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Sundowns stutter in front of goal in goalless stalemate – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Sundowns stutter in front of goal in goalless stalemate

Sibusiso Vilakazi of Mamelodi Sundowns and James Okwousa of Chippa United during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Chippa United and Mamelodi Sundowns at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth on 25 November 2017 © Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Saturday Nov 25, 2017. 17:55


Mamelodi Sundowns stuttered in front of goal as they played to a 0-0 draw against Chippa United in their Absa Premiership match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Brazilians had the lion’s share of possession throughout the match, but they could not convert their dominance into goals and had to settle for the point.

However, despite the draw Sundowns have temporarily moved up to second on the league table with 16 points from nine games, two points behind leaders Baroka who have played 11 games.

The home side started the better of the two teams and had the first shot on goal in the 11th minute when Abel Mabaso’s shot from the edge of the box strike the post before bouncing away from danger.

Sundowns’ first reals scoring chance came ten minutes later when Percy Tau curled a 24-yard free-kick inches over the target.

The next decent scoring opportunity only came in the 29th minute when Tiyani Mabunda drove forward from the midfield before unleashing a 30-yard thunderbolt which deflected just wide of the Maritzburg goal.

The half ended all-square.

The Brazilians continued to dictate matters at the start of the second half with Mabunda shooting narrowly wide of the target five minutes into the stanza.

Chippa, though, were not to be outdone and came close to scoring in the 54th minute when Paseka Mako broke through on goal, but he was superbly denied in a one-on-one with Denis Onyango.

In the 68th minute Chippa suffered a bit of a set-back when goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi had to leave the field injured and was replace by Brighton Mhlongo.

There was a large delay to the match as Akpeyi was stretchered off and that seemed to kill the mood of the game.

Both teams struggled to create any significant chances on goal after that and the match ended all-square as a result.

The draw for Chippa also moves them up the table temporarily as they occupy fifth spot after 12 games played on 16 points as well, but an inferior goal difference to Sundowns.

Chippa United (0) 0

Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 0

Teams

Chippa: Akpeyi (Mhlongo 68’), Macheke, Okwuosa, Konqobe, Maphanga, Mvelase, Mabaso, Mdlinzo, Mako, Lentjies (Julies 61’), Sekola (Mashego 55’).

Sundowns: Onyango, Langerman, Soumahoro, Ngcongca, Madisha, Billiat (Zakri 85’), Kekana (Zwane 74’), Mabunda, Vilakazi (Laffor 74’), Manyisa, Tau.

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SuperSport coach happy to have away goal in the bag

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SuperSport coach happy to have away goal in the bag

Head coach Eric Tinkler of Supersport United 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

Monday Nov 20, 2017. 12:00


SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler was happy to see his team at least claim an away goal in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final against TP Mazembe.

United went down 2-1 at Stade TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi on Sunday, but Sipho Mbule’s away goal gives them a great chance to turn the tie around when they host the return leg this coming weekend.

In fact, Tinkler believes the 2-1 defeat is a better result than a goalless draw because of the value of a goal on the road.

“We put up a good performance in the opening 20 minutes and could have at least gotten a goal in the first half,” Tinkler is quoted by CAF.

“However, I am not too saddened by the result. I would rather go home with a 2-1 loss than a 0-0 draw because we have a goal advantage. It will not be easy at home but a solid game plan should give us the desired result.”

Mazembe coach Phamphile Mihayo, however, believes his side is on course to claim the continental prize for the second successive time.

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

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

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Superstar Milton Karisa delights in first goal for Uganda against Congo – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 15:30


Ugandan international striker Milton Karisa has thanked God, his teammates and the technical team after getting his first goal against Congo.

The Vipers forward salvaged a point for the Cranes in Congo Brazzaville in his first start as they ended their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with another away point.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: JOHN OBI MIKEL – NIGERIA SKIPPER READY FOR ARGENTINA CLASH

“I feel good because it’s not easy to get that chance and also get on the score sheet,” he told reporters.

“It’s not always easy, the pressure, different environment, my first game on the senior team.

“I thank God since he made me calm. I was calm and thank my teammates because we played as a team and got the point as a team.”

