Zambian Justin Shonga eyeing CAF Champions League spot with South African giants – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Orlando Pirates

Justin Shonga of Orlando Pirates challenged by Sammy Seabi of Polokwane City

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017. 15:00

Zambia and Orlando Pirates striker Justin Shonga believes the Soweto giants must ensure they finish at the top during this current Premier Soccer League campaign in South Africa.

The Chipolopolo hitman says they must do well this season and ensure they qualify for the CAF Champions League.

Coach Milutin Sredojevic are now sitting at number two in the Absa Premiership and will hope to challenge for the league honours.

“My priority is the team because I believe there is much more that the team can do. Recently, things have not been going well and things should not be this way,” Shonga told Soccer Laduma.

“I watched the team last season and it was not good to see them performing that way.

“This season it must be different because a team like Pirates needs to be playing in the CAF Champions League and finishing in a good position on the log standings.

“It is unacceptable for a great team like this not to win anything.”

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TP Mazembe coach Mihayo unsure of future with DR Congo giants – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 12:00

TP Mazembe head coach Pamphile Mihayo has revealed that he wants to stay at the club even if he is replaced as coach.

The tactician was in charge of the DR Congo giants as they retained the CAF Confederation Cup by beating South Africa’s SuperSport United 2-1 on aggregate following a goalless draw in Pretoria on Saturday.

Mihayo has been coach April but there is a uncertainty surrounding the club at present, particularly since the exiling of the team’s president Moise Katumbi to Belgium two years.

“Maybe if they bring in another coach, I’ll still be there to serve. I want to help this team because it is my team,” Mihayo said on BBC.

“Now it is up to the club’s directors to decide if they are going to give me another six months, or a year. I’m ready to continue.

“I’m a son of the club. This team – TP Mazembe – is my team. I’ve been here for a very long time. I have given them two cups now in one season,” he said.

The former Mazembe captain was in charge when Mazembe won the league title earlier in the year just after he took over from Frenchman Thierry Froger.

Mihayo is now in charge of several of his ex-teammates were in the line-up with him when he captained the Mazembe side that reached the 2010 Club World Cup final.

“The players accepted to work under me, to listen to my instructions and I must thank them for that,” the 41-year-ole continued.

“Congratulations to my players, they did not give any opportunity to SuperSport in the game, they did not make any fouls nor did they concede any penalties.

“They were ready, they defended well because they are experienced players.”

Mazembe will take on 2017 CAF Champions League winners Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in the 2018 CAF Super Cup.

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European giants sent scouts to watch Henry Onyekuru – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Dani Alves (L) of Paris Saint-Germain in action against Henry Onyekuru (R) of Anderlecht during the UEFA Champions League group B soccer match between RSC Anderlecht and Paris Saint-Germain at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Anderlecht, near Brussels, Belgium, 18 October 2017. EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Nov 23, 2017. 14:00

Several European giants reportedly sent scouts to watch Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru in action for Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League last night.

Onyekuru, who is loan at the Belgian club from Everton, was a second-half substitute and played 25 minutes as his side succumbed 2-1 against the German giants at the Stade Constant Vanden Stock.

La Dernière Heure reported that Manchester United sent representatives to run the rule over the Super Eagles attacker, having had scouts in the stands when Onyekuru scored the winner in a 2-1 domestic triumph at Royal Excel Mouscron last weekend.

The report also states that Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and AC Milan had spies present in Brussels on Wednesday night.

Onyekuru has yet to open his account in the UEFA Champions League after five group stage matches, but he has been exceptional in the domestic league, scoring seven goals from 14 appearances.

The 20-year-old signed with the Toffees prior to the start of the 2017/18 season.

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Uganda’s Ivan Ntege linked with a move to South African giants Orlando Pirates – Botswana Premier League 2017/18

Ivan Ntege of Uganda gets away from Youssouf Kabore of Burkina Faso during the 2014 CAF African Nations Championships Group B football match between Uganda and Burkina Faso at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on 12 January 2014

Staff Reporter

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 14:30

Uganda and Township Rollers midfielder Ivan Ntege has attracted interest in the South African Premier Soccer League, with Orlando Pirates keeping tabs on him.

According to media reports in Botswana, Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic a former Cranes mentor, is known to be a fan of the Ugandan international.

