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Zimbabwe shock all by pulling out of 2017 CECAFA tournament


Zimbabwe winners of the 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Zambia and Zimbabwe at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 09 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Scent ition

Thursday Nov 30, 2017. 15:00


Despite having initially agreed to participate at the upcoming 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge, Zimbabwe has pulled out of the East African tournament.

The Warriors were set to appear at the showpiece as guests, but are not going to Kenya due to security concerns.

Zimbabwe, along with Libya, had been invited as guests for the regional event that will include defending champions Uganda, hosts Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zanzibar, Burundi, Ethiopia and South Sudan.

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With the showpiece starting this Sunday, coach Sunday Chidzambwa had announced a squad, but the Zimbabwe Football Association felt it was not safe for the team to play in Kenya.

“Following wide-ranging consultations with all stakeholders, the Zimbabwe Football Association has resolved to withdraw its commitment to participate in the 2017 Cecafa Challenge Cup due to the security risk posed by the volatile situation in the host country, Kenya,” ZIFA said in a statement on Wednesday.

On the other hand, CECAFA general secretary Nicholas Musonye confirmed they received a letter from the Southern African nation.

“Yes we have received communication from the Zimbabwe FA that they have pulled out the team,” Musonye told the BBC Sport.

Although a source close to the News Day website said the real reason for the withdrawal was because of the unavailability of funds, the FA has rubbished the claims.

Zimbabwe were set to face the Cranes of Uganda on Monday, December 4 and Musonye said they will adjust the fixtures.

He also said the tournament, set to run from 3-17 December, will go ahead.



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Uganda name 2017 CECAFA Cup Squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 18:30


Ugandan national team coach Moses Basena has named his squad ahead of the 2017 CECEAFA Senior Challenge in Kenya.

Basena has assembled a squad of 26 players to start training on Wednesday ahead of the regional tournament.

The regional tourney kicks-off on Sunday, December 3 until December 17 as the Cranes will want to defend their trophy.

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Uganda are in Pool B against Ethiopia, Burundi, South Sudan and guest team Zimbabwe.

The full squad:

Isma Watenga (Vipers SC), Benjamin Ochan (KCCA FC), Ikara Tom (Kirinya Jinja SS),Wadada Nicholas (Vipers SC), Joseph Nsubuga (Sc Villa Jogoo), Isaac Muleme (KCCA FC), Aggrey Madoi (Police FC), Juuko Murushid Simba-Tanzania), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC), Savio Kabugo (Proline FC), Bernard Muwanga (Sc Villa Jogoo), Tom Masiko (Vipers SC), Mutyaba Muzamiru (KCCA FC), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Stephen Mugisha (Police FC), Karisa Milton (Vipers SC), Mucureezi Paul (KCCA FC), Allan Kateregga (KCCA FC), Allan Kyambadde (Sc Villa Jogoo), Nelson Senkatuka (Bright Stars FC), Derick Nsibambi (KCCA FC), Hood Kaweesa (Police FC), Batte Seif (Bright Stars FC), Saddam Juma (KCCA FC), Daniel Isiagi (Proline FC), Basse Methodious (Mbarara City FC).



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TP Mazembe coach Mihayo unsure of future with DR Congo giants – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 12:00


TP Mazembe head coach Pamphile Mihayo has revealed that he wants to stay at the club even if he is replaced as coach.

The tactician was in charge of the DR Congo giants as they retained the CAF Confederation Cup by beating South Africa’s SuperSport United 2-1 on aggregate following a goalless draw in Pretoria on Saturday.

Mihayo has been coach April but there is a uncertainty surrounding the club at present, particularly since the exiling of the team’s president Moise Katumbi to Belgium two years.

“Maybe if they bring in another coach, I’ll still be there to serve. I want to help this team because it is my team,” Mihayo said on BBC.

“Now it is up to the club’s directors to decide if they are going to give me another six months, or a year. I’m ready to continue.

“I’m a son of the club. This team – TP Mazembe – is my team. I’ve been here for a very long time. I have given them two cups now in one season,” he said.

The former Mazembe captain was in charge when Mazembe won the league title earlier in the year just after he took over from Frenchman Thierry Froger.

Mihayo is now in charge of several of his ex-teammates were in the line-up with him when he captained the Mazembe side that reached the 2010 Club World Cup final.

“The players accepted to work under me, to listen to my instructions and I must thank them for that,” the 41-year-ole continued.

“Congratulations to my players, they did not give any opportunity to SuperSport in the game, they did not make any fouls nor did they concede any penalties.

“They were ready, they defended well because they are experienced players.”

Mazembe will take on 2017 CAF Champions League winners Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in the 2018 CAF Super Cup.



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26 November 2017 – LIVE


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Staff Reporter

Sunday Nov 26, 2017. 17:57


Welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our LIVE African Stars Watch of players in action on the European continent on Sunday, 26 November 2017.

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Thank you for joining us today on AfricanFootball.com for what was our LIVE African Stars Watch of players in action on the European continent on Sunday, 26 November 2017.

18h00 – Adel Taarabt (Morocco), who played 86 minutes, helped Genoa hold Roma to a 1-1 draw.

17h55 – Afriyie Acquah (Ghana) joined the action as a substitute as his side drew 0-0 with Franck Kessie (Ivory Coast)‘s Milan.

17h50 – Maxwell Cornet (Ivory Coast) scored and he was also booked as his side Lyon thumped Jean Seri (Ivory Coast)‘s Nice 5-0.

17h45 – Adel Taarabt (Morocco) has been booked and the score is 1-1 between his side Genoa, and Roma in the latter stages of the game.

17h40 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) has been substituted with his side Arsenal still locked at 0-0 with Burnley in the closing stages of the game.

17h30 – Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) played the entire match as his side Everton suffered a 4-1 defeat to Southampton.

17h20 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) and his Arsenal team-mates are pushing for the opening goal against Burnley, who have been solid at the back thus far with 65 minutes played.

17h10 – Jean Seri (Ivory Coast), who has been booked, has been substituted with his side Nice losing 4-0 to Lyon.

17h00 – Mario Lemina (Gabon), who is back from an injury, remains on the bench with his side Southampton leading 3-1 against Everton with 70 minutes played.

16h50 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) is in action for Arsenal against Burnley in an English Premier League game. The score is 0-0 with 44 minutes played.

16h40 – CAUTION! Jean Seri (Ivory Coast) of Nice has been booked after bringing down a Lyon player. Lyon are now leading 4-0 with 40 minutes played.

16h30 – Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) and his Everton team-mates managed to level matters against Southampton. It’s 1-1 at the interval.

16h25 – GOAL! Maxwell Cornet (Ivory Coast) sends the ball into the left side of the goal to make it 2-0 to Lyon against Nice.

16h20 – Mbaye Niang (Senegal) of Torino races towards goal but a Milan defender gets back well to make a challenge. The ball is out of play.  The score with 0-0 with 20 minutes played.

16h10 – Adel Taarabt (Morocco) is on the pitch for Genoa against AS Roma in an Italian Serie A match. It’s 0-0 with 10 minutes played.

16h00 – Sofiane Boufal (Morocco) and his Southampton team-mates have taken the lead against Everton. It’s 1-0 with 30 minutes played.

15h50 – Jean Seri (Ivory Coast) is on the Nice starting line-up ahead of their French Ligue 1 clash with Olympique Lyonnais, who have Maxwell Cornet (Ivory Coast) on their starting line-up. Kick-off is at 16h00 CAT.

15h40 – Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) of Everton makes an unfair challenge by holding his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball and Southampton are awarded a free-kick.  It’s 0-0 with 10 minutes played.

15h30 – Franck Kessie (Ivory Coast) will be in action for AC Milan against Torino, who have Nicolas Nkoulou (Cameroon), Joel Obi (Nigeria) and Mbaye Niang (Senegal) on their starting line-up in an Italian Serie A match. Kick-off is at 16h00 CAT.

Sofiane Boufal (Morocco) will start for Southampton against Everton, who have Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) on their starting line-up in an English Premier League match. Kick-off is at 15h30 CAT.

 



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


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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Nov 25, 2017. 22:02


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

Commentary:

All times CAT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the starting line-ups…

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

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



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


Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United challenged by Jean Kasusula of TP Mazembe during 2017 CAF Confederations Cup Final Supersport United training at TP Mazembe Stadium in Stade Kamalondo DRC on 19 November 2017 © Aubrey Kgakatsi /BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Nov 25, 2017. 20:28


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

Live Commentary (press F5 to refresh)

All times CAT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the starting line-ups…

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

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



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Africa Stars Watch: 25 November 2017 – As It Happened


Frankfurt’s Kevin-Prince Boateng (R)

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Nov 25, 2017. 18:58


It is another Saturday afternoon and AfricanFootball.com brings you an edition of Africa Stars Watch as we take a look at Africa’s finest players plying their trades in top football leagues across the globe.

We give you an update of African players’ performances across Europe on Saturday November 25 2017.

Commentary:

19:00 – We have come to wrap of our Africa Stars Watch for this Saturday and we thank you for joining us. Please check the Sunday edition of ASW live on African Football.com

18:55 – Jose Mourinho has led the Red Devils to a 1-0 win over Brighton with the absence of Bailly. Atsu’s Newcastle have lost 3-0 to Watford and Zaha’s Palace have bagged a vital 2-1 win over Stoke City.

