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Kaizer Chiefs defender set for Naturena exit – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Kgotso Moleko of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Mlungisi Nkosi of Acornbush United during the 2017 Nedbank Cup Last 16 match between Acornbush United and Kazier Chiefs at Kabokweni Stadium, Kabokweni South Africa on 09 April 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Staff Reporter

Saturday Nov 18, 2017. 10:00


Kgotso Moleko looks set to leave Kaizer Chiefs at the end of the 2017-18 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season, according to reports.

South African publication Phakaaathi report that the Amakhosi are set to release the 28-year-old at the end of the current campaign, a year before his contract is set to run it’s course.

Moleko, who joined the Glamour Boys from Bloemfontein Celtic in 2012, is currently out of action having picked up a knee injury in the Macufe Cup.

The 28-year-old featured just seven times in all competitions for Amakhosi last season, having struggled to pen down a regular starting spot.

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Siyabonga Ngezana has been featuring adequately in a three-man centre-back pairing for Steve Komphela’s troops with preferred right-back Ramahlwe Mphahlele also out of action due to injury. Utility-attacker Joseph Malongoane has also impressed in a wing-back role.

Chiefs take on Bidvest Wits in a Telkom Knockout Cup semifinal clash this weekend.



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Platinum Stars stutter at home and exit TKO Cup – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Jacky Motshegwa of Bloemfontein Celtic challenged by Vuyo Mere of Platinum Stars during 2017 Telkom Knockout Quarter Final match between Platinum Stars and Bloemfontein Celtic at Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg South Africa on 04 November 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 17:52


Bonginkosi Ntuli’s early goal didn’t make any difference for Platinum Stars as they lost 2-1 to Bloemfontein Celtic in a Telkom Knockout quarterfinal match on Saturday at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

On the other hand, goals from Lantshene Phalane and Tshegofatso Mabaso were enough to dispatch Dikwena out of the competition.

Victor Letsoalo had a glorious opportunity to make it 1-0 in the 25th when his deflected shot in the box went over the cross bar.

However, it was Ntuli who broke the deadlock five minutes later after receiving a long pass into the box, and the burly forward chipped the oncoming Tignyemb to make it 1-0.

It was the hosts who were leading at half time.

Siwelele pushed for an equaliser in the second stanza and they levelled matters when Phalane netted with a fine left-footed set piece to beat Stars keeper Dino Visser in the 58th minute.

Ntuli missed a wonderful opportunity from a header after a great cross down the left flank, the goalscorer saw his effort going wide with just Tignyemb to beat in the 79th minute.

In the 80th minute, the visitors came back from behind to grab the lead through substitute Mabaso after brilliant play by Kabelo Mahlasela who beat three Dikwena defenders before setting up a cross.

Despite their efforts to find an equaliser, the hosts were not clinical upfront as they exit the competition they won in 2013.

Platinum Stars: (1) (Ntuli 30′)

Bloemfontein Celtic: (0) 2 (Phalane 58′, Mabaso 80′)

Platinum Stars: Visser, De Jongh, Mwedihanga, Zulu, Sithole, Mere, Ng’ambi, Mkhabela (Matlakala 87′), Links (Mwila 65′), Otladisa, Ntuli

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Mabena (Lubisi 88′), Letsoalo, Letlabika, Baloyi, Hotto, Motshegwa (Mabaso 74′), Phalane



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Egyptian international Emad Meteb could exit Al Ahly


Ahly’s striker Emad Meteb

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 11:30


Al Ahly and Egyptian international striker, Emad Meteb’s agent has revealed that his client might leave the Red Devils sooner rather than later.

The agent, Nader Shawky, says Meteb might leave the club as he aims to get more game time to increase his chances of joining the national team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Recently, the veteran striker had thrown away his training bib in a show of disagreement with his coach’s substitution decision during Ahly’s league win over Al Ittihad.

However, the 34-year-old later told BBC Sport that his relationship with El-Badry is okay, yet his agent says the Pharaohs international will leave.

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Shawky spoke about Meteb’s situation after former Zamalek winger ‘Shikabala’ has been called up to the Egypt squad ahead of the Ghana clash.

“Meteb wants to play in the World Cup which can only happen if he plays more matches. Shikabala (Mahmoud Abdel-Razik) is no better than him,” Shawky said.

“This could lead to his departure from Al Ahly in January if he does not take part in more matches with the team.”