With Rollers open to listening to offers, the Botswana Premier League outfit could part ways with Ntege and Tshepo Matete who is linked with a move to AmaZulu.

Speaking to the Sunday Standard newspaper in Botswana, Rollers spokesperson Bafana Pheto says they are yet to receive offers regarding their duo.

“We are open to offers regarding any of our players and encourage our players to work hard to gain recognition in big leagues,” Pheto told Sunday Standard.

“We will not stand in any way of players if offers come forth but at the moment we have not heard anything formal but aware of such rumours,”

Although Pheto declined to divulge the duo’s worth in the transfer market, he insists they would hold discussions at management level to decide on the value of players.

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Egyptian giants Zamalek to pay Ghanaian striker Junior Agogo $450 000

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Nov 12, 2017. 15:00

Latest reports involving Zamalek and ex-Ghana striker Junior Agogo is that FIFA has given the Egyptian side three months to pay the player.

The world’s football governing body has handed the White Knights a three-month period to pay their former striker’s $450 000 unpaid wages.

Agogo joined Zamalek from English side Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2008, but terminated his contract with the Whites just nine months after joining them due to unpaid dues.

The former Black Stars international featured on 11 occasions, scoring just three goals for the team and took the club to FIFA to settle the matter.

Earlier this year, and after the striker filed a complaint against the Whites, Agogo received a letter from FIFA ordering Zamalek to pay him his remaining wages which valued around $450,000. reports that the club’s board decided to invite the player or his agent to come to Cairo to solve this issue, assuring that a bank account will be made for the Ghanaian to deposit his late dues.

Moreover, the board also pointed out that the three-month period starts after the club officially receives FIFA’s decision.

Should the Cairo giants fail to pay their former player, disciplinary actions by FIFA will be taken against them.

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Jacques Tuyisenge and Ernest Wendo extend deals with Kenyan giants Gor Mahia

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 15:30

As they will participate in the 2018 CAF Champions League, Kenyan giants Gor Mahia have received a major boost with their key players having renewed their deals.

Striker Jacques Tuyisenge and midfielder Ernest Wendo renewed their contracts with the SportPesa Premier League champions-elect on Tuesday.

The Rwandan forward extended his stay at the club by a further two years while former Bidco United midfielder, Wendo signed a new three-year deal.

The Amavubi forward said he is pleased with his contribution which helped Gor clinch an unprecedented 16th title in his second year at the club.

“It’s my best career moment, I had never won a league title before. I chose to stay on because of the love I have been offered here,” said Tuyisenge.

Meanwhile, the club’s CEO Lordvick Aduda added that they aim to hold onto key players as they plot for their next KPL campaign.

“We are privileged to have finished our season early so that we can concentrate on such concerns. We want to ensure we have the strongest and compact squad before submitting their names to CAF in a month’s time,” he added.

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Zambian international delighted to join South African giants Orlando Pirates – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Justin Shonga of Zambia ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 14:30

Zambian international and Orlando Pirates striker, Justin Shonga has revealed that legendary Chipolopolo striker Collins Mbesuma has inspired him.

Shonga said playing in the South African Premier Soccer League is a good thing for his career as he used to watch the Soweto giants.

Mbesuma is one of the Zambians who have done well in the PSL having starred for Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Highlands and the Buccaneers.

The former Nkwazi FC hitman is yet to score in South Africa, but will hope to be on the mark as they visit Lamontville Golden Arrows in the Telkom Knockout Last 16 at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday.

“Joining Pirates is a good thing. I used to watch Pirates some time back when they had players like Mbesuma and Chansa,” Shonga tells

“I am happy to join them because it’s every player’s dream to play for a big club. I am having a good time and the reception was okay. They received me well and I have been mingling well with the guys.

“I want to achieve a lot of things. I want to score goals for the club and help the club win cups. We have to push hard for us to get that because it won’t just come easy. When you join a new club, you need to work hard to find a position to be playing.”

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

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

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 20, 2017. 17:30

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Gabon eyeing first Group C win over African giants Cote d’Ivoire – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action for Gabon.

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 01, 2017. 13:00

Gabon will be chasing their first win in Group C in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier match against Cote d’Ivoire on Saturday.

The Panthers occupy the second spot in the group with two points from as many draws.

