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2018 FIFA World Cup Draw – As it happened – 2018 FIFA World Cup


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Dec 01, 2017. 18:34


That’s all from Russia where we witnessed the draw for the #FIFAWorldCup2018.

Complete #FIFAWorldCup2018 draw

Nigeria are the last African team to be drawn. They are in Group D along side Iceland, Croatia and Argentina, who recently lost to Nigeria in a friendly match.

Group D is also complete and African side Morocco have joined Spain, Iran and Portugal.

We are done with Group A  which features Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay, who won the first ever World Cup tournament as hosts.

Senegal, who qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 16 years, are drawn into Group H. They join Poland and Colombia.

African side Tunisia are drawn into Group G. They will play their first game against England.

Pot 3 side Egypt are the first African nation to be drawn. They join Uruguay and Russia in Group A.

England and Colombia drawn into Group G and Group H respectively.

Pot 2 teams Peru and Croatia join France, and Argentina in Group C and Group D respectively. While Switzerland and Mexico join Brazil, and Germany in Group D and E respectively.

We are done with Pot 1. Pot 2’s Uruguay join Russia in Group A, while Spain join Portugal in Group B.

Germany and Belgium are drawn into Group F, and Group G respectively. The last Pot 1 team Poland are drawn into Group H.

Pot 1 teams Portugal and France are drawn into Group B, and Group C respectively. While Argentina and Brazil are drawn into Group D and Group E respectively.

The draw has finally started. Russia, who are the host nation, automatically go into Group A.

England legend Gary Lineker explaining how the #FIFAWorldCup2018 will be conducted.

The trophy has arrived! Legendary German striker Miroslav Klose brought it on stage. He is the top goalscorer in the history of the FIFA World Cup having scored 16 goals in the global tournament.

We are just a few minutes away from the . Five African teams have qualified for next year’s tournament.

The Nigeria Football Federation official delegation are present at the  draw in Moscow.

Russia state president Vladimir Putin is opening the # draw here in Moscow.

The teams are placed in pots one to four from highest to lowest FIFA ranking with the exception of Russia, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, who are automatically placed in pot one alongside the top seeds.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup draw which takes place today at 17:00 CAT (18:00 local time) from the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia.

 



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CAF Confederation Cup: SuperSport 0-0 TP Mazembe – As it happened – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


by
Graeme Jackson

Saturday Nov 25, 2017. 22:02


Welcome to coverage of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup final, second leg between SuperSport United and TP Mazembe from the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Tshwane, South Africa.

Commentary:

All times CAT

90+4′ – Full time – It ends 0-0 and TP Mazembe win the final 2-1 on aggregate! The DRC giants defend their Confederation Cup crown, while the South Africans miss out on a first continental prize!

90+1′ – Yellow card – Furman booked for a challenge borne of frustration. There will be four minutes of added time.

90′ – Red card – Phala is sent off for a studs-up challenge, he can have no complaint. It’s 10 v 10 for what remains of the match.

88′ – Wome plays a disappointing pass straight out of play as the desperation builds for United…

85′ – Five minutes left for SuperSport to get one goal against a team down to 10 men. Surely they’ll never get a better chance to win a continental competition?

82′ – Yellow card, sending off – Mazembe down to 10 men for the remainder of the match after Kabaso picks up his second booking and is sent off! The defender went through the back of Nkhatha to earn the caution.

81′ – Substitution – Kingston Nkhatha replaces Mbule in the last change of the match.

80′ – Grobler shoots direct from the set piece… way too high, disappointing effort.

79′ – Free kick just outside the penalty area for United. Can they make something of this chance?

77′ – Yellow card – Kabaso now booked for a late challenge in midfield. It suits the visitors to make the game stop-start…

76′ – Yellow card – Mpeko cautioned for a late kick on the United goalkeeper.

74′ – Substitution – Traore makes way for Solomon Asante in the final change for the Ravens.

73′ – Wome brings down a cross in the box and gets away a shot, but it’s a cormfortable save for the TPM ‘keeper.

72′ – Malango with a low shot… comfortable save for Williams.

71′ – Yellow card – Mashamaite is perhaps lucky to get only a caution as he cynically takes down Mika.

68′ – Kimwaki goes down with cramp, it’s already some crafty time wasting from TPM as we reach the midway point of the second half.

66′ – Substitution – Dove Wome replaces Brockie in United’s second change. The New Zealand striker won’t add any further to the 10 goals he has in the competition.

65′ – Malango with a great turn down the left flank, but his attempted cross is poor.

64′ – Substitution – Adjei makes way for Miche Mika in Mazembe’s second change.

61′ – Modiba with a shooting chance on the left of the box… just over the target! United are getting closer.

60′ – Substitution – Kalaba is replaced by Mechak Elia in Mazembe’s first change.

57′ – Mbule tumbles in the box, but there’s no real shot for a penalty from the hosts.

55′ – A United corner is flicked on by Daniels, before Grobler and Mashamaite both miss out on the loose ball!

53′ – Kekana floats in a cross from the right, Kimwaki with a good headed clearance.

50′ – Grobler with a half chance in the penalty area, but he’s called back for a hand ball.

49′ – Mashamaite with a fine challenge to stop the run of Traore in the penalty area. Mazembe look revived after the half time break.

46′ – Substitution – Back underway in the second half. United have made a change at the break, with Nhlapo making way for Grant Kekana, presumably due to injury.

45+1′ – Half time – The game and the tie remain precariously poised at 0-0 and 2-1 to TPM respectively. The visitors will feel they should have killed off the game early on, but United’s growing strength suggests the trophy remains within their reach.

45′ – There will be one minute of added time.

44′ – Brockie with an imaginative attempt on the turn, but it’s no real threat to the TPM goal.

42′ – Yellow card – Kalaba booked for a blatant foul on Nhlapo.

40′ – Five minutes to half time, United are showing their strength now and will feel that the game is there for them to win after Mazembe’s early misses.

37′ – Kalaba tries a long-range curler which drifts wide of Williams’ left-hand post.

36′ – Fine defence from Kouame as he clears an awkward ball between Brockie and Grobler.

34′ – Malango crosses from the right, but it’s straight out for a goal kick. The visitors’ attack has gone quite in the last few minutes, with United gradually claiming a control of the game.

31′ – Past the half hour mark, still 0-0. Mazembe with an injury worry after Kimwaki goes down, but he should be okay to play on.

29′ – Grobler goes for goal… hits the wall. The second ball into the box sees Mashamaite find the back of the net, but he’s flagged offside.

28′ – Mbule wins a free kick in the ‘D’ of Mazembe’s box after a foul from Adjei. Great attacking opportunity for the hosts…

27′ – Kiaku gets a talking to from the referee after chopping down Nhlapo on United’s right flank.

24′ – Past the midway point of the first half here in Tshwane, still 0-0 in the match and 2-1 to TPM on aggregate.

22′ – SuperSport down to 10 men temporarily while Mashamaite receives treatment for a cut to the head.

19′ – Traore shoots from long range… well off target.

17′ – Another comfortable claim for Gbouhouo. An easy evening for TPM’s defence so far.

16′ – United need to shake off the cobwebs, they’re being totally outplayed by Mazembe so far and remain in contention only through sheer luck.

14′ – Great work from Kalaba down the left, his pull back finds Adjei, who misses a glaring chance from close range! It should be 2-0 to the visitors…

12′ – A first touch – and a confident one at that – for goalkeeper Gbouhouo, who claims a left-flank cross from Modiba.

10′ – Kalaba springs the offside trap brilliantly, finds himself faced one-on-one with Williams, but he panics and shoots over! What a great chance missed by the Ravens!

8′ – Kalaba crosses from the left, but there’s no one in the middle for the DRC visitors.

6′ – Mazembe’s first effort in anger comes from Sinkala, whose long-range drive is high and wide.

3′ – Phala crosses from the corner, finds Letsholonyane ahead of the near post, but the midfielder’s flick is out for a goal kick to Mazembe.

2′ – Phala wins the first corner kick of the match in favour of the hosts.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Tshwane! SuperSport wear all blue, while Mazembe are in black and white.

20h10 – The referee for tonight’s clash is Senegalese official Malang Diedhiou. And a reminder that if SuperSport wins the game 2-1, we will go straight to a penalty shootout with no extra time.

19h45 – Half an hour to kick-off in Tshwane. Just a reminder that the first leg in Lubumbashi last weekend ended in a 2-1 win for Mazembe. Adama Traore and Daniel Nii Adjei scored for the Ravens, while Matsatsantsa’s away goal was netted by Sipho Mbule.

Here are the starting line-ups…

SuperSport: Ronwen Williams, Siyabonga Nhlapo, Tefu Mashamaite, Clayton Daniels, Aubrey Modiba, Dean Furman, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Thuso Phala, Sipho Mbule, Bradley Grobler, Jeremy Brockie

TP Mazembe: Sylvain Gbouhouo, Issama Mpeko, Joel Kimwaki, Chongo Kabaso, Zola Kiaku, Nathan Sinkala, Koffi Kouame, Daniel Nii Adjei, Adama Traore, Ben Malango, Rainford Kalaba



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Africa Stars Watch: 25 November 2017 – As It Happened


Frankfurt’s Kevin-Prince Boateng (R)

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Nov 25, 2017. 18:58


It is another Saturday afternoon and AfricanFootball.com brings you an edition of Africa Stars Watch as we take a look at Africa’s finest players plying their trades in top football leagues across the globe.

We give you an update of African players’ performances across Europe on Saturday November 25 2017.

Commentary:

19:00 – We have come to wrap of our Africa Stars Watch for this Saturday and we thank you for joining us. Please check the Sunday edition of ASW live on African Football.com

18:55 – Jose Mourinho has led the Red Devils to a 1-0 win over Brighton with the absence of Bailly. Atsu’s Newcastle have lost 3-0 to Watford and Zaha’s Palace have bagged a vital 2-1 win over Stoke City.

18:50 – Bailly’s red Devils still leading 1-0 against Brighton and it is in the injury time.

18:50 – Atsu’s Newcastle are led 3-0 by Watford with three minutes to go.

18:40 – Zaha’s Palace are 1-1 at home to Stoke City.

18:40 – Aurier’s Tottenham are now level at 1-1

18:33 – Gbamin’s FSV Mainz have also finished at 2-1 and have lost against Freiburg.

18:25 – Aubameyang’s Dortmund has drawn 4-4 against Schalke in Germany at full time.

18:10 – West Brom are still leading 1-0 against Aurier’s Tottenham Hotspur. Bony’s Swansea still deadlocked at 0-0 against Bournemouth.

18:25 – Bailly’s United has scored and are leading 1-0 against Brighton.

18:00 – Dortmund have allowed Schalke to score two goals. It is 4-2 now in the Bundesliga.

17:58 – Ivorian international defender Serge Aurier is benched for their encounter against West Brom. The Lily Whites are 1-0 down at the interval.

17:55 – Ghanaian international player, Christian Atsu is missing for Newcastle United as they meet Watford. The game is at half time and it is 0-0.

17:50 – Another Ivorian international is Wilfried Zaha who is starting for Crystal Palace against Stoke City. No goals as well in the EPL tie. Half time 0-0.

17:45 – Cote d’Ivoire’s Eric Bailly is out carrying a knock for Manchester United against Brighton. No goals at Old Trafford as we get closer to the first half.

17:40 – Gbamin’s FSV Mainz against Freiburg. One goal in favour of Freiburg.

17:37 – It is the second half in the Bundesliga, Aubameyang’s Dortmund lead 4-0. Augsburg trailing -0 down against Wolfsburg.

17:24 – Aubameyang has scored in their Bundesliga encounter against Schalke 04. It is 4-0 at half time.

17:10 – Cote d’Ivoire’s Wilfried Bony is also in action for Swansea. No goals in the English Premier League after 10 minutes.Cote d’Ivoire’s Wilfried Bony is also in action for Swansea. No goals in the English Premier League after 10 minutes.

17:00 – Jean-Philippe Gbamin is in action for FSV Mainz against Freiburg in the German Bundesliga. 0-0 in the 29th minute.

16:49 – Guinea’s Naby Keita starts for RB Leipzig against SB Werder Bremen. There are no goals in the opening half.

16:30 – Ghana’s Kevin Boateng also makes his start for Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Bundesliga. The encounter is just underway.

16:20 – Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang makes his start for the German Bundesliga side against Schalke 04. The game gets underway at 16:30.



