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Maritzburg earn a point away from home against Chippa – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Maritzburg earn a point away from home against Chippa

Yazid Atouba of Maritzburg Utd

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Brian Lee

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 22:11


Maritzburg United earned a valuable point away from home after playing to a goalless draw in their Absa Premiership match against Chippa United at the Nelson Mandlea Bay stadium on Wednesday night.

The point sees the Team of Choice stay in ninth place with nine points, a place and a point above Chippa in tenth place.

The first effort on goal came in the tenth minute when Lerato Manzini met a cross from Mark Mayambela, but his effort went wife of goal.

Both teams fought for ascendancy after that, but Chippa got the better of the exchanges with Kurt Lentjies trying his luck just after the half hour mark, but Richard Ofori make a good save to deny him from 18-yards out.

Maritzburg’s only chance of the half came in the 40th minute when Lebohang Maboe had a long range shot, but he saw his powerful effort saved by Daniel Akpeyi.

The half ended 0-0.

The second half saw Chippa continue to boss the game with Mayambela striking the cross bar in the 53rd minute from a 22-yard free-kick.

The game fell into a bit of a lull after that with neither side offering too much in the way of attack.

Ten minutes from time Chippa struck the woodwork once more when a Samuel Julies shot from the edge of the box struck the post.

Neither side could find the winner in the dying minutes of the match as it ended all-square.

Chippa are next in action in the league on Sunday, October 22nd against Cape Town City while Maritzburg have the weekend off due to SuperSport United’s CAF commitments.

Chippa United (0) 0

Maritzburg (0) 0

Teams

Chippa: 1 Akpeyi, 4 Macheke, 5 Konqobe, 2 Okwuosa, 17 Maphanga, 13 Mvelase (20 Mdlinzo 70’), 15 Zuke, 27 Mabaso, 11 Mayambela (9 Sekola 76’), 32 Lentjies, 25 Manzini (28 Julies 79’).

Maritzburg: 31 Ofori, 5 Weidlich, 2 Onyango (26 Shandu 87’), 25 Xulu, 3 Sanoka, 19 Rusike (22 Mokate 80’), 10 Atouba (12 Van Wyk 61’), 11 Makaringe, 15 Maboe, 8 Ndlovu, 28 Mekoa.

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Mali earn some semblance of pride after horrible showing by Morocco – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Tuesday Sep 05, 2017. 23:15


Mali earned some semblance of pride after holding the high-firing Moroccans to a goalless draw in their 2018 FIFA World Cup, Group C qualifier at the Stade 26 Mars in Bamako on Tuesday night.

The Malians came into this fixture in front of their home fans following an embarrassing 6-0 loss at the hands of Morocco in a Group C match last Friday.

In Bamako on Tuesday, though, the Eagles were determined not to concede a goal and that is just exactly what they did.

Mali set-up in an extremely defensive pattern from the onset with the majority of their players constantly behind the ball.

Luckily for the home side Morocco were not at their best in the final third and often wasted possession with woeful passing or horribly miss-guided long range shots.

Consequently, the pattern of the game emerged as Mali parked the bus in defence and Morocco failed to break it down.

Decent goal scoring chances were few and far between.

However, despite a horrendous showing on the night Morocco could have won the game in the 72nd minute, but Hakim Ziyech failed to score from the penalty spot.

Ziyech’s missed effort on goal summed up the night perfectly with both countries wasting our time in a 0-0 draw.

Morocco have the most to lose from the draw as they moved up to six points in Group C, a point behind table-toppers Cote d’Ivoire who lost 2-1 to Gabon also on Tuesday night – a win for the North Africans could have seen them in driving seat for Russia 2018.

Gabon are now third in Group C with five points, followed by last placed Mali on 2 points.

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Guinea earn first win in World Cup qualifiers – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Guinea earn first win in World Cup qualifiers

Guinea international Naby Keita

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Brian Lee

Thursday Aug 31, 2017. 21:27


Guinea earned their first win in Group A of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers after beating Libya 3-2 at the Stade du 28 Septembre in Conakry on Thursday night.

Guinea got off to the perfect start with Naby Keita giving Guinea the lead after only eight minutes, 1-0.

The Syli Nationale continued to dictate terms and managed to double their lead in the 23rd minute when Demba Camara found the back of the net, 2-0.

Guinea could not add to their goal tally and took a two goal lead into half time.

The home side should have put the game beyond doubt in the 72nd minute when they were awarded a penalty, but Naby Keita failed to score.

Libya threw men forward as they tried to get back into the game and made their pressure tell in the 87th minute when Motasem Sabbou found the back of the net, 2-1.

A minute later Libya managed to level matters when Akram Zuway scored, 2-2.

Guinea, though, managed to steal victory with a goal from Aboubacar Bangoura in the 93rd minute, 3-2.

The two countries will face off again in four days’ time on September 4 when Libya host Guinea another Group A, World Cup qualifier.

Guinea (2) 3 (Keita 8’, Camara 23’, Bangoura 93’)

Libya (0) 2 (Sabbou 87, Zuway 88’)

Teams

Guinea: Yattara, Balde (Sankhon 74’), Alseny Bangoura, Aboubacar Bangoura, Demba Camara (S. Camara 81’), Fode Camara, Diallo (Landel 74’), Kamano, Keita, Konde, Sylla.

Libya: Hassan, Al Mani, Abboud, Allafi (Ghanudi 81’), Al Musrati (Elgadi 64’), Al Tabal, Hussein, Nashnush, Sabbou, Saltou (Zuway 67’), Warfali.

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