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FC Platinum wins Zimbabwean PSL title and qualify for CAF Champions League

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Scent ition

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 12:30


Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League side, FC Platinum have been crowned as new league champions this past weekend.

Platinum were crowned after beating Chapungu 2-0 away from home on Saturday at Ascot Stadium in Gweru.

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Coach Norman Mapeza’s men became the first side in the modern era of the league, outside of Harare and Bulawayo, to win the coveted title.

Mapeza has now lifted his second league title after he won with the now defunct Monomotapa in 2008 and said he was under pressure to bring glory to the club.

“We have been waiting for this day. We needed to get early goals. After getting them we needed to concentrate. It’s always difficult to take what people say, when you sign players,” Mapeza said to CAF.

“I was under pressure to bring glory to the club when I joined and today we did it.”

Mapeza now joins a league of achievers who have won two or more league titles along with Rahman Gumbo, Sunday Chidzambwa and Kalisto Pasuwa who won four in a row with Dynamos from 2011 to 2014.

The new champions will now represent the Southern African nation in next year’s Total CAF Champions League.

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FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza says the Zimbabwean PSL crown is theirs

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FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza says the Zimbabwean PSL crown is theirs

Zimbabwe national team interim coach Norman Mapeza (R) arrives for the African Nations Cup Qualifying match between Zimbabwe and Liberia played at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe, 11 June 2017. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

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Scent ition

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 11:00


FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza says they want to win the Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League and has warned their competitors.

Mapeza has issued a warning to his rivals that his charges will break the Harare-Bulawayo stranglehold and grab of this year’s Castle Lager Premier Soccer League big gong.

FC Platinum finished twice as runners-up to Dynamos in 2011 and to Caps United in 2016, but the respected gaffer wants to end the run of disappointments by claiming the big prize.

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The equation is simple for his team – a perfect run in the last three matches will see them taking to the podium come the end of the season.

“We want to win and collect maximum points in all the remaining games but tomorrow is going to be a difficult game for us because Tsholotsho are tricky,” said Mapeza to the News Day.

“People say they have nothing to play for but they can equally upset any opponent at this stage.

“The most crucial thing for us is collecting all points no matter who we are playing. That’s the only way for us to write our own new piece of history.

“We need to be strong mentally and physically if we are to win this title. I believe this is our year, it’s a question of remaining strong and guarding against complacency.“

The Platinum miners are tied on 63 points together with Ngezi Platinum Stars who sit at the top due to a superior goal difference.

However, Mapeza’s side have a tough match against Ngezi which could decide the destiny of the championship.

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SAFA boss: Keep your chin up, Oscarine – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Baroka FC

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SAFA boss: Keep your chin up, Oscarine

SAFA President, DR Danny Jordaan

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 25, 2017. 12:30


South African Football Association (SAFA) boss Danny Jordaan has offered words of support to Baroka FC goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke after he missed out on the FIFA Puskas Award.

Masuluke’s spectacular overhead kick against Orlando Pirates last year was beaten to first prize by Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, who netted with a scorpion kick against Crystal Palace in last season’s Premier League.

Jordaan said: “Well done to Oscarine for flying the South African and Africa’s flag high.

“In spite of the outcome, you have done the continent proud by making it into the top three of such a top award. We are really proud of you.”

Masuluke received 27.48% of the vote compared to 36.17% for Giroud and 20.47% for Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela.

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South Africa’s Oscarine Masuluke misses out on Puskas Award – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Baroka FC

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South Africa’s Oscarine Masuluke misses out on Puskas Award

Baroka goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 11:30


South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke missed out on the Puskas Award for the best goal of the 2016/17 season at the FIFA Football Awards last night.

The Baroka FC glovesman was nominated for his incredible overhead kick which earned a 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates back in November 2016.

However, both Masuluke and Venezuela’s Deyna Castellanos were beaten to the prize by Arsenal’s French striker Olivier Giroud, who scored an incredible scorpion kick against Crystal Palace last term.

Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane were named Best Men’s Player and Best Men’s Coach respectively, while Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon picked up the Best Goalkeeper award.

All the awards:

Best Men’s Player: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Best Women’s Player: Lieke Martens (Netherlands)

FIFA Puskas Award: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

The Best FIFA Men’s Coach: Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

Best Women’s Coach: Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands)

FIFA Best Goalkeeper Award: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

Fan Award: Glasgow Celtic

FIFA Fair Play Award: Francis Kone

The FIFA FIFPRO World XI: Gianluigi Buffon, Dani Alves, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Leonardo Bonucci, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Tafadzwa Rusike trying his luck at Zambian giants Zanaco FC – 2017 FAZ Super League

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Tafadzwa Rusike trying his luck at Zambian giants Zanaco FC

Caps United player Tafadzwa Rusike attacks USM Alger goal area during a CAF Champions League match on 24 April 2017 at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe. Caps United won the match by 2 goals to 1. Zinyange Auntony

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 20, 2017. 17:30


Zimbabwe and former Caps United midfielder Tafadzwa Rusike is trying to land a contract with Zambian Premier Soccer League side Zanaco FC.