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2017 CAFCC FINAL: TP Mazembe 2-1 SuperSport United – AS IT HAPPENED – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Supersport United FC players celebrate after scoring against Club Africain during the semi-final return 2017 CAF Confederations Cup game between Club Africain and Supersport United FC in Tunis, Tunisia on 22 October 2017 © BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Sunday Nov 19, 2017. 17:39


Welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our LIVE COVERAGE of the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup final first leg clash between TP Mazembe and SuperSport United from the Stade TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi on Sunday, 19 November 2017.

TP Mazembe: Matampi; Mpeko, Kimwaki, Kabaso, Kasusula, Sinkala, Adjei (Mputu 82′), Kalaba (Meschack 58′), Kubanza (Asante 61′), Malango, A.Traore.

SuperSport United: Williams; Nhlapo, Daniels, Mashamaite, Modiba, Furman, Mbule, Phala, Wome (Kekana 81′), Brockie (Lakay 73′), Grobler (Farmer 85′).

AS IT HAPPENED UPDATES: 

The reverse fixture will take place in Atteridgeville next Saturday, 25 November 2017.

Full-Time: TP Mazembe 2-1 SuperSport United

90′ Three minutes added.

89′ CHANCE! Tresor Mputu guides his free-kick attempt inches over the crossbar. Mazembe throwing everything but the kitchen sink at SuperSport.

86′ Eric Tinkler has introduced both Grant Kekana and Denwin Farmer as Matsatsantsa shut up shop! The South Africans looking a tad tired.

77′ CHANCE! TP Mazembe quick on the counter-attack as Solomon Asante guides his shot inches wide of goal. SuperSport living on the edge here.

75′ Joel Kimwaki is the first person into the referee’s book.

67′ GOAL! Daniel Nii Adjei restores the Ravens lead as he hammers home from the edge of the area. Ronwen Williams a tad suspect again with the unusual bounce off the artificial turf catching him off guard.

65′ SHOT! Jean Kasusula guides his free-kick attempt straight at Ronwen Williams, who gathers with confidence.

60′ Hour played in Lubumbashi and it’s advantage SuperSport United as we enter the final third of the clash. The Ravens need their fans to come to the party.

55′ Excellent recovery tackle by Tefu Mashamaite to deny Adama Traore who darted in behind the SuperSport United defensive line.

47′ GOAL! What a goal by Sipho Mbule to draw the two teams level! Unstoppable long range effort by the teenager who silences the home crowd!

46′ The second half is underway in Lubumbashi.

45+1′ Half-Time: TP Mazembe 1-0 SuperSport United

45′ One minute added.

42′ Nervy moment at the back for Siyabonga Nhlapo, but TP Mazemeb fail to punish their visitors. Nothing to write home about over the course of the past couple of minutes as we approach the interval.

30′ Half-hour played in Lubumbashi – things have cooled down a tad after what was a frantic opening exchange.

22′ SHOT! Chances continue to come at either end of the pitch in what has been an end-to-end encounter. Dove Wome the latest to guide a shot inches wide of goal.

18′ GOAL! TP Mazembe hit the front as Adama Traore powers his left-footed shot past Ronwen Williams who makes a real mess of it. Sucker punch.

18′ POST! Ushindi Kubanza rattles the woodwork following a mistake in defence.

14′ SuperSport United all over their hosts as Ley Matampi is called into action to deny Dove Wome and Thuso Phala in quick succession.

12′ CHANCE! So close Great work by Thuso Phala to pick out Bradley Grobler, but he fails to punish the Ravens with the goal at his mercy. Huge miss.

10′ CHANCE! Thuso Phala picks out Clayton Daniels at the back post, but his header is straight at Ley Matampi. 

4′ SHOT! Rainford Kalaba tries his luck from range, but his attempt flies inches wide of goal.

3′ Lively start to the match with Mazembe applying early pressure on their hosts.  At the other end of the pitch Dean Furman picks out Bradly Grobler who has time and space in the box, but he is unable to find Jeremy Brockie.

1′ Kick-off in Lubumbashi!

– No place in the starting eleven for Sylvain Gbohouo who drops to the bench to cap what has been a dismal week for the shot-stopper.

Jeremy Brockie starts for SuperSport United in what has been a busy few days for the forward who was as far as New Zealand and Peru over the course of the past week. Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Morgan Gould are both suspended and play no part.



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2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Ghana 1-1 Egypt – AS IT HAPPENED – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Mohamed Salah of Egypt (r) celebrates goal with Abdallah El Said

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Bertin Basson

Sunday Nov 12, 2017. 19:20


Good afternoon and welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our LIVE COVERAGE of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between Ghana and Egypt from the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi, on 12 November 2017.

Ghana: R.Ofori, Afful, Angenyenu, Nuhu, Amartey, Wakaso, Gyasi, E.Ofori, Dwamena (Yiadom 74′), Donsah (Waris 50′), Ampomah (Twumasi 41′).

Egypt: Ekramy, Gabr, Elmohamady, Rabiea (Samir 33′), Moursy, Abdelrazek (Elsaeyd 65′), Marei (Gamal 76′), Sobhi, Hafez, Elneny, Ibrahim.

AS IT HAPPENED UPDATES:

FULL-TIME: Ghana 1-1 Egypt 

90+4′ Glorious late chance for the hosts, but they are unable to force the ball into the back of the net as the two teams ultimately share the spoils in Kumasi.

90′ Four minutes added.

87′ Sherif Ekramy the next into the referee’s book.

85′ Mubarak Wakaso goes into the referee’s book.

84′ The Black Stars doing all the playing as we enter the final exchanges of the clash. Daniel Amartey and Harrison Afful getting involved in attacks as they go in search of the winner.

75′ Into the final exchanges in Kumasi and it is anyone’s game really. Ghana looking the more likely, but Egypt are always dangerous on the counter-attack.

64′ GOAL! Edwin Gyasi pulls the hosts level. Perfect response as his deflected effort whistles past Sherif Ekramy.

61′ GOAL! Shikabala rattles the back of the net with an unstoppable shot following a pin-point cross by Trezequet. His left-footed drive leaving Richard Ofori with little chance.

56′ Ghana now turning on the style, but Raphael Dwamena is found wanting in front of goal once more. His tame effort flies harmlessly wide after being left unmarked inside the area.

48′ Great save once more by Richard Ofori – this time to deny Mahmoud ‘Shikabala’ Abdelrazek who’s left-footed rocket looked destined for the back of the net.

46′ Second half is underway in Kumasi.

HALF-TIME: Ghana 0-0 Egypt 

45′ Ghana with a flurry of chances in the closing stages of the half, but it comes to nothing for the Black Stars.

43′ SAVE! Great stop by Richard Ofori to keep out Mahmoud ‘Trezequet’ Ibrahim’s rasping effort. First shot on target for the Pharaohs as we enter the final few minutes of the half.

41′ Opoku Ampomah’s injury is worse than initially thought and he will be replaced. Both teams forced into early substitutions.

38′ Ghana continue to be the aggressor, but Egypt’s defence is holding firm for the time being. Opoku Ampomah leaves the pitch on a stretcher following  a nasty clash, but he looks to be okay to continue…

30′ Half-hour played in Kumasi and the game is yet to spark into life, with the match pretty much assembling the dead-rubber it is.

21’CHANCE! Opoku Ampomah sends Raphael Dwamena through on goal, but the latter is unable to provide the finishing touches to what was a delightful defence-splitting pass.

15′  Mubarak Wakaso with two early attempts at goal from range, but Sherif Ekramy is well positioned on both occasions to curb the danger.

11′ Mahmoud ‘Trezequet’ Ibrahim bursts into the area before firing his attempt wide of goal. Good work by Mahmoud ‘Shikabala’ Abdelrazek in the build-up to create the opportunity.

5′ Egypt getting in behind the Ghanaian defence early on in the clash, but Richard Ofori quick off his line on both occasions to extinguish the visitors attack.

1′ Kick-off in Kumasi!

– The Black Stars have nothing but pride to play for, with Egypt having already booked their place at next year’s World Cup in Russia. The Pharaohs returning to the world stage for the first time since 1990.



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2018 World Cup Qualifier: Tunisia 0-0 Libya – AS IT HAPPENED – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Taha Yassine Khenissi of Tunisia wins header against Blati Toure of Burkina Faso during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon quarterfinal football match between Burkina Faso and Tunisia at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 28 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Nov 11, 2017. 21:18


We have come to the end of the ASW and we thank you for joining us for the match.

Lineups:

Tunisia: Mathlouthi, Youssef, Merieh, Msakni, Khazri, Khenissi, Maaloul, Ben Amor, Chaalani, Naguez, Badri

Libya: Nashnush, Maghasi, Sabbou, Tubal, Al-Warfali, Ghanudi, Mohamed, Benali, Eltrbi, Musrati, Ellafi

Commentary:

90+5′ – It is full time in Rades and Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles have booked a spot in Russia. They join Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal, and Morocco.

90+5′ – Sub for Libya: Ghanudi off for El Taher

90+5′ – Five minutes added in the match and Libya will hope to secure a win in the dying stages of the tie, whilst the hosts will want to end it at 0-0.

87′ – Three minutes to wrap the encounter and it looks like it will finish at 0-0. Should it finish at 0-0, the score will be favourable for the hosts to book a spot in Russia.

83′ – Sub for Tunisia: Sassi on for Badri

80′ – Nashnush receives a yellow card for time wasting.

75′ – Ghilane Chaalani given acres of space in the middle of the field and is able to test Nashnush from a distance aiming for the top left corner, but the keeper is equal to the task and makes a superb save.

74′ – Sub for Libya: Tubal off for Taktak.

71′ Ben Amor is booked for a foul.

70′ Sub for Tunisia: Oussama Hadadi on for Ali Maaloul and Ben Youssef on for Khazri

65′ – Despite their dominance and support at home, the Tunisians are not so clinical in front of goal.

60′ – Libya under siege from their hosts, yet their defence remains stable and protecting Nashnush very well. No goals in the encounter as yet.

58′ Sub for Libya: Badr on for Ellafi.

56′ – A dipping strike by Msakni saw Nashnush diving to his left to parry the ball away for a corner. The host could not capitalise from the set piece.

50′ – Mathlouthi saves a well-struck shot by Musrati to collect from second attempt. Tunisia losing the ball easily in the heart of the park.

46′ – The second is underway, we are yet to see goals in the encounter.

45+2′ Two minutes of injury time were added by the referee and there were no clear cut chances. It is half time in Rades. 0-0.

44′ – Good touches by the Knights in the hosts half, but a final shot is wide off the target. An acrobatic attempt from Anice Badri forces another brilliant save from Libyan keeper to concede a corner.

40′ – Taha Khenissi nearly found the back of the net when Nashnush tried to punch away a cross from the left, the ball went straight to Khenissi yet it went over the cross bar.

38′ – Msakni tries another shot from a brilliant one touch football, his weak effort is collected by Nashnush. Tunisia 0-0 Libya.

30′ – Tunisia need a draw to book a spot at the World Cup in Russia. Good movement by Tunisia and Youssef Msakni fails to keep his shot on target in the box.

25′ – Libya are also holding their own in the crucial encounter. Coach Jalal Damja seems to be impressed by his charges.

21′ – Tunisia in a hurry to bag an early goal, but are yet to dominate in the final third. Libya take a shot through Ahmed Eltrbi, but Mathlouthi saves. No goals after 20 minutes in Rades.

15′ – A spectacular volley from Wahbi Khazri in the 12th minute nearly caught Nashnush off his line, but it went wide off the left top corner. Libya’s Hamdou Mohamed tries a curling shot form a counter attack, but it’s wide.

10′ – The Mediterranean Knights are also fighting to penetrate the hosts, but find it difficult to break down the Tunisian defence. However, it is Tunisia who look threatening so far.

05′ – Tunisia dictating terms as early as the third minute, with Mohamed Nashnush producing a fine save from Syam Ben Youssef’s hot in the box.

01′ – Libya get the proceedings underway in front of a packed Stade Olympique de Radès. The match gets underway.



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2018 World Cup qualifier: Ivory Coast 0-2 Morocco – As it happened – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


by
Graeme Jackson

Saturday Nov 11, 2017. 21:21


Welcome to as-it-happened coverage of the 2018 World Cup qualifier between Ivory Coast and Morocco from the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan.

Commentary:
All times CAT

90+4′ – Full time – Done and dusted! Morocco win 2-0 and top Group C to secure safe passage to Russia 2018! The Atlas Lions will return to the World Cup for the first time since 1998, while Ivory Coast miss out on a fourth successive showing at the global showpiece!