Karisa is arguably among the fastest rising youngsters in the team and was key as the Cranes qualified for the 2018 African Championships in Morocco early next year.

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Andre Ayew bags Goal of the Month accolade – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Bertin Basson

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 17:30



Ghana international Andre Ayew has scooped the West Ham United Goal of the Month for October accolade, for his outstanding effort against Crystal Palace late last month.

The 27-year-old turned Scott Dann inside-out before firing an unstoppable left-footed shot into the roof of the net. The game, though, would end in heartbreak for the Hammers with Wilfried Zaha netting a stoppage time equalizer in a 2-2 draw.

Ayew has enjoyed a good run of form for the London club of late, notable netting a brace in a 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup.

The former Swansea City man also grabbed an assist and hit the post in a 4-1 defeat to Liverpool which ultimately spelled the end of Slaven Bilic.

David Moyes has since taken over the reins at the club and Ayew will be hoping that the former Manchester United man will not be sending him back to the bench, with the Black Stars ace having completed 90 minutes in his last three outings.

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Fielies goal dims Stars in Cape Town – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Fielies goal dims Stars in Cape Town

Thamsanqa Mkhize of Cape Town City challenged by Sinethemba Jantjie of Free State Stars during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Cape Town City FC and Free State Stars at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on 1 November 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 21:40


Taariq Fielies scored the only goal of the game as Cape Town City defeated Free State Stars in an Absa Premiership clash at Athlone Stadium on Wednesday.

Having suffered back-to-back league losses against Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa United, the Citizens were hungry for all three points in this clash.

As for Ea Lla Koto, the defeat brings to an end a strong run of form which had seen them claim 10 points from the last 12 up for grabs.

City put in a dominant showing in the first half, but they found Stars to be resilient and determined opponents. Marshalled by the experience of Paulus Masehe, the Free State side hassled and harried the hosts to a standstill in the first half.

The Cape side also suffered an injury blow near the interval when former West Ham United striker Victor Obinna picked up a knock and had to be replaced by Judas Moseamedi on the 40 minute mark.

Benni McCarthy’s side continued to boss the game through the second half but they struggled to create chances with which to test Stars goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare.

However, the breakthrough finally arrived in the 89th minute when City put together an attack which ended with Taariq Fielies putting the ball beyond the reach of Stars’ gloves-man.

The teams will return to league action after the international break in November, with City hosting Baroka on November 22, while Stars will be at home to Chippa United on the same day.

Cape Town City (0) 1 (Fielies 89’)

Free State Stars 0

City: Stephens, Mkhize, Gumede, Martins, Seedat, Matsi, Fielies, Putsche (Masina 75’), Modise (Johannes 90’), Lakay, Obinna (Moseamedi 40’)

Stars: Sangare, Mashego, Keita (Mbhele 65’), Mahamutsa, Phungwayo, Jantjie, Vilakazi, Masehe, Maphakisa (Potsane 57’), Manqele, Mthembu

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Boufal to scoop Southampton’s goal of the month accolade – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Sofiane Boufal celebrates Southamton’s opener against Middlesbrough

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 18:30


Sofiane Boufal’s first goal of the season is set to be named as Southampton’s goal of the month for October.

The Moroccan international’s maiden goal of the campaign clinched a 1-0 win for the Saints over West Brom on the 21st of October.

Having picked up the ball from well within his own half, Boufal set off on a lung-busting run, weaving his way past several West Brom players before expertly steering the ball into the back of the net.

His effort garnered immediate acclaim from across the globe, with his goal compared to that of Hatem Ben Arfa’s against Bolton for Newcastle United five years ago.

Boufal, 24, has scored three goals in 35 appearances for the Saints since his move from Lille last year.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Thomas Partey – Ghanaian nets wonder goal – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey (2-R)

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 13:05


Ghana international Thomas Partey continued his goal-scoring form with a cracking strike for Atletico Madrid in a 1-1 draw against Qarabag in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening.

The goal, Partey’s first in Europe’s premier cup competition, was not enough, though, to lead the club to all three points as the Spanish giants remain winless in Group C.

The 24-year-old is set to enjoy his most fruitful campaign yet, having cemented a place in the club’s starting 11 of late.