18:50 – Bailly’s red Devils still leading 1-0 against Brighton and it is in the injury time.

18:50 – Atsu’s Newcastle are led 3-0 by Watford with three minutes to go.

18:40 – Zaha’s Palace are 1-1 at home to Stoke City.

18:40 – Aurier’s Tottenham are now level at 1-1

18:33 – Gbamin’s FSV Mainz have also finished at 2-1 and have lost against Freiburg.

18:25 – Aubameyang’s Dortmund has drawn 4-4 against Schalke in Germany at full time.

18:10 – West Brom are still leading 1-0 against Aurier’s Tottenham Hotspur. Bony’s Swansea still deadlocked at 0-0 against Bournemouth.

18:25 – Bailly’s United has scored and are leading 1-0 against Brighton.

18:00 – Dortmund have allowed Schalke to score two goals. It is 4-2 now in the Bundesliga.

17:58 – Ivorian international defender Serge Aurier is benched for their encounter against West Brom. The Lily Whites are 1-0 down at the interval.

17:55 – Ghanaian international player, Christian Atsu is missing for Newcastle United as they meet Watford. The game is at half time and it is 0-0.

17:50 – Another Ivorian international is Wilfried Zaha who is starting for Crystal Palace against Stoke City. No goals as well in the EPL tie. Half time 0-0.

17:45 – Cote d’Ivoire’s Eric Bailly is out carrying a knock for Manchester United against Brighton. No goals at Old Trafford as we get closer to the first half.

17:40 – Gbamin’s FSV Mainz against Freiburg. One goal in favour of Freiburg.

17:37 – It is the second half in the Bundesliga, Aubameyang’s Dortmund lead 4-0. Augsburg trailing -0 down against Wolfsburg.

17:24 – Aubameyang has scored in their Bundesliga encounter against Schalke 04. It is 4-0 at half time.

17:10 – Cote d’Ivoire’s Wilfried Bony is also in action for Swansea. No goals in the English Premier League after 10 minutes.Cote d’Ivoire’s Wilfried Bony is also in action for Swansea. No goals in the English Premier League after 10 minutes.

17:00 – Jean-Philippe Gbamin is in action for FSV Mainz against Freiburg in the German Bundesliga. 0-0 in the 29th minute.

16:49 – Guinea’s Naby Keita starts for RB Leipzig against SB Werder Bremen. There are no goals in the opening half.

16:30 – Ghana’s Kevin Boateng also makes his start for Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Bundesliga. The encounter is just underway.

16:20 – Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang makes his start for the German Bundesliga side against Schalke 04. The game gets underway at 16:30.



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Wydad boss targets FIFA Club World Cup final – 2017 CAF Champions League


Wydad Casablanca coach Hussein Amoutta

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Bertin Basson

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 15:00


Wydad Casablanca head coach Lhoussaine Ammouta has expressed his club’s desire to reach the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup final.

The CAF Champions League holders qualified for the world showpiece for the very first time following victory of Al Ahly – on aggregate – in the final of Africa’s premier cup competition.

Ammouta now hopes that his troops can set up a meeting with Real Madrid in a fight for silverware at the upcoming tournament, set to be hosted in the United Arab Emirates starting early next month.

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“We’re targeting the final,” Ammouta told FIFA.com.

“We can’t afford to make too many mistakes because the minor details make all the difference in football. Our players acquired lots of experience in the Champions League and now hope to sign for clubs abroad.

“They [the Wydad players] can show what they’re capable of in this competition and catch the eye of the big European teams. Their desire to progress ought to help us get good results in the Emirates.”

The Moroccan club kick-off their campaign with a clash against CONCACAF champions Pachuca on the 9th of December in Abu Dhabi.



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Kenya names 2017 CECAFA Challenge squad


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 23, 2017. 15:30


Kenyan national team coach Paul Put has named his squad for the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup scheduled to kick-off on December 3.

Put named his 25-man squad which is dominated by Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia.

The team will be in camp on Sunday ahead of their CECAFA crunch opener against the Amavubi Stars of Rwanda.

Fresh from bagging their record 16th Kenyan Premier League title, Gor has the highest number of players such as goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch, defenders Musa Mohammed, Harun Shakava and Wellington Ochieng, midfielders Ernest Wendo and Kenneth Muguna as well as striker George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo.

On the other hand, KPL top scorer Masud Juma leads the list of players from Kariobangi Sharks alongside midfielders Patillah Omotto and Ovellah Ochieng.

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The Harambee Stars are drawn in Group A, also featuring Kilimanjaro Stars of Tanzania, the Zanzibar Heroes and guest team the Mediterranean Knights of Libya.

Kenya full squad

Goalkeepers:

Boniface, Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Gabriel Andika (AFC Leopards), Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers)

Defenders:

Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Charles Momanyi (Kakamega Homeboyz), Dennis Shikhayi (AFC Leopards), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Harun Shakava (Gor Mahia), Wellington Ochieng (Gor Mahia), Benard Ochieng (Vihiga United), Omar Mbongi (Ulinzi Stars)

Midfielders:

Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Whyvonne Issuza (AFC Leopards), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia), Patillah Omotto (Kariobangi Sharks), Duncan Otieno (AFC Leopards), Ovellah Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks), Lawrence Juma (Nzoia Sugar)

Strikers:

Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars), Kepha Aswani (Nakumatt), George Odhiambo (Gor Mahia), Masoud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Vincent Oburu (AFC Leopards), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Benjamin Mosha (Sony Sugar)



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Africa Stars Watch: 19 November 2017


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Nov 19, 2017. 17:57


It is another Sunday afternoon and AfricanFootball.com brings you an edition of Africa Stars Watch as we take a look at Africa’s finest players plying their trades in top football leagues across the globe.

We give you an update of African players’ performances across Europe on Sunday, November 19 2017.

COMMENTARY:

18:00 We have come to conclusion of our Sunday edition of the Africa Stars Watch and we thank you for joining us.

17:58 Asamoah’s Juventus have scored two goals against Sampdoria. It is 3-2 and Juventus have lost the encounter.

17:55 A late equaliser for Kouakou’s Caen as they share the spoils against Nice in the French Ligue1. 1-1 at full time.

In Italy, it is full time between Spal’s and Fiorentina where Senegalese keeper, Gomis was in action. It ends at 1-1.

17:50 Kouakou’s Caen are yet to find an equaliser against Nice in France. 1-0 so far and we are in the injury time. Senegal and Spal’s Gomis are also on the verge of getting a point against Fiorentina. 1-1.

17:45 Ayew has posted a tweet wishing his teammates the best of luck. He said he misses the game from his sick bed. Asamoah’s Juventus are now 2-0 down against Sampdoria.

17:40 Senegal’s Cheikhou Kouyate starts for West Ham in the English Premier League against Watford. Another Senegalese international, Diafra Sakho is benched and Ghana’s Andre Ayew is not available. The match starts at 18:00.

17:35 Chibsah’s Benevento are reduced to 10-men, but have found a goal to make it 1-1 in the Italian Serie A. They have 25 minutes to find a winner.

17:30 Mokhtar’s Zwolle have failed to secure a draw or a win in their encounter against PSV. They have lost 1-0.

17:25 Right in the injury time in the Utrecht versus Excelsior match. Ayoub’s Utrecht have bagged the full three points. 3-1 at full time.

17:20 Asamoah’s Juventus have conceded against Sampdoria. It is 1-0 now and they have 30 minutes to force an equaliser.

17:15 Groningen features Morocco’s Mimoun Mahi and he has scored as they are cruising to a 4-2 win in their Eredivisie match.

17:11 Schalke’s Bentaleb have finally bagged the lead against Hamburger SV. Five minutes to go to the interval. 1-0 so far.

17:06 Less than 20 minutes to play in the Netherlands, Mokhtar’s Zwolle still searching for an opening goal against PSV.

17:00 Morocco’s Ayoub has found the back of the net for Utrecht against Excelsior in the Dutch Eredivisie. 3-0 the scoreline and the Moroccan is taken off.

16:55 Senegalese goalkeeper, Gomis starts for Spal in Italy against Fiorentina and they are leading 1-0 at half time.

16:50 Kouakou features for Caen and have allowed Nice to grab the leading goal in France. 1-0 so far and we are at half time.

16:45 Less than five minutes to go to the interval in Italy, Asamoah’s Juventus are yet to break the deadlock against Sampdoria.

16:40 Schalke 04 have go the match underway against Hamburger but are without Bentaleb who is ruled out due to a hip injury.

16:35 We are back for the second half in Holland, Zwolle face PSV whilst Excelsior meets Utrecht.

16:32 Ghana’s Chibsah will need to help his side find a goal, Benevento in the Italian Serie A against Sassuolo. No goals after 30 minutes.

16:25 25 minutes played in France where Kouakou features for Caen. There are no goals for both sides in the Ligue1 encounter.

16:20 It is half time in the Netherlands, Mokhtar’s Zwolle are yet to score against PSV and Ayoub’s Utrecht are leading 1-0 against Excelsior.

16:15 Utrecht host Excelsior in the Dutch Eredivisie and Morocco’s midfielder Yassine Ayoub makes his start. No goals so far after 41 minutes.