Media reports in Zimbabwe reveal that the midfielder flew to Zambia last week for trials with the Super League outfit.

The move away from home follows the termination of his contract by Caps United last month.

The News Day website says Rusike’s deal was brokered by an agent, George Deda, who has links with the Zambian club.

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Deda was influential in arranging United’s pre-season in Zambia and it is believed he was behind the player’s move.

United parted ways with Rusike last month and while the club refused to comment on the reasons, the midfielder blamed his woes on injuries which had kept him on the sidelines for a long time.

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Masuluke’s goal makes final short-list for FIFA award – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Baroka FC

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Masuluke's goal makes final short-list for FIFA award

Masuluke Oscarine of Baroka punches clear ahead of Travis Graham of Ajax Cape Town during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 game between Ajax Cape Town and Baroka FC at Cape Town Stadium on 27 May 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 10, 2017. 14:00


South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke’s goal has made the final three-man shortlist for the FIFA Puskas Award.

The Baroka FC shot-stopper scored a last-gasp equaliser with a bicycle kick against Orlando Pirates in an Absa Premiership match last season.

As a result, Masuluke has been shortlisted for the accolade along with Venezuela Women’s youth national team player Deyna Castellanos and French forward Olivier Giroud.

FIFA are expected to hand out the award in London, England on October 23 and Masuluke stated that it has been his dream to visit the English capital.

“I don’t know how to describe the feeling. Growing up my dream was always visiting London,” Masuluke said on KickOff.com.

“I just don’t know how to explain the feeling. Being nominated amongst the best in the world is a great achievement in itself.

Masuluke, who in a bread winner in his family, disclosed that he grew up in a RDP house in Nwamankena outside Giyani, Limpopo, South Africa with his grandmother and four siblings.

“Yes, it’s true I grew up in a RDP house. I don’t want to go back and sleep in the same house I grew up sleeping in when I was still a kid,” he added.

“And that’s why I am trying to build my family a big house to accommodate everyone.”

After the first round of voting concluded earlier on Monday, a new second phase has started. The total from each round of voting will be added together to decide the winner.

Voting will remain open until the day of the awards ceremony itself, with the winner of the fan vote receiving their award on stage at the historic London Palladium.

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Baroka paid R3 million for Siphelele Ntshangase – reports – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Baroka FC

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Aug 23, 2017. 17:30


Baroka FC are said to have paid R3 million to secure the services of Siphelele Ntshangase.

The 24-year-old officially joined Bakgaga on Tuesday, wasting no time in making his debut for the club following his move from Black Leopards. The midfielder coming on as a second-half substitute in a 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates.

According to the players agent, Jazzman Mahlakgane, Baroka were the only team willing to meet Lidoda Duvha’s valuation, with both Bidvest Wits and Kaizer Chiefs having been previously linked with the playmaker.

“These other clubs were not prepared to buy, and Baroka put their foot forward,” Mahlakgane told Kickoff.com.

“We agreed to a two-year deal. The boy has been in the NFD [National First Division] for too long now, so I’m happy for him because he has finally realised his dream of playing in the PSL.

“I spoke to him earlier today [Tuesday] before we finalised this deal with the two clubs, and he told me that the only thing he wants is to play in the PSL,” he concluded.

Ntshangase has signed a two-year-deal with the Limpopo club.

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Nigerian striker Success staying put at Watford FC – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 22, 2017. 13:00


Watford FC’s Nigerian international Isaac Success will not be leaving the English Premier League (EPL) despite his lack of game time this season.

The 21-year-old striker, who joined Watford from Spanish outfit Granada last year, is yet to feature in Watford’s first two league games of the season.

The English club’s head coach Marco Silva has since revealed why Success has not been getting some game time.

“This situation: He’s a young boy and boy who needs to adapt to this football and to our ideas as well,” Silva said on Own Goal Nigeria.

“We tried to put that to him as soon as possible because he’s one player we believe in as a project – as a Watford project.

“Until now I don’t have a decision. He stays with us, he works hard and tried to find his space in the team. It’s what I want him to do,” he added.

“It surprises me, this. Until now I haven’t spoken with anybody about the situation.”

Success made 19 league appearances for Watford during the 2016/17 campaign and he netted once in the process under coach Walter Mazzarri.

Prior to that season he had netted six goals in 30 Spanish La Liga matches for Granada during the 2015/16 campaign.

