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Chippa held 1-1 by Stars – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Chippa held 1-1 by Stars

Edward Manqele of Free State Stars

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 20:25


Chippa United were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts Free State Stars at Goble Park in the early Absa Premiership match on Wednesday evening.

Both goals arrived late in the game, with the hosts taking a lead against the run of play thanks to a strike from Edward Manqele, while the visitors quickly equalised through James Okwuosa.

The result sees both teams rise up the log, temporarily at least: Ea Lla Koto are up one spot to ninth with 12 points from 10 matches, while the Chilli Boys go up three positions to fifth with 15 points from 11 outings in the league.

Chippa enjoyed the early possession but struggled to create clear-cut chances. Their best effort at goal in the opening half hour came via a 24th-minute free kick from Kurt Lentjies which flew just over the crossbar.

Stars gradually claimed a foothold in the game and on 38 minutes they nearly claimed the lead, with winger Sinethemba Jantjie denied at close range by a superb save from Chippa goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.

Ea Lla Koto also created the first chance of the second half, with skipper Paulus Masehe getting on the end of a corner kick, only to see his effort travel over the target without troubling the ‘keeper.

Masehe had another go at goal – this time from long range – a few minutes later, but Akpeyi pulled off a good save, while shortly thereafter Chippa put Paseka Mako clean through, but he was unable to get the better of Badra Ali Sangare one-on-one.

On 64 minutes the Chilli Boys had another good opportunity when Phetso Maphanga teed up Lentjies, but he was unable to get the better of Sangare and was soon replaced by Moeketsi Sekola.

Sekola and the lively Mpho Mvelase continued to put Stars’ defence under pressure, but it was the hosts who broke the deadlock through substitute Edward Manqele in the 84th minute, with the striker coolly taking advantage of some slack defending.

Yet Ea Lla Koto’s lead was short lived, with the Chilli Boys equalising in the 86th minute: Menzi Masuku’s corner kick was headed home by defender James Okwuosa to see the match end 1-1.

Both teams will be in action again this weekend, with Stars away to Kaizer Chiefs and Chippa at home to Mamelodi Sundowns.

Free State Stars (0) 1 (Manqele 84’)

Chippa United (0) 1 (Okwuosa 86’)

Stars: Sangare, Mobbie, Keita, Mbhele, Phungwayo, Masehe, Mokhuoane, Jantjie, Maphakisa, Dlamini, Anas

Chippa: Akpeyi, Macheke, Okwuosa, Bergman, Maphanga, Mvelase, Mabaso (Zuke 61’), Mdlinzo, Mako, Lentjies (Sekola 65’), Julies (Masuku 81’)

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2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Ghana 1-1 Egypt – AS IT HAPPENED – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Ghana 1-1 Egypt - AS IT HAPPENED

Mohamed Salah of Egypt (r) celebrates goal with Abdallah El Said

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Bertin Basson

Sunday Nov 12, 2017. 19:20


Good afternoon and welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our LIVE COVERAGE of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between Ghana and Egypt from the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi, on 12 November 2017.

Ghana: R.Ofori, Afful, Angenyenu, Nuhu, Amartey, Wakaso, Gyasi, E.Ofori, Dwamena (Yiadom 74′), Donsah (Waris 50′), Ampomah (Twumasi 41′).

Egypt: Ekramy, Gabr, Elmohamady, Rabiea (Samir 33′), Moursy, Abdelrazek (Elsaeyd 65′), Marei (Gamal 76′), Sobhi, Hafez, Elneny, Ibrahim.

AS IT HAPPENED UPDATES:

FULL-TIME: Ghana 1-1 Egypt 

90+4′ Glorious late chance for the hosts, but they are unable to force the ball into the back of the net as the two teams ultimately share the spoils in Kumasi.

90′ Four minutes added.

87′ Sherif Ekramy the next into the referee’s book.

85′ Mubarak Wakaso goes into the referee’s book.

84′ The Black Stars doing all the playing as we enter the final exchanges of the clash. Daniel Amartey and Harrison Afful getting involved in attacks as they go in search of the winner.

75′ Into the final exchanges in Kumasi and it is anyone’s game really. Ghana looking the more likely, but Egypt are always dangerous on the counter-attack.

64′ GOAL! Edwin Gyasi pulls the hosts level. Perfect response as his deflected effort whistles past Sherif Ekramy.

61′ GOAL! Shikabala rattles the back of the net with an unstoppable shot following a pin-point cross by Trezequet. His left-footed drive leaving Richard Ofori with little chance.

56′ Ghana now turning on the style, but Raphael Dwamena is found wanting in front of goal once more. His tame effort flies harmlessly wide after being left unmarked inside the area.

48′ Great save once more by Richard Ofori – this time to deny Mahmoud ‘Shikabala’ Abdelrazek who’s left-footed rocket looked destined for the back of the net.

46′ Second half is underway in Kumasi.

HALF-TIME: Ghana 0-0 Egypt 

45′ Ghana with a flurry of chances in the closing stages of the half, but it comes to nothing for the Black Stars.

43′ SAVE! Great stop by Richard Ofori to keep out Mahmoud ‘Trezequet’ Ibrahim’s rasping effort. First shot on target for the Pharaohs as we enter the final few minutes of the half.

41′ Opoku Ampomah’s injury is worse than initially thought and he will be replaced. Both teams forced into early substitutions.

38′ Ghana continue to be the aggressor, but Egypt’s defence is holding firm for the time being. Opoku Ampomah leaves the pitch on a stretcher following  a nasty clash, but he looks to be okay to continue…

30′ Half-hour played in Kumasi and the game is yet to spark into life, with the match pretty much assembling the dead-rubber it is.

21’CHANCE! Opoku Ampomah sends Raphael Dwamena through on goal, but the latter is unable to provide the finishing touches to what was a delightful defence-splitting pass.

15′  Mubarak Wakaso with two early attempts at goal from range, but Sherif Ekramy is well positioned on both occasions to curb the danger.

11′ Mahmoud ‘Trezequet’ Ibrahim bursts into the area before firing his attempt wide of goal. Good work by Mahmoud ‘Shikabala’ Abdelrazek in the build-up to create the opportunity.

5′ Egypt getting in behind the Ghanaian defence early on in the clash, but Richard Ofori quick off his line on both occasions to extinguish the visitors attack.

1′ Kick-off in Kumasi!

– The Black Stars have nothing but pride to play for, with Egypt having already booked their place at next year’s World Cup in Russia. The Pharaohs returning to the world stage for the first time since 1990.