16:10 Algeria and Schalke 04’s Nabil Bentaleb is ruled out of their clash against Hamburger SV in Germany. He is out due to a hip injury. The game starts in 20 minutes, 16:30.

16:05 Asamoah’s Juventus are yet to score in their Serie A match against Sampdoria. We are five minutes into the encounter.

16:05 Benevento’s Ghanaian midfielder Chibsah have got the game underway in the Italian Serie A against Sassuolo.

15:57 No goals in the Dutch Eredivisie encounter between PEC Zwolle and PSV where Morocco’s Youness Mokhtar is in action.

15:53 In the French Ligue1, Caen are up against Nice and they feature Cote d’Ivoire’s Christian Kouakou. They also get the proceedings underway at 16:00.

15:47 Senegalese goalkeeper, Alfred Gomis starts for Spal in Italy against Fiorentina. This match also gets underway in 15 minutes, 16:30.

15:40 Another Ghanaian in action this Sunday in Kwadwo Asamoah who starts for Italian side, Juventus against Sampdoria. The match kicks-off at 16:00.

15:35 Zwolle and PSV are underway in the first five minutes. No goals so far in the Netherlands.

15;30 Morocco’s Yiuness Mokhtar starts for PEC Zwolle against PSV at home in the Dutch Eredivisie. Match gets underway at 15:30.

15:28 Ghanaian midfielder Rahman Chibsah makes his start for Benevento in the Italian Serie A against Sassuolo. The game gets underway at 16:00.



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2017 CAFCC FINAL: TP Mazembe 2-1 SuperSport United – AS IT HAPPENED – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Supersport United FC players celebrate after scoring against Club Africain during the semi-final return 2017 CAF Confederations Cup game between Club Africain and Supersport United FC in Tunis, Tunisia on 22 October 2017 © BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Sunday Nov 19, 2017. 17:39


Welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our LIVE COVERAGE of the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup final first leg clash between TP Mazembe and SuperSport United from the Stade TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi on Sunday, 19 November 2017.

TP Mazembe: Matampi; Mpeko, Kimwaki, Kabaso, Kasusula, Sinkala, Adjei (Mputu 82′), Kalaba (Meschack 58′), Kubanza (Asante 61′), Malango, A.Traore.

SuperSport United: Williams; Nhlapo, Daniels, Mashamaite, Modiba, Furman, Mbule, Phala, Wome (Kekana 81′), Brockie (Lakay 73′), Grobler (Farmer 85′).

AS IT HAPPENED UPDATES: 

The reverse fixture will take place in Atteridgeville next Saturday, 25 November 2017.

Full-Time: TP Mazembe 2-1 SuperSport United

90′ Three minutes added.

89′ CHANCE! Tresor Mputu guides his free-kick attempt inches over the crossbar. Mazembe throwing everything but the kitchen sink at SuperSport.

86′ Eric Tinkler has introduced both Grant Kekana and Denwin Farmer as Matsatsantsa shut up shop! The South Africans looking a tad tired.

77′ CHANCE! TP Mazembe quick on the counter-attack as Solomon Asante guides his shot inches wide of goal. SuperSport living on the edge here.

75′ Joel Kimwaki is the first person into the referee’s book.

67′ GOAL! Daniel Nii Adjei restores the Ravens lead as he hammers home from the edge of the area. Ronwen Williams a tad suspect again with the unusual bounce off the artificial turf catching him off guard.

65′ SHOT! Jean Kasusula guides his free-kick attempt straight at Ronwen Williams, who gathers with confidence.

60′ Hour played in Lubumbashi and it’s advantage SuperSport United as we enter the final third of the clash. The Ravens need their fans to come to the party.

55′ Excellent recovery tackle by Tefu Mashamaite to deny Adama Traore who darted in behind the SuperSport United defensive line.

47′ GOAL! What a goal by Sipho Mbule to draw the two teams level! Unstoppable long range effort by the teenager who silences the home crowd!

46′ The second half is underway in Lubumbashi.

45+1′ Half-Time: TP Mazembe 1-0 SuperSport United

45′ One minute added.

42′ Nervy moment at the back for Siyabonga Nhlapo, but TP Mazemeb fail to punish their visitors. Nothing to write home about over the course of the past couple of minutes as we approach the interval.

30′ Half-hour played in Lubumbashi – things have cooled down a tad after what was a frantic opening exchange.

22′ SHOT! Chances continue to come at either end of the pitch in what has been an end-to-end encounter. Dove Wome the latest to guide a shot inches wide of goal.

18′ GOAL! TP Mazembe hit the front as Adama Traore powers his left-footed shot past Ronwen Williams who makes a real mess of it. Sucker punch.

18′ POST! Ushindi Kubanza rattles the woodwork following a mistake in defence.

14′ SuperSport United all over their hosts as Ley Matampi is called into action to deny Dove Wome and Thuso Phala in quick succession.

12′ CHANCE! So close Great work by Thuso Phala to pick out Bradley Grobler, but he fails to punish the Ravens with the goal at his mercy. Huge miss.

10′ CHANCE! Thuso Phala picks out Clayton Daniels at the back post, but his header is straight at Ley Matampi. 

4′ SHOT! Rainford Kalaba tries his luck from range, but his attempt flies inches wide of goal.

3′ Lively start to the match with Mazembe applying early pressure on their hosts.  At the other end of the pitch Dean Furman picks out Bradly Grobler who has time and space in the box, but he is unable to find Jeremy Brockie.

1′ Kick-off in Lubumbashi!

– No place in the starting eleven for Sylvain Gbohouo who drops to the bench to cap what has been a dismal week for the shot-stopper.

Jeremy Brockie starts for SuperSport United in what has been a busy few days for the forward who was as far as New Zealand and Peru over the course of the past week. Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Morgan Gould are both suspended and play no part.



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SuperSport sweat on Brockie, Williams in build-up to CAFCC final – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Ronwen Williams of Supersport United saving a penalty during the 2017 Nedbank Cup semifinal game between Chippa United and Supersport United at Sisa Dukashe Stadium, East London on 20 May 2017 © Luigi Bennett/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 16, 2017. 09:20


SuperSport United head coach Eric TInkler will be sweating on the availability of Ronwen Williams and Jeremy Brockie ahead of the first leg of the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup final.

Matsatsantsa travel to Lubumbashi on Friday ahead of the first leg in the Democratic Republic of Congo, before the reverse fixture in Atteridgeville a week later.

SuperSport are hoping to win their first ever continental crown, having watched South African rivals Mamelodi Sundowns clinch the CAF Champions League 12 months ago.

SuperSport, though, might be without the duo Williams and Brockie with the latter to participate in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier for New Zealand in Lima later today – local time, (04h15 CAT tomorrow morning).

Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Williams is said to be carrying a slight knock and his a doubt for this weekend’s clash.

Brockie is confident he will make it back in time from Peru for the club’s trip to Lubumbashi, but it is not yet clear how ready the 30-year-old will be having covered a lot of distance over the past week.

“I get back to Jo’burg at 7.20am on Friday morning and the team are only going to fly at 9.20am so I will meet up with them at the airport‚” Brockie told the Sowetan.

“I will not have had too many training sessions with the boys, but we’ve been there and done that before and I’m really looking forward to a massive game in Lubumbashi.

“I’ll be sleeping as much as I can on the plane,” he concluded.



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TP Mazembe, SuperSport battle for first-leg advantage – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Club Africain player Oussama Darragi (R) fights for the ball with Supersport United FC player Reneilwe Letsholonyane (L) during the semi-final return 2017 CAF Confederations Cup game between Club Africain and Supersport United FC in Tunis, Tunisia on 22 October 2017 © BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 17:30


TP Mazembe and SuperSport United will battle to take a first-leg advantage when they meet in the final of the CAF Confederation Cup this weekend. The match is set for the Stade TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi on Sunday 19 November, kick-off at 15h30 CAT.

Mazembe, the reigning Confed Cup champions, earned the right to defend their title by finishing top of Group D before defeating Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid (7-1 on aggregate) and FUS Rabat (1-0 on aggregate) in the quarter- and semifinals respectively.

SuperSport, who are appearing in their first continental competition final, finished second in Group D before overcoming Zesco United (on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw) and Club Africain (4-2 on aggregate) in the quarter- and semifinals respectively.

The teams met twice in the group stage back in June, drawing 2-2 in Lubumbashi and 0-0 in the return game in Tshwane.

Mazembe have enjoyed intensive preparations for the Confed Cup final, first undergoing a training camp in Morocco where they played several friendlies, before defeating Ecofoot Katumbi 2-0 in their 2017/18 domestic league opener on Monday.

Club president Moise Katumbi has called on TPM fans to fill the stadium and give the Ravens huge support ahead of their clash against United.

“This season, despite the elimination in the Champions League, the club has been performing and the players have invested to reach the final of the CAF [Confederation] Cup. They deserve a really full stadium for this very important final, which is important to win at home,” Katumbi is quoted by the club’s website.

“I know that the supporters of the TPM are always able to mobilise to take their team to success. It is with the support of a large audience that our players will pull a lot of strength from the stands to defeat SuperSport. The players are waiting for everyone to show a sacred union around the team to win.”

