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Morocco win Against Tunisia

Morocco edged Tunisia 1- in an international friendly played at the Olympic Stadium in Rades on Tuesday evening.

The Atlas Lions backed up their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying win above Cameroon very last Friday with a victory in this regional derby, while the Carthage Eagles suffered a next straight decline to a fellow North Africa following their 3-2 defeat in Egypt.

Morocco opened the scoring late in the initially fifty percent, with Mehdi Benatia’s reduced shot from a small free kick saved by goalie Farouk Ben Mustapha, but Youssef En Nesyri was on hand to change home to rebound in the 41st minute.

Tunisia had earlier dominated possession and tried out to push higher any time they did not have the ball, but they have been unable to generate any clear likelihood to test out Atlas Lions goalie Monir El Kajoui.

Sofiane Boufal almost additional to Morocco’s gain just ahead of the hour mark, slipping earlier a few of troubles ahead of sending a shot narrowly vast of the focus on.

In common the next fifty percent followed the identical sample as the initially, with the Carthage Eagles dictating the rate, but the Atlas Lions looked a lot more threatening in attack.

The hosts looked to increase their hopes with numerous introductions from the subs bench, but ongoing to deficiency a cutting edge in the final 3rd.

Late in the game Tunisia almost claimed an equaliser but substitute Mohamed Drager, when introduced with a clear opportunity in front of goal, was unable to hit the target leaving Morocco to claim victory.

Both groups will return to motion next March when they wrap up their 2019 AFCON qualification campaigns: Morocco will be away to Malawi, while Tunisia host eSwatini.

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Morocco (1) 1 (En Nesyri 41’)

Tunisia: Ben Mustapha, Nagguez (Mathlouthi ninety+1’), Skhiri (Bedoui 73’), Sassi (Chaouat 65’), Haddadi, Ben Amor (Karoui ninety+1’), Meriah, Khaoui (Srarfi 57’), Ben Yousseff, Khazri, Sliti (Drager 79’)

Morocco: El Kajoui, Dirar (Hakimi 69’), Benatia (Da Costa 46’), Amrabat (Mazraoui 86’), Fajr, Ait Bennasser, El Hajjam, Hafidi (Azaro 46’), Boufal (El Ahmadi 89’), Saiss, En Nesyre

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South African champions Bidvest Wits want Cameroonian striker Epoupa – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Gavin Hunt, coach of Bidvest Wits ©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Dec 02, 2017. 13:00


South African side Bidvest Wits are said to have shown interest in Christian Epoupa.

The Cameroonian striker is currently on the books of Dynamos, who are campaigning in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League (ZPSL).

The highly-rated player has been linked with South African club Ajax Cape Town in the past.

Wits and another South African side Polokwane City are also believed to be keen to sign the attacker.

Dynamos chairman Keni Mubaiwa has been quoted as confirming talks for the forward with clubs in South Africa.

“A number of clubs from South Africa have made contact with Christian,” he told News Day.

“Some were here in the past few days for negotiations and others have been talking to us on the phone.

“We have not agreed with anyone because of the price. We have put our value on the player, which the teams are saying they cannot meet,” he continued.

“The good thing on our part is that we are not desperate to sell, so we will try to get the full value of what we think our player is worth.

Epoupa scored 12 goals in the ZPSL this past season.



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African teams learn 2018 World Cup group rivals – 2018 FIFA World Cup


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Dec 01, 2017. 18:37


The draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals was conducted at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on Friday.

Thirty-two teams including five African nations were drawn into eight groups of four.

Egypt, who qualified for the finals for the first time since 1990, were pitted against Saudi Arabia, Uruguay and the host nation, Russia.

Their North African rivals Morocco were drawn into Group B along with Portugal, Spain and Iran. Morocco will make their sixth appearance in the finals next year.

Three-time African champions Nigeria, who will also make their sixth appearance in the finals next year, were drawn into Group D along with Argentina, Iceland and Croatia.

North African giants Tunisia were pitted against Panama, England and Belgium in Group G. Tunisia qualified for the finals for the first time since 2006.

Lastly, West African side Senegal are in Group H along with Poland, Colombia and Japan. Senegal will make their second appearance in the finals in Russia.

Group A – Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay

Group B – Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran

Group C – France, Australia, Peru, Denmark

Group D – Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria

Group E – Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia

Group F – Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea

Group G – Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England

Group H – Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan



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Cedric Bakambu becomes first African to clinch La Liga accolade – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Villarreal striker Cedric Bakambu

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 14:00


Cedric Bakambu became the first African player to receive Spanish La Liga’s Player of the Month award, following his exploits in the month of October.

The Villarreal forward was presented with the accolade on Sunday, ahead of the club’s 3-2 defeat to Sevilla in which he found the back of the net for his ninth goal of the league season.

The Democratic Republic of Congo international scored six goals in four league games during the month of October – netting a hat-trick Eibar.

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The 26-year-old edged Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Valencia’s Gonçalo Guedes to the accolade, that has been in existence since September 2013 as per BBC Sport.

“Very proud to be voted player of the month!,” Bakambu wrote on Twitter.

Bakambu has scored 45 goals in 101 appearances for Villarreal since his move to Spain in August 2015.



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Zambian Justin Shonga eyeing CAF Champions League spot with South African giants – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Orlando Pirates


Justin Shonga of Orlando Pirates challenged by Sammy Seabi of Polokwane City

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017. 15:00


Zambia and Orlando Pirates striker Justin Shonga believes the Soweto giants must ensure they finish at the top during this current Premier Soccer League campaign in South Africa.

The Chipolopolo hitman says they must do well this season and ensure they qualify for the CAF Champions League.

Coach Milutin Sredojevic are now sitting at number two in the Absa Premiership and will hope to challenge for the league honours.

“My priority is the team because I believe there is much more that the team can do. Recently, things have not been going well and things should not be this way,” Shonga told Soccer Laduma.

“I watched the team last season and it was not good to see them performing that way.

“This season it must be different because a team like Pirates needs to be playing in the CAF Champions League and finishing in a good position on the log standings.

“It is unacceptable for a great team like this not to win anything.”