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Robyn Johannes says Benni McCarthy is a winner – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Cape Town City FC

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Robyn Johannes says Benni McCarthy is a winner

Mondli Dlamini of Maritzburg United challenged by Robyn Johannes of Cape Town City during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Maritzburg United and Cape Town City at the Harry Gwala Stadium, South Africa on 01 May 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Aug 08, 2017. 11:30


Cape Town City defender Robyn Johannes says they will continue to win trophies under their new coach Benedict McCarthy.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates centre back says he knows the former Bafana Bafana striker is a winner.

City are set to welcome Bernard Molekwa’s Polokwane City for their MTN8 Cup quarter-final clash on Saturday at Cape Town Stadium this weekend.

The Telkom Knockout Cup champions have also signed the likes of Ayanda Patosi and ex-Sundowns midfielder Teko Modise, whose arrival has been hailed by Johannes.

“Many good players don’t often go on to become good coaches, but Benni is a winner,” said Johannes to IOL.

“We’ve been friends for a long while, even before he came to Pirates, I know him well, and I am confident that he will be successful as a coach.

“I played with Teko (Modise) at Pirates and he is a great signing for us. He’s a big-name player and I can assure you he is hungry, and he has a point to prove.

“He won’t just be good for us on the pitch, but off it he can also make a contribution.

“He has been around a while and has won quite a few trophies and awards – he knows what it takes to be a success.”

McCarthy’s men will be at home against Rise and Shine at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, 12 August at 15:00 (CAT).

Furthermore, they open their 2017/18 Absa Premiership account against reigning champions, Bidvest Wits on August 18 at Bidvest Stadium.

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Stam: Aluko would fit in perfectly at Reading FC – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Aug 07, 2017. 16:00


Reading FC remain hopeful of signing Nigeria international Sone Aluko, who is currently on the books of Fulham FC.

English Championship outfit Fulham recently stated that they are aware of interest from other clubs in their hard-working frontman.

Reading, who are also in the English Championship, have since confirmed that they are keen to sign Aluko during the current Transfer Window.

However, Reading manager and head coach Jaap Stam doubts that Fulham would agree to sell one of their top players.

“Everybody knows what type of system Sone plays in at Fulham,” Stam told Reading Chronicle.

“If he was here he would fit in our style of play but I don’t know if we can agree a deal,” he added.

“I know his name has been mentioned, we would be very interested in bringing a player like him in, but I don’t know if it can happen.”

Aluko played the entire match as Fulham drew 1-1 with Norwich City in their first league of the 2017/18 season in London on Saturday.

The 28-year-old striker will be hoping to make the Nigeria squad for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon.

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Ayanda Patosi ready for PSL debut – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Cape Town City FC

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Ayanda Patosi ready for PSL debut

Thulani Serero and Ayanda Patosi during the South Africa Mens Senior National team training session

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Bertin Basson

Friday Aug 04, 2017. 18:00


Cape Town City attacker Ayanda Patosi has revealed that it has been easy for him to adapt to training at the club, as his Premier Soccer League (PSL) debut edges ever closer.

Patosi, 24, hails from Khayelitsha but is yet to play top-flight football in South Africa having moved to Belgium straight from the ASD Academy in 2011.

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Following six years at KSC Lokeren, Patosi is now set to make his South African top-flight debut with an ambitious Citizens outfit. Cape Town City open their MTN8 account at home to Polokwane City before taking on Bidvest Wits in the Absa Premiership curtain-raise on the 18th of August.

“It doesn’t feel weird – I come from Khayelitsha,” Patosi told KickOff.com.

“They say South Africans like to play using a lot of touches, and I grew up playing those kind of games, so it’s been easy to adapt at training. I know a few of the guys from the national team as well, and know the culture already from there.

“In Belgium it’s more physical. There the play is very direct, while here it’s different – the players play, and there are more touches. Here the entire team can play football as opposed to there,” Patosi concluded.

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Mauritanian Camara moves to Fulham FC – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 01, 2017. 16:00


Mauritanian-French forward Aboubakar Kamara has signed a four-year deal with Fulham FC after joining the English club from French outfit Amiens SC.

The 22-year-old striker, who is of Mauritanian descent, helped Amiens gain promotion to the Ligue 1 from Ligue 2 after netting 10 goals in 29 matches.

“I am delighted to have completed my transfer to Fulham today. Fulham is a Club with a fantastic history and tradition, and I’m looking forward to bringing my qualities to help the team and achieve success,” Camara told Fulham’s official website

Tony Khan, the Fulham vice chairman and director of football operations, explained that they were excited by the arrival of the French-born attacker.

“Today is a big day for Fulham. We’re excited that Aboubakar Kamara has joined our great club,” he told the club’s official website.

“Aboubakar brings exceptional speed and finishing ability up top and, despite his youth, he’s already played a major role in achieving promotion for his prior club.

“It’s no secret that we’ve had interest in Aboubakar for some time, and I’m confident that it won’t take long for our supporters to see why,” he continued.

