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South Africa’s Gavin Hunt condemns Telkom KO final venue – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Head Coach Gavin Hunt of Bidvest Wits during 2017 Telkom Knockout Bidvest Wits Training at Stir rock Park in Braamfontein South Africa on 28 November 2017 © Aubrey Kgakatsi /BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 19:30


Ahead of the South African Telkom Knockout final against Bloemfontein Celtic, Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has lambasted the quality of the pitch at Princess Magogo Stadium.

The Clever Boys mentor believes the pitch is not in tip top quality, but hopes the weather will be suitable for a good game of football.

Hunt revealed that they sent a team representatives to inspect the pitch at the KwaMashu Stadium this week.

“Shew‚ shew‚ shew. Listen‚ it is what it is. We’ve got to concentrate on the rules and play football,” said the coach.

“But it is a bit‚ it is a bit…you know. It threw everybody a curve ball‚ didn’t it? It was like‚ ‘Yuh‚ OK’.

“The pitch has been dug up last week because there were teams training on it in the rain. So the pitch is not great.

“We saw it, we went there yesterday to have a look at it – it’s an open area. So please God the weather is good.”

The 12000-seater venue will host a major cup final for the first time on Saturday at 18:00 (CAT).



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Wydad boss targets FIFA Club World Cup final – 2017 CAF Champions League


Wydad Casablanca coach Hussein Amoutta

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Bertin Basson

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 15:00


Wydad Casablanca head coach Lhoussaine Ammouta has expressed his club’s desire to reach the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup final.

The CAF Champions League holders qualified for the world showpiece for the very first time following victory of Al Ahly – on aggregate – in the final of Africa’s premier cup competition.

Ammouta now hopes that his troops can set up a meeting with Real Madrid in a fight for silverware at the upcoming tournament, set to be hosted in the United Arab Emirates starting early next month.

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“We’re targeting the final,” Ammouta told FIFA.com.

“We can’t afford to make too many mistakes because the minor details make all the difference in football. Our players acquired lots of experience in the Champions League and now hope to sign for clubs abroad.

“They [the Wydad players] can show what they’re capable of in this competition and catch the eye of the big European teams. Their desire to progress ought to help us get good results in the Emirates.”

The Moroccan club kick-off their campaign with a clash against CONCACAF champions Pachuca on the 9th of December in Abu Dhabi.



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TP Mazembe coach planning for second leg of Confed Cup final in South Africa


Rainford Kalaba of TP Mazembe challenged by Clayton Daniels of Supersport United during the Caf Confederation Cup match between Supersport United and TP Mazembe at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on 20 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 20, 2017. 17:00


Despite conceding against SuperSport United, TP Mazembe coach Phampile Mihayo says they will have a good plan for their return leg this weekend.

The Ravens beat the South African side 2-1 in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final at home on Sunday afternoon.

Mihayo’s troops netted through Adama Traore and Daniel Adjei, but they conceded in the second half when Sipho Mbule dribbled past his marker to unleash a powerful strike that caught the keeper napping.

However, Mihayo, who was also a former captain of the side, said they will need to have an even better and stronger game plan in the return leg.

“We wanted to play well and win the game because we are home and needed to be offensive,” said Mihayo to CAF.

“Going to Pretoria will be difficult and they will pressurise us from the onset but we will have a plan that will give us the desired result.

“They are a very good side which isn’t easily broken down but we will have a good game plan.”

The return leg is set to be staged at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday, November 25 at 20:15 (CAT).



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Mazembe take 2-1 CAF CC final advantage to Atteridgeville


Adama Traore of TP Mazembe

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Bertin Basson

Sunday Nov 19, 2017. 18:10


TP Mazembe beat SuperSport United 2-1 in a 2017 CAF Confederations Cup final first leg clash, at Stade TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi on Sunday afternoon.

The Ravens with a slender advantage heading into the reverse fixture at the Lucas Moripe Stadium next Saturday, with Sipho Mbule grabbing a crucial away goal for the South Africans.

SuperSport head coach Eric Tinkler had expressed his desire for his team to bag an away goal in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Matsatsantsa should’ve opened the scoring as early as the 12th minute, but Bradley Grobler failed to hit the target with the goal at his mercy.

Matsatsantsa were all over their hosts with Ley Matampi called into action to deny Thuso Phala, Dove Wome and Siyabonga Nhlapo in quick succession thereafter.

The defending champions, though, proved their worth and duly came up with a sucker punch through Adama Traore in the 18th minute.

Ushindi Kubanza had hit the crossbar moments before the Mali international’s goal in what was a frantic start to the game. Traore’s left-footed shot whistled past Ronwen Williams, with the SuperSport goal-minder found wanting as the ball flew right over his head.

Following what was an exciting opening half-hour, proceedings calmed down quite drastically, but SuperSport would end the stanza on a high. Grobler, though, was unable to convert from close range on two occasions with Mazembe carrying a 1-0 lead into the tunnel at the break.

Matsatsantsa leveled matters in the 47th minute through Mbule who’s rocket from range flew past Ley Matampi in the Mazembe goal. The SuperSport teenager with a memorable strike to silence the Ravens faithful, knowing the importance of an away goal.

Mazembe, though, would claim victory with Daniel Nii Adjei restoring their lead in the 67th minute of the match. His shot from the edge of the area having the beating of Williams, with the goalkeeper unable to contend with the bounce off the artificial pitch.

The hosts bossed the closing stages of the encounter, but failed to add to their scoreline as focus now turns to the second leg in South Africa.

The reverse fixture will take place at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville next Saturday, 25 November.

TP Mazembe (1) 2 (Traore 18′ Adjei 67′)

SuperSport United (0) 1 (Mbule 47′)

TP Mazembe: Matampi; Mpeko, Kimwaki, Kabaso, Kasusula, Sinkala, Adjei (Mputu 82′), Kalaba (Meschack 58′), Kubanza (Asante 61′), Malango, A.Traore.

SuperSport United: Williams; Nhlapo, Daniels, Mashamaite, Modiba, Furman, Mbule, Phala, Wome (Kekana 81′), Brockie (Lakay 73′), Grobler (Farmer 85′).



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2017 CAFCC FINAL: TP Mazembe 2-1 SuperSport United – AS IT HAPPENED – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Supersport United FC players celebrate after scoring against Club Africain during the semi-final return 2017 CAF Confederations Cup game between Club Africain and Supersport United FC in Tunis, Tunisia on 22 October 2017 © BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Sunday Nov 19, 2017. 17:39


Welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our LIVE COVERAGE of the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup final first leg clash between TP Mazembe and SuperSport United from the Stade TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi on Sunday, 19 November 2017.

TP Mazembe: Matampi; Mpeko, Kimwaki, Kabaso, Kasusula, Sinkala, Adjei (Mputu 82′), Kalaba (Meschack 58′), Kubanza (Asante 61′), Malango, A.Traore.

