Reneilwe Letsholonyane: Time for SuperSport to change focus – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – SuperSport Utd


Reneilwe Letsholonyane: Time for SuperSport to change focus

Club Africain player Ibrahim Chenihi (R) fights for the ball with Supersport United FC player Reneilwe Letsholonyane (L) 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

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 15:30

SuperSport United midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane says his side must move on from their CAF Confederation Cup final defeat.

The Tshwane side were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by DR Congo giants TP Mazembe across the past two weekends, in their first continental cup final.

And they have had little time to reflect on the defeat, as this evening they begin the process of catching up missed games in the Absa Premiership.

United will host Ajax Cape Town at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit and ‘Yeye’ believes they must switch focus quickly to the challenges which lie ahead of them in the domestic competition.

“We’ve recovered because we know that this game is important and the weekend chapter we have closed it,” said Letsholonyane, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“We are looking forward to the new one which is competing in the league.”

Ajax have struggled to find top gear this season, but the United midfielder is wary of underestimating them.

“They are definitely a threat because they have not been doing well and getting the results they want.

“But we know that on any given day they can upset any team, so we know that they are not a bad team. It is just they are not getting good results.

“We will be cautious and hope that we do well on the day to get maximum points at the end of the day.

“We take this game as another game that we play. It’s not really about bouncing back or anything. It’s about competing and winning the game.”


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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Idrissa Gueye – The Senegalese star turns focus back on English Premier League – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Nov 16, 2017. 10:00

The influential midfielder played a key role in helping Senegal book their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals which will be hosted by Russia.

Nicknamed the Lions of Teranga, Senegal defeated South Africa 2-0 in a Group D match at the Peter Makaba Stadium in Polokwane last week Friday and they qualified as group winners.

Gueye played the entire match in the middle of the park – protecting the Senegal defence along side West Ham United defender-cum-midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate.

Aliou Cisse decided to rest some of Senegal’s key players ahead of their final Group D match which was against South Africa at the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor in Dakar on Tuesday.

However, Gueye and Senegal captain Kouyate kept their place in the starting line-up as the Lions of Teranga secured a 2-1 win over Bafana Bafana in a dead rubber.

Gueye, 28, took to social media to express his joy after Senegal qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 16 years:

The midfield enforcer will now focus on Everton‘s upcoming English Premier League (EPL) match against Crystal Palace which will be played in London on Sunday.

Before the FIFA international break, Gueye helped the Toffees end their four-match winless run in the EPL with a 3-2 win over Watford at home.

A victory for Everton over Palace, will see the Toffees move further away from the relegation zone.


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Gernot Rohr switches focus to Russia – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Gernot Rohr switches focus to Russia

Gernot Rohr – Nigeria coach

Staff Reporter

Sunday Oct 08, 2017. 16:00

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has immediately switched his focus to preparing his troops for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, after the Super Eagles sealed their place at the global tournament.

The West Africans booked their ticket to Russia with a 1-0 win over Zambia in Uyo on Saturday evening. Arsenal‘s Alex Iwobi emerging off the bench to net what proved to be the winner.

As a result, Nigeria will head to Algeria next month knowing that they are already among the teams on their way to 2018 showpiece.

Boasting four wins from five matches in a group that boasts the current African champions (Cameroon), a star-studded Fennec Foxes outfit and an improving Zambian team, Rohr admitted that he is left surprised by their success.


“The work is not finished,”said Rohr. “Now we need to build a solid team for the World Cup.

“We won four of the five matches played. With the quality of teams in the group, I didn’t think it would be possible,” the German concluded.


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Head-to-head focus: Nigeria v Cameroon – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Head-to-head focus: Nigeria v Cameroon

Vincent Aboubakar of Cameroon celebrates goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Afcon Final match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Libreville in Gabon on 5 February 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Aug 29, 2017. 08:19

AfricanFootball looks at the head-to-head record between Nigeria and Cameroon ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifying clashes.

