Hammers ensure Yarmolenko blow

West Ham player Andriy Yarmolenko to be out for somewhere around 6 months just after he underwent surgical treatment on an
Achilles injury on Monday.

The off-season signing from Borussia Dortmund suffered the blow in
the London derby defeat to Tottenham at the London Stadium on Saturday.

Yarmolenko was carried off on a stretcher in the 40th minute just after
appearing to get his studs caught in the turf and he appeared in some
discomfort although receiving medical treatment inside of the opposition
penalty area.

The 28-year-old winger, who has scored two goals in nine Leading
League appearances for the Hammers, could return to motion right before the
finish of the season if all goes perfectly with his restoration.

“West Ham United can ensure that Andriy Yarmolenko has been through
prosperous surgical treatment to repair service a damaged Achilles tendon,” a assertion
from the east London club go through.

“The Ukraine intercontinental sustained the harm throughout Saturday’s 1-
defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium. He had an operation
on Monday early morning and is envisioned to be sidelined for around 6

Irons head of medical services Richard Collinge included: “Andriy’s
operation went perfectly and we will now do the job challenging to help him all over
the rehabilitation process.

“His restoration will be planned very very carefully and we have each and every
assurance that he will return to full fitness in the scheduled


Egypt suffer massive blow as Mohamed Abdel-Shafy ruled out of Ghana clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

epa05630301 Mohamed Abdel Shafy of Egypt (R) in action against Emmanuel Agyemang of Ghana during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying soccer match between Egypt and Ghana at Borg Al Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt, 13 November 2016. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 07, 2017. 20:00

Egypt are set to face Ghana without the services of left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafy due to injury, the Egyptian Football Association have confirmed on Monday.

The 32-year-old Al Ahly defender has been withdrawn from the Pharaohs squad. This will be the first game he misses since the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign started.

According to the national team doctor, Mohamed Abou El-Ela, he revealed that Abdel-Shafy needs a week to return to full training after he picked up an injury with his club.


Abdel-Shafy’s absence may present a chance for 21-year-old Karim Hafez, but coach Hector Cuper might also use Ahmed Fathi or Omar Gaber at the left-back position.

Hafez made his international debut in a friendly against Malawi in August 2015, but his only competitive appearance for the Pharaohs came against Morocco in the quarter-finals of the 2017 CAF African Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Although they have qualified for the World Cup next year in Russia, the Pharaohs will face the Black Stars on Sunday, November 12 at Cape Coast Stadium.

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South Africa suffer huge blow – Itumeleng Khune remains doubtful for Senegal clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs 2016©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 07, 2017. 15:30

South African national team coach Stuart Baxter will have a headache regarding the crisis in the Bafana Bafana goalkeeping department.

Bafana were dealt a huge blow when Kaizer Chiefs and national team goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune suffered an injury in a local league game against Chippa United on Sunday.

‘Itu’ collided with Chippa’s Kurt Lentjies in their 1-0 win and was rushed to a hospital in Port Elizabeth where a scan was taken to determine the extent of the goalkeeper’s injury.

According to a statement from the Soweto giants, Khune was discharged from the hospital later on Sunday evening.

However, he remains a doubt for Bafana as they will face Senegal in their two 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers this weekend.

“The captain has a fracture to a bone in his face,” confirms Kaizer Chiefs physiotherapist David Milner.

“He will see a specialist as soon as possible and we will update thereafter.”

The 1996 African champions will need Khune as they have to bag six points from the two matches against the Lions of Teranga to book a spot in Russia at the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Baxter will now prepare with SuperSport United‘s Ronwen Williams and Orlando Pirates’ Wayne Sandilands as he awaits for Khune’s medical report.

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Al Ahly suffer massive blow ahead of the second leg of the Champions League final – 2017 CAF Champions League

Al Ahly’s Hossam Ashour in continental action against Orlando Pirates

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 12:00

Al Ahly have received a huge blow ahead of the second leg of the CAF Champions League final away in Morocco against Wydad Casablanca.

The clash will be staged on Saturday after last weekend’s 1-1 draw, but the Red Devils will be without experienced midfielder Hossam Ashour.