SuperSport UnitedWilliams; Nhlapo, Daniels, Mashamaite, Modiba, Furman, Mbule, Phala, Wome (Kekana 81′), Brockie (Lakay 73′), Grobler (Farmer 85′).

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The reverse fixture will take place in Atteridgeville next Saturday, 25 November 2017.

Full-Time: TP Mazembe 2-1 SuperSport United

90′ Three minutes added.

89′ CHANCE! Tresor Mputu guides his free-kick attempt inches over the crossbar. Mazembe throwing everything but the kitchen sink at SuperSport.

86′ Eric Tinkler has introduced both Grant Kekana and Denwin Farmer as Matsatsantsa shut up shop! The South Africans looking a tad tired.

77′ CHANCE! TP Mazembe quick on the counter-attack as Solomon Asante guides his shot inches wide of goal. SuperSport living on the edge here.

75′ Joel Kimwaki is the first person into the referee’s book.

67′ GOAL! Daniel Nii Adjei restores the Ravens lead as he hammers home from the edge of the area. Ronwen Williams a tad suspect again with the unusual bounce off the artificial turf catching him off guard.

65′ SHOT! Jean Kasusula guides his free-kick attempt straight at Ronwen Williams, who gathers with confidence.

60′ Hour played in Lubumbashi and it’s advantage SuperSport United as we enter the final third of the clash. The Ravens need their fans to come to the party.

55′ Excellent recovery tackle by Tefu Mashamaite to deny Adama Traore who darted in behind the SuperSport United defensive line.

47′ GOAL! What a goal by Sipho Mbule to draw the two teams level! Unstoppable long range effort by the teenager who silences the home crowd!

46′ The second half is underway in Lubumbashi.

45+1′ Half-Time: TP Mazembe 1-0 SuperSport United

45′ One minute added.

42′ Nervy moment at the back for Siyabonga Nhlapo, but TP Mazemeb fail to punish their visitors. Nothing to write home about over the course of the past couple of minutes as we approach the interval.

30′ Half-hour played in Lubumbashi – things have cooled down a tad after what was a frantic opening exchange.

22′ SHOT! Chances continue to come at either end of the pitch in what has been an end-to-end encounter. Dove Wome the latest to guide a shot inches wide of goal.

18′ GOAL! TP Mazembe hit the front as Adama Traore powers his left-footed shot past Ronwen Williams who makes a real mess of it. Sucker punch.

18′ POST! Ushindi Kubanza rattles the woodwork following a mistake in defence.

14′ SuperSport United all over their hosts as Ley Matampi is called into action to deny Dove Wome and Thuso Phala in quick succession.

12′ CHANCE! So close Great work by Thuso Phala to pick out Bradley Grobler, but he fails to punish the Ravens with the goal at his mercy. Huge miss.

10′ CHANCE! Thuso Phala picks out Clayton Daniels at the back post, but his header is straight at Ley Matampi. 

4′ SHOT! Rainford Kalaba tries his luck from range, but his attempt flies inches wide of goal.

3′ Lively start to the match with Mazembe applying early pressure on their hosts.  At the other end of the pitch Dean Furman picks out Bradly Grobler who has time and space in the box, but he is unable to find Jeremy Brockie.

1′ Kick-off in Lubumbashi!

– No place in the starting eleven for Sylvain Gbohouo who drops to the bench to cap what has been a dismal week for the shot-stopper.

Jeremy Brockie starts for SuperSport United in what has been a busy few days for the forward who was as far as New Zealand and Peru over the course of the past week. Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Morgan Gould are both suspended and play no part.



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Wits beat Chiefs to reach Telkom Knockout Cup final


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Brian Lee

Saturday Nov 18, 2017. 18:00

Kaizer Chiefs lost 1-0 to Bidvest Wits in the Telkom Knockout semifinals on Saturday afternoon at Bidvest Stadium.

The Clever Boys netted their goal through striker James Keene.

Although both teams started on a cautious note, it was the Students who had a chance in the seventh minute as Amr Gamal turned Erick Mathoho in the box, but his shot was parried away by goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.

Two minutes later, a brilliant display of football by Amakhosi in the Wits half saw them exchanging passes between Wiseman Meyiwa and Bernard Parker, only to see a rushed shot from Philani Zulu which went wide.

In the 27th minute, Meyiwa was shown a straight red card following a reckless foul after stepping on Daine Klate and Amakhosi were reduced to ten men.

A minute later Keene ensured the hosts were in the driving seat as he scored a fine header to beat Khune on his right corner, 1-0.

With four minutes to go to the interval, George Maluleka spotted Wits keeper Darren Keet off his line, but the midfielder’s long range shot was off target.

Coach Gavin Hunt’s men were leading at half time and coach Steve Komphela introduced Gustavo Paez as he sacrificed Daniel Cardoso.

Paez nearly punished the Clever Boys after receiving a brilliant pass from Willard Katsande, but his final pass in search of Siphiwe Tshabalala was cleared by the Wits defence in the 50th minute.

It was all Chiefs in the second stanza and substitute Dumisani Zuma nearly equalised in 65th minute when he saw his well struck shot sailing inches wide off Keet’s left post.

For the second time, Zuma managed to sneak in behind the hosts defence after a great defence splitting pass by Tshabalala,  but the substitute’s effort was blocked by Keet who came off his line in the 73rd minute.

Zuma had a big impact on the game and was on target in injury time as his effort hit the cross bar with Keen off his line.

Despite their efforts to throw everything at Wits, the Naturena-based side could not beat Keet who had an outstanding game.

Bidvest Wits: (1) 1 (Keene 28′)

Kaizer Chiefs: (0)

Bidvest Wits:  Keet, Klate (Pienaar 69′), Monare, Gamal, Hlanti, Mkhwanazi, Mlambo, Tlhone, Keene (Pelembe 84′), Frosler, Ntshangase

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Cardoso (Paez 47′), Mathoho, Ngezana, Zulu (Ekstein 78′), Katsande, Maluleka, Meyiwa, Tshabalala, Molangoane, Parker (Zuma 64′)



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TP Mazembe’s Moise Katumbi calls for a full house against SuperSport in Confed Cup final


TP Mazembe players celebrate after wining the Confederation of Africa Cup final against Mouloudia Olympique Bejaia of Algeria

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 17:00


Ahead of the highly anticipated CAF Confederation Cup final clash against SuperSport United, TP Mazembe boss Moise Katumbi Moise has urged fans to fill up the stadium on Sunday.

The Ravens chairman visited youngster Christ Kisangala who is nursing a knee injury in Belgium and urged the club’s faithful to support the reigning CAF Confed champions.

Mazembe will want to retain their trophy and ensure they use their home advantage in the first leg at Lubumbashi as Katumbi is calling for a general mobilisation.

Katumbi reckons that his troops deserve a full stadium for the final and has stressed the importance of a win at home.

