Africans in UEFA Champions League action, Tuesday 31 October – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Africans in UEFA Champions League action, Tuesday 31 October

Manchester United’s Eric Bailly

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 10:00

Eric Bailly’s Manchester United will look to book a place in the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League when they host Benfica at Old Trafford in one of eight Matchday 4 fixtures tonight.

Bailly made a return to the Red Devils’ line-up this past weekend and helped the team record a 1-0 home win over Tottenham Hotspur. If Jose Mourinho’s charges can get the better of their Portuguese opponents and Group A rivals Basel avoid defeat at home to CSKA Moscow, then United will be safely through to the last 16.

Elsewhere, Thomas Partey’s Atletico Madrid are in need of a home win over Azerbaijani side Qarabag, having failed to win away to the minnows in Baku earlier this month, while Victor Moses remains sidelined for Chelsea ahead of their trip to Italy to face Roma.

In Group B, Henry Onyekuru and Kara Mbodji’s Anderlecht are staring down the barrel of a fourth successive defeat when they face French giants Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes, while the other match sees Celtic looking to get revenge against Bayern Munich after a 0-3 loss in Germany last time out.

Seydou Doumbia will look to inspire Sporting Lisbon to a home win over Juventus in Group D, with the other match from the pool a clash between Emmanuel Emenike’s Olympiakos and Spanish giants Barcelona.

UEFA Champions League, Matchday 4 fixtures – 31 October

All kick-off times 21h45 CAT

Group A

Basel v CSKA Moscow

Manchester United v Benfica

Group B

Paris Saint-Germain v Anderlecht

Celtic v Bayern Munich

Group C

Atletico Madrid v Qarabag

Roma v Chelsea

Group D

Sporting v Juventus

Olympiacos v Barcelona


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USM Alger succumb to a 3-1 loss in Casablanca


USM Alger succumb to a 3-1 loss in Casablanca

Wydad Athletic Club goalkeeper Zouhair Laaroubi in action during the African Champions League 2017

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 23:49

One goal from Ayoub Abdellaoui was not enough as USM Alger lost 3-1 to Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League semifinals on Saturday at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca.

The result means the Algerians are out of the tournament, whilst a brace from Achraf Bencharki and one goal through Walid El Karti ensured Casablanca booked a spot in the final.

After a dull opening period, Wydad pushed for an early goal and their efforts were rewarded when El Karti scored in the 26th minute.

The second stanza saw Casablanca finding their second goal when Bencharki scored in the 54th minute to ensure they remained in the driving seat.

Coach Paul Put’s men pushed for a goal to reply and they put the fear into their hosts through Ayoub Abdellaoui in the 67th minute.

Towards the last 20 minutes, coach Lhoussaine Ammoutta pushed his men to probe for the third goal and their efforts were rewarded in injury time.

Bencharki scored for the second time to make it 3-1 and ensure they cement a spot in the CAF Champions League final.

The result means the Algerians are out of the continental club competition and will have to try again in the 2018 edition.

Wydad Casablanca (1) 3 (Karti 26′, Bencharki 54′, 90+3′)

USM Alger (0) 1 (Abdellaoui 67′)

Wydad Casablanca: Laaroubi, Rabeh, Noussir, Atouchi, Saidi, Karti, Nakach, Gaddarine (Hachimi 64′), Bencharki, Ounajem(Aoulad 85′), Haddad (Khadrouf 74′)

USM Alger: Zemmamouche, Meftah, Benmoussa, Chafaï, Abdellaoui, Sayoud, Benkhemassa, Benguit (Hamzaoui 69′), Yaya (Beldjilali 75′), Meziane, Darfalou


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Motupa brace hands Baroka 3-1 win over Chippa


Motupa brace hands Baroka 3-1 win over Chippa

Musa Nyatama of Orlando Pirates challenges Gift Motupa of Baroka FC

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 12, 2017. 21:46

Gift Motupa came off the bench to score two goals for Baroka FC and help them claim a 3-1 win over hosts Chippa United in an Absa Premiership clash on Tuesday.

Bakgaga picked up their first win of the season in the match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, while the Chilli Boys will look back at a game in which they were often the dominant force and wonder how they ended up with zero points.

Chippa started brightly and had the first clear chance of the match as early as the sixth minute, with winger Menzi Masuku sending a shot just wide of Virgil Vries’ goalposts.

The Eastern Cape side had further long-range efforts off target from Abel Mabaso and Mark Mayambela, but in the 27th minute they need goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo to pull off a fine save to keep out an effort from Lucky Nguzana.

The chance gave Baroka a new spark and on 41 minutes they claimed a surprise lead, with Chippa’s defence all at sea as they attempted to keep out a relentless attack, and an unfortunate James Okwuosa put the ball into his own net.

The Chilli Boys made a change upfront early in the second half, replacing Moeketsi Sekola with Katlego Mashego. The veteran forward soon proved his worth when he converted from the penalty spot in the 56th minute to draw the teams level at 1-1.

Chippa looked to have the bit between their teeth and began piling pressure on Baroka’s defence, but against the run of play the Polokwane side regained the lead in the 63rd minute when substitute Gift Motupa finished off a rare chance.

The Eastern Cape side looked to go up a gear in what remained of the game, but they struggled to find a way past Baroka’s resilient defence.