Fresh from two goalless draws against Mali and Morocco, the hosts will want a win to ease their concerns.

Coach Jose Antonio Camacho will be the man expected to lead the 2017 CAF African Cup of Nations hosts to their first ever appearance at the World Cup.

Should they win, Gabon will claim the number one spot with five points from three matches.

Looking at the Elephants, they will also be gunning for a win as they want to consolidate their pole position in Group C.

The 2015 AFCON champions are fresh from a 0-0 draw against Morocco, but opened their campaign with a win over the Eagles of Mali.

A victory for coach Marc Wilmots’ side means they will remain at the top of Group C with seven points.

This encounter will be staged at the Stade d’Angondjé in Libreville, getting underway at 18:00 (CAT).

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Baroka welcome Soweto giants – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Nkosinathi Ogle of Baroka challenges Issa Sarr of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Baroka FC on 26 April 2017 at Orlando Stadium ©Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 21, 2017. 10:30

Baroka FC will look for a high-profile win in the Absa Premiership when they host Orlando Pirates at Peter Mokaba Stadium on 22 August 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Baroka opened their league campaign with a goalless stalemate away to Limpopo rivals Polokwane City this past weekend. The draw represents a solid start for Kgoloko Thobejane’s side, but they will need to back it up with a positive result against Pirates.

Bakgaga struggled at home last season, winning just one of their 15 matches as hosts, so it is crucial that they make a positive start in their first home match of the 2017/18 season and turn their Polokwane venues into strongholds.

Pirates began their league season with a narrow 1-0 home win over Chippa United on Saturday. Thamsanqa Gabuza’s first-half goal decided the match and saw the Soweto giants pick up all three points on offer.

Following the Buccaneers’ poor season in 2016/17, new coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic will be relieved to have gotten off to a positive start and brighten the mood of the club’s fickle fans. If the Serbian can build on their current good will and the team gain some momentum, their outsiders tag will soon be dispensed with.

In head-to-head stats, Baroka and Pirates have met in just two league matches – both of which took place last season. The teams’ first clash in Polokwane ended in a1-1 draw, with Oscarine Masuluke scoring one of the most memorable goals in PSL history to salvage a point for Bakgaga. The return game in Soweto also ended 1-1, with Issa Sarr scoring a last-gasp equaliser for the Buccaneers.

Baroka’s line-up from their 0-0 draw with Polokwane on 19 August: Vries, Motupa, Kgoetyane, Shaku, Banda, Macha (Mosele 81′), Chawapihwa, Masenamela, Mdatsane, Matloga (Kgaswane 75′), Madubanya.

Pirates’ line-up from their 1-0 win over Chippa on 19 August: Sandilands, Shitolo, Nyauza, Matlaba, Maela, Mobara, Sangweni, Makola (Sarr 83′), Qalinge, Nyatama (Memela 65′), Gabuza (Ndoro 77′).

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Eyong Enoh: Why I left Belgian giants Standard Liege – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

David Luiz of Brazil fouls Eyong Enoh of Cameroon during the 2014 Brazil World Cup Final Group A football match between Cameroon and Brazil at the Estadio Nacional Brasilia, Brazil on 23 June 2014

Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Aug 17, 2017. 18:00

Soon after leaving Belgian giants Standard Liege, Cameroonian international Eyong Enoh is hoping to secure a move to a club in the United Kingdom (UK).

The 31-year-old central defensive midfielder, who is currently a free agent, has been linked with English Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers.

Enoh has revealed that he could have moved to Russia. But he decided to hold out for a possible move back to the UK having played for English side Fulham in 2013.

“I am just focused on training,” Enoh told SkySport.

“It is quite tough on your own but that is why I have got myself a personal trainer to push me. It is a big challenge because it is the first time I have been out of contract.

“I could have renewed. I could have got something in Russia or elsewhere. But I just wanted to come back to the UK and I want to make a good decision,” he added.

“I feel good in myself. Whether the best years are ahead is up to me, but the potential is there. The key is to get the right club with the right ambition.”

The 51-time capped international, who is a well-travelled player, made 18 appearances for Liege in the Belgian First Division A last season.

He has plied his trade in Northern Cyprus, South Africa, Netherlands, England, Turkey as well as Belgium.