Having found his scoring boots, Partey is quickly establishing himself as an integral member of the squad – and will be hoping to continue the trend as Atleti turn their attention back to Spanish La Liga action.

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Asamoah Gyan thankful for maiden Super Lig goal – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 17:00


Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has expressed his gratitude and relief at having scored his first Turkish Super Lig goal.

The Black Stars attacker came off the bench to score an injury-time equaliser in Kayserispor’s 3-3 draw away to giants Fenerbahce on Monday night.

It was Gyan’s first in the Turkish top flight league and follows on from a strike in Kayserispor’s 2-1 away win over Yesil Bursa in the domestic cup competition last midweek.

Gyan took to his official Twitter page to express his thanks and emphasise the team effort needed to claim a point in Istanbul.

“Lord I thank you…couldn’t have been any special moment.. the time…massive team effort and support..we did this together @KayserisporFK,” the Ghana star posted.

Monday night’s result sees Kayserispor placed fourth on the Super Lig log with 18 points from 10 matches, five points adrift of leaders Galatasaray.

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Orlando Pirates goalkeeper says he voted for Masuluke’s goal – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Orlando Pirates goalkeeper says he voted for Masuluke's goal

Jackson Mabokgwane of Orlando Pirates

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 13, 2017. 14:30


Despite saying he will not vote for Baroka FC goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke’s goal, Orlando Pirates keeper Jackson Mabokgwane has set the record straight.

The former Mpumalanga Black Aces keeper was quoted by a local radio station as saying he will not vote for his counterpart because voting is for supporters.

Masuluke scored a spectacular bicycle-kick during their 2016/17 Absa Premiership match against the Soweto giants to make it 1-1 in Polokwane.

OSCARINE CAN’T COUNT ON FELLOW GOALKEEPER FOR PUSKAS VOTE

The goal has got the nod and is among the best three goals in the world nominated in the final three-man shortlist for the FIFA Puskas Award.

“I’m a football player I don’t go around voting‚ I only play football,” Mabokgwane told PowerFM. “Voting is for supporters‚ it’s for fans‚ people should vote for him if they like the goal.”

However, he took to his official Twitter account and set the record straight, saying he voted via the FIFA website.

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FAZ boss sheds light on disallowed goal against Nigeria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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FAZ boss sheds light on disallowed goal against Nigeria

Victor Moses of Nigeria and Chisamba Lungu of Zambia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match between Nigeria and Zambia on 07 October 2017 at Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, Nigeria ©Kabiru Abubakar/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Oct 11, 2017. 15:00


Football Association of Zambia president Andrew Kamanga has addressed the offside appeal after their goal was disallowed against Nigeria.

The FAZ boss was speaking to the Lusaka Times website after the Chipolopolo lost 1-0 to Nigeria on Saturday in Uyo, Nigeria.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers loss ensured the Super Eagles book a spot at the tournament in Russia and Zambia were eliminated from the race.

NIGERIA MUST REACH WORLD CUP LAST EIGHT – SEYI OLOFINJANA

Augustine Mulenga had his first half goal disallowed by Botswana referee Joshua Bondo before Alex Iwobi struck in the 73rd minute to hand Gernot Rohr’s men a 1-0 win.

“But the rules being what they are you cannot overturn the decision of the referee,” Kamanga said.

“The only basis is when there was external influence.

“So the referee maybe carpeted for making a wrong decision but the decision still stands and unfortunately that is where we stand.”

Kamanga said FAZ hopes CAF and FIFA will accelerate the implementation of the Video Assistant Referee that was used to relative success at the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup in South Korea.

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

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

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

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 10, 2017. 14:00


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Club Africain secure vital away goal in Confed Cup

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Club Africain secure vital away goal in Confed Cup

Oussama Darragi of Club Africain (c) challenged by Dean Furman (l) and Morgan Gould (r) 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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Brian Lee

Sunday Oct 01, 2017. 17:29


Despite being dominated for large portions of the match, Tunsia’s Club Africain secured a vital away goal after drawing 1-1 with South Africa’s SuperSport United in the first leg of their CAF Confederations Cup semifinal match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday, October 1.

The South African side dominated the early exchanges as they controlled the possession stakes and consequently the flow of the game, but their finishing was poor.