“I know that TPM supporters are always able to mobilise to take their team to success,” said the boss to the club website.

“It is with the support of a large audience that our players will pull a lot of strength from the stands to defeat SuperSport.

“The players expect everyone to show a sacred union around the team to win..”

Meanwhile, Katumbi has urged the club’s die hard supporters to come out in numbers in both finals, including attending the final training session.

On the other hand, manager Kazembe Mihayo will hope to have his experienced Malian centre back, Salif Coulibaly, who is working to regain full fitness.



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City, Celtic battle for TKO final berth


Mpho Makola of Orlando Pirates challenged by Lorence Vilakazi of Polokwane City during the 2017 Telkom Knockout football match between Orlando Pirates and Polokwane City at Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg on 04 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 11:17


Polokwane City and Bloemfontein Celtic will battle for a place in the final of the Telkom Knockout when they meet at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on 19 November 2017, kick-off at 15h30.

Polokwane earned their place in the semifinals by defeating both Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates on penalties, having held their opponents 0-0 and 2-2 respectively. Rise and Shine have never progressed this far in a cup competition since their promotion to the top flight in 2013 and will be looking for a first-ever final appearance.

Celtic, meanwhile, overcame SuperSport United on penalties (after a 2-2 draw) and beat Platinum Stars 2-1 in the last 16 and quarterfinals respectively. Phunya Sele Sele famously won their only Telkom Knockout title in 2012, and will feel they have a great chance of challenging for another this year.

City and Celtic have never met in a cup competition before, but they have crossed swords in nine league matches since the Limpopo side have been in the top flight. Those nine matches have produced five wins for Phunya Sele Sele, two for Rise and Shine and two draws.

The teams met at recently as September in a league clash, with Celtic claiming a 2-1 win in Polokwane thanks to a brace from Ndumiso Mabena. Phunya Sele Sele are unbeaten in their last four matches against Rise and Shine.

The winners of this match will go on to face either Bidvest Wits or Kaizer Chiefs – who meet at Bidvest Stadium Stadium on Saturday, 18 November – in the final next month.



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SuperSport sweat on Brockie, Williams in build-up to CAFCC final – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Ronwen Williams of Supersport United saving a penalty during the 2017 Nedbank Cup semifinal game between Chippa United and Supersport United at Sisa Dukashe Stadium, East London on 20 May 2017 © Luigi Bennett/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 16, 2017. 09:20


SuperSport United head coach Eric TInkler will be sweating on the availability of Ronwen Williams and Jeremy Brockie ahead of the first leg of the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup final.

Matsatsantsa travel to Lubumbashi on Friday ahead of the first leg in the Democratic Republic of Congo, before the reverse fixture in Atteridgeville a week later.

SuperSport are hoping to win their first ever continental crown, having watched South African rivals Mamelodi Sundowns clinch the CAF Champions League 12 months ago.

SuperSport, though, might be without the duo Williams and Brockie with the latter to participate in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier for New Zealand in Lima later today – local time, (04h15 CAT tomorrow morning).

Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Williams is said to be carrying a slight knock and his a doubt for this weekend’s clash.

Brockie is confident he will make it back in time from Peru for the club’s trip to Lubumbashi, but it is not yet clear how ready the 30-year-old will be having covered a lot of distance over the past week.

“I get back to Jo’burg at 7.20am on Friday morning and the team are only going to fly at 9.20am so I will meet up with them at the airport‚” Brockie told the Sowetan.

“I will not have had too many training sessions with the boys, but we’ve been there and done that before and I’m really looking forward to a massive game in Lubumbashi.

“I’ll be sleeping as much as I can on the plane,” he concluded.



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SuperSport United boss Stan Matthews wants fair officiating in Confederation Cup final against Mazembe


Supersport United FC players celebrate after scoring against Club Africain during the semi-final return 2017 CAF Confederations Cup game between Club Africain and Supersport United FC in Tunis, Tunisia on 22 October 2017 © BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 18:30


As SuperSport United are set to visit Congolese side, TP Mazembe in honour of the first leg of their 2017 CAF Confederation Cup final, CEO Stan Matthews wants to see good officiating from the referees.

The Amatsantsantsa boss is hoping to see a fair encounter and credited his players for resilience in tough situations along the way.

Matthews recalls the day when Orlando Pirates met the Ravens in the CAF Champions League when the late goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa had to save two penalties for Bucs in a 1-0 defeat in 2013.

Seychelles referee, Bernard Camille, was the man tasked with officiating the tie and was also in charge when the South African Premier Soccer League outfit drew 1-1 against Tunisia’s Club Africain in the semi-final at home last month.

“To have had luck along the way and the character of the boys that they showed to overcome what we feel was not the best officiating over the two legs against Club Africain, I think it was fantastic,” said Matthews to Kick-Off.

“Hopefully, we will get a reasonable official. My mind goes back to Orlando Pirates playing against TP Mazembe and the late Senzo pulling off multiple penalty saves.

“One just needs to see the final is officiated in a fair and proper way. Strong officiating is good, fair officiating is better and that’s what we want, then I think we can trade blows with Mazembe.

“We did it home and away in the group stages. We came from a 2-0 down against them there and we showed good character so this team has a lot of self belief at the moment.”

The highly anticipated encounter will be staged at Stade du TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi on Sunday at 14:30 (CAT).



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Egypt, Ghana play to draw in final Group E fixture – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017


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Staff Reporter

Sunday Nov 12, 2017. 20:10


Ghana were held to a 1-1 draw by Egypt in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday, in what was a mere formality as the Pharaohs now turn their attention to Russia.

Egypt had already qualified for a first World Cup in 28 years heading into the fixture in the Ashanti region and duly end top of Group E with 13 points from six matches.

A disappointing campaign for the Black Stars ends with them having accumulated seven points from their allotted fixtures – the tally ensuring a third place finish behind both the North African’s and Uganda.

Mubarak Wakaso – back on the international stage – expressed his intent in the early exchanges with Sherif Ekramy called into action on two occasions to deny the midfielder in the opening 15 minutes.

In whole, though, it was a rather uneventful opening stanza with Egypt’s first shot on target coming in the 43rd minute. Richard Ofori with a good save to deny Mahmoud ‘Trezequet’ Ibrahim from a tight angle.

Ghana enjoyed a late flurry, but they failed in their attempts to break the deadlock with the two teams tied at 0-0 heading into the tunnel at the break.

Egypt emerged with more drive following the interval and duly opened the scoring throughMahmoud ‘Shikabala’ Abdelrazek in the 61st minute.

The playmaker’s left-footed rocket leaving the Ghanaian shot-stopper with little chance as Egypt hit the front. Trezequet with the pin-point cross as Shikabala made no mistake.

Their lead, though, would last all but three minutes as Edwin Gyasi leveled matters in the 64th minute. His shot taking a wicked deflection off Aly Gabr before whistling past Ekramy.

