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KCCA to pay Ugx 100m for Shaban – 2016/17 Uganda Premier League


Muhammad Shaban of Uganda tries to flick the ball past Andre Ayew of Ghana during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Ghana and Uganda at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 17 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 12, 2017. 18:30


Media reports in Uganda reveal that Kampala Capital City Authority will have to part ways with more than Ugx 100 million if they want to sign Muhammad Shaban.

The reigning league champions have already spent Ugx 50 million on the striker for signing-on fees, but are yet to reach an agreement with Onduparaka where he remains contracted.

GUINEA FIGHT BACK TO HOLD COSTA RICA

Shaban was unveiled by the Lugogo-based side three weeks ago based on a ruling from the FUFA Players’ status committee that gave leeway for him to join a club of his choice subject to agreement with Onduparaka, which KCCA hasn’t done yet.

Kawowo reports that KCCA made an offer of Ugx 20 million which the Caterpillars rejected and it’s now understood they want not less than Ugx 50 million for their former captain.

“KCCA disrespected us and we are ready to follow the matter to its logical conclusion,” club CEO Anthony Affeti is quoted in the Daily Monitor.

“The player might have got his Shs50m sign-on fee but we can’t allow him to move at Shs20m (which KCCA reportedly offered).

“If we can’t get over Shs50m from our best player who even featured at AFCON, then when will we get that chance?.”



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KCCA coach eyeing Ugandan title defence – 2016/17 Uganda Premier League


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 09:30


As they prepare to defend their Ugandan Premier League crown, Kampala Capital City Authority coach Mike Mutebi says it will not be easy.

The KCCA manager was speaking to the media saying four clubs in SC Villa, Vipers SC, Uganda Revenue Authority and Express could challenge them for the title.

Although he says the four clubs can make their title defence aspirations difficult, he remains confident they will retain the title.

SOUTH AFRICA’S DANIEL BENNETT TO OFFICIATE UGANDA V GHANA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

“Naming the four is your part,” said Mutebi to the Daily Mail website.

“All I know is that four other clubs will compete with us for the title. They have prepared well and also have good squads.

“But I have confidence in the squad at our disposal to retain the title. We have brought in at least 10 youngsters to push the existing players.

“We want to score goals and we have brought in the players for that.”



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Zambian international striker heads to SA – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Brian Mwila of Zambia challenged by Banda Abdi of Tanzania during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Zambia and Tanzania at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 05 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 02, 2017. 14:00


As they continue to bolster their squad, South African Premier Soccer League club, Platinum Stars have completed the signing of Zambian international striker http://africanfootball.com/news/722150/Nigerian-starlet-Awoniyi-leaves-Liverpool-on-loan.

The Chipolopolo hitman joins from Zambian Super League outfit, Green Buffaloes FC on a three-year deal.

Although reports indicated that Mwila was on Baroka FC’s radar, he has now completed his move to Rustenburg.

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Dikwena announced their new signing on Tuesday via their official Twitter page as he joins the likes of Enocent Mkhabela, Lehlogonolo Masalesa and Maboke Matlakala in Phokeng.



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David Obua backs Basena and Kajoba for Cranes job – 2016/17 Uganda Premier League


Ex-Kaizer Chiefs and Cranes winger David Obua

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Wednesday Aug 02, 2017. 13:00


Former Cranes of Uganda winger David Obua has sent a message to the new Cranes technical team led by Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba.

The duo was handed the reins after coach Milutin Sredojevic left his position due to salary disputes with the country’s FA.

However, the former Kaizer Chiefs and Cranes star said they will support the two interim coaches ahead of their first task against Rwanda.

The duo was appointed by FUFA on Monday after Micho left on Saturday, citing non payment of salaries to the tune of $54,000.

Obua who has seen it with different tacticians at the helm of the side wishes the duo all the best as he posted on social media.

“Wish you well Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba. Make us proud we will all support you Guys!!!.”

Basena and Kajoba have already got their duties underway as they named a 25 man squad to start preparations for the CHAN 2018 qualifier against Rwanda.



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Brazilians sign Ghana international shot-stopper – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


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Bertin Basson

Tuesday Aug 01, 2017. 17:00



Mamelodi Sundowns have officially completed the signing of Ghana international goalkeeper Razak Brimah on a free transfer.