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Mobara must captain Soweto giants Orlando Pirates says former Bucs legend – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Orlando Pirates

Abbubaker Mobara of Orlando Pirates celebrates his goal during the Nedbank Cup Semi Final match between Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates on 21 May 2017 at Princess Magogo Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Aug 10, 2017. 15:30

Following the departure of Orlando Pirates skipper Oupa Manyisa to Mamelodi Sundowns, the Buccaneers are yet to announce their new captain.

However, former Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi believes defender Abbubaker Mobara could be the man capable of leading the Soweto giants.

Coach Milutin Sredojevic is set to announce his skipper as they will open their 2017/18 Absa Premiership account against Chippa United at home next Saturday.

But ‘Phinda Mzala’ says the former Ajax Cape Town player is a good boy on and off the filed and always delivers a 100% performance.

“I think Mobara will be a good choice. I will be happy to see him taking the armband because he is young and has shown a great character,” said Lekgwathi to the Sowetan.

“If they can name him the captain, I’ll arrange a meeting with him just to advise and guide him.

“With my 14 years of experience at Pirates, meeting him would definitely help him. I have never heard of any bad stories about him.

“He is a good boy on and off the field. He always gives 100% when he plays. Last season, he was our best player, he led by example.

“Another thing that I like about Mobara, is that he communicates with his teammates on the field.”

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Sunday Chidzambwa threatens to quit Zimbabwean giants

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 09, 2017. 09:00

ZPC Kariba coach Sunday Chidzambwa has threatened to leave the club if his players do not show a sense of urgency.

It is reported that the coach is crumbling under pressure in this season’s tightly contested Zimbabwean Premiership race.

The experienced manager has threatened to walk away from the team if he does not get a positive response from his players following their lifeless displays in their last three matches.


It is mentioned that the 1-0 loss at the hands of Caps United on Sunday has pushed the legendary Zimbabwean coach to consider quitting the club.

Kariba are eighth on the log standings and 11 points adrift of leaders Ngezi Platinum Stars.

“Our problem is we are not fighting. I am going to talk to the players. If they don’t want to fight, then I may as well resign,” said Chidzambwa.

“We have very good players. The only thing we have to do is fight for three points.

“I think we also had some new youngsters in there. We didn’t fight. You don’t win games when you don’t fight. You must put maximum effort. Our players are not doing that.

“As a result I get the flak and get fired. If they are not prepared to fight I will go away. Maybe, they want someone who they can fight for.

“I mean look at CAPS United, you can count on maybe three or four players, but everybody was fighting, everybody wanted to win.

“They were chasing after every ball whether defensive or offensive. They were chasing for everything, but ours (were) too nice.”

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Sunday Chidzambwa rues horrible defeat against Zimbabwean giants – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Aug 07, 2017. 13:30

ZPC Kariba coach Sunday Chidzambwa has rued their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Caps United in the Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League on Sunday.

Chidzambwa says they have themselves to blame for the defeat as they did not fight, thus allowing the Green machine to claim the three points.

Although United were struggling to collect the full three points in their previous matches, they will now hope to maintain the winning run if they are to defend the league title, let alone avoid a relegation dogfight.


A single goal through Dominic Chungwa in the 61st minute ensured United ease their win-less run as well as allowing coach Lloyd Chitembwe a sigh of relief.

“In today’s defeat, we have ourselves to blame. We did not fight at all, especially in the first half and thus we never created any chances,” Chidzambwa said to the News Day.

“We only started playing football when Caps United has scored. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves whether we want to play football.

“The players were not prepared for a fight at all. I will go to the dressing room and ask them if they want to fight for me or not.

“If they do not want, then I will be prepared to resign. When players do not fight they put pressure on the coach.

On the other hand, United‘s assistant coach Fungai Kwashi said he was pleased with the win, but hey will not get carried away.

“We are pleased with the win. We had the confidence that we would get the three points, but we will not get carried away because we still have a lot of work to do in the next match against Tsholotsho,” Kwashi adds.

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Milutin Sredojevic returns to SA giants Orlando Pirates – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Aug 03, 2017. 19:00

Following speculation that he was on his way to rejoin Orlando Pirates, former Uganda coach Milutin Sredojevic has now been unveiled as the new Buccaneers coach.