Ghana pushed forward in search of the winner and had a chance to seal all three points in stoppage-time, but Daniel Amartey was unable to force the ball home from close range after Richmond Yiadom’s s rasping effort was fumbled by Ekramy.

Ghana (0) 1 (Abdelrazek 61′)

Egypt (0) 1 (Gyasi 64′)

Ghana: R.Ofori, Afful, Angenyenu, Nuhu, Amartey, Wakaso, Gyasi, E.Ofori, Dwamena (Yiadom 74′), Donsah (Waris 50′), Ampomah (Twumasi 41′).

Egypt: Ekramy, Gabr, Elmohamady, Rabiea (Samir 33′), Moursy, Abdelrazek (Elsaeyd 65′), Marei (Gamal 76′), Sobhi, Hafez, Elneny, Ibrahim.



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Egypt, Ghana play to draw in final Group E fixture – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Staff Reporter

Sunday Nov 12, 2017. 19:55


Ghana were held to a 1-1 draw by Egypt in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday, in what was a mere formality as the Pharaohs now turn their attention to Russia.

Egypt had already qualified for a first World Cup in 28 years heading into the fixture in the Ashanti region and duly end top of Group E with 13 points from six matches.

A disappointing campaign for the Black Stars ends with them having accumulated seven points from their allotted fixtures – the tally ensuring a third place finish behind both the North African’s and Uganda.

Mubarak Wakaso – back on the international stage – expressed his intent in the early exchanges with Sherif Ekramy called into action on two occasions to deny the midfielder in the opening 15 minutes.

In whole, though, it was a rather uneventful opening stanza with Egypt’s first shot on target coming in the 43rd minute. Richard Ofori with a good save to deny Mahmoud ‘Trezequet’ Ibrahim from a tight angle.

Ghana enjoyed a late flurry, but they failed in their attempts to break the deadlock with the two teams tied at 0-0 heading into the tunnel at the break.

Egypt emerged with more drive following the interval and duly opened the scoring throughMahmoud ‘Shikabala’ Abdelrazek in the 61st minute.

The playmaker’s left-footed rocket leaving the Ghanaian shot-stopper with little chance as Egypt hit the front. Trezequet with the pin-point cross as Shikabala made no mistake.

Their lead, though, would last all but three minutes as Edwin Gyasi leveled matters in the 64th minute. His shot taking a wicked deflection off Aly Gabr before whistling past Ekramy.

Ghana pushed forward in search of the winner and had a chance to seal all three points in stoppage-time, but Daniel Amartey was unable to force the ball home from close range after Richmond Yiadom’s s rasping effort was fumbled by Ekramy.

Ghana (0) 1 (Abdelrazek 61′)

Egypt (0) 1 (Gyasi 64′)

Ghana: R.Ofori, Afful, Angenyenu, Nuhu, Amartey, Wakaso, Gyasi, E.Ofori, Dwamena (Yiadom 74′), Donsah (Waris 50′), Ampomah (Twumasi 41′).

Egypt: Ekramy, Gabr, Elmohamady, Rabiea (Samir 33′), Moursy, Abdelrazek (Elsaeyd 65′), Marei (Gamal 76′), Sobhi, Hafez, Elneny, Ibrahim.



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Al Ahly goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy unhappy with criticism after Champions League final loss


Al Ahly goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 07, 2017. 17:30


Despite their CAF Champions League loss to Wydad Casablanca, Al Ahly goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy refuses to take the blame directed to the team from the fans.

The Red Devils fans were disappointed to lose the continental trophy in Morocco on a 2-1 aggregate margin after a 1-1 draw in the first leg at home.

Ekramy took to his official Twitter account, saying that criticism from fans after the match was not objective and not fair.

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“We’re used in Egypt to the attribution of any success or failure in football to individuals only, although everyone knows that it is a shared responsibility,” he said on Twitter.

“The problem in the case of loss is that there is always an attempt to blame certain players or to find a scapegoat.

“In 48 games since the start of the season, we had more than 30 clean sheets.

“Our goalkeeping and defence were named the best according to statistics and numbers.

“Apart from local statistics, Al Ahly is one of the world’s best teams in terms of keeping a clean sheet in 2017.

“Attacking or criticizing a player after any loss by the media or the fans is normal and that’s the tough side of football.

“We understand our fans’ sadness due to the loss, our fans are always our number one supporters. We lost an important championship that’s true but it is more important to start focusing on what’s coming next.”



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Al Ahly president to protest following Champions League final loss to Wydad


Al Ahly’s player Saad Samir (L) in action against Wydad Casablanca’s player Ismail Haddad (R)

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 06, 2017. 16:30


Following their CAF Champions League loss to Wydad Casablanca, Al Ahly president Mahmoud Taher revealed that his club will file a complaint about the CAF referee, Bakary Gassama.

The Club of the Century suffered a 2-1 loss to Wydad on aggregate as they failed to fly back to Egypt with the most prestigious continental accolade.

Following the defeat in Morocco, Taher says Gassama made a number of mistakes in the match and they will approach CAF regarding this issue.

“We have a number of motives to file a complaint because of what happened in the final match,” Mahmoud Taher told the club’s official website.

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“The referee made huge mistakes whether through taking wrong decisions or because of not adding enough stoppage time after smoke emerged in the pitch and blocked view which forced him to stop the match for a few minutes.”

Taher added that Gassama did not take the smoke on the pitch, caused by Wydad fans, into consideration when adding only three minutes of stoppage time and that he didn’t care about complaints made about the smoke from Al Ahly players.

“We faced clear and obvious challenges in our recent African matches from referees which made it look like Al Ahly facing a team and a referee each match, something that we should not stay silent about anymore,” he added.

“That’s why the club is obliged to submit this complaint that includes all the needed documents and pictures that strengths our position.”



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Gamal leads Bidvest Wits into TKO final four – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Ahmed Gamal Amr of Bidvest Wits

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 22:40


Bidvest Wits booked their place in the semifinals of the 2017 Telkom Knockout Cup with a 1-0 win over Baroka FC at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday evening.

Amr Gamal with the only goal of the game as the Clever Boys sealed their spot in the final four. Victory restoring some hope for Gavin Hunt, with his troops currently battling at the wrong end of the Absa Premiership log standings.

Bakgaga, who have enjoyed a stellar campaign thus far, made their intentions clear from the onset and went close through Gift Motupa within two minutes.

Darren Keet forced into a top save to deny the midfielder who’s dipping effort from range was on it’s way to rattling the back of the net.

The Clever Boys duly opened the scoring as Gamal bagged his third of the competition: guiding home Vincent Pule’s low cross.

The visitors continued to probe with chances aplenty at either end of the pitch throughout the opening stanza. Keet up to the task once more in the 40th minute after Motupa broke through on goal.

