Eric Tinkler is ready for a big Confed Cup fight against Africain in Tunis – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup

Head coach Eric Tinkler of Supersport United 2017 Caf Confederations Cup game between Supersport United and Zesco United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 14 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 10:00

Ahead of the CAF Confederation Cup semifinal clash against Club Africain, SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler says they are ready for a big fight.

United are fresh from lifting the MTN8 Cup in the South African domestic season last weekend and Tinkler is hoping to continue with his fairy tale.


Although the South Africans travel to Tunisia slightly on the back foot after allowing the Tunisians to get an away goal in a 1-1 draw played at home last month, Tinkler banks on his players to succeed.

“I have told my players that we need to become addicted to winning like it’s some drug,” said Tinkler to CAF website

“We have to want it all the time and we need to have that mentality.

“We are bracing ourselves for a big fight but I believe in my players’ abilities and they have shown that they can thrive when put under pressure.

“Such competitions are where you judge yourself against the best and we need to step up.

“This is a trophy that I want to win as a coach and I almost did it with (Orlando) Pirates.”

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Big guns evade each other in TKO Draw

Cape Town City celebrates winning the Cup during the Telkom Knockout Cup Final match between Cape Town City and Supersport United 10 December 2016 at Peter Mokaba StadiumPic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Monday Oct 16, 2017. 16:00

The title sponsors will be smiling following the 2017 Telkom Knockout draw, hosted at Wanderers Club in Johannesburg on Monday afternoon.

With all of the so called ‘big guns’ having evaded one another in the Round of 16 draw, there is more chance of a marque final.

With Orlando Pirates having finished outside the top eight last season, there was a good chance that the Buccaneers and Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs would be paired against each other, but it was not to be.

Instead, eight rather low-key matches will take place later this month with defending champions Cape Town City, who lost in the final of the MTN8 this past weekend, to travel to the Limpopo province for a clash against Baroka FC.

Absa Premiership holders Bidvest Wits will host perennial bogey team Free State Stars with the Amakhosi – the most successful team in South Africa’s version of the League Cup – to host AmaZulu.

Full Draw:

Baroka FC vs Cape Town City

Chippa United vs Mamelodi Sundowns

Bloemfontein Celtic vs SuperSport United

Polokwane City vs Ajax Cape Town

Kaizer Chiefs vs AmaZulu

Bidvest Wits vs Free State Stars

Maritzburg United vs Platinum Stars

Golden Arrows vs Orlando Pirates

Times and Venues for above mentioned fixtures are yet to be confirmed.

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MTN8 bonuses a big motivation – Lyle Lakay

Lyle Lakay of Cape Town City shields ball from Rheece Evans of Ajax Cape Town during the 2017/18 Absa Premiership football match between Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town City at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 30 September 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 14, 2017. 13:00

Cape Town City winger Lyle Lakay says the prospect of big bonuses for winning the MTN8 final later today will be a big motivation.

City will face SuperSport United in the final at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban this evening, with the first trophy in South Africa’s 2017/18 top flight season up for grabs.

The prize money on offer for the winners is R8million, with at least half of that set to be pocketed by the City players if they prevail.

“Obviously there is going to be bonuses, that’s what also motivates us,” Lakay told Kick-Off.

“I mean, today’s football is all about making money. Besides the fact of winning trophies it is also about making money, that’s one of the biggest motivations for teams.”

Lakay is no stranger to cup finals, having helped Bloemfontein Celtic win the 2012 Telkom Knockout.

“It’s my second one, I’ve been in the Telkom final with Celtic a few years ago against [Mamelodi] Sundowns. It was also at Moses Mabhida.

“It’s a great feeling. Some of the guys in the team were joking about it. Vincent Kobola was like, ‘last year you were fighting relegation and now you are in the cup final’.

“Ja, it’s a great feeling and I think anyone would feel that way. You’ve just moved into a new team and after a few months you are playing a final, you can win your first trophy with the team.

“So for me it’s a great feeling, not only to be in the final but also to be part of such a great team. It’s one big happy family.

“Like you know, I had the option of going to Wits. Coming to City I think I’ve chosen the right team and made the right choice.

“We are all excited but I still say even though it is a cup final we will still approach the game like any other game.

“Yes, it’s a big game and the way we planned might sound different, but it’s not different to any other game we look to win. Preparations went well and we are looking forward to the match.”

Kick-off in the MTN8 final is set for 19h00 CAT and you can follow live coverage of the match here on AfricanFootball.

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Gavin Hunt: Time for our big players to step up – MTN8 2017

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 09, 2017. 14:00

Bidvest Wits’ ‘big players’ must step up for today’s MTN8 semifinal, second leg clash against Cape Town City, according to coach Gavin Hunt.

Wits, the reigning MTN8 champs, are looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit after losing the first leg in Cape Town last month.

The Clever Boys, who also won the Absa Premiership title last season, have had a tough start to the 2017/18 campaign, with teams looking to claim their scalp.

“Any game we play teams will want to [try and outplay us]… I mean, we played Golden Arrows and they were unbelievable, Free State Stars were like men possessed,” Hunt said at the club’s media day earlier in the week.

“That’s what we’re going to get. When you play against a team that has won the league, people will have extra motivation.

“But once we start settling in, and we start playing two to three games a week, I think we’ll see a lot of things happening. Then teams can’t keep that intensity up every game.”

Hunt added that he welcomes the new demands on his team and hopes to see a response from them, starting with today’s match.