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South African team ropes in ex-Ugandan keeper Posnett Omony as coach – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Posnett Omony formerly of Black Leopards FC and Humphrey Khoza from Black Leopards FC and Joel Mogorosi from Bloemfontein Celtic FC. during the Absa Premiership match between between Bloemfontein Celtic FC and Black Leopards FC at the Free State Stadium on 19 De

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 23, 2017. 12:30


Ex-Ugandan national team goalkeeper Posnett Omony has landed a job in the South African Premier Soccer League as Chippa United‘s goalkeeper coach.

The club confirmed the appointment of the former glove man at the start of this week, and he was on the bench in their fixture against Free State Stars on Wednesday.

Before his appointment the former Black Leopards and Bloemfontein Celtic keeper was training keepers in the South African National First Division with Mthatha Bucks.

Over a year ago Omony became a fully trained and qualified goalkeeper coach after completing a goalkeeping course organised by the South Africa Football Association (SAFA).

Omony featured 11 times for the Cranes and also represented South African sides such as Vasco Da Gama and lately Roses United Football Club before calling it quits in 2014.

The 34-year-old will now work with coach Teboho Moloi’s bench at the Chilli Boys and will train the likes of Brighton Mhlongo and Daniel Akpeyi.



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Uganda’s Ivan Ntege linked with a move to South African giants Orlando Pirates – Botswana Premier League 2017/18


Ivan Ntege of Uganda gets away from Youssouf Kabore of Burkina Faso during the 2014 CAF African Nations Championships Group B football match between Uganda and Burkina Faso at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on 12 January 2014

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Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 14:30


Uganda and Township Rollers midfielder Ivan Ntege has attracted interest in the South African Premier Soccer League, with Orlando Pirates keeping tabs on him.

According to media reports in Botswana, Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic a former Cranes mentor, is known to be a fan of the Ugandan international.

With Rollers open to listening to offers, the Botswana Premier League outfit could part ways with Ntege and Tshepo Matete who is linked with a move to AmaZulu.

Speaking to the Sunday Standard newspaper in Botswana, Rollers spokesperson Bafana Pheto says they are yet to receive offers regarding their duo.

“We are open to offers regarding any of our players and encourage our players to work hard to gain recognition in big leagues,” Pheto told Sunday Standard.

“We will not stand in any way of players if offers come forth but at the moment we have not heard anything formal but aware of such rumours,”

Although Pheto declined to divulge the duo’s worth in the transfer market, he insists they would hold discussions at management level to decide on the value of players.



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CAF appoint Kenyan journalist Collins Okinyo as only East African representative to served on Experts Panel


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 11:30


Kenya’s experienced journalist Collins Okinyo has been appointed by the Confederation of African Football to serve on the Media Experts Panel.

Okinyo is the only appointee from the East African region in the 12 member panel as they will help in advising the organisation on media operations.

The creation of the Media Experts Panel by CAF was part of the reforms by the new executive to replace the continental body’s Media Committee.

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Okinyo has thanked the CAF president, Ahmad for having faith in him and for the opportunity to serve the continent.

“I am happy to have been recognised by CAF President Ahmad on the new role as CAF Media expert, I promise to give my best in helping make African football better,” sai Okinyo.

Moreover, Okinyo joins journalists such as Côte d’Ivoire’s Mamadou Gaye as well as Ghana’s Ibrahim Sannie and Aliou Goloko of Senegal.



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Lucas Radebe wants to take over as South African FA presidency


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 18:00


With Danny Jordaan’s tenure as the South African Football Association boss set to end next year, former Bafana Bafana skipper Lucas Radebe is ready to lead the FA as president.

Media reports indicate that the Leeds United legend has revealed his interest in leading the association as he believes it is time for new ideas.

SAFA regions are set to vote on who the right man is to take charge as Jordaan is set to vacate his office at the FNB Stadium.

‘Rhoo’ skippered the 1996 African champions at the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups in France and South Korea/Japan. He also played for Leeds for more than a decade.

“You know, it has been on my thoughts actually. Yes, I’m interested. They say you want to be affiliated somewhere in order to stand for elections,” said the ex-Kaizer Chiefs defender to IOL.

“I’m currently affiliated to SAFA, since I’m serving on the technical committee.

“I believe that in order for us to see improvement and progress, you need new ideas. The football is getting younger and younger. There’s more money in it. We need to evolve. There must be a shift for improvement.

“We need more people with new ideas to come in and take our football to another level.

“Yes, I’m still in the technical committee and it also helps to see what is going on in the association. It also creates more interest in wanting to see our football progress.

“I’m interested in making sure that our country becomes one of the powerful nations in Africa. Let us get involved.”



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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.

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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.

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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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Zambian FA boss Andrew Kamanga urges sponsors to aid Women’s football in the Southern African country


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 15:30


The Zambian Football Association’s president, Andrew Kamanga says he wants to extend women’s football to all provinces in the country.

The FAZ boss has hinted on finalising talks with the women’s football league sponsors, urging them to come on board.

Kamanga was reacting after demands from the fans for an explanation over the U17 Women’s team crashing out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

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The failure to qualify for the global tournament comes after FAZ’s negligence in organising women’s football in the country.

“As much as we appreciate women’s league being active in Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces, there’s also need to extend it to other provinces,” said the FAZ boss.

Reports reveal that the FAZ Women’s League, which covers only two provinces, Copperbelt and Lusaka, is currently run without sponsors and winning prize money.

The FAZ boss has assured stakeholders of a strong and competitive Women’s league and further emphasized the need of training women coaches and enhancing technical departments of their teams.



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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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South African Absa Premiership champions striker, Gabadinho Mhango issues apology for spitting incident – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Gabadinho Mhango of Bidvest Wits celebrates a goal with teammates during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits on 15 February 2017 at Orlando Stadium ©Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 30, 2017. 18:00


Bidvest Wits striker Gabadinho Mhango has issued an apology after an incident which involved him spitting at AmaZulu midfielder Michael Morton.

The Malawian forward says he deeply regrets the incident and is currently awaiting the Premier Soccer League’s verdict after he was captured on camera appearing to spit at Morton.

Usuthu went on to win the league encounter 3-1 on September 20 at the Princess Magogo Stadium and the former Bloemfontein Celtic striker expressed regret in a statement.