Hunt’s men with a narrow lead at the break.

Bidvest Wits tightened up their defence following the interval as they set their sights on the next round, but progression wasn’t sealed without a few nervy moments.

Robin Ngalande and Albert Mothupa guilty of scuffing their attempted efforts after darting in behind the Clever Boys defence.

In the end, though, Gamal’s early goal proved to be the difference between the two sides as domestic football takes a back seat ahead of the impending international break.

Bidvest Wits (1) 1 (Gamal 10′)

Baroka FC (0) 0

Bidvest Wits: Keet; Frosler, Hlatshwayo, Allie (Scott 62′), Hlanti – Ntshangase, Monare, Pelembe, Klate (Mkhwanazi (90+4′) – Pule, Gamal (Keene 83′).

Baroka FC: Vries; Kgoetyane, Mahashe, Banda, Mothupa, Moeti (Matloga 87′), Madubanya, Mdantsane (Nguzana 81′), Motupa – Chawapiwa, Macha (Ngalande 46′).



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Wydad Casablanca coach Hussein Amotta to change game plan for Champions League final


Wydad Casablanca coach Hussein Amoutta

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 17:00


Wydad Casablanca coach Hussein Amoutta reveals they will employ a different approach against Al Ahly in the second leg of their CAF Champions League final on Saturday.

The two giants are fresh from a 1-1 draw in the first leg last week in Alexandria where the Egyptians scored through Moamen Zakaria, but Wydad equalised courtesy of Achraf Bencharki.

Whilst Wydad are playing their third final, winning once and losing in 2011, Ahly will be making their 11th appearance at the final after tasting defeat twice in 1983 and 2007.

“We are going to apply a totally different approach,” said Amoutta.

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“Of course holding Al Ahly away is a good result, but we have won nothing yet. It’s a totally different match now and we have to prepare well as we’re facing a team with great history and experience.”

The encounter will be staged at the 60,000 capacity venue, Mohamed V Complex in Casablanca and the 48-year old coach will want to be victorious.

Amoutta previously led FUS Rabat to CAF Confederation Cup glory in 2010 and looks poised to add another feat to his career.

The winner will walk away with a cash reward of 2,500,000 US Dollars and a ticket to represent Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup in December in Abu Dhabi.



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Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry unfazed by Wydad test in Champions League final – 2017 CAF Champions League


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 12:30


Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry insists they have been through tough situations before as they prepare to face Wydad Casablanca in the second leg of their CAF Champions League final on Saturday.

El Badry will want to bag the continental trophy as he also led the Red Devils to glory in 2012 and he remains upbeat ahead of the clash.

The over 60 000 capacity Mohamed V Complex in Casablanca will be the venue for the second leg final after both sides settled for a 1-1 draw last weekend in Alexandria.

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“We have passed this situation many times in the past. We know what the stakes are,” El Badry told reporters.

“We will give all it takes to win this title, and I’m positive my boys can do it.”

Both sides will be without some key players through injury for the decisive match, with Wydad’s talented winger Mohamed Ounajem having a strained his thigh during the first leg.

On the other hand, Ahly duo of Tunisian left back Ali Maaloul and midfielder Hossam Ashour are also out with groin injuries.

The winner will walk away with a cash reward of 2,500,000 US Dollars and a ticket to represent Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup in December in Abu Dhabi.



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Al Ahly suffer massive blow ahead of the second leg of the Champions League final – 2017 CAF Champions League


Al Ahly’s Hossam Ashour in continental action against Orlando Pirates

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 12:00


Al Ahly have received a huge blow ahead of the second leg of the CAF Champions League final away in Morocco against Wydad Casablanca.

The clash will be staged on Saturday after last weekend’s 1-1 draw, but the Red Devils will be without experienced midfielder Hossam Ashour.

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The 31-year-old, who sustained a groin injury in Ahly’s 4-1 win over Ragaa in an Egyptian Premier League game early October, also missed the first-leg of the CAFChampions League final and is set to miss the second leg as well.

“Ashour is still undergoing rehabilitation due to his groin muscle strain. He is very unlikely to play on Saturday,” Ahly Doctor Khaled Mahmoud said on the club’s official website.

Ashour’s absence deepens Ahly’s troubles as left-winger Ali Maaloul and defender Rami Rabia are also doubtful for the game due to injuries.

Coach Hossam El-Badry and his troops will need to score an away goal to stand a chance of lifting their first Champions League trophy since 2013.



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Al Ahly with a mountain to climb in CAF CL final – 2017 CAF Champions League


Al Ahly’s player Emad Meteb (L) in action against Wydad Casablanca’s player Abdelatif Noussir (R) during the African Champions League

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 18:00


Al Ahly have a mountain to climb heading into the second leg of the CAF Champions League final against hosts Wydad Casablanca on Saturday night.

The Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca will be the venue for the match, with kick-off set for 22h00 CAT. You will be able to follow LIVE Play-By-Play coverage of the match right here on AfricanFootball.

The first leg in Alexandria last weekend ended 1-1, with Ahly’s early goal from Moamen Zakaria cancelled out within the opening 20 minutes by Wydad’s Achraf Bencharki.

The aggregate score of 1-1 very much favours the Moroccan side, who have home advantage for the decisive leg and need only keep a clean sheet to ensure they pick up their second Champions League title.

The Egyptian giants, meanwhile, must at least match Wydad’s away goal if they are to have a shot at winning a record-extending ninth African crown.

Wydad coach Hussein Amotta will be without the services of injured winger Mohamed Ounajem, but was delighted with the first-leg result and believes his side is capable of triumphing on home soil.

“We achieved a milestone leaving Alexandria with a draw under these circumstances,” said Amotta after the match at the Borg El Arab Stadium.

“With all these fans, and against one of Africa’s finest most experienced clubs, a draw was a great result.”

He added, “It [the return leg] won’t be an easy game, but we will be more relaxed and we will have to work on scoring first this Saturday.

“Al Ahly have one of the best front lines in Africa, so it would be illogical to sit back and defend against them.

“Now that we know the flaws in Al Ahly’s defence, we will put pressure on them from the start. Yet at the same time we need to leave them no space for counter-attacks at the back.

“It is a great pleasure for me to coach Wydad and lead them up to this stage, but I cannot wait till Saturday when I become the happiest man in Morocco and all of Africa.”

Al Ahly have their own injury absentee in the shape of captain Hossam Ashour, and coach Hossam El Badry is under pressure to turn the tie around in Casablanca.

“I knew it [the first leg] was going to be a tough match, and we didn’t exploit the chances that we had during the game. We weren’t lucky [in the match] too,” the Al Ahly coach explained.

He added, “However, we put in an overall strong performance and I believe in the players’ abilities. We’ll fight to achieve victory in the second leg to claim the title.”

