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Africa’s 2018 World Cup teams to receive $500,000 – 2018 FIFA World Cup – Russia


CAF 1st Vice President, Kwesi Nyantakyi

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Dec 02, 2017. 12:00


The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will give US$500,000 to each the of the continent’s 2018 FIFA World Cup teams.

Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia will receive the money ahead of next year’s finals in Russia.

CAF released the following statement on their official website.

“At its last meeting held on 16 November 2017 in Rabat, Morocco, the CAF Executive Committee decided to set up an ad hoc committee chaired by the CAF 1st Vice President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, to map out a kind of support to be provided to African representatives to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.

“The committee, which has CAF Executive Committee member Kalusha Bwalya and presidents of the Football Associations of the five qualified countries as members, met in Moscow, Russia, on the sidelines of the draw for the FIFA World Cup scheduled for 1 December 2017.

“At the meeting, it was decided that CAF will grant a financial subsidy of $500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand dollars) to each of the five African teams. The financial package will be used mainly to strengthen and improve the technical supervision of each team.

“In addition, CAF will provide each African representative with “fieldwiz” equipment, a technological device and physical performance measuring tool for outdoor team sports players,” a statement read.



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South Africa’s Gavin Hunt condemns Telkom KO final venue – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Head Coach Gavin Hunt of Bidvest Wits during 2017 Telkom Knockout Bidvest Wits Training at Stir rock Park in Braamfontein South Africa on 28 November 2017 © Aubrey Kgakatsi /BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 19:30


Ahead of the South African Telkom Knockout final against Bloemfontein Celtic, Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has lambasted the quality of the pitch at Princess Magogo Stadium.

The Clever Boys mentor believes the pitch is not in tip top quality, but hopes the weather will be suitable for a good game of football.

Hunt revealed that they sent a team representatives to inspect the pitch at the KwaMashu Stadium this week.

“Shew‚ shew‚ shew. Listen‚ it is what it is. We’ve got to concentrate on the rules and play football,” said the coach.

“But it is a bit‚ it is a bit…you know. It threw everybody a curve ball‚ didn’t it? It was like‚ ‘Yuh‚ OK’.

“The pitch has been dug up last week because there were teams training on it in the rain. So the pitch is not great.

“We saw it, we went there yesterday to have a look at it – it’s an open area. So please God the weather is good.”

The 12000-seater venue will host a major cup final for the first time on Saturday at 18:00 (CAT).



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Itumeleng Khune – Spider Kid is South Africa’s superhero – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Itumeleng Khune of South Africa during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier South Africa training session at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 09 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Staff Reporter

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 19:00


Itumeleng Khune has been the name on everyone’s lips this week, and news that he will start tonight’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Senegal will come as a huge source of relief.

There is no doubt that the 30-year-old is the country’s number one goalkeeper, and as soon as reports surfaced that he might be ruled out of home and away fixtures against the Lions of Teranga – panic started to spread.

Khune, though, was never going to let a facial injury rule him out of the clash and will this evening take to the field in a protective mask. Five days after leaving Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 win over Chippa United on a stretcher.

Not quite a batman mask, but something similar as pictured in the tweets below…

His heroics have duly been praised and there is no doubt that Spider Kid’s presence will have a major influence on his teammates as Bafana Bafana aim to achieve the impossible.

South Africa need to beat the Lions of Teranga home and away if they are to book a ticket to Russia, with their counterparts to seal a place at next year’s World Cup with victory in Polokwane.

But, whatever the outcome, Khune’s courageousness will be well documented and rightfully so – especially amid Thualani Serero’s antics in failing to pitch for national duty…



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Africa’s best will not dazzle Russia – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Bertin Basson

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 13:00


Africa’s best player, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, will play no part in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The continent’s outstanding player, who has scored 15 goals in 14 appearances for Borussia Dortmund across all competitions this season, failed in his attempt to lead Gabon to a first ever world showpiece.

Born in France, Aubameyang opted to play for the Panthers at national level and what might have appeared as an obvious choice eight years ago – one wonders if he doesn’t rue the decision.