In the 21st minute Club Africain took the lead, very much against the run of play, when Saber Khalifa converted from the penalty spot, 1-0.

Despite going behind SuperSport continued to play the better football, but went into the half time break trailing the Tunisian side by a goal.

The second half saw Eric Tinkler introduce Thabo Mnyamane and it proved to be an inspired choice as the side began to make the right choices in the final third.

In the 68th minute Thabo Mnyamane produced a pin-point cross for Jeremy Brockie, but the striker headed inches over from close range.

SuperSport threw men forward in the dying minutes of the match and were rewarded with a penalty two minutes from time which Thabo Mnyamane converted to secure a 1-1 draw on the day.

The second leg will take place in three weeks’ time with the winner on aggregate progressing to the final of the CAF Confederations Cup.

Should the match end in a draw the team with the most away goals will go on.

SuperSport United (0) 1 (Mnyamane 88’ pen)

Club Africain (1) 1 Khalifa 21’ pen)

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Franck Kessie: Goal celebration in on honour of my late father – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 26, 2017. 15:00


Franck Kessie’s trademark goal celebration is performed in honour of his late father, the Ivory Coast star has revealed.

The AC Milan midfielder performs a military-style salute whenever he scores, and he has now explained that is is a tribute to his father who passed away when the player was just a boy of 11.

Kessie said of his celebration: “Dad was a footballer, then he became a soldier but he died of illness: I was 11. The military act is for him,” as per Serie A TIM on Twitter.

Kessie joined Milan from Atalanta ahead of the 2017/18 season, signing a two-year loan deal (the Rossoneri have an obligation to buy him outright).

The Elephants midfielder, who is often described as the ‘new Yaya Youre’, has scored two Serie A goals this season and will be looking to add to his tally when Milan host Roma this weekend.

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Winnful Cobbinah goal sends Ghana into semifinals

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Winnful Cobbinah goal sends Ghana into semifinals

Cobbina Winnful Essua of Ghana celebrate goal with Kizito Kwame of Ghana and Lomotey Emmanuel Addoquye of Ghana during the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations Tournament. Between Guinea v Nigeria in Cape Coast, Ghana on 16 September 2017 ©Christian Thompson/ BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Saturday Sep 16, 2017. 22:05


A solitary goal from Winnful Cobbinah handed Ghana a 1-0 win over Mali in a Group A match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Saturday, September 16 to book the Black Stars a spot in the semifinals of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations.

The first shot on goal came in the fifth minute when Mali’s Oumar Kida let fly from long range, but his stinging effort was well-saved by the Black Stars keeper.

Ghana controlled the flow of the game after that and bossed matters from the middle of the park, but their decision making in the final third proved poor and consequently chances on goal were few.

In fact, the Black Stars only had one attempt on goal in the opening half despite having almost 70 percent of the possession – that shot coming in the 17th minute courtesy of a strike from Emmanuel Lomotey, but his effort was a tame one and easily saved.

Mali offered virtually nothing in attack and didn’t threaten the Ghana goal besides from the first attempt on goal.

Both teams entered the half time tunnel a little despondent with the game locked at 0-0.

Mali should really have taken the lead ten minutes into the second half when a cross from the right was spilled by the Ghanaian keeper into the path of Oumar Kida, but he fired wide from 18-yards out with an empty net gapping.

Ghana took charge of the game once again after that and finally made their pressure tell in the 74th minute after a spectacular 22-yard strike from Winnful Cobbinah found the back of the net, 1-0.

Mali tried to find their way back into the game, but were unable to break down a well-organised Black Stars defence as the match ended 1-0.

The result means Ghana are at the top of Group A with six points and have confirmed their spot in the semifinals of the competition.

Nigeria are second in Group A on two points following their goalless draw with Guinea earlier in the day.

Mali and Guinea are third and fourth on the standings with one point to their names and will have to win their last group game on Monday, September 18 to stay in the tournament.

Ghana (0) 1 (Cobbinah 74’)

Mali (0) 0

Ghana coach: Maxwell Konadu

Ghana: 1. J Addo, 2. Frimpong, 12. S. Safro, 5. Atingah, 6. Abbey, 9. F Addo (13. Kizito 64’), 18. Lomotey (14. Adams 91’), 7. Twum, 10. Cobbina, 8. Waja, 15. K Safro (11. Kelvin 86’).