The 31-year-old, who sustained a groin injury in Ahly’s 4-1 win over Ragaa in an Egyptian Premier League game early October, also missed the first-leg of the CAFChampions League final and is set to miss the second leg as well.

“Ashour is still undergoing rehabilitation due to his groin muscle strain. He is very unlikely to play on Saturday,” Ahly Doctor Khaled Mahmoud said on the club’s official website.

Ashour’s absence deepens Ahly’s troubles as left-winger Ali Maaloul and defender Rami Rabia are also doubtful for the game due to injuries.

Coach Hossam El-Badry and his troops will need to score an away goal to stand a chance of lifting their first Champions League trophy since 2013.

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Al Ahly suffer massive blow ahead of Champions League semifinal – 2017 CAF Champions League

Al Ahly’s Hossam Ashour in continental action against Orlando Pirates

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 18:00

Al Ahly are set to miss the services of midfielder Hossam Ashour after he is ruled out of the CAF Champions League semifinal match against Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel.

The midfielder is ruled out for the second time as they will host the second-leg at Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium on Sunday.

Ashour was ruled out of the 2-1 first-leg loss in Sousse due to a knee injury early this month and will not be able to take part this weekend.

Media reports suggest that Ashour sustained a groin problem in Monday’s 4-1 league victory over lowly Ragaa.


“Scans showed that Ashour has sustained a groin tear,” Ahly doctor Khaled Mahmoud said.

“As a result, he will not be able to take part against Etoile on Sunday.”

The 31-year-old was a forced substitution against Ragaa in the 24th minute despite making no contact with an opponent.

With both Mohamed Fathi and Ashour now confirmed out of the game, it remains to be seen how Ahly would line up against Etoile, with the Cairo giants needing a victory to go through to the final.

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Amakhosi suffer Gordinho, Paez blow – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Kaizer Chiefs

Gustavo Paez of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Keegan Ritchie of Supersport United during Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport United at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on 23 August 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Friday Oct 13, 2017. 17:00

Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed that they will be without the services of both Lorenzo Gordinho and Gustavo Paez for a number of weeks.

The Amakhosi, who linger in sixth place on the Absa Premiership standings following a 2-1 defeat to Baroka FC, have struggled with injury blows throughout the campaign – with a fresh bit of a bad news to frustrate Steve Komphela and Co.


Venezuelan forward. Paez, will be in a moon boot for the next three weeks as he recovers from an ankle injury picked up in the loss to Bakgaga.

Gordinho adds to a growing list of defenders ruled of action for the Glamour Boys – he faces three weeks on the sidelines with broken ribs.

Moreover, Kgotso Moleko will be out for 6-8 weeks after suffering knee ligament damage in the club’s Macufe Cup win over Bloemfontein Celtic.

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Salah: Liverpool must move on from Mané blow – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Bertin Basson

Friday Oct 13, 2017. 15:00

Mohamed Salah has urged his Liverpool teammates to keep moving forward following the unfortunate injury blow to star attacker Sadio Mané.

Mané has been ruled out of action for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury, picked up while on national duty with Senegal earlier this month.

The crippling news comes at a bad time for the Reds, who welcome fierce rivals Manchester United to Anfield this weekend. Furthermore, the Merseyside club play several key matches over the next month – all of which they will have to do without one of their best players.

The Senegal international’s absence has cost Liverpool dearly in the past, since his arrival in 2016, with the club a better team when he is on the pitch.


Mané scored 13 goals for the club last season despite missing January because of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and the final few weeks of the campaign due to a knee injury.

Club teammate Salah, who helped Egypt secure World Cup qualification with a brace against Congo, has come out in support of the former Southampton winger, but insists that Liverpool need to keep moving forward.

“I texted him when he was at the national (team) and then when he came back. He told me then he was injured, so that’s bad news for everyone,”Salah told

“But that’s football and anything can happen. Now we have to focus on the game and keep moving forward,” he concluded.

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Urban Warriors suffer Prince Nxumalo blow – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Prince Nxumalo of Ajax Cape Town challenged by Sibusiso Mbonani of Polokwane City during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Ajax Cape Town and Polokwane City at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 15 September 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Staff Reporter

Friday Sep 22, 2017. 11:07

Ajax Cape Town have suffered a major blow in build-up to their Absa Premiership clash against Baroka FC in Polokwane this Saturday, with news that Prince Nxumalo will not be making the trip to the Limpopo province.