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Tunisia return to the World Cup after 11 years – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Youssed Msakni of Tunisia celebrates goal during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Algeria and Tunisia at the Franceville Stadium in Gabon on 19 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Staff Reporter

Saturday Nov 11, 2017. 21:49


Tunisia secured a point and booked a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup after drawing 0-0 against Libya on Saturday at the Stade Olympique de Radès.

The stalemate in the final Group A match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers means the Carthage Eagles have 14 points on top of the log table.

Caoch Nabil Maaloul’s have not lost in six matches and they have four wins, two draws as they return to the global stage for the first time since 2006.

Although Tunisia dictated the terms as early as the third minute, they were denied by goalkeeper Mohamed Nashnoush when he was forced to produce a fine save from Syam Ben Youssef’s shot in the box.

Coach Nabil Maaloul’s Carthage Eagles continued to knock at the door and a spectacular volley from Wahbi Khazri in the 12th minute nearly caught Nashnush off his line, but it went wide of the left top corner.

In the 30th minute, the hosts made strides going forward and they showed good moves in Libya’s half, but Youssef Msakni failed to keep his shot on target in the box.

Exactly with one minute to go to the tunnel for half time, Libya exchanged good touches, but it was Anice Badri who unleashed an acrobatic attempt and forced another brilliant save from the visitors’ keeper to concede a corner.

It was 0-0 at half time.

After five minutes into the opposite half, Libya gained possession and Motasim Al Musrati took a shot and forced a fine save from Aymen Mathlouthi, who collected from a second attempt.

The 75th minute saw Ghilane Chaalani given acres of space in the middle of the field and was able to test Nashnush from a distance aiming for the top left corner, but the keeper was equal to the task and made a superb save.

Following the hard fought draw, the Mediterranean Knights occupy the third spot with four points from six matches in their campaign.

Tunisia 0

Libya 0

Tunisia: Mathlouthi, Youssef, Merieh, Msakni, Khazri (B. Youssef 70′), Khenissi, Maaloul (Haddadi 70′), Ben Amor, Chaalani, Naguez, Badri (Sassi 83′)

Libya: Nashnush, Maghasi, Sabbou, Tubal (Taktak 74′), Warfali, Ghanudi 9El taher 90′), Mohamed, Benali, Eltrbi, Musrati, Ellafi (Badr 58′)

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2018 World Cup Qualifier: Algeria 1-1 Nigeria – AS IT HAPPENED – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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2018 World Cup Qualifier: Algeria 1-1 Nigeria – AS IT HAPPENED

Alex Iwobi of Nigeria (l) celebrates his goal with Kelechi Iheanacho during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match between Nigeria and Zambia on 07 October 2017 at Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, Nigeria ©Kabiru Abubakar/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 23:24


Algeria finish their qualifying campaign having failed to win a single match. Nigeria, who have qualified for the World Cup as Group B winners, finish the qualifying campaign unbeaten.

Lineups:

Algeria XI: Haouchi, Mandi, Cadamuro, Chafaï, Nessakh, Medjani, Ferhat, Bennacer, Mahrez, Brahimi, Slimani.

Nigeria XI: Ezenwa, Abdullahi, Ola Aina, Balogun, Ekong, Etebo, J.Ogu, Ndidi, Nwakeme, Iwobi, Iheanacho.

Commentary:

FULL-TIME: Algeria 1-1 Nigeria.

90′ – The fourth official has added four minutes.

88′ – GOAL! Brahimi. Algeria 1-1 Nigeria. Brahimi coverts from the spot-kick.

85′ – Algeria are awarded a penalty after Brahimi was fouled in the Nigeria box.

81′ – Nigeria sub: Musa IN, Iwobi OUT.

80′ – Nigeria are looking to contain Algeria in the closing stages of this encounter.

75′ – Algeria sub: Boundjah IN, Bennacer OUT.

70′ – Algeria are now applying some pressure on the Nigeria defence.

65′ – CHANCE! Algeria striker Slimani misses the target from close range with Nigeria keeper Ezenwa well beaten.

62′ – GOAL! Algeria 0-1 Nigeria. Ogu nets with a long range effort.

55′ – Algeria keeper Chaouchi makes a good save to deny Nigeria forward Iwobi.

50′ – Algeria attackers Slimani and Mahrez are both fouled in the middle of the park as the hosts look to break the deadlock.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

45′ – The fourth official has added one minute.

42′ – CAUTION: Ogu is booked (Nigeria).


40′ – Five minutes left before half-time and it is still 0-0 here in Constantine.

35′ – Ferhat tries a through ball, but his Alegria team-mate Slimani is caught offside.

30′ – Algeria sub: Abdellaoui IN, Nessakh OUT.

25′ – Algeria and Nigeria have shown some initiative going forward, but the two goalkeepers are yet to be seriously tested.

20′ – Ndidi pushes forward and he unleashes a shot which is blocked as we approach the half-hour mark.

15′ – Algeria forward Mahrez bursts into the Nigeria box, but his Leicester City FC team-mate Ndidi stops him.

10′ – Nigeria are dominating possession as they look to break the deadlock.
5′ – Algeria winger Mahrez’s free-kick is easily saved by Nigeria keeper Ezenwa.

1′ – The match is underway.

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CAF Champhions League: Al Ahly 1-1 Wydad Casablanca – AS IT HAPPENED

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CAF Champhions League: Al Ahly 1-1 Wydad Casablanca - AS IT HAPPENED

Al Ahly’s player John Antwi (L) in action against an Wydad Casablanca player Salaheddine Saidii (R) during the African Champions League (CAF) group stage match between Al Ahly and Asec Mimosas at Borg Al Arab stadium in Alexandria, Egypt, 16 July 2016. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 20:51


That’s all from the Borg El Arab Stadium. The second-leg clash will be played in Casablanca, Morocco on the 4th of November 2017

Lineups:

Al Ahly XI: Ekramy; Fathy, Nagiub, Saad, Maaloul, El-Sulaya, Rabia, Zakaria, Abdallah, Ajayi, Azarou.

Wydad XI: Laaroubi, Rabeh, Ouattara, Noussir, Saidi, El Karti, Nakach, Gaddarine, Bencharki, Ounajem, El Haddad.

Commentary:

FULL-TIME: Al Ahly 1-1 Wydad.

90′ – The fourth official has added four minutes.

85′ – Al Ahly sub: Moteab IN, Soliman OUT.

