Mourinho has backing of fans and club – Moyes

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes thinks Jose Mourinho retains the complete backing of the club and their supporters even with a weak start off to the Premier League season.

Mourinho reportedly faced the sack irrespective of the consequence of Saturday’s fixture with Newcastle but is still in position right after the team roared again to win 3-2 right after trailing 2-.

Moyes, who succeeded Alex Ferguson in 2013, was dumped by United whilst in the 1st yr of a six-yr deal and his replacement, Louis van Gaal, was axed right after the FA Cup.

But the former Everton manager claimed he believed United would give Mourinho time even nevertheless they are languishing in eighth place in the Premier League.

“I feel the club are firmly behind the manager, and he is been a winner, Jose, through his career, so I you should not see why that should instantly modify,” the Scot, fifty five, advised Britain’s Press Affiliation.

“It was a terrific result – any team that will come from 2- down. But the one thing that transpires at Old Trafford is the group gets appropriate behind you, and is often supportive of the manager and the players.”

Derby manager Frank Lampard, who lately masterminded a League Cup victory at Old Trafford and performed below Mourinho at Chelsea, thinks that right after Saturday’s comeback the onus should be on the players to increase their specifications.

“Often points are tricky and you have to make tough choices, check out and influence folks all-around you, influence your players to check out and get the greatest out of them,” he claimed. “I feel he is bought all all those attributes so I hope that it turns all-around for him.”

Former United captain Wayne Rooney, who now performs in the United States, has also called on the players to stand up and be counted, indicating Mourinho is an easy concentrate on.

“The players, the manager, it has been a difficult start off to the season,” the DC United player claimed in remarks described by Britain’s Day by day Telegraph newspaper.

“I know Jose is having a load of stick but I claimed a few months back, the players have to stand up. They have to be counted and they have to be much better.”


New Kenya national team coach Paul Put calls for support from fickle fans

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 23, 2017. 13:30

New Kenya national team coach Paul Put has appealed to the Harambee Stars supporters to rally behind the national side.

Put was appointed as the new manager on Sunday, replacing Stanley Okumbi who was demoted to the assistant’s role.

The 61-year-old manager has urged everyone associated with the national team to have confidence in him as he seeks to revive the national team.

“I have written history with small nations like Gambia and Jordan for the years I was with them. I believe that I am capable of steering Kenya achieve big things,” said Put.


“All I need is support from all quarters. I want to lead a team of 12 and not just 11. And that means that the 12th person must come from all corners of the Kenyan football scene.

“I want to see the stadium fully packed because that is the only way the players and I will know that we are working together.

Football is not just about technical knowledge, it is also about effort and sacrifice. We have quality players so with your support I know that I can deliver.”

Put’s immediate task will be to guide the team during the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge which will be hosted in Kenya next month.

Furthermore, his long term goals include leading Kenya to the 2019 CAF African Cup of Nations in Cameroon and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

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Edwin Moalosi: Botswana fans should be patient with Zebras – Botswana Premier League 2017/18

Edwin Moalosi of Township Rollers

Staff Reporter

Thursday Nov 16, 2017. 09:30

Botswana international Edwin Moalosi has urged Batswana to continue supporting the Zebras.

The Township Rollers midfielder was speaking after Botswana’s clash with Gabon in an international friendly match on Tuesday.

The Zebras managed to hold the Panthers to a goalless draw in an encounter which was played at the Stade de Franceville in Gabon.

Moalosi stated that Botswana supporters need to be patient with Zebras head coach Major David Bright, who was appointed four months ago.

“My message to the Zebras fans is that they should continue supporting us,” he said.

“They should also give the coach a chance. That is the most important thing.”

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Al Ahly cancel training as thousands of fans crowd the pitch

Al Ahly player Ali Maâloul (L) celebrates after soccer his goal during the 2017 CAF Champions League game between Al Ahly and Etoile Sportive at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt on in Alexandria, Egypt on 22 October 2017 © BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 19:28

After urging their fans to come out in numbers to support the team during a training session on Tuesday, Al Ahly was forced to cancel the session due a high number of fans in attendance.

Media reports from the North African country indicate that hordes of Red Devils fans swarmed their Cairo training base and forced the session to be cancelled.

Coach Hossam El-Badry is preparing his troops for a crucial second leg CAF Champions League final clash against Wydad Casablanca on Saturday in Morocco.


The session was abandoned due to a remarkable number of supporters who crammed in to watch the Egyptian club.

KingFut website reports that a decision was made after thousands of fans entered El Tetsh Stadium which saw the supporters fill the stands and flood the field itself.

Consequently, it was deemed not safe for the players.

The Egyptian giants drew the first leg 1-1 in Alexandria last Saturday after Mo’men Zakaria scored the first goal in the second minute.