The former CD Tenerife and Córdoba shot-stopper, who last played in the Spanish Segunda Division, joins the reigning CAF Champions League champions on a reported three-year deal.

Brimah, 30, will face stiff competition for the number 1 spot at the club with Denis Onyango and Kennedy Mweene outstanding goalkeepers in their own right.

The Black Stars first choice at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, the goal-minder missed the decisive spot-kick as the Ivory Coast were crowned African champions following a 9-8 penalty shoot-out win over their West African rivals.

Brimah’s arrival will most likely force head coach Pitso Mosimane to part ways with one of his foreign stars.



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Kaizer Motaung and Irvin Khoza send condolences after FNB stampede – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Chairman of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Jul 31, 2017. 17:00


Although the FNB Stadium stampede investigation is underway, Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung says they are very saddened by the incident.

Two people lost their lives at the FNB Stadium during a Soweto derby match between Amakhosi and Orlando Pirates.

Media reports reveal that the stampede outside the venue was allegedly caused by fans with fake tickets and those without any tickets who tried to force their way into the venue.

Although the Carling Black Label Champion Cup match was not stopped, the venue has now been declared a crime scene.

Following the Saturday incident, Motaung and Buccaneers’ boss, Irvin Khoza held a joint media briefing on Monday.

Khoza revealed that of the two people who passed away, only one has been identified by their family members.

“I would like to say we are very much touched about what happened on Saturday because this happened before,” said Motaung.

“We are contemplating to organize a memorial service when we get all the identities of the passed on individuals.

“There will be an independent inquiry then we will address the media in due course once more info is gathered.”

Meanwhile, Khoza added that they are asking for patience to probe all the events as he sent condolences on behalf of the two Soweto giants.

“We are asking now for patience to investigate all the facts to see what preventative steps could have been taken,” adds Khoza.

“The only person on the pitch is the ref who can stop the game. The game was not stopped because we had to abide by safety and security regulations.

“No stone will go unturned in the investigation to find out the causes of these tragic events.

“Nothing we say will bring back the lives of who passed away. The very least we can do is to see what went wrong.”



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New Orlando Pirates signings excite Jonevret – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Musa Nyatama of Orlando Pirates challenged by Ryan Moon and Tsepo Masilela of Kaizer Chiefs during 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on 29 July 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Jul 30, 2017. 16:00


Orlando Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret reflected on his side’s defeat to Kaizer Chiefs in Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday.

Chiefs successfully defended the 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup after defeating their Soweto rivals Pirates 1-0 at the FNB stadium.

However, Jonevret is optimistic about the future as he side prepare for the upcoming 2017/18 season.

“We had a ‘different’ team [at the start] and players in strange positions,” Jonevret told SuperSport TV channel.

“But when we started changing players in the second half and we saw a few of the new guys.

“We created two or three really big chances and with a little bit of luck we could have scored,” he continued.

“Overall we are disappointed, but we have to try to look forward.

The Swedish tactician was pleased to see Bucs’ two new signings Thamsanqa Sangweni and Musa Nyatama making their debuts for the club.

“The two new boys showed they want to get in and play good football. I hope for a bright future for Pirates,” he concluded.



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SAFA to probe FNB incident which left two dead – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Danny Jordaan, SAFA president

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Jul 30, 2017. 15:00


According to SAFA president Danny Jordaan, the organisation will investigate the FNB Stadium incident where two fans lost their lives.

Jordaan has promised that a “full investigation” into the stampede that caused the death of two spectators and injured scores of others during the Soweto derby will take place.

The match saw Kaizer Chiefs take on Orlando Pirates in the Carling Black Label Champions Cup clash on Saturday.

SOWETO DERBY IMPORTANT AS EVER FOR KHUNE

It is reported that the stampede at the FNB Stadium occurred at one of the gates, but details are still sketchy for now.

“We offer our sincere condolences to the family members of those who lost their lives,” Jordaan said in a statement.

“We are going to ask for a full report and institute a full investigation on what transpired and the cause for the stampede.

“I would also like to wish the injured speedy recovery. A football match is supposed to be a place of entertainment. What happened to at FNB Stadium is very unfortunate.”

The pre-season match saw the Naturena-based Amakhosi claiming a 1-0 win after a first half goal through Bernard Parker.