83′ – Wydad sub: Doa IN, El Haddad OUT.

80′ – Al Ahly are still doing most of the attacking, while Wydad are happy to sit back and defend.

78′ – Al Ahly sub: Hamoudi IN, Rabia OUT.

75′ – Al Ahly full-back Maaloul’s dangerous curling cross is cleared away by Wydad defender Noussir.

70′ – Twenty minutes left on the clock for Al Ahly to snatch a late winning goal.

65′ – Al Ahly striker Zakaria’s free-kick is saved by Wydad keeper Laaroubi.

63′ – Al Ahly sub: Soliman IN, Ajayi OUT.

60′ – It is still 1-1 as we reach the hour-mark here in Borg El Arab.

55′ – Al Ahly striker Zakaria’s effort is blocked inside the Wydad box

50′ – End-to-end stuff as Wydad are launching attacks against the hosts, who are looking to restore their lead.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Al Ahly 1-1 Wydad.

45′ – The fourth official has added three minutes.

40′ – Noussir, the Wydad defender, has been solid at the back as we approach the half-time break.

35′ – Pressure is mounting on the Wydad defence as Al Ahly look to regain the lead.

30′ – GOOD SAVE! Wydad goalkeeper Laaroubi comes out to deny Al Ahly striker Azarou from close range.

27′ – Wydad sub: Khadrouf IN, Ounajem OUT.

25′ – Wydad defender Noussir does well to stop Al Ahly striker inside the box.

20′ – Ounajem played a good cross for Bencharki, who scored.

15′ – GOAL! Al Ahly 1-1 Wydad. Benchark restores parity for the visitors.

10′ – Wydad are now pressing Al Ahly in seasrch of the equalizing goal.

5′ – El Said provided an assist for Zakaria’s well taken goal.

3′ – GOAL! Al Ahly 1-0 Wydad. Zakaria gives the hosts the lead with a powerful shot.

1 – The match is underway.

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Al Ahly’s player John Antwi (L) in action against an Wydad Casablanca player Salaheddine Saidii (R) during the African Champions League (CAF) group stage match between Al Ahly and Asec Mimosas at Borg Al Arab stadium in Alexandria, Egypt, 16 July 2016. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 20:05


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 CAF Champions League final first-leg clash between Egyptian giants Al Ahly and Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca at the Borg Al Arab Stadium on Saturday.

Lineups:

Al Ahly XI: Ekramy; Fathy, Nagiub, Saad, Maaloul, El-Sulaya, Rabia, Zakaria, Abdallah, Ajayi, Azarou.

Wydad XI: Laaroubi, Rabeh, Ouattara, Noussir, Saidi, El Karti, Nakach, Gaddarine, Bencharki, Ounajem, El Haddad.

Commentary:

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Al Ahly 1-1 Wydad.

45′ – The fourth official has added three minutes.

40′ – Noussir, the Wydad defender, has been solid at the back as we approach the half-time break.

35′ – Pressure is mounting on the Wydad defence as Al Ahly look to regain the lead.

30′ – GOOD SAVE! Wydad goalkeeper Laaroubi comes out to deny Al Ahly striker Azarou from close range.

27′ – Wydad sub: Khadrouf IN, Ounajem OUT.

25′ – Wydad defender Noussir does well to stop Al Ahly striker inside the box.

20′ – Ounajem played a good cross for Bencharki, who scored.

15′ – GOAL! Al Ahly 1-1 Wydad. Benchark restores parity for the visitors.

10′ – Wydad are now pressing Al Ahly in seasrch of the equalizing goal.

5′ – El Said provided an assist for Zakaria’s well taken goal.

3′ – GOAL! Al Ahly 1-0 Wydad. Zakaria gives the hosts the lead with a powerful shot.

1 – The match is underway.

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Arrows fight back to claim 1-1 draw in Polokwane – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Arrows fight back to claim 1-1 draw in Polokwane

Wayde Jooste of Golden Arrows challenged by Sipho Moeti of Baroka during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Baroka FC and Golden Arrows at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, South Africa on 17 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 21:33


Golden Arrows fought back from a goal down to claim a 1-1 draw away to Absa Premiership leaders Baroka FC at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The result means both Bakgaga and Abafana Bes’thende retain their unbeaten records in the league this season, with the teams in first and second place on the log respectively.

The teams traded early half-chances before Baroka claimed the lead in the 15th minute: Gift Motupa pressured goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede into a mistake on the edge of his own box and midfielder Sipho Moeti latched onto the loose ball to score with a first-time strike into the unguarded net.

Midway through the first half Gumede nearly cost his team another goal, with the gloves-man lucky that his indecisiveness wasn’t punished by Bakgaga, while just past the half hour mark Arrows needed Limbikani Mzava to clear an effort off his own goal line.

The final minutes of the first half saw Abafana Bes’thende throw numbers forward in search of an equaliser, but Baroka held firm to ensure they went into the break with their 1-0 lead intact.

After the interval, Arrows continued where they left off in the first half and created a couple of good chances for Kuda Mahachi, who first blazed a shot just wide in the 48th minute, and in the 50th he was denied by a sharp save from Virgil Vries.

On the hour mark, following an Arrows double substitution which saw the introduction of Jabulani Shongwe and Yusuf Jappie, the visitors carved out an opening for striker Lerato Lamola, who struck his shot just wide of the target.

A couple of minutes later Gumede redeemed himself with a fine save to palm away a goal-bound header from Shaku Olaleng and keep his side in the contest, while Siphelele Magubane soon headed wide at the other end.

Abafana Bes’thende even had an indirect free kick inside Baroka’s box after Vries handled a back-pass, but Jappie struck his effort from the set-piece wide of goal to once again let the home side’s defence off the hook.

However, Arrows’ equaliser finally arrived in the 75th minute: Shongwe provided a fine pass to give Magubane a sight of goal and the attacker finished with a low, left-footed shot into the bottom corner to make it 1-1.

Baroka will feel they should have won the game when they had the final clear chance in the 85th minute, but substitute Lucky Nguzana was superbly denied by Gumede, who made a one-handed save to ensure the game finished all square.

