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Nigerian Moses Simon nets brace in Gent’s midweek win – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 25, 2017. 17:00


Nigerian attacker Moses Simon inspired KAA Gent to a 3-0 win over AS Eupen in Belgian top flight football on Tuesday night.

The Super Eagles winger scored two penalties – in the 36th and 38th minutes – to round off the scoring for Gent at their GHELAMCO-Arena.

The hosts had earlier opened the scoring through Japan’s Yuya Kubo, who was set-up by Nigerian Samuel Kalu.

Gent also featured Ghana’s Nana Asare, Tunisian Dylan Bronn and another Nigerian, Anderson Esiti, in an African-heavy line-up.

Simon has now scored three goals in 10 league appearances, while Kalu has also hit the back of the net three times from his nine appearances.

Gent are placed 12th on the Belgian top flight table with 13 points from 12 matches.

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Grobler brace leads SuperSport to CAFCC final

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Grobler brace leads SuperSport to CAFCC final

Ghazi Ayadi of Club Africain tackles Bradley Grobler of Supersport United during the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup

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Bertin Basson

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 22:23


SuperSport United booked their place in the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup showpiece following a 3-1 (4-2 on aggregate) win over Club Africain at the Stade Olympique de Radès on Sunday evening.

Following a 1-1 draw at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville earlier this month, Matsatsantsa played the perfect hand in Tunisia to seal their place in a continental final for the very first time.

Matsatsantsa will take on TP Mazembe in the final, with the defending champions having edged FUS Rabat over two legs.

Bradley Grobler got SuperSport off to the perfect start in Radès with Eric Tinkler’s troops hitting the front after only 16 minutes.

Thuso Phala with the inch perfect cross to tee up Grobler who made a late dart into the penalty area before directing a thunderous header into the top corner of the net.

Club Africain almost found the equalizer a minute later, but Morgan Gould cleared Nicholas Opoku’s attempt off the line.

The hosts would continue to probe with Ronwen Williams particularly impressive to keep out Ghazi Ayadi’s attempt in the 35th minute, but SuperSport held on to take a 1-0 lead into the break.

Matsatsantsa doubled their lead seven minutes following the interval. Teboho Mokoena slipping Jeremy Brockie through on goal, the New Zealand international making no mistake for his 10th CAFCC goal of the season.

Saber Khalifa cut the Tunisians deficit in half from the penalty spot in the 56th minute following a foul by Gould, but SuperSport would restore parity soon after.

Grobler completing his double after linking up with Phala once more in the 64th minute to put the result beyond any reasonable doubt.

Clayton Daniels had be alert to deny Club Africain another in added time, but it mattered little as SuperSport booked their place in the final.

Club Africain (0) 1 (Khalifa penalty 56′)

SuperSport United (1) 3 (Grobler 16′ 64′ Brockie 52′)

Club Africain: A.Dkhili; Fakherddine, Opoku (Ifa 64′), Belkhiter, Abdi, I.Dkhili, Ayadi (Darragi 56′), Khalil, Khalifa, Chenihi, Rusike (Aounallah 78′).

SuperSport United: Williams; Nhlapo, Gould, Daniels, Modiba – Furman, Letsholonyane, Mokoena – Phala (Wome 80′), Grobler (Lakay 68′), Brockie (Mashamaite 60′).

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Mohamed Salah brace sends Egypt to Russia – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Brian Lee

Sunday Oct 08, 2017. 21:22


A brace from Mohamed Salah sees Egypt uncatchable at the top of their 2018 World Cup qualifying group after beating Congo 2-1 at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria on Sunday night.

It was not all plain sailing for the Pharaohs who needed a 95th minute penalty goal to seal the victory in their penultimate Group E qualifier.

The win, though, is enough to see Egypt go to the top of Group E with 12 points from five matches.

Uganda, who drew 0-0 with Ghana on Saturday, are second in the group with eight points and with only one 2018 World Cup qualifying game to go.

Ghana are third with six points and Congo last with one point in Group E.

The match itself in Alexandria on Sunday was a rather dull affair with Egypt very cagey in attack as they opted to defend in numbers to avoid defeat.

Congo, on the other hand, offered very little in attack and the opening half ended 0-0.

Egypt played much better in the second half and threw numbers forward in attack in search of the goal that would send them to Russia next year.

The Pharaohs thought they had found that goal in the 63rd minute when Mohamed Salah found the back of the net with a clinical finish, 1-0.

Egypt looked to be cruising to victory until Arnold Bouka Moutou equalised for Congo in the 88th minute.

The drama, however, was not over with Mohamed Salah converting from the penalty spot in the 95th minute to hand Egypt a 2-1 win and a place in the World Cup next year.

