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Stuart Baxter: Bafana Bafana not far from being a top class team – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Nov 11, 2017. 16:00


Stuart Baxter believes that South Africa were unlucky in suffering a 2-0 defeat to Senegal in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Friday evening.

Bafana Bafana dominated most of the encounter, but lacked a killer edge as two moments of brilliance from Sadio Mané inspired the Lions of Teranga to victory.

South Africa forced themselves back into contention for World Cup qualification following a 3-1 win over Burkina Faso, but successive defeats to Cape Verde proved decisive as Senegal duly booked their return to the world stage.

“Difficult for the whole squad and for the whole country,” Baxter told SuperSport TV. “We dragged ourselves back into contention after two poor performances against Cape Verde…

“I think the performance in the first half – it was amazing that we went into the break two goals down because I thought we were better than them. I thought we were better than them in every department despite the fact that we didn’t have one world class act that could conjure something from nothing.

“We had to work for everything and we missed a lot of chances.

Baxter continued: “Second half we had to push for everything, they could sit and I still thought we created more than they did, but all that talk doesn’t mean anything. They beat us 2-0 and they go to Russia.

All considered, the South African head coach is adamant that Bafana Bafana are not far off the best from the African continent.

“The fact that we had more possession doesn’t impress me at all – we didn’t finish, we had big chances that we couldn’t convert.

“We are not far away from a top class team, but we have to take our chances – maybe that is the problem, a South Africa problem as well,” Baxter concluded.

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Bafana Bafana hopes crushed as Senegal book World Cup return – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Bafana Bafana hopes crushed as Senegal book World Cup return

Sadio Mane of Senegal celebrates a goal with teammates during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers football match between South Africa and Senegal at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 10 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 21:06


Senegal will make a return to the world stage for the first time in 16 years after a 2-0 win over South Africa at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane sealed their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Victory moves the Lions of Teranga up to 11 points and clear of their qualifying counterparts in Group D.

Diafra Sakho’s early strike was followed by an unfortunate own goal from Thamsanqa Mkhize on what turned out to be a sorry night for Bafana Bafana in the Limpopo province – 12 months after everything looked so good.

Sakho got the visitors up and running in the 12th minute. Sadio Manè drawing all the attention allowing for the West Ham United forward to find space and duly finish with aplomb from the Liverpool ace’s precise pass.

South Africa tried to find a way back into the tie and came close through Themba Zwane and Percy Tau before Lebogana Manyama watched his powerful effort canon off the crossbar in the 29th minute.

The sucker punch would follow 10 minutes later as Mkhize put the ball into the back of his own net after Itumleneg Khune had done exceptionally well to deny Manè from point-blank range.

Manyama had the final say of the half as he forced Khadim Ndiaye into a top save just before the break.

Senegal retracted into their shell following the interval, welcoming pressure from the hosts, but South Africa found it difficult to break down their stubborn counterparts.

Sibusiso Vilakazi finally found an opening in the 57th minute, but his shot was straight at the Senegal goal-minder.

Bafana Bafana continued to search for some sort of reprieve, but it was not to come as Senegal booked their place at next year’s World Cup in Russia.

The reverse fixture in Dakar next Tuesday will now be a mere formality with South Africa’s fate having been sealed.

South Africa (0) 0

Senegal (2) 2 (Sakho 12′ Mkhize OG 39′)

South Africa: Khune; Hlanti, Daniels, Gould, Mkhize – Furman, Mokotjo, Zwane (Tshabalala 69′) – Vilakazi (Grobler 83′) – Manyama (Jali 63′), Tau.

Senegal: K.Ndiaye, Gassama, Kouyate (A. Ndiaye 86′), Koulibaly, Sabaly – Sanè, Gueye , Ndoye – Manè, Niang (Ciss 90+3′), Sakho (Konatè 78′).

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Qalinge for Bafana Bafana call-up, says Mosimane – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Qalinge for Bafana Bafana call-up, says Mosimane

Thabo Qalinge of Orlando Pirates is challenged by Albert Mothupa of Baroka FC during the Absa Premiership match between Baroka FC and Orlando Pirates on the 22 August 2017 at Peter Mokaba Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Staff Reporter

Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 11:00


Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane believes Orlando Pirates midfielder Thabo Qalinge is closing in on a national team call-up.