Baroka FC (1) 1 (Moeti 15’)

Golden Arrows (0) 1 (Magubane 75’)

Baroka: Vries, Mothupa, Shaku, Mdatsane, Masenamela, Banda, Madubanya, Moeti (Kgaswane 68’), Matloga (Sidumo 82’), Motupa, Macha (Nguzana 60’)

Arrows: Gumede, Dube, Mzava, Mngwengwe, Nkombelo, Bilankulu (Shongwe 58’), Cele, Magubane, Mahachi (Mutizwa 71’) , Jooste (Jappie 58’), Lamola

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Chilli Boys hold SuperSport to 1-1 draw

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Morgan Gould and Dean Furman of Supersport United challenges Moeketsi Sekola of Chippa United during 2017/18 Absa Premiership game between Supersport United and Chippa United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 19 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017. 21:57


SuperSport United squandered an opportunity to move into second spot on the Absa Premiership standings as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Chippa United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Tuesday evening.

Matsatsantsa unconvincing throughout, as the Chilli Boys claimed a point in the South African capital.

Siyabonga Nhlapo opened the scoring for the hosts before Moeketsi Sekola’s equalizer just short of the interval.

The hosts, fielding a changed line-up with one eye on their second-leg CAF Confederations Cup clash in Zambia this coming weekend, dominated the early exchanges with Kingston Nkhatha and Morgan Gould guiding their respective efforts wide of goal.

The opener would come in the 28th minute as Nhlapo hammered home on the volley for his first in SuperSport blue. The fullback quickest to react after Chippa failed to clear a long throw-in by Gould.

Chippa duly pulled level on the cusp of half-time. Matsatsantsa guilty of switching off at the back as Sekola hammered home via a wicked deflection off Dean Furman, 1-1 at the break.

Chances were few and far between in the second stanza, with neither side showcasing any real urgency. Bradley Grobler’s powerful effort in the 77th minute the only notable highlight as the two teams shared the spoils.

The result moves SuperSport up to 5th while Chippa climb into 10th spot on the log standings.

SuperSport United (1) 1 (Nhlapo 28′)

Chippa United (0) 1 (Sekola 45′)

SuperSport United: Williams; Nhlapo, Gould, Mashamaite, Boateng – Mnyamane, Mbule, Furman, Myeni (Phala 51′) – Brockie (Grobler 72′), Nkhatha (Letsholonyane 65′)

Chippa United: Akpeyi; Macheke, Okwusa, Konqobe, Maphanga – Mvelase (Mbokoma 71′), Zuke, Mabaso (Mdlinzo 55′), Mako – Lentjies (Masuku 81′) – Sekola

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Guinea, Mali exit WAFU after 1-1 draw – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017

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Guinea, Mali exit WAFU after 1-1 draw

Oumar Kida of Mali challenging Sylla Ismael of Guinea during the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Guinea v Mali in Elmina, Ghana on 18 September 2017 ©Christian Thompson/ BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 18, 2017. 21:57


Guinea and Mali both exited the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations after playing to a 1-1 draw in their final group stage match at Nduom Sports Stadium in Elmina on Monday evening.

With Nigeria having beaten Ghana in a concurrent Group A match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium to join the hosts in the semifinals, the result between the Syli Nationale and the Eagles was nothing more than academic.

Guinea started the stronger of the two teams and claimed the lead in the seventh minute through Abdoulaye Naby Camara , who netted from close range after some poor defending by the Eagles.

Mali responded strongly to going behind and mounted some promising attacks, yet it was the Syli Nationale who should have added to the score line in the 22nd minute when Abdoulaye met a cross from Diallo Bailo, only to send his header wide.

Two minutes later Guinea’s Camara Kassory sent a fierce shot on target, only to be denied by a sharp save from Diarra Djigui, while on 34 minutes Abdoulaye again failed to hit the target from a good opportunity.

Mali created the final chance of the half a couple of minutes before the end of regulation time, but Mandala Konte saw his effort kept out by Guinea goalkeeper Abdoulaye Sylla.

The Eagles picked up in the second half where they left off in the first, though both Oumar Kida and Issaka Samake were unable to capitalise on chances in the opening minutes.

Guinea weathered a storm from their opponents before almost adding to their advantage just past the hour mark, as Mohammed N’Diaye put his shot just wide of the target.

Mali finally found their equaliser in the 78th minute, forcing Guinea defender Abdoulaye Naby Camara to put into his own net and bring the score to 1-1.

The draw saw the Eagles finish third with two points and a goal difference of minus one, while Guinea were last with the same tally but an inferior goal difference of minus two.

Guinea (1) 1 (Abdoulaye Naby Camara 7’)
Mali (0) 1 (Abdoulaye Naby Camara 78’ og)

Guinea coach: Hamidou Camara

Guinea: 1. A Sylla, 2. C Alseny, 5. C Aminata, 4. C Naby, 6. C Moussa, 3. I Sylla, 8. C Abdoulaye, 10. C Seydouba (7. C Sory 26’ [11. K Keita 90+1’]), 12. M Ndiaye (13. J Mouste 84’’), 9. C Kassory, 18. D Bailo

Mali coach: Nouhoum Diane

Mali: 16. D Djigui, 3. B Koffi, 4. S Boubacar, 6. M Konte, 13. I Samake, 14. L Samake, 11. M Kone (7. A Malle 58’), 8. C Moussa, 17. M Traore, 9. O Kida (12. M Balo 69’), 18. A Dieng (2. EH Salime Bah 38’)

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2018 World Cup qualifier: Cameroon 1-1 Nigeria – As it happened – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 04, 2017. 20:51


Welcome to as-it-happened coverage of the 2018 World Cup qualifier between Cameroon and Nigeria from Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde.

Commentary:
All times CAT

90+8′ – Full time – It ends 1-1 in Yaounde, probably a fair result given Cameroon’s improvement in the second half. The result means Nigeria cannot secure qualification in this round of matches, but they remain very much on course for Russia 2018.

90+5′ – Yellow card – Fai is booked for a challenge on Moses.

90+3′ – Some tactical time wasting from Ezenwa as he receives treatment for the earlier collision with Fai.

90+2′ – Bassogog plays a dangerous ball across the penalty area, but no teammate is on hand to convert!

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

89′ – Fai tumbles in the box, but again there’s no penalty for the hosts. To be fair, only the crowd really appealed for a spot kick…

87′ – Substitution – Nigeria’s final change sees Peter Etebo replace Onazi in midfield.

84′ – Ezenwa makes a superb save to deny a snap-shot from Aboubakar! He then gets up to deny Fai in a nasty collision and will need treatment.

83′ – Aboubakar tumbles dramatically in the box, but there’s no penalty coming.

81′ – Substitution – Cameroon’s last change sees Moumi Ngamaleu replace Olinga.