Over the past week we have seen Wissam Ben Yedder snub Tunisia’s approach, with the Sevilla forward desperate to represent Les Blues.

In fact, many of Africa’s top players weren’t even born on the continent with the likes of Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) & Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) born in the Netherlands and France respectively.

An added luxury or curse – most of Africa’s ‘cream’ qualify to represent two and sometimes even more nations at international level.

What might seem an obvious choice to us, might not be as straightforward for the footballer in question and while Aubameyang might live to regret his decision – who says he does?

Furthermore, who says he would’ve



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South Africa’s Oscarine Masuluke misses out on Puskas Award – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Baroka FC


Baroka goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 11:30


South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke missed out on the Puskas Award for the best goal of the 2016/17 season at the FIFA Football Awards last night.

The Baroka FC glovesman was nominated for his incredible overhead kick which earned a 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates back in November 2016.

However, both Masuluke and Venezuela’s Deyna Castellanos were beaten to the prize by Arsenal’s French striker Olivier Giroud, who scored an incredible scorpion kick against Crystal Palace last term.

Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane were named Best Men’s Player and Best Men’s Coach respectively, while Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon picked up the Best Goalkeeper award.

All the awards:

Best Men’s Player: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Best Women’s Player: Lieke Martens (Netherlands)

FIFA Puskas Award: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

The Best FIFA Men’s Coach: Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

Best Women’s Coach: Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands)

FIFA Best Goalkeeper Award: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

Fan Award: Glasgow Celtic

FIFA Fair Play Award: Francis Kone

The FIFA FIFPRO World XI: Gianluigi Buffon, Dani Alves, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Leonardo Bonucci, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo.



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Namibia’s Mervin Mbakera out to down South Africa’s Basetsana


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 12:00


Namibian U20 national team coach Mervin Mbakera says they are ready to face their South African counterparts in their U20 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Mbakera says despite the hardships over the past year or two, the team is prepared and ready to face Basetsana and is hoping for a positive result.

The Young Gladiators head to South Africa for their first round first leg on Saturday and Mbakera is optimistic the girls will hold their own and do the nation proud.

Namibia has been without the Women Super League for some time now and have not played competitive football in a long time.

SOUTH AFRICA’S U20 WOMEN’S SQUAD PREPARES FOR 2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

“We have worked very hard and come match day we really want to have full dedication and fighting spirit to get a result that will compliment all our hard work during the last weeks” said Mbakera.

“South Africa have quality women football and the experience the girls will gain will come in handy in terms of their overall improvement.

“But it’s not about that only but also making sure we leave our mark on the fixture and cause an upset against this favourite.”

The Young Gladiators will travel to South Africa without there key players in Memory Ngonda, Melissa Matheus and Millicent Hikuam.

Meanwhile, the encounter will be staged on Saturday at the Dobsonville Stadium, Soweto and the return leg will be on Sunday, October 1 at the Sam Nujoma stadium.



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South Africa’s Daniel Bennett to officiate Uganda v Ghana World Cup qualifier – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 13, 2017. 09:30


South African referee Daniel Bennett has been handed the assignment of handling the upcoming the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Uganda and Ghana at Namboole.

Bennett will be assisted by two officials from Syechelles – Adelaide Eldrick Giles Mathieu is the first assistant referee whilst Marie Steve Jonathan shall be the second assistant.

Another official from the Seychelles, Fred Nelson Emile Louis, will be the fourth official of the highly anticipated crucial encounter.

On the other hand, Cameroonian Evehe Divine Raphael is the referee assessor and Kenya’s Omar Abubaker Yusuf Mohamed will work as the match commissioner.

According to Kawowo Sports website, the developments were confirmed by the FIFA 2018 World cup Qualifiers and International matches Division.

The Cranes will play host to the Black Stars on Saturday, October 7 at Namboole Stadium.



