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George Lebese says its not personal ahead of Kaizer Chiefs clash – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Mamelodi Sundowns


George Lebese of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Edgar Manaka of Polokwane City during Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Polokwane City at Loftus Versveld Stadium, Pretoria South Africa on 22 August 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 17, 2017. 14:00

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder George Lebese has said he is ready to face his former team Kaizer Chiefs in tonight’s big Absa Premiership clash.

The Brazilians will host the Soweto giants in a heavyweight clash at the Loftus Stadium, with both teams determined to lay down a marker for the rest of the season.

Lebese has strong links at Kaizer Chiefs, having spent nine years with the Amakhosi before moving to Sundowns ahead of the 2017/18 season, but he insists emotion will not affect his performance.

“Personally, for me, it’s just three points for us as a team, and it will take us where we want to be,” said Lebese, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“I’m not looking to take the game personally. It’s not for me but for the club, the players and the technical team.”

The 28-year-old also revealed that he has avoided contacting his friends at Chiefs for the past fortnight.

“It is possible for me to put everything aside, and then I’ll catch up with everything after the 90 minutes,” he explained.

“I’ve been avoiding talking to them [former Chiefs teammates] for the past two weeks, that’s how crucial this game is. So I’ll definitely speak to them after the match.”

Lebese also said he will not hold back in celebrating if he scores a goal: “I respect Kaizer Chiefs, they’re a big brand, they’ve taught me everything.

“But at the end of the day it’s entertainment. It’s about me and where I am right now, I’m in a happy place. So if I score, why not [celebrate]?”



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Sierra Leone’s George Davies makes debut in Austria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Staff Reporter

Friday Aug 25, 2017. 16:00


As his countrymen are preparing to participate at the 2017 WAFU tournament in Ghana next month, Sierra Leone midfielder George Davies made his debut for St. Pölten.

The Leone Stars’ international came on in the second half of their 5-1 defeat against Red Bull Salzburg last weekend in the Austrian Football Bundesliga.

The 20-year-old, who was granted his work permit last week, featured for 35 minutes after head coach Jochen Fallmann gave him a run.

Although Davies impressed as an impact player after his introduction, he was unable to save his team from the heavy defeat.

Having signed on a free transfer from German second league side, SpVgg Greuther Fürth on a three-year deal last month, the player will want to make his mark in Austria.

St. Pölten are still searching for their maiden win of the season as they occupy the bottom of the table after four defeats and a draw in their opening five league games.

The Leone Stars will face the Super Eagles of Nigeria on September 09 at 18:00 (CAT) in their WAFU, Zone A opening encounter.



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George Weah was my idol, says Ronaldo


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Staff Reporter

Monday Aug 07, 2017. 14:00


Former Brazil international Ronaldo says he used to look up to Liberian legend George Weah, who is one of Africa’s greatest footballers of all-time.

Ronaldo, whose full name is Luis Nazario De Lima, is arguably the best striker of all-time and he’s widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers to have played the game.

The retired marksman disclosed that Weah, legendary Dutch striker Marco Van Basten and Italian legend Paolo Maldini were his idols.

“George Weah, Marco van Basten and Paolo Maldini,” Ronaldo told Sky Sports News.

“Those were the guys who I looked up to as a kid. The greatest ever. And when I was playing in Europe, too.

Ronaldo won two FIFA World Cups with Brazil and he turned out for Italian giants Inter Milan and AC Milan as well as Spanish giants FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

“I needed to stand out as well. So… I became bold, let’s say. I set targets and I went out to achieve them,” he added.

“And I made sure people knew what I was doing as well.”

Weah was crowned 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year and he remains the only African player to have won the prestigious accolade.

Ronaldo won the award the following year with the Liberian finishing second in the FIFA World Player of the Year ranking.



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George Weah says Okocha is more skilful than Pele


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jul 21, 2017. 13:30


According to Liberian legend George Weah, former Nigerian midfielder Austin Okocha is the most skillful player on the continent.

Weah compared Okocha to one of Ghana’s greatest players in Abedi Pele, saying Okocha is the most talented player on the African continent.

The former AC Milan and Chelsea forward said ‘Jay Jay’ is more skilled and claims that he, himself, came nowhere close to the Super Eagles legend.