SuperSport’s preparations have been hit by an extended absence for their Bafana Bafana players – Ronwen Williams, Clayton Daniels, Dean Furman, Bradley Grobler and Morgan Gould – who were part of the national team’s trip to Dakar for their final 2018 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night.

Matsatsantsa midfielder Aubrey Modiba, who scored against TP Mazembe in the 2-2 draw five months ago, is looking forward to the battle.

“I have not missed a game in the Confed Cup. I am only one who has played every game and I am happy. It shows that there is something I am doing right,” Modiba told KickOff.

“I just have to keep performing consistently. Credit to the coaches for giving me the opportunity. My family has also been supporting me. It’s not only about me, but about the team as well.”

Modiba added, “We know about them. It’s not like we don’t know what to expect. They are a good side and it will be tough. It will be a different ball game because it’s a final. Everyone will want to perform.

“I was happy to score against Mazembe. It’s a big team on the continent. Not everyone gets to score in Lubumbashi.”

The match in Lubumbashi this weekend will be handled by Algerian referee Mehdi Abid Cherif. The return leg is set for the Lucas Moripe Stadium on November 25.



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Egypt, Ghana play to draw in final Group E fixture – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017


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Staff Reporter

Sunday Nov 12, 2017. 20:10


Ghana were held to a 1-1 draw by Egypt in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday, in what was a mere formality as the Pharaohs now turn their attention to Russia.

Egypt had already qualified for a first World Cup in 28 years heading into the fixture in the Ashanti region and duly end top of Group E with 13 points from six matches.

A disappointing campaign for the Black Stars ends with them having accumulated seven points from their allotted fixtures – the tally ensuring a third place finish behind both the North African’s and Uganda.

Mubarak Wakaso – back on the international stage – expressed his intent in the early exchanges with Sherif Ekramy called into action on two occasions to deny the midfielder in the opening 15 minutes.

In whole, though, it was a rather uneventful opening stanza with Egypt’s first shot on target coming in the 43rd minute. Richard Ofori with a good save to deny Mahmoud ‘Trezequet’ Ibrahim from a tight angle.

Ghana enjoyed a late flurry, but they failed in their attempts to break the deadlock with the two teams tied at 0-0 heading into the tunnel at the break.

Egypt emerged with more drive following the interval and duly opened the scoring throughMahmoud ‘Shikabala’ Abdelrazek in the 61st minute.

The playmaker’s left-footed rocket leaving the Ghanaian shot-stopper with little chance as Egypt hit the front. Trezequet with the pin-point cross as Shikabala made no mistake.

Their lead, though, would last all but three minutes as Edwin Gyasi leveled matters in the 64th minute. His shot taking a wicked deflection off Aly Gabr before whistling past Ekramy.

Ghana pushed forward in search of the winner and had a chance to seal all three points in stoppage-time, but Daniel Amartey was unable to force the ball home from close range after Richmond Yiadom’s s rasping effort was fumbled by Ekramy.

Ghana (0) 1 (Abdelrazek 61′)

Egypt (0) 1 (Gyasi 64′)

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.



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Africa Stars Watch: AS IT HAPPENED – 05 November 2017


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Brian Lee

Sunday Nov 05, 2017. 20:22


Thank you for joining us on AfricanFootball.com for what was our live African Stars Watch, where we kept you updated on action across Europe from an African perspective on Sunday, 5 November 2017.

AS IT HAPPENED:

20h30 – Beni Baningime, Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse’s Everton have scored a late winner to come from behind and beat Watford 3-2 in the English Premier League.

20h20 – Eric Bailly’s Manchester United have lost 1-0 to Chelsea in the English Premier League.

20h05 – Beni Baningime, Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse’s Everton have equalised against Watford in the English Premier League, 2-2.

19h57 – Oumar Niasse has  pulled a goal back for Everton who now trail 2-1 against Watford in the English Premier League.

19h55 – Beni Baningime, Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse’s Everton have gone 2-0 down against Watford in the English Premier League.

19h51 – Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have registered an impressive 5-0 win over Caen in the French Ligue 1.

19h50 – Nicolas Pepe has scored a second goal for Lille late on as they beat Metz 3-0 in the French Ligue 1.

19h43 – Eric Bailly’s Manchester United have gone a goal down against Chelsea in the English Premier League, 1-0.

19h42 – Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have scored another goal and are now leading 5-0 against Caen in the French Ligue 1.

19h40 – Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have scored another goal and are now leading 4-0 against Caen in the French Ligue 1.

19h37 – Beni Baningime, Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse’s Everton have gone 1-0 down against Watfrod in the English Premier League.

19h35 – Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente have conceded a fourth goal and have lost 4-3 against PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie.

19h30 – Lille have doubled their lead against Metz in the French Ligue 1, adding to Nicolas Pepe’s opener, 2-0.

19h20 – There has been yet another goal in the Dutch redevisie with Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente equalsing for the third time against PSV, 3-3.

19h17 – Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente have gone behind again as they now trail 3-2 against PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie.

19h15 – Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have taken a three goal lead against Caen in the French Ligue 1, 3-0.

19h12 – Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente have equalised against PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie, 2-2.

19h10 – Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have gone 2-0 up against Caen in the French Ligue 1.

19h05 – Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente are trailing 2-1 against PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie.

19h00 – In the English Premier League, Beni Baningime, Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse’s Everton are locked at 0-0 against Watford as are Eric Bailly’s Manchester United against Chelsea.

18h51 – Ivorian Nicolas Pepe has scored from the penalty spot for Lille who lead 1-0 against Metz in the French Ligue 1.

18h50 – Cameroonian Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have taken a 1-0 lead against Caen in the French Ligue 1.

18h45 – Moroccan Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente is locked at 1-1 against PSV as that Dutch Eredivisie match enters the second half.

18h32 – Beni Baningime (DRC), Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse (both Senegal) have started for Everton against Watford in the English Premier League.

18h31 – Eric Bertrand Bailly (Cote d’ Ivoire) has started for Manchester United against Chelsea in the English Premier League.

18h30 – Papy Djilobodji (Senegal), who is on loan from English side Sunderland AFC, played the entire match as his side, Dijon suffered a 1-0 defeat to 10-man Nice.

18h20 – Babacar Khouma (Senegal) came on in the 74th minute, but the striker could not help his side, Fiorentina avoid a 4-2 defeat to Roma.

18h10 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) played 78 minutes for Arsenal, who were thrashed 3-1 by Manchester City.

18h00 – Raman Chibsah (Ghana) played the entire match for Benevento, who suffered a 2-1 defeat to Juventus.

Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), who was booked, played the full 90 minutes as his side, Napoli drew 0-0 with Chievo.

17h50 – Babacar Khouma (Senegal) has been introduced by Fiorentina, who are losing 4-2 to AS Roma in an Italian Serie A match with two minutes left.

17h40 – Dylan Bahamboula (Congo-Brazzaville) has been introduced by Dijon, who are trailing 1-0 against Nice with 10 minutes left.

17h30 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) is still on the pitch for Arsenal, who are now losing 2-0 to Manchester City with an hour played.

17h20 – Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) has been solid at the back for Napoli, who are drawing 0-0 against Chievo with an hour played.

17h10 – BOOKED! Raman Chibsah (Ghana) is booked, but his side, Benevento are still leading 1-0 against Juventus with 50 minutes played.

17h00 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) was unable to make any impact in the first-half and his side, Arsenal are losing 1-0 to Manchester City at half-time.

16h50 – Raman Chibsah (Ghana) and his Benevento team-mates are leading 1-0 against Italian champions Juventus at half-time.

16h40 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria)’s side, Arsenal are trailing 1-0 against Manchester City with 25 minutes played.

16h30 – Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) and his Napoli team-mates are dominating possession against Chievo as they look to break the deadlock. It’s still 0-0 with 30 minutes played.

16h20 – Raman Chibsah (Ghana) and his Benevento team-mates have just broken the deadlock against Juventus. It’s 1-0 with 19 minutes played.

16h10 – Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast) and Mohamed Elneny (Egypt) are among the substitutes for Manchester City and Arsenal respectively.

16h00 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) will start for Arsenal against Manchester City in an English Premier League match. Kick-off is at 16h15 CAT.

Oussama Haddadi (Tunisia), Julio Tavares (Cape Verde) and Papy Djilobodji (Senegal) have all just started for Dijon against Nice OGC in a French Ligue 1 match. It’s 0-0 with one minute played.

Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) is on the pitch for Napoli against Chievo in an Italian Serie A match. It’s still 0-0 with one minute played.

Raman Chibsah (Ghana) is in action for Benevento against Juventus in an Italian Serie A match. It’s still goalless with one minute played.



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Africa Stars Watch: Live – 05 November 2017


Manchester United’s Eric Bailly

by
Brian Lee

Sunday Nov 05, 2017. 19:17


Welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our African Stars Watch, where we kept you updated on action across Europe from an African perspective, on Sunday, 5 November 2017.

Commentary (Press F5 to refresh):

19h20 – There has been yet another goal in the Dutch redevisie with Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente equalsing for the third time against PSV, 3-3.

19h17 – Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente have gone behind again as they now trail 3-2 against PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie.

19h15 – Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have taken a three goal lead against Caen in the French Ligue 1, 3-0.