90+1′ – Substitution – Faycal Fajr replaces Belhanda in Morocco’s last change.

90′ – There will be three minutes of added time.

89′ – A few off-the-ball scraps sparking now, Ivory Coast’s frustration is getting the better of them.

87′ – Doumbia gets up to meet Aurier’s ball into the box, but his header is comfortably saved by the Morocco goalkeeper.

85′ – More great defence from Dirar against Zaha – the Moroccan has played superbly to keep the Elephants attacker quiet in this match.

82′ – Substitution – Sofyan Amrabat replaces the excellent Ziyach in Morocco’s second change.

81′ – Little energy or urgency from the Elephants, they don’t seem to believe a comeback is possible.

79′ – Just over 10 minutes left, Morocco can just about taste the World Cup…

76′ – Substitution – Gervinho makes way for Salomon Kalou in the home side’s last change.

75′ – Substitution – Morocco’s first change sees Boutaib replaced by youngster Achraf Bencharki.

71′ – El Kajoui makes an easy catch from a right-wing cross. Ivory Coast really haven’t worked the Morocco goalkeeper through this match.

69′ – Nope, Kessie can’t make anything of a simple ball to the near post and it’s a goal kick to Morocco.

68′ – Great perseverance from Zaha to win a corner kick, can they make something of it?

66′ – Great work from Gradel to chase down Amrabat in a Morocco counter attack and win a free kick. The Elephants have been poor tonight, but Gradel at least can hold his head high for his efforts.

64′ – Morocco on a speedy counter, but Amrabat and Boutaib cannot take advantage! Play comes back the other end and Aurier has a great chance… blazed over the bar!

62′ – Substitution – The Elephants’ second change sees Maxwell Cornet replace Fofana.

61′ – Past the hour mark, Ivory Coast must come up with three goals in the last 30 minutes to qualify for a fourth successive World Cup.

58′ – Boutaib flagged offside… the forward is working tirelessly up front for Morocco, feeding on scraps for the most part.

55′ – Good defence from Dirar to shepherd Gervinho out of play. The Atlas Lions are happy to sit deep, soak up whatever their opponents can throw at them and look to hit on the break.

53′ – Zaha livid after Amrabat wins a free kick off him in the Moroccans’ half of the field. It’s just not happening for the hosts.

50′ – Ivory Coast look really disjointed… putting together the most basic passing moves seems beyond them at the moment.

47′ – Gbohouo drops a cross, Boussoufa gets a shot away on goal, but Aurier does just enough to clear off his line! That would have been the killer blow to the Elephants!

46′ – Substitution – Back underway in the second half, Ivory Coast have made a change by sending on Ghislain Konan in place of Deli.

45+2′ – Half time – Morocco two goals up at the break and looking very much on course to qualify. Ivory Coast will need something pretty special to turn this one around…

45′ – There will be one minute of added time.

43′ – Great work from Benatia to turn away from Zaha in an awkward defensive situation. The North Africans are full of confidence.

40′ – Five minutes to the interval. Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots will need to come up with one heck of a half-time pep talk to inspire a comeback from his team.

37′ – Solid defence from Morocco: apart from that chance Gervinho had about 20 minutes ago they’ve been untroubled.

35′ – The atmosphere has gone flat inside the stadium, with the home crowd stunned by this showing from the Atlas Lions.

32′ – Morocco heading for a fifth World Cup appearance overall and a first since 1998!

30′ – GOAL! Ivory Coast 0-2 Morocco – The Atlas Lions go two goals up! Benatia gets ahead of Gbami to half-volley home at close range from a corner kick!

29′ – Aurier given a talking-to by the referee for a foul in an aerial challenge with Boutaib. Frustration already threatening to boil over for the home side.

26′ – This in now a mountain to climb for the Elephants, who must score at least two goals against a Morocco defence which has kept five clean sheets in the group!

25′ – GOAL! Ivory Coast 0-1 Morocco – Dirar gives Morocco the lead against the run of play! The midfielder plays an in-swinging cross from the right which is missed in the middle and beats Gbohouo at the far post!

23′ – Gradel shoots direct for goal from the free kick, but cannot lift his effort over the defensive wall.

22′ – Yellow card – Saiss booked for a clumsy challenge on the edge of the box on Zaha. Very close to being a penalty…

21′ – Gradel whips in a great cross from the left, but Morocco goalkeeper El Kajoui collects safely under pressure from Zaha and Doumbia.

19′ – Gradel tumbles in the box under a challenge between two Moroccans, but the referee waves away appeals for a spot kick.

17′ – Gervinho with a great chance as he latches onto a ball over the top, but his attempted finish is blazed over the crossbar!

15′ – Ziyech shoots direct from the free kick… the ball hits the wall, balloons up and out for a corner kick.

14′ – Morocco win a free kick just outside the Ivorian penalty area for a clumsy trip on Boussoufa.

11′ – Belhanda crosses from the set piece, but his delivery is too deep.

10′ – Yellow card – Kessie given a harsh caution for a foul on Morocco’s right flank. The visitors have a free kick in a good attacking position…

9′ – A couple of corners and sustained pressure from the Elephants, but it ends with Fofana firing a shot over the target!

6′ – Hakimi with half a chance as he arrives late in the box, but he slices his shot high and wide.

4′ – Ziyech tumbles near the box, but there’s no real hope of a penalty for the North Africans.

2′ – A scrappy start to the game with a couple of early fouls from Morocco inside the hosts’ half.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Abidjan! Ivory Coast wear all-orange, while Morocco are in a change strip of white with red trim.

19h25 – The players come out of the tunnel to line-up for the national anthems.

19h15 – The other Group C match between Gabon and Mali ended in a goalless stalemate in Franceville earlier today. This clash in Abidjan will be refereed by Gambian official  Bakaray Gassama.

19h00 – This is the decisive clash in Group C of Africa’s qualifiers, with one of these two teams set to join Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal (and in all likelihood Tunisia) as African representatives at the finals in Russia next year. The equation is very simple: Ivory Coast must win to qualify, while any other result will see Morocco book a spot at the World Cup.

Here are the starting XIs ahead of the match:

Ivory Coast: Sylvain Gbohouo, Serge Aurier, Simon Deli, Wilfried Kanon, Seko Fofana, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Franck Kessie, Wilfried Zaha, Max Gradel, Gervinho, Seydou Doumbia

Morocco: Mounir El Kajoui, Medhi Benatia, Hakim Ziyach, Romain Saiss, Mbark Boussoufa, Noureddine Amrabat, Karim El Ahmadi, Khalid Boutaib, Achraf Hakimi, Younes Belhanda, Nabil Dirar



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2018 World Cup Qualifier: Zambia 2-2 Cameroon – AS IT HAPPENED – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Nov 11, 2017. 16:53


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group B match between Zambia and Cameroon at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Lineups:

Zambia XI: Mweene, Malama, Kapumbu, Tembo, Sunzu, Chama, Mulenga, Mwepu, Mwila, Daka, Sakala.

Cameroon XI: Ondoa, Nouhou, Ngadeu, Yaya, Leuko, Zambo, Siani, Boumal, Njie, Aboubakar, Ngamaleu.

Commentary:

91′ – GOAL! Yaya! Zambia 2-2 Cameroon. Yaya snatches a late equalizer with a good header.

90′ – The fourth official has added four minutes.

88′ – Zambia sub: Mbewe IN, Daka OUT.

85′ – Zambia sub: Banda IN, Mwepu OUT.

80′ – Daka, the Zambia striker, is ruled offside as the hosts continue to launch attacks.

76′ – Zambia sub: Ngonga IN, Mwila OUT.

75′ – Fifteen minutes left for Cameroon to snatch a late equalizing goal.

70′ – CAUTION: Chama (Zambia) is booked.

66′ – Cameroon sub: Olinga IN, N’Jie OUT.

65′ – Zambia deservedly restored their lead after pressing the Cameroon defence.

64′ – GOAL! Mwila! Zambia 2-1 Cameroon. Mwila scores following a good move by the hosts.

Cameroon sub: Pangop IN, Boumale OUT.

46′ – Cameroon sub: Castelletto IN, Leuko OUT

60′ – Zambia defender Chama’s long range effort is easily saved by Cameroon keeper Ondoa.

55′ – Zambia are dominating possession as they look to restore their lead.

50′ – GOOD SAVE! Cameroon keeper Ondoa makes a good save to deny Zambia midfielder Malama, who had unleashed a long range shot.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Zambia 1-1 Cameroon.

40′ – CAUTION: Leuko (Cameroon).

35′ – BRILLIANT SAVE! Zambia striker Mwila forces Cameroon keeper Ondoa into a brilliant diving save from close range.

31′ – GOAL! Zambo! Zambia 1-1 Cameroon. Zambo scores with a powerful long range shot.

30′ – It is 1-0 to Zambia as we reach the half-hour mark here in Ndola.

GOAL! Daka! Zambia 1-0 Cameroon. Daka beats Ondoa with a powerful shot following a good move.

25′ – N’Jie bursts into the Zambia box and the Cameroon forward forces keeper Mweene into a low save.

20′ – Mulenga has a chance to shoot from inside the Cameroon box, but he decides to dribble and the Zambian loses possession.

15′ – Sakala beats his marker, but the Zambia forward places his cross over the crossbar as the hosts press Cameroon.

10′ – Chama finds some space outside the Cameroon box and the Zambia defender forces goalkeeper Ondoa into a good save.

5′ – Cameroon try to launch a quick counter attack, but Ngamaleu is fouled by Zambia defender Malama.

1′ – The match is underway.



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2018 World Cup Qualifier: Algeria 1-1 Nigeria – AS IT HAPPENED – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Alex Iwobi of Nigeria (l) celebrates his goal with Kelechi Iheanacho 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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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 23:24


Algeria finish their qualifying campaign having failed to win a single match. Nigeria, who have qualified for the World Cup as Group B winners, finish the qualifying campaign unbeaten.

Lineups:

Algeria XI: Haouchi, Mandi, Cadamuro, Chafaï, Nessakh, Medjani, Ferhat, Bennacer, Mahrez, Brahimi, Slimani.

Nigeria XI: Ezenwa, Abdullahi, Ola Aina, Balogun, Ekong, Etebo, J.Ogu, Ndidi, Nwakeme, Iwobi, Iheanacho.

Commentary:

FULL-TIME: Algeria 1-1 Nigeria.

90′ – The fourth official has added four minutes.

88′ – GOAL! Brahimi. Algeria 1-1 Nigeria. Brahimi coverts from the spot-kick.

85′ – Algeria are awarded a penalty after Brahimi was fouled in the Nigeria box.

81′ – Nigeria sub: Musa IN, Iwobi OUT.

80′ – Nigeria are looking to contain Algeria in the closing stages of this encounter.

75′ – Algeria sub: Boundjah IN, Bennacer OUT.

70′ – Algeria are now applying some pressure on the Nigeria defence.

65′ – CHANCE! Algeria striker Slimani misses the target from close range with Nigeria keeper Ezenwa well beaten.

62′ – GOAL! Algeria 0-1 Nigeria. Ogu nets with a long range effort.

55′ – Algeria keeper Chaouchi makes a good save to deny Nigeria forward Iwobi.

50′ – Algeria attackers Slimani and Mahrez are both fouled in the middle of the park as the hosts look to break the deadlock.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

45′ – The fourth official has added one minute.

42′ – CAUTION: Ogu is booked (Nigeria).


40′ – Five minutes left before half-time and it is still 0-0 here in Constantine.

35′ – Ferhat tries a through ball, but his Alegria team-mate Slimani is caught offside.

30′ – Algeria sub: Abdellaoui IN, Nessakh OUT.

25′ – Algeria and Nigeria have shown some initiative going forward, but the two goalkeepers are yet to be seriously tested.

20′ – Ndidi pushes forward and he unleashes a shot which is blocked as we approach the half-hour mark.

15′ – Algeria forward Mahrez bursts into the Nigeria box, but his Leicester City FC team-mate Ndidi stops him.

10′ – Nigeria are dominating possession as they look to break the deadlock.
5′ – Algeria winger Mahrez’s free-kick is easily saved by Nigeria keeper Ezenwa.

1′ – The match is underway.



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2018 World Cup Qualifier: South Africa 0-2 Senegal – AS IT HAPPENED – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Sadio Mane of Senegal tackled by Andile Jali of South Africa during 2018 World Cup Qualifiers match between South Africa and Senegal at Peter Mokab Stadium, November on the 12 November 2016 © Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 21:04


Good evening and welcome to our Live Coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between South Africa and Senegal from the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, on Friday 11 November 2017.