“I was involved in an incident that should have not happened in the beautiful game of football. I offended Michael Morton and AmaZulu FC,” Mhango wrote in a self-issued statement.

“I also disrespected my club, and above all, I disrespected the beautiful game of football. To all, I apologise unequivocally.

“The spitting incident should not have happened. Because of disciplinary action pending against me by both my club and the PSL, I was advised not to make any statements until such time as these processes were concluded.

“I have taken full responsibility for my actions in both disciplinary processes and now that they have been concluded, I can finally speak publicly about it.

“I have also met with Michael Morton, spoken to him about the incident and offered my heartfelt apologies to him and for provoking his reaction.

“I apologise to all that I have offended with my actions, and I pray and hope that you will all understand that whilst I was wrong, I am only human, and that you can all forgive me for my actions.”



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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:
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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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South African coach Stuart Baxter happy with Thulani Serero’s progress – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Thulani Serero of South Africa celebrates his goal during 2018 World Cup Qualifiers match between South Africa and Senegal at Peter Mokab Stadium, November on the 12 November 2016 © Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 29, 2017. 12:00


Ahead of the Burkina Faso clash next month, South African national team coach Stuart Baxter says he is happy with midfielder Thulani Serero’s progress.

The midfielder has showed good signs at his club Vitesse Arnhem and the English mentor believes he is in a good shape physically.

Serero bagged the Player of the Month for August and September in the Dutch Eredivisie.

The news comes as a huge boost as the South Africans will host the Lions of Teranga and visit Dakar in their two crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

“I think he is now in better shape physically,” Baxter said.

“And hopefully he knows better how we want him to play, in different positions. If he comes to camp and shows me that, then he will be a strong candidate.

“It is nice to have that sort of player, and that is what I am trying to do. If we have Plan A, then we also need a couple of ‘what if?’ scenarios.

“A player like Serero is a pretty powerful ‘what if?’ option. I would think every player that is in Europe wants to come (to camp) to start with.

“But if I think there is a player better than them on that day and more suitable for the job, then I will play them. We don’t bring back European players to take photos and enquire about their health. It’s to do a job.”



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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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Zambian international delighted to join South African giants Orlando Pirates – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Justin Shonga of Zambia ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 14:30


Zambian international and Orlando Pirates striker, Justin Shonga has revealed that legendary Chipolopolo striker Collins Mbesuma has inspired him.

Shonga said playing in the South African Premier Soccer League is a good thing for his career as he used to watch the Soweto giants.

Mbesuma is one of the Zambians who have done well in the PSL having starred for Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Highlands and the Buccaneers.

The former Nkwazi FC hitman is yet to score in South Africa, but will hope to be on the mark as they visit Lamontville Golden Arrows in the Telkom Knockout Last 16 at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday.

“Joining Pirates is a good thing. I used to watch Pirates some time back when they had players like Mbesuma and Chansa,” Shonga tells KickOff.com.

“I am happy to join them because it’s every player’s dream to play for a big club. I am having a good time and the reception was okay. They received me well and I have been mingling well with the guys.

“I want to achieve a lot of things. I want to score goals for the club and help the club win cups. We have to push hard for us to get that because it won’t just come easy. When you join a new club, you need to work hard to find a position to be playing.”



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FIFA Awards Togo’s Francis Kone for saving an opponent’s life – African Football


A friend of FIFA Fair Play award winner Francis Kone (not pictured) addresses the audience during the Best FIFA Football Awards 2017 at the London Palladium, London, Britain 23 October 2017. EPA/ANDY RAIN

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 16:30


Following his heroic attempt to save the life of Bohemians 1905 goalkeeper Martin Berkovec, Togolese international Francis Kone was awarded the FIFA for Fair Play accolade.

Kone was playing for FC Slovacko at the time and received the award at the FIFA Best Awards ceremony in London on Monday night.

Kone saved Berkovec’s life back in February 2017 after nearly swallowing his tongue following a collision.

The keeper collapsed after colliding with teammate Daniel Krch while attempting to retrieve a loose ball as Kone was chasing the same ball.

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The striker noticed that the 28-year-old net minder had fallen unconscious and rather than wait for medical staff to arrive, he took matters into his own hands to save the player.

“I can’t stand there, watching someone suffocate, without doing something,” Kone told FIFA.com.

The striker was born in Cote d’Ivoire, but he qualifies to represent the Sparrow Hawks through family ties and said he had been involved in three similar situations before.

Kone was the sole winner of the accolade on the night and is now playing for FC Zbrojovka Brno in the Czech First League.



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South African striking legend reflects on his all-time record of 120 goals – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – AmaZulu


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 15:30


After scoring for AmaZulu in their 2-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday night in the South African Premier League, experienced striker Siyabonga Nomvethe says he never expected to reach this stage in his career.

‘Bhele’ will be turning 40 on December 2 and has taken his tally to 120 goals, becoming the South African Premier Soccer League’s all-time leading goal scorer.

Having also represented sides such as Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows as well as having stints in Europe, Nomvethe has hailed his healthy lifestyle.

On the other hand, his teammate Mabhudi Khenyeza, who scored the winner for Usuthu, also increased his goal tally to 107.

Khenyeza is behind the Brazilians’ former striker, Daniel Mudau, who retired after registering 108 goals in the all-time list of goal scorers in the PSL.

“It all comes down to dedication. I also spend a lot of time with my family and I work very hard at training so that I am always fit,” said Nomvethe after the game on Saturday.

“I don’t know when I will stop playing because my legs can still carry me.

“I never expected to reach this age while still playing professionally. Age is just a number, I am just making sure that I make use of the opportunity that I have to inspire others.

“There are youngsters that I have seen who can play for Bafana Bafana, for the junior national teams or even go to Europe, but they waste their talent because of doing things that are not right.”



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Sadio Mane will be fit for South African showdown – Senegal coach – Premier League 2017/2018


Ferjani Sassi of Tunisia challenges Sadio Mane of Senegal during the Afcon Group B match between Tunisia and Senegal on the 15 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Oct 20, 2017. 15:00


Senegal head coach ,Aliou Cisse, is more than confident that Liverpool star Sadio Mane will be fit for the country’s back-to-back 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against South Africa next month.