19h12 – Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente have equalised against PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie, 2-2.

19h10 – Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have gone 2-0 up against Caen in the French Ligue 1.

19h05 – Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente are trailing 2-1 against PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie.

19h00 – In the English Premier League, Beni Baningime, Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse’s Everton are locked at 0-0 against Watford as are Eric Bailly’s Manchester United against Chelsea.

18h51 – Ivorian Nicolas Pepe has scored from the penalty spot for Lille who lead 1-0 against Metz in the French Ligue 1.

18h50 – Cameroonian Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have taken a 1-0 lead against Caen in the French Ligue 1.

18h45 – Moroccan Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente is locked at 1-1 against PSV as that Dutch Eredivisie match enters the second half.

18h32 – Beni Baningime (DRC), Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse (both Senegal) have started for Everton against Watford in the English Premier League.

18h31 – Eric Bertrand Bailly (Cote d’ Ivoire) has started for Manchester United against Chelsea in the English Premier League.

18h30 – Papy Djilobodji (Senegal), who is on loan from English side Sunderland AFC, played the entire match as his side, Dijon suffered a 1-0 defeat to 10-man Nice.

18h20 – Babacar Khouma (Senegal) came on in the 74th minute, but the striker could not help his side, Fiorentina avoid a 4-2 defeat to Roma.

18h10 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) played 78 minutes for Arsenal, who were thrashed 3-1 by Manchester City.

18h00 – Raman Chibsah (Ghana) played the entire match for Benevento, who suffered a 2-1 defeat to Juventus.

Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), who was booked, played the full 90 minutes as his side, Napoli drew 0-0 with Chievo.

17h50 – Babacar Khouma (Senegal) has been introduced by Fiorentina, who are losing 4-2 to AS Roma in an Italian Serie A match with two minutes left.

17h40 – Dylan Bahamboula (Congo-Brazzaville) has been introduced by Dijon, who are trailing 1-0 against Nice with 10 minutes left.

17h30 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) is still on the pitch for Arsenal, who are now losing 2-0 to Manchester City with an hour played.

17h20 – Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) has been solid at the back for Napoli, who are drawing 0-0 against Chievo with an hour played.

17h10 – BOOKED! Raman Chibsah (Ghana) is booked, but his side, Benevento are still leading 1-0 against Juventus with 50 minutes played.

17h00 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) was unable to make any impact in the first-half and his side, Arsenal are losing 1-0 to Manchester City at half-time.

16h50 – Raman Chibsah (Ghana) and his Benevento team-mates are leading 1-0 against Italian champions Juventus at half-time.

16h40 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria)’s side, Arsenal are trailing 1-0 against Manchester City with 25 minutes played.

16h30 – Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) and his Napoli team-mates are dominating possession against Chievo as they look to break the deadlock. It’s still 0-0 with 30 minutes played.

16h20 – Raman Chibsah (Ghana) and his Benevento team-mates have just broken the deadlock against Juventus. It’s 1-0 with 19 minutes played.

16h10 – Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast) and Mohamed Elneny (Egypt) are among the substitutes for Manchester City and Arsenal respectively.

16h00 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) will start for Arsenal against Manchester City in an English Premier League match. Kick-off is at 16h15 CAT.

Oussama Haddadi (Tunisia), Julio Tavares (Cape Verde) and Papy Djilobodji (Senegal) have all just started for Dijon against Nice OGC in a French Ligue 1 match. It’s 0-0 with one minute played.

Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) is on the pitch for Napoli against Chievo in an Italian Serie A match. It’s still 0-0 with one minute played.

Raman Chibsah (Ghana) is in action for Benevento against Juventus in an Italian Serie A match. It’s still goalless with one minute played.



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


by
Graeme Jackson

Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 23:50


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

Commentary:
All times CAT

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

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

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

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

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

86′ – Substitution – Zakaria El Hachimi replaces Khadrouf.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

67’ – Yellow card – Zakareya booked for simulation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the line-ups ahead of the match:

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

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



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African Stars Watch – As it happened – 04 November 2017


Newcastle United‘s Christian Atsu

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 18:59


It is another Saturday and AfricanFootball.com brings you another edition of Africa Stars Watch as we take a look at Africa’s finest players plying their trades in top football leagues across the globe.

We give you an update of African players’ performances across Europe on Saturday, November 04 2017.

COMMENTARY:

19:00 – Thanks for joining us at AfricanFootball.com for this Saturday’s Africa Stars Watch. We hope you enjoyed the action and please join us for the Sunday edition.

18:58 – It is half time in France between PSG and Ciss’s Angers. PSG lead 3-0 courtesy of goals from Mbappe, Cavani and Draxler.

18:54 – Full Time in England: Atsu’s Newcastle have lost their home game to Bournemouth, 1-0 at the final whistle. Hegazy and Nyom’s West Brom have lost 1-0 to Huddersfield who were reduced to 10 men. Jordan Ayew has failed to hit the target as Swansea lost 1-0 to Brighton. Bouffal’s Southampton have lost the three points to Burnley, 1-0.

18:45 – Almost half time in France, PSG cruising at 3-0 in the Ligue1 encounter against Ekambi’s Angers.

18:41 – Liverpool are up against West Ham in the EPL, the match gets underway at 19:30. Sadio Mane of Senegal starts for the Reds as well as Egypt’s Mohamed Salah.

For the Hammers, Senegal’s Cheickou Kouyate and Ghana’s Andrew Ayew are also starting.

18:37 – In the French Ligue1, PSG still lead Ekambi and Ciss’ Angers by 3-0 in the opening half.

18:31 – Full time in the German Bundesliga: Keita’s Liepzig bag a 2-1 win over Hannover. Akolo’s Stuttgart lose 3-1 to Hamburger. Balogun’s FSV Mainz are held at 1-1 against Borussia Monchengladbach. Ghana’s Daniel Opare has started for FC Augsburg as they draw 1-1 against Bayer Leverkusen.

18:26 – In the EPL: Hegazy and Nyom’s West Brom yet to equalise against 10-man Huddersfield. Ayew’s Swansea still led by Brighton, 1-0. Newcastle featuring Atsu, 0-0.

18:20 – Keita’s Liepzig are also leading Hannover 2-1. The Guinea international has been introduced in the match.

18:15 – Hamburger SV are now leading 3-1 against Akolo’s Stuttgart, the encounter has seven minutes to wrap the Bundesliga encounter.

18:10 – Toko Ekambi from Cameroon and Senegal’s Saliou Ciss are starting for Angers as they host Paris St. Germain in the French ligue1. One minute into the match and PSG have scored.

18:05 – Balogun’s FSV Mainz are held at 1-1 against Borussia Monchengladbach. Ghana’s Daniel Opare has started for FC Augsburg against Bayer Leverkusen, it is 1-1.

18:00 – Hamburger SV are 2-1 up, leading against Akolo’s VFB Stuttgart. Bentaleb’s Schalke 04 is leading 2-0 against SC Freiburg in the German Bundesliga.

17:55 – Half time in the EPL: Hegazy’s West Brom are trailing 1-0 against Huddersfield. Ghana’s Jordan Ayew are also 1-0 down against Brighton and Hove which features Cameroon’s Gaetan Bong. 0-0 between Southampton and Burnley.

17:50 – Guinea and RB Liepzig star, Naby Keita starts on the bench for the German side. It is the second half against Hannover and they are trailing by a 1-0.

17:45 – Black Stars’ and Swansea star, Jordan Ayew are yet to score against Brighton and Hove which features  Cameroon’s Gaetan Bong. Sofiane Bouffal of Morocco and Southampton are also struggling to get a goal and Burnley. Kchunga’s Huddersfield are also tied at 0-0 against Hegazy’s West Brom.

17:40 – There are no goals in England between Newcastle and Bournemouth. The encounter is now getting closer to the half time.

17:20 – It is half time in the Bundesliga: Mainz lead 1-0 Monchengladbach, Stuttgart trailing by a goal to Hamburger.

17:15 – Nigeria’s Leon Balogun is a substitute in Germany for FSV Mainz, they are leading 1-0 against Borussia Monchengladbach.

17:10 – Cameroon’s Allan Nyom and Egyptian international, Ahmed Hegazy are both starting for West Brom in England against DR Congo and Huddersfield’s Elias Kachunga. 0-0 so far.

17:05 – Atsu’s Newcastle gets the proceedings underway against Bournemouth in the EPL at home.

16:58 – Chadrac Akolo starts for VFB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga against Hamburger SV and they are trailing by a goal to nil.

16:55 – Algeria’s Nabil Bentaleb starts on the bench for Schalke 04 against SC Freiburg in the German Bundesliga. The match has started 15 minutes ago.

16:45 – Another EPL encounter starting at 17:00 sees Jordan Ayew from Ghana in action for Swansea as they host Brighton and Hove, they are up against Cameroon’s Gaetan Bong who stars for Brighton.

16:36 – Moroccan international, Sofiane Bouffal starts for Southampton versus Burnley. The EPL encounter also starts at 17:00.

16:30 – Ghanaian international, Christian Atsu starts for Newcastle United in the English Premier League against Bournemouth at 17:00 (CAT).