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Parker: Kaizer Chiefs eyeing major trophies – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Kaizer Chiefs defeated Orlando Pirates 1-0 in the 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Jul 30, 2017. 12:00


Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker was pleased with how they played against their Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

The forward’s solitary goal helped Chiefs defend the Carling Black Label Champion Cup at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“It was a boost for us on the field and I’m happy that we came out with a win,” Parker told SuperSport TV.

“With my frontline, we created a lot of chances, we tried to break quick and we did.

Amakhosi will be hoping to win one or two major trophies during the upcoming 2017/18 campaign.

“But as we got into the final third we can be a little bit more ruthless, just 10 percent more and we would come out with a lot of goals,” he added.

“But other than that, it’s a learning curve for us, we are looking good and looking solid. This year we want to achieve our goals.”

Chiefs have now won the pre-season tournament title three times, while Pirates have win lifted it four times.



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Statement on fatalities at FNB Stadium: 29 JULY 2017 – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


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Staff Reporter

Saturday Jul 29, 2017. 20:25


As sponsors of the Carling Black Label Champion Cup, we are saddened by the fatalities that occurred late this afternoon due to a number of people who attempted to push through the stadium gates.

As things stand at the moment, we can confirm two fatalities caused by blunt force trauma, one critically injured and sixteen spectator with minor injuries.

This incident is extremely unfortunate as solid security plans were put in place in conjunction with SAPS and various other stake holders, to ensure that this is a risk-free event.

Since the inception of the Carling Black Label Cup in 2011, we have had record attendance and incident free events.

The South African Police Services and Stadium Management South Africa are working together to investigate this matter.

As Carling Black Label, Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and SMSA – We wish to express our sincere condolences to the families of those affected by the incident.

We will endeavor to keep the public informed as we receive progress on the matter.

Issued on behalf of the South African Breweries by M-Sports Marketing: For Further Enquiries please contact: Felicia Ntisa on 011 781 9724 or [email protected]



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Parker hands Kaizer Chiefs CBLC Cup – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Kaizer Chiefs defeated Orlando Pirates 1-0 in the 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

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Saturday Jul 29, 2017. 17:49



Kaizer Chiefs defeated Orlando Pirates 1-0 in the 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

The narrow victory saw Amakhosi defend the trophy – winning it for the third time in the process.

The Buccaneers struggled to contain a spirited Amakhosi side in the opening stages of the pre-season encounter.

Chiefs then deservedly took the lead in the ninth minute through Bernard Parker’s well-taken shot with Gustavo Paez grabbing an assist.

It was nearly 2-0 to Chiefs in the 16th minute as Pirates goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane finger-tipped Chiefs midfielder Hendrick Eskstein’s effort over the crossbar.

The momentum was with Amakhosi and Parker’s dangerous curling attempt was headed out for a corner-kick by Pirates defender Ayanda Gcaba in the 40th minute.

However, Pirates managed to contain Chiefs in the remaining minutes of the first-half and Amakhosi were leading 1-0 at the interval.

Mpontshane had to deny Chiefs striker Paez with a decent save ten minutes into the second-half in order to keep Pirates in the game.

Chiefs keeper Itumeleng Khune was seriously tested in the 70th minute – gathering Pirates midfielder Mpho Makola’s attempt as the Buccaneers looked to equalizer.

Khune then produced a great save to deny Bernard Morrison ten minutes later and Ayanda Gcaba headed the rebound on to the crossbar as Pirates pressed Chiefs.

It was end-to-end in the closing stages of the match, but Chiefs held on to their slender lead and they emerged 1-0 winners.

Chiefs (1) 1 (Parker 9′)
Pirates (0) 0

Chiefs: Khune, Mphahlele, Mathoho, Gordinho, Masilela, Ekstein (Malope 87′), Katsande (Moon 53′), Maluleka, Lebese, Paez (Cardoso 85′), Parker (Twala 72′).

Pirates: Mpontshane, Matlaba, Jele, Gcaba, Phungwayo, Makola (Nkosi 75′), Manyisa (Mobara 65′), Sarr (Sangweni 53′), Memela (Kutumela 58′), Gabuza (Morrison 65′), Ndoro (Nyatama 58′).



