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


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

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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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Chiefs, Pirates share the spoils in goalless draw – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Thabiso Kutumela of Orlando Pirates challenged by Siyabonga Ngezana of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on 21 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 17:39


Soweto derby rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates played to a goalless draw in their Absa Premiership match at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

It’s the fourth successive league draw between the teams, who cancelled each other out in front of a big crowd at ‘Soccer City’.

Pirates enjoyed the majority of possession through the first half, but Chiefs’ defence held them at arm’s length quite comfortably. The team in black and white called Itumeleng Khune into notable action only twice, both long-range efforts from Thabo Qalinge and Thabo Rakhale which were well saved by the Chiefs goalkeeper.

Mpho Makola also had an opening late in the half after a clever back-heel from the effusive Qalinge, but the veteran midfield fired straight into the side netting from a tight angle.

Chiefs’ best chance came from a set piece in the 29th minute, as George Maluleka picked out young defender Siyabonga Ngezana, whose headed effort rebounded off Wayne Sandilands’ left-hand post.

Pirates struck the woodwork early in the second half: on 55 minutes Makola picked out the run of Qalinge with a great ball over the defence and the attacking midfielder rattled the crossbar with an acrobatic volley.

That chance brought about a new energy to the game, which both teams suddenly prepared to commit more men forward in attack. Chiefs brought on Gustavo Paez to boost their forward line, while Pirates introduced both Bernard Morrison and Thamsanqa Gabuza.

The next big chance arrived in the 71st minute: Chiefs’ Siphiwe Tshabalala swung in a free kick to find the head of Willard Katsande, but the midfielder’s effort was kept out by a great one-handed save by Sandilands.

Shortly thereafter Pirates had the ball in the back of the net when Morrison turned home Makola’s cross, but the goal was correctly ruled out as the Ghanaian was both offside and used his hand to knock the ball home.

That proved to be the last real highlight in attack, as both teams saw out the remainder of the game to share the points.

Kaizer Chiefs 0

Orlando Pirates 0

Chiefs: Khune, Ngezana (Meyiwa 74’), Cardoso, Mathoho, Zulu, Molangoane, Katsande, Maluleka, Ekstein (Paez 55’), Tshabalala, Parker (Moon 86’)

Pirates: Sandilands, Matlaba, Chabalala, Nyauza, Maela, Qalinge (Lorch 81’), Sarr, Mobara, Makola, Rakhale (Gabuza 64’), Kutumela (Morrison 56’)



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Ghana hold Uganda to goalless stalemate in Kampala – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Moses Oloya of Uganda evades challenge from Frank Acheampong of Ghana during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Ghana and Uganda at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 17 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 07, 2017. 17:25


Egypt are one step closer to booking their ticket to Russia following a goalless draw between Uganda and Ghana in a Group E 2018 FIFA World Cup (CAF) qualifier at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala on Saturday.

The result leaves both the Cranes and Black Stars reeling with the Pharaohs knowing that victory over Congo in Alexandria on Sunday will seal their place at next year’s showpiece.

Egypt, who have a game in hand, lead the way on nine points. Uganda and Ghana boast eight and six points respectively after five rounds of fixtures.

Following a rather cagey start to proceedings in the Uganda capital, the game finally sparked to life in the 18th minute with chances at either end of the pitch.

Richard Ofori on his toes to deny the Cranes before Thomas Partey guided his rasping effort into the side-netting.

Ghana ended the half the stronger of the two sides and had the ball in the back of the net through captain Daniel Amartey in the 34th minute, only for his attempt to be chalked off with the assistant’s flag raised for offside.

0-0 at the interval.

Uganda squandered a glorious chance to boost their World Cup hopes in the 65th minute as Derrick Nsibambi guided his header attempt wide with the goal at his mercy – to the shock and horror of the home fans.

The Black Stars found the back of the net with the final kick of the game, but once more the assistant’s flag was raised – to the dismay of the visitors who confronted the match officials following the final whistle in protest.

Uganda (0) 0

Ghana (0) 0

Uganda: Onyango; Isinde, Mawejje, Okwi, Kizito (Ochaya 73′), Nsibambi (Serunkuma 67′), Iguma, Wakiro, Walusimbi, Wasswa, Miya (Mutyaba 62′)

Ghana: R.Ofori; Opare, Partey, E.Ofori, Duncan (Dwamena 56′), Sarfo (Twumasi 51′), Agbenyenu, Amartey, Opoku, Yiadom, Acheampong (Attamah 86′)



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Madagascar and Angola play to goalless stalemate


Andoniaina Andriaminavalona of Madagascar (L)

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Brian Lee

Sunday Aug 13, 2017. 15:45


Madagascar and Angola played to a goalless draw in a first leg, third round African Nations Championship qualifier at the Stade Municipal de Mahamasina in Antananarivo on Sunday.

It was a cagey game with chances on goal few and far between.

Both teams approached the match with a defensive frame of mind and it showed on the field with neither country venturing too far forward in attack.