Shawky said Meteb wants to play for a manager that believes in his capabilities and in a club where he plays regularly so he can be called up by Hector Cuper to join the national team.



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Brilliant Khuzwayo hints at Kaizer Chiefs exit – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Kaizer Chiefs


Brilliant Khuzwayo of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates during the penalty shootout during the 2015 Telkom Knockout

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 11:30


Following in the footsteps of Mamelodi Sundowns winger George Lebese, Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo has taken to Twitter to express his unhappiness at the club

The former AmaZulu keeper has expressed a puzzling message on his personal Twitter account as he continues to warm the bench at the Soweto giants.

Khuzwayo joins former Amakhosi player, Lebese, who also said: ‘All I wanna do is play football regardless of what colour t-shirt I have on’. Lebese eventually joinied Sundowns in the next transfer window.

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The 27-year-old Durban-born shot stopper has been playing second fiddle to South Africa’s number one keeper, Itumeleng Khune.

Following his message on his social media account, it looks like Khuzwayo is looking to jump the ship and move away from Naturena.

“Sometimes hard work isn’t enough when you don’t fit in the picture frame,” posted Khuzwayo.

Meanwhile, Cape Town City have reportedly expressed their interest in the goalkeeper who’s been restricted to just 29 Absa Premiership appearances during his career.



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SuperSport exit Telkom KO


Kabelo Mahlasela of Bloemfontein Celtic celebrates goal with teammates during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Cape Town City FC and Bloemfontein Celtic at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on 17 October 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 21:39


Bloemfontein Celtic claimed a 5-4 penalty shootout win in the Telkom Knockout Cup Last 16 as they beat Supersport United at Dr Molemela Stadium on Saturday evening.

Although the visitors netted through Aubrey Modiba and Jeremy Brockie, Celtic responded when Mbhazima Rikhotso and Jacky Motshegwa made it 2-2.

However, it was Siwelele who bagged a 5-4 win via penalties when Rikhotso, Ndumiso Mabena, Lucky Baloyi, Wandisile Letlabika and Patrick Tignyemb netted.

On the other hand, Thuso Phala, Dean Furman, Modiba and Brockie scored whilst Clayton Daniels and Fagrie Lakay failed to convert.

It was the hosts who had the advantage when it comes to ball possession and they attacked better than the hosts, but were not able to break downs Siwelele’s defence in the opening 15 minutes.

However, the 27th minute saw Sipho Jembula who dived and won a set piece after a foul by Dean Furman, but justice was served as goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse produced a fine save.

The Tshwane giants were able to break the deadlock in the 31st minute as Modiba beat Tignyemb as his effort went into the roof of the net.

With nine minutes to the interval, Lantshene Phalane went for a long-range strike, but he missed the target.

It was 1-0 at the interval.

Coach Eric Tinkler’s side came back with more purpose and Brockie made it 2-0 in 55th minute after a long ball from Dove Wome.

In the 65th minute, the hosts showed a sense of urgency as they pushed to break down United’s defence and Motshegwa delivered a brilliant set piece, but Pieterse was equal to the task to parry the ball away for a corner.

Coach Veselin Jelusic’s men were wasteful in the box as they created chances in the final third, but they received a penalty after Teboho Mokoena was adjudged to have handled the ball, and Rikhotso netted from the spot for the hosts – making it 2-1 in the 77th minute.

The last eight minutes saw the Bloemfontein-based side attacking and delivered a brilliant cross for Motshegwa to beat Pieterse from close range to level the scores, 2-2.

The encounter went to extra time and Celtic were dealt a huge a blow as Roggert Nyundu received his second booking.

Both halves in the extra time couldn’t produce goals and the match had to be decided on penalties.

Bloemfontein Celtic: 5 (AET)

SuperSport United: 4

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Nyondo, Letsoalo, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Pfumbidzai, Baloyi, Letlabika, Jembula (Mabena 67′), Motshegwa, Phalane

SuperSport United: Pieterse, Brockie, Modiba, Nhlapo (Mbule 59′), Kekana, Daniels, Mashamaite, Wome, Myeni, Mokoena, Furman



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Zesco’s Krmpotic sad to exit Barclays Cup – 2017 FAZ Super League


Zesco United coach Serbian Krmpotic

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 16, 2017. 16:30


Following their Barclays Cup semi-final exit, Zesco United coach Zlatko Krmpotic says he is disappointed after losing 4-2 on penalties to Napsa Stars on Saturday.