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


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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Soweto Derby important as ever for Khune – ABSA Premiership 2016/17 – Kaizer Chiefs


Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates during the Absa Premiership 2014/15 match between Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Jul 29, 2017. 12:00


The Soweto Derby is as important as ever for Kaizer Chiefs stalwart Itumeleng Khune ahead of the 2017 Carling Black Label Cup.

Khune, 30, has started between the sticks on many an occasion against rivals Orlando Pirates – but his desire to beat the Buccaneers has never faded.

The Bafana Bafana shot-stopper is hopeful that the Amakhosi will get one of their rivals at FNB Stadium on Saturday with pride on the line for both teams.

“This game is important for us because every time we play Pirates there is pride at stake,” Khune said.

“Our fans want a win. It is very important for us as a team and players to deliver on the day because that is what our fans expect and that is what we also want as a team.

“We want to see how far we are with preparations ahead of the new season.”

Pre-season game or not, the Soweto Derby is always a highly anticipated showdown and Khune is under no illusion of the match’s importance.

Steve Komphela’s men finished last season without silverware and 10 points behind Absa Premiership champions Bidvest Wits on the final log standings, and will be desperate to change things around in the new season.

“This is a very important match for us in which we have to perform so that we make the starting 11 during the course of the season.

“We have been training on a lot of finishing so it is very important we wrap the game in 90 minutes,” Khune concluded.



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Willard Katsande eyes consistency – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Willard Katsande of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns at the FNB Stadium, South Africa on 01 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Jul 28, 2017. 13:30


Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande has admitted that the Soweto giants lacked consistency last season, as they ended another campaign without silverware.

The Amakhosi were guilty of dropping valuable points throughout the campaign, most notable conceding a catalogue of late goals as they eventually ended the 2016-17 season 10 points behind champions Bidvest Wits.

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In an interview with KickOff.com, Katsande revealed that he and his teammates will be eyeing more consistency in the new season.

“Firstly, I need to thank the Almighty. I need to thank the Amakhosi family for the trust and loyalty they have in me,” Katsande told KickOff.com. “That’s why I personally aim to be more consistent, to repay and thank everyone.

“If I can give 110 percent, defend harder, react quicker with better decision-making, week in and week out, I would be satisfied with my contribution.

“Last season it went in patches, but my goal is to keep it on the highest level at all times. In this way I’m hoping to assist my teammates and my overall contribution to the club,” the

The former Ajax Cape Town hardman continued: “I think consistency is also an aspect we fell short as a collective. There were certain games where we were on top of things and we let it slip and it cost us.

“I think our game management also needs to improve as it will be key this season. But these are things we have addressed and need to rectify going forward,” the 31-year-old concluded.



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Sundowns star Ngele wanted by Pirates – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Mogakolodi Ngele of Bidvest Wits challenged by Bandile Shandu of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Maritzburg United and Bidvest Wits at Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg South Africa on 20 December 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jul 27, 2017. 14:00


South African side Orlando Pirates are reportedly keen to acquire the services of Botswana international Mogakolodi Ngele.

The 26-year-old forward spent last season on the books of Bidvest Wits on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns.

Ngele helped Wits clinch their first ever Premier Soccer League (PSL) title and he has since returned to his parent club.

Recent reports have indicated that Sundowns are open to selling the left-footed player, who has won one PSL title with the club.

According to The Citizen source, Pirates are confident of completing Ngele’s signing before this weekend’s Carling Black Label Cup.

“They want Ngele and have made an offer to Sundowns. He might even be available by Saturday for the Carling Cup,” the source said.

Pirates are scheduled to take on their fierce rivals Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Ngele was linked with a possible move to Pirates before he joined Sundowns from Platinum Stars in 2014.



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Platinum Stars capture Bafana Bafana midfielder – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Lehlogonolo Masalesa of South Africa during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Jul 27, 2017. 13:00


Platinum Stars have completed the signing of Bafana Bafana midfielder Lehlogonolo Masalesa on a three year deal on Tuesday.

Known as Vieira in football, the tall midfielder rejoins the club as he started out his career in Rustenburg before moving to Orlando Pirates via Bidvest Wits.

The former Buccaneers enforcer impressed Dikwena during the recent 2017 COSAFA Cup held in Rustenburg as he captained Bafana.