South Africa: Khune; Hlanti, Daniels, Gould, Mkhize – Furman, Mokotjo, Zwane (Tshabalala 69′) – Vilakazi (Grobler 83′) – Manyama (Jali 63′), Tau

Senegal: K.Ndiaye, Gassama, Kouyate (A. Ndiaye 86′), Koulibaly, Sabaly – Sanè, Gueye , Ndoye – Manè, Niang (Ciss 90+3′), Sakho (Konatè 78′)

AS IT HAPPENED UPDATES:

Senegal book their place at next year’s World Cup in Russia! The Lions of Teranga will be back on the world stage for the first time since 2002!

90+4′ Full-Time: South Africa 0-2 Senegal (Sakho 12′ Mkhize OG 39′) 

83′ Final change for the hosts as Sibusiso Vilakazi makes way for Bradley Grobler.

75′ Into the final exchanges we go and things are not looking good for South Africa. The hosts also seem to have lost all hope as Konatè makes his way onto the pitch.

73′ Morgan Gould goes into the referee’s book.

69′ Shabba makes his return to the international stage – replacing Themba Zwane. Can the Kaizer Chiefs stalwart make the difference?

63′ Andile Jali – who many thought was suspended – comes on for Lebogang Manyama in the first change.

61′ Sifiso Hlanti goes into the referee’s book.

57′ CHANCE! Good build-up by the hosts,  but Sibusiso Vilakazi’s resulting shot is straight at Khadim Ndiaye who makes an easy save.

55′ Senegal happy to sit back and absorb pressure in the opening stages of the half. As it stands they will book their ticket to Russia today.

46′ The second half is underway.

45+1′ Half-Time: South Africa 0-2 Senegal (Sakho 12′ Mkhize OG 39′) 

45′ SAVE! Great stop by Khadim Ndiaye to deny Lebogang Manyama’s curling effort from hitting the back of the net. Bafana Bafana ending the half on a high.

39′ SUCKER PUNCH! Unbelievable unlucky for South Africa. Great save by Itumeleng Khune to deny Sadio Mane from close range, but in the most bizarre fashion Thamsanqa Mkhize guides the ball into the back of his own net from the rebound – ball hits his back before nestling in the net. So unlucky.

37′ Salif Sane’s shot from a free-kick takes a deflection and they have a corner-kick. The resulting corner-kick comes to nothing. Senegal have recovered well and slowed the game down following a relentless spell by the hosts.

35′ Yellow Card – Sadio Mane goes into the referee’s book.

29′ WOODWORK! Lebogang Manyama very unlucky to see his shot canon off the crossbar. So close!

25′ Bafana Bafana burst forward with Themba Zwane seeing his rocket of a shot well saved by the Senegalese goalkeeper – the rebound falls to Percy Tau, but the ball hits him more than anything and the visitors escape. First chance of the match for Bafana Bafana.

20′ South Africa with all the possession since the goal, but  the Teranga Lions are standing firm for the time being. The hosts test the Senegalese from a few set-pieces, but goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye is yet to touch the ball…

12′ GOAL! Diafra Sakho silences the home crowd. The West Ham United man finishes with aplomb following a pin-point through ball from Sadio Mane who split the Bafana Bafana defence. Great goal!

10′ Important early touch for Itumeleng Khune who shows great confidence to punch clear from what looked a dangerous situation for the visitors.

6′ Lively start here by the hosts with Percy Tau and Themba Zwane causing the Teranga Lions problems. One feels that an early goal for South Africa would really set the pace.

1′ Kick-off in Polokwane!

– Senegal pose a significant threat especially in attack with Liverpool ace Sadio Mane having returned to full fitness.

– Itumeleng Khune starts tonight’s match despite suffering a facial injury last weekend. As a result, he dons a white mask this evening.

– The two teams lock horns exactly 12 months after Bafana Bafana’s 2-1 win over the Teranga Lions. A match which would later be scrapped following damning match manipulation evidence against Joseph Lamptey with tonight’s fixture the replay.



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Africa Stars Watch: AS IT HAPPENED – 05 November 2017


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Brian Lee

Sunday Nov 05, 2017. 20:22


Thank you for joining us on AfricanFootball.com for what was our live African Stars Watch, where we kept you updated on action across Europe from an African perspective on Sunday, 5 November 2017.

AS IT HAPPENED:

20h30 – Beni Baningime, Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse’s Everton have scored a late winner to come from behind and beat Watford 3-2 in the English Premier League.

20h20 – Eric Bailly’s Manchester United have lost 1-0 to Chelsea in the English Premier League.

20h05 – Beni Baningime, Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse’s Everton have equalised against Watford in the English Premier League, 2-2.

19h57 – Oumar Niasse has  pulled a goal back for Everton who now trail 2-1 against Watford in the English Premier League.

19h55 – Beni Baningime, Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse’s Everton have gone 2-0 down against Watford in the English Premier League.

19h51 – Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have registered an impressive 5-0 win over Caen in the French Ligue 1.

19h50 – Nicolas Pepe has scored a second goal for Lille late on as they beat Metz 3-0 in the French Ligue 1.

19h43 – Eric Bailly’s Manchester United have gone a goal down against Chelsea in the English Premier League, 1-0.

19h42 – Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have scored another goal and are now leading 5-0 against Caen in the French Ligue 1.

19h40 – Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have scored another goal and are now leading 4-0 against Caen in the French Ligue 1.

19h37 – Beni Baningime, Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse’s Everton have gone 1-0 down against Watfrod in the English Premier League.

19h35 – Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente have conceded a fourth goal and have lost 4-3 against PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie.

19h30 – Lille have doubled their lead against Metz in the French Ligue 1, adding to Nicolas Pepe’s opener, 2-0.

19h20 – There has been yet another goal in the Dutch redevisie with Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente equalsing for the third time against PSV, 3-3.

19h17 – Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente have gone behind again as they now trail 3-2 against PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie.

19h15 – Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have taken a three goal lead against Caen in the French Ligue 1, 3-0.

19h12 – Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente have equalised against PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie, 2-2.

19h10 – Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have gone 2-0 up against Caen in the French Ligue 1.

19h05 – Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente are trailing 2-1 against PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie.

19h00 – In the English Premier League, Beni Baningime, Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse’s Everton are locked at 0-0 against Watford as are Eric Bailly’s Manchester United against Chelsea.

18h51 – Ivorian Nicolas Pepe has scored from the penalty spot for Lille who lead 1-0 against Metz in the French Ligue 1.

18h50 – Cameroonian Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s Marseille have taken a 1-0 lead against Caen in the French Ligue 1.

18h45 – Moroccan Adnane Tighadouini’s Twente is locked at 1-1 against PSV as that Dutch Eredivisie match enters the second half.

18h32 – Beni Baningime (DRC), Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse (both Senegal) have started for Everton against Watford in the English Premier League.

18h31 – Eric Bertrand Bailly (Cote d’ Ivoire) has started for Manchester United against Chelsea in the English Premier League.

18h30 – Papy Djilobodji (Senegal), who is on loan from English side Sunderland AFC, played the entire match as his side, Dijon suffered a 1-0 defeat to 10-man Nice.

18h20 – Babacar Khouma (Senegal) came on in the 74th minute, but the striker could not help his side, Fiorentina avoid a 4-2 defeat to Roma.

18h10 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) played 78 minutes for Arsenal, who were thrashed 3-1 by Manchester City.

18h00 – Raman Chibsah (Ghana) played the entire match for Benevento, who suffered a 2-1 defeat to Juventus.

Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), who was booked, played the full 90 minutes as his side, Napoli drew 0-0 with Chievo.

17h50 – Babacar Khouma (Senegal) has been introduced by Fiorentina, who are losing 4-2 to AS Roma in an Italian Serie A match with two minutes left.

17h40 – Dylan Bahamboula (Congo-Brazzaville) has been introduced by Dijon, who are trailing 1-0 against Nice with 10 minutes left.

17h30 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) is still on the pitch for Arsenal, who are now losing 2-0 to Manchester City with an hour played.

17h20 – Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) has been solid at the back for Napoli, who are drawing 0-0 against Chievo with an hour played.

17h10 – BOOKED! Raman Chibsah (Ghana) is booked, but his side, Benevento are still leading 1-0 against Juventus with 50 minutes played.

17h00 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) was unable to make any impact in the first-half and his side, Arsenal are losing 1-0 to Manchester City at half-time.

16h50 – Raman Chibsah (Ghana) and his Benevento team-mates are leading 1-0 against Italian champions Juventus at half-time.

16h40 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria)’s side, Arsenal are trailing 1-0 against Manchester City with 25 minutes played.

16h30 – Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) and his Napoli team-mates are dominating possession against Chievo as they look to break the deadlock. It’s still 0-0 with 30 minutes played.

16h20 – Raman Chibsah (Ghana) and his Benevento team-mates have just broken the deadlock against Juventus. It’s 1-0 with 19 minutes played.

16h10 – Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast) and Mohamed Elneny (Egypt) are among the substitutes for Manchester City and Arsenal respectively.

16h00 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) will start for Arsenal against Manchester City in an English Premier League match. Kick-off is at 16h15 CAT.

Oussama Haddadi (Tunisia), Julio Tavares (Cape Verde) and Papy Djilobodji (Senegal) have all just started for Dijon against Nice OGC in a French Ligue 1 match. It’s 0-0 with one minute played.

Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) is on the pitch for Napoli against Chievo in an Italian Serie A match. It’s still 0-0 with one minute played.

Raman Chibsah (Ghana) is in action for Benevento against Juventus in an Italian Serie A match. It’s still goalless with one minute played.



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2017 CAF Champions League: Wydad Casablanca 1-0 Al Ahly – As it happened – 2017 CAF Champions League


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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 23:50


Welcome to coverage of the 2017 CAF Champions League final, second-leg match between Wydad Casablanca and Al Ahly from the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca.

Commentary:
All times CAT

90+5′ – Full time – Done and dusted, Wydad Casablanca are the new kings of Africa! They won 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate to claim their second CAF Champions League title!

90+3′ – Substitution – El Haddad makes way for Mouhamed Ouattara.

90+1′ – There will be three minutes of added time.

89′ – Great work from Bencharki to spring the offside trap and earn his side a corner kick. Wydad are just trying to run down the clock now.

87′ – Zakareya with a great attacking chance for Ahly, but he shoots into the side netting when his teammates were crying out for a square pass across the box…

86′ – Substitution – Zakaria El Hachimi replaces Khadrouf.

85′ – Ahly have five minutes to find a goal and send the final to penalties…

84′ – A brave block to close down Said as he looks to fire in a shot, but the offside flag is up anyway.

83′ – Yellow card – Khadrouf booked for time wasting.

80’ – Bencharki free down the right again, he squares for Khadrouf, who is denied by a brave save from Ekramy!

77 – Yellow card – El Sulaya booked for a clumsy challenge on El Haddad.

77’ – Substitution – Walid Soliman replaces El-Sayed.

76’ – Zakareya shoots from long range, but it’s high and wide.

74’ – A pushing match breaks out on the far side of the field… emotions running high in Casablanca.

72’ – Substitution – Another change for Ahly as Emad Moteab replaces Fathi.

70’ – Wydad now lead 2-1 on aggregate. It doesn’t really change things for Al Ahly – they needed to score a goal before, and it’s still the case.

69’ – GOAL! Wydad 1-0 Al Ahly – Bencharki with great work down the right, his deflected cross is met by a great header from El Karti to find the back of the net!

67’ – Yellow card – Zakareya booked for simulation.

64’ – Wydad look to have pace on the counter attack, but they’re playing a dangerous game by sitting back like this.

61′ – Substitution – Ahmed Hamoudi replaces Azaro in Ahly’s first change.

60′ – Rabeh with a great defensive clearance from an Al Ahly corner kick. The Egyptian side is dominating at the moment.

57′ – Fathi with a good ball into the box, Azaro pulls it back from the by-line, but it doesn’t quite come together for Ahly.

54′ – El Sayed clears from central defence as Wydad push forward. Plenty of cut and thrust, this game just needs a goal to really ignite it.

51′ – Strong play from Ajayi to win a free kick in the middle of the park. Ahly will need that running power to penetrate Wydad’s defence.

49′ – In fact the referee has paused the game while we wait for the worst of the smoke to clear…

48′ – Plenty of smoke from the flares in the crowd drifting across the field. Shouldn’t affect the players too much.