The Serbian manager described their encounter against Stars as a tough match and believes they were unlucky to lose on post match penalties.

“It’s normal I am very disappointed but we were unlucky to lose on post match penalties but It was a tough game,” said the Serbian.

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“The two teams did not create alot of chances.”

Meanwhile, Napsa stars acting head coach, Linos Makwaza believes his boys deserved to win as they will face Zanaco FC on October 28 at Heroes Stadium in the final.

“Its a great feeling the boys worked hard and deserved the victory. We anticipated to finish the game in regulation time but we had worked on our endurance which paid dividends,” adds Makwaza.



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Sundowns president downplays Champions League exit – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Patrice Motsepe, Mamelodi Sundowns chairman

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 14, 2017. 14:00


Mamelodi Sundowns club president Patrice Motsepe has downplayed their exit from the CAF Champions League last month.

Sundowns, the defending African champions, were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca. The teams drew 1-1 on aggregate before the North Africans edged the tie on penalties.

It may have been a disappointing end to their African campaign for 2017, but Motsepe shrugged off the defeat, instead looking ahead to the Brazilians’ return to the competition early next year.

“They said to me that they’ll be back in four months, so [I shouldn’t worry],” joked Motsepe, as quoted by Kick-Off. “But Africa, for us, is very important, of course.

“You’ve got to look at South African football in the context of it’s global competitiveness – all the teams are doing excellent work, including those not playing in Africa.

“I always say there’s about 8-10 clubs in this country that could, not just compete in Africa but, in my view, win the African Champions League, because the standard of the football in this country has improved significantly.

“What I like as well is the great interest and appreciation in realising that we have to do well, not just [as Mamelodi Sundowns], I would even humbly suggest all our teams in the country.”



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Robert Ng’ambi is scared of Sundowns after Champions League exit – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Platinum Stars


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 29, 2017. 13:30


With Mamelodi Sundowns having failed to defend their CAF Champions League title, Platinum Stars midfielder Robert Ng’ambi has warned his teammates of the Brazilians.

The Tshwane side will resume their Absa Premiership schedule to visit Dikwena on Sunday and the Malawian is scared of Sundowns.

He said they have a duty to win their games and forget about what is happening at the club beyond the field of play.

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“They will come into the game with the mindset of making a statement against us after losing out in the CAF,” Ng’ambi said to the Sowetan.

“It will just be up to us players to focus and make sure we are at our best against what is for me the best team on the continent.

“As players we have not been concentrating on what is happening in the background with the club. Our duty is to win games and remain competitive in the league.”

With coach Roger De Sa’s men still chasing their first 2017/18 win in the league and Sundowns out to erase their CAF disappointments, the match is set to be a thriller in Rustenburg.

Coach Pitso Mosimane’s troops will face Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday, kick-off is at 15:00 (CAT).



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Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid lose 5-0 and exit CAF Confed Cup


Merveille Bope celebrate scoring the first goal for TP Mazembe if Final of the Confederation Cup

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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Sep 24, 2017. 17:52


Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid lost 5-0 to TP Mazembe and exited the CAF Confederation Cup tournament on Sunday at at Stade du TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi.

The second leg loss of the quarterfinal means the Sudanese side have ended their participation in the tournament.

On the other hand, the hosts netted through Jean Kasasula, Adama Traore, Malango Ngita, Elia Meshack and Djos Issama to dispatch their visitors.

The Ravens pushed for an early goal after dominating the proceedings and to stretch their lead from the opening leg.

Coach Kazembe Mihayo motivated his side to ensure they are clinical in front of goal at home and they managed to break the deadlock in the 39th minute.

Kasusula found the back of the net with six minutes to the interval and ensured it was 3-1 on aggregate after their 2-1 win in the opening leg away.

The Ravens bounced back from the tunnel with more urgency as they doubled their lead in the 49th minute when Traore found the back of the net to ensure they remained in control of the encounter.

In the 55th minute Ngita ensured they would cruise to the semifinals when he pounced and made it 3-0 and increased their aggregate lead to 5-1.

As if that was not enough, the Congolese giants accelerated their search for a goal and scored their fourth through Meshack with six minutes to go.

Issama also wrote his name on the score sheet in injury time as he made it 5-0 to seal a convincing win at home.