The 26-year-old has impressed for the Buccaneers this season and scored the winning goal as the club trumped Golden Arrows 1-0 to book their place in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout Cup.

Teammate Thembinkosi Lorch and Qalinge caught the eye of Mosimane in the Brazilians 3-1 win over Pirates in midweek, and ‘Jingles’ is confident that the latter is nearing a Bafana Bafana cap.

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“I have never seen Qalinge and Lorch so revived, it’s unbelievable,” said Mosimane.

“They are showing, especially Qalinge, that he deserves a chance also for Bafana Bafana to come because we need the speed. But his time will come also.”

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MTN8 glory next up for new Bafana player Thamsanqa Mkhize – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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MTN8 glory next up for new Bafana player Thamsanqa Mkhize

Thamsanqa Mkhize of Cape Town City FC evades challenge from Mokgakolodi Ngele of Bidvest Wits during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 football match between Cape Town City FC and Bidvest Wits at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 19 April 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 10, 2017. 19:00


The prospect of double celebration is on the cards for Cape Town City defender Thamsanqa Mkhize when his side takes on SuperSport United in the MTN8 final.

Mkhize has already made a significant step forward in his career by making his debut for the senior South African national team this past weekend.

The right-back put in an impressive showing for Bafana Bafana as they defeated Burkina Faso 3-1 in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Johannesburg.

And this coming Saturday he will feature for the Citizens when they face Matsatsantsa in the MTN8 final at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

“Ngijabule kakhulu [I was so happy] about the opportunity I got on Saturday,” said Mkhize, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“I want to thank the coaches for the faith showed in me and for giving me game-time against Burkina Faso.

“We prepared hard for the game and I made sure at training I prepared myself mentally going to this game.

“The results and my performance on the day has given me confidence and inspired me to continue working hard at both club and national team level.”

The City defender added, “I just arrived back in Cape Town and will only be rejoining my teammates for training on Tuesday. I have no doubt they have been preparing hard for this match.

“I am definitely looking forward to giving my best for the team on Saturday.”

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Bafana attacker Percy Tau: We should be proud – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Bafana attacker Percy Tau: We should be proud

Percy Tau of South Africa (r) celebrates goal with Themba Zwane during the 2018 World Cup qualifier football match between South Africa and Burkina Faso at Soccer City, Johannesburg on 07 October 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Oct 08, 2017. 13:30


South Africa’s Percy Tau believes his team should be proud of their 3-1 win over Burkina Faso in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Saturday.

Bafana Bafana claimed an impressive victory at FNB Stadium to breathe some life back into their Group D campaign.

Their win, combined with Senegal’s victory over Cape Verde later in the day, means Stuart Baxter’s side now have their fate back in their own hands: if they win both of their remaining matches in the group, they will qualify for Russia 2018.

Tau, who scored a goal and created another in the win over the Stallions, believes Bafana Bafana took a major step forward.

“I think we did very well. I think we should be proud of our work and we just want to say thanks to supporters for coming out. Today we did much better than the previous games, now we scored so that’s the difference,” Tau told SuperSport TV.

“Today we knew we had to win to keep our hopes high so that we still believe we can make it.

“It’s just one of those games where we got everything right. We were connected, we were solid and we defended very well also.

“We got the goals early, we tried to put them under pressure. It was just happening for us today.”

South Africa’s remaining games are both against Senegal next month: on the 10th in Polokwane and the 14th in Dakar.

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Bertrand Traore eager to add to Bafana Bafana’s woes – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Oct 07, 2017. 09:00


Bertrand Traore is hopeful that Burkina Faso can add to South Africa’s recent woes when the two teams lock horns at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Saturday.

The Stallions currently lead the way in Group D, with six points from four 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and have subsequently set their sights on a first ever appearance at a world showpiece.

Traore, 22, revealed that he was surprised by Bafana Bafana’s failure to pick up a single point from back-to-back games against Cape Verde, but is delighted that the results have played to his country’s favour.