46′ – Back underway in the second half, no changes from either team at the break.

45+1′ – Half time – Goalless at the break, Wydad are halfway to their second CAF Champions League title as things stand, but you get the feeling there’s drama in store in the second stanza.

45′ – There will be one minute of added time.

43′ – Closing in on half time, Wydad will be happy with proceedings so far but the tie remains on a knife edge.

40′ – Fathi floats a free kick into the Wydad box, but it passes through for a goal kick to the hosts.

39′ – Yellow cards – Both Ahly’s Fathi and Wydad’s Rabeh are booked in quick succession.

35′ – At the other end it’s El Haddad with a low shot which skids just wide of Ekramy’s left-hand post!

34′ – Al Ahly hit through the middle on a quick counter, Zakareya has a one-on-one chance but sees his effort well saved by Laaroubi!

30′ – Wydad on the  counter attack and Khadrouf sees his deflected shot rebound off the crossbar! The hosts’ first real attacking highlight.

29′ – From a free kick to a corner kick for the visitors, but Wydad defend well.

28′ – Azaro earns a free kick out on the left flank, Al Ahly are making all the running now.

26′ – Said with an in-swinging cross from the left, but it’s easily claimed by goalkeeper Laaroubi.

23′ – Midway through the first half, still goalless on the night and 1-1 on aggregate. It remains in favour of Wydad on the away goals rule.

22′ – Yellow card – Ahly’s Ajayi is booked for repeated fouls.

19′ – Bencharki plays in a low cross from the right by-line, but Wydad have no one in the middle to take advantage.

18′ – Wydad captain Nakach goes down under a challenge and looks a little sore getting to his feet, but he should be fine to continue.

15′ – Ahly’s Said has had a couple of dangerous corner deliveries so far. Set pieces certainly look like an avenue back into the tie for the Egyptian side.

14′ – Wydad defender Atouchi makes a vital challenge as Ahly look to break free down their right flank.

12′ – Zakareya cuts inside from the right and shoots on goal, Laaroubi makes an awkward save and the rebound almost falls for Azaro, who would have had a tap-in! So close for Al Ahly…

10′  – There’s no room to breathe in midfield, both teams closing down space in the engine room very quickly.

8′ – Slick passing from Wydad, but the ball ends up safely in the hands of Ahly goalkeeper Ekramy.

5′ – Azaro looks to get onto a cross from Zakareya and goes down under a challenge, but there’s no real call for a penalty from the referee.

3′ – Al Ahly looking full of intent in the early minutes, as they try to catch out the hosts before the match settles down.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Casablanca! Wydad wear all-white with red trim, while Al Ahly are in all-blue.

21h55 – The players have made their way out onto the pitch at a packed Stade Mohamed V Stadium.

21h45 – A reminder that Wydad are looking to win their second CAF Champions League title and a first since 1992, while Al Ahly are chasing a record-extending ninth African crown, having won their eighth back in 2013.

21h30 – Thirty minutes to kick-off. A reminder that the first leg at the Borg El Arab Stadium outside of Alexandria last weekend ended in a 1-1 draw, giving Wydad the advantage of an away goal.

Here are the line-ups ahead of the match:

Al Ahly: Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed Hani, Saad Samir, Rami Rabia, Hussein El-Sayed, Amr El-Sulaya, Ahmed Fathi, Moemen Zakareya, Abdallah El-Said, Junior Ajayi, Walid Azaro

Wydad: Zouhair Laaroubi, Youssef Rabeh, Amine Atouchi, Abdellatif Noussir, Salaheddine Saidi, Walid El Karti, Brahim Nakach, Badr Gaddarine, Achraf Bencharki, Ismail El Haddad, Abdeladim Khadrouf



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African Stars Watch – As it happened – 04 November 2017


Newcastle United‘s Christian Atsu

by
Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 18:59


It is another Saturday and AfricanFootball.com brings you another edition of Africa Stars Watch as we take a look at Africa’s finest players plying their trades in top football leagues across the globe.

We give you an update of African players’ performances across Europe on Saturday, November 04 2017.

COMMENTARY:

19:00 – Thanks for joining us at AfricanFootball.com for this Saturday’s Africa Stars Watch. We hope you enjoyed the action and please join us for the Sunday edition.

18:58 – It is half time in France between PSG and Ciss’s Angers. PSG lead 3-0 courtesy of goals from Mbappe, Cavani and Draxler.

18:54 – Full Time in England: Atsu’s Newcastle have lost their home game to Bournemouth, 1-0 at the final whistle. Hegazy and Nyom’s West Brom have lost 1-0 to Huddersfield who were reduced to 10 men. Jordan Ayew has failed to hit the target as Swansea lost 1-0 to Brighton. Bouffal’s Southampton have lost the three points to Burnley, 1-0.

18:45 – Almost half time in France, PSG cruising at 3-0 in the Ligue1 encounter against Ekambi’s Angers.

18:41 – Liverpool are up against West Ham in the EPL, the match gets underway at 19:30. Sadio Mane of Senegal starts for the Reds as well as Egypt’s Mohamed Salah.

For the Hammers, Senegal’s Cheickou Kouyate and Ghana’s Andrew Ayew are also starting.

18:37 – In the French Ligue1, PSG still lead Ekambi and Ciss’ Angers by 3-0 in the opening half.

18:31 – Full time in the German Bundesliga: Keita’s Liepzig bag a 2-1 win over Hannover. Akolo’s Stuttgart lose 3-1 to Hamburger. Balogun’s FSV Mainz are held at 1-1 against Borussia Monchengladbach. Ghana’s Daniel Opare has started for FC Augsburg as they draw 1-1 against Bayer Leverkusen.

18:26 – In the EPL: Hegazy and Nyom’s West Brom yet to equalise against 10-man Huddersfield. Ayew’s Swansea still led by Brighton, 1-0. Newcastle featuring Atsu, 0-0.

18:20 – Keita’s Liepzig are also leading Hannover 2-1. The Guinea international has been introduced in the match.

18:15 – Hamburger SV are now leading 3-1 against Akolo’s Stuttgart, the encounter has seven minutes to wrap the Bundesliga encounter.

18:10 – Toko Ekambi from Cameroon and Senegal’s Saliou Ciss are starting for Angers as they host Paris St. Germain in the French ligue1. One minute into the match and PSG have scored.

18:05 – Balogun’s FSV Mainz are held at 1-1 against Borussia Monchengladbach. Ghana’s Daniel Opare has started for FC Augsburg against Bayer Leverkusen, it is 1-1.

18:00 – Hamburger SV are 2-1 up, leading against Akolo’s VFB Stuttgart. Bentaleb’s Schalke 04 is leading 2-0 against SC Freiburg in the German Bundesliga.

17:55 – Half time in the EPL: Hegazy’s West Brom are trailing 1-0 against Huddersfield. Ghana’s Jordan Ayew are also 1-0 down against Brighton and Hove which features Cameroon’s Gaetan Bong. 0-0 between Southampton and Burnley.

17:50 – Guinea and RB Liepzig star, Naby Keita starts on the bench for the German side. It is the second half against Hannover and they are trailing by a 1-0.

17:45 – Black Stars’ and Swansea star, Jordan Ayew are yet to score against Brighton and Hove which features  Cameroon’s Gaetan Bong. Sofiane Bouffal of Morocco and Southampton are also struggling to get a goal and Burnley. Kchunga’s Huddersfield are also tied at 0-0 against Hegazy’s West Brom.

17:40 – There are no goals in England between Newcastle and Bournemouth. The encounter is now getting closer to the half time.

17:20 – It is half time in the Bundesliga: Mainz lead 1-0 Monchengladbach, Stuttgart trailing by a goal to Hamburger.

17:15 – Nigeria’s Leon Balogun is a substitute in Germany for FSV Mainz, they are leading 1-0 against Borussia Monchengladbach.

17:10 – Cameroon’s Allan Nyom and Egyptian international, Ahmed Hegazy are both starting for West Brom in England against DR Congo and Huddersfield’s Elias Kachunga. 0-0 so far.

17:05 – Atsu’s Newcastle gets the proceedings underway against Bournemouth in the EPL at home.

16:58 – Chadrac Akolo starts for VFB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga against Hamburger SV and they are trailing by a goal to nil.

16:55 – Algeria’s Nabil Bentaleb starts on the bench for Schalke 04 against SC Freiburg in the German Bundesliga. The match has started 15 minutes ago.

16:45 – Another EPL encounter starting at 17:00 sees Jordan Ayew from Ghana in action for Swansea as they host Brighton and Hove, they are up against Cameroon’s Gaetan Bong who stars for Brighton.

16:36 – Moroccan international, Sofiane Bouffal starts for Southampton versus Burnley. The EPL encounter also starts at 17:00.

16:30 – Ghanaian international, Christian Atsu starts for Newcastle United in the English Premier League against Bournemouth at 17:00 (CAT).



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African Stars Watch – AS IT HAPPENED – 29 October 2017


by
Brian Lee

Sunday Oct 29, 2017. 19:25


Thank you for joining us today on AfricanFootball.com for what was our LIVE African Stars Watch of players in action on the European continent on Sunday, 29 October 2017.

AS IT HAPPENED:
All times CAT

19h55 – Max Gradel’s Toulouse have drawn 0-0 against Digbo Maiga and Cheikh M’Bengue’s St Etienne in the French Ligue 1.

19h50 – Wilfred Ndidi and Riyad Mahrez’s Leicester have beaten Idrissa Gueye, Beni Baningime and Oumar Niasse’s Everton 2-0 in the English Premier League.

19h20 – Everton have introduced Beni Baningime and Oumar Niasse in the hope of mounting a comeback as they trail Wilfred Ndidi and Riyad Mahrez’s Leicester 2-0 in the English Premier League.

19h10 – Bono’s Girona have come from behind to beat Achraf Hakimi’s Real Madrid 2-1 in the Spanish La Liga.

18h55 – Wilfred Ndidi and Riyad Mahrez’s Leicester are leading 2-0 at half time in their English Premier League match against Idrissa Gueye’s Everton.

18h50 – Max Gradel’s Toulouse are drawing 0-0 at half time against Digbo Maiga and Cheikh M’Bengue’s St Etienne in the French Ligue 1.

18h35 – Wilfred Ndidi and Riyad Mahrez’s Leicester have doubled their lead against Idrissa Gueye’s Everton in the English Premier League, 2-0.

18h30 – Bono’s Girona have scored again and are now leading 2-1 against Achraf Hakimi’s Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga.

18h26 – Bono’s Girona has equalised against Achraf Hakimi’s Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga, 1-1.

18h20 – Riyad Mahrez has created the opening goal for Leicester who lead 1-0 against Everton in the English Premier League.

18h15 – Daniel Opare’s FC Augsburg have beaten Ishak Belfodil and Lamine Ludovic Sane’s Werder Bremen 3-0 in the German Bundesliga.

18h05 – Max Gradel has started for Toulouse in their French Ligue 1 game against St Etienne who have Digbo Maiga and Cheikh M’Bengue in their starting XI.

18h00 – And full time in the afternoon Serie A matches, where Faouzi Ghoulam’s Napoli defeated Sassuolo 3-1 to go three points clear at the top of the log. Here are the other results: Crotone 2-1 Fiorentina, Sampdoria 4-1 Chievo, Spal 1-0 Genoa and Udinese 2-1 Atalanta.

17h55 – Daniel Opare’s Augsburg are loving life at Werder Bremen, where they now lead 3-0 in the second half of their Bundesliga clash.

17h50 – Done and dusted in the early game in France, where Bertrand Traore’s Lyon have beaten Metz 2-0.

17h45 – The second Ligue 1 clash of the day kicks off in 15 minutes and sees Toulouse hosts Saint-Etienne. Max Gradel starts for the former, while the latter feature Cheikh M’Bengue and Digbo Maiga.

17h35 – Seko Fofana has been subbed out for Udinese, but they are back in front against Atalanta (2-1) in Serie A, while Real Madrid lead 1-0 in their match at Girona in La Liga.

17h30 – Half an hour from the final Premier League match of the weekend, which sees Leicester City host Everton. Wilfred Ndidi and Riyad Mahrez start for the Foxes, while the Toffees have Idrissa Gueye in their XI. The respective benches also feature Kelechi Iheanacho, Islam Slimani and Oumar Niasse.