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“Abedi is a strong player, he’s a creative player but Jay Jay is more skillful. Even me, Jay Jay has more techniques than me,” said Weah.

“All the things that Jay Jay does on the field, we don’t even do one percent of it.

“So Jay Jay is a legend when it comes to that; he is very creative, he is very smart and he knows how to do tricks.’

”For me I don’t do tricks, I will score a good goal and when I am squeezed up, I know how to run around. But to put the ball on the ground and play with it, I give it to Jay Jay; he is an entertainer,” adds the 50-year-old.

Okocha, who garnered 75 caps during his illustrious career, never won the CAF African Player of Year award as he was a runner-upon two occasion.

The retired Weah is reportedly contesting to be Liberia’s next President.



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Saint George exit CAF CL with a heavy loss in Sfax


Haha Yassine Khenissi of Esperance

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Jul 09, 2017. 21:17


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Esperance to brush aside Saint George


Anice Badri (L) of Tunisian football club Esperance Tunis and Séverin Waongo (R) of Ethiopian football club Saint George vie for the ball during the CAF Champions League match in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 23 May 2017.

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jul 07, 2017. 16:30


Although they have reached the knockout stages of the CAF Champions League, Tunisian giants Esperance will target a win against Saint George in their final Group C tie on Sunday.

Leading the group standings with nine points means they have reached the next stage of the tournament, but will want to claim a convincing victory at home.

The Blood and Gold are aware that the Ethiopians are no pushovers, as they have challenged for recognition in continental football.

Despite their qualification, Faouzi Benzarti’s charges will be motivated to go all out and ensure they consolidate their top spot.

Esperance drew 2-2 against the bottom-placed AS Vita away in Kinshasa last weekend and will now respect Saint George.

Shifting focus to the visitors, the Ethiopians are out of the race to reach the knockout stages, but finishing at number three remains their mission.

They sit at the third spot with five points from as many matches, they have one win and two draws and will want to defy the odds and beat Esperance.

In the previous round involving the two giants, the match ended in a 0-0 draw in Addis Ababa, which means the result could go either way.

Stade Olympique de Radès is the venue on Sunday and the match is set to get underway at 19:00 (CAT).



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Saint George suffer first loss against AS Vita


Khenissi Taha Yassine (L) of Esperance Tunis vies for the ball with Ondo Francisco (R) AS Vita Club during the CAF Champions League match between Esperance Tunis and AS Vita Club in Tunis, Tunisia, 12 May 2017

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Brian Lee

Tuesday Jun 20, 2017. 18:05


Ethiopian side Saint George suffered their first loss in the group stages of this season’s CAF Champions League after going down 2-1 to DRC’s AS Vita at the Complexe Omnisports stade des Martyrs on Tuesday.

Despite the loss Saint George are still place second in Group C with five points, but that could all change when Esperance take on Mamelodi Sundowns in the other group game on Wednesday night.

The victory is AS Vita’s first in the group stages and sees them still in last spot on the table, but with three points to their name now.

The game in Congo on Tuesday saw the home side get off to the perfect start with Tady Etekiama scoring in the seventh minute to give AS Vita the lead, 1-0.

AS Vita continued to pile on the pressure and were rewarded with a penalty just before the half hour mark, which was converted by Tady Etekiama to double their lead, 2-0.

Saint George tried to find their way back into the match but went into the half time break trailing by two goals.

The away team did produce a much better second half performance and even managed to pull a goal back just after the hour mark courtesy of a strike from Salahdin Said, 2-1.

Saint George threw players forward in attack in the final twenty minutes of the tie, but AS Vita defended well and held on for their first win of the Champions League group stages.

Saint George are next in action in Group C on July 1st when they host Mamelodi Sundowns while AS Vita host Esperance on the same day.



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AS Vita out to stop St George in Kinshasa


Khenissi Taha Yassine (L) of Esperance Tunis vies for the ball with Ondo Francisco (R) AS Vita Club during the CAF Champions League match between Esperance Tunis and AS Vita Club in Tunis, Tunisia, 12 May 2017

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Jun 19, 2017. 13:30


Democratic Republic of Congo side, AS Vita will be banking on their home ground advantage when they host Ethiopia’s St George on Tuesday in their CAF Champions League match.