According to reports, Mane has been included in the Lions of Teranga’s squad for the double-header against Bafana Bafana, despite the Liverpool attacker currently nursing a hamstring injury.

“In my mind there’s no doubt he will be with us for the double header against South Africa and that he will be 100% fit,”Cisse is quoted as saying.

“Until now, he has just been doing some individual training – running in straight lines – but from next week, he is going to train harder and start working with the ball.”

It is unclear when the 25-year-old is set to return to action with the Reds initialing predicting that he will spend up to six weeks on the sidelines.

The former Southampton winger picked up said injury in Senegal’s 2-0 win over Cape Verde in Praia earlier this month, as the West African’s moved top of Group D.

Senegal, who are aiming to qualify for he World Cup for only the second time, face South Africa in Polokwane before the reverse fixture in Dakar a few days later.

Cisse captained Senegal to a quarterfinal place at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea/Japan.



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South African FA president Jordaan accused of rape


Danny Jordaan, President of SAFA

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Oct 20, 2017. 12:30


South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan has been accused of rape.

Singer Jennifer Ferguson, who is a former African National Congress (ANC) MP, has disclosed that Jordaan raped her in a hotel nearly 24 years ago.

Ferguson finally found the courage to name and shame her alleged abuser when speaking to Talk Radio 702 on Thursday.

“I, as a woman who am empowered, who has been gifted and positioned with resources, if I found it impossible to report or speak out and it’s taken me this long, think of people that don’t have that,” Ferguson said.

According to The Citizen, she stated that it had taken her this long to share the story of her sexual assault because she believed she couldn’t prove it to anyone.

This was because Ferguson bathed straight after the incident, and that made it even more difficult to prove the rape had taken place.

“I was completely in shock. There is a voiceless constituency that I feel the story has to resonate with. It’s not a vendetta, sort of getting back at Danny, that is not my interest,” she continued.

“My decision is to speak truth in order to heal and to go through processes of forgiveness. It’s nothing as hard as keeping it.”

She added that her greatest hope was that her example would help others speak out, and her story would open a very necessary conversation around sexual assault.

Jordaan, 66, has not responded to Ferguson’s claim.



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South African number one wishes Kaizer Motaung a happy 73rd birthday – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Kaizer Chiefs


Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs and Siphiwe Tshabalala of Kaizer Chiefs

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 16, 2017. 15:30



Kaizer Chiefs boss, Kaizer Motaung is celebrating his 73rd birthday on Monday and current as well as former players have wished ‘Chincha Guluva’ all the best.

Goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune says the Amakhosi boss is a father figure based on his knowledge of the game and is very humble.

The Naturena-based side will hope to present the chairman with wins as gifts as they will face rivals Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates this week.

Coach Steve Komphela will lead his men to Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Tuesday against the Brazilians and will face the Buccaneers at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

“The chairman is very humble‚” said Khune to the club’s website. “He is a real father figure to me‚ not only when it comes to soccer advice but also about life in general and his door is always open.”

Former Bafana Bafana and Chiefs defender‚ Lucas Radebe said Motaung is one of the best leaders he has come across.

“He’s an amazing man with strong values and he treats everybody with respect‚” adds the former Leeds United defender.

“Kaizer is like a father figure for most players‚ especially for me and my teammates at the time which included youngsters like Doctor Khumalo‚ Gardner Seale and Ntsie Maphike.

“He was always approachable when players were looking for advice and he has imparted a lot of wisdom.



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Nigeria the first African team to secure place in Russia 2018 – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 07, 2017. 20:11


Nigeria have become the first African team to book a place at the 2018 World Cup after they defeated Zambia 1-0 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo on Saturday evening.

The result – secured by a second-half goal from Alex Iwobi – ensures the Super Eagles will finish top of Group B ahead of Chipolopolo, Cameroon and Algeria.

Nigeria started the stronger of the two teams and should have opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Moses Simon played a fine low cross from the right flank, but striker Odion Ighalo wasn’t quite able to reach the ball.

The hosts suffered an early injury blow when midfield Ogenyi Onazi picked up a knock and had to be replaced by Ndubisi Agu, affecting the rhythm of Gernot Rohr’s team.

Zambia saw less of the ball but they had the better chances, with the powerful and speedy Alex Ngonga proving a real handful: just past the half hour mark he outmuscled Leon Balogun before stabbing a shot over the crossbar, while on 36 minutes he hit the post with a long-range effort which took an awkward bounce.

Nigeria responded with half-chances on the volley for all of John Obi Mikel, Ighalo and Simon, but none of them troubled goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.

However, the Zambian ‘keeper was called into action in the 57th minute to make a superb save from a looping header by Wilfred Ndidi – the attempt looked destined for the back of the net.

The Super Eagles finally broke through in the 73rd minute, with substitute Alex Iwobi latching onto Shehu Abdullahi’s cut-back from the right flank before firing a low shot through a crowd of bodies and into the back of the net.

The Arsenal attacker’s goal proved to be the difference between the teams, with Nigeria seeing out the rest of the game in relative comfort to secure a place in next year’s World Cup.

Nigeria (0) 1 (Iwobi 73’)

Zambia 0

Nigeria: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Shehu Abdullahi, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Elderson Echiejile (Ola Aina 80’), Wilfred Ndidi, John Obi Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi (Ndubisi Agu 30’), Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo, Moses Simon (Alex Iwobi 66’)

Zambia: Kennedy Mweene, Simon Silwimba, Fackson Kapumbu, Ziyo Tembo, Stophila Sunzu, Kondwani Mtonga, Enock Mwepu, Chisamba Lungu (Ernest Mbewe 51’), Augustin Mulenga (John Chingandu 87’), Fashion Sakala (Justin Shonga 78’), Alex Ngonga



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African Stars Watch – AS IT HAPPENED (01 October 2017)


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Brian Lee

Sunday Oct 01, 2017. 19:59


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 01 October 2017.

AS IT HAPPENED: 

19h55 – Franck Kessie’s AC Milan have lost 2-0 to Roma in the Italian Serie A.

19h45 – Franck Kessie’s AC Milan are trailing 2-0 against Roma and have now been reduced to ten men following the sending off of Turkey’s Hakan Calhanoglu in the Italian Serie A.

19h40 – Franck Kessie’s AC Milan have conceded a second goal against Roma in the Italian Serie A, 2-0. There is roughly 15 minutes left in the game.