17h20 – Full time in the Premier League, where it’s finished Brighton 1-1 Southampton, while it’s half time in the Bundesliga, where Daniel Opare’s Augsburg lead 2-0 at Werder Bremen.

17h15 – A pair of Moroccans feature in a La Liga match kicking off right now, with Bono starting for Girona at home to Real Madrid, who have Achraf Hakimi in their XI. Alfred Gomis’ Spal have claimed a 1-0 lead at home to Genoa, while Faouzi Ghoulam’s Napoli are now 3-1 up against Sassuolo.

17h10 – Less than 10 minutes left in the Premier League match between Gaetan Bong’s Brighton and Sofiane Boufal’s Southampton – it’s still locked at 1-1. In the Bundesliga, Daniel Opare’s Augsburg have claimed the lead at Werder Bremen.

17h00 – Up to the half hour mark in the early Bundesliga game, where Lamine Sane’s Werder Bremen are being held 0-0 by Augsburg.

16h50 – Half time in the afternoon matches in France and Italy. Here are the scores: Lyon 2-0 Metz; Crotone 2-1 Fiorentina, Napoli 2-1 Sassuolo (Faouzi Ghoulam’s side reclaimed the ascendancy thanks to Lorenzo Insigne’s goal just before the break), Sampdoria 3-1 Chievo, Spal 0-0 Genoa and Udinese 1-1 Atalanta (Seko Fofana’s side back on level terms thanks to a penalty).

16h45 – Sassuolo back on level terms with Faouzi Ghoulam’s Napoli, it’s 1-1 at the Stadio San Paolo with half time approaching.

16h40 – Gaetan Bong’s Brighton have levelled up at 1-1 against Southampton, with Glenn Murray scoring the equaliser for the home team.

16h35 – Seko Fofana’s Udinese have gone 0-1 down at home to Atalanta in Serie A.

16h30 – Faouzi Ghoulam’s Napoli have claimed the lead against Sassuolo, with Brazilian Allan netting in the 22nd minute.

16h25 – Kicking off in five minutes we have the first Bundesliga match of the day, which sees Ishak Belfodil and Lamine Sane start for Werder Bremen at home to Augsburg, who have Daniel Opare in their XI.

16h20 – Half time in the early Premier League match, where Gaetan Bong’s Brighton still trail 0-1 at home to Southampton. Another goal from Nabil Fekir now sees Lyon 2-0 up against Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Mathieu Dossevi’s Metz.

16h10 – Bertrand Traore’s Lyon have claimed an early lead at home to Metz, with Nabil Fekir scoring in the seventh minute.

16h00 – Underway in the afternoon games in France and Italy. In England’s Premier League, Sofiane Boufal’s Southampton are still 1-0 up against hosts Brighton & Hove.

15h50 – Alfred Gomis and Adel Taarabt feature for Spal and Genoa in their Serie A match coming up in 10 minutes, while another clash in Italy sees Faouzi Ghoulam start for Napoli at home to Sassuolo.

15h45 – Sofiane Boufal’s Southampton lead 1-0 at Brighton thanks to an early strike from Steven Davis.  Also at 16h00 there are five Serie A matches. Team news for the Udinese v Atalanta match sees Ivorian Seko Fofana start for the former.

15h40 – Coming up at 16h00 we have the first French Ligue 1 match of the day. Bertrand Traore starts for Olympique Lyon (who also have Max Cornet on the bench) at home to a Metz line-up which features Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Mathieu Dossevi.

15h35 – We’re five minutes into the early Premier League match of the day, which sees Brighton & Hove Albion host Southampton. Gaetan Bong features for the home side, while the visitors have Sofiane Boufal in their starting XI. The Saints are missing Mario Lemina through injury.

15h30 – We open today’s ASW with news of a goal for Angola’s Bastos in Lazio’s 5-1 away win over Benevento (who featured Ghana’s Raman Chisbah in their XI) in an Italian Serie A match which has just wrapped up. There was also a 2-1 win for Getafe – who featured Faycal Fajr, Amath Diedhiou and Djene Dakonam – over  Real Sociedad in the early La Liga clash in Spain.



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CAF Champhions League: Al Ahly 1-1 Wydad Casablanca – AS IT HAPPENED


Al Ahly’s player John Antwi (L) in action against an Wydad Casablanca player Salaheddine Saidii (R) during the African Champions League (CAF) group stage match between Al Ahly and Asec Mimosas at Borg Al Arab stadium in Alexandria, Egypt, 16 July 2016. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

by
Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 20:51


That’s all from the Borg El Arab Stadium. The second-leg clash will be played in Casablanca, Morocco on the 4th of November 2017

Lineups:

Al Ahly XI: Ekramy; Fathy, Nagiub, Saad, Maaloul, El-Sulaya, Rabia, Zakaria, Abdallah, Ajayi, Azarou.

Wydad XI: Laaroubi, Rabeh, Ouattara, Noussir, Saidi, El Karti, Nakach, Gaddarine, Bencharki, Ounajem, El Haddad.

Commentary:

FULL-TIME: Al Ahly 1-1 Wydad.

90′ – The fourth official has added four minutes.

85′ – Al Ahly sub: Moteab IN, Soliman OUT.

83′ – Wydad sub: Doa IN, El Haddad OUT.

80′ – Al Ahly are still doing most of the attacking, while Wydad are happy to sit back and defend.

78′ – Al Ahly sub: Hamoudi IN, Rabia OUT.

75′ – Al Ahly full-back Maaloul’s dangerous curling cross is cleared away by Wydad defender Noussir.

70′ – Twenty minutes left on the clock for Al Ahly to snatch a late winning goal.

65′ – Al Ahly striker Zakaria’s free-kick is saved by Wydad keeper Laaroubi.

63′ – Al Ahly sub: Soliman IN, Ajayi OUT.

60′ – It is still 1-1 as we reach the hour-mark here in Borg El Arab.

55′ – Al Ahly striker Zakaria’s effort is blocked inside the Wydad box

50′ – End-to-end stuff as Wydad are launching attacks against the hosts, who are looking to restore their lead.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Al Ahly 1-1 Wydad.

45′ – The fourth official has added three minutes.

40′ – Noussir, the Wydad defender, has been solid at the back as we approach the half-time break.

35′ – Pressure is mounting on the Wydad defence as Al Ahly look to regain the lead.

30′ – GOOD SAVE! Wydad goalkeeper Laaroubi comes out to deny Al Ahly striker Azarou from close range.

27′ – Wydad sub: Khadrouf IN, Ounajem OUT.

25′ – Wydad defender Noussir does well to stop Al Ahly striker inside the box.

20′ – Ounajem played a good cross for Bencharki, who scored.

15′ – GOAL! Al Ahly 1-1 Wydad. Benchark restores parity for the visitors.

10′ – Wydad are now pressing Al Ahly in seasrch of the equalizing goal.

5′ – El Said provided an assist for Zakaria’s well taken goal.

3′ – GOAL! Al Ahly 1-0 Wydad. Zakaria gives the hosts the lead with a powerful shot.

1 – The match is underway.



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African Stars Watch – AS IT HAPPENED (28 October 2017)


Tottenham Hotspur fullback Serge Aurier

by
Bertin Basson

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 18:05


Welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our African Stars Watch, where we kept you updated on action across Europe from an African perspective, on Saturday 28 October 2017.

AS IT HAPPENED UPDATES: 

English Premier League Results: 

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea City; Crystal Palace 2-2 West Ham United; Liverpool 3-0 Huddersfield; Watford 0-1 Stoke City; West Brom 2-3 Manchester City

18H05 – GOAL! Crystal Palace erupt as Ivory Coast international Wilfried Zaha nets the equaliser for the Eagles in added time.

18h00 – In tonight’s final English Premier League encounter, Bournemouth play host to Chelsea. Benik Afobe starts for the Cherries – no Victor Moses for the Blues.

17h55 – Liverpool bound Naby Keita starts for RP Leipzig who are away to Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga this evening.

17h50 – Thomas Partey and Cedric Bakambu named in the starting 11 for Atletico Madrid and Villarreal respectively with the two teams to go head-to-head in the Spanish La Liga this evening.

17h40 – Franck Kessie and Kwadwo Asamoah go head-to-head in the Italian Serie A this evening with AC Milan eager to close the gap on Juventus.

17h30 – Togo international Ihlas Bebou was at the double as Hannover beat Borussia Dortmund 4-2 in a German Bundesliga encounter.

17h20 – Guinea international Ibrahima Traore was an unused substitute as Borussia Mönchengladbach beat Hoffenheim 3-1 in the German Bundesliga.

17h05 – Solomon Kalou’s Hertha Berlin are currently 2-1 up against Hamburg on home soil, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Borussia Dortmund look on course to suffer defeat away to Hannover. The Black and Yellow’s are currently down to 10-men and 3-2 down.

16h55 – Andre Ayew with a brilliant goal to put West Ham United 2-0 up. The Ghana international is bang in form!

16h40 – Mohamed Salah fails to convert from the penalty spot. Frustrating for the Reds – Still Liverpool 0-0 Huddersfield at Anfield.

16h30 – Francois Kamano and Younousse Sankhare start for Bordeaux who are at home to Monaco in the French Ligue 1. Balde Diao Keita named in the starting 11 for the visitors.

16h15 – Algeria international Nabil Bentaleb found the back of the net for Schalke from the penalty spot – the Royal Blues lead Wolfsburg 1-0 at half-time.

16h05 – Togo international Ihlas Bebou has found the back of the net for Hannover who lead Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Bundesliga.

15h55 – Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah start for Liverpool who are at home to Huddersfield. Ramadan Sobhi, Mame Diouf and Maxim Choupo-Moting start for the Potters who take on Watford.

Lots of interest from a Cameroon and Egyptian perspective with Allan Nyom and Ahmed Hegazy involved from the onset for West Brom who are at home to Manchester City.

15h50 – Andre Ayew and Cheikhou Kouyate involved from the onset for West Ham United who are away to Crystal Place. Wilfried Zaha and Jeffery Schupp start for the Eagles.

15h45 – In England, Jordan Ayew leads the line for Swansea City who are away to Arsenal in the English Premier League. Alex Iwobi is among the substitutes for the hosts.

15h35 – Plenty of action in both England and Germany with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leading the line for Borussia Dortmund who are away to Hannover in the Bundesliga.

15h30 – In Spain, Ghana international Mubarak Wakaso played 90 minutes as Alaves  suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Valencia in the Spanish La Liga.

15h20 – Eric Bertrand Bailly and Serge Aurier played 90 minutes apiece as Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Old Trafford in the English Premier League.

 



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U-17 World Cup: Mali 1-3 Spain – As it happened – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup – India


by
Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 25, 2017. 18:18


Welcome to live coverage of the 2017 U-17 World Cup semifinal between Mali and Spain from the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.

Commentary:
All times CAT

90+6′ – Full time – Spain advance to the U-17 World Cup final. Mali will rightly complain that they were denied a legitimate goal, but the boys in red and blue were the better team in this match and deserve the victory.

90+5′ – Yellow card – Spain’s Jaume is booked for a cynical foul near the edge of his own box.

90+3′ – Drame drags a shot just wide, as Mali throw everyone forward in search of another goal.

90+1′ – There will be five minutes of added time.

90′ – Substitution – Moukhliss makes way for Diego Pampin in Spain’s last change.

87′ – Yellow card – Camara cautioned just a few minutes after coming off the bench.

85′ – Yellow card – Haidara cautioned for a hand in the face of Moukhliss.

84′ – Substitution – Seme Camara replaces Doucoure in Mali’s last change.

83′ – Another Mali chance as a deflected cross makes it awkward for Drame to get a shot away and Fernandez gratefully smothers the low effort.

82′ – A promising Mali attack ends with a tame ball into Fernandez’s hands. The Young Eagles must make the most of every chance to put Spain under pressure…

79′ – Substitution – Ferran makes way for Victor Perea in Spain’s second change.

77′ – Mamadou Traore with a shot… just off target, that had Fernandez worried! Mali’s belief is growing…

74′ – GOAL! Mali 1-3 Spain – Or is it done and dusted? Guillamon slips up in defence and N’Diaye continues his scoring form with a fine finish to beat Fernandez at his near post!

72′ – That is surely game, set and match in favour of Spain. They will go on to face England in Saturday’s semifinal in Kolkata.

71′ – GOAL! Mali 0-3 Spain – Gomez chips in a cross from the left and Ferran gets up to score Spain’s third goal with a downward header!

69′ – Substitution – Mamadou Traore replaces Djemoussa Traore in the second swap for the Africans. Fernandez makes a sharp save at his near post from N’Diaye.