Surprisingly, Madagascar (who scored four goals in their previous round of qualifying to see off Mozambique) were bad in front of goal and often gifted possession back to their opposition with poor decision making in the final third.

Angola will be the happier of the two sides with the goalless draw as they head to their home country next weekend for the return leg of this third round tie.

Angola progressed to this stage of qualifying for CHAN by beating Mauritius 4-2 on aggregate in the previous round.



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Malawi, Angola exit Cosafa after a goalless draw


Nelson Da Luz of Angola challenged by Himid Mkami of Tanzania during the Cosafa Castle Cup match between Angola and Tanzania at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 27 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jun 29, 2017. 19:19


The 2017 Cosafa Cup final Group A match between Malawi and Angola failed to produce a winner, as they played to a 0-0 draw at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Wednesday.

In the wake of the draw, the Angolans finish their campaign at number two in the group, with five points from three matches.

The Flames started like a house on fire as they used their pace to trouble the Angolan defence, but their appeal for a penalty in the second minute fell on deaf ears.

Just after the 11th minute, the Malawians tried to test Angolan goalkeeper Neblu from a distance, but Chikoti Chirwa’s long range shot sailed wide.

Job nearly came close to finding an opening goal in the 28th minute for Angola as he received a wonderful cross from the right, but was denied by keeper Ernest Khakhobwe on the far post.

Just before the 40th minute, the Palancas Negras continued to put pressure as they probed for an opening goal, but Va saw his diving header going inches wide from the left post.

Despite Beto Bianchi’s men pushing to bag the leading goal, their efforts failed to reap the rewards as it was 0-0 at half time.

However, it was Ronny van Geneugden’s men who nearly scored in the 53rd minute when Angola failed to clear a corner and Peter Cholopi’s free header went over the crossbar.

After the 65th minute, the Angolans caused all sorts of troubles for Malawi and Va was disappointed as he beat his marker before being denied by keeper Khakhobwe from close range.

Although he was on a holiday in the second half, Neblu was called action in the 76th minute as he produced a fine save to punch away a well struck shot by Dalisto Sailesi.

The last 10 minutes saw Khakhobwe denying the Palancas Negras on a number of occasions, as the score remained goalless after 90 minutes.

Angola 0

Malawi 0

Angola: Neblu, To Carneiro, Carilinhos, Masunguna, Va, Mira, Bugos, Nelson (Paty 65′), Herenilson, Nari, Job

Malawi: Kakhobwe, Sanudi, Mulimbika, Chembezi, Chirwa, Chester, Bokosi (Katinji 46′), Sailesi, Cholopi, Linje, Maganizo



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Zimbabwe held goalless by Madagascar


Liberty Chakoroma of Zimbabwe challenged by Andriamirado Andrianarimanana of Madagascar during the Cosafa Castle Cup match between Zimbabwe and Madagascar at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 28 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jun 28, 2017. 18:57


Zimbabwe were held to a goalless draw by Madagascar in a Cosafa Cup clash at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The result sees the teams locked at four points apiece at the top of Group B, with the Warriors leading on goal difference. Both Seychelles and Mozambique will hope to make up ground when they play the other pool match later on Wednesday.

The opening 20 minutes of play produced no attacking play of note, with both teams settling into the match and finding their rhythm in front of a sparse crowd at the venue.

Zimbabwe’s first clear chance arrived in the 21st minute as Blessing Majarira sprung the offside trap and drew goalkeeper Leda off his line, only to put his effort from a tight angle into the side netting.

Had Majarira held his composure and squared the ball across the penalty area instead, his teammate Leeroy Mavunga would have had a tap-in.

Madagascar made few chances in the first half, though on 28 minutes they threatened through Tantely – he looked to pick out Boura from out wide, only for the striker to miss out under pressure from the Warriors’ defence.

Zimbabwe made two changes at the start of the second half, introducing Bruce Homora and Knox Mutizwa off the bench to replace Jameson Mukombwe and Majarira respectively.

Yet it was Club M who created the first chance after the restart, with more good work from Tantely to provide a cross for Rinjala, but the attacker put his shot from a tight angle over the target.

On 53 minutes Zimbabwe created a great chance when a cross from the left flank picked out an unmarked Ovidy Karuru in the middle, but his diving header was brilliantly saved with his feet by goalkeeper Leda.

Openings were then few and far between until the 77th minute, when Madagascar substitute Bila made an immediate impact with an awkward shot which forced George Chigova into a good save.

The Warriors were unlucky not be awarded two penalties in the dying minutes, with substitute Raphael Manuvire and Karuru both clearly upended in the box, but referee Joshua Bondo twice waved away their appeals.

The teams will wrap up their Group B campaign with the final round of matches on Friday: Madagascar will battle Mozambique at Moruleng Stadium, while Zimbabwe face Seychelles at Royal Bafokeng.