80′ – Substitution – Ighalo makes way for Kelechi Iheanacho as Nigeria make a change in attack.

77′ – Yellow card – Onazi is booked for a late tackle on Fai and Cameroon have a free kick in a dangerous position wide on the right.

75′ – GOAL! Cameroon 1-1 Nigeria – Aboubakar coolly converts the penalty to draw the hosts level!

73′ – Penalty! Ezenwa comes off his line to try claim a 50-50 ball and takes out Djoum! The referee points to the spot and Cameroon have a chance to equalise!

70′ – Twenty minutes to play, Nigeria are on course for  a fourth straight win.

67′ – So nearly 2-0 for Nigeria, as Moses skilfully opens up space for a shot from inside the box, only to see his effort skim the top of the crossbar!

65 – Substitution – Nigeria’s first change sees Mikel make way for Ndubisi Agu.

63′ – Yellow card – Olinga goes into the book for remonstrating with the referee.

62′ – Substitution – Moukandjo makes way for Bassogog and Nsame is off for Aboubakar in a double change for the hosts.

60′ – Cameroon have Christian Bassogog and Vincent Aboubakar ready to come on as subs.

59′ – Djoum with a long-range drive… well off target.

58′ – Another Moukandjo cross, another safe catch from Ezenwa. Better from the hosts, but they’ll need to go up another gear or two.

57′ – Moukandjo with a good free kick delivered into the box, but again Nigeria have the answers for whatever Cameroon can throw at them.

55′ – Yellow card – Balogun is booked for a late tackle, the first caution of the match.

54′ – Some fine wing play from Moses, but his attempted cross from the left is  cut out.

52′ – Now it’s Troost-Ekong who makes a superb tackle to prevent Nsame getting a shot on goal!

50′ – The excellent Balogun once again cuts out a dangerous cross. Nigeria’s defence has been imperious thus far.

49′ – All Cameroon in the early minutes of the second stanza, with the hosts looking for a fast start.

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

45+2′ – Half time – Nigeria hold a deserved 1-0 lead at the break, having created the better scoring opportunities. The Super Eagles are on course for a ‘double’ over the Indomitable Lions.

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

44′ – Simon crosses from the right, but Teikeu is well placed to intercept.

41′ – Moukandjo crosses from a corner kick, but Ezenwa once again shows a good pair of hands to claim the aerial ball.

40′ – Cameroon looking to build up a head of steam but they are struggling to find any gaps in Nigeria’s defence.

37′ – Moses looks just fine as he tries to beat his defender in the box and goes down under a challenge, but the referee isn’t interested in awarding a penalty.

35′ – A worry for Nigeria as Moses limps off to receive some treatment – they’ll hope it’s nothing more than a minor knock.

33′ – Balogun gets on the end of a Moses corner kick but can’t direct an effort on goal. A few second later it’s the turn of Ighalo to dazzle his marker, cut inside and blaze a left-footed shot just over the target!

30′ – GOAL! Cameroon 0-1 Nigeria – Moses drives a low cross into the box, Ondoa can only half stop the ball and Simon is on hand to steer home a left-footed shot! The Super Eagles lead in Yaounde!

29′ – Another Moses delivery from a corner kick, but again it isn’t really a threat to the hosts’ defence.

27′ – Moses tries to float a cross to the back post for the run of Ndidi, but it’s overhit and out for a goal kick to Cameroon.

26′ – Ezenwa initially drops a long ball into his penalty area, but recovers quickly. Balogun then powers upfield and earns a free kick in a good attacking position for the Super Eagles.

24′ – A misplaced diagonal pass almost puts Zambo Anguissa in on goal, but Ezenwa is alert to the danger.

21′ – Cameroon with a free kick on the right flank. Moukandjo crosses, Banana gets up to glance the header onwards, but the offside flag is up.

19′ – Moses tripped up in midfield and it’s another free kick for Nigeria. The hosts are really looking to assert themselves in the challenges…

18′ – Cameroon with a set piece of their own now, but Moukandjo’s delivery from the dead ball is out for a goal kick to Nigeria.

15′ – A quarter hour played, still goalless in Yaounde. Moses crosses from another corner kick, but his delivery is poor this time and Cameroon clear the danger.

12′ – Free kick to Nigeria out on the left flank. Moses whips in a good cross, but Teikeu gets up to make a fine defensive header.

10′ – Ezenwa with good hands again as he smothers a low ball into the penalty area from Zambo Anguissa.

9′ – Nsame meets a low cross from the right but he can’t get a clean shot away to test Ezenwa.

8′ – Moses almost picks out Balogun at the far post from the corner, but the tall defender is outmuscled in the air.

7′ – Ndidi is tripped up and Nigeria have a free kick in a good attacking position. Moses whips in a dangerous ball and Teikeu heads out for a corner kick.

5′ – Good pace from Balogun to beat Nsame to a long ball played down the left flank. The Indomitable Lions are looking to go from back to front with real speed whenever they get the chance.

2′ – Signs of early promise from Cameroon as Moukandjo whips in a cross from the left, but Ezenwa makes a confident catch.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Yaounde! Cameroon wear their famous green, red and yellow, while Nigeria don a change strip of all-white.

18h50 – Ten minutes to kick-off. Our referee is Bakary Gassama from Gambia, with Jean-Claude Birumushahu and Marwa Range as the assistants, and Maudo Jallow as the fourth official.

18h40 – A reminder that the Super Eagles cruised to a 4-0 win over the Indomitable Lions when the teams met on Friday evening in Uyo.

As a result, Gernot Rohr’s team could secure qualification in this round of matches: a win tonight combined with an Algeria win or draw in their match against Zambia tomorrow night will see Nigeria secure qualification for Russia 2018.

18h30 – Half an hour to kick-off in Yaounde, here are the line-ups:

Cameroon: Fabrice Ondoa, Collins Fai, Adolphe Teikeu, Yahia Banana, Serge Leuko, Andre Zambo Anguissa, Arnaud Djoum, Sebastian Siani, Benjamin Moukandjo, Fabrice Olinga, Jean-Pierre Nsame

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

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2018 World Cup qualifier: Ghana 1-1 Congo – AS IT HAPPENED – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Bertin Basson

Friday Sep 01, 2017. 19:31


Welcome to our live Play-by-Play coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group E qualifier between Ghana and Congo-Brazzaville from the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

Ghana: R.Ofori; Attamah (Afful 46′), Mensah, Amartey, Schlupp – Partey, E.Ofori, A.Ayew (Poku 68′) – Atsu, J.Ayew, Gyan (Agyapong 62′)

Congo: Mouko; Itoua, Baudry, Mayembo, Badila – Avounou, Gandze, Bahamboula (Dambou 83′) – Nguessi (Ndinga 56′), Bifouma, Dore (Tsoumou 71′)

AS IT HAPPENED Updates: 

90+4′ FULL-TIME: Ghana 1-1 Congo (Amartey 85′; Bifouma 18′) – Spoils shared, but it will feel like a defeat for the Black Stars who are now in serious danger of missing the World Cup in Russia next year.