Although the club’s chairman, Dr. Irvin Khoza did not reveal the length of the coach’s contract, the Serbian manager has replaced Kjell Jonevret.

Jonevret tendered his resignation on Wednesday, raising speculation that the ‘Micho’ was on his way to the Soweto giants.

During a media briefing on Thursday, the ‘Iron Duke’ also confirmed that midfielder and skipper, Oupa Manyisa is joining African champions, Mamelodi Sundowns.

“We also welcome back Milutin Sredejovic, coach Micho. A man who’s integrity I respect,” said Khoza.

“When he left, he left graciously. Now, he comes back with a great record and experiences throughout the continent.

“We will also announce his technical support staff after further discussions.”

The 47-year-old is appointed with immediate effect and Khoza announced that they will meet to finalise the technical team as well as player and staff movements.

‘Micho’ led Pirates in 2006 where he reached the CAF Champions League semi-finals.

On the other hand, he also led the Cranes of Uganda to their first African Cup of Nations participation in 38 years in Gabon this year.

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Keagan Buchanan eyeing regular spot with South African giants – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Kaizer Chiefs

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jul 26, 2017. 10:00

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Keagan Buchanan says that he wants to repay the faith shown by the South African club’s chairman, Kaizer Motaung.

The former Bloemfontein Celtic playmaker joined Amakhosi last season, but is yet to cement a regular place in coach Steve Komphela’s starting eleven.

However, speaking ahead of the new 2017/18 Premier Soccer League season, Buchanan says they have a competitive midfield and he wants to claim a spot in the team

Chiefs are set to renew their rivalry against fellow Soweto giants, Orlando Pirates this weekend in the Carling Black Label Champion Cup at FNB Stadium.

“We want to make the chairman happy. The supporters deserve something in the new season. A trophy is a must, because all of us are feeling the pain,” Buchanan told the Sowetan.

“It’s not nice to go so long without a trophy for a team of our calibre. We have a competitive midfield, but I believe there’s a place for me in there. I can bring in something different, a new dimension.

“I was out for 10 months – that’s a long time. It took me some time to heal. But this time I have had full pre-season with the team, no injuries. So definitely I should get more game time than I did in my first season.”

Buchanan will hope to make his mark this coming term and will also hope to play a major role this Saturday at the Calabash at 15:30 (CAT).

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French giants PSG want to keep Aurier – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jul 21, 2017. 16:00

French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) want to keep Ivory Coast international Serge Aurier, who is eager to leave the club.

This is after PSG signed Brazilian right-back Dani Alves from Italian giants Juventus earlier this month.

Aurier, who has been linked English giants Manchester City and Manchester United, has informed PSG manager Unai Emery that he wants to leave the club.

“I’ve spoken with Serge to tell him I wanted him to stay here and continue with us,” Emery told L’Equipe.

“He told me that he wanted to leave and that he wanted to stay in Paris to prepare for going.

“So, we signed Dani Alves, a very experienced player who has the spirit of a champion.”

The former Toulouse defender has been on the books of PSG since 2014 – having made 42 league appearances for the club – scoring two goals in the process.

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Egyptian giants Wadi Degla sign DRC and Burkinabe internationals

Issouf Ouattara of Burkina Faso during the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, South Africa 2013 match between Burkina Faso and Togo on the 03 February 2013 at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit ©Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jul 19, 2017. 13:00

Egyptian Premier League giants Wadi Degla have signed Burkina Faso international Issouf Ouattara and Democratic Republic of Congo’s Rudy Manga.

The move for the Burkinabe international comes after he terminated his contract with Cyprus’ Ermis Aradippou.

Ouattara has reportedly failed to score in seven appearances in Cyprus and will join Wadi Degla on a free transfer.

The 28-year-old has featured for Portuguese sides União Leiria and Trofense, France’s Nîmes Olympique, Chernomorets Burgas of Bulgaria, Libya’s Al-Nasr Benghazi, and lastly Ermis Aradippou.

He has also represented the Stallions nine times, scoring once against Seychelles in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

On the other hand, coach Mido has also secured the services of DR Congo’s Manga who becomes the seventh signing this summer.

Manga joins Wadi Degla this summer after Mohamed Abdel Monsef, Ahmed Samir, Ahmed Magdi, Ahmed El-Shennawy, Mohamed Hassan and Ouattara.

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