“We are very excited as a club to have landed his signature. It’s a big signing for us,” said general manager, Senzo Mazingiza.

“We needed to replace that situation in the midfield so we think that Vieira with his experience will be able to just pluck into that position. It was not an easy signing to do. It took a lot of convincing and lobbying.

“I am glad he is coming back home. Vieira was part of our team before going to Orlando Pirates. He comes back with a lot of experience. I am sure he will do well for us.

“Vieira is very young. One of the things we needed to look at is to refresh the team so that the players we have can take us further and that they still have legs to run and be able to carry the team.

“As young as he is, he has got lots of experience, played overseas and played for Pirates one of the biggest teams in Africa. He was part of the squad that played until the finals of CAF Champions League in Cairo.”



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Rivaldo Coetzee’s future remains uncertain following Ikamva return – ABSA Premiership 2016/17 – Ajax Cape Town


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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Jul 26, 2017. 17:00


Ajax Cape Town defender Rivaldo Coetzee’s future remains up in the air, despite his return to Ikamva on Tuesday.

The Bafana Bafana international trained with the Urban Warriors MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC) team yesterday, following positive talks with club CEO Ari Efstathiou.

Coetzee’s actions have sparked a massive debate on social media, with the 20-year-old having gone AWOL since the first day of pre-season in a bid to force a big money move away from the club.

Mamelodi Sundowns are believed to be huge admirers of Coetzee, with the Brazilians still front-runners to sign him.

In a video posted on Ajax Cape Town’s twitter page, Coetzee apologised to the club and head coach Stanley Menzo for his actions. He will meet with the former Dutch international on the club’s return from Gauteng where they are currently on pre-season camp.

“Rivaldo offered a heartfelt apology to the club, staff, coaches, his teammates and to our fans, one which we have accepted,” said Efstathiou.

“We are happy that he has taken responsibility for his actions in a mature manner and accepted any decision made by the DC regarding his absence from training since the start of pre-season.”



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


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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Amakhosi need to start strong – Masilela – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Tsepo Masilela of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Golden Arrows at the FNB Stadium, South Africa on 06 May 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Monday Jul 24, 2017. 19:00


Kaizer Chiefs veteran defender Tshepo Masilela has underlined the importance of getting off to a fast start, as the Soweto giants seek redemption for what was another trophyless season.

The Amakhosi finished the 2016-17 Absa Premiership campaign in fourth place on the log standings, 10 points behind eventual champions Bidvest Wits.

It could have been a lot different had the Soweto giants not conceded a catalogue of late goals which resulted in the Glamour Boys dropping crucial points through the course of the previous campaign.

Masilela, 32, has called on the club to make a lighting-paced start to the new season as they aim to bring some silverware to Naturena.

“The stronger you start, the better. We don’t want to be in a situation where we are playing catch up,” Masilela is quoted as saying by Kick-Off.

“Once you start strong, it gives you that cushion, even throughout the season where you hit a slump. You know that you have started strong, that you have enough points or you have already won a [knockout competition] trophy. That extra cushion is important.

“There’s always pressure, but you play with less pressure [when you have points in the bag]. But if you are playing catch up, if you lose a game, the gap becomes eight points [for example], if you lose the gap becomes 11. We would love to start strong,” the former Bafana Bafana international concluded.

Kaizer Chiefs will be in action against Orlando Pirates in the annual Carling Black Label Cup this coming weekend.



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Brockie backs South Africa coach Baxter – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Stuart Baxter, coach of South Africa

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jul 24, 2017. 18:00


SuperSport United marksman Jeremy Brockie says South Africa can do dominate African football under the guidance of head coach Stuart Baxter.

The 29-year-old player worked with British tactician Baxter at South African side United where they won two Nedbank Cup trophies.

The Zealand international believes that his former coach Baxter can turn Bafana Bafana into a force to be reckoned with in Africa.

Baxter, who was appointed in May, 2017, guided Bafana to a historic victory over Nigeria in the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier last month.

“First and foremost, having won a hatful of trophies at domestic level in South Africa, I believe he will have more backing from the supporters and increased buy-in from the players,” Brockie told Kick Off Magazine.

“The obvious difference between managing a club, as opposed to a national side, is that Baxter doesn’t have as much time to work with the Bafana players on the training pitch.