Nxuamlo, 27, was unable to recover from a groin problem and as a result, he will play no part in the club’s match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

The former SuperSport United forward has established himself as an integral part of head coach Stanley Menzo’s plans, and scored a brace as the Urban Warriors beat Polokwane City 2-0 last weekend.


Innocent Nemukondeni has also been ruled out of the league showdown, but Menzo could welcome back star midfielder Grant Margeman.

“Prince, he has a groin strain, he failed to train the whole week and he won’t be travelling with us,” said Menzo. “Innocent, he is also not making the trip, he picked up a knock to his ankle in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge.

“At this moment that is it. Grant is okay, but we need to take care of him. It is a long season, he played a lot of games for club and country last season,” he concluded.

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Ghana’s World Cup hopes suffer crippling blow in Kumasi – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Thievy Koulossa Bifouma of Congo

Bertin Basson

Friday Sep 01, 2017. 20:01

A late goal from Thomas Partey was not enough to ease Ghana’s woes as they remain on the cusp of seeing their 2018 FIFA World Cup hopes go up in smoke following a 1-1 draw to Congo at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Friday.

The Black Stars have qualified for three successive World Cup’s, but look sure to miss out on a ticket to Russia as they remain winless in Group E with Uganda and Egypt leading the way.

For Congo, a point on their travels will serve as some motivation, but in reality the result does neither team any good as they remain well off the pace heading into the reverse fixture in Brazzaville.

The Red Devils made a positive start and hit the front as early as the 18th minute through Thievy Bifouma.

Josef Attamah looked nervy from the onset and it was his mistake that ultimately led to the opener as Fabrice Nguessi pounced to tee up Bifouma for a clinic finish, 0-1.

Ghana went in search of a reply with Partey looking the most likely, his rasping effort well saved by Barel Mouko in the 38th minute.

Congo 1-0 up at the break.

It was no surprise to see Harrison Afful introduced at right-back following the interval, and it was he who threatened in the 70th minute. The USA-based defender unlucky to see his shot rattle the side-netting.

Jordan Ayew was denied by Mokou soon after before Partey stepped up to the plate with both Asomoah Gyan and Andre Ayew substituted.

The Atletico Madrid man finding the back of the net following a defense-splitting pass by Christian Atsu with 85 minutes on the clock.

Too little to late, though, for Ghana who will need a miracle if they are to book a ticket to the world showpiece in Russia.

Ghana (0) 1 (Partey 85′)

Congo (1) 1 (Bifouma 18′)

Ghana: R.Ofori; Attamah (Afful 46′), Mensah, Amartey, Schlupp – Partey, E.Ofori, A.Ayew (Poku 68′) – Atsu, J.Ayew, Gyan (Agyapong 62′)

Congo: Mouko; Itoua, Baudry, Mayembo, Badila – Avounou, Gandze, Bahamboula (Dambou 83′) – Nguessi (Ndinga 56′), Bifouma, Dore (Tsoumou 71′)

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Ghana dealt a blow as Raphael Dwamena withdraws – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Aug 31, 2017. 19:00

Striker Raphael Dwamena will play no part in Ghana’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Congo after withdrawing from their squad.

The FC Zurich player has opted to stay in Switzerland to undergo tests, having failed a medical assessment with Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion last week.

Dwamena reportedly failed the medical with the Seagulls due to an issue with his heart, and he is seeking a second opinion on his health status.

A statement on the Ghana FA website read: “Raphael Dwamena pulls out of Ghana squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Congo. He is undergoing further medical tests in Switzerland.”

The Black Stars have called up Red Star Belgrade striker Richmond Boakye as a replacement.

Coach James Kwesi Appiah is also sweating on the fitness of defender John Boye, who will undergo tests on his thigh injury.

Ghana will host Congo in the teams’ first Group E match in Kumasi on Friday night, with the return set for Brazzaville next week Tuesday.

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Ibrahima Traoré blow for Guinea – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Aug 30, 2017. 17:30

Guinea have suffered a massive blow with news that Ibrahima Traoré will miss the country’s back-to-back 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Libya.

German Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach, confirmed on Tuesday that the 29-year-old will be forced to watch from the sidelines for the foreseeable future after tearing a muscle in his right thigh.