Gambian referee Bakary Gassama will take charge of the match in Casablanca on Saturday night. The winners will qualify for both the 2017 Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in December, and the 2018 CAF Super Cup against the winners of the Confederation Cup final (either SuperSport United or TP Mazembe).



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All Ahly’s El-Badry bemoans poor refereeing in first leg of Champions League final – 2017 CAF Champions League


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 29, 2017. 10:30


In the wake of their CAF Champions League, first-leg 1-1 draw in the final against Wydad Casablanca, Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry has lashed out at the referee.

El-Badry believes his side should have been awarded a penalty against Wydad Casablanca on Saturday at the Borg El-Arab Stadium.

Goals through Momen Zakaria and Achraf Bencharki saw the two North African sides playing to a draw.

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However, El-Badry bemoaned the Ethiopian referee Bamlak Tessema Weyesa’s failure to give his side a penalty in the second half.

The 56-year-old coach believes his side deserved a penalty when Moroccan striker Walid Azaro was fouled inside the box by defender Badr Gaddarin just before the hour-mark.

“The referee denied us a legitimate penalty after Azaro was fouled inside the box,” El-Badry said.

“I knew it was going to be a tough match, and we didn’t exploit the chances that we had during the game. We weren’t lucky today too.

“The difference between the Etoile du Sahal game and today’s game is that against Etoile we were lucky and scored from all that the chances we got.”

The Red Devils will travel to Morocco for the second leg next Saturday and a victory or a 2-2 draw would secure Al Ahly their ninth title, while a goalless draw would earn Wydad their second title in history.



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Wydad hold Al Ahly in CCL final first-leg clash


epa05444318 Al-Ahly’s Moamen Zakaria (L) vies for the ball with Wydad’s Abdellatif Noussir (R) during their CAF Champions League group A stage football match between Egypt’s Al-Ahly and Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco, on 27 July 2016. EPA/ABDELHAK SENNA

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 21:10


Al Ahly and Wydad Casablanca drew 1-1 in the 2017 CAF Champions League final first-leg clash at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Egypt on Saturday.

The second-leg encounter will be played at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca next week Saturday.

Egyptian giants Al Ahly applied some pressure on the Moroccan side Wydad’s defence in the opening stages of the match and they scored in the third minute.

Abdalla El Said set up Moamen Zakaria, who fired past Wydad goalkeeper Zouheir Laaroubi to make it 1-0 to Al Ahly.

But the Red Devils fans inside the Borg Al Arab Stadium were silenced in the 16th minute as the visitors equalized.

Achraf Bencharki headed home Mohamed Ounajem’s delightful cross to make it 1-1 for Wydad with the Al Ahly defence exposed.

The momentum was with the Red Devils, who pressed the Kings of Titles with the half-time break fast approaching.

However, Wydad managed to contain Al Ahly and the score was 1-1 at the interval.

Zakaria had a chance to grab his brace from a free-kick 20 minutes into the second-half and restore the hosts’ lead.

However, Laaroubi was alert and he made a comfortable save to deny the hard-working centre forward.

Al Ahly did most of the attacking in the closing stages of the match, but they found it difficult to unlock the Wydad defence.

Veteran striker Emad Moteab was introduced by Al Ahly in the latter stages.

However, Wydad stood firm at the back and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Al Ahly (1) 1 (Zakaria 3′)

Wydad (1) 1 (Bencharki 16′)

Al Ahly XI: Ekramy; Fathy, Nagiub, Saad, Maaloul, El-Sulaya, Rabia (Hamoudi 78′), Zakaria, Abdallah, Ajayi (Soliman 65′ Moteab 86′), Azarou.

Wydad XI: Laaroubi, Rabeh, Ouattara, Noussir, Saidi, El Karti, Nakach, Gaddarine, Bencharki, Ounajem (Khadrouf 27′), El Haddad (Doa 83′).



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SuperSport’s Aubrey Modiba: It’s great to be in the Confed Cup final – 2017 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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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 11:00


SuperSport United midfielder Aubrey Modiba has explained that the South African side is delighted to have reached their first CAF Confederation Cup final.

United have shown incredible form in cup competitions in recent times. Last season they were runners-up in the Telkom Knockout before going on to win a second successive Nedbank Cup title.

Earlier this month they defeated Cape Town City in the final of the MTN8, and last weekend they claimed a 3-1 away win over Club Africain to seal a place in the Confed Cup final.

Matsatsantsa will face defending champions and DR Congo heavyweights TP Mazembe over two legs in November.

“It feels great to be in another final. This is my fourth final since I joined SuperSport last season. This is why I joined the team. I hope we win so that we win more trophies for the club. It’s good to be part of history with the team and it’s also good for my CV,” he told Kick-Off.

“I have not missed a game in the Confed Cup. I am only one who has played every game and I am happy. It shows that there is something I am doing right. I just have to keep performing consistently.

“Credit to the coaches for giving me the opportunity. My family has also been supporting me. It’s not only about me, but about the team as well.”

United and TPM have met twice in the continental competition already this year, drawing both of their clashes in the group phase. Modiba notably netted in a 2-2 draw in DRC in June.

“We know about them. It’s not like we don’t know what to expect. They are a good side and it will be tough. It will be a different ball game because it’s a final. Everyone will want to perform,” Modiba added.

“I was happy to score against Mazembe. It’s a big team on the continent. Not everyone gets to score in Lubumbashi.”



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Wydad Casablanca’s Mohammad Ounnajem out to stun Al Ahly in CAF Champions League final – 2017 CAF Champions League


Mohammed Ounnajem (C) of Wydad Casablanca

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 16:30


Wydad Casablanca’s playmaker Mohammad Ounnajem says they cannot afford to concede in Egypt as they visit Al Ahly for the first leg of their CAF Champions League final.

Ounnajem says their primary target is to do their best and ensure they wrap up the encounter at home next weekend.

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Coach Hossam El-Badry’s men are buoyed by an impressive 6-2 thrashing of Tunisia’s Etoile Sportive du Sahel at home in the second leg of the semifinal last weekend.

“We will focus on avoiding a repeat of what happened last year against Zamalek. We will do our best to get a positive result in Alexandria and not leak any goals,” Ounnajem told a Moroccan television channel.

“In the second leg, we will have the advantage of playing before our hugely supportive fans.

“It will not be easy against Ahly; our group stage meetings were very tough.”

The Borg El-Arab Stadium will host the encounter at 19:00 (CAT) on Saturday, October 28.



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


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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.

GHANA FA CHANGES VENUE FOR EGYPT QUALIFIER

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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Paul Put: USMA deserved to go to the final – 2017 CAF Champions League


USM Alger player Hammar Ziri (C) celebrates after scoring against Caps United during the 2017 CAF Champions League game between USM Alger and Caps United in Algiers, Algeria on 9 July 2017 © BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 14:00


USM Alger coach Paul Put said his team exited the CAF Champions League “with regrets because we also deserved to go in the final”.