“We’re delighted to welcome Aboubakar to Fulham, and we’ll continue to do everything we can to build for the brightest possible future for the Club while also working hard to give our amazing supporters the excellent results that they deserve in the season ahead! COYW!”

Camara is not capped at international level and he’s still eligible to play for either Mauritania or France.

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Sarr: It was too early for me to join FC Barcelona – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Sarr: It was too early for me to join FC Barcelona

Hamza Lahmar of Tunisia challenges Ismaila Sarr of Senegal during the Afcon Group B match between Tunisia and Senegal on the 15 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jul 28, 2017. 17:00


New Rennes midfielder Ismaila Sarr has disclosed why he turned down a move to Spanish La Liga giants FC Barcelona.

The Senegal international preferred a move to French Ligue 1 outfit Rennes, who signed him from another French side Metz on Wednesday.

“I could have gone to Spain and join the great Barcelona, but leaving Metz to join them was too early,” Sarr told BBC.

“I saw Rennes as a club that will help me progress and reach great heights.”

The 19-year-old winger, who has been compared to former Rennes winger Ousmane Dembele, who now plays for German giants Borussia Dortmund,

However, the promising youngster insisted that he wants to create his own legacy.

“I still have to progress defensively, offensively with more flair, and be more decisive in my approach towards goal,” he added.

“With Christian Gourcuff [Rennes manager], I am convinced that I will succeed.

“I left Senegal a year ago to join Metz, I left my family there. I had to adapt to a new environment,” he explained

Today I am happy, my parents are proud of me. I only count every day as a chance to make the best out of my profession.”

The teenager, who has five Senegal national team caps, netted five goals in 31 Ligue 1 games for Metz last season.

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Sumaila reflects on failed move to Rangers FC – African Football

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jul 24, 2017. 14:00


Ghana international Rashid Sumaila says he will give his all to play in Britain because anything is possible in football.

The 24-year-old defender was recently on the radar of Scottish giants Rangers FC during the current Transfer Window.

However, issues of transfer and player activation meant it was always going to be complicated for him to move to the club.

Sumaila, who is currently on the books of Kuwaiti Premier League outfit Al Qadsia, remains hopeful of playing in Britain.

“In football you can never say never,” Sumaila told Ghana Soccer Net.

“I am a man of strong character because I have been through a lot yet still i am on it.

“I am working hard and knowing very well that one day the right opportunity will come and I will get it,” he added.

“For me I have never hidden my admiration for British football and I will give my all to be there.”

He once plied his trade in South Africa for 2016 CAF Champions League winners, Mamelodi Sundowns.

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Koeman: Everton FC had enjoyable stay in Africa

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Koeman: Everton FC had enjoyable stay in Africa

Everton boss Ronald Koeman

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jul 14, 2017. 19:00


Everton FC manager Ronald Koeman says they have enjoyed their stay in Tanzania following their international club friendly match with Kenyan club Gor Mahia FC on Thursday.

The Toffees defeated Gor Mahia 2-1 with Wayne Rooney and Kieran Dowell netting for the English side, while Jacques Tuyisenge scored for the Kenyan giants at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

“It was a good game but a difficult one,Gor Mahia made it tough for us,” Koeman told Everton’s official website.

“They dropped their intensity a little bit in the second half and we were the better team with fresh players.

“They were a good team and made it hard for us to find our extra man in midfield,” he added.

“They can be proud of their performance and I want to give them a lot of compliments for making it so tough for us.”

The Toffees became the first English Premier League (EPL) side to play a game in Tanzania and Koeman said they enjoyed their stay in Africa.

“It has been an enjoyable stay,” the Dutch tactician continued.

“It has been short because of our pre-season schedule ahead of the Europa League, but I want to thank everyone for the welcome we have had.

“I have really enjoyed my time here. I enjoyed the intensity of the friendly as well. It has been a positive trip.”

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FC Metz capture Gambian U20 skipper – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Jul 13, 2017. 17:00


French national first division side, FC Metz have signed Gambian international U20 skipper Ablie Jallow on a five year deal.

Reports reveal that the Gambian completes his switch from Metz’s official partner in Senegal, Generation Foot, who he helped win the league last season.

The BBC website reports that Generation Foot’s coach Olivier Perrin was delighted with the move and remains confident the 18-year-old will do well.

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“One of his strengths is his vision during the game, he’s always able to anticipate what will happen,” Perrin told the Metz website.

“He’s comfortable with the ball at his feet, it’s beautiful to see him play.

“He has also improved his finishing this season.”

Jallow initially joined the Senegalese outfit on loan in 2015 from Gambian club Real de Banjul before the deal was made permanent last year.

He joins his former Generation Foot teammate and Senegal U20 striker Ibrahima Niane at Metz after he signed for them over the weekend.

Niane was the top scorer last season for the Senegalese champions.

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