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CAFCC success will ease World Cup heartbreak – Brockie


Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United challenged by Jean Kasusula of TP Mazembe during 2017 CAF Confederations Cup Final Supersport United training at TP Mazembe Stadium in Stade Kamalondo DRC on 19 November 2017 © Aubrey Kgakatsi /BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 20:00


SuperSport United forward Jeremy Brockie, 30, has revealed that lifting the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup title will serve as some consolation following New Zealand’s failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The All Whites lost to Peru in a World Cup playoff earlier this month as the South American’s booked their return to the world showpiece – set to take place in Russia next year.

Brockie jumped straight onto the plane to Lubumbashi from Lima as Matsatsantsa went on to suffer a 2-1 defeat away to TP Mazembe in the first leg of this year’s CAFCC final.

SuperSport play host to the Ravens in the reverse fixture at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Saturday.

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“I was probably lucky enough that the TP Mazembe game came soon after our loss in Peru‚” Brockie told the media. “It did not give me enough time to reflect and think about missing out on the World Cup too much.

“It was obviously disappointing that the dream ended on the last hurdle but I have been lucky enough to play at one World Cup tournament and being so close to another one did hurt a lot.

“It is every kid’s dream to play at the World Cup. I’ll probably reflect on that later but it is good that these two games came shortly after the disappointment.

Brockie continued: “In terms of club career‚ winning this tournament would be right there at the top‚” he said.

“The only thing higher from a club point of view is winning the Champions League and going to the FIFA Club World Cup,” he concluded.



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Mali ease into the U17 World Cup quarter-finals – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup


Mali players celebrates during the 2017 Under 17 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Ghana and Mali at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 28 May 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 17, 2017. 19:34


Mali thumped Iraq 5-1 in the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup Last 16 match at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, India on Tuesday.

As a result, Junior Eagles of Mali advance to the quarter-finals, while Iraq’s Junior Lions of Mesopotamia bow of the tournament.

The Junior Eagles started brightly and they nearly grabbed an early goal through Mohamed Camara nine minutes into the match.

Iraq goalkeeper Ali Ibadi Jabbar was alert and he produced a fine save to deny the Mali midfielder, who had unleashed a right-footed shot.

However, Mali continued to launch attacks against Junior Lions of Mesopotamia and the Africans managed to beat Jabbar in the 25th minute.

Hadji Drame scored with a right footed shot – making it 1-0 to Mali with Salam Jiddou grabbing a well deserved assist.

The momentum was with the Junior Eagles and they double their lead three minutes after the half-hour mark.

This time it was Lassana N’Diaye, who scored with a header to make it 2-0 to Mali from Djemoussa Traore’s cross.

Boubacar Haidara then set-up Drame and the latter placed his effort inches wide of the target five minutes before half-time.

Mali were deservedly leading 2-0 at the interval thanks to two goals from promising youngsters Drame and N’Diaye.

Youssouf Koita, the Mali keeper, was called into action five minutes after the restart as the Junior Lions of Mesopotamia looked to level matters.

The shot-stopper pulled off a decent save to deny Mohammed Ridha, who had tried to hit the back of the net with a right-footed shot.

Muntadher Mohammed was introduced in the 65th minute and he tried to make an immediate impact a minute later.

However, Koita produced a good save to deny the Iraq attacker, who had tried to score with a long-range shot .

With 17 minutes left on the clock, the Junior Eagles extended their lead after Drame set-up Fode Konate, who scored to make it 3-0 to Mali.

Ali Kareem managed to grab a late consolation goal in the 85th minute after beating Koita with a right-footed effort.

Mali, who were the 2015 U17 World Cup runners-up, then grabbed two late goals through Seme Camara and N’Diaye.

The match ended 5-1 in favour of Mali and they will take on either Ghana or Niger in the quarter-finals this weekend.

Mali (2) 5 (Drame 25′, N’Diaye 33′ 90 +4′, Konate 73′, S.Camara 87′).

Iraq (0) 1 (Kareem 85′)

Mali XI: Koita, Konate, Kane, Diaby, Haidara, Samake, Traore (S.Camara 82′), Giddou (Doucoure 69′), Camara (Sidibe 80′), N’Diaye, Drame.

Iraq XI: A.Jabbar, M.Jabbar, Abdulsada (Raad 46′), Abdulabbas, Albaqer, Ridha (Muntadher 65′), Shakir, Ali, Kareem, Kareem (Khalid 90′), Adn



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Cameroon ease into 2018 CHAN finals


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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Aug 19, 2017. 17:49


Cameroon have booked their place in the finals of the 2018 African Nations Championship following a 2-0 win over Sao Tome & Principe on Saturday.

The Indomitable Lions’ triumph at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde saw them claim a 4-0 aggregate win over the minnows in their Central Zone qualifying tie.

Cameroon scored both of their goals early in the second half of the clash, having been frustrated by their visitors in the first 45 minutes of the second leg.

The West African giants – who are the current AFCON champions – have qualified for the CHAN twice before.

Their appearances at the 2011 and 2016 tournaments in Sudan and Rwanda respectively both ended in the quarterfinals.



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SA ease into next CHAN qualifying round


Tumisang Orebonye of Botswana challenged by Mothobi Mvala of South Africa during 2018 Chan Qualifiers game between South Africa and Botswana at Moruleng Stadium on 22 July 2017 ©Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Jul 22, 2017. 17:22


South Africa overcame Botswana 1-0 in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier Southern Zone second-leg match at the Moruleng Stadium on Saturday.

The win sees Bafana Bafana advance to the next round where they face either Swaziland or Zambia after winning the tie 3-0 on aggregate, while the Zebras are out of the qualifying campaign.