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Bidvest Wits and Lebogang Manyama shine at South Africa’s PSL awards


Lebogang Manyama of Cape Town City FC wins the Absa Premiership Top Goal Scorerer, Footballer of the Season and Absa Premiership Player’s Player of the Season during the 2016/17 PSL Awards at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg South Africa on 10 July 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Tuesday Jul 11, 2017. 00:11


The 2016/17 Absa Premiership Champions, Bidvest Wits, and new comers Cape Town City were the big winners at the South African Premier Soccer League awards ceremony.

The PSL rewarded the top performers for the season at the Sandton Convention Centre in Gauteng on Monday night, July 10.

Both Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City picked up five accolades a piece with Lebogang Manyama the biggest individual winner on the night.

Manyama won three awards (including the Absa Premiership Top goal scorer, the Absa Premiership Players’ Player of the Season and the PSL Footballer of the Season) and picked up a total of R425 000 in prize money.

Below is a full list of the winners and the prize money that comes along with the accolade:

MTN8 Last Man Standing: Daine Klate (Bidvest Wits) – R80 000

Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament: Aubrey Ngoma (Cape Town City) – R200 000

Nedbank Cup Young Player of the Tournament: Nduduzo Sibiya (Golden Arrows) – R50 000

Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament: Abbubaker Mobara (Orlando Pirates) – R150 000

NFD Top goal scorer (winner): Sedwyn George (Royal Eagles – 20) – R50 000

MultiChoice Diski Challenge Top Goal Scorer: Tshegofatso Mabaso (Bloemfontein Celtic – 12)

MultiChoice Diski Challenge Player of the Tournament: Keletso Makgalwa (Mamelodi Sundowns) – R30 000

PSL Assistant Referee of the Season: Luvuyo Pupuma – R40 000

PSL Referee of the Season: Phelelani Ndaba – R50 000

Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season: Darren Keet (Bidvest Wits) – R50 000

Absa Premiership Young Player of the Season: Phakamani Mahlambi (Bidvest Wits) – R50 000

Absa Premiership Coach of the Season: Gavin Hunt (Bidvest Wits) – R75 000

Absa Premiership Top goal scorer: Lebogang Manyama (Cape Town City – 13) – R25 000

Absa Premiership Defender of the Season: Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits) – R50 000

Absa Premiership Midfielder of the Season: Aubrey Ngoma (Cape Town City) – R50 000

Absa Premiership Goal of the Season: Siphiwe Tshabalala (Chiefs vs SuperSport United, 29 April 2017) – R50 000

Absa Premiership Players’ Player of the Season: Lebogang Manyama (Cape Town City) – R150 000

PSL Footballer of the Season: Lebogang Manyama (Cape Town City) – R250 000



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Africa’s last hope Zambia eye U20 World Cup semis – 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup


epa05978020 Emmanuel Banda (C) of Zambia in action against Pepe (L) and Diogo Dalot (R), both of Portugal during the group stage match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017 between Zambia and Portugal at the Jeju World Cup Stadium in Jeju Island, South Korea, 21 May 2017. EPA/WALLACE WOON

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Jun 04, 2017. 13:00


Zambia and Italy will lock horns in the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup quarter-final clash at the Suwon World Cup Stadium on Monday.

Kick-off is at 10h00 CAT.

The Junior Chipolopolo, who are the only African side left in the tournament, stunned Germany 4-3 in the last 16 game which was played at the Jeju World Cup Stadium on Wednesday.

Having scored 10 goals, Zambia are one of the highest scoring teams in this tournament and they will once again look to Fashion Sakala, who has three goals.

Beston Chambeshi, the Junior Chipolopolo coach, will look to mastermind a victory over Italy and book their place in the semi-finals for the first time in history.

Meanwhile, Italy overcame their European rivals France 2-1 in the last 16 match which was played at the Cheonan Stadium on Wednesday.

The Azzurrini have been one of the best teams defensively in the tournament – having conceded four goals thus far and their key player has been Rolando Mandragora.

Alberigo Evani, the Azzurrini coach, will be hoping to guide his side into the semi-finals for the first time in history – with a victory over Zambia in the South Korean city of Suwon.

Referee Roddy Zambrano, who hails from Ecuador, will be in charge of the encounter between Zambia and Italy.



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