68′ – Substitution – Carlos Beitia replaces Gelabert in Spain’s first change.

65′ – The Mali bench is remonstrating with the referee… they’ve seen the TV replays on the big screen and know it should have been a goal.

63′ – If there was goal-line technology at this tournament, Mali would have been credited with a goal just then! So unlucky for the West Africans!

62′ – Doucoure smashes a great long-range effort which hits the underside of the crossbar, bounces over the goal line and back into play, before N’Diaye heads wide from the rebound!

60′ – Abel Ruiz with another chance to complete his hat-trick but he curls his shot over the target!

59′ – It looks much more likely that Spain will find a third rather than Mali reducing the deficit…

58′ – Gomez with a cut-back to find Ferran on the edge of the box, but the midfielder’s shot drifts just wide!

57′ – Yellow card – Doucoure into the book for a late challenge on Blanco.

54′ – Panic in the Mali box after Miranda puts in a floated cross from the left, but eventually the Young Eagles get it clear.

52′ – Mali shifting their formation a little after that substitution, hoping to work a way back into this game.

50′ – Substitution – Diaby makes way for Mamadi Fofana in Mali’s first change.

48′ – Abel Ruiz runs in behind the defence and this must be a hat-trick… no, saved by Koita! That was a weak effort from the Spanish striker.

47′ – Drame with a shot/cross which runs just too strongly for Traore at the back post.

46′ – Back underway in the second half, no changes from either team at the break.

45+3′ – Half time – There’s not much between the teams in terms of balance of play, but Spain have been more incisive and ruthless in attack and therefore deserve their two-goal lead.

45+2′ – Yellow card – Jiddou goes into the book for a rough aerial challenge.

45+1′ – There will be two minutes of added time.

43′ – GOAL! Mali 0-2 Spain – Spain with a sucker-punch as Gelabert plays a great pass to put Abel Ruiz in on goal and he finishes superbly to make it 2-0!

42′ – Doucoure with a downward header from a corner kick, but the ball drifts wide of the far post!

41′ – Mali on a dangerous counter which ends with Traore heading over the crossbar from Drame’s cross!

40′ – Abel Ruiz almost directs a cheeky flick into the back of the net but he’s denied by a combination of Koita and Diaby!

38′ – Doucoure with an awkward shot on target which Fernandez bats away for a corner kick!

36′ – Kane connects well with a long-range effort, but it’s always drifting wide of the Spanish goal.

34′ – Mali finding it tough to create chances like they did in the opening quarter hour. Spain are keeping it tight at the back.

32′ – Almost 2-0 to Spain as Abel Ruiz gets a touch on Miranda’s left-flank cross, but the ball flashes just wide!

29′ – Gomez cracks a low shot just wide of Koita’s left-hand post, but he was offside anyway.

28′ – Spain controlling possession now with their passing. The Europeans can afford to sit back and let Mali try and force the issue.

25′ – Mali with a free kick just outside the box. Jiddou strikes for goal, but can’t lift his effort up and over the wall.

23′ – Mali with a free kick in a good attacking position, but Kane’s curling cross from the dead ball is well defended by Spain.

22′ – Midway through the first half, Mali will need to work hard to get back in the game from this point.

19′ – GOAL! Mali 0-1 Spain – Abel Ruiz tucks away the penalty and Spain lead the semifinal!

18′ – Penalty! Diaby trips up Gelabert and it’s a spot kick to Spain! No doubt about it this time, the referee had no choice but to penalise a clumsy foul in the box.

17′ – Jiddou with a long-range effort, but it’s over the crossbar and no worry for Fernandez.

15′ – Kane with great footwork to set up Traore with a shooting chance, but his effort after a quick turn is just over the angle over crossbar and post!

14′ – If anything it’s Mali who are looking more comfortable now, knocking the ball around with confidence.

12′ – A fine start to this match, both teams more than happy to commit men forward in attack!

9′ – N’Diaye almost takes advantage of confusion in the Spanish defence, poking the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper Alvaro only to see it run just wide of the near post!

8′ – Great footwork from Gelabert on the edge of the box, he makes space for a shot but pulls the ball wide of Koita’s left-hand post!

6′ – Drame with a shot with the outside of his foot which deflects off a defender and flashes just wide!

5′ – Spain’s Gelabert tumbles in the box under a challenge from Diaby and Mali are somewhat lucky not to concede a penalty  kick!

3′ – The subsequent corner kick brings another heart-in-mouth moment for Mali. Spain have started strongly, they look full of confidence.

2′ – Mali goalkeeper Koita with a great save to keep out a volley from Sergio Gomez! Spain very nearly claim an early lead…

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Navi Mumbai! Mali wear all yellow, while Spain are in red and dark blue.

16h20 – Our referee for this match is Japanese official Ryuji Sato.

16h10 – We can inform you that the winners of this match will face England in the final in Kolkata on Saturday. The English defeated Brazil 3-1 in the first semifinal earlier today, with Rhian Brewster scoring a hat-trick.

16h00 – Half an hour to kick-off, here are the starting XIs:

Mali: Youssouf Koita, Boubacar Haidara, Djemoussa Traore, Fode Konate, Hadji Drame, Salam Jiddou, Abdoulaye Diaby, Mamadou Samake, Ibrahim Kane, Lassana N’Diaye, Cheick Doucoure

Spain: Alvaro Fernandez, Mateu Jaume, Juan Miranda, Hugo Guillamon, Victor Chust, Antonio Blanco, Ferran Torres, Mohamed Moukhliss, Abel Ruiz, Sergio Gomez, Cesar Gelabert

 



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SuperSport United reach CAFCC final – AS IT HAPPENED – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Reneilwe Letsholonyane of Supersport United challenged by Ahmed Khelil of Club Africain 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

by
Bertin Basson

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 21:44


Good evening and welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our live PBP coverage of the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup second-leg semifinal showdown between Club Africain and SuperSport United at the Stade Olympique de Radès, on Sunday 22 October 2017.

Club Africain: A.Dkhili; Fakherddine, Opoku (Ifa 64′), Belkhiter, Abdi, I.Dkhili, Ayadi (Darragi 56′), Khalil, Khalifa, Chenihi, Rusike (Aounallah 78′)

SuperSport United: Williams; Nhlapo, Gould, Daniels, Modiba – Furman, Letsholonyane, Mokoena – Phala (Wome 80′), Grobler (Lakay 68′), Brockie (Mashamaite 60′)

AS IT HAPPENED UPDATES: 

Full-Time: Club African 1-3 SuperSport United

SuperSport United advance into the final of the 2017 CAFCC following a 4-2 aggregate win. 

90+2′ OFF THE LINE! Clayton Daniels the next to clear off the line following a silly mistake by Ronwen Williams.

90′ Four minutes added.

86′ Bilel Ifa goes into the referee’s book. Club Africain growing ever more frustrated and unstable so. They have been outplayed this evening.

80′ Into the final 10 minutes we go in Radès and SuperSport are inching ever closer to a first final appearance.  Life seemed to be sucked out of Club Africain following Grobler’s second.

73′ Ronwen Williams with a good save to guide Saber Khalifa’s shot out for a corner-kick. Game has become very open.

70′ SAVE! Great stop by Atef Dkhili to deny Aubrey Modiba from close range. Matsatsantsa dangerous on the counter-attack with Club Africain’s spirit having taken a massive blow following Grobler’s second.

64′ GOAL! Grobler bags his brace after being played through on goal by Thuso Phala. The Matsatsantsa pair team up once more to put the tie beyond Club Africain…surely!

63′ As things stand, Club Africain need two goals if they are to progress – SuperSport with two vital away goals.

60′ SuperSport United are going defence as Jeremy Brockie makes way for Tefu Mashamaite. Parking the bus here.

56′ GOAL! Saber Khalifa converts from the spot following a foul inside the area by Morgan Gould.

52′ GOAL! Jeremy Brockie doubles the visitors lead after being put through on goal by Teboho Mokoena. The New Zealand international with his 10th goal of the campaign.

49′ Positive start to the second-half by Matsatsantsa as Teboho Mokoena tries his luck from range. Flares starting to take flame inside the stadium, but the fire department seem to have things under control.

46′ The second half is underway.

45+1′ Half-Time: Club Africain 0-1 SuperSport United (Grobler 16′)

45′ One minute added.

40′ Matsatsantsa holding on by the skin of their teeth here as Africain continue their desperate search for a goal.

35′ SAVE! Ronwen Williams with a brilliant diving save to deny Ghazi Ayadi from a corner-kick.

33′ Eric Tinkler urging his troops to not sit too deep with Africain applying a lot of pressure on their opponents.

30′ End-to-end encounter in Radès with the hosts now upping the tempo. Africain, though, have to show more patience – crowd frustrated by their option to shoot from range.

26′ CHANCE! Ibrahim Chenihi with a chance to pull the two teams level, but he scuffs his shot wide from close range.

24′ Frustrating start to the game for Club Africain, with the Tunisian club forced to chance their luck from range.

21′ Morgan Gould goes into the referee’s book.

17′ CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Africain almost hit back instantly, but Morgan Gould is well positioned to clear Opoku Nicholas’ attempt off the line!

16′ GOAL! What a goal by Bradley Grobler to give SuperSport United the lead. The forward directs a thunderous header into the top corner from an pin-point Thuso Phala cross.

11′ Letsholonyane with an important clearing header at the near post from a Africain corner-kick. The Tunisian outfit will have another chance to whip the ball into a dangerous area from a free-kick…

8′ Neither side willing to commit too many players in attack with Club Africain trying their luck from way out on two occasions thus far. Nothing to really test Ronwen Williams.

4′ Positive start by the visitors who are quickest out of the blocks in Tunisia. Teboho Mokoena seeing a lot of the ball in the early exchanges.

1′ Kick-off!

– All to do for SuperSport United following a 1-1 draw at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville earlier this month.

– The aggregate winner will take on TP Mazembe in this season’s final. The defending champions edged FUS Rabat over two legs.



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As it happened – 22 October 2017


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 16:52


Welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our African Stars Watch; where we keep you updated on action across Europe from an African perspective, on 22 October 2017.

COMMENTARY:

Thank you for joining us today on AfricanFootball.com for what was our LIVE African Stars Watch of players in action on the European continent.

17h00 – Alfred Duncan (Ghana), who played 47 minutes, helped Sassuolo beat Spal 1-0. Godfred Donsah (Ghana) was on the losing side as Bologna lost 1-0 to Atalanta.

16h55 – Khouma Babacar (Senegal) was introduced in the 46th minute and he went on to score for Fiorentina, who won 3-0 against Benevento.

16h50 – M’Baye Niang (Senegal) played 74 minutes for Torino, who lost 1-0 to Roma. Franck Kessie (Ivory Coast) played the entire match as his side drew 0-0 with Genoa.

16h40 – Nuno Da Costa (Cape Verde) will not be able to grab his hat-trick today as he is substituted with Strasbourg leading 2-1 against Nice in the 75th minute.

16h30 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) was an unused substitute as his side, Arsenal overcame Everton 5-2. Adel Taarabt (Morocco) receives a yellow card for a nasty tackle and his side, Genoa are still locked at 0-0 with AC Milan with 70 minutes played.

16h25 – GOAL! Oumar Niasse (Senegal) grabs a late consolation goal for Everton against Arsenal, who are now leading 4-2 in stoppage time.

16h20 – GOAL! Nuno Da Costa (Cape Verde) grabs his brace and his side, Strasbourg is now leading 2-0 against Nice in the 50th minute.

16h15 – GOAL! Khouma Babacar (Senegal) hits the back of the net from close range to make it 2-0 to Fiorentina against Benevento with 50 minutes played.

16h10 – Oumar Niasse (Senegal) has been introduced by Everton, who are now trailing 3-1 against Arsenal with 10 minutes left.

16h00 – RED CARD! Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) receives his second yellow card and he is sent off against Arsenal, who are leading 2-1 against Everton with 20 minutes left.

15h55 – Salomon Kalou (Ivory Coast) has a chance to score for Hertha Berlin against Freiburg, but he sends his header inches over the bar from close range and it is still 0-0 with 25 minutes played in a German Bundesliga game.

15h50 – Raman Chibsah (Ghana), is booked and his side, Benevento is still losing 1-0 to Fiorentina with 44 minutes played.

Alfred Duncan (Ghana) is also booked with side, Sassuolo leading 1-0 against Spal in an Italian Serie match on the stroke of half-time.