19h35 – Franck Kessie’s AC Milan have gone a goal behind against Roma in the Italian Serie A, 1-0.

19h22 – Sadio Mane, Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah’s Liverpool have shared the spoils with Christian Atsu’s Newcastle as the English Premier League game ended 1-1.

19h10 – Sadio Mane, Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah’s Liverpool are still locked at 1-1 with Christian Atsu’s Newcastle. There is ten minutes left in that game.

18h50 – Goals from Karl Toko Ekambi and Ismael Traore have helped Angers secure a 3-3 draw against Bertrand Traore and Maxwel Cornet’s Lyon in the French Ligue 1.

18h25 – Ismael Traore has now scored for Angers as they level the game against Bertrand Traore and Maxwel Cornet’s Lyon in the French Ligue 1 at 3-3.

18h20 – Karl Toko Ekambi has found the back of the net for Angers, but they still trail Bertrand Traore and Maxwel Cornet’s Lyon 3-2 in the French Ligue 1.

18h10 – Christian Atsu’s Newcastle has equalised against Sadio Mane and Joel Matip’s Liverpool in the English Premier League, 1-1.

18h00 – In Spain, Oussama Tannane’s Las Palmas suffered a 3-0 defeat to Barcelona at an empty Camp Nou.

17h55 – Ivory Coast international midfielder Franck Kessie starts for AC Milan as they play host to Roma in an Italian Serie A clash at the San Siro.

17h45 – Pressure continues to build on Gana Gueye, Yannick Bolasie and Omar Niasse’s Everton boss Ronald Koeman, as they suffer a 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley.

17h35 – No Naby Keita for RP Leipzig this afternoon as they visit FC Koln in the German Bundesliga.

17h20 – Solomon Kalou on target as Hertha Berlin held Bayern Munich to a 2-2 draw in the German Bundesliga.

17h05 – Full-Time in the Italian Serie A: Torino 2-2 Verona; Benevento 1-2 Inter; Chievo 2-1 Fiorentina; Lazio 6-1 Sassuolo; Spal 1-1 Crotone

16h55 – Full-Time in Troyes where they defeated St.Etienne 2-1 in the French Ligue 1. Both teams ended the game with 10-men.

16h50 – Goal for Solomon Kalou as Hertha Berlin level matters in the German capital. This after Bayern Munich had gone 2-0 up, its now 2-2 with a half-an-hour to play!

16h45 – Karl Ekambi and Ismael Traore start from the onset for Angers who host Lyon in the French Ligue 1. Burkina Faso international Betrand Traore starts for the visitors.

16h40 – Nigerian forward Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo, aka ‘Simy’ has pulled Crotone level at Spal in the Italian Serie A.

16h30 – Joel Matip, Mohamed Salah & Sadio Mane all involved from the onset for Liverpool as they take on Newcastle United at St.James’s Park in the English Premier League. Christian Atsu involved from the onset for the Magpies – Mohamed Diame is among the substitutes.

16h15 – Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) and Andre Onana (Cameroon) played the full 90 minutes as Ajax Amsterdam trumped Heerenveen 4-0 in the Dutch Eredivisie.

16h00 – Half-Time in the Italian Serie A: Torino 2-0 Verona; Benevento 1-2 Inter; Chievo 1-1 Fiorentina; Lazio 1-1 Sassuolo; Spal 1-0 Crotone

M’Baye Niang, who is set to make his Senegal debut against Cape Verde in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier this month, finding the back of the net for Torino.

15h45 – Ivory Coast international Solomon Kalou is currently in action for Hertha Berlin who are at home to defending champions Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga.

15h35 – Morocco’s Oussama Tannane in the starting 11 for Las Palmas who are away to Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga this afternoon.

15h30 – Nicolas N’Koulou in the starting 11 from the onset for Torino. They play host to Verona in the Italian Serie A. Also in action: Benevento vs Inter; Chievo vs Fiorentina; Lazio vs Sassuolo; Spal vs Crotone

15h20 – Another Teranga Lion currently in action is Assane Diousse – he was named in the starting 11 for St Etienne. Mali duo Mamadou Samassa & Charles Traore at the opposite end of the pitch for Troyes.

15h15 – Senegalese duo Gana Gueye and Omar Baye Niasse start for Everton who host Burnley at Goodison Park.

15h05 – Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly found the back of the net as Napoli made it seven wins from seven matches in the Italian Serie A, to move top of the standings.

15h00 – In Spain, Morocco’s Zouhair Feddal found the back of the net as Real Sociedad and Betis played to an enticing 4-4 stalemate.

14h55 – Arsenal have recorded a 2-0 win over Brighton. Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi with a goal for the Gunners on Arsene Wenger’s 21st anniversary at the club. Mohamed Elneny emerged as a second-half substitute.

 



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African Stars Watch – LIVE (01 October 2017)


Newcastle United’s Christian Atsu

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Bertin Basson

Sunday Oct 01, 2017. 19:41


Welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our African Stars Watch; where we keep you updated on action across Europe from an African perspective, on Sunday 01 October 2017.

LIVE UPDATES: 

19h45 – Franck Kessie’s AC Milan are trailing 2-0 against Roma and have now been reduced to ten men following the sending off of Turkey’s Hakan Calhanoglu in the Italian Serie A.

19h40 – Franck Kessie’s AC Milan have conceded a second goal against Roma in the Italian Serie A, 2-0. There is roughly 15 minutes left in the game.

19h35 – Franck Kessie’s AC Milan have gone a goal behind against Roma in the Italian Serie A, 1-0.

19h22 – Sadio Mane, Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah’s Liverpool have shared the spoils with Christian Atsu’s Newcastle as the English Premier League game ended 1-1.

19h10 – Sadio Mane, Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah’s Liverpool are still locked at 1-1 with Christian Atsu’s Newcastle. There is ten minutes left in that game.

18h50 – Goals from Karl Toko Ekambi and Ismael Traore have helped Angers secure a 3-3 draw against Bertrand Traore and Maxwel Cornet’s Lyon in the French Ligue 1.

18h25 – Ismael Traore has now scored for Angers as they level the game against Bertrand Traore and Maxwel Cornet’s Lyon in the French Ligue 1 at 3-3.