Mali coach: Nouhoum Diane

Mali: 16. Diarra, 13. I Samake, 4 Samassekou, 15. I Traore, 14. L Samake, 18. Aliou (10. Niangadou 53’), 6. Konte, 8. Coulibaly, 7. Malle (17. Traore 83’), 11. Kone, 9. Kida.

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Niger tame Teranga Lions with deathly goal – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017

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Dela Sakou Souleymane of Niger challenged by Alhassane Ndao of Senegal during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Senegal and Niger at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 15 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 18:56


An 89th minute goal from Hinsa Issoufou stole victory for Niger at the death as they beat Senegal 2-1 in their opening Group B match of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Friday, September 15.

There was a nice cut and thrust to the game early on with both sides pushing players forward in attack.

Niger created the first scoring opportunity in the fourth minute when Hainikoye Boubacar broke through on goal, but he fired straight at the keeper from 14-yards out.

Ten minutes later Senegal threatened when Assane Mbodji created space inside the box for himself with a quick turn, but his 16-yard shot shaved the wrong side of the crossbar.

In the 28th minute Senegal were on the attack again when Alassane Ndao played Amadou Dia Ndiaye through on goal, but he was thwarted by the goalkeeper from close range.

A minute later Niger took the lead when Victorien Adje Adebayor showed great determination to chase down a ball that looked to be going out and superbly fired the ball home from 16-yards out from an acute angle on the right, 1-0.

Senegal tried to find an equaliser before the break and threw players forward, but the Niger defence held firm to take a one goal lead into the break.

The Teranga Lions continued to pile on the pressure in the second half and were rewarded for their efforts on the hour mark when Assane Mbodji expertly turned home a left wing cross from Daouda Dieme with a clinical 12-yard volley, 1-1.

The game fell into a bit of a lull after that, but Niger nearly re-took the lead in the 81st minute when Victorien Adebayor let fly from 20-yards out, but his pile-driver went inches wide of the post.

A minute from time substitute Hinsa Issoufou stole the victory at the death when he turned home a low right wing cross from close range, 2-1.

Senegal (0) 1 (Mbodji 61’)

Niger (1) 2 (Adebayor 29’, Issoufou 89’)

Teams

Senegal coach: Moustapha Seck

Senegal: 16. P Ndiaye, 4. Matar Kante, 3.Mohamed Kante , 9. Diene, 12. Fadel Barry, 8. Bara (11. D Ndiaye 45’), 6. Oumar, 13. Bocande, 2. Ndao (10. M Marone 49’), 22. Mbodj, 18. Ndiaye (14. Djitte 77’).

Niger coach: Francois Zahoui Gagui Victor

Niger: 16. K Daouda, 3. Lebene, 15. Abdoulaye, 18. Dankwae, 17. Souley, 8. M Daouda (13. S Moussa 56’), 23. Boubacar, 12. Dela (9. Issoufou 71’), 20. Hainikoye, 11. Victorien, 10. Halidou (19. Assadeh 79’).

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Happy birthday little brother – Andre Ayew dedicates goal to Jordan – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Jordan Ayew of Ghana and Andre Ayew

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 12, 2017. 18:00


Andre Ayew gave his younger brother Jordan a birthday present by dedicating a goal against Huddersfield to him.

The Black Stars player both created and scored a goal as West Ham United claimed their first Premier League win of the season on Monday night.

The Londoners defeated Huddersfield 2-0, with Ayew setting up Pedro Obiang’s 72nd minute opener, before finding the back of the net himself five minutes later.

Ayew took to Twitter after the match to dedicate the goal to his younger brother, Swansea striker Jordan Ayew, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Monday.

Ayew will look to continue his form for the Hammers when they face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

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This goal was for Abdelhak Nouri – KP Boateng – African Football

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This goal was for Abdelhak Nouri - KP Boateng

Frankfurt’s Kevin-Prince Boateng celebrates after scoring

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 11, 2017. 17:00


Kevin-Prince Boateng has dedicated the goal he scored at the weekend for new club Eintracht Frankfurt to the brain-damaged Ajax player Abdelhak Nouri.

