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Ghana face must-win clash in final group encounter


Ghana’s Sadiq Ibrahim (R) gestures during the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 group A soccer match between Colombia and Ghana at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India, 06 October 2017. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 11, 2017. 09:30


Ghana face a must-win situation in their final Group A match against India at the 2017 U-17 World Cup.

The Black Starlets will tackle the host team at the Jawaharlal Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday, kick-off at 16h30 CAT.

The West Africans opened their campaign with a 1-0 win over Colombia last weekend, but on Monday they slumped to a defeat at the hands of USA, putting their hopes of advancing into the next round at risk.

Ghana come into this game placed third on the Group A log behind America (six points) and level on three points with second-placed Colombia. India, who have lost both matches thus far, are placed last.

The good news for Paa Kwesi Fabin’s side is that a win over the hosts will almost certainly put them through to the next round – either they will move into the top two (who are guaranteed progression) or surely be ranked as one of the four best third-place finishers from the six groups.

Fabin was annoyed by his team’s lack of cutting edge in the loss to USA and hopes they will put it right when they face India on Thursday.

“We played well today and had so many chances but we didn’t take them and we got punished,” the Ghana boss lamented.

“In association football when you don’t take your chance this is what happens. I hope we can learn from this game. We’ll keep working on our goal scoring and hopefully against India we’ll be able to exhibit it on the field.”

Ghana will be without defender Abdul Razak Yussif due to the head injury he suffered in the game against USA on Monday



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Benni’s City lose their second league encounter – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Roland Putsche of Cape Town City tackles Thabo Qalinge of Orlando Pirates during the 2017/18 Absa Premiership football match between Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City at Soccer City, Johannesburg on 19 September 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017. 21:43


Cape Town City lost their second match of their Absa Premiership campaign after a 1-0 loss to Orlando Pirates on Tuesday night at FNB Stadium.

City’s second defeat to another Soweto giant leaves them at number six on the log table with six points from four matches so far.

For the hosts, Thabo Qalinge netted the only goal of the contest as they claimed their third win in the league.

The opening 10 minutes saw the hosts making brilliant moves which resulted in Bernard Morrison passing the ball to Thembinkosi Lorch, who made a fine run behind the defence, but City‘s goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters came out to make a good save for a corner.

Resulting from a corner, Musa Nyatama received a pass from Qalinge and the former failed to lower his shot with only Walters to beat.

In the 13th minute, Lyle Lakay drilled a wonderful set piece in search of the left corner, but keeper Wayne Sandilands was equal to the task to concede a corner kick.

Just after the 30th minute, coach Benni McCarthy’s men scored through Lehlohonolo Majoro after Sandilands mishandled the ball, but the referee disallowed the goal.

Despite both sides pulling all the stops to break the deadlock, there were no clear cut chances in the dying stages of the opening half as the score remained at 0-0.

However coming from the tunnel, the Buccaneers continued to probe for an opening goal and made an entry in City’s final third in the 68th minute, but Qalinge’s attempt from the box sailed inches wide from Walters’ left corner.

A few minutes later, Qalinge was penalised for an off-the-ball incident on the edge of the area and Lakay’s curling set piece was punched away by Sandilands for the second time.

It took the hosts 82 minutes to break the deadlock when a good move against the run of play was finished by Qalinge with a easy tap-in from the near post as Walters was found in no-man’s land after a brilliant cross from Lyle Foster.

City pulled all their tricks to secure a point away, but the hosts’ defence was solid to ensure they retain the full three points at home.

The win for Pirates means they now move up to the top of the log standings with 11 points from five rounds of matches.

Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Qalinge 82′)

Cape Town City 0

Orlando Pirates: Sandilands, Jele, Nyauza, Maela, Dube, Matlaba, Nyatama, Qalinge, Makola (Kutumela 59′), Lorch (Memela 75′), Morrison (Foster 51′)

Cape Town City: Walters, Mkhize, Fielies, Johannes, Seedat, Matsi, Putsche, Nodada, Lakay, Patosi (Edmilson 71′), Majoro (Obina 70′)



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Botswana FA want big crowd for Zebras-Mauritania encounter


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday May 26, 2017. 15:00


The Botswana Football Association (BFA) has announced that tickets for the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier are on sale.

Botswana are scheduled to host Mauritania in their first Group I match and the encounter will take place at the Francistown Stadium on the 10th of June 2017.

Tumo Mpatane, the BFA’s marketing and communication officer, says they have rolled out a campaign to get as many people to the game as possible.

The match tickets are already on sale ahead of the encounter. Tickets are $7.80 grand stand and $2.90 elsewhere.

“This is the first time the tickets are made available early,” Mpatane told Mmegi.

“This is to try and avoid last minute buying of tickets and it is a strategy to reach as many people as possible to go to the game.”

Burkina Faso and Angola are also part of Group I. The former will host Palancas Negras in Ouagadougou on the 10th of June 2



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Caps United’s Kwashi warns Zamalek ahead of Champions League encounter


Tarek Hamed of Zamalek challenged by Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns during the 2016 Caf Champions League Final match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Zamalek at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria on 15 October 2016©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday May 12, 2017. 11:00


Ahead of the highly anticipated CAF Champions League encounter against Zamalek, CAPS United assistant coach Fungai Kwashi has warned the White Knights.

The match is set to produce fireworks this Friday night in Egypt and Kwashi says the hosts play a very fast paced game.

The Zimbabwean Premier League side is left for Egypt on Thursday, and have expressed confidence of coming back with a positive result.

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“They are a very good team. Five-time champions in Africa. They are very quick, very aggressive and it will be a tough game,” Kwashi said to the News Day website.

“Like all Champions League games, they are like World Cup finals and it will not be easy.

“It should be realised that all these teams who qualified for the Champions League round of 16 are highly technical and good quality and we are not taking anything for granted.

“We respect them, but we are going to try and work hard for the fans and for Zimbabwe.”

Meanwhile, the meeting is the first between the two sides and United will make their debut at this stage of the competition.

United are drawn in Group B alongside Zamalek, USM Alger of Algeria and Al Ahly Tripoli of Libya.

It is reported that the Green Machine have been preparing in the evening under floodlights as they will play at the Borg El Arab Stadium at night.



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