90+3′ Itoua the latest to go into the referee’s book – alongside Ndinga – will have little consequence though, only a few second remaining…

90′ Four minutes added. Ghana throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Congo.

85′ GOAL! Partey finds the back of the net as Ghana pull level. Atsu sets up the midfielder who fires home.

83′ Bahamboula goes into the referee’s book as he makes his way off the park – he won’t mind too much as Congo continue to lead their hosts.

78′ Congo happy to sit back and frustrate their hosts – the Red Devils have just looked more organized and determined the Black Stars who are on the cusp of seeing their World Cup hopes go up in smoke.

72′ CHANCE! Jordan Ayew with a sight at goal, but Mouko is up to the challenge. Black Stars pressing forward now.

70′ As the sun starts to set in Kumasi, Ghana continue their desperate search for the back of the net… Chance! for Afful, but his shot rattles the side-netting.

62′ Asamoah Gyan makes way. The former Sunderland foward – who has scored over 50 goals for the Black Stars – not himself today as he limps of the pitch. Ghana not the same without a firing Gyan.

55′ CHANCE! Atsu bursts into the box, but instead of taking a shot himself he tries to pick out a teammate, but Congo get back in numbers to clear from danger.

48′ Early chance for the hosts, but Mouko is off his line in a flash to clear from Gyan’s feet. Black Stars lurking.

46′ Second-half underway in Kumasi – big 45 minutes coming up for the Black Stars.

Half-Time: Ghana 0-1 Congo-Brazzaville (Bifouma 18′)

45′ Three minutes added to the half.

44′ Nervy moment for Mouko as a long ball is floated into the area. He spills the ball, but lucky for the Red Devils goalkeeper his defence is alert to bail him out.

38′ SAVE! Good diving stop by Mouko who keeps out Partey’s rasping effort from well outside the area. Pressure mounting.

35′ Free-kick for Ghana in a promising position comes to nothing as Congo clear their lines.  The Red Devils have been impressive thus far, but expect a stronger Black Stars as the game goes on.

31′ Asamoah Gyan tries his luck from range, but his free-kick flies inches over the crossbar.

26′ Yellow CardBifouma goes into the referees book.

25′ Congo-Brazzaville the more urgent of the two sides and deserved leaders thus far. Ghana will need wake up if they are to restore parity.

18′ GOAL! Bifouma silences the home crowd. Nguessi pounces on a mistake by Attamah before teeing up Bifouma who calmly guides into the back of the net.

14′ Partey has the ball in the back of the net, but he looks rather sheepish as he hammers home – his attempt is duly chalked off with the assistants flag raised.

10′ Nothing between the two teams in the opening exchanges of the clash – no chances yet in what is a high pressure game for the Black Stars.

7′ Break in play as Nguessi receives some treatment – golf cart has been called onto the pitch, but he is back on his feet… looks like he should be okay to continue.

4′ Lack of communication a the back as Amartey and Richard Ofori clash. Bifouma a real threat for the visitors – Ghana lucky to escape.

1′ Kick-off in Kumasi – must win game for both teams as they aim to close the gap between themselves and the two teams above them; Uganda & Congo.

 

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MTN8 Full-time: SuperSport United 1-1 Maritzburg United – MTN8 2017

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MTN8 Full-time: SuperSport United 1-1 Maritzburg United

Mohau Mokate of Maritzburg United challenged by Morgan Gould of Supersport United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Supersport United and Maritzburg United at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria South Africa on 22 February 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Aug 26, 2017. 22:12


Maritzburg United will be looking to book a spot in the MTN8 Cup semi-final as they visit another Tshwane giant. Having beaten Mamelodi Sundowns in the opening round, they will hope to win away.

On the other hand, coach Eric Tinkler wants a win as he will want to bag his first trophy in charge of the three-time Absa Premiership champions.

Line-ups:

SuperSport: Williams, Kekana, Daniels, Gould, Ritchie, Letsholonyane, Mokoena, Phala, Modiba, Wome, Grobler

Maritzburg United: Mpandle, Fransman, Xulu, Sanoka, Makaringe, Rusike, Ndlovu, Shandu, Maboe, Saal, Mekoa

Commentary:

90+3′ Full time. SuperSport United 1-1 Maritzburg

90+3′: A brilliant counter attack by Maritzburg sees the visitors missing a great opportunity to make it 2-1. But the effort sails wide off the target.

90+3′: Three minutes added. SuperSport 1-1 Maritzburg united

84′ GOAL- Maritzburg a wonderful pass to Lebohang Maboe in the box allowed the right footed player to blast a rocket to beat Williams.

80′: 10 minutes remaining in the encounter. The Nedbank Cup champions are still leading 1-0.

72′: Williams produces a wonderful save to deny Mekoa from a long range effort. A well struck shot by the left winger. Modiba off for Alexander.

70′: Daniels yellow card.

67′: The Tshwane giants are searching for their second goal. Maritzburg steady at the back. Williams called to deny United.

63′: Saal off for Va Wyk

62′: Sheldon van Wyk booked

59′ – Dove Wome scores, but he is judged to be from an offside position. SuperSport United 1-0 Maritzburg United.

53′: Thuso Phala receives a defence splitting pass, he makes no mistake to beat Mpandle on the far post. 1-0 to SuperSport United.

49′: – Free kick for Maritzburg, but they don’t benefit on the set piece.

46′ Second half gets underway.

45+1′ Half Time. SuperSport United 0-0 Maritzburg United

46′: Gould booked

45′: Thuso Phala causing all sorts of troubles for Maritzburg United, yet there are no goals in the opening half.

44′: The two sides are yet to open up the defence and it looks like we will head to the interval with no goals. Maritzburg United 0-0 SuperSport United

40′: United looking to bag their first goal and Williams called to produce a fine save to parry the ball over the cross bar. We are in the final five minutes of the opening half.