Zimbabwe 0

Madagascar 0

Zimbabwe: Chigova, Mukombwe (Homora 46’), Tigere, Chipeta, Mushure, Takwara, Chakoroma, Karuru, Chawapiwa (Manuvire 80’), Majarira (Mutizwa 46’), Mavunga

Madagascar: Leda, Tobisoa, Johny, Andoniania, Tantely, Ando, Lolode, Rinjala (Baggio 88’), Dax, Boura (Bila 76’), Nono (Bela 66’)



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Zamalek held to goalless draw in Sfax – 2017 CAF Champions League


Al-Zamalek player Osama Ibrahim (L) in action against Caps United player Abbas Amidu (R) during the African Champions League (CAF) Round of 16 match between Al-Zamalek and Caps United at at Borg Al Arab Stadium in Alexandria , Egypt, 12 May 2017

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Bertin Basson

Tuesday May 23, 2017. 22:09


Zamalek were held to a goalless draw by Al Ahli Tripoli in a 2017 CAF Champions League clash played at the Stade Taïeb Mhiri in Sfax, Tunisia on Tuesday evening.

The game got off to a lively start with White Knights midfielder Shikabala missing a chance at the one end, and El-Shenawy forced into a top save at the other within the opening 10 minutes.

The Libyans then went even closer in the 35th minute as they struck the woodwork.

But, despite chances at either end of the park the game would be deadlocked at 0-0 after the opening stanza.

Zamalek had a great chance to grab all three points in the dying exchange of the encounter.

Nigerian forward Stanley Ohawuchi, who scored in last year’s final, squandering a gilt-edged chance three minutes from time.

USM Alger will be out to regain top spot in Group B when they take on CAPS United in Zimbabwe tomorrow afternoon.



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Celtic, Stars play to goalless draw – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Dumisani Zuma of Bloemfontein Celtic and Rooi Mahamutsa of Free State Stars during the Absa Premiership match between Bloemfontein Celtic and Free State Stars on 17 May 2017 at Dr Molemela Stadium, Bloemfontein ©Frikkie Kapp /BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday May 17, 2017. 21:30


Bloemfontein Celtic and Free State Stars played to a tense 0-0 draw in their Absa Premiership clash at Dr Molemela Stadium on Wednesday.

The result leaves Phunya Sele Sele and Ea Lla Koto in 12th place on 28 points and 14th place on 27 points respectively – neither has secured safety from relegation.

The teams effectively cancelled each other out in the first 45 minutes, with neither Patrick Tignyemb nor Thela Ngobeni particularly troubled in their respective goals.

Celtic struggled to get the likes of Musa Nyatama, Tshegofatso Mabaso and Dumisani Zuma into space with the ball, while Stars’ attempt to sit back and hit on the counter didn’t work nearly as well as it did against Bidvest Wits last week.

The hosts saw half chances for Lyle Lakay and Lantshene Phalane, while Ea Lla Koto’s best chance came toward the end of the first half and saw Thokozani Sekotlong presented with a shooting chance, but he struck the ball wide of the mark.

The status quo continued in the second half, with the bumpy pitch at the Bloemfontein venue certainly not assisting either team in their attempts to find a way through their opponent’s defence.

In the end,the teams were forced to settle for a 0-0 stalemate which leaves them both placed above the relegation zone, but still far from safe as they head into the final round of the championship later this month.

Celtic will end the season with a match away to Maritzburg United, while Stars will host Chippa United. Both fixtures, as well as the other six in Round 30, will be played on May 27 at 15h00.

Bloemfontein Celtic 0

Free State Stars 0

Celtic: Tignyemb, Dube, Ndengane, Rikhotso, Letlabika, Lakay, Phalane, Nyatama, Hotto, Mabaso (Nyondo 80’), Zuma (Masuku 85’)

Stars: Ngobeni, Mashego, Teyise, Mahamutsa, Mbhele, Dlamini, Masehe, Makhaula, Jantjie, Sekotlong, Anas



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Al Ahly boss shrugs off goalless draw with Zanaco – 2017 CAF Champions League


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Graeme Jackson

Monday May 15, 2017. 20:00


Al Ahly manager Hossam El-Badry has shrugged off his side’s goalless draw in the CAF Champions League on Saturday, insisting they will progress to the quarterfinals regardless.

The Egyptian giants, who are eight-time African champions, began their Group D campaign on a disappointing note as they were held 0-0 at home by Zambia’s Zanaco this past weekend.

The Red Devils’ coach reckons his side will put this setback behind them and gain enough points in the next five matches to progress into the final eight of the competition.

“We lost two points but we still have a long way ahead in our African journey. We will qualify to the next round no matter how our start was,” El-Badry said after the match, as quoted by KingFut.

“I respect Zanaco’s coach as he said the truth when he said that his team fought hard to secure a point in this game,” he added.

“The changes in the squad were made according to the coaching staff’s technical vision.

“For changes made during the match, they were the result of exhaustion. That’s why I had to change Junior Ajayi and Hossam Ghaly.”

Al Ahly’s next match sees them tackle Cameroon’s Coton Sport away from home on May 23.



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