The reverse fixture between South Africa and Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou last year ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

“The South African team that played against us was a strong team,” Traore is quoted as saying.

“They had the most possession and they dominated the game. It was quite difficult for us. I was surprised to see them dropping points against Cape Verde. It’s strange. I don’t know what happened.

“But that’s good for us, because we also didn’t take as many points as we should have from Senegal. We are still in the running to qualify for the World Cup. We have to focus on the job at hand. I hope they play like they did against Cape Verde. That would be good for us,” he concluded.

Moreover, the Lyon ace highlighted his desire to reach next year’s World Cup in Russia, having narrowly missed out on ending their hiatus three years ago.

“It’s a dream for all of us to go to the World Cup,” Traore added. “Burkina Faso have never played in a World Cup. We were nearly there in 2014. We failed in the last game. We have a chance to make amends for that so we have to take it,” he concluded.

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Paulo Duarte puzzled over Bafana struggles – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 05, 2017. 16:00


Upon his arrival in South Africa, Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte says every team in Group D has a chance to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Burkinabe manager says they have to win their next encounter against Bafana Bafana at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

However, despite praising the hosts, he remains mystified as to why the 2010 FIFA World Cup hosts and the 1996 African champions fail to qualify for major tournaments.

“I say all the time that I don’t understand why South Africa do not have the results‚” the coach said to the Sowetan.

“You have so many good players but every time you don’t have qualification.

“If you have the World Cup or the Africa Cup of Nations in your home you play.

“If you ask me if the team today is better than five years ago I would tell you‚ ‘No’.

“But you have good players‚ good conditions‚ a good league.

“Burkina Faso have first place‚ but we have to win the next match. And the next match is against South Africa.”

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Paulo Duarte surprisingly recalls erratic Malo for Bafana clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Diakite Daouda, Burkina Faso goalkeeper instructs his teammate Patrick Malo during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier match against Uganda Cranes on 29 March 2016 at Mandela Stadium, Namboole. ©Ismail Kezaala/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Oct 04, 2017. 10:30


Despite criticising defender Patrick Malo for his errors, Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte has recalled the defender to replace Yacouba Coulibaly.

Just last week, Duarte dropped Malo from his squad as he labelled the 25-year-old as erratic.

He also said he wants players who will not jeopardise the country’s dream to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup ahead of the South Africa clash.

The player has since been included in the squad for the qualifying encounter at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Malo played in last month’s qualifiers against Senegal, which both ended in draws, but his performance on and off the pitch led to criticism from Duarte.

“Everyone makes mistakes‚ but Malo is making too many‚” said Duarte at the time.

Duarte also revealed that Malo had to rush to the dressing room to find his match shirt when asked to come on as a substitute during the Senegal game in Dakar.

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Burkina Faso announce squad for Bafana clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Aristide Bance of Burkina Faso challenged by Ahmed Hegazy of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Afcon SemiFinal match between Burkina Faso and Egypt at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 01 February 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 28, 2017. 12:30


Ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against South Africa next month, Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte has announced his full squad.

In his 24-man squad, Duarte has included experienced campaigners such as Aristide Bance‚ Charles Kabore‚ Bakary Kone as well as the Traore brothers, Alain and Bertrand Traore.

On the other hand, clubless Jonathan Pitroipa has been overlooked while defender Patrick Malo has been dropped out for mistakes.

“Everyone makes mistakes‚ but Malo is making too many‚” said Duarte to the BBC.

“There’s one thing I will not tolerate and that is being unprofessional with a country’s dream to go to the World Cup.

“Malo is the player with whom I have most individual meetings in my squad. I communicate with him‚ one hour‚ two hours before the game.

“I emphasised to him: ‘no risk‚ no clumsy tackles‚ no dangerous pass in defence.’ But every time these words don’t get through.”