Mazembe have now reached the semifinals of the continental tournament as they clinched a 7-1 aggregate win. They will meet either Moroccan side FUS Rabat in the final four.

TP Mazembe (1) 5 (Kasusula 39′, A. Traore 49′, Malango 55′, Meshack 84′, Issama 90+3′)

Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid 0

TP Mazembe: Gbohouo, Kasusula, Issama, Chongo, Mondeko, Sinkala, Nii (Koffi 77′), Kalaba (Meshack 81′), Traore, Malango, Ushindi (Asante 71′)

Al-Hilal: Salim, Ishag (Girfa 48′), Bachir, Alkhidir, Amin, Hassan, Shighail, Ladzagla, Musa (Kiza 51′), Hassan, Maaz, Gismalla (Tahir 62′)



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Zesco draw at home and exit CAF Confederation Cup


Aubrey Modiba of Supersport United challenged by Dave Daka of Zesco United during 2017 Caf Confederations Cup game between Supersport United and Zesco United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 14 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Sep 23, 2017. 18:40


Two goals from John Ching’andu and David Owino were not enough as Zesco United exited the CAF Confederation Cup as they drew 2-2 against SuperSport United on Saturday at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

The draw in the quarterfinal, second leg means the South African Premier Soccer League side now reaches the semifinals of the tournament on away goals – the teams drew 2-2 on aggregate.

For the Tshwane side, a brace through Thuso Phala ensured they are through to the next stage and will face either Algerian side MC Alger or Tunisia’s Club Africain in the semifinals.

The hosts started the encounter on a high as they pushed for an early goal at home and their possession brought an early goal.

John Ching’andu found the back of the in the fourth minute as they rectified their errors of the opening leg away in Tshwane.

The visiting side pushed to get a goal and coach Eric Tinkler’s men pulled out all the stops when Phala netted in the 34th minute. 1-1.

Although both camps fought harder to score a leading goal, the end of the first half had both sides deadlocked at 1-1.

However, the return leg saw Zlatko Krmpotic’s men chasing the game to regain their lead and David Owino managed to score their second goal in the 50th minute.

In the dying stages of the encounter, the hosts remained stable at the back as they protected their lead.

However, the Tshwane giants would secure their spot in the final four in stoppage time as Phala completed his brace by firing home at the far post.

Zesco United (1) 2 ( Ching’andu 4′, Owino 50′)

SuperSport United (1) 2 (Phala 34′, 90+’)

Zesco United: Banda, Musekwa, Owino, Kapumbu, Mtonga, Ching’andu (Akumu 84′), Chaila, Kalengo (Kongolo 67′), Silwimba, Mwanza (Daka 72′), Were

SuperSport United: Williams, Daniels, Gould, Kekana (Nhlapo 70′), Modiba (Wome 81′), Furman, Phala, Letsholonyane, Mokoena, Brockie (Mnyamane 65′), Grobler



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Guinea, Mali exit WAFU after 1-1 draw – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017


Oumar Kida of Mali challenging Sylla Ismael of Guinea during the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Guinea v Mali in Elmina, Ghana on 18 September 2017 ©Christian Thompson/ BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 18, 2017. 21:57


Guinea and Mali both exited the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations after playing to a 1-1 draw in their final group stage match at Nduom Sports Stadium in Elmina on Monday evening.

With Nigeria having beaten Ghana in a concurrent Group A match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium to join the hosts in the semifinals, the result between the Syli Nationale and the Eagles was nothing more than academic.

Guinea started the stronger of the two teams and claimed the lead in the seventh minute through Abdoulaye Naby Camara , who netted from close range after some poor defending by the Eagles.

Mali responded strongly to going behind and mounted some promising attacks, yet it was the Syli Nationale who should have added to the score line in the 22nd minute when Abdoulaye met a cross from Diallo Bailo, only to send his header wide.

Two minutes later Guinea’s Camara Kassory sent a fierce shot on target, only to be denied by a sharp save from Diarra Djigui, while on 34 minutes Abdoulaye again failed to hit the target from a good opportunity.

Mali created the final chance of the half a couple of minutes before the end of regulation time, but Mandala Konte saw his effort kept out by Guinea goalkeeper Abdoulaye Sylla.

The Eagles picked up in the second half where they left off in the first, though both Oumar Kida and Issaka Samake were unable to capitalise on chances in the opening minutes.