The last round of qualifiers will take place in November with Congo hosting Uganda and Egypt traveling to Ghana.

Egypt (0) 2 (Mohamed Salah 63’ + 95’ pen)

Congo (0) 1 (Moutou 88’)

Teams

Egypt: El Hadary, Hegazy, Fathi, Abdelshafi, Rabia, Elneny, Hamed, Sobhi (Elmohamady 88’), Salah, Hassan (Gamal 78’), Gomaa (Mahmoud 56’).

Congo: Mouko, Itoua, Mayembo, Etou, Badila, N’dinga, Saint-Louis (Gandze 93’), Delarge (Bouka Moutou 71’), Oniangue, Bahamboula (Ndockyt 84’), Bifouma.

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Amr Marei brace sends Etoile Sahel into the semis

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Al Ahly Tripoli player Mohamed Al Ghanodi (C) in action against Etoile Sportive player Zied Boughattas (R) and Aymen Sfaxi (L)

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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Sep 24, 2017. 21:43


Amr Marei struck early in each half as Etoile Sahel defeated Al Ahly Tripoli on Sunday night to seal a place in the CAF Champions League semifinals.

The Tunisian giants defeated their Libyan visitors 2-0 in the teams’ quarterfinal, second leg match at the Olympic Stadium in Sousse. The first leg last weekend finished in a goalless draw.

Etoile claimed an early lead through Amr Marei, who struck home in the 14th minute to see ESS take the ascendancy in the tie.

The 25-year-old Egyptian was on the score sheet again early in the second half, finding the net in the 47th minute to extend his side’s lead to 2-0.

The two-goal victory proved to be enough for ESS, who advanced into the final four to keep alive their dream of adding to their one Champions League title.

Etoile will face Cairo giants Al Ahly in the semifinals, with the first leg set to be staged in Tunisia next weekend and the return game in Egypt on the weekend of October 20-22.

ESS and Ahly famously met in the 2005 and 2007 Champions League finals, with the Egyptian side winning on the former occasion and the Tunisians on the latter.

The other semifinal tie will see Algeria’s USM Alger come up against Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca.

Etoile Sahel (1) 2 (Marei 14’ 47’)

Al Ahly Tripoli 0

Etoile: Mathlouthi, Nagguez, Konate, Bedoui (Boughattas 73’), Trabelsi, Ben Amor, Brigui, Bangoura, Lahmar, Chermiti (Belgacem 79’), Marei

Tripoli: Nashnush, Derbali, Salama, Abboud, Aleyat, Khalleefah, Ahmed (Al Taher 65’), Ali (Ablo 70’), Mabide, Ellafi (Madyen 78’), Al Ghanodi

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Páez brace guides Amakhosi past Maritzburg – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Páez brace guides Amakhosi past Maritzburg

Gustavo Paez of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Sep 20, 2017. 21:50


Gustavo Páez bagged a brace as Kaizer Chiefs moved to fourth place on the Absa Premiership log standings in aftermath of a 2-0 win over Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday evening.

At a venue were they have found the going tough in the past eight years, the Amakhosi showed grit and determination with Itumeleng Khune particularly spectacular once more.

The Bafana Bafana goalkeeper winning his third man-of-the-match accolade in succession for his role in keeping a motivated Team of Choice outfit at arms length.

The game was an action packed affair, with Maritzburg showing their visitors no respect from the onset.

Páez, though, would open the scoring for the Soweto giants – pouncing on a loose ball inside the area after Richard Ofori had denied Bhongolwethu Jayiya in the 14th minute.

This would spark Maritzburg into life with the hosts dominating the rest of the half to no avail, with Khune and his defence resolute.

0-0 at the break.

Maritzburg resumed their assault on Khune’s goal following the interval, but it would be Chiefs to double their lead on the hour mark. Páez quickest to react after Maritzburg failed to clear their lines from a corner-kick.

The hosts continued to pour forward in numbers, and were rewarded for their persistence in the 89th minute with a penalty-kick. Khune, though, would not be beaten as he denied Evans Rusike from 12 yards.

As a result, Chiefs leapfrog Maritzburg who slip to fifth after seeing their unbeaten run come to an end.