18h20 – Karl Toko Ekambi has found the back of the net for Angers, but they still trail Bertrand Traore and Maxwel Cornet’s Lyon 3-2 in the French Ligue 1.

18h10 – Christian Atsu’s Newcastle has equalised against Sadio Mane and Joel Matip’s Liverpool in the English Premier League, 1-1.

18h00 – In Spain, Oussama Tannane’s Las Palmas suffered a 3-0 defeat to Barcelona at an empty Camp Nou.

17h55 – Ivory Coast international midfielder Franck Kessie starts for AC Milan as they play host to Roma in an Italian Serie A clash at the San Siro.

17h45 – Pressure continues to build on Gana Gueye, Yannick Bolasie and Omar Niasse’s Everton boss Ronald Koeman, as they suffer a 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley.

17h35 – No Naby Keita for RP Leipzig this afternoon as they visit FC Koln in the German Bundesliga.

17h20 – Solomon Kalou on target as Hertha Berlin held Bayern Munich to a 2-2 draw in the German Bundesliga.

17h05 – Full-Time in the Italian Serie A: Torino 2-2 Verona; Benevento 1-2 Inter; Chievo 2-1 Fiorentina; Lazio 6-1 Sassuolo; Spal 1-1 Crotone

16h55 – Full-Time in Troyes where they defeated St.Etienne 2-1 in the French Ligue 1. Both teams ended the game with 10-men.

16h50 – Goal for Solomon Kalou as Hertha Berlin level matters in the German capital. This after Bayern Munich had gone 2-0 up, its now 2-2 with a half-an-hour to play!

16h45 – Karl Ekambi and Ismael Traore start from the onset for Angers who host Lyon in the French Ligue 1. Burkina Faso international Betrand Traore starts for the visitors.

16h40 – Nigerian forward Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo, aka ‘Simy’ has pulled Crotone level at Spal in the Italian Serie A.

16h30 – Joel Matip, Mohamed Salah & Sadio Mane all involved from the onset for Liverpool as they take on Newcastle United at St.James’s Park in the English Premier League. Christian Atsu involved from the onset for the Magpies – Mohamed Diame is among the substitutes.

16h15 – Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) and Andre Onana (Cameroon) played the full 90 minutes as Ajax Amsterdam trumped Heerenveen 4-0 in the Dutch Eredivisie.

16h00 – Half-Time in the Italian Serie A: Torino 2-0 Verona; Benevento 1-2 Inter; Chievo 1-1 Fiorentina; Lazio 1-1 Sassuolo; Spal 1-0 Crotone

M’Baye Niang, who is set to make his Senegal debut against Cape Verde in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier this month, finding the back of the net for Torino.

15h45 – Ivory Coast international Solomon Kalou is currently in action for Hertha Berlin who are at home to defending champions Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga.

15h35 – Morocco’s Oussama Tannane in the starting 11 for Las Palmas who are away to Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga this afternoon.

15h30 – Nicolas N’Koulou in the starting 11 from the onset for Torino. They play host to Verona in the Italian Serie A. Also in action: Benevento vs Inter; Chievo vs Fiorentina; Lazio vs Sassuolo; Spal vs Crotone

15h20 – Another Teranga Lion currently in action is Assane Diousse – he was named in the starting 11 for St Etienne. Mali duo Mamadou Samassa & Charles Traore at the opposite end of the pitch for Troyes.

15h15 – Senegalese duo Gana Gueye and Omar Baye Niasse start for Everton who host Burnley at Goodison Park.

15h05 – Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly found the back of the net as Napoli made it seven wins from seven matches in the Italian Serie A, to move top of the standings.

15h00 – In Spain, Morocco’s Zouhair Feddal found the back of the net as Real Sociedad and Betis played to an enticing 4-4 stalemate.

14h55 – Arsenal have recorded a 2-0 win over Brighton. Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi with a goal for the Gunners on Arsene Wenger’s 21st anniversary at the club. Mohamed Elneny emerged as a second-half substitute.

 



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African Stars Watch – AS IT HAPPENED – 30 September 2017


by
Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 30, 2017. 19:50


Thank you for joining us on AfricanFootball.com for what was our LIVE African Stars Watch coverage of players in action on the European continent on Saturday, 30 September 2017.

Commentary:
All times CAT

20h00 – The three 18h30 kick-offs in England, Germany and Spain have the following scores as we wrap up for today: Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City, Hamburger 0-0 Werder Bremen and Levante 0-1 Alaves.

19h55 – The final piece of team news ahead of the evening Ligue 1 games:  Wahbi Khazri, Ramy Bensebaini, Ndombe Mubele and Hamari Traore start for Rennes at home to Caen, who have Youssef Ait-Bennasser and Adama Mbengue in their XI.

19h50 – More team news ahead of the Ligue 1 matches kicking off at 20h00: Koffi Djidji and Prejuce Nakoulma feature for Nantes against a Metz side which boasts Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Mathieu Dossevi and Opa Nguette. Full time in Italy, where Seko Fofana scored a penalty to help Udinese defeat Sampdoria 4-0.

19h45 – More team news ahead of the Ligue 1 matches kicking off at 20h00: Felix Eboa and Moustapha Diallo start for Guingamp at home to Toulouse, who have Issiaga Sylla and Steeve Yago in their line-up.

19h35 – In 25 minutes we’ll have five Ligue matches kicking off in France. Bongani Zungu, Gael Kakuta, Serge Gakpe and Khaled Adenon start for Amiens at home to Lille, who feature Yves Bissouma and Nicolas Pepe, while Fouad Chafik, Papy Djilobodji and Naim Sliti feature for Dijon at home to Strasbourg, who have Jean-Eudes Aholou, Nuno da Costa, Bakary Kone, Kader Mangane and Idriss Saadi in their XI.

19h30 – In Italy Seko Fofana has come off the bench to help Udinese lead 2-0 against Sampdoria.

19h20 – Half time across the three 18h30 kick-offs in England, Germany and Spain: Chelsea 0-0 Manchester City, Hamburger 0-0 Werder Bremen and Levante 0-1 Alaves.

19h10 – Mubarak Wakaso’s Alaves lead 1-0 at Levante thanks to a goal from Munir El Haddadi.