“However, he knows the players better than before and is aware of how South African football works as a whole. The 2-0 away win over Nigeria in June was a massive boost and a great first up result for him,” he added.

“I’m looking forward to seeing Baxter and his charges build on the victory against Nigeria and, sooner than later, I’m pretty sure those types of results will be the norm rather than the exception.”

Baxter, 63, is in his second stint with Bafana having coached the national team between 2004 and 2005. He quit this role after failing to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

He masterminded Bafana’s recent 3-0 aggregate win over Botswana in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier and they will now face Zambia in the next round.



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Jayiya has joined the club of his dreams – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Can Cape Town City continue to lead the way in the Absa Premiership?

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Jul 22, 2017. 10:00



Kaizer Chiefs winger Bhongolethu Jayiya has revealed that he is now playing for the club of his dreams.

The 27-year-old joined the Amakhosi on a three-year-deal from Cape Town City earlier this month, with the attacker making his debut for the Glamour Boys in a 2-0 win over Township Rollers in a pre-season competition.

Chiefs would go on to win the Maize Cup with victory of Free State Stars in the final at the James Motlatsi Stadium.

“It was great to get game-time,” Jayiya told his club’s official website. “Especially also after the good pre-season camp we had in Potchefstroom.”

Jayiya, who grew up supporting the Amakhosi, is wary of the pressure facing the Soweto giants heading into the 2017-18 season and is eager to live up to his billing.

“I grew up in a Kaizer Chiefs supporting family. My father, my mother, my grandfather, my sister… Everybody supports the Glamour Boys. That’s why it’s so great that I have now joined the club of my dreams.

“I won’t let the supporters down. I know how they feel, because I myself have always been one. I want to help Kaizer Chiefs win trophies,” Jayiya concluded.

Jayiya scored six goals in 24 matches last season, including one of the fastest hat-tricks on South African soil.

Chiefs next face Orlando Pirates in the annual Carling Black Label Cup next weekend



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Chiefs & Rollers relationship explained – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Gustavo Paez of Kaizer Chiefs is challenged by Kaone van der Westhuisen of Township Rollers during the 2017 Maize Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Township Rollers on the 15 July 2017 at James Motlatsi Stadium, Orkney © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jul 21, 2017. 18:00


Township Rollers public relations officer Bafana Pheto says there’s mutual respect between them and Kaizer Chiefs.

Botswana side Rollers are scheduling to host South Africa giants Chiefs in an international club friendly match at the Francistown Sports Complex on Saturday.

The two sides clashed in the 2017 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup semi-final match with Chiefs winning 2-0 at the James Motlatsi Stadium in South Africa last weekend.

“Kaizer Chiefs are our friends that is why they decided to follow us here,” Pheto told Botswana Football.

Chiefs will take on their fierce rivals Orlando Pirates in the 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup in Johannesburg on Saturday, 29 July.

“They have a cup game that they are preparing for and they came with full squad,” he added.

“We respect them and they respect us, so on Saturday both teams will give their best to win the game.”

Kick-off between Rollers and Chiefs is at 15h30 CAT.



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Ejike Uzoenyi making waves at Ikamva – ABSA Premiership 2016/17 – Ajax Cape Town


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Bertin Basson

Friday Jul 21, 2017. 17:30


Ejike Uzoenyi is back in the Mother City – this time with the goal of landing a move to Ajax Cape Town in the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL).

The Nigeria international made a name for himself in the city during the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) on his way to being crowned the Most Valuable Player, and now hopes to further his career in the city.

Following disappointing spells with Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits, Uzoenyi is now trying his luck with the Urban Warriors and has been on trial at Ikamva since the start of the month.

The attacker has impressed on his short stay in the city thus far, catching the eye in a 4-0 pre-season win over Cape Town All Stars on Wednesday.

Head coach Stanley Menzo believes the Super Eagles winger has all the qualities of a good player, but revealed that they are yet to make a final decision on the player’s future.

“He is a smart player, and reads the game well,” Menzo tells KickOff.com. “I’m happy with what I’ve seen, he’s got a good left foot and good final pass. Is he the player we are looking for? I don’t know yet, but you can see he is a good player.”