Squad

Goalkeepers:

Daouda Diakite (AS Vita Club‚ DR Congo)‚ Herve Koffi (Lille‚ France)‚ Germain Sanou (Beauvais‚ France)

Defenders:

Yacouba Coulibaly (Le Havre‚ France)‚ Bakary Kone (Strasbourg‚ France)‚ Mohamed Gnontcha Kone (Lokomotiv Tashkent‚ Uzbekistan)‚ Mohamed Ouattara (Wydad Casablanca‚ Morocco)‚ Dylan Ouedraogo (Monaco‚ France)‚ Issouf Paro (Niort‚ France)‚ Steeve Yago (Toulouse‚ France)

Midfielders:

Yaya Banhoro (Santos‚ Brazil)‚ Adama Guira (Aarhus‚ Denmark)‚ Charles Kabore (Krasnodar‚ Russia)‚ Stephane Aziz Ki (Omonia Nicosia‚ Cyprus)‚ Bakary Bouba Sare (Belenenses‚ Portugal)‚ Ousmane Junior Sylla (CS Constantine‚ Algeria)‚ Ibrahim Blati Toure (Omonia Nicosia‚ Cyprus)‚ Alain Traore (Al Markhiya‚ Qatar)

Forwards:

Aristide Bance (Al Masry‚ Egypt)‚ Cyrille Bayala (Sheriff Tiraspol‚ Moldavia)‚ Banou Diawara (Smouha‚ Egypt)‚ Anthony Koura (Nancy‚ France)‚ Prejuce Nakoulma (Nantes‚ France)‚ Bertrand Traore (Lyon, France)

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Mané delighted with FIFA’s decision to replay Bafana Bafana match – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Mané delighted with FIFA's decision to replay Bafana Bafana match

Sadio Mane of Senegal Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Friday Sep 22, 2017. 16:00


Sadio Mané has expressed his delight at FIFA’s decision to replay the South Africa vs Senegal 2018 World Cup qualifier due to a match-fixing scandal.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has already agreed that the replay go ahead, and Mané is looking forward to the clash with the Lions of Teranga having lost the initial showdown 2-1 in Polokwane.

The Liverpool attacker believes that Senegal were unfortunate to lose the tie, describing the goals scored by Bafana Bafana as questionable in an exclusive interview with ESPN FC.

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Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey has been found guilty of manipulating the result of the initial clash, resulting in a lifetime ban.

“Honestly, I am happy because it was not an easy game for us and it was not an easy situation,” Mané told ESPN. ” Everybody who watched the game knows that it was not a normal thing to deal with.

“The two goals were very, well … you couldn’t understand them, so it is good for us that FIFA has made the decision and we will take this game seriously and try to win,” the 25-year-old concluded.

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Dino Ndlovu back for Bafana Bafana – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Sep 20, 2017. 18:30


Dino Ndlovu has been included in Stuart Baxter’s squad for the upcoming FIFA 2017 World Cup qualifier against Burkina Faso at the FNB Stadium on October 7.

Bafana Bafana will be desperate to bounce back to winning ways following successive defeats to Cape Verde, which was duly followed by FIFA’s order to replay their 2-1 win over Senegal.

South Africa are bottom of Group D with one point from three matches, and will have to win their remaining three fixtures to stand any realistic chance of booking their ticket to Russia.

In an attempt to get their qualifying campaign back on track, Baxter has included Qarabağ frontman Ndlovu, at the expense of Tokelo Rantie who started successive games against Cape Verde.

Also included is Reeve Frosler (Bidvest Wits) and Thamsanqa Mkhize (Cape Town City), who earn maiden call-ups. Lebo Mothiba, on loan at Valenciennes from Lille, has also received the nod.

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There is also a return for Al Ahly attacker Phakamani Mahlambi, while Kaizer Chiefs’s Erick Mathoho keeps his place in the squad despite seeing red in Praia.

FULL SQUAD:

Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune, Wayne Sandilands, Ronwen Williams.

Defenders: Morgan Gould, Erick Mathoho, Reeve Frosler, Thamsanqa Mkhize, Sifiso Hlanti, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Tebogo Langerman, Clayton Daniels.

Midfielders: Andile Jali, Hlompho Kekana, Bongani Zungu, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Themba Zwane, Keagan Dolly, Thulani Serero.

Strikers: Phakamani Mahlambi, Lebo Mothiba, Lebogang Manyama, Bradley Grobler, Dino Ndlovu, Percy Tau.