18h55 – Done and dusted in the early French game, where PSG thumped Bordeaux 6-2. It’s also half time in Italy, where Seko Fofana’s Udinese lead 1-0 against Sampdoria, who have had a man sent off.

18h50 – Still goalless in the Premier League match between Chelsea and Man City, while Francois Kamano’s Bordeaux are 6-2 down away to PSG.

18h35 – Seko Fofana’s Udinese lead 1-0 against Sampdoria in the early Serie A match.

18h25 – At 18h30 we’ll also see a La Liga clash between Levante and Alaves. No African starters, but the former have both Cheick Doukoure and Emmanuel Boateng on the bench, while Mubarak Wakaso is waiting in reserve for the latter.

18h20 – The final Bundesliga game of the day sees Hamburger host Werder Bremen, who have Algerian Ishak Belfodil in their starting XI.

18h10 – Coming up in 20 minutes we’ll have the biggest Premier League match of the day as Chelsea host Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. No African starters, but Victor Moses and Yaya Toure are on the home and away side’s respective benches.

17h55 – Full time in the afternoon Premier League matches, where Diafra Sakho’s goal saw West Ham United defeat Swansea City 1-0, while Mame Biram Diouf was also a scorer for Stoke City in their 2-1 win over Southampton. West Bromwich Albion were held 2-2 by Watford, Manchester United steamrolled Jeff Schlupp’s Crystal Palace 4-0 and Bournemouth v Leicester ended in a goalless stalemate.

17h50 – Half time in the early game in France and it’s not good news for Younousse Sankharewho may have scored a goal but his Bordeaux side are 5-1 down away to PSG. In London, Diafra Sakho has come off the bench to score for West Ham, who lead Swansea 1-0 late on.

17h45 – Eric Choupo-Moting has set up Peter Crouch to score and put Stoke 2-1 up against Southampton, while Manchester United have gone 4-0 up against Bakary Sako’s Crystal Palace.

17h40 – In 20 minutes we’ll have the first Serie A match of the day, which sees Udinese host Sampdoria. Seko Fofana is on the bench for the home side.

17h35 – Younousse Sankhare has scored for Bordeaux to see them pull a goal back against PSG in France, while in England Mario Lemina’s Southampton have drawn level at 1-1 away to Stoke City. In Germany, Salif Sane’s Hannover conceded a late goal to lose 2-1 at Monchengladbach.

17h25 – Full time in three of the afternoon Bundesliga matches: KP Boateng’s Eintracht Frankfurt scored late on to defeat VFB Stuttgart 2-1, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wasn’t on the score sheet but helped Dortmund win 2-1 at Augsburg, and Mainz held Wolfsburg 1-1.

17h15 – It’s now 2-0 to PSG in the early Ligue 1 game. In the Premier League, Mame Biram Diouf  remains the only African goal scorer thus far.

17h10 – PSG have taken an early lead against Francois Kamano’s Bordeaux, with Neymar netting in the fifth minute.

17h05 – Another goal for Marouane Fellaini and Man United lead 3-0 against Jeff Schlupp’s Palace.

16h55 – KP Boateng’s Eintracht Frankfurt have conceded an equaliser to Stuttgart to see the game locked at 1-1, and they’re also down to 10 men after having Simon Falette sent off.

16h50 – Half time in the Premier League matches, here are the scores: Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester, Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace, Stoke City 1-0 Southampton, West Brom 2-1 Watford and West Ham 0-0 Swansea.

16h45 – Coming up in 15 minutes we’ll have the first Ligue 1 match of the day, which sees Paris Saint-Germain host Bordeaux. Francois Kamano and Younousse Sankhare start for the away team. In England, Mame-Biram Diouf has scored to put Stoke City 1-0 up against Southampton.

16h40 – United have now taken a 2-0 lead against Bakaray Sako’s Palace, with Marouane Fellaini scoring the second.

16h35 – Bakary Sako with some impressive play for Crystal Palace, but his side remains 1-0 down away to Man United.

16h25 – Almost a goal for Ahmed Hegazy but instead it’s his defensive partner Jonny Evans who scores to see West Brom go 2-0 up at home to Watford.

16h20 – Half time in three of the four German matches, here are the scores so far: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 VfB Stuttgart, Augsburg 1-2 Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg 0-0 Mainz 05. Borussia Monchengladbach are being held 0-0 by Hannover in a match which kicked off late.

16h15 – KP Boateng’s Eintracht Frankfurt have taken a 1-0 lead on the stroke of half time against Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.

16h05 – Juan Mata has scored to put Man United 1-0 up at home to Jeff Schlupp’s Crystal Palace.

16h00 – Underway in the Premier League matches, let’s hope for plenty of African goal scorers…

15h55 – Shinji Kagawa has scored to put Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Dortmund 2-1 up against Augsburg, while the final team news ahead of the afternoon Premier League matches sees Eric Choupo-Moting and Mame-Biram Diouf start for Stoke City at home to Southampton, who have Mario Lemina as a starter and Sofiane Boufal on the bench, while Ahmed Hegazy starts for West Bromwich Albion at home to Watford.

15h50 – Wilfred Ndidi starts for Leicester City (who also have Riyad Mahrez, Kelechi Iheanacho, Islam Slimani and Daniel Amartey on the bench) away to Bournemouth, while Crystal Palace have Bakary Sako and Jeff Schlupp in their XI for the trip to Manchester United.

15h45 – Augsburg have levelled up at 1-1 in Germany, while we can also begin with team news from five Premier League matches kicking off at 16h00: one of them sees the Ayew brothers Andre and Jordan come up against each other in West Ham United v Swansea City, which also features Cheikhou Kouyate and Wilfried Bony.

15h40 – News from Germany, where the start of the Monchengladbach v Hanover game has been delayed, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Dortmund are already 1-0 up at Augsburg.

15h35 – We’re also five minutes into four afternoon Bundesliga matches in Germany: Kevin-Prince Boateng takes on Chadrac Akolo in the Eintracht Frankfurt v VfB Stuttgart clash; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leads the line for Borussia Dortmund in their trip to FC Augsburg, who have Daniel Opare in defence; Marcel Tisserand features for Wolfsburg at home to FSV Mainz, who have Jean-Philippe Gbamin in their XI and Leon Balogun on the bench; and Salif Sane and Ihlas Bebou start for Hanover away to Borussia Monchengladbach.