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Celtic sign host of players to avoid relegation scrap for 2017/18 season – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Lucky Baloyi of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Traore Moussa of Asec Mimosas during the 2016 CAF Champions League football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Asec Mimosas at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 12, 2016 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Jul 20, 2017. 15:00


In an aim to avoid the relegation battle in South Africa, Bloemfontein Celtic have signed new players as they bolster their squad ahead of the new 2017/18 Premier Soccer League season.

Former Platinum Stars striker Ndumiso Mabena, ex-Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Lucky Baloyi and Cape Town City’s Given Mashikinya have all joined Siwelele.

On the other hand, the club has since allowed midfielder Lyle Lakay to join Benni McCarthy’s Cape Town City side on a swap deal with Mashikinya.

Speaking to the club’s official website, CEO Khumbulani Konco said they are glad the matter with City was settled harmoniously without going to the PSL’s Dispute Resolution Chamber.

“We are glad that the matter between ourselves and City concerning Lakay has been solved harmoniously,” said Konco.

“Lakay was still contracted to the team and even though he wanted to leave it was prudent for him to follow appropriate procedures.

“City approached us in a professional way trying to solve the matter and after deliberations and also consultation with our technical team, we agreed to sign Given and allow Lyle to join them.”

Having finished at number 12 in the Absa Premiership last season, Konco has since confirmed the arrival of Mabena and Baloyi to help the club finish in a better position in the upcoming term.



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Ghana national pens three-year deal with Maritzburg United – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Richard Ofori of Ghana. at the U-23 African Championship 2015 Qualifiers ©Christian Thompson/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Thursday Jul 20, 2017. 09:00


Maritzburg United have confirmed the signing of Ghanaian shot-stopper Richard Ofori on a three-year-deal, with the option of another, as they aim to fill the gap left by Virgil Vries.

The club had opted against retaining Vries, leaving a huge hole in the last line of defence – a gap that will now be filled by Ofori.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper joins the club from Wa All Stars in the Ghanaian Premier League, having previously attracted reported interest from Mamelodi Sundowns.

Ofori will add international experience to the Team of Choice having represented his country at junior and senior level. He was part of Ghana’s 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup squad and notably formed part of the Black Stars team that participated at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.



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Travis Graham to join Urban Warriors exodus – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Travis Graham of Ajax Cape Town

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Staff Reporter

Wednesday Jul 19, 2017. 10:00


Ajax Cape Town captain Travis Graham is set to join a long list of players that are to depart the club in the current transfer window.

With Mark Mayambela having completed his return to Chippa United, Graham is set to follow fellow star player Rivaldo Coetzee in ending their long-lasting affiliation with the Urban Warriors.

In an interview with Kick Off.com, Graham revealed that he will continue to honour his contract with his boyhood club, but admitted that he is looking for pastures new:

“I’m working closely with the club to find out the best way forward for both parties,” Graham told Kick Off.com. “That said, I’m still being very professional about matters as I’m still contracted to the club.

“I’m coming to training as per normal. I have massive respect for the club and everyone here. The last thing I want to do is to burn bridges with them. Things will be done amicably.”

“My intentions are to move on but for now I’m not saying much,” Graham added.

The 24-year-old joined the club as a nine-year-old back in 2002.



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Ugandan duo arrive for trials in South Africa – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Jul 17, 2017. 12:30


Ugandan duo in Mohammed Shaban and Rashid Toha have reportedly left their country to attend trials at SuperSport United in South Africa.

The Onduparaka Football Club players jetted out of the country on Sunday morning for trials with the South African Premier Soccer League side.

Reports in Uganda reveal that the move follows the successful acquisition of their visas and will train under the watchful eye of coach Eric Tinkler.

“Yes. They have left for South Africa. We pray for the very best during their stay in the country,” Onduparaka CEO, Anthony Afeti said to Kawowo Sports.

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They were invited by SuperSport United for a two week trial stint with fully paid for accommodation and air tickets.

It is also reported that SuperSport’s head of operations, Dominic Busschau has signed the letter of invitation for the two youngsters.

Should the two players excel and be recruited, they will follow in the foot marks of Uganda Cranes centre forward Brian Umony.

Umony featured for the Tshwane giants between 2009 and 2010 after a successful season with Kampala Capital City Authority.