34′: Mokoena booked. SuperSport United 0-0 Maritzburg united

33′: Saal wasteful in the heart of the park.The fourth ball going astray by Maritzburg.Tinkler;’s side under pressure. Mpandle. makes a good save to deny Grobler.

29′: Beautiful football by Maritzburg and Makaringe unleashes a powerful shot, but sails wide over the cross bar. No goals between the two giants.

24′: Mpandle nearly misjudges the flight of the ball..He comes out but it flies over the cross bar. he is now injured receiving treatment.

18′: Makaringe takes a shot, but it goes wide. No goals in the opening 20 minutes i the opening half of the encounter.

10′: 10 minutes in the Wafa Wafa encounter, yet no goals so far.

08′: Fortune Makaringe injured in Maritzburg’s half. No clear cut chances so far in the encounter.

06′: Both sides still searching for ball possession. Maritzburg keeper, doing all the work at the back.

01′: Kick-off

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Baroka, Pirates play to third successive 1-1 draw

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Baroka, Pirates play to third successive 1-1 draw

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

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Bertin Basson

Tuesday Aug 22, 2017. 21:32


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

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

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

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

Pirates 1-0 up at the break.

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

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

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

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

Baroka FC (0) 1 (Banda 73′)

Orlando Pirates (1) 1 (Qalinge 41′)

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

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

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Rare Rivaldo Coetzee goal earns Urban Warriors a 1-1 draw – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Rare Rivaldo Coetzee goal earns Urban Warriors a 1-1 draw

Ayanda Makua of Ajax Cape Town is challenged by Musa Bilankulu of Golden Arrows during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Ajax Cape Town and Golden Arrows a Cape Town Stadium on 19 August 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Aug 19, 2017. 22:46


A second-half strike from Rivaldo Coetzee earned Ajax Cape Town a 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership clash at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Urban Warriors defender popped up from a corner-kick four minutes following the interval to net his first goal for the club.

This after Lerato Lamola had handed the visitors the lead in the 24th minute, with both Abafana Bes’thende and the hosts showing signs of fatigue in the closing stages of what was their opening league game of the campaign.

Ajax Cape Town threatened early through Sedwyn George and Mosa Lebusa with latter – who was named as captain earlier this week – seeing his glancing header bounce narrowly wide of goal.

It would be the visitors, though, to open the scoring as Brandon Petersen hammered his attempted clearance into the onrushing Lamola – the ball bouncing off the forward and into the back of the net.

Last season’s National First Division (NFD) top-scorer, Sedwyn George, had a chance to pull the hosts level on the cusp of half-time, but the forward was unlucky to see his shot fly wide after playing a quick 1-2 with Neo Makua.

Arrows 1-0 up at the break.

Ajax Cape Town came out guns blazing following the interval and pulled level through Coetzee in the 49th minute. The 20-year-old Bafana Bafana defender with a rare goal for his club.

Both teams squandered chances to win the game with the two sets of players tiring in the final exchanges. The game duly ending in a 1-1 stalemate.

Ajax Cape Town (0) 1 (Coetzee 49′)

Golden Arrows (1) 1 (Lamola 24′)

Ajax Cape Town: Petersen; Lebusa, Coetzee (Sasman 58′), Nhlapo, Isaacs – Mdabuka, Margeman, Kabwe – Mosadi, Makua (Mzwakali 79′), George (Morris 64′)

Golden Arrows: Gumede; Mngwengwe, Cele, Jooste, Bilankulu (Molefe 76′), Nonyane, Mzava Dlamini, Mahachi (Mutizwa 76′), Ntanga (Sibiya 53′), Lamola

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Big spenders Chippa United unveil 11 new signings – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

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Big spenders Chippa United unveil 11 new signings

James Okwuosa of Chippa United challenged by Evans Rusike of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Maritzburg United and Chippa United at Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg South Africa on 29 Nomvember 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Jul 25, 2017. 15:00


Chippa United have announced 11 new signings as they get ready for their 2017/18 Premier Soccer League campaign in South Africa.

Coach Dan Malesela and his technical team will want to lead the side to a decent finish as they survived the relegation axe in their last term.

In a statement on their Twitter page, the Chilli Boys have signed Nigerian defender James Okwuosa from Orlando Pirates whilst they also unveiled players such as Kurt Lentjies from Maritzburg United.

On the other hand, Highlands Park striker Moeketsi Sekola joins on loan as well as Mamelodi Sundowns’ Samuel Julies.

Among the new faces is Phetso Maphanga, Stanley Makgoka, Xolani Maholo from the MultiChoice Diski Challenge side and Zitha Macheke.

Meanwhile, former Platinum Stars winger Mahlatse Makudubela has also joined the Port Elizabeth-based outfit on loan from the Sea Robbers.

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Tanzania, Rwanda play to 1-1 draw

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Jul 15, 2017. 17:28


Tanzania and Rwanda have played to a 1-1 draw in their second round, Central-East Zone qualifier for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) on Saturday.

The match at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza ended all square after 90 minutes, leaving the tie very much in the balance ahead of the return leg at Stade Regionale Nyamirambo in Kigali next weekend.

The Wasps claimed the lead – and a potentially vital away goal – in the 20th minute when Dominique Nshuti found the back of the net.

However, a few minutes before the break, the Taifa Stars hit back to level the game at 1-1 through Himid Mao.

The aggregate winner of the tie will face either South Sudan or Uganda in the final phase of qualifiers.

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Sundowns, AS Vita draw 1-1 in final group clash

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Sundowns, AS Vita draw 1-1 in final group clash

Anthony Laffor of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Ngonda Muzinga of AS Vita

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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Jul 09, 2017. 21:09


Mamelodi Sundowns and AS Vita played to a 1-1 draw in their final CAF Champions League Group C clash on Sunday.

The match at Lucas Moripe Stadium saw the Brazilians claim the lead in the first half through Thabo Nthethe, but Vita levelled the game in the second thanks to a fine goal from Yazid Atouba.

The result means Sundowns finish second on the log (which they would have done regardless, as leaders Esperance de Tunis defeated Saint George) and advance into the quarterfinals to face Group D winners Wydad Casablanca.

Sundowns created chances from early on but AS Vita goalkeeper Lukong Bongaman proved a tough man to beat, denying the likes of Percy Tau and Yannick Zakri with some brave saves.

AS Vita threatened only sporadically at the other end, with their best chance seeing Etekiama Agiti heading on goal from a corner kick, only to be denied by Kennedy Mweene.