Coach Florent Ibenge and his men are under pressure to find their first win in Group C, but will hope to redeem themselves against St George.

The Congolese giants have registered three losses to Mamelodi Sundowns, Esperance and their recent loss to St George.

Their 1-0 loss away in Addis Ababa means they are under enormous pressure to bring smiles back into their camp.

Ibenge’s men sit at the bottom of the group with zero points from three matches in their campaign.

St George will also be a tough nut to crack as they are gunning for a victory to boost their chances of reaching the knockout stages.

The Ethiopians are yet to lose in the group stages as they drew 0-0 against the defending champions Sundowns, drew against Tunisian side Esperance in their second match as well as claiming a win over their hosts on Tuesday.

In Group C, Esperance top the standings with seven points, followed by St George on five points, Mamelodi Sundowns in third with four points and AS Vita in last place with zero points.

The match will be staged at Stade des Martyrs de la Pentecôte in Kinshasa at 16:00 CAT.



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Saladin Said inspires Saint George to victory – 2017 CAF Champions League


Khenissi Taha Yassine (L) of Esperance Tunis vies for the ball with Ondo Francisco (R) AS Vita Club during the CAF Champions League match between Esperance Tunis and AS Vita Club in Tunis, Tunisia, 12 May 2017

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Jun 04, 2017. 17:26


Saint George stunned AS Vita Club 1-0 in the 2017 CAF Champions League Group C game at the Addis Ababa Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The hard-fought victory sees Ethiopian side move to position two on the group standings, while DR Congolese giants Vita remain fourth on the table.

Saladin Said, who has scored five goals in this year’s Champions League, started up front for Kidus Giorgis, who were targeting their first win in Group C.

Although, Saint George dominated possession, while creating chances, but they were struggling to convert their opportunities.

As a result, the first-half ended goalless as the Black Dolphins contained Saint George, who are under the guidance of Dutch coach Mart Nooij.

Nelson Lukong Bongaman, the Black Dolphins goalkeeper, was beaten 15 minutes into the second-half as Kidus Girgios’ pressure paid off.

Abdoul Karim Zoko set-up Said, who made no mistake as he netted to make it 1-0 to Saint George. This was the striker’s sixth goal in the competition.

Oumar Sibide was introduced by the Vita technical team in the 71st minute as the visitors looked to level matters in the closing stages of the game.

Although, Vita launched late attacks in search of a goal, Saint George held onto their slender lead and they ran out 1-0 winners on the day.

George (0) 1 (Said 60′)

Vita (0) 0

George: Tadele, Butako, Bargicho, Tamenen Kasa, Assefa (Lokk 93′), Mentesenot (Teshome 52′), Zeleke, Waongo (Alebechew 82′), Zoko, Said.

Vita: Lukong, Traore, Bangala, Kupa, Bahumelo, Bompunga, Lusadisu, Mkhonfo (Makgantai 51′), Ngonda, Sugira (Etekiama 65′), Lukombe (Sibide 71′).



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Saint George target first Group C win – 2017 CAF Champions League


Khenissi Taha Yassine (L) of Esperance Tunis vies for the ball with Ondo Francisco (R) AS Vita Club during the CAF Champions League match between Esperance Tunis and AS Vita Club in Tunis, Tunisia, 12 May 2017

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jun 02, 2017. 17:30


Saint George will play host to AS Vita Club in the 2017 CAF Champions League Group C match at the Addis Ababa Stadium on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 15h00 CAT.

Kidus Giorgis drew 0-0 with Tunisian giants Esperance du Tunis in their last group match was played in Addis Ababa last week Tuesday.

The draw sees the Ethiopian giants placed third on the Group C log with two points. They are two points behind the leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

Saladin Said, who has five goals in this year’s tournament, will be hoping to find the back of the net for Saint George and help them beat Vita.

Meanwhile, Vita were stunned 3-1 by South African giants Sundowns in their previous group match which was played in Kinshasa last week Wednesday.

The defeat sees the DR Congolese giants remain fourth on the Group C table without a single point. They are two points behind third-placed Saint George.

Francisco Ondo has netted three important goals for Vita in this year’s tournament and he will be looking to help his side win in Ethiopia.

Rwandan referee Louis Hakizimana will be in charge of the encounter between Saint George and Vita.



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