Guinea weathered a storm from their opponents before almost adding to their advantage just past the hour mark, as Mohammed N’Diaye put his shot just wide of the target.

Mali finally found their equaliser in the 78th minute, forcing Guinea defender Abdoulaye Naby Camara to put into his own net and bring the score to 1-1.

The draw saw the Eagles finish third with two points and a goal difference of minus one, while Guinea were last with the same tally but an inferior goal difference of minus two.

Guinea (1) 1 (Abdoulaye Naby Camara 7’)
Mali (0) 1 (Abdoulaye Naby Camara 78’ og)

Guinea coach: Hamidou Camara

Guinea: 1. A Sylla, 2. C Alseny, 5. C Aminata, 4. C Naby, 6. C Moussa, 3. I Sylla, 8. C Abdoulaye, 10. C Seydouba (7. C Sory 26’ [11. K Keita 90+1’]), 12. M Ndiaye (13. J Mouste 84’’), 9. C Kassory, 18. D Bailo

Mali coach: Nouhoum Diane

Mali: 16. D Djigui, 3. B Koffi, 4. S Boubacar, 6. M Konte, 13. I Samake, 14. L Samake, 11. M Kone (7. A Malle 58’), 8. C Moussa, 17. M Traore, 9. O Kida (12. M Balo 69’), 18. A Dieng (2. EH Salime Bah 38’)



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Keita Balde closer to Lazio exit after Super Cup snub – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Lazio forward Keita Balde Diao

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 14, 2017. 15:00


Senegal star Keita Balde has moved closer to leaving Lazio after being left out of their Super Cup squad on Sunday.

The Rome-based side defeated Juventus 3-2 at the Stadio Olimpico last night, though Balde was a notable absentee from the matchday squad.

The 22-year-old Teranga Lions star has been linked with a move away from Lazio this European summer, with Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur and Italian champions Juventus listed as the most likely suitors.

“The player was not calm over the last few days, he was in a way perplexed at having to play this game, so the coach evaluated his condition and the final decision was clear for everyone,” Lazio director Igli Tare told Rai Sport when asked about Keita’s absence.

“Soon the Keita and Stefan de Vrij situations will be clarified.”

Keita reacted angrily on social media, writing on his official Twitter page that he was “profoundly hurt” by being left out of the squad.

“The decision made by the club, which evidently had nothing to do with purely sporting criteria, puts me in a psychologically uncomfortable position and right now I don’t know how to evaluate the consequences of that,” he added.



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Maritzburg United hand Sundowns MTN8 exit – MTN8 2017


Evans Rusike of Maritzburg United celebrates a goal with teammates during the 2017 MTN8 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on 13 August 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Aug 13, 2017. 17:16


Maritzburg United edged out Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 in the 2017 MTN8 Cup quarter-final match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday.

As a result, the Team of Choice advance to the semi-finals where they will take on SuperSport United, while the Brazilians are out of the tournament.

The hosts nearly grabbed an early lead, but Khama Billiat’s attempt was well saved by Maritzburg goalkeeper Bongani Mpandle just six minutes into the game.

Sundowns keeper Kennedy Mweene was also forced into an early save two minutes later – denying Maritzburg midfielder Lebohang Maboe.

Both keepers had a busy first-half as Sundowns full-back Tebogo Langerman forced Mpandle into a good save from range in the 39th minute.

Zambia international Mweene then denied Maboe for the second time on the stroke of half-time and the score was 0-0 at the interval.

The deadlock was finally broken 13 minutes into the second-half after the Sundowns defence was exposed with the hosts had attacked in numbers.

Zimbabwe international Evans Rusike hit the back of the net to make it 1-0 to Maritzburg with Siphesihle Ndlovu grabbing an assist.

Then it was wave after wave as Sundowns looked to level matters with Khama Billiat missing the target with a powerful header in the 63th minute.

Mpandle, the Maritzburg keeper, made a great finger-tipping save to deny Sundowns captain and midfielder Hlompho Kekana with three minutes left on the clock.

Nevertheless, the visitors were solid at the back in the closing stages of the match and ultimately, Maritzburg ran out 1-0 winners.

Sundowns (0) 0

Maritzburg (0) 1 (Rusike 58′)

Sundowns: Mweene, Morena, Madisha, Nthethe, Langerman, Vilakazi (Manyisa 73′), Kekana, Billiat (Lebese 80′) Tau, Zwane, Zakri (Laffor 61′).