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Mosimane: Buckle up Sundowns fans! – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 20:00

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane has told the club’s fans to brace themselves for a bumpy ride.

The Brazilians have struggled to replicate the form that spearheaded them to CAF Champions League glory 12 months ago, with a surprise 2-1 defeat to AmaZulu in the Absa Premiership last weekend highlighting their recent troubles.

As per, in 53 games played since lifting the title in Alexandria, Sundowns have recorded 26 wins, 15 defeats and 12 draws across all competitions.

During this period they have only added the CAF Super Cup to their trophy cabinet, with Bidvest Wits claiming league glory in May.


Three losses in their past four games doesn’t make for good reading, and the Tshwane giants will as a result be desperate to return to winning ways when they take on Chippa United in the Telkom Knockout Cup this weekend.

“Hopefully we can turn things around, but it is a bit difficult for Sundowns,” said Mosimane. “I was telling the players and a message must also go out to our supporters that they must buckle up this season.

“I see a little bit of turbulence along the way and Sundowns fans must be patient….. but they must buckle up.

“It is going to be a tough season because we did not stabilise the team this year due to a lot of injuries.

“I have not found my starting eleven proper,” he concluded.

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50 000 fans allowed to watch Al Ahly’s CAF Champins League final – 2017 CAF Champions League

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 26, 2017. 11:00

Egyptian Premier League side Al Ahly has been granted permission to allow 50 000 fans to watch the firstcar leg of the CAF Champions Legaue final.

The Red Devils will welcome Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in the first leg of the final at Borg El-Arab Stadium on Saturday.


Executive manager, Shereen Shams has revealed that the Egyptian authority has only allowed 50 000 fans to attend the continental premier tournament’s final.

The Red Devils booked a spot in the final after knocking out Tunisia’s Étoile du Sahel 7-4 on aggregate.

“We have asked to increase the fans to 70,000 but the security has only agreed to 50,000. The club totally respect and understand the authority’s decision, although we hoped there would be an increase in the numbers,” Shams said.

“The match tickets will be sent to the club’s headquarters within hours and the fans will be able to reserve their tickets through the club’s website.”

Coach Hossam El-Badry’s side will want to bag their ninth continental crown, but they will have to beat Casablanca, who managed to lift the title only once in 1992 against Sudan’s Al-Hilal Club.

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Angry fans pelt Alex Ngonga’s house with stones – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Bertin Basson

Wednesday Oct 11, 2017. 16:00

Alex Ngonga not only had to deal with heartbreak following Zambia’s defeat to Nigeria, but also news that his house in Kitwe had come under siege from an angry mob of fans.

According to BBC Africa, the forward’s house in the copperbelt region was pelted with stones in aftermath of Chipolopolo’s loss to the Super Eagles in Uyo. Defeat ended their hopes of reaching the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Namesake, Alex Iwobi, scored the only goal of the game as Nigeria booked their place at next year’s showpiece in Russia.


Police arrested five fans for allegedly attacking Ngonga’s house with Regional Police Commissioner Charity Katanga quoted as saying:

“We have arrested five people for malicious damage to property and they are detained in police custody.”

The fans were reportedly left fuming at Ngonga, blaming Zambia’s failure on the 25-year-old who squandered several goal-scoring opportunities throughout the encounter.

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Senegal’s Niasse joins Everton’s away fans at Old Trafford – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 18, 2017. 16:00

Everton may have suffered a heavy defeat at Manchester United on Sunday, but their fans were still thrilled to be joined in the stands by Senegal striker Oumar Niasse.

The Teranga Lions attacker sat with the Toffees’ travelling support at Old Trafford and watched on as they were humbled by the Red Devils.

The 27-year-old striker has returned to the first-team fold with Everton, but did not make the cut for coach Ronald Koeman’s matchday squad.

He was quickly recognised by Everton fans at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ and posed for pictures. The attacker was also praised for his down-to-earth attitude.

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Egypt to allow 60 000 fans versus Uganda in Alexandria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Aug 31, 2017. 10:30

The Egyptian Football Association has announced that 60 000 tickets will be sold in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier second leg tie against Uganda.

Coach Hector Cuper will push his men to ensure they claim a win in Kampala on Thursday for them to enjoy massive support at home next week.

Media reports in the country reveal that more than 50 000 fans will be allowed to attend the match set for next Tuesday, September 5th at 20:00 (CAT).


The Pharaohs currently occupy the top spot in Group E with two wins in as many games.

On the other hand, the Cranes have four points after two matches with both sides chasing a win in the two-legged affair.

The highly anticipated first leg encounter will be staged at Mandela National Stadium in Kampala on Thursday, getting underway at 15:00(CAT). will bring you a LIVE Play-By-Play of the match.