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African Stars Watch – LIVE – 04 November 2017


Newcastle United‘s Christian Atsu

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 17:51


It is another Saturday and AfricanFootball.com brings you another edition of Africa Stars Watch as we take a look at Africa’s finest players plying their trades in top football leagues across the globe.

We give you an update of African players’ performances across Europe on Saturday, November 04 2017.

COMMENTARY:

17:55 – Half time in the EPL: Hegazy’s West Brom are trailing 1-0 against Huddersfield. Ghana’s Jordan Ayew are also 1-0 down against Brighton and Hove which features Cameroon’s Gaetan Bong. 0-0 between Southampton and Burnley.

17:50 – Guinea and RB Liepzig star, Naby Keita starts on the bench for the German side. It is the second half against Hannover and they are trailing by a 1-0.

17:45 – Black Stars’ and Swansea star, Jordan Ayew are yet to score against Brighton and Hove which features  Cameroon’s Gaetan Bong. Sofiane Bouffal of Morocco and Southampton are also struggling to get a goal and Burnley. Kchunga’s Huddersfield are also tied at 0-0 against Hegazy’s West Brom.

17:40 – There are no goals in England between Newcastle and Bournemouth. The encounter is now getting closer to the half time.

17:20 – It is half time in the Bundesliga: Mainz lead 1-0 Monchengladbach, Stuttgart trailing by a goal to Hamburger.

17:15 – Nigeria’s Leon Balogun is a substitute in Germany for FSV Mainz, they are leading 1-0 against Borussia Monchengladbach.

17:10 – Cameroon’s Allan Nyom and Egyptian international, Ahmed Hegazy are both starting for West Brom in England against DR Congo and Huddersfield’s Elias Kachunga. 0-0 so far.

17:05 – Atsu’s Newcastle gets the proceedings underway against Bournemouth in the EPL at home.

16:58 – Chadrac Akolo starts for VFB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga against Hamburger SV and they are trailing by a goal to nil.

16:55 – Algeria’s Nabil Bentaleb starts on the bench for Schalke 04 against SC Freiburg in the German Bundesliga. The match has started 15 minutes ago.

16:45 – Another EPL encounter starting at 17:00 sees Jordan Ayew from Ghana in action for Swansea as they host Brighton and Hove, they are up against Cameroon’s Gaetan Bong who stars for Brighton.

16:36 – Moroccan international, Sofiane Bouffal starts for Southampton versus Burnley. The EPL encounter also starts at 17:00.

16:30 – Ghanaian international, Christian Atsu starts for Newcastle United in the English Premier League against Bournemouth at 17:00 (CAT).



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Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry unfazed by Wydad test in Champions League final – 2017 CAF Champions League


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 12:30


Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry insists they have been through tough situations before as they prepare to face Wydad Casablanca in the second leg of their CAF Champions League final on Saturday.

El Badry will want to bag the continental trophy as he also led the Red Devils to glory in 2012 and he remains upbeat ahead of the clash.

The over 60 000 capacity Mohamed V Complex in Casablanca will be the venue for the second leg final after both sides settled for a 1-1 draw last weekend in Alexandria.

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“We have passed this situation many times in the past. We know what the stakes are,” El Badry told reporters.

“We will give all it takes to win this title, and I’m positive my boys can do it.”

Both sides will be without some key players through injury for the decisive match, with Wydad’s talented winger Mohamed Ounajem having a strained his thigh during the first leg.

On the other hand, Ahly duo of Tunisian left back Ali Maaloul and midfielder Hossam Ashour are also out with groin injuries.

The winner will walk away with a cash reward of 2,500,000 US Dollars and a ticket to represent Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup in December in Abu Dhabi.



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Tinkler happy with response as SSP now eye African glory – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 17:30


SuperSport United head coach Eric Tinkler was happy with the response from his team as the club now turn their attention to the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup final.

Matsatsantsa cruised to a 3-0 win over Golden Arrows a the Mbombela Stadium on Tuesday evening with Aubrey Modiba netting a brace for the Tshwane club.

Having crashed out of the Telkom Knockout Cup this past weekend, Tinkler called for a response from his team and duly got one with the club condemning Arrows to their first Absa Premiership defeat of the season.

“Great performance, overall fantastic, we should have scored more, but I thought we were very solid,” Tinkler said in the aftermath.

“I got that performance [I wanted], we pressed them very well. We punished them on the transition. We were a bit wasteful, and we could’ve made it even more comfortable.”

SuperSport will renew their rivalry with TP Mazembe in the CAF Confederations Cup showpiece, with the to teams having played to successive stalemates in the group stages of this year’s competition.



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Al Ahly suffer massive blow ahead of the second leg of the Champions League final – 2017 CAF Champions League


Al Ahly’s Hossam Ashour in continental action against Orlando Pirates

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 12:00


Al Ahly have received a huge blow ahead of the second leg of the CAF Champions League final away in Morocco against Wydad Casablanca.

The clash will be staged on Saturday after last weekend’s 1-1 draw, but the Red Devils will be without experienced midfielder Hossam Ashour.

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The 31-year-old, who sustained a groin injury in Ahly’s 4-1 win over Ragaa in an Egyptian Premier League game early October, also missed the first-leg of the CAFChampions League final and is set to miss the second leg as well.

“Ashour is still undergoing rehabilitation due to his groin muscle strain. He is very unlikely to play on Saturday,” Ahly Doctor Khaled Mahmoud said on the club’s official website.

Ashour’s absence deepens Ahly’s troubles as left-winger Ali Maaloul and defender Rami Rabia are also doubtful for the game due to injuries.

Coach Hossam El-Badry and his troops will need to score an away goal to stand a chance of lifting their first Champions League trophy since 2013.



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Al Ahly with a mountain to climb in CAF CL final – 2017 CAF Champions League


Al Ahly’s player Emad Meteb (L) in action against Wydad Casablanca’s player Abdelatif Noussir (R) during the African Champions League

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 18:00


Al Ahly have a mountain to climb heading into the second leg of the CAF Champions League final against hosts Wydad Casablanca on Saturday night.

The Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca will be the venue for the match, with kick-off set for 22h00 CAT. You will be able to follow LIVE Play-By-Play coverage of the match right here on AfricanFootball.

The first leg in Alexandria last weekend ended 1-1, with Ahly’s early goal from Moamen Zakaria cancelled out within the opening 20 minutes by Wydad’s Achraf Bencharki.

The aggregate score of 1-1 very much favours the Moroccan side, who have home advantage for the decisive leg and need only keep a clean sheet to ensure they pick up their second Champions League title.

The Egyptian giants, meanwhile, must at least match Wydad’s away goal if they are to have a shot at winning a record-extending ninth African crown.

Wydad coach Hussein Amotta will be without the services of injured winger Mohamed Ounajem, but was delighted with the first-leg result and believes his side is capable of triumphing on home soil.

“We achieved a milestone leaving Alexandria with a draw under these circumstances,” said Amotta after the match at the Borg El Arab Stadium.

“With all these fans, and against one of Africa’s finest most experienced clubs, a draw was a great result.”

He added, “It [the return leg] won’t be an easy game, but we will be more relaxed and we will have to work on scoring first this Saturday.

“Al Ahly have one of the best front lines in Africa, so it would be illogical to sit back and defend against them.

“Now that we know the flaws in Al Ahly’s defence, we will put pressure on them from the start. Yet at the same time we need to leave them no space for counter-attacks at the back.

“It is a great pleasure for me to coach Wydad and lead them up to this stage, but I cannot wait till Saturday when I become the happiest man in Morocco and all of Africa.”

Al Ahly have their own injury absentee in the shape of captain Hossam Ashour, and coach Hossam El Badry is under pressure to turn the tie around in Casablanca.

“I knew it [the first leg] was going to be a tough match, and we didn’t exploit the chances that we had during the game. We weren’t lucky [in the match] too,” the Al Ahly coach explained.

He added, “However, we put in an overall strong performance and I believe in the players’ abilities. We’ll fight to achieve victory in the second leg to claim the title.”

Gambian referee Bakary Gassama will take charge of the match in Casablanca on Saturday night. The winners will qualify for both the 2017 Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in December, and the 2018 CAF Super Cup against the winners of the Confederation Cup final (either SuperSport United or TP Mazembe).



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Wydad Casablanca’s captain Ibrahim Nakach says they will frustrate Al Ahly – 2017 CAF Champions League


epa05444319 Al-Ahly’s Ahmed Fathi (Blue) vies for the ball with Wydad’s Brahim nakach (Red) during their CAF Champions League group A stage football match between Egypt’s Al-Ahly and Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco, on 27 July 2016. Al-Ahly won 1-0. EPA/ABDELHAK SENNA

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 30, 2017. 15:30


Wydad Casablanca’s captain Ibrahim Nakach says they will continue to cause all sorts of headaches for Al Ahly ahead of the second leg of their CAF Champions League final.

The two North African sides will meet on Saturday in Casablanca to determine this year’s continental winner following a 1-1 draw last weekend.

Nakach said they are training to block the frontline of the Cairo giants in the second leg next Saturday and secure the title.

Ahly failed to take a first-leg home advantage despite their territorial dominance, losing the lead to settle for a 1-1 draw this past Saturday.

“We know Ahly will arrive in Morocco to score, but we are able to handle our home game,” Nakach said.