Maritzburg United (0) 0

Kaizer Chiefs (0) 2 (Páez 14′ 60′)

Maritzburg United: Ofori; Xulu, Fransman, Sanoka (Makaringe 46′), Weidlich (Mokate 79′) – Shandu, Mekoa , Maboe, Atouba – Fillecia (Van Wyk 78′), Rusike

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune; Moleko, Gordinho, Cardoso, Zulu – Katsande, Malope (Ekstein 71′), Meyiwa (Mathoho 67′) – Jayiya (Parker 80′), Tshabalala, Páez

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Prince brace leads Ajax CT to victory in the rain – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Bantu Mzwakali of Ajax Cape Town evades challenge from Sammy Seabi of Polokwane City (r) and Jabu Maluleke of Polokwane City (l) 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

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Bertin Basson

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 22:25


Ajax Cape Town secured a first win of the 2017-18 Absa Premiership season, beating Polokwane City 2-0 on a rainy Friday evening at Cape Town Stadium.

Prince Nxumalo at the double for the hosts, who stretched their unbeaten home record against Rise and Shine to five games. Victory subsequently moves Ajax Cape Town up to 10th place on the log standings, City drop to 12th place.

The Urban Warriors showed early signs of promise with Innocent Nemukondeni – in his first start for the club – forcing George Chigova into a good save in the seventh minute.

The Rise and Shine goal-minder was called into action once more five minutes later, this time to deny Nxumalo. The burly Zimbabwean sliding in with his feet to clear from danger.

Stanley Menzo’s troops continued to dominate the possession stats, but were not putting that advantage to good use, with the hosts guilty of coughing up possession at every turn.

City, though, ended the half on the front foot with Walter Musona squandering a golden opportunity with only Brandon Petersen to beat in the 40th minute.

0-0 at the break.

The rain kept gushing down following the interval, with Rodney Ramagalela’s range finder sailing into Petersen’s grateful arms.

Nxumalo finally found the breakthrough in the 70th minute – pouncing on a mistake by George Chigova for his first of the campaign.

The burly forward wouldn’t have to wait long to double his tally, nodding home Rodrick Kabwe’s pin-point cross in the 90th minute to secure all three points for the hosts.

Ajax Cape Town (0) 2 (Nxumalo 70′ 90′)

Polokwane City (0) 0

Ajax Cape Town: Petersen; Evans (Isaacs 71′), Nhlapo, Booysen, Lebusa – Malepe, Mdabuka, Mzwakali (Kabwe 78′) – Nemukondeni (Uzoenyi 55′), Mosadi, Nxumalo

Polokwane City: Chigova; Hlongwane, Mbonani, Maponyane, Tshehla – Klaas (Mngomezulu 80′), Musona, Seabi, Jacobs (Tlolane 88′) – Maluleke (Ndou 80′), Ramagalela

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Motupa brace hands Baroka 3-1 win over Chippa

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Musa Nyatama of Orlando Pirates challenges Gift Motupa of Baroka FC

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 12, 2017. 21:46


Gift Motupa came off the bench to score two goals for Baroka FC and help them claim a 3-1 win over hosts Chippa United in an Absa Premiership clash on Tuesday.

Bakgaga picked up their first win of the season in the match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, while the Chilli Boys will look back at a game in which they were often the dominant force and wonder how they ended up with zero points.

Chippa started brightly and had the first clear chance of the match as early as the sixth minute, with winger Menzi Masuku sending a shot just wide of Virgil Vries’ goalposts.

The Eastern Cape side had further long-range efforts off target from Abel Mabaso and Mark Mayambela, but in the 27th minute they need goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo to pull off a fine save to keep out an effort from Lucky Nguzana.

The chance gave Baroka a new spark and on 41 minutes they claimed a surprise lead, with Chippa’s defence all at sea as they attempted to keep out a relentless attack, and an unfortunate James Okwuosa put the ball into his own net.

The Chilli Boys made a change upfront early in the second half, replacing Moeketsi Sekola with Katlego Mashego. The veteran forward soon proved his worth when he converted from the penalty spot in the 56th minute to draw the teams level at 1-1.

Chippa looked to have the bit between their teeth and began piling pressure on Baroka’s defence, but against the run of play the Polokwane side regained the lead in the 63rd minute when substitute Gift Motupa finished off a rare chance.

The Eastern Cape side looked to go up a gear in what remained of the game, but they struggled to find a way past Baroka’s resilient defence.

And the Limpopo side ensured all three points would come back home with them when Motupa netted his second goal, beating Mhlongo for the second time in the final minute of regulation time to wrap up an impressive 3-1 away win.