“There’s definitely [added pressure on us], it’s always like that and so it should be. You want that pressure, don’t you? We want that,” he added.

“We’ve got big players who can handle the situation, it’s a matter of the big players stepping up a little more and that’s pretty much what it’s about.”

The Wits v City match at Bidvest Stadium will kick-off at 15h00 CAT.

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Gradel would have been a big signing for Sunderland AFC – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Bournemouth defender Steve Cook and Max Gradel

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Aug 21, 2017. 10:00

English Championship club Sunderland AFC have revealed that they were in the race to sign new Toulouse FC signing Max Gradel.

AFC Bournemouth, who are campaigning in the English Premier League (EPL), recently shipped out the Ivorian international to French Ligue 1 side Toulouse on a season-long loan deal.

Sunderland manager Simon Grayson has since disclosed that they had reached an agreement with Bournemouth regarding Gradel’s services, but the player was keen to return to France.

“We spoke to Max and he eventually decided to go back to France,” Grayson told The Northern Echo.

“We had agreed something with Bournemouth and ultimately he is a good player that I wanted to bring to the club.

“It shows you where we are as a club with the players that we are looking at,” he continued.

“That would have been a big signing for us if we had managed to do it, but he just felt his family wanted to go back to France.

“And that was a disappointment for us, but that is part and parcel of the transfer window.”

The 29-year-old winger is back in the Ligue 1 having turned out for Saint-Etienne in the French top-flight league between 2011 and 2015.

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Muzamiru Mutyaba brace hands Uganda big advantage over Rwanda

Erisa Ssekisambu and Muzamiru Mutyaba of Uganda

Brian Lee

Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 17:21

A brace from Muzamiru Mutyaba helped Uganda to an impressive 3-0 win over Rwanda in a first leg, third round African Nations Championship qualifier at the St Mary’s Stadium in Kampala on Saturday afternoon.

Uganda controlled the flow of play from the onset and opened the scoring in the 14th minute courtesy of a penalty strike from Muzamiru Mutyaba, 1-0.

The home side continued to pile on the pressure and added to the scoreline ten minutes later when Muzamiru Mutyaba found his second goal of the game, 2-0.

Rwanda tried to find their way back into the game before the break, but they were unable to sustain any period of possession and consequently were unable to create goal scoring chances.

Uganda took a two goal lead into the break.

The second half started much similar to the first with Uganda finding their third goal in the 51st minute thanks to Bernard Muwanga who found the back of the net with a clinical finish, 3-0.

Uganda took their foot off the pedal after that and cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win.

Rwanda will have a lot to do in the return leg of this third round tie which will be held at the Stade Régional Nyamirambo in Kigali next Saturday, August 19.

The winner of this two-leg qualifier will take part in CHAN 2019 in Kenya.

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Bayern boss: Mohamed Salah a big loss for Roma – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Aug 08, 2017. 13:00

Roma will suffer for not having Mohamed Salah in their team in the upcoming Serie A season, according to Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The Egyptian moved to Liverpool in a big-money deal earlier in the transfer window and Ancelotti reckons the Giallorossi will struggle without him.

“Roma? I find it a bit hard to work them out. They’ve changed coach and I’ve followed [Eusebio] Di Francesco for some time,” said the Bayern boss in evaluating the Serie A title contenders.

“I thought he did very well with Sassuolo, but the loss of [Mohamed] Salah, I believe, will be felt.

“We’ll also see how their first season will be without a monument like [Francesco] Totti in the dressing room,” he added.

Ancelotti added that Juventus remain the favourites to win the Italian championship, though he has noted AC Milan’s impressive work in the transfer market.

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Big spenders Chippa United unveil 11 new signings – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

James Okwuosa of Chippa United challenged by Evans Rusike of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Maritzburg United and Chippa United at Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg South Africa on 29 Nomvember 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Jul 25, 2017. 15:00

Chippa United have announced 11 new signings as they get ready for their 2017/18 Premier Soccer League campaign in South Africa.

Coach Dan Malesela and his technical team will want to lead the side to a decent finish as they survived the relegation axe in their last term.

In a statement on their Twitter page, the Chilli Boys have signed Nigerian defender James Okwuosa from Orlando Pirates whilst they also unveiled players such as Kurt Lentjies from Maritzburg United.

On the other hand, Highlands Park striker Moeketsi Sekola joins on loan as well as Mamelodi Sundowns’ Samuel Julies.

Among the new faces is Phetso Maphanga, Stanley Makgoka, Xolani Maholo from the MultiChoice Diski Challenge side and Zitha Macheke.

Meanwhile, former Platinum Stars winger Mahlatse Makudubela has also joined the Port Elizabeth-based outfit on loan from the Sea Robbers.

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Ethiopia claim big win in Djibouti

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Jul 15, 2017. 17:23

Ethiopia have moved to within touching distance of the third round of Central-East Zone qualifiers for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) after they defeated hosts Djibouti 5-1 on Saturday.

The Wayla Antelopes’ victory at the El Hadj Hassan Gouled Aptidon Stadium in Djibouti City has all but confirmed that they will progress into the final phase of qualification and face Burundi (who advanced automatically after Sudan’s disqualification).

Getaneh Kebede opened the scoring late in the first half to put Ethiopia 1-0 up, while the second half saw the visitors add a further four goals – with only one in reply from Djibouti.

The return leg will be held at the Hawassa International Stadium in Ethiopia next weekend.

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