Boateng scored his first goal in the Bundesliga since 2014 to see Frankfurt claim a narrow 1-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.

The former Black Stars man raised his jersey to reveal the number 34 and the word ‘Nouri’ printed on an undershirt, in dedication to the 20-year-old Dutch player.

Nouri was diagnosed with severe and permanent brain damage five days after he collapsed in July during a friendly against Werder Bremen in Austria.

“My celebration was for the little boy Nouri, because we all know what happened to him and I wanted to just show them that we pray for him and we pray for the family,” Boateng told the Bundesliga’s official website.

“He was an outstanding football player,” Boateng continued after the match, as reported by Bild. “This is a tragedy, and I want his family to know that I pray for him.

“I’ll wear the shirt under my jersey all season.”

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Brave Ugandans lose in Alexandria after early Salah goal – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Sep 05, 2017. 22:06


Despite their gutsy display, Uganda lost their fourth Group E, 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier match 1-0 to Egypt on Tuesday at the Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

The result sees coach Moses Basena’s charges sitting at number two in the group with seven points.

However for the hosts, an early goal from Mohamed Salah gave the Pharaohs the full three points as they returned to winning ways and the top of Group E.

With both sides chasing an early goal, it was the hosts who were quick as Salah netted from a rebound in the sixth minute after goalkeeper Denis Onyango initially denied him from close range, 1-0.

In the 19th minute, Moses Basena’s men started to come out of the blocks and nearly caught their hosts napping when a good cross from the right found Derrick Nsibambi, but his header went over Essam El-Hadary’s cross bar from close range.

With three minutes to the half-hour mark, Onyango showed his class when he denied Gamal from a powerful header in the box and later blocked Raadan Sobhi’s second attempt after a great delivery from Ahmed Fathi.

It was 1-0 in favour of Hector Cuper’s men at half time.

Both sides were stable in defence after their return from the tunnel, but Salah tried a long range effort in the 58th minute but failed to hit the target.

The Cranes fought hard to grab an equaliser and almost grabbed one, but Nsibambi’s effort from a header lacked power and was saved by El-Hadary in the 83rd minute.

In the dying stages of the contest, it was Onyango who denied the hosts the second goal from a number of attempts.

The win for Cuper’s troops allows them to return to the top spot in Group E with nine points from four matches.

Egypt: (1) 1 (Salah 6′)

Uganda: (0)

Egypt: El-Hadary, Fathi, Hegazi, Rabia, Abdel-Shaf, Hamed, Elneny, El-Said (Gomaa 88′), Sobhi (Trezeguet 70′), Salah, Gamal (Mahgoub 76′)

Uganda: Onyango, Wadada, Walusimbi, Isinde, Juuko, Mawanda, Aucho, Okwi (Sserunkuma 68′), Miya, Derrick Nsibambi (Karissa 89′), Ochaya (Kizito 46′)

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Rare Rivaldo Coetzee goal earns Urban Warriors a 1-1 draw – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Rare Rivaldo Coetzee goal earns Urban Warriors a 1-1 draw

Ayanda Makua of Ajax Cape Town is challenged by Musa Bilankulu of Golden Arrows during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Ajax Cape Town and Golden Arrows a Cape Town Stadium on 19 August 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Aug 19, 2017. 22:46


A second-half strike from Rivaldo Coetzee earned Ajax Cape Town a 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership clash at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Urban Warriors defender popped up from a corner-kick four minutes following the interval to net his first goal for the club.

This after Lerato Lamola had handed the visitors the lead in the 24th minute, with both Abafana Bes’thende and the hosts showing signs of fatigue in the closing stages of what was their opening league game of the campaign.

Ajax Cape Town threatened early through Sedwyn George and Mosa Lebusa with latter – who was named as captain earlier this week – seeing his glancing header bounce narrowly wide of goal.

It would be the visitors, though, to open the scoring as Brandon Petersen hammered his attempted clearance into the onrushing Lamola – the ball bouncing off the forward and into the back of the net.

Last season’s National First Division (NFD) top-scorer, Sedwyn George, had a chance to pull the hosts level on the cusp of half-time, but the forward was unlucky to see his shot fly wide after playing a quick 1-2 with Neo Makua.