Chippa United (0) 1 (Mashego 56’ pen)

Baroka FC (1) 3 (Okwuosa og 40’, Motupa 63’ 90’)

Chippa: Mhlongo, Mvelase, Macheke, Okwuosa, Maphanga, Mabaso, Zuke, Mayambela (Manzini 73’), Lentjies, Masuku (Mako 59’), Sekola (Mashego 52’)

Baroka: Vries, Shaku, Kgoetyane, Ntshangase (Motupa 59’), Banda, Moeti, Chawapihwa, Mothupa, Madubanya, Mdantsane, Nguzana

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Kone brace steals victory for Mali at death

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Mousa Kone of Mali tackled by Houeibib El Hassen of Mauritania during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Mali and Mauritania at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 11 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Monday Sep 11, 2017. 18:59


A brace from Moussa Kone in the dying stages of the match handed Mali a 3-1 win over Mauritania in a Last 16 match at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Monday, September 11.

Mali started the better of the two teams and almost took the lead as early as the seventh minute, but Amara Malle saw his stinging volley from the edge of the box brilliantly saved by the Mauritania keeper.

The Eagles continued to push forward and were rewarded for their efforts on the half hour with the game’s first goal.

Mandala Konte opened the scoring after latching onto a 20-yard shot from Mohamed Traore which bounced off the crossbar and into his path – and he made no mistake as he tapped the ball over the line from close range, 1-0.

Mauritania , though, were not going to go down without a fight and hit-back six minutes later when a corner was headed into the path of Samba Cheikh who volleyed home with clinical precision from six-yards out, 1-1.

Mali finished the half the stronger side and almost re-took the lead in the dying seconds of the stanza when a 22-yard thunderbolt from Oumar Kida skimmed the wrong side of the upright.

Five minutes into the second half Moussa Kone should have scored the Eagles second goal when Mandala Konte slipped him through on goal, but he fired wide from six-yards out with just the keeper to beat.

They game fell into a bit of a lull after that with neither side really able to muster any decent goal scoring chances and the match looked to be heading for the dreaded penalty shoot-out.

That was until Moussa Kone stepped up for Mali and handed them victory with two goals in three minutes in the dying stages of the match.

First, in the 88th minute Kone pounced on a loose ball inside the Mauritania box following a goalmouth scramble and fired home from close range, 2-1.

The cherry on top was his second goal and his country’s third in the 91st minute when he broke behind the defence and made no mistake with just the keeper to beat, 3-1.

Mali (1) 3 (Konte 30’, Kone 88’+91′)
Mauritania (1) 1 (Cheikh 36’)

Teams

Mali coach: Nouhoum Diane

Mali: 16. Diarra, 13. I Samake, 15. I Traore, 4. Samassekou, 14. L Samake, 6. Konte, 17. M Traore (2. Bah 59’), 8. Coulibaly, 7. Malle (18. Dieng 72’), 9. Kida (10. Niangaddou 57’), 11. Kone.

Mauritania coach: Martins Corentin

Mauritania: 1. Souleimane, 2. Mostapha, 3. Hassen (13. Youba 46’), 5. Bilal Sidi Mohamed, 12. Moussa, 8. Djiby (4. Wade Mohamed 62’), 9. Karamokho (7. Moctat 82’), 10. Samba, 14. Bodda, 19. Cheikh, 23. Abdoulaye.

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Mwila rejoices over his brace against Algeria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Brian Mwila of Zambia Celebration after completing his brace against Algeria during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Zambia vs Algeria on September,2nd 2017 at National Heroes stadium,Lusaka in Zambia
©Sid Kalungar/Backpagepix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Sep 03, 2017. 14:30


After netting a brace against Algeria in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Saturday, Zambian striker Brian Mwila says he is delighted.

Coach Wedson Nyirenda’s men are now looking to bag a win in their return leg in Algeria on Tuesday as they want to consolidate their spot in the group.

The win has elevated Chipolpolo to the second spot in Group B with seven points from three matches so far and a win in Algiers will boost their hopes of booking a spot in Russia.

TRANSFER WINDOW SHOULD CLOSE LONG BEFORE INTERNATIONALS – WILMOTS

Mwila netted four goals for the national team in the 2017 COSAFA Cup and 2018 Kenya Africa Nations Championship qualifying race.

Speaking after the match, the Platinum Stars striker in the South African Premier Soccer League expressed delight.

“I am delighted to have scored two goals. I was really looking forward to helping my country in a crucial match,” Mwila told the Daily Mail.

The return leg will be staged on Tuesday, September 5 in Algeria.

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Islam Slimani brace sees Leicester crush Sheffield in League Cup – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Leicester City striker Islam Slimani

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Aug 23, 2017. 17:00


A brace of goals from Algeria’s Islam Slimani helped Leicester City ease into the next round of the Carabao (League) Cup with a 4-1 away win over Sheffield United on Tuesday.

The Fennec Foxes forward has been a peripheral figure at the Premier League club since manager Craig Shakespeare took over from Claudio Ranieri earlier this year.