These two West African heavyweights have not been regular combatants down the years, meeting in just 18 matches across all competitions according to FIFA’s statistics database.

The record is very much in favour of the Super Eagles, who have claimed 10 wins compared to just three for the Indomitable Lions, while five matches have been drawn.

Four of those 18 matches were in previous World Cup qualification campaigns, stretching way back to 1968 (for the 1970 tournament in Mexico) and 1989 (for Italy 1990): Nigeria claimed two wins, Cameroon one, and one match was drawn.

The teams’ most recent clash was a friendly on neutral ground in Brussels on 11 October 2015: Nigeria won 3-0 thanks to goals from Efe Ambrose, Moses Simon and Odion Ighalo, while Cameroon finished the game with 10 men following the dismissal of Stephane M’Bia.

The first Group B clash between the sides will be at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on September 1, with the return scheduled for Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde three days later.

Nigeria v Cameroon – Overall record

Matches played: 18

Nigeria wins: 10

Cameroon wins: 3

Draws: 5

Nigeria goals: 26

Cameroon goals: 16

Nigeria v Cameroon – World Cup qualifiers

Matches played: 4

Nigeria wins: 2

Cameroon wins: 1

Draws: 1

Nigeria goals: 6

Cameroon goals: 4


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Rohr sets focus on finding local goalkeeping talent – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Bertin Basson

Wednesday Jul 19, 2017. 17:00

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has decided to shift his focus to the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) in his search for a national team goalkeeper, an official of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has reportedly revealed..

According to The Guardian, Rohr is in desperate search of a reliable shot-stopper in aftermath of the Super Eagles 2-0 defeat to South Africa in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Daniel Akpeyi started between the posts for Nigeria in the loss, but many feel he isn’t an adequate replacement with the West Africans yet to truly replace Vincent Enyeama.

“We read that Rohr is thinking of inviting South Africa-based former U-23 goalkeeper, Emmanuel Daniel to the team, but all I can say is that the issue is more serious than that,” an unnamed source told The Guardian.

“We must beat Cameroon in Uyo and to do that we need the best players we can get hence the decision to look for the best goalkeepers around to come and prove what they can do.

“Apart from goalkeepers, the manager has been in touch with the players needed for the matches against Cameroon and everybody is agreed that we must treat the game with the seriousness it deserves.”

Nigeria take on the Indomitable Lions in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the end of August.


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African clubs must focus on development says Serame Letsoaka


Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jul 12, 2017. 15:00

Ex-Free State Stars coach Serame Letsoaka says African clubs must focus on development to ensure they reap success in the future.

Speaking during his visit to Swaziland on behalf of FIFA as a Coaching Instructor, the former Bloemfontein Celtic and Free State Stars coach has praised Swazi football.

Letsoaka praised Mbabane Swallows’ run in the CAF Confederation Cup after reaching the group stages this year.

The ex-Bafana Bafana assistant coach said Swazi clubs are showing their quality against South African sides.

Swallows handed Platinum Stars a 4-2 drubbing in Swaziland and drew the second leg 2-2 in Rustenburg.

Letsoaka, though, has emphasised development as a priority.


“Here in Africa we start to focus on development when players are 15 years while it took over 10 000 hours or 10 years to nature a player to be professional,” said Letsoaka to the Times of Swaziland.

“When you start at 15 years, that player will reach his peak at about 25 years and he won’t be effective enough in elite competition or the national team.

“If you lack the basics in anything, then you will have a challenge at top level. Players had to be at their best by the age of 18 years.”

The 54-year-old added that Swaziland is a gold mine when it comes to football talent.

“Swaziland is a gold mine for talent, it’s just that is needs to be nurtured at grass root level,” he adds.

“I observed in awe as Mbabane Swallows marketed well Swazi football in Africa with their good performance in the CAF Confederations.

“With proper foundations, the country may produce players who can play well internationally and also raise the standard of football in the country.”


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