Maritzburg: Mpandle, Fransman, Weidlich, Sanoka, Makaringe (Xulu 89′), Mekoa, Shandu, Ndlovu, Van Wyk (Kunene 62′), Maboe, Rusike (Fileccia 73′).



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Guardiola expects Iheanacho exit – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Pep Guardiola, Kelechi Iheanacho and Sergio Aguero

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Bertin Basson

Monday Jul 31, 2017. 11:00


Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has revealed that he expects striker Kelechi Iheanacho to leave the Etihad within the coming days.

Iheanacho, 20, has been heavily linked with a move to Premier League rivals Leicester City – the former Barcelona mentor has stated that a deal with the Foxes was edging ever closer.

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“I think Kelechi leaves us in favour of Leicester,” Guardiola is quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.

“I think so, but I do not want to say anything wrong either. We will see. If that does not happen, he will be part of the group.”

Moreover, Leicester City mentor Craig Shakespeare is hopeful that their pursuit of the Nigeria international forward will be completed, but admitted that all clubs were finding it difficult to complete deals:

“I’m hoping so, but I am like every other manager at the moment. I think we all find it frustrating but it is the current market,” he said.

“At the moment, of course, we are interested in players as most of the Premier League is, but you can see that clubs won’t really talk about it until they are over the line.”

According to reports, Iheanacho’s price tag could rise as high as £25 million. The former Taye Academy Owerri player as scored 21 goals in 64 games for the Sky Blues.



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Gambia’s Marreh not hurt by Watford loan exit – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Siphelele Ntshangase of South Africa challenged by Sulayman Marreh of Gambia during 2017 Afcon Qualifier match between South Africa and Gambia on 13 June 2015 at Moses Mabhida Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jul 12, 2017. 14:00


Despite not playing a single match for Watford, Gambian international Sulayman Marreh says he is not disappointed by being sent out on loan for the second time.

Marreh has been shipped out by the English Premier League side to a Spanish second-tier side Valladolid.

The release comes after the 21-year-old only joined the Hornets in June after his loan deal with another Spanish side Granada ended.

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“I’m not disappointed the important thing is to get more playing time and prepare myself for the upcoming challenges,” he told BBC Sport.

“It could be anywhere​ at Watford or elsewhere. I’m looking forward to playing in the premier league in the coming year – it is a dream come true to sign for a Premier League club.”

Meanwhile, the midfielder is upbeat that his stint at Granada is going to help him ahead of his stay on loan to Valladolid.

“I had a great experience at Granada and I think that can help me this season,” adds Marreh.

“The language and the way of football is the same so am hoping to make use of this opportunity to add more experience and maturity to my game.”

Marreh has made eight international appearances for the Scorpions national team including last month’s 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin.



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Saint George exit CAF CL with a heavy loss in Sfax


Haha Yassine Khenissi of Esperance

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Jul 09, 2017. 21:17


Saint George lost their final CAF Champions League Group C match against Esperance 4-0 on Sunday at Stade Olympique de Radès.

In the wake of the heavy defeat, coach Neider Dos Santos’ troops sit at number three with five points from six matches as they exit their continental club campaign.

On the other hand, strikes courtesy of Khalil Chemman, Bilel Mejri, Haythem Jouini and Ali Machani ensured the hosts retain the full three points.

Although they went into the encounter having the favourites tag, the Tunisian giants showed their intentions as early as the opening half.

The Blood and Gold pushed for an early goal and their efforts were rewarded when Chemman managed to open the scoring in the 29th minute with an assist coming from Saad Bguir.

The hosts were not done yet when they caused troubles in the opposite defence and Mejri made it 2-0 following an assist through Anice Badri in the 38th minute.

It was 2-0 at the interval in favour of the hosts.

The second stanza had no clear cut opportunities and towards the final 10 minutes, Esperance showed their class as they probed for the third goal.

With eight minutes to go, substitute Jouini made it 3-0 as he converted a beautiful pass from Bguir.

However in the injury time, Machani made it 4-0 in the dying minutes of the contest to wrap their group stage campaign on a high note.

The win sees Faouzi Benzarti’s men remaining at number one with 12 points from six matches and they will now meet Egyptian side Al Ahly in the quarterfinals between 8-10 September 2017.



