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Baroka fight back to deny Stars – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Nov 26, 2017. 17:57


Platinum Stars were twice pegged back by Baroka FC as the teams played to a 2-2 draw in an entertaining Absa Premiership match at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday.

Bakgaga continue to lead the top flight despite not having won a game since late September, while Dikwena move back to 15th place on goal difference and have at least put together a five-match unbeaten run.

Stars created the first half chance of the match inside the opening 10 minutes, but striker Bongi Ntuli only succeeded in hitting the side netting with an effort from a tight angle.

The teams then cancelled each other out for most of the first half, with few scoring opportunities created at either end.

However, on 35 minutes the visitors put together a fine passing move which saw Robert Ng’ambi tee up Katlego Otladisa, who showed great composure to pick his spot and stroke home a low shot to make it 1-0 to Stars.

Otladisa’s first goal in PSL football left Dikwena one up at the half-time break, but they still opted for a tactical change at the start of the second as Enocent Mkhabela replaced Raymond Monama in midfield.

Yet it was Baroka’s first substitute, Mpho Kgaswane, who made a major impact on the game, as he struck home a superb shot from outside the box on 58 minutes to draw the hosts level at 1-1.

Stars almost reclaimed the lead in the 74th minute when Ntuli beat Virgil Vries to a long ball over the top and got around the goalkeeper, but with defenders retreating to pressure him the striker wasn’t able to capitalise.

The match looked set to end 1-1, but two late goals added some further drama. First, on 87 minutes, Ng’ambi scrambled the ball home from close range after Vries couldn’t handle a cross from the right flank, but this was immediately cancelled out by a sublime volley from Robin Ngalande to leave the game locked at 2-2.

The teams will be back in league action next midweek, with Baroka away to Mamelodi Sundowns on December 5, while Stars will take on hosts Polokwane City the following day.

Baroka FC (0) 2 (Kgaswane 58’, Ngalande 89’)

Platinum Stars (1) 2 (Otladisa 35’, Ng’ambi 87’)

Baroka: Vries, Shaku, Masenamela, Chawapihwa (Macha 66’), Banda,Moeti (Kgaswane 55’), Kgoetyane, Ntshangase (Mosele 84’), Madubanya, Mdantsane, Ngalande

Stars: Visser, Mnguni, Mwedihanga, Zulu, Sithole, Msomi, Masalesa, Ng’ambi, Monama (Mkhabela 46’), Otladisa (De Jongh 90’), Ntuli

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English FA deny Nigerian international Ogenyi Onazi his work permit – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Aug 18, 2017. 12:00


Latest information from England is that the English Football Association has denied handing Nigerian international Ogenyi Onazi his work permit.

The Super Eagles midfielder has been denied a work permit to play for English Championship side Birmingham City.

According to the BBC website, Birmingham had agreed terms with the 24-year-old to sign him from Turkish club, Trabzonspor.

However, the FA has decided against handing the player a work permit for Onazi last week and an appeal has reportedly been made.

The appeal made by the club was also rejected on Wednesday despite Onazi being a regular in the Nigerian national team.

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Onazi has featured 38 times for the Super Eagles and helped them to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as well as qualifying and reaching the last 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

However, it is mentioned that Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the past two editions of the CAF African Nations Cup has affected his chances of securing a work permit to play in the English Championship.

Despite appearing in over 80% of the national team games, Onazi failed to earn a permit after the FA considered the West African nation’s world ranking in the past two years.

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Maritzburg United deny that Brian Onyango has gone AWOL – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Maritzburg Utd.

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Maritzburg United deny that Brian Onyango has gone AWOL

Thobani Mncwango of Polokwane City challenged by Brian Onyango of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Maritzburg United and Polokwane City at Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg South Africa on 27 September 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Tuesday Jul 25, 2017. 11:00


Maritzburg United have claimed that their chairman, Mr Farook Kadodia, was misinterpreted when asked about the whereabouts of defender Brian Onyango.

KickOff.com on Monday reported that the Kenya international had been absent from pre-season training, with Kadodia reportedly telling the publication to question Mamelodi Sundowns regarding the players failure to pitch.

The article followed news that Rivaldo Coetzee of Ajax Cape Town has gone AWOL with the Bafana Bafana defender having also attracted strong interest from the Brazilians.

The Team of Choice, though, took to their social media platforms to deny these claims with the club stating that Onyango was back in Kenya sorting out some paperwork.

The following statement was posted on the club’s Facebook page:

We refer to the story that appeared in Kickoff yesterday the 24th of July 2017 titled: Downs target AWOL at Maritzburg.

The story as presented misrepresents the brief discussion with the journalist when he asked the Chairman why Brian was not with the team at Richards Bay.

He put it to the Chairman that the players he mentioned from other clubs including Brian, were AWOL because they wanted to go to Sundowns, to which the Chairman simply replied “Then you must ask Sundowns”.

As far as the club is concerned, Brian is in Kenya sorting out some paperwork and will be back before the end of the week.

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