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Thulas Nxesi leads Bafana to Cape Verde – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Thulas Nxesi leads Bafana to Cape Verde

Lebohang Manyama of South Africa

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 30, 2017. 10:00


Ahead of the highly anticipated clash against Cape Verde this Friday, South African Sports Minister, Thulas Nxesi has accompanied Bafana Bafana to Praia.

Nxesi took time out of his busy schedule to accompany coach Stuart Baxter’s men for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match.

Bafana are in Group D with Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and Senegal and will hope to get a win on Friday to boost their chances en route to Russia.

“The national team need all the arsenal and the boost they can get to ensure that they go over this hurdle called Cape Verde so that they can continue to fly our flag high during the Russia FIFA World Cup come 2018,” said Nxesi.

“The success of the National team has a direct impact on social cohesion and nation building.

“I therefore urge all citizens to rally behind the team and ensure that we collect the maximum points from this match.”

Bafana will face off against the Blue Sharks at 20:30 (CAT) on Friday.

The second leg of the encounter will be staged at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday, 05 September.

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Ronwen Williams eyeing a solid Bafana career – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Aug 29, 2017. 15:30


South African national team goalkeeper, Ronwen Williams says he wants to do well for Bafana Bafana as they meet Cape Verde in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Bafana are on the road this weekend to visit the Blue Sharks in Praia and the SuperSport United keeper says he can do better for the national team.

This comes after Kaizer Chiefs skipper and goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and Bidvest Wits’ Darren Keet pulled out due to a chest infection and injuries respectively.

Williams is seen as a favourite to start ahead of Orlando Pirates’ Wayne Sandilands and his SuperSport teammate Reyaad Pieterse.

“I haven’t had the best Bafana career so far, so I would like to turn that around. Hopefully I can do this for my country,” said Williams to the Sowetan.

“This is an opportunity for all three goalkeepers that are there right now, so I just want to do my best if given a chance.”

Bafana will face the Islanders at the Estadio Nacional on Friday at 20.30 (CAT) and the return leg will be staged at the Moses Msbhida Stadium on Tuesday 05 September.

Meanwhile, this will be the fourth meeting between the two sides. Bafana enjoy a record of two wins and one draw.

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Luvolwethu Mpeta gunning for Bafana jersey

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Thabo Mosadi of Ajax Cape Town battles for the ball with Luvolwethu Mpeta of Platinum Stars during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 football match between Ajax Cape Town and Platinum Stars at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 30 April 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Aug 22, 2017. 12:30


Upon his return to Platinum Stars, defender Luvolwethu Mpeta says he still wants to wear the Bafana Bafana jersey.

The 27-year-old made his permanent switch to Dikwena just before the start of the 2017/18 Premier Soccer League season from SuperSport United.

The left-back says his return to the club brings back memories after making his PSL debut in a Dikwena shirt.

Under coach Shakes Mashaba, Mpeta received his maiden national team call-up in 2014 for the 2015 CAF African Cup of Nations Qualfiers.

Speaking exclusively to AfricanFootball.com, the Sterkspruit-born player says he wants to help the club reclaim its glory days.

“The mission is to boost the brand and go back to the days where we used to challenge for trophies,” said Mpeta.

“We want to do good, we want to win a trophy, being runners-up isn’t enough and we want to bring back the smiles and that winning mentality in the team, especially for the fans.

“We must fight harder this season. My personal ambition is to do well, represent the country and go overseas.

“That is my personal ambition, to become a regular at Bafana and get a ticket to play overseas.

“I still want to stamp my authority at the left back position in the national team, we have good players such as (Tebogo) Langerman and many others – but I am in for that challenge.”

Despite their 2-0 loss to Maritzburg United in the Absa Premiership on Sunday, Stars are out to bag their first win when they visit Cape Town City on Wednesday night.

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Zambian coach names squad for Bafana clash – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 09, 2017. 17:00


Ahead of their trip to South Africa for their 2018 CAF Africa Championship Qualifiers opening leg, Zambian coach Wedson Nyirenda has named his squad.