And the Limpopo side ensured all three points would come back home with them when Motupa netted his second goal, beating Mhlongo for the second time in the final minute of regulation time to wrap up an impressive 3-1 away win.

Chippa United (0) 1 (Mashego 56’ pen)

Baroka FC (1) 3 (Okwuosa og 40’, Motupa 63’ 90’)

Chippa: Mhlongo, Mvelase, Macheke, Okwuosa, Maphanga, Mabaso, Zuke, Mayambela (Manzini 73’), Lentjies, Masuku (Mako 59’), Sekola (Mashego 52’)

Baroka: Vries, Shaku, Kgoetyane, Ntshangase (Motupa 59’), Banda, Moeti, Chawapihwa, Mothupa, Madubanya, Mdantsane, Nguzana


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WCQ Africa: Zambia 3-1 Algeria – As It Happened – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


WCQ Africa: Zambia 3-1 Algeria - As It Happened

Nabil Bentaleb of Algeria during the Afcon Group B match between Algeria and Tunisia on the 19 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Sep 02, 2017. 16:55

Zambia will be hoping to claim their first win in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers campaign as they host Algeria at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.

On the other hand, the Desert Warriors are also chasing their maiden win to move up the log table and will be fighting on all fronts for a victory.


Zambia: Mweene, Silwamba, Sunzu, Tembo, Kapumbu, Mulenga, Mtonga, Lungu, Sakala, Mwila, Daka

Algeria: M’Bolhi, Mandi, Bansebaini, Hassani, Ghoulam, Soudani, Taider, Bentaleb, Brahimi, Slimani, Hanni


90+5′ – It is full time in Lusaka. Zambia 3-1 Algeria. Now they will hope to bag another win in Algiers come Tuesday fore the second leg.

90+5′ – Daka booked

90+5′ – Zambia playing to preserve their lead at home, the crowds singing and Mweene collects a loose ball into the box.

90′ Zambia bag their third goal through Mwepu. A powerful low shot beats M’Bolhi on his far post making it 3-1 for Nyirenda’s men.

85′ – Mweene beaten on his far posts by a powerful shot by substitute, Idriss Saadi’s well executed shot, but it sails wide inches off the far post.

81′ – Sub for Algeria, Saadi for Bansebaini

81′ – We are in the final 10 minutes of the contest.Sub for Zambia: Mulenga on for N’Gonga

79′ – Mweene becoming the busiest of the two goalkeepers as he tries to curb all Algerian attacks. Mweene collects a set piece from Algerian attack.

75′ – A foul against Mulenga on the corner flag for pushing his opponent. Zambia still leading 2-1.

70′ A booking for the Algerian keeper, M’Bolhi for protesting.

69′ – Booking for Bansebaini.

69′ – Sub for Zambia: Kabwe replaces the goalscorer, Mwila.

68′ – Zambia chasing their third goal and Nyirenda becomes animated on the touchline. A corner for the hosts.

63′ – Mwepu beats the Algerian through his pace, but a final delivery to Mwila sees the striker’s effort going wide.

58′ – Sub for Algeria: Ghezzal on for Soudani

57′ – Sub for Zambia: Mwepu on for Lungu

56′ – Sakala booked for the second time., Zambia down to 10 men.

55′ – Brahimi makes it 2-1, Yacine Brahimi pulls a powerful shot right on the d-line to beat Mweene on his right post. Zambia 2-1 Algeria

51′ – Yattal booked for simulation. Zambia still lead Algeria by 2-0.

50′ – Algerians chasing their first goal in the match and Soudani fails to read the bounce of the ball, he misses with only Mweene to beat.

46′ Youcef Yattal comes on for Illias Hassan.

46′ – Second half gets underway in Lusaka, with the hosts leading 2-0.

45′ – It is half time in Lusaka. Zambia 2-0 Algeria.

45+2′ – A great cross in search of Algerian forwards, but it is too much for Slimani.

42′ – Sakala booked for a silly foul on Algerian midfielder.

40′ – Mulenga does well on the left flank to toy around with an Algerian defender, but his rushed effort sails wide over the cross bar. Zambia 2-0 Algeria

37′ – Hassani booked for a foul on Daka. Free kick for the hosts.

35′ Mwila makes it two for the Zambians. A wonderful run on the left flank by Mulenga as he beat the Algerian defence before passing the ball for the Platinum Stars striker. 2-0 against Algeria.

30′ – Sunzu and Mweene fail to communicate at the back, but the ball goes sway from danger. Zambia 1-0 Algeria.

25′ – The North Africans pushing for an equaliser and to trouble the disjointed defence. Mweene collects a cross from the right flank.

20′ – Zambia not convincing at the back, a handball protested for by Slimani, but referee not interested. Zambia still lead 1-0.

15′ – Faouzi Ghoulam attempts a header from a corner, but the defender’s effort sails wide off the cross bar.

13′ – Zambia lead the Desert Warriors in the opening 10 minutes. Mulenga tries a long range effort, but narrowly misses the target.

07′ – Mwila scores for the hosts, Mwila receives a telling cross on the right flank through Mulenga and the forward cannot be denied fore the second time. Zambia 1-0 Algeria.

03′ – The hosts get a corner as they put the Algerians under pressure. Goal kick for M’Bolhi.

01′ – We are underway in Lusaka between Chipolopolo and the Desert Warriors.


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