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Orlando Pirates sign Nigerian striker Obiozor – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jul 17, 2017. 10:00


South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) have beefed up their squad with the signing of Nigerian centre forward Christain Obiozor

The towering striker has been on the books of Nigerian Professsional Football League (NPFL) giants Enyimba FC and has since secured a move to South Africa.

The Buccaneers announcement his signing on their official website as they prepared for the upcoming 2017/18 campaign.

A club statement read: “Orlando Pirates Football Club would like to confirm the signing of Christian Obiozor.

“22-year-old joins to bolster the Buccaneers frontline ahead of the start of the 2017/18 season.

“Obiozor who hails from Emene in Nigeria played for the likes of Kano Pillars and more recently, two-time CAF Champions League winners Enyimba.

“Standing at 1.9m tall, Obiozor is well built for his primary role as striker but is also capable of playing on the flanks.

“He was part of the Super Eagles team that finished third at the African Nations Championship held in South Africa in 2014.

“He scored the winning goal in the third-fourth playoff against Zimbabwe in the competition.”

Obiozor, who was linked with South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns, has joined his countrymen James Okwuosa and Emmanuel Daniel at Pirates.

However, Okwuosa is known to be on the radar of his former club, Chippa United, who have already confirmed that they want to re-sign him from Bucs.



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Katsvairo eager to shine for Kaizer Chiefs – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Michelle Katsvairo of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Paulus Masehe of Free State Stars during the 2016 Telkom Knockout match between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban South Africa on 06 Nomvember 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jul 11, 2017. 16:00


Kaizer Chiefs forward Mitchelle Katsvairo is says he needs to man up and fight for his place in the Amakhosi starting line-up.

The Zimbabwean attacker was transfer-listed by Chiefs last month and he’s available on loan according to the South African giants.

However, Katsvairo, who joined Chiefs from Zimbabwean club Chicken Inn prior to the 2016/17 season, wants to prove himself to the Amakhosi technical team.

“As far as I am concerned‚ I am still a Kaizer Chiefs player‚” Katsvairo told The Sowetan.

“As a footballer‚ a lot of things are said about you‚ you just have to stay strong and stand your ground. As I striker‚ I didn’t do my best at Chiefs,” he said.

Katsvairo, who helped Zimbabwe win the 2017 COSAFA Cup in North West, South Africa, will be hoping to feature for Amakhosi at the 2017 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup in Orkney, this Saturday.

“I was still gelling in. I am going to go back to Naturena and work hard to play again,” he continued.

“I want to remain at Chiefs because they are a big team and I have been dreaming of playing there‚” Katsvairo added.

“I am going to fight hard to play for that team again. I think that I deserve to be at Chiefs. I have to man up and fight for my place,” he concluded.

Chiefs will face Botswana side Township Rollers in the Maize Cup semi-finals, and the winner will face Free State Stars or Platinum Stars in the final.

All matches will take place at the James Motlatsi Stadium on Saturday.



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New Zealand international Jeremy Brockie vows to give all for SuperSport – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United is challenged by Daniel Cardoso of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between Supersport United and Kaizer Chiefs on 29 April 2017 at Mbombela Stadium ©Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Jul 11, 2017. 14:30


Despite speculation linking him with a move away from the club, SuperSport United striker Jeremy Brockie says he wants to keep working hard for the South African club.

United have qualified for the CAF Confederation Cup knockout stages after beating Gabon’s CF Mounana 4-1 in their final group match this past weekend

The New Zealand international netted a brace on Saturday as they completed a successful Last 16 stage in their continental campaign.

New coach Eric Tinkler and assistant coach, Kaitano Tembo will lead the South African side against Zambian side Zesco United in the quarter-finals.

“I’m still contracted to SuperSport, I have another three years in my contract,” Brockie said regarding his contract situation.

“It’s not really in my hands, the club has put up a not-for-sale sign and I just have to leave it there. Obviously, there has been a lot of interest in me since the time

“I have been here. I have been doing a professional job and I do what I have been paid to do, which is to score goals. I will keep on concentrating on that.”

“During my career, I have had opportunities to go on and try and experience different things but I have said to [new SuperSport United] coach Eric Tinkler that the club has been good to me since I have arrived here and we have a good relationship, and I’m looking to continue building that relationship.”

The first leg of the quarter-finals will be staged on September 08 in Tshwane and the return to be staged a week later in Ndola.



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