Nyirenda has announced a 20-member squad that will face Bafana Bafana in the CHAN qualifier to be played in South Africa on Saturday.

A statement released by the Football Association of Zambia reveals that the team is expected to leave the country on Thursday via South African Airways.

The encounter will be staged at Sisa Dukashe Stadium in East London and gets underway at 15:00 (CAT).

Goalkeepers

Chibwe Allan (Power Dynamos), Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco)

Defenders

Shamujompa Isaac (Power Dynamos), Donashano Malama (Nkana) Simon Silwimba (Zesco), Fackson Kapumbu (Zesco) Boston Muchindu (Nkana), Ziyo Tembo (Zanaco), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Moses Nyondo (Nkana)

Midfielders

Ngwenya Godfrey (Power Dynamos), Jack Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Sikombe Collins(NAPSA), Augustine Mulenga (Zanaco), Mike Katiba (Green Buffaloes), John Ching’andu (Zesco)

Strikers

Shonga Justin (Nkwazi), Ernest Mbewe (Zanaco), Martin Phiri (Power Dynamos), Alex N’gonga (Power Dynamos)

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Stuart Baxter names Bafana squad to face Zambia – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Aug 01, 2017. 13:00


Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has already began with preparations for their 2018 CAF African Nations Championship qualifier against Zambia.

The South Africans are aware that they have to beat the Chipolopolo in the third round of the qualifiers.

The two Southern African giants will meet in the first leg clash of the third and final round which will take place on Saturday, 12 August 2017 at a venue still to be announced.

Kaizer Chiefs goal minder Bruce Bvuma, who was in the 2017 COSAFA Castle Cup squad, returns after missing out on the two-legged qualifier against Botswana.

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In defence, Malebogo Modise and Junaid Sait make way for Supersport United’s Denwin Farmer and Ayabulela Konqobe of Amazulu.

Supersport United midfielder, Teboho Mokoena returns to the side after he was withdrawn before the second leg of the the Zebras tie at Moruleng Stadium.

Bafana are set to go into camp on Sunday, 6 August 2017 and the return leg will be played in Zambia on the weekend of 18-20 August 2017.

Goalkeepers:

Boalefa Pule, Steven Hoffman, Bruce Bvuma

Defenders:

Siyabonga Nhlapo, Sphiwe Mnguni, Sandile Mthethwa, Tercious Malepe, Mothobi Mvala, Mario Booysen, Denwin Farmer, Ayabulela Konqobe

Midfielders:

Cole Alexander, Tebogo Mokoena, Sipho Mbule, Sibusiso Khumalo, Tshegofatso Mabaso, Dumisani Zuma, Michael Morton, Riyaad Norodien, Siphelele Ntshangase

Strikers:

Bongi Ntuli, Masilakhe Phohlongo, Ryan Moon, Gift Motupa

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Platinum Stars capture Bafana Bafana midfielder – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

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Platinum Stars capture Bafana Bafana midfielder

Lehlogonolo Masalesa of South Africa during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Jul 27, 2017. 13:00


Platinum Stars have completed the signing of Bafana Bafana midfielder Lehlogonolo Masalesa on a three year deal on Tuesday.

Known as Vieira in football, the tall midfielder rejoins the club as he started out his career in Rustenburg before moving to Orlando Pirates via Bidvest Wits.

The former Buccaneers enforcer impressed Dikwena during the recent 2017 COSAFA Cup held in Rustenburg as he captained Bafana.

“We are very excited as a club to have landed his signature. It’s a big signing for us,” said general manager, Senzo Mazingiza.

“We needed to replace that situation in the midfield so we think that Vieira with his experience will be able to just pluck into that position. It was not an easy signing to do. It took a lot of convincing and lobbying.

“I am glad he is coming back home. Vieira was part of our team before going to Orlando Pirates. He comes back with a lot of experience. I am sure he will do well for us.

“Vieira is very young. One of the things we needed to look at is to refresh the team so that the players we have can take us further and that they still have legs to run and be able to carry the team.

“As young as he is, he has got lots of experience, played overseas and played for Pirates one of the biggest teams in Africa. He was part of the squad that played until the finals of CAF Champions League in Cairo.”

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