The club announced that Traoré was supposed to travel to Conakry in preparation for Guinea’s upcoming qualifiers, but that the trip was called off following examination.


Mönchengladbach Team Doctor Dr. Stefan Hertl. “Ibo has sustained the tear in the distal third of the semimembranosus muscle.”

Guinea have yet to register a point in Group A following successive defeats to Tunisia and DR Congo.

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Nigeria suffer injury blow as Alex Iwobi is ruled out – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Alex Iwobi (R) celebrates with Nacho Monreal

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Aug 28, 2017. 14:00

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) have explained changes that have been made in the Super Eagles squad ahead of the encounters with Cameroon.

This is after CSKA Moscow star Aaron Samuel and Standard Liege’s Uche Agbo were included in the Super Eagles squad.

The two players were initially named in the standby list for Nigeria’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against reigning African champions Cameroon.

Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi has since been withdrawn from the Nigeria squad after sustaining an injury.

The NFF’s media officer Toyin Ibitoye discussed why Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr decided to call up the two players.

‎”They were invited to the team because the coach feels they will be needed if any player withdraws due to injury.

“Beyond the injury to Alex Iwobi they have been on the mind of the coach,” Ibitoye told

If Nigeria beat Cameroon in the two Group B matches, they will edge closer to qualifying for next year’s finals which are scheduled to be hosted by Russia.

Nigeria will host Cameroon on the 1st of September 2017, while the return leg match is scheduled to be played in Yauonde three days later.

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Crystal Palace suffer Wilfried Zaha blow – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Bertin Basson

Friday Aug 18, 2017. 18:00

Crystal Palace have suffered a massive blow with news that wing-wizard Wilfried Zaha will miss up to a month of action after suffering a knee injury during the club’s opening 2017-18 Premier League fixture.

Although the Ivory Coast international finished the 90 minutes against Huddersfield, he departed Selhurst Park with a knee brace and it has now been confirmed that he will not play for around four weeks.

The news comes as a bitter blow for both the Eagles and the Elephants with Zaha set to miss upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Gabon, set to take place in early September.


Zaha, 24, penned a new five-year contract with Palace earlier this year despite reported interest from elsewhere.

The South London club got their campaign off to the worst possible start; losing 3-0 at home to newly promoted Huddersfield.

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Nascimento blow for Sundowns – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Ricardo Nascimento of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs at the Loftus Stadium in Pretoria on the 19 November 2016©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

Bertin Basson

Wednesday Aug 02, 2017. 18:00

According to reports, Mamelodi Sundowns will not register Ricardo Nascimento for the 2017-18 Premier Soccer League season as the defender is nursing an injury that will keep him out of action for 6-8 months.

Razak Brimah’s arrival has created a problem for head coach Pitso Mosimane, who will need to release one of his foreign contingent to accommodate the Ghana international.

The 30-year-old goalkeeper is the Brazilians first signing of the current transfer window, arriving in South Africa following several years playing in Spain. Brimah penned a five-year-deal at Chloorkop and will challenge Denis Onyango and Kennedy Mweene for the number one spot.


According to the Citizen, Brimah will be registered for the new season with Nascimento’s name not among those included in Mosiamne’s squad as the Brazilian defender will be out of action for the remainder of the year.

Nascimento signed for Sundowns 12 months ago, making 30 appearances and scoring three goals in his time at the club thus far.

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Goalkeeper blow for Chile ahead of Cameroon showdown – 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

Claudio Bravo, Manchester City

Bertin Basson

Sunday Jun 18, 2017. 18:00

Claudio Bravo has been ruled out of Sunday night’s 2017 CAF Confederations Cup clash against Cameroon at the Otkrytiye Arena in Moscow.
The Chile shot-stopper has failed to recover from an ankle injury picked up while playing for Manchester City back in April, and will as a result sit out the Group B opener in the Russian capital.

Johnny Herrera is set to replace Bravo in goal, while Alexis Sanchez is set to start for the South American champions despite carrying an ankle knock.

Russia beat New Zealand 2-0 in the opening game of the tournament on Saturday evening.

Australia and Germany complete Group B with African champions Cameroon setting their sights on reaching the final for a second time.

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