15h30 – We begin today’s ASW with news that Senegal’s Amath Diedhiou scored a goal for Getafe in the early La Liga game, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 2-1 away defeat at Deportivo La Coruna, while Elias Kachunga had an afternoon to forget as his Huddersfield Town went down 4-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the early Premier League match.



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African Stars Watch – LIVE – 30 September 2017


Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

by
Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 30, 2017. 16:42


Welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our LIVE African Stars Watch of players in action on the European continent on Saturday, 30 September 2017.

Live Commentary (press F5 to refresh):
All times CAT

16h50 – Half time in the Premier League matches, here are the scores: Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester, Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace, Stoke City 1-0 Southampton, West Brom 2-1 Watford and West Ham 0-0 Swansea.

16h45 – Coming up in 15 minutes we’ll have the first Ligue 1 match of the day, which sees Paris Saint-Germain host Bordeaux. Francois Kamano and Younousse Sankhare start for the away team. In England, Mame-Biram Diouf has scored to put Stoke City 1-0 up against Southampton.

16h40 – United have now taken a 2-0 lead against Bakaray Sako’s Palace, with Marouane Fellaini scoring the second.

16h35 – Bakary Sako with some impressive play for Crystal Palace, but his side remains 1-0 down away to Man United.

16h25 – Almost a goal for Ahmed Hegazy but instead it’s his defensive partner Jonny Evans who scores to see West Brom go 2-0 up at home to Watford.

16h20 – Half time in three of the four German matches, here are the scores so far: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 VfB Stuttgart, Augsburg 1-2 Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg 0-0 Mainz 05. Borussia Monchengladbach are being held 0-0 by Hannover in a match which kicked off late.

16h15 – KP Boateng’s Eintracht Frankfurt have taken a 1-0 lead on the stroke of half time against Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.

16h05 – Juan Mata has scored to put Man United 1-0 up at home to Jeff Schlupp’s Crystal Palace.

16h00 – Underway in the Premier League matches, let’s hope for plenty of African goal scorers…

15h55 – Shinji Kagawa has scored to put Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Dortmund 2-1 up against Augsburg, while the final team news ahead of the afternoon Premier League matches sees Eric Choupo-Moting and Mame-Biram Diouf start for Stoke City at home to Southampton, who have Mario Lemina as a starter and Sofiane Boufal on the bench, while Ahmed Hegazy starts for West Bromwich Albion at home to Watford.

15h50 – Wilfred Ndidi starts for Leicester City (who also have Riyad Mahrez, Kelechi Iheanacho, Islam Slimani and Daniel Amartey on the bench) away to Bournemouth, while Crystal Palace have Bakary Sako and Jeff Schlupp in their XI for the trip to Manchester United.

15h45 – Augsburg have levelled up at 1-1 in Germany, while we can also begin with team news from five Premier League matches kicking off at 16h00: one of them sees the Ayew brothers Andre and Jordan come up against each other in West Ham United v Swansea City, which also features Cheikhou Kouyate and Wilfried Bony.

15h40 – News from Germany, where the start of the Monchengladbach v Hanover game has been delayed, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Dortmund are already 1-0 up at Augsburg.

15h35 – We’re also five minutes into four afternoon Bundesliga matches in Germany: Kevin-Prince Boateng takes on Chadrac Akolo in the Eintracht Frankfurt v VfB Stuttgart clash; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leads the line for Borussia Dortmund in their trip to FC Augsburg, who have Daniel Opare in defence; Marcel Tisserand features for Wolfsburg at home to FSV Mainz, who have Jean-Philippe Gbamin in their XI and Leon Balogun on the bench; and Salif Sane and Ihlas Bebou start for Hanover away to Borussia Monchengladbach.

15h30 – We begin today’s ASW with news that Senegal’s Amath Diedhiou scored a goal for Getafe in the early La Liga game, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 2-1 away defeat at Deportivo La Coruna, while Elias Kachunga had an afternoon to forget as his Huddersfield Town went down 4-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the early Premier League match.



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Malawian referee denies match-fixing – African Football


by
Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 28, 2017. 17:30


One of the Malawian referees implicated in a match-fixing scandal, Limbani Chisambi has denied any wrongdoing and rubbished claims that he received the money.

Media reports suggest that four referees in Aziz Nyirenda, assistant referees Chisambi and Stephano Gomani, and fourth official Jimmy Phiri were all found guilty.

The referees fixed a national cup match between lower league teams, Nchalo United and Chitipa United, but Chisambi has denied the offence.

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GhanSoccerNet reports that the officials received $20 between them to fix a game, but returned $15 to the team involved in the bribe because it failed to win the encounter.

Although they have been banned for life, Chisambi has denied any wrongdoing.

”I never took (a) share of the money. It is so sad that my career has ended in this manner,” he said.

The match-fixing was revealed after Nchalo United (the team that bribed the refs), lost in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw and demanded its money back.

When the referees could only return $15, Nchalo went to the authorities but no sanctions have been announced against the team and the case against Nchalo is still pending.

The Malawian Referees Association announced the b



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Zimbawe Women’s coach wants more international matches – African Football – Zimbabwe


Sithethelelwe Sibanda, coach of Zimbabwe during the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship Semifinal football match between Kenya and Zimbabwe at Barbourfields Stadium, Bulawayo on 21 September 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by
Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 11:30


Zimbabwean women’s national team coach, Sithethelelwe Sibanda has called on the Zimbabwean Football Association to give her team more games.

The Mighty Warriors coach was speaking after their 2017 COSAFA Cup final loss to South Africa on penalties at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

Sibanda took the reins from coach Shadreck Mlauzi and says playing in the local league is not enough for the players in the national team.

“Mental strength is developed from somewhere. These matches are not like any other match like playing for a club locally,” she said to the News Day website.

“It is an international match, where a lot of mental strength is required.

“I would say, in future, getting our players involved in international matches would develop their mental strength and not just to prepare specifically for the tournament only and then from there we regroup again for the next tournament.

“Just keeping the players active and getting that international exposure will improve a lot of things, match fitness and stuff like that.”



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