The Brazilians claimed the lead in the 35th minute, with the aftermath of a corner kick seeing Thapelo Morena play a superb pass to put Thabo Nthethe in on goal and the veteran defender sent a low shot into the bottom corner for 1-0.

In the second half ‘Downs looked to add to their advantage through the likes of Tau, Zakri and Anthony Laffor, but Bongaman was once again on hand to keep his side in the contest.

And the goalkeeper’s efforts weren’t in vain, as Vita drew level on 73 minutes. Sundowns failed to clear from a long throw-in and the ball fell kindly for Yazid Atouba, who fired home a left-footed volley for 1-1.

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2017 CAF CL: Mamelodi Sundowns 1-1 AS Vita – As it happened – 2017 CAF Champions League

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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Jul 09, 2017. 20:44


Good evening and welcome to coverage of the 2017 CAF Champions League Group C match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AS Vita from the Lucas Moripe Stadium, on Sunday 9 July.

Match Commentary

90+4′ – Full time – It ends 1-1, a disappointing result for Sundowns, but they advance into the quarterfinals alongside Group C winners Esperance de Tunis.

90+2′ – Basisila sent on  by AS Vita as they make another substitution.

90+1′ – Soumahoro with a long-range volley, but Bongaman is there once again to make the save.

88′ – Closing in on the end of regulation time, this one looks like ending in a draw.

84′ – Castro comes off the bench to boost Sundowns’ attack.

83′ – Half a chance for Vita, but Madisha and Mweene get the ball clear, before Nthethe is almost caught out by a low cross from the right.

82′ – Mohomi replaces Mbekile in midfield for ‘Downs, as they look to reassert themselves.

79′ – That’s because Esperance remain 2-0 up against Saint George and will top the group with 12 points.

78′ – The Brazilians will be disappointed to draw this game (if it does indeed end in a draw), but it will make no real difference to their quarterfinal advancement.

73′ – Sundowns fail to clear from a long throw-in and Atouba cracks home a volley to make it 1-1! Superb finish!

69′ – AS Vita almost level through Atouba, whose left-footed effort bounces off the top of the angle between post and crossbar.

65′ – Laffor and Zakri with efforts on goal, before Vilakazi is brought down in the box, only for the referee to wave away appeals for a penalty.

62′ – Vilakazi powers into the box down the left side, but his cross-shot is deflected and cleared to safety.

60′ – Up to the hour mark in Tshwane, Nthethe’s first-half goal remains the difference between the teams.

56′ – Esperance remain 2-0 up at home to Saint George in the other Group C match. A things stand they’ll top the pool ahead of ‘Downs.

53′ – Hachi tees up Tau, who fires on goal with the left foot and Bongaman makes another fine save to keep it at 1-0!

48′ – Zakri almost with a scoring chance in the middle of the box, but a Vita defender does just enough to touch the ball away him.

46′ – Back underway in the second half, ASV has made a change by replacing Sidibde with Batezadio.

45′ – Half time – The Brazilians lead 1-0 at the break, probably a fair reflection of the game thus far.

43′ – Closing in on half time, Sundowns lead 1-0. But they’re unlikely to top the group, as Esperance lead 2-0 in he concurrent game in Tunisia.

38′ – Zakri looks to make it 2-0 but slices his shot wide of the mark. All Sundowns at the moment…

35′ – GOAL! Sundowns 1-0 ASV – Morena with a superb pass to pick out Nthethe, who coolly slips a shot past Bongaman to make it 1-0 to the Brazilians!

31′ – Hachi whips in a cross after a corner is worked short, Nthethe gets a head to the ball but can’t direct it on target.

27′ – Hachi with some solid defending as ASV look to break down the right flank. Zakri then excites the crowd with a beautiful piece of skill.

23′ – Midway through the first half, neither side has really established a clear dominance.

18′ – Bongaman with a fine punch away as Sundowns fire a free kick into the ASV penalty area.

16′ – Past the quarter hour mark, still goalless here in Tshwane, while the other Group C match between Esperance and Saint George is also locked at 0-0.

12′ – A corner for ASV ends with Agiti getting a head on target, but Mweene makes a solid save.

7′ – AS Vita with a solid spell of possession, getting a foothold in the game.

4′ – Early chance for Tau, who is denied from close range by ASV goalkeeper Bongaman!

3′ – Early possession for ‘Downs, who are hoping to claim a win and climb to the top of the log.

1′ – We are underway in Tshwane, Sundowns wear their traditional yellow, blue and white, AS Vita are in bright green and black.

18h50 – AS Vita’s line-up: Bongaman, Bangala, Omba, Traore, Muzinga, Botuli, Sidibe, Atouba, Dido, Muzungu, Agiti

18h40 – Twenty minutes to kick-off, here’s the Sundowns line-up: Mweene, Morena, Nthethe, Madisha, Hachi, Soumahoro, Mbekile, Vilakazi, Laffor, Zakri, Tau.

18h30 – There’s not much at stake in this game, as Sundowns and group leaders Esperance de Tunis have already advanced. It’s only a case of seeing who finishes top and therefore has the more favourable quarterfinal position.

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Zesco held 1-1 in derby ahead of key CAF clash – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup

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Zesco held 1-1 in derby ahead of key CAF clash

Zesco United coach Serbian Krmpotic

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jul 06, 2017. 18:00


Zesco United were held to a draw in a domestic league derby clash against Buildcon in midweek as they prepare for a crucial CAF Confederation Cup match.

Zesco host Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid in a crucial Group C clash this weekend which will determine whether they join their Sudanese opponents in the quarterfinals.

The Ndola based club were held 1-1 in a domestic league clash by Buildcon on Wednesday. The teams share the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium as their home base.

Jesse Were opened the scoring for Zesco later in the first half, but Buildcon equalised after the break through Chavda Maisha.

Zesco fielded a weakened line-up, with coach Zlatko Krmpotic keeping one eye on their African commitments on the weekend.

“It was a good game for our opponents but not for us. But with all the travelling we have done in the last few days, a point is good enough,” Krmpotic is quoted by SuperSport.

“I noticed in the second half that we were not very aggressive; I don’t know what happened but I think it was all down to fatigue. My players are tired.

“If you noticed, the team we put out today is not our first XI because we wanted some of our players to rest.

“And since we have a crucial game with Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid on Sunday, it is difficult to motivate players in a league game,” said Krmpotic.

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