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Chelsea confirm Tammy Abraham has snubbed Nigeria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Swansea’s Jordan Ayew (left) celebrates with Tammy Abraham after scoring their second goal during the Carabao Cup, third round match at the Madejski Stadium, Reading. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 19, 2017. See PA story SOCCER Reading. Photo credit should read: Scott Heavey/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 08, 2017. 15:30


Swansea City striker Tammy Abraham has snubbed the chance to play for Nigeria, as confirmed by parent club Chelsea.

The Camberwell-born 20-year-old is eligible to represent Nigeria because of ancestral ties to the West African country.

Nigerian football authorities have attempted to recruit Abraham for the Super Eagles, but their efforts have been in vain.

Abraham has received a call-up to the senior England team for impending friendlies against Germany and Brazil, and Chelsea confirmed on their official website that he is committed to the Three Lions.

In reviewing their players that have reported for international duty, the Blues’ site explained: “Abraham who, along with Loftus-Cheek, has been called up to the senior squad for the first time, has pledged his long-term future to England following recent reports which indicated Nigeria were hopeful of persuading him to switch allegiance.”

Abraham will hope to make his senior England debut in the match against Germany at Wembley Stadium on Friday night.



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Algeria confirm Rabah Madjer as new coach – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Riyad Karim Mahrez of Algeria celebrates a goal with teammates during the Afcon Group B match between Algeria and Zimbabwe on the 15 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Oct 19, 2017. 10:00


The Algerian Football Federation (FAF) has confirmed that Rabah Madjer has been appointed as their new national team manager.

Madjer, 58, is the fifth coach to take charge of the Fennec Foxes in the past three years and succeeds Spaniard Lucas Alcaraz, who was sacked earlier this month after Algeria’s elimination from the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Madjer is a legendary former Algerian national team player and has had multiple spells in charge of the North African side, the most recent of which ended in 2002 with an early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations.

Madjer has been tasked with securing qualification for the 2019 AFCON in Cameroon, though his first game in charge will be the dead-rubber World Cup qualifier against Group B winners and Russia-bound Nigeria next month.



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Anderlecht confirm interest in Senegal star Mbodji – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Anderlecht defender Kara Mbodji

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Aug 14, 2017. 16:00


Belgian outfit Anderlecht have handed Senegalese international Kara Mbodji a new contract amidst interest from other European clubs.

The towering defender was one of Anderlecht’s star players as they clinched the 2016/17 Belgian Pro League title and the recent 2017 Belgian Super Cup.

Anderlecht have now announced that Mbodji, who joined the club from another Belgian club Genk in August, 2015, has inked a new deal.

A club statement read: “Despite the interest of several European clubs, RSC Anderlecht today found an agreement with its defensive pillar Kara Mbodji regarding an extension of its contract.

“The 27-year-old Senegalese international is now linked to the Mauve and Blanc until 2020.

“The club is obviously delighted to be able to count on the services of Kara Mbodji in the coming seasons.”

The highly-rated defender played for Tromsø IL in the Norwegian Premier League for three seasons, before joining Genk in December, 2012.

Mbodji can also play in midfield as a central defensive midfielder.



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Baroka confirm Zim star Munetsi departure – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Marshall Munetsi of Baroka FC tackled by Thembela Sikhakhane of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership match between Baroka FC and Orlando Pirates at the Loftus Stadium in Pretoria on the 30 November 2016©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jul 31, 2017. 18:00


South African giants Orlando Pirates have decided to recall Zimbabwe international Marshall Munetsi from his loan spell.

The 21-year-old central midfielder spent last season out on loan at Absa Premiership side Baroka FC.

Munetsi enjoyed regular game time at the Limpopo-based outfit – making 26 league appearances for the club – scoring twice in the process.

Pirates, who are based in Johannesburg, have since decided to recall the promising midfielder following his successful loan stint.

Morgan Mammila, the Baroka chief executive officer, confirmed the news on Sunday.

“Yes, it’s true, Munetsi went back to Pirates,” Mammila tells KickOff.com.

Munetsi is set to compete with the likes of Issa Sarr, Thamsanqa Sangweni and Oupa Manyisa in central midfield at Bucs.

Pirates will be hoping to clinch the 2017/18 Absa Premiership title after finishing the 2016/17 season trophless.



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Baroka confirm Playoff triumph with 1-1 draw at Leopards – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Richard Matloga of Baroka FC © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Jun 17, 2017. 17:01


Baroka FC will play Absa Premiership football next season after a 1-1 draw away to Black Leopards on Saturday confirmed their triumph in the PSL Promotion Playoff competition.

Despite playing almost half of the game with 10 men, Bakgaga held on for a stalemate at Thohoyandou Stadium which ensured they finished three points clear of Lidoda Duvha (who needed to win by two clear goals to gain promotion) at the top of the log.

Leopards threatened early on and nearly claimed the lead in the sixth minute, with Mwape Musonda shooting on target direct from a free kick only to see goalkeeper Tshinuna Avhashoni tip the ball over the crossbar.

Baroka gradually found their footing in the game and by the half hour mark they were dominating proceedings and it seemed only a matter of time until they broke the deadlock.

Their goal duly arrived in the 34th minute, with excellent play from Richard Matloga creating a move which saw him power a shot on target from a tight angle – Rotshidzwa Muleka saved the attempt, but Victor Letsoalo arrived to sweep home the rebound.

Four minutes later it was almost 2-0 to Bakgaga, with a loose ball in the penalty area fired toward goal by Jose Garcia. The Baroka man must have thought he had scored as soon as he made contact with the ball, but he was denied by a brilliant reaction save from Muleka.

Letsoalo turned from hero to villain early in the second half when he had a late challenge on Jean Munganga, picked up his second yellow card and was sent off, leaving Baroka at a man’s disadvantage.

Leopards dialled up the pressure against their 10-man opponents and on 65 minutes they were awarded a penalty when Matome Kgoetyane clumsily fell in his own 18-yard area and tripped up Lebogang Mabotja. Leonard Ntshangase converted the spot kick to make it 1-1.

With the chance of a miraculous turnaround on the cards, Lidoda Duvha began throwing men forward with almost reckless abandon and they were lucky Baroka didn’t find a second goal with several counter attacks in the latter stages of the game.

In the end a 1-1 draw was probably a fair reflection of the match, and Baroka were certainly worthy winners of the Playoffs after going four matches unbeaten against Leopards and Stellenbosch FC.

Black Leopards (0) 1 (Ntshangase 66’ pen)

Baroka FC (1) 1 (Letsoalo 34’)

Leopards: Muleka, Munyai, Munganga, Ndou (Shivambu 77’), Mabotja, Maphangule (Mahangwahaya 46’), Abubakar, Nange, Zimu, Musonda (Mkhulise 58’), Ntshangase

Baroka: Avhashoni, Kgoetyane, Mahashe, Shaku, Masenamela, Matloga (Matlakala 74’), Madubanya, Mdatsane, Kgaswane (Kunene 56’), Garcia (Munetsi 50’), Letsoalo



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