The Algerians were beaten 3-1 by Wydad Casablanca in the second leg of their semifinal in Morocco on Saturday night, to be bundled out of the continental competition by the same aggregate score.

According to USMA coach Put, his charges were the stronger side in the second half and only lost out because of missed chances.

“I remain convinced that we were clearly better in the second half. But the second goal was very difficult for us,” explained Put, as quoted by Le Buteur.

“Opportunities have been created and we have mostly lacked efficiency. It is true now that we were only one goal of the qualification because at 2-1, we could have added the second and kill this game.

“For the third goal, it was almost folded. It is clear that we leave this competition with regrets because we also deserved to go in the final.”

The Belgian, who enjoyed lengthy spells in charge of Gambia and Burkina Faso, refused to comment on his future with USM, but does not feel his job is under threat following the defeat.

“My future? Later we shall see,” he added. “In any case, I think that having reached the semifinals of the Champions League remains a good thing for a team.

“Are all the coaches who lose in the semifinals sacked? I do not think so. In any case, we will see what will be done tomorrow.”



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Al Ahly ask CAF to have Champions League final on Sunday – 2017 CAF Champions League


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

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 13:30


Egyptian Premier League champions Al Ahly have requested to play their first-leg of the CAF Champions League on Sunday at home.

The Red Devils are set to face Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in the final after beating Etoile du Sahel 6-2 (7-4 on aggregate) in the semi-final second leg on Sunday.

Media reports suggest that Ahly have written to CAF to request for the final to be played on Sunday and are now waiting for confirmation from the continental football governing body.

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Furthermore, the Cairo giants are also looking at bringing 70 000 fans to watch the encounter.

“Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry asked to play the first leg of the CAF Champions League final on Sunday, and we are waiting for the Confederation’s response, because they put forward 27, 28 and 29 October, asking us to choose one of them,” Ahly’s Sherin Shams said on Monday.

“We are waiting for the CAF response within two days from now.

“We’re asking for 70,000 fans to attend the game to support the team, as it is the official capacity of the Borg El-Arab Stadium.

“We won’t ask for 80,000 to attend the game, as reported, but we will ask for the official capacity of the stadium.”

The first leg of the final will be staged in Egypt this weekend and the return leg in Morocco on November 4.



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SuperSport coach: We deserve our place in Confed Cup final – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Supersport United FC coach Eric Tinkler during the semi-final return 2017 CAF Confederations Cup game between Club Africain and Supersport United FC in Tunis, Tunisia on 22 October 2017 © BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 23, 2017. 14:30


SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler says his side fully deserve their place in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup final.

The South African side claimed a superb 3-1 away win over Tunisia’s Club Africain on Sunday night, completing a 4-2 aggregate triumph.

United will now face defending Confed Cup champions TP Mazembe in the final over two legs in November, as they chase their first piece of continental silverware.

“I think the first 30 minutes of the first half, I thought we were very good. I thought we showed great composure on the ball. The decision making was very, very good,” said Tinkler, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“We knew they would come and play a 4-3-3 formation, we just weren’t too sure whether they would play with three defensive midfielders or two defensive and one attacking in [Oussama] Daragi, whether he would start or not.

“I think the fact they played with defensive midfielders actually played to our advantage. That meant they would be sitting back and looking to only really hurt us on the counter, and I thought we dealt with them very well in the first 30 minutes.

“We created chances, we got the lead and immediately after scoring we changed the way we played. I think the players to a degree started to panic a little bit.

“We started just knocking long balls and that was playing straight into their hands. I felt the last 15 minutes of the first half they started coming at us and creating opportunities, and we had to rectify that obviously at half-time.

“I thought the response from the players in the second half was exceptional. We started showing the same intensity and composure. We got the lead with the second goal.

“It was disappointing how we conceded the penalty. We got caught on the counter which we always knew would be the only real weapon they would have against us.

“We landed up changing the formation going with three at the back, playing with a 3-5-2 and were now looking to break on the counter against them. We ended up getting the third and possibly could have got more.

“So I’m extremely proud of the performance of the team. It’s been a long run to get where we are and we thoroughly deserve to be in that final.”

Tinkler also guided Orlando Pirates to the final of the Confed Cup in 2015, where they were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Etoile du Sahel.



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Grobler brace leads SuperSport to CAFCC final


Ghazi Ayadi of Club Africain tackles Bradley Grobler of Supersport United during the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup

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Bertin Basson

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 22:23


SuperSport United booked their place in the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup showpiece following a 3-1 (4-2 on aggregate) win over Club Africain at the Stade Olympique de Radès on Sunday evening.

Following a 1-1 draw at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville earlier this month, Matsatsantsa played the perfect hand in Tunisia to seal their place in a continental final for the very first time.

Matsatsantsa will take on TP Mazembe in the final, with the defending champions having edged FUS Rabat over two legs.

Bradley Grobler got SuperSport off to the perfect start in Radès with Eric Tinkler’s troops hitting the front after only 16 minutes.

Thuso Phala with the inch perfect cross to tee up Grobler who made a late dart into the penalty area before directing a thunderous header into the top corner of the net.

Club Africain almost found the equalizer a minute later, but Morgan Gould cleared Nicholas Opoku’s attempt off the line.

The hosts would continue to probe with Ronwen Williams particularly impressive to keep out Ghazi Ayadi’s attempt in the 35th minute, but SuperSport held on to take a 1-0 lead into the break.

Matsatsantsa doubled their lead seven minutes following the interval. Teboho Mokoena slipping Jeremy Brockie through on goal, the New Zealand international making no mistake for his 10th CAFCC goal of the season.

Saber Khalifa cut the Tunisians deficit in half from the penalty spot in the 56th minute following a foul by Gould, but SuperSport would restore parity soon after.

Grobler completing his double after linking up with Phala once more in the 64th minute to put the result beyond any reasonable doubt.

Clayton Daniels had be alert to deny Club Africain another in added time, but it mattered little as SuperSport booked their place in the final.

Club Africain (0) 1 (Khalifa penalty 56′)

SuperSport United (1) 3 (Grobler 16′ 64′ Brockie 52′)

Club Africain: A.Dkhili; Fakherddine, Opoku (Ifa 64′), Belkhiter, Abdi, I.Dkhili, Ayadi (Darragi 56′), Khalil, Khalifa, Chenihi, Rusike (Aounallah 78′).

SuperSport United: Williams; Nhlapo, Gould, Daniels, Modiba – Furman, Letsholonyane, Mokoena – Phala (Wome 80′), Grobler (Lakay 68′), Brockie (Mashamaite 60′).



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SuperSport United reach CAFCC final – AS IT HAPPENED – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Reneilwe Letsholonyane of Supersport United challenged by Ahmed Khelil of Club Africain during the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup semifinal football match between Supersport United and Club African at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on 01October 2017 @Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 21:44


Good evening and welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our live PBP coverage of the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup second-leg semifinal showdown between Club Africain and SuperSport United at the Stade Olympique de Radès, on Sunday 22 October 2017.

