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Unforgettable UCL action awaits Coetzee, Ndlovu – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Bongani Zungu and Rivaldo Coetzee of South Africa during the Bafana Bafana training on the Peoples Park training fields at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa on June 08, 2015 ©Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Aug 26, 2017. 17:00


South African duo, Rivaldo Coetzee and Dino Ndlovu, are set for an unforgettable UEFA Champions League campaign with Celtic and Qarabag respectively.

No matter how far their club side’s progress in this season’s premier European competition, it is destined to be a memorable campaign for both players with trips to some of the world’s best club teams.

It was this week confirmed that Coetzee, 20, would be joining Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic with the ‘Hoops’ to come up against Bayern Munich, Paris-Saint Germain and Anderlecht in this season’s UEFA Champions League group stages.

Ndlovu, who played in integral part in leading his Azerbaijani side to a first UCL campaign, will come go head-to-head with Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Roma in Group C.

In contrast, things are a bit easier for the likes of Bongani Zungu, Thulani Serero and Amajita ace Luther Singh, who will play in the Europa League this season.

This is who the South African stars’ will come up against in Europe’s second tier competition:

Zungu’s Vitória Guimarães: Red Bull Salzburg, Marseille and Konyaspor.

Thulani Serero’s Vitesse: Lazio, Nice and Zulte-Waragem.

Lither Singh’s Braga: Hoffenheim, Ludogorets and İstanbul Başakşehir.



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Botswana star Ngele awaits documents from SA Home Affairs – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Mamelodi Sundowns


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

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 15, 2017. 14:00


Mamelodi Sundowns have released a statement concerning some of their foreign players including Botswana international Mogakolodi Ngele.

The 26-year-old forward has returned to the South African Premier Soccer League (EPL) giants following a successful loan spell with Bidvest Wits.

The midfielder-cum-striker helped Wits clinch the 2016 MTN8 Cup and 2016/17 ABSA Premiership last season during his stint with the South African club.

Ngele and Zimbabwean international Cuthbert Malajila, who also spent last season on loan at Wits, are still waiting for their South African permanent residency papers.

Sundowns, who lost 1-0 to Maritzburg United in the 2017 MTN8 Cup quarter-final match in Pretoria, released a statement on their official website.

A club statement read: “Dennis Onyango is out sick, while Ricardo Nascimento is still recovering from a groin operation.

“Mogakolodi Ngele and Cuthbert Malajila are still waiting for their permanent residency papers.

“Ghanaian goalkeeper Razak Brimah is awaiting his ITC papers from Spain.”

Ngele has spent five years in South Africa plying his trade in the PSL. He joined Platinum Stars from Botswana giants Township Rollers in 2012.

He signed for Sundowns in 2014 after playing an important role as Stars won the 2013 MTN8 Cup and 2013 Telkom KnockOut Cup.



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