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Malawi, Angola exit Cosafa after a goalless draw


Nelson Da Luz of Angola challenged by Himid Mkami of Tanzania during the Cosafa Castle Cup match between Angola and Tanzania at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 27 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jun 29, 2017. 19:19


The 2017 Cosafa Cup final Group A match between Malawi and Angola failed to produce a winner, as they played to a 0-0 draw at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Wednesday.

In the wake of the draw, the Angolans finish their campaign at number two in the group, with five points from three matches.

The Flames started like a house on fire as they used their pace to trouble the Angolan defence, but their appeal for a penalty in the second minute fell on deaf ears.

Just after the 11th minute, the Malawians tried to test Angolan goalkeeper Neblu from a distance, but Chikoti Chirwa’s long range shot sailed wide.

Job nearly came close to finding an opening goal in the 28th minute for Angola as he received a wonderful cross from the right, but was denied by keeper Ernest Khakhobwe on the far post.

Just before the 40th minute, the Palancas Negras continued to put pressure as they probed for an opening goal, but Va saw his diving header going inches wide from the left post.

Despite Beto Bianchi’s men pushing to bag the leading goal, their efforts failed to reap the rewards as it was 0-0 at half time.

However, it was Ronny van Geneugden’s men who nearly scored in the 53rd minute when Angola failed to clear a corner and Peter Cholopi’s free header went over the crossbar.

After the 65th minute, the Angolans caused all sorts of troubles for Malawi and Va was disappointed as he beat his marker before being denied by keeper Khakhobwe from close range.

Although he was on a holiday in the second half, Neblu was called action in the 76th minute as he produced a fine save to punch away a well struck shot by Dalisto Sailesi.

The last 10 minutes saw Khakhobwe denying the Palancas Negras on a number of occasions, as the score remained goalless after 90 minutes.

Angola 0

Malawi 0

Angola: Neblu, To Carneiro, Carilinhos, Masunguna, Va, Mira, Bugos, Nelson (Paty 65′), Herenilson, Nari, Job

Malawi: Kakhobwe, Sanudi, Mulimbika, Chembezi, Chirwa, Chester, Bokosi (Katinji 46′), Sailesi, Cholopi, Linje, Maganizo



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Ghana’s Asamoah looking for Juventus exit? – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday May 30, 2017. 15:00


According to GHANASoccernet, midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah could be on his way out of Italian giants Juventus in the European summer.

The 28-year-old will hope to feature for Juve when they tackle Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff on Saturday evening.

And it may prove to be Asamoah’s last appearance in the Old Lady’s famous black and white.

Turkish giants Galatasaray and English Premier League clubs West Ham United and Southampton are reportedly keeping a close eye on the player’s status at Juve.

Asamoah has a year left on his contract in Turin, but is keen on a new challenge, particularly as he is not a regular in coach max Allegri’s starting XI.

The Black Stars player joined Juve in 2012 from Udinese and has won five successive Serie A titles, three Coppa Italia titles and three Supercoppa Italiana titles.



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South Africa exit U20 World Cup – 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup


epa05985883 Goalkeeper Andrea Zaccagno (C, bottom) of Italy makes a save during the group stage match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017 between South Africa and Italy in Suwon, South Korea, 24 May 2017. EPA/KIM HEE-CHUL

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Brian Lee

Saturday May 27, 2017. 15:24


South Africa finished bottom of Group D in the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup after playing to a 0-0 draw against Uruguay at the Sungui Arena Park in Incheon on Saturday.

Consequently, South Africa exit the tournament after losses to Japan (2-1) and Italy (2-0) and the draw against Uruguay.

The draw sees Uruguay finish to of the group with seven points followed by Italy in second on four points and Japan in third, also on four points but with an inferior goal difference to the European side.

Uruguay controlled the first half at the Sungui Arena Park and created the first chance on goal in the tenth minute, but Augustin Canaobbio headed inches over after meeting a pin-point cross from the right.

In the 35th minute Uruguay went close again when Nicolas Schiappacasse met a cross from Federico Valverde, but his header also went narrowly wide.

The half ended 0-0.

South Africa started the second half much better and came close to taking the lead in the 50th minute when a free-kick from Luther Singh struck the woodwork.

However, as the half progressed Uruguay took control of the game once more and should have scored in the 73rd minute when Nicolas Schiappacasse was played through on goal, but failed to score with just the keeper to beat.

Both sides threw players forward in search of a winner in the dying minutes of the match, but neither could find the back of the net.



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