Club Africain: A.Dkhili; Fakherddine, Opoku (Ifa 64′), Belkhiter, Abdi, I.Dkhili, Ayadi (Darragi 56′), Khalil, Khalifa, Chenihi, Rusike (Aounallah 78′)

SuperSport United: Williams; Nhlapo, Gould, Daniels, Modiba – Furman, Letsholonyane, Mokoena – Phala (Wome 80′), Grobler (Lakay 68′), Brockie (Mashamaite 60′)

AS IT HAPPENED UPDATES: 

Full-Time: Club African 1-3 SuperSport United

SuperSport United advance into the final of the 2017 CAFCC following a 4-2 aggregate win. 

90+2′ OFF THE LINE! Clayton Daniels the next to clear off the line following a silly mistake by Ronwen Williams.

90′ Four minutes added.

86′ Bilel Ifa goes into the referee’s book. Club Africain growing ever more frustrated and unstable so. They have been outplayed this evening.

80′ Into the final 10 minutes we go in Radès and SuperSport are inching ever closer to a first final appearance.  Life seemed to be sucked out of Club Africain following Grobler’s second.

73′ Ronwen Williams with a good save to guide Saber Khalifa’s shot out for a corner-kick. Game has become very open.

70′ SAVE! Great stop by Atef Dkhili to deny Aubrey Modiba from close range. Matsatsantsa dangerous on the counter-attack with Club Africain’s spirit having taken a massive blow following Grobler’s second.

64′ GOAL! Grobler bags his brace after being played through on goal by Thuso Phala. The Matsatsantsa pair team up once more to put the tie beyond Club Africain…surely!

63′ As things stand, Club Africain need two goals if they are to progress – SuperSport with two vital away goals.

60′ SuperSport United are going defence as Jeremy Brockie makes way for Tefu Mashamaite. Parking the bus here.

56′ GOAL! Saber Khalifa converts from the spot following a foul inside the area by Morgan Gould.

52′ GOAL! Jeremy Brockie doubles the visitors lead after being put through on goal by Teboho Mokoena. The New Zealand international with his 10th goal of the campaign.

49′ Positive start to the second-half by Matsatsantsa as Teboho Mokoena tries his luck from range. Flares starting to take flame inside the stadium, but the fire department seem to have things under control.

46′ The second half is underway.

45+1′ Half-Time: Club Africain 0-1 SuperSport United (Grobler 16′)

45′ One minute added.

40′ Matsatsantsa holding on by the skin of their teeth here as Africain continue their desperate search for a goal.

35′ SAVE! Ronwen Williams with a brilliant diving save to deny Ghazi Ayadi from a corner-kick.

33′ Eric Tinkler urging his troops to not sit too deep with Africain applying a lot of pressure on their opponents.

30′ End-to-end encounter in Radès with the hosts now upping the tempo. Africain, though, have to show more patience – crowd frustrated by their option to shoot from range.

26′ CHANCE! Ibrahim Chenihi with a chance to pull the two teams level, but he scuffs his shot wide from close range.

24′ Frustrating start to the game for Club Africain, with the Tunisian club forced to chance their luck from range.

21′ Morgan Gould goes into the referee’s book.

17′ CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Africain almost hit back instantly, but Morgan Gould is well positioned to clear Opoku Nicholas’ attempt off the line!

16′ GOAL! What a goal by Bradley Grobler to give SuperSport United the lead. The forward directs a thunderous header into the top corner from an pin-point Thuso Phala cross.

11′ Letsholonyane with an important clearing header at the near post from a Africain corner-kick. The Tunisian outfit will have another chance to whip the ball into a dangerous area from a free-kick…

8′ Neither side willing to commit too many players in attack with Club Africain trying their luck from way out on two occasions thus far. Nothing to really test Ronwen Williams.

4′ Positive start by the visitors who are quickest out of the blocks in Tunisia. Teboho Mokoena seeing a lot of the ball in the early exchanges.

1′ Kick-off!

– All to do for SuperSport United following a 1-1 draw at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville earlier this month.

– The aggregate winner will take on TP Mazembe in this season’s final. The defending champions edged FUS Rabat over two legs.



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Al Ahly crush Etoile Sahel to reach Champions League final


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

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Brian Lee

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 21:15


Egyptian giants Al Ahly were in spectacular form, scoring six goals as they crushed Tunisian side Etoile Sahel 6-2 in the second leg of their CAF Champions League semifinal at the Borg-El Arab Stadium on Sunday night.

The emphatic win, combined with the 2-1 score line in the first leg last weekend, sees Al Ahly into the final of the African continent’s biggest club competition, 7-4, on aggregate where they will face Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca.

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Al Ahly got off to the perfect start with the game’s opening goal in the third minute courtesy of a clinical finish from Ali Maaloul, 1-0 (2-2 on aggregate)

The Egyptian side continued to dominate matters after that and managed to double their lead in the 23rd minute when Walid Asarou found the back of the net with a good strike, 2-0 (3-2 on aggregate).

Five minutes before the half time break Walid Asarou scored his second of the game and his side’s third after wrapping up a clinical passing move with a neat finish, 3-0 (4-2 on aggregate).

Al Ahly started the second half like they finished the first when Walid Asarou grabbed his third goal of the game and his side’s fourth three minutes into the stanza, 4-0 (5-2 aggregate).

Etoile Sahel tried to find their way back into the match and pulled a goal back in the 51st minute thanks to a strike from Rami Bedoui, 4-1 (5-3 on aggregate).

The Tunisian side’s joy, though, was short-lived when Al Ahly found their fifth goal of the game courtesy of an own goal from Hamdi Nagguez on the hour mark, 5-1 (6-3 on aggregate).

The icing on the cake for the Egyptian side was their sixth goal on the night, scored by Ramy Rabia in the 63rd minute, 6-1 (7-3 on aggregate).

Etoile Sahel did have the last say with their second goal of the game in the 91st minute thanks to a strike from Iheb Msakni, 6-2 (7-4 on aggregate).

Al Ahly (2) 6 (Maaloul 2’, Azarou 23’, 40’+ 48’, Nagguez 60’, Rabia 63’)

Etoile Sahel (0) 2 (Bedoui 51’, Msakni 91’)

Teams

Al Ahly: Ekramy, Hany, Rabia, Samir, Maaloul, Elsoulia, Zakaria, Naguib, Gomaa (Soliman 29’), Azarou (Nedved 75’), Ajayi (Moteab 68’).

Etoile Sahel: Mathlouthi, Nagguez, Bedoui, Boughattas, Abderrazzak (Konate 73’), Trabelsi, Ben Amor, Lahmar (Msakini 46’), Diogo Acosta, Brigui (Marie 62’), Bangoura.



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