“We will train well to block Ahly’s efforts to score, and we will score to secure the title. We studied Ahly’s tactics well and we managed to stop their wingers from reaching our goal.

“We will repeat what we achieved here in Egypt when we play the second leg in Morocco.”



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African Stars Watch – AS IT HAPPENED – 29 October 2017


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Brian Lee

Sunday Oct 29, 2017. 19:25


Thank you for joining us today on AfricanFootball.com for what was our LIVE African Stars Watch of players in action on the European continent on Sunday, 29 October 2017.

AS IT HAPPENED:
All times CAT

19h55 – Max Gradel’s Toulouse have drawn 0-0 against Digbo Maiga and Cheikh M’Bengue’s St Etienne in the French Ligue 1.

19h50 – Wilfred Ndidi and Riyad Mahrez’s Leicester have beaten Idrissa Gueye, Beni Baningime and Oumar Niasse’s Everton 2-0 in the English Premier League.

19h20 – Everton have introduced Beni Baningime and Oumar Niasse in the hope of mounting a comeback as they trail Wilfred Ndidi and Riyad Mahrez’s Leicester 2-0 in the English Premier League.

19h10 – Bono’s Girona have come from behind to beat Achraf Hakimi’s Real Madrid 2-1 in the Spanish La Liga.

18h55 – Wilfred Ndidi and Riyad Mahrez’s Leicester are leading 2-0 at half time in their English Premier League match against Idrissa Gueye’s Everton.

18h50 – Max Gradel’s Toulouse are drawing 0-0 at half time against Digbo Maiga and Cheikh M’Bengue’s St Etienne in the French Ligue 1.

18h35 – Wilfred Ndidi and Riyad Mahrez’s Leicester have doubled their lead against Idrissa Gueye’s Everton in the English Premier League, 2-0.

18h30 – Bono’s Girona have scored again and are now leading 2-1 against Achraf Hakimi’s Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga.

18h26 – Bono’s Girona has equalised against Achraf Hakimi’s Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga, 1-1.

18h20 – Riyad Mahrez has created the opening goal for Leicester who lead 1-0 against Everton in the English Premier League.

18h15 – Daniel Opare’s FC Augsburg have beaten Ishak Belfodil and Lamine Ludovic Sane’s Werder Bremen 3-0 in the German Bundesliga.

18h05 – Max Gradel has started for Toulouse in their French Ligue 1 game against St Etienne who have Digbo Maiga and Cheikh M’Bengue in their starting XI.

18h00 – And full time in the afternoon Serie A matches, where Faouzi Ghoulam’s Napoli defeated Sassuolo 3-1 to go three points clear at the top of the log. Here are the other results: Crotone 2-1 Fiorentina, Sampdoria 4-1 Chievo, Spal 1-0 Genoa and Udinese 2-1 Atalanta.

17h55 – Daniel Opare’s Augsburg are loving life at Werder Bremen, where they now lead 3-0 in the second half of their Bundesliga clash.

17h50 – Done and dusted in the early game in France, where Bertrand Traore’s Lyon have beaten Metz 2-0.

17h45 – The second Ligue 1 clash of the day kicks off in 15 minutes and sees Toulouse hosts Saint-Etienne. Max Gradel starts for the former, while the latter feature Cheikh M’Bengue and Digbo Maiga.

17h35 – Seko Fofana has been subbed out for Udinese, but they are back in front against Atalanta (2-1) in Serie A, while Real Madrid lead 1-0 in their match at Girona in La Liga.

17h30 – Half an hour from the final Premier League match of the weekend, which sees Leicester City host Everton. Wilfred Ndidi and Riyad Mahrez start for the Foxes, while the Toffees have Idrissa Gueye in their XI. The respective benches also feature Kelechi Iheanacho, Islam Slimani and Oumar Niasse.

17h20 – Full time in the Premier League, where it’s finished Brighton 1-1 Southampton, while it’s half time in the Bundesliga, where Daniel Opare’s Augsburg lead 2-0 at Werder Bremen.

17h15 – A pair of Moroccans feature in a La Liga match kicking off right now, with Bono starting for Girona at home to Real Madrid, who have Achraf Hakimi in their XI. Alfred Gomis’ Spal have claimed a 1-0 lead at home to Genoa, while Faouzi Ghoulam’s Napoli are now 3-1 up against Sassuolo.

17h10 – Less than 10 minutes left in the Premier League match between Gaetan Bong’s Brighton and Sofiane Boufal’s Southampton – it’s still locked at 1-1. In the Bundesliga, Daniel Opare’s Augsburg have claimed the lead at Werder Bremen.

17h00 – Up to the half hour mark in the early Bundesliga game, where Lamine Sane’s Werder Bremen are being held 0-0 by Augsburg.

16h50 – Half time in the afternoon matches in France and Italy. Here are the scores: Lyon 2-0 Metz; Crotone 2-1 Fiorentina, Napoli 2-1 Sassuolo (Faouzi Ghoulam’s side reclaimed the ascendancy thanks to Lorenzo Insigne’s goal just before the break), Sampdoria 3-1 Chievo, Spal 0-0 Genoa and Udinese 1-1 Atalanta (Seko Fofana’s side back on level terms thanks to a penalty).

16h45 – Sassuolo back on level terms with Faouzi Ghoulam’s Napoli, it’s 1-1 at the Stadio San Paolo with half time approaching.

16h40 – Gaetan Bong’s Brighton have levelled up at 1-1 against Southampton, with Glenn Murray scoring the equaliser for the home team.

16h35 – Seko Fofana’s Udinese have gone 0-1 down at home to Atalanta in Serie A.

16h30 – Faouzi Ghoulam’s Napoli have claimed the lead against Sassuolo, with Brazilian Allan netting in the 22nd minute.

16h25 – Kicking off in five minutes we have the first Bundesliga match of the day, which sees Ishak Belfodil and Lamine Sane start for Werder Bremen at home to Augsburg, who have Daniel Opare in their XI.

16h20 – Half time in the early Premier League match, where Gaetan Bong’s Brighton still trail 0-1 at home to Southampton. Another goal from Nabil Fekir now sees Lyon 2-0 up against Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Mathieu Dossevi’s Metz.

16h10 – Bertrand Traore’s Lyon have claimed an early lead at home to Metz, with Nabil Fekir scoring in the seventh minute.

16h00 – Underway in the afternoon games in France and Italy. In England’s Premier League, Sofiane Boufal’s Southampton are still 1-0 up against hosts Brighton & Hove.

15h50 – Alfred Gomis and Adel Taarabt feature for Spal and Genoa in their Serie A match coming up in 10 minutes, while another clash in Italy sees Faouzi Ghoulam start for Napoli at home to Sassuolo.

15h45 – Sofiane Boufal’s Southampton lead 1-0 at Brighton thanks to an early strike from Steven Davis.  Also at 16h00 there are five Serie A matches. Team news for the Udinese v Atalanta match sees Ivorian Seko Fofana start for the former.

15h40 – Coming up at 16h00 we have the first French Ligue 1 match of the day. Bertrand Traore starts for Olympique Lyon (who also have Max Cornet on the bench) at home to a Metz line-up which features Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Mathieu Dossevi.

15h35 – We’re five minutes into the early Premier League match of the day, which sees Brighton & Hove Albion host Southampton. Gaetan Bong features for the home side, while the visitors have Sofiane Boufal in their starting XI. The Saints are missing Mario Lemina through injury.

15h30 – We open today’s ASW with news of a goal for Angola’s Bastos in Lazio’s 5-1 away win over Benevento (who featured Ghana’s Raman Chisbah in their XI) in an Italian Serie A match which has just wrapped up. There was also a 2-1 win for Getafe – who featured Faycal Fajr, Amath Diedhiou and Djene Dakonam – over  Real Sociedad in the early La Liga clash in Spain.



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All Ahly’s El-Badry bemoans poor refereeing in first leg of Champions League final – 2017 CAF Champions League


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 29, 2017. 10:30


In the wake of their CAF Champions League, first-leg 1-1 draw in the final against Wydad Casablanca, Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry has lashed out at the referee.

El-Badry believes his side should have been awarded a penalty against Wydad Casablanca on Saturday at the Borg El-Arab Stadium.

Goals through Momen Zakaria and Achraf Bencharki saw the two North African sides playing to a draw.

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However, El-Badry bemoaned the Ethiopian referee Bamlak Tessema Weyesa’s failure to give his side a penalty in the second half.

The 56-year-old coach believes his side deserved a penalty when Moroccan striker Walid Azaro was fouled inside the box by defender Badr Gaddarin just before the hour-mark.

“The referee denied us a legitimate penalty after Azaro was fouled inside the box,” El-Badry said.

“I knew it was going to be a tough match, and we didn’t exploit the chances that we had during the game. We weren’t lucky today too.

“The difference between the Etoile du Sahal game and today’s game is that against Etoile we were lucky and scored from all that the chances we got.”

The Red Devils will travel to Morocco for the second leg next Saturday and a victory or a 2-2 draw would secure Al Ahly their ninth title, while a goalless draw would earn Wydad their second title in history.