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Wilfried Zaha abused by Man United and Liverpool fans – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Jul 24, 2017. 15:00

Cote d’Ivoire and Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha has accused Manchester United and Liverpool fans for calling him a monkey.

The Eagles forward says the Reds and Red Devils’ supporters have abused him on social media after he released a picture on Instagram.

“If Man United and Liverpool fans feel better by calling me a black monkey in my messages..feel free to carry on if it makes your day better,” said Zaha.


The elephants forward joined Manchester United in 2013, but left the club and joined Palace.

He was speaking in Hong Kong with the club for the Premier League Asia Trophy.

On the other hand, Diversity campaign group ‘Kick It Out’ said it had contacted both Zaha and Palace to offer support.

“Kick It Out was disgusted to read that online racial abuse has been directed at Zaha,” a spokesman said.

“It is completely unacceptable that any person should have to suffer this type of abuse.”

The 24-year-old posted the message following the 2-0 win over West Brom on Saturday, in which Palace manager Frank de Boer said the winger had been the victim of rough treatment.

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Toure: EPL fans should expect exciting season – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jul 24, 2017. 10:00

Former Ivory Coast international Yaya Toure says he wants to win trophies with the club during the upcoming 2017/18 English Premier League (EPL) season.

Toure extended his stay at EPL outfit Manchester City by signing a new one-year deal at the end of last season.

City will be among the top clubs that are expected to compete for next season’s EPL title.

“It is the one club [Manchester City] I have stayed at very long through my career,” Toure told SkySports.

“The fans have been so great for me and for me the time is to pay them back. It is very important to play for them and I hope this year we are going to enjoy trophies.

“The new players are going to come, I hope they are going to adapt quickly because next year we will not have time,” the 34-year-old player continued.

“This season coming, it is going to be more exciting and more difficult, because all the clubs have the power to buy good, strong players.

“So many good teams, powerful teams, so many rich clubs who can buy good players. To be honest it is going to be exciting for the fans, but for us it is going to be difficult!

“We will see what happens but I think it is going to be a tough year.”

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African Champions coach wants more support from the fans – 2017 CAF Champions League

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jul 21, 2017. 10:30

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says they have to keep winning trophies in order to match Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in terms of supporters.

The Brazilians have done well in recent times as they managed to lift the CAF Champions League title last season.

However, the Tshwane giants are still struggling to attract numbers at their games compared to their Soweto counterparts in South Africa.

Accordingly, it is reported that Mosimane’s men have been teased by their next CAF Champions League opponents in the quarterfinals, Wydad Casablanca.

The Moroccan giants are said to have poked fun at the Brazilians, saying they will be coming up against a team that needs to let fans come in for free to fill their stadium.

This comes after the African Champions called on Masandawana to fill up the Lucas Moripe Stadium free of charge if they wear their yellow colours.

“You can’t outdo (Kaizer) Chiefs and (Orlando) Pirates’ history. A lot of children inherit their support for them through their parents,” said Mosimane to the Sowetan website.

“So it will always grow but you can also grow with it by winning.

“That’s why they will always be bigger. So you have to win the big trophies and play in the bigger spaces to influence fans.

“Look at Mamelodi for instance‚ it has Chiefs and Pirates’ fans too. We are trying to have a bigger influence there.

“That’s why when we win‚ we always go there to parade the trophy. Nothing gives me joy than seeing children in Sundowns’ jerseys in Mamelodi. It’s unbelievable.

“That’s how you grow your support base. The trophy says we are stronger than them (Chiefs and Pirates)‚ we have seven league titles. But we need to do more to get the fans like them.”

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Makembo: Zambia fans give Junior Chipolopolo extra power – 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup

Edward Chilufya of Zambia celebrates goal with teammates during the 2017 Total Zambia U-20 African Cup of Nations Final match between Zambia and Senegal at Heroes National Stadium, Lusaka Zambia on 12 March 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday May 30, 2017. 19:00

Zambia Sports Fans Association president Peter Makembo has explained his role at the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup finals in South Korea.

The Junior Chipolopolo have advanced to the Round of 16 where they will take on Germany at the Jeju World Cup Stadium in Seogwipo on Wednesday.

Passionate supporter Makembo, who has been seen on stands during Zambia’s games – drum strapped to his chest, has been leading the charge.

“Whatever is going on on the field. They can look up into the stands and see the big man, drumming up the crowd, only wanting victory,” Makembo told

“In football, the 12th man plays a very big role. When the 12th man goes to sleep, it becomes a problem. We don’t make room for that at all.

“We make sure that we give them the extra power, the extra munition, that comes with extra support,” he added.

“Most fans, when their team is down, follow them. All fans ever want is to see their team go on to victory.

“So, when things are going badly on the pitch, you have to be seen adding extra force and rhythm to the team.”

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