Arrows 1-0 up at the break.

Ajax Cape Town came out guns blazing following the interval and pulled level through Coetzee in the 49th minute. The 20-year-old Bafana Bafana defender with a rare goal for his club.

Both teams squandered chances to win the game with the two sets of players tiring in the final exchanges. The game duly ending in a 1-1 stalemate.

Ajax Cape Town (0) 1 (Coetzee 49′)

Golden Arrows (1) 1 (Lamola 24′)

Ajax Cape Town: Petersen; Lebusa, Coetzee (Sasman 58′), Nhlapo, Isaacs – Mdabuka, Margeman, Kabwe – Mosadi, Makua (Mzwakali 79′), George (Morris 64′)

Golden Arrows: Gumede; Mngwengwe, Cele, Jooste, Bilankulu (Molefe 76′), Nonyane, Mzava Dlamini, Mahachi (Mutizwa 76′), Ntanga (Sibiya 53′), Lamola

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Congo dispatch DRC on goal difference

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Aug 19, 2017. 18:53


DR Congo failed to progress to the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship tournament after a 1-1 draw against Congo at the Stade des Martyrs de la Pentecôte in Kinshasa on Saturday.

Despite playing to a 1-1 draw, the Leopards were let down by an away goal as they miss out on participating in Kenya next year.

The Diables Rouges are through based on the goal they scored in this match after a goalless draw at home last week.

Both sides were fresh from a 0-0 draw in the opening leg, but the Leopards netted first through Jean-Marc Makusu Mundele in the 35th minute.

The Central Zone qualifier showed quality as the Diables Rouges equalised four minutes laterto make it 1-1.

Congo-Brazzaville coach Barthemely Gatsono rallied behind his troops in the second stanza, but they failed to open up their hosts defence to get a second goal.

In the end, Florent Ibenge’s side failed to reach the tournament and their neighbours Congo will represent the Central Zone.

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Morocco grab crucial away goal in Egypt

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Aug 13, 2017. 21:13


Egypt were held to a 1-1 draw by Morocco in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier on Sunday.

The Northern Zone first-leg match took place at the Alexandria Stadium in the Egyptian city of Alexandria.

The Pharaohs, who were taking part in the CHAN qualifiers for the first time, took an early lead.

Ahmed El-Sheikh converted from the spot-kick just four minutes into the game after Egypt were awarded a penalty.

It was nearly 2-0 to Egypt a minute before the half-hour mark as they pressed the Atlas Lions.

However, Hossam Hassan’s well-taken shot went just wide of the post as the hosts looked to double their lead.

Morocco stood firm in the remaining minutes of the first-half and the score 1-0 to Egypt at the interval.

The Atlas Lions had a bright start to the second-half and they managed to level matters seven minutes after the restart.

Raja Badr was the man, who rose highest to head home a well-taken set piece – making it 1-1 in the process.

Morocco were then awarded a penalty on the hour-mark with the Atlas Lions being handed a chance to take the lead for the first time.

However, Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed Awad produced a beautiful save to deny Badr from the spot-kick.

Although, both sides launched late attacks, they could not score and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

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Late goal earns Benin shock win over Nigeria

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Aug 13, 2017. 19:17


Benin recorded a suprise 1-0 win over Nigeria in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier on Sunday.

The West Zone B first-leg encounter was played at the Stade de l’Amitié in the capital city of Benin, Cotonou.

The Squirrels and the Super Eagles tried to settle down to dictate pace of the game in the first 15 minutes of the encounter.

Orji Kalu Okogbue, the Nigeria defender, was the first player to be booked in the 20th minute as the visitors fought for possession.

Then Yarou Nabil had a chance to put Benin into the lead four minutes later, but his header went wide from close range.

It was end-to-end stuff as Kingsley Eduwo went close for Nigeria two minutes later, but he was denied by Benin goalkeeper Steve Glodjinon.

However, the two sides were unable to break the deadlock and the score was 0-0 at the half-time break.

Fifteen minutes into the second-half Nigeria coach Salisu Yusuf introduced Stephen Odey for fellow striker Thomas Zenke.