Yet he was handed a starting role for the club’s second round clash at Bramhall Lane and vindicated his inclusion by scoring in the 63rd and 67th minutes.

Slimani’s brace was sandwiched by an opening goal from Demarai Gray and an injury-time strike from Nigerian Ahmed Musa. Caolan Lavery netted the Blades’ consolation.

With first-choice striker Jamie Vardy linked with a move away from the Foxes before the end of the current transfer window, Slimani’s brace offers hope that he can replace the Englishman as the team’s spearhead.

Leicester will next be in action on Saturday evening when they face Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

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Ramagalela brace sees City to victory – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Jabulani Maluleke of Polokwane City challenged by George Lebese of Mamelodi Sundowns during Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Polokwane City at Loftus Versveld Stadium, Pretoria South Africa on 22 August 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Aug 22, 2017. 21:29


A brace of goals from Rodney Ramagalela against his former team saw Polokwane City defeat Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 on Tuesday night.

The Absa Premiership match at Loftus Versfeld also featured a first Brazilians goal for George Lebese, while Rise and Shine have gone joint top of the table with Orlando Pirates.

Polokwane had the first clear chance of the match, with a simple passing move opening up space for Rodney Ramagalela to shoot on goal in the seventh minute, but he dragged his effort wide of the target.

Sundowns handed a debut to new signing Thokozani Sekotlong and the former Free State Stars striker should have had a hat-trick inside the first 30 minutes. He missed three tremendous opportunities, all set up by the pace and dribbling skill of Percy Tau.

Just past the half hour mark the visitors threatened again through the pace of Ramagalela, but his danger was quickly quelled by a superb challenge from Motjeka Madisha.

However, it was soon third time lucky for Ramagalela, who took advantage of a rebound to score from close range in the 35th minute and hand Polokwane the lead against his old side.

Sundowns look to hit back before half time, but the promising Tau and Sekotlong partnership remained frustrated up to the interval, leaving Rise and Shine 1-0 up at the midway mark.

Early in the second half the Brazilians needs goalkeeper Denis Onyango to make a superb save and prevent Thabang Klaas from adding a second goal to Polokwane’s tally.

‘Downs recovered from that scare to draw level within 10 minutes of the restart, as they earned a penalty for hand-ball in the box. George Lebese took on the spot kick and netted his first goal for the Tshwane giants to make it 1-1.

Yet parity lasted only until the 69th minute, when Ramagalela scored a brilliant opportunist goal to put City back in the lead. The striker received a ball from midfield, turned into space and struck home a long-range volley which caught Onyango out of position.

The closest ‘Downs came to an equaliser was a free kick from skipper Hlompho Kekana which narrowly missed George Chigova’s left-hand upright in the 82nd minute.

Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 1 (Lebese 54’ pen)

Polokwane City (1) 2 (Ramagalela 35’ 69’)

Sundowns: Onyango, Morena, Madisha, Soumahoro, Langerman, Zwane, Kekana, Manyisa (Hachi 84’), Lebese (Laffor 74’), Sekotlong (Zakri 74’), Tau

City: Chigova, Semenya, Tshilo, Mbonani, Hlongwane, Klaas, Manaka (Vilakazi 86’), J. Maluleke, Seabi, Mngomezulu (Booi 70’), Ramagalela (Tlolane 86’)

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Muzamiru Mutyaba brace hands Uganda big advantage over Rwanda

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Erisa Ssekisambu and Muzamiru Mutyaba of Uganda

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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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Geraldo brace leads Angola into next round

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Geraldo brace leads Angola into next round

Geraldo of Angola during the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, South Africa 2013 football match between South Africa and Cape Verde at The National Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on 19 January 2013 ©Chris Ricco/Backpagepix

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Bertin Basson

Sunday Jul 23, 2017. 19:50


A brace from Geraldo spearhead Angola into the next round of 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament qualifiers.

Palancas Negras booking their place in the final qualifying round following a 3-2 (4-2 on aggregate) win over Mauritius at the Estádio 11 de Novembro.

The Southern Zone second round fixture in Luanda was an end to end affair with the hosts pushed all the way.

The 2011 runners-up defeated their opponents 1-0 in the reverse fixture last week. Ricardo Job with the only goal at the Stade Anjalay in Belle Vue Maurel.

Job opened the scoring as early as the 3rd minute in the second leg , but the Island nation showed their metal – fighting back twice – as the first half ended level at 2-2 in the Angolan capital.

Geraldo, though, would bag the winner for the hosts in the 70th minute as they booked their place in the next round.

Angola will face Madagascar for a place at the showpiece in Kenya.

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