The hosts dominated from the start as they pressed the Zebras in the first 15 minutes of the match in search of the opening goal.

The early pressure paid off as Sipho Mbule set-up his Bafana Bafana teammate Ryan Moon, who made it 1-0 to South Africa 13 minutes into the game.

There was no supply for the Zebras attackers Tumisang Orebonye and Lemogang Maswena as Bafana controlled the tempo of the match.

Moon had a chance to doubled South Africa’s lead just after the half-hour mark, but somehow, he missed the target as pressure mounted on Botswana.

Thero Setsile, the Botswana attacker, was ruled offiside towards the half-time break as the visitors looked to pull one back.

However, the first-half ended with South Africa leading 1-0 on the day and 3-0 on aggregate against Botswana.

The Zebras played much better in the second-half containing Bafana and they also launched attacks.

Second-half substitute Kabelo Seakanyeng had a chance to level matters from a free-kick in a promising area just after the hour-mark.

However, the Gaborone United attacker narrowly missed the target from the set-piece as the visitors looked to silence the home crowd.

The Bafana defence which was led by captain Mario Booysen was solid with the Zebras forced to try their luck from range.

Bafana stood firm at the back in the closing stages of the encounter and they ran out 1-0 winners on the day.

South Africa (1) 1 (Moon 13′)

Botswana (0) 0

South Africa: Pule, Nhlapo, Malepe, Booysen, Mvala (Mthethwa 75′), Kumalo, Mbule, Moon, Alexander, Ntshangase (Morton 68′), Ntuli (Zuma 46′).

Botswana: Masule, Monthe (Moyo 49′), Setsile, Leririma, Mathumo, Gaolaolwe, Gadibolae, Senwelo, Orebonye, Maswena (Seakanyeng 66′), Tshireletso.



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Mambas set to ease into third round of CHAN qualifiers


Arnaldo Caminho of Mozambique challenged by Sarivahy Vombola of Madagascar during the 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Mozambique and Madagascar at Morulen Stadium, Rustenburg South Africa on 30 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Jul 21, 2017. 13:00


Mozambique will be expected to seal their place in the third round of 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers when they welcome Madagascar to the Estádio do Zimpeto in Maputo on Sunday afternoon.

Kick-off in the Mozambican capital is set for 15h00 CAT.

The Mambas held the same opponents to a 2-2 stalemate in Antananarivo last week – netting two vital away goals as they aim to seal their place at a second CHAN showpiece.

Njiva Rakotoarimalala scored a brace for Barea in the Southern Zone first-leg clash, but goals from Salomao Mandlane and Manuel Fernandes firmly put Mozambique in the driving seat heading into this weekend’s clash.

Tirelo Mositwane of Botswana will officiate the match.

The aggregate winner of the tie will face either Mauritius or Angola in the final phase of qualification.



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USM Alger ease into CAF Champs League last eight


Chafal Farouk (C) of USM Alger

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Jul 09, 2017. 23:14


USM Alger defeated CAPS United 4-1 in the 2017 CAF Champions League Group B match at the Stade du 5 Juillet in Algiers on Sunday.

As a result, the Algerian club advance to the quarter-finals following their emphatic home win, while Zimbabwe’s United are out of this year’s competition.

Alger dominated the match from the start with Okacha Hamzaoui and Hamza Koudri missing good chances from close range in the opening five minutes.

But the Green Machine came very close to breaking the deadlock in the 35th minute and Ronald Pfumbidzai was the man, who nearly opened the scoring.

The left-footed full-back’s curling effort from a corner-kick beat Alger goalkeeper Mohamed-Amine Zemmamouche, but the ball hit the crossbar.

Almost immediately at the other end, Alger took the lead through Ziri Hammar, whose thunderous effort beat United keeper Prosper Chigumba to make it 1-0 to Alger.

The Red and Blacks were in control of the match as the half-time break approached, with the Green Machine defence panicking.

Hamzaoui scored just before the half-time break to make it 2-0 to Alger with Hammar grabbing an assist and the home side were 2-0 up at the interval.

United head coach Lloyd Chitembwe made a double substitution prior to the second-half as the Green Machine looked to change the complexion of the match.

Dominic Chungwa, a centre forward by trade, joined Brian Amidu upfront as the visitors changed their formation from 4-5-1 to 4-4-2.

However, the Green Machine attackers were struggling to penetrate the Red and Blacks defence which was led by Ayoub Abdellaoui.

Paul Put, the Alger head coach, made a change in the 72nd minute with Mohamed Benkablia replacing Hamzaoui as the home side looked to extend their lead.

The Red and Blacks did extend their lead in the 78th minute when Oussama Darfalou headed home Mohamed Mefta’s corner-kick to make it 3-0 to Alger.

However, Amidu was able to score for United with a powerful curling shot from range two minutes later, but the goal proved to be a consolation goal.

Darfalou then sealed Alger’s 4-1 victory when he scored with an easy tap in following a parried save from United keeper Chigumba in the 88th minute.

Alger (2) 4 (Hammar 36′, Hamzaoui 44′, Darfalou 78′, 88′)

United (0) 1 (Amidu 80′)

Alger XI: Zemmamouche, Meftah, Chafai, Abdellaoui, Bemoussa (Khoualed 83′), Benguit, Koudri, Hammar (Benkhemassa 60′), Meziane, Hamzaoui (Benkablia 72′), Darfalou.

United XI: Chigumba, Zvirekwi, Pfumbidzai, Muzambwa, Jangano, Bamusi (Kambanje 67′), Taitamba, Muchenje (Kamhapa 46′), Rusike (Chungwa 46′), Chitiyo, B.Amidu.



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