Nigerian striker Edumo’s well-taken strike was deflected out for a corner-kick in the 66th minute following some good work by Osas Okoro.

The Squirrels were then awarded a late penalty when Hafiz Aremu brought down a Beninoise player in the Super Eagles box.

Mama Seibou then stepped up and hit the back of the net in the 89th minute, and Benin ran out 1-0 winners.

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Late goal from Mulenga sees Zambia draw against South Africa

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Staff Reporter

Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 17:29


A goal in the dying minutes of the match from Augustine Mulenga saw Zambia play to a 2-2 draw against South Africa in a first leg, third round African Nations Championship qualifier at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London on Saturday.

It was a slow start to the game with both sides squandering possession in the final third which resulted in very few decent goal scoring chances.

South Africa, however, began taking control of the match and made their pressure tell with the opening goal on the half hour mark thanks to a strike from Gift Motupa who turned the ball home at a corner-kick, 1-0.

Bafana continued to dictate terms after taking the lead, but could not add to their goal tally before the half time break.

Seven minutes into the second half South Africa did double their lead when Mario Booysen turned home another well-worked corner-kick, 2-0.

After going two goals down Zambia tried to find their way back into the game and did manage to pull a goal back on the hour mark when Lebogang Phiri headed the ball home, 2-1.

South Africa tightened up at the back after that and tried to defend their lead, but they were dealt a crucial blow in the 90th minute when Tercious Malepe was shown a red card following a second bookable offence.

This left Bafana Bafana short in numbers at the back and Zambia managed to equalise in the 93rd minute thanks to a strike from Augustine Mulenga, 2-2.

Having conceded two goals at home South Africa will have a lot to do in the return leg of this third round tie which will be held next weekend in Zambia.

The winner of this two-leg qualifier will take part in CHAN 2019 in Kenya.

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Koloti goal not enough as Comoros progress

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Koloti goal not enough as Comoros progress

Chiukepo Pulli Msowoya of Malawi challenged by Jane Thaba-Ntso of Lesotho during the 2016 Cosafa Cup match between Malawi and Lesotho at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek Namibia on 16 June, 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Sunday Jul 23, 2017. 17:12


Comoros sealed their place in the next round of Southern Zone 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers, despite suffering a second leg defeat away to Lesotho.

Raboama Koloti scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win for Likuena at the Setsotso Stadium in Maseru on Saturday.

Victory, though, was not enough for the hosts as they exit the competition following a 2-1 aggregate defeat.

Comoros registered a 2-0 win at the Stade de Moroni in the first-leg.

Mohamed Youssouf and Raidou Boina Bacar found the back of the net for Les Coelecantes’ last week, with the Island nation aiming to book their place at a CHAN tournament for the first time.

Comoros will face either Namibia or Zimbabwe for a place at next year’s showpiece in Kenya.

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Achraf Bencharki goal sends Wydad into quarterfinals

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Wydad Athletic Club Mohamed Ounajem

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Brian Lee

Saturday Jul 08, 2017. 23:06


A goal from Achraf Bencharki sent Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca into the quarterfinals of the CAF Champions League after beating Zambia’s Zanaco 1-0 in a Group D match at the Complexe Mohammed V on Saturday night.

The win catapulted Wydad to the top of the group standings with 12 points while the loss for Zanaco, combined with Al Ahly’s 3-1 win over Coton Sport (also on Saturday), sees them finish in third place as they exit the competition.

The win for Al Ahly them finish second in the group with 11 points – the same as Zanaco but with a superior goal difference while Coton Sport are last with no points.

The match itself at the Complexe Mohammed V offered very little in terms of goalmouth action in the opening half.

Instead, the play was rather sloppy and both teams showed their frustration with some rough tackling.

The second half produced more drama when Zanaco were reduced to ten men on the hour mark after Taonga Bwembya was giving his matching orders for a second yellow card.

Eight minutes later Achraf Bencharki scored the decisive goal for Wydad to hand them the victory and a spot in the knockout stages of the CAF Champions League.

Wydad will now play either Esperance or Mamelodi Sundowns (who are in action on Sunday) in the quarterfinals of the competition on the weekend of 8-10 September.

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