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England succeed Nigeria as U-17 World Cup winners – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup


England’s Rhian Brewster (L) celebrates after scoring the 3-1 lead during the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 semi final match between Brazil and England at Salt Lake stadium in Calcutta, eastern India, 25 October 2017. England won 3-1. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 18:33


England have succeeded Nigeria as U-17 World Cup champions after they defeated Spain 5-2 in the tournament final in Kolkata on Saturday.

The English came from two goals down to claim victory, securing both their first world title at this age group level, and revenge over the Spanish for a loss in the final of the U-17 European Championships earlier this year.

Spain enjoyed a strong start to the game and had a two-goal lead within 31 minutes, as Sergio Gomez twice struck from assists by the excellent Cesar Gelabert.

However, England brought themselves back into the contest just before half time, with Steven Sessegnon crossing from the right to find Rhian Brewster, who headed home to make it 2-1 at the break and bring up his eighth goal of the tournament.

The English looked dangerous down the flanks in the second half and on 58 minutes they levelled the game at 2-2 when Sessegnon provided another assist for Morgan Gibbs-White to tuck the ball away.

On 69 minutes England claimed the lead for the first time, with a powerful run down the left flank from Callum Hudson-Odoi allowing one of the players of the tournament, Phil Foden, to put his side 3-2 up.

And the Spanish challenge was killed off in the 84th minute when a set piece saw defender Marc Guehi to score his first goal for the national team and bring the score to 4-2.

Four minutes later the young Three Lions put the cherry on top when Hudson-Odoi played a great pass over the defence to see Foden fire home the fifth on a swift counter attack.

The third-place playoff earlier in the day saw Africans champions Mali beaten 2-0 by Brazil at the same venue.

England (1) 5 (Brewster 44’, Gibbs-White 58’, Foden 69’ 88’, Guehi 84’)

Spain (2) 2 (Gomez 10’ 31’)

England: Anderson, Sessegnon, Latibeaudiere, Guehi, Panzo, McEachran (Gallagher 87’), Oakley-Boothe (Gomes 90’), Foden, Gibbs-White (Kirby 81’), Hudson-Odoi, Brewster

Spain: Fernandez, Morey Bauza, Chust, Guillamon, Miranda, Moha (Diaz 85’), Blanco (Beitia 81’), Torres, Gelaber (Alonso 72’), Gomez, Ruiz



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African Stars Watch – AS IT HAPPENED (28 October 2017)


Tottenham Hotspur fullback Serge Aurier

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 18:05


Welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our African Stars Watch, where we kept you updated on action across Europe from an African perspective, on Saturday 28 October 2017.

AS IT HAPPENED UPDATES: 

English Premier League Results: 

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea City; Crystal Palace 2-2 West Ham United; Liverpool 3-0 Huddersfield; Watford 0-1 Stoke City; West Brom 2-3 Manchester City

18H05 – GOAL! Crystal Palace erupt as Ivory Coast international Wilfried Zaha nets the equaliser for the Eagles in added time.

18h00 – In tonight’s final English Premier League encounter, Bournemouth play host to Chelsea. Benik Afobe starts for the Cherries – no Victor Moses for the Blues.

17h55 – Liverpool bound Naby Keita starts for RP Leipzig who are away to Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga this evening.

17h50 – Thomas Partey and Cedric Bakambu named in the starting 11 for Atletico Madrid and Villarreal respectively with the two teams to go head-to-head in the Spanish La Liga this evening.

17h40 – Franck Kessie and Kwadwo Asamoah go head-to-head in the Italian Serie A this evening with AC Milan eager to close the gap on Juventus.

17h30 – Togo international Ihlas Bebou was at the double as Hannover beat Borussia Dortmund 4-2 in a German Bundesliga encounter.

17h20 – Guinea international Ibrahima Traore was an unused substitute as Borussia Mönchengladbach beat Hoffenheim 3-1 in the German Bundesliga.

17h05 – Solomon Kalou’s Hertha Berlin are currently 2-1 up against Hamburg on home soil, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Borussia Dortmund look on course to suffer defeat away to Hannover. The Black and Yellow’s are currently down to 10-men and 3-2 down.

16h55 – Andre Ayew with a brilliant goal to put West Ham United 2-0 up. The Ghana international is bang in form!

16h40 – Mohamed Salah fails to convert from the penalty spot. Frustrating for the Reds – Still Liverpool 0-0 Huddersfield at Anfield.

16h30 – Francois Kamano and Younousse Sankhare start for Bordeaux who are at home to Monaco in the French Ligue 1. Balde Diao Keita named in the starting 11 for the visitors.

16h15 – Algeria international Nabil Bentaleb found the back of the net for Schalke from the penalty spot – the Royal Blues lead Wolfsburg 1-0 at half-time.

16h05 – Togo international Ihlas Bebou has found the back of the net for Hannover who lead Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Bundesliga.

15h55 – Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah start for Liverpool who are at home to Huddersfield. Ramadan Sobhi, Mame Diouf and Maxim Choupo-Moting start for the Potters who take on Watford.

Lots of interest from a Cameroon and Egyptian perspective with Allan Nyom and Ahmed Hegazy involved from the onset for West Brom who are at home to Manchester City.

15h50 – Andre Ayew and Cheikhou Kouyate involved from the onset for West Ham United who are away to Crystal Place. Wilfried Zaha and Jeffery Schupp start for the Eagles.

15h45 – In England, Jordan Ayew leads the line for Swansea City who are away to Arsenal in the English Premier League. Alex Iwobi is among the substitutes for the hosts.

15h35 – Plenty of action in both England and Germany with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leading the line for Borussia Dortmund who are away to Hannover in the Bundesliga.

15h30 – In Spain, Ghana international Mubarak Wakaso played 90 minutes as Alaves  suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Valencia in the Spanish La Liga.

15h20 – Eric Bertrand Bailly and Serge Aurier played 90 minutes apiece as Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Old Trafford in the English Premier League.

 



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Mali miss out on third place at U-17 World Cup – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup


Lassana N’Diaye (L) of Mali is in action against Victor Chust (2-L) of Spain during the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 semi final match between Mali and Spain at the D Y Patil Stadium in Mumbai, India, 25 October 2017. EPA/DIVYAKANT SOLANKI

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 15:36


Mali have finished fourth at the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India after going down 2-0 at the hands of Brazil in the third-place playoff on Saturday.

The match at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium in Kolkata was a frustrating one for the Young Eagles, who were unable to impose their physicality against their South Americans.

Yet Mali still created the majority of scoring chances, but the likes of Lassana N’Diaye, Hadji Drame and Djemoussa Traore were repeatedly denied by an excellent showing from Brazil goalkeeper Gabriel Brazao.

The South Americans upped their game in the second half and claimed the ascendancy in the 55th minute, with attacking midfielder Alan Guimaraes getting the better of Youssouf Koita.

Jonas Komla’s side tried to fight back into the contest, but their ambitions were killed off late on when substitute Yuri Alberto added the second goal to complete the score line at 2-0 in favour of Brazil.

The final later this afternoon at the same venue will see England and Spain battle for the right to be called U-17 World Cup champions.

Brazil (0) 2 (Guimaraes 55’, Yuri Alberto 88’)

Mali 0

Brazil: Brazao, Wesley, Vitao, Halter, Weverson, Pereira (Guth 52’), Brenner, Silva Santos, Guimaraes (Nestor 62’), Paulinho, Dos Santos (Yuri Alberto 74’)

Mali: Koita, Konate, Fofana, Haidara, Kane, Drame (Toure 76’), Samake (Doucoure 72’), M. Camara, Giddou (S. Camara 81’), D. Traore, N’Diaye



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SuperSport’s Aubrey Modiba: It’s great to be in the Confed Cup final – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Aubrey Modiba of Supersport United challenged by Dave Daka of Zesco United during 2017 Caf Confederations Cup game between Supersport United and Zesco United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 14 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

by
Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 11:00


SuperSport United midfielder Aubrey Modiba has explained that the South African side is delighted to have reached their first CAF Confederation Cup final.

United have shown incredible form in cup competitions in recent times. Last season they were runners-up in the Telkom Knockout before going on to win a second successive Nedbank Cup title.

Earlier this month they defeated Cape Town City in the final of the MTN8, and last weekend they claimed a 3-1 away win over Club Africain to seal a place in the Confed Cup final.

Matsatsantsa will face defending champions and DR Congo heavyweights TP Mazembe over two legs in November.

“It feels great to be in another final. This is my fourth final since I joined SuperSport last season. This is why I joined the team. I hope we win so that we win more trophies for the club. It’s good to be part of history with the team and it’s also good for my CV,” he told Kick-Off.

“I have not missed a game in the Confed Cup. I am only one who has played every game and I am happy. It shows that there is something I am doing right. I just have to keep performing consistently.

“Credit to the coaches for giving me the opportunity. My family has also been supporting me. It’s not only about me, but about the team as well.”

United and TPM have met twice in the continental competition already this year, drawing both of their clashes in the group phase. Modiba notably netted in a 2-2 draw in DRC in June.

“We know about them. It’s not like we don’t know what to expect. They are a good side and it will be tough. It will be a different ball game because it’s a final. Everyone will want to perform,” Modiba added.

“I was happy to score against Mazembe. It’s a big team on the continent. Not everyone gets to score in Lubumbashi.”



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