot-kick.

5′ – PENALTY for Namibia. South Africa defender Malepe fouls Namibia striker Katjiteo in the box.

1′ The match is underway.

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