15h40 – Bright Gyamfi (Ghana) is part of the Benevento defence and his side is trailing 1-0 against Fiorentina in an Italian Serie A match with 40 minutes played.  Lamine Sane (Senegal) played the entire match as his side, Werder Bremen drew 0-0 with FC Koln.

15h30 – GOAL! Nuno Da Costa (Cape Verde) makes it 1-0 to Strasbourg against Nice in a French Ligue 1 match with 24 minutes played.

15h23 – Sadiq Umar (Nigeria) is ruled offside as he tries to break the deadlock for Torino against Roma with 23 minutes played. The lanky forward is on a season-long loan deal from Roma.

15h20 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) and Oumar Niasse (Senegal) are on the bench for Arsenal and Everton respectively, and they might be introduced in the second-half with the two sides locked at 1-1 at half-time.

15h12 – Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) goes into the book for a bad tackle on his opponent, but his side, Everton are still leading 1-0 against Arsenal with 35 minutes played.

15h10 – Franck Kessie (Ivory Coast) just started for AC Milan against Genoa, who have Adel Taarabt (Morocco) in an Italian Serie A match and it is 0-0 with 10 minutes played.

Umar Sadiq (Nigeria), Nicolas Nkoulou (Cameroon) and M’Baye Niang (Senegal) are all in action for Torino against AS Roma in another Serie A encounter, and it is still 0-0 with minutes played.

15h00 – Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) is action for Everton, who are leading 1-0 against Arsenal with 30 minutes played in an English Premier League (EPL) match.

Lamine Sane (Senegal) and his Werder Bremen team-mates are locked at 0-0 with FC Koln with 70 minutes played in a German Bundesliga encounter.



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Soweto Derby – Kaizer Chiefs 0-0 Orlando Pirates – As it happened – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


by
Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 17:17


Welcome to coverage of the Absa Premiership Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates from the FNB Stadium.

Commentary:

All times CAT

90+4′ – Full time – It ends in a predictable draw, a fair reflection of the game. Both teams hit the woodwork, neither really did enough to earn all three points.

90+3′ – But Tshabalala’s free kick is headed clear.

90+2′ – Yellow card – Mobara with a stupid challenge to give away a free kick in a dangerous position right at the death.

90+1′ – There will be three minutes of added time.

90′ – Pirates with a corner kick in the final minute of regulation time, but they don’t really test Chiefs’ defence.

87′ – Yellow card – Tshabalala booked for a late challenge on Sarr.

86′ – Substitution – The final change sees Ryan Moon replace Parker upfront for Chiefs.

85′ – Pirates with a corner kick from Makola, but Mathoho heads clear.

83′ – Chiefs ending the match strongly, they look to have plenty of legs left. Pirates are tired and weary after bossing most of the game.

81′ – Substitution – Thembinkosi Lorch replaces the excellent Qalinge, who finally ran out of steam after a great performance.

80′ – Great chance for Chiefs! Maluleka crosses from the right to pick out an unmarked Cardoso at the back post, but he volleys over!

77′ – Yellow card – Makola goes through Meyiwa and is deservedly booked.

76′ – Chiefs with a free kick in a great attacking position… Tshabalala looks to shoot on goal, but only hits the wall.

74′ – Substitution – Wiseman Meyiwa replaces Ngezana for Chiefs.

73′ – Yellow card – Pirates have the ball in the back of the net as Morrison turns home Makola’s cross, but the forward used his hand and is rightly booked.

71′ – Tshabalala crosses from a free kick, Katsande heads on target… great one-handed save from Sandilands! He hasn’t had much to do, but he was sharp to the danger that time!

68′ – Molangoane crosses from the right, Parker tries an overhead kick which doesn’t come off. Goal kick to Pirates.

66′ – Maela floats in a cross from the left, Gabuza gets up to win the header but can’t direct his effort on target.

64′ – Substitution – Rakhale off and Thamsanqa Gabuza on in Pirates’ second change.

63′ – Chiefs with a sustained attack which ends with Tshabalala shooting toward the near post and Sandilands saving. But it should have been so much more for the Amakhosi, they had Bucs on the rack just then!

61′ – Past the hour mark, the tempo has risen after those substitutions – both teams now have more energy and movement upfront.

58′ – Qalinge shoots on goal direct from a free kick, punched away by Khune.

57′ – Yellow card – Ngezana booked for a clumsy challenge.

56′ – Substitution – Pirates’ first change sees Kutumela make way for Bernard Morrison.

55′ – Makola chips a ball over the top to find the run of Qalinge, who tries an acrobatic volley and rattles the crossbar! So close for Bucs!
Substitution – Chiefs’ first change sees Gustavo Paez replace Ekstein.

53′ – Tshabalala with a good delivery from the set piece, but no chance created for Amakhosi.

52′ – Rare chance for Chiefs as Zulu crosses from the left and Parker looks to head on goal… the ball loops out of play for a corner kick.

51′ – Back to the same pattern as the first half: plenty of the ball for Pirates, but Chiefs able to defend quite comfortably.

48′ – Parker picks up a loose ball and shoots from range, but his effort is high and wide.

46′ – Back underway in the second half, no changes from either team at the break.

45+2′ – Half time – Goalless at the break. Pirates have enjoyed most of the ball, but have had little penetration. Chiefs look dangerous from set pieces and will hope to win the chess battle in the second stanza.

45′ – Qalinge picks out Makola with a great back-heel, but the Pirates midfielder then shoots into the side netting!

44′ – Yellow card – Sarr cautioned for a trip on Katsande in midfield.

43′ – Pirates work a corner to see Rakhale shoot through bodies from outside the ‘D’ of the box and Khune gets down to make a fine save low to his right!

41′ – Makola shoots from range… again not on target. Chiefs still keeping Bucs at arm’s length with relative ease.

39′ – Mathoho with a good challenge to stop Matlaba in his tracks. Now Rakhale gets a curling shot away, but it’s an easy save for Khune.

36′ – Yellow card – Katsande cautioned for a foul in midfield, he’ll have to tread carefully for the rest of the match.

35′ – Good work from Cardoso to hold off Kutumela. The Chiefs defence hasn’t really been tested thus far.

33′ – Matlaba shoots from range… high and wide.

31′ – Rakhale with a good cross from the right, but it’s just too high for Kutumela to get onto.

29′ – Maluleka crosses from the set piece, Ngezana wins the header at the back post and hits the opposite upright with his effort! So close to a second goal in as many games for the youngster!

28′ – Tshabalala wins a free kick wide on the right for Chiefs. What can the Amakhosi create from this?

26′ – Maela with a fine cross from the left, but Pirates don’t have the numbers in Chiefs’ box to take advantage.

24′ – Past the midway point of the first half, still goalless at FNB Stadium between Chiefs and Pirates.

22′ – Parker with a couple of touches in Pirates’ box, but he’s quickly crowded out by Chabalala and Mobara.

20′ – Qalinge seeing a lot of the ball and doing a great job to link play for Pirates, but they need a little more speed and incisiveness to trouble the Amakhosi.

17′ – Chiefs used similar tactics away to Mamelodi Sundowns in midweek and came away with an impressive 2-1 victory.

16′ – Plenty of the ball for Bucs, but they don’t really look threatening. Chiefs will be quite comfortable with the way the game is going.

14′ – Yellow card – Kutumela receives a silly booking for a challenge on Khune.

12′ – Makola with a long-range drive… high and wide, no worry for Khune.

11′ – Tshabalala plays a great reverse pass to put Parker in on goal, but Sandilands was quick off his line to smother the ball!

10′ – A sustained spell of possession for Pirates ends with Qalinge crossing from the right, only for Khune to make an easy catch.

7′ – Chiefs with an attacking free kick which takes a couple of deflections before bouncing into the hands of goalkeeper Sandilands, who is playing in his first Soweto Derby.

5′ – The corner is initially cleared by Zulu and Chiefs go on to defend solidly in the face of some Pirates pressure, before Maluleka wins a free kick near his own penalty area.

4′ – Qalinge tries from long range and his skidding shot is turned away for a corner kick by Khune!

2′ – Qalinge with an early piece of showboating to get the crowd cheering…

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway at FNB Stadium! Chiefs wear gold with black trim, while Pirates are in black with white trim.

15h25 – Thando Ndzandzeka is the referee for today’s match. We are just a few minutes away from kick-off…

15h15 – There’s little to separate these teams as they come into this clash: Pirates are third on the log with 13 points, while Chiefs are fourth on 12 points. A draw would seem the likely result and history backs this up: the teams have drawn their last three league meetings in succession, while seven of the last 10 have ended in stalemates.

15h00 – Half an hour to kick-off, here are the starting XIs:

Kaizer Chiefs: Itumeleng Khune, Siyabonga Ngezana, Daniel Cardoso, Erick Mathoho, Philani Zulu, Joseph Molangoane, Willard Katsande, George Maluleka, Hendrick Ekstein, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker

Orlando Pirates: Wayne Sandilands, Thabo Matlaba, Justice Chabalala, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Innocent Maela, Thabo Qalinga, Abbubaker Mobara, Issa Sarr, Mpho Makola, Thabo Rakhale, Thabiso Kutumela



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FIFA U17 World Cup: Mali 2-1 Ghana – As it happened – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup


by
Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 15:24


Welcome to AfricanFootball.com’s LIVE ASW of the 2017 U17 FIFA World Cup quarter-final clash between Mali and Ghana.

The encounter will be staged at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati (India) on Saturday, October 21 2017.

The Black Starlets are out to claim a win and book a spot at the semi-finals as they target to lift the trophy for the third time.

Meanwhile, the Les Aigles are looking to rectify their errors after finishing as runners-up in 2015 in Chile.

Both coaches, Paa Kwesi Fabin and Jonas Kokou Komla will motivate their troops to ensure they are through to the next stage of the prestigious tournament.

LINEUPS:

MALI: Youssouf KOITA (GK), Boubacar HAIDARA, Djemoussa TRAORE, Fode KONATE, Mohamed CAMARA (C), Hadji DRAME, Salam JIDDOU, Abdoulaye DIABY, Mamadou SAMAKE, Ibrahim KANE, Lassana NDIAYE.

GHANA: Danlad IBRAHIM (GK), Najeeb YAKUBU, Eric AYIAH (C), Ibrahim SULLEY, Kudus MOHAMMED, Emmanuel TOKU, Abdul YUSIF, Gabriel LEVEH, Gideon MENSAH, Rashid ALHASSAN, Mohammed IDDRISS.

COMMENTARY:

Mali are through to the semi-finals of the U17 FIFA World Cup. Ghana are out of the global youth tournament.

90+4′ It is full time in India.

90+4′ Mali sub: Sidibe on for Djemoussa Traore

90+4′ The referee has added four minutes.

90′ Mali’s Mane tries a long range effort and it goes wide not troubling the keeper. We are into the stoppage time.

80′ Mali sub: Camara on for Drame

80′ We enter the final 10 minutes of the encounter as both African sides are battling for a spot in the semi-finals. Ghana 1-2 Mali

75′ Mali sub: Doucoure on for Jiddou



74′ Ghana sub: Aminu Mohamed on for Emmanuel Tokou

73′ Mohamed Camara booked

70′ PENALTY: Ghana receive a penalty after a foul in the box by Fode Konate. Kudus Mohamed converted from the spot. Ghana 1-2 Mali

62′ Ghana sub: Danso on for Leveh

63′ GOAL – Mali have doubled the lead through Djemmoussa Traore after a silly error by the keeper. Mali 2-0 Ghana

59′ The Black Starlets pushing harder but harder yet they fail to hit the target.

55′ Ghana sub: Sulley off for Ibrahim Sadiq

52′ Fouls dominate the encounter in the heart of the park, Fabin’s men still probing for an equaliser.

48′ The Black Starlets are back with more intent, they take a shot through Ayiah and Koita makes a brilliant save to concede a corner.

46′ Second half resumes at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati (India).

45′ Half time in India: Mali 1-0 Ghana

44′ Ghana thought they have found the back of the net when Sulley beat Koita on his near post, but the referee called for a foul on a Malian defence.

40′ Five minutes remaining in the quarter-final encounter as both African nations are chasing a spot in the Last Four. However, Jonas Komla’s men are leading 1-0

36′ Ghana’s Yakubu booked for a two-footed foul.

35′ battle lines are drawn in the heart of the park and fouls are commited in the muddy surface.

30′ Paa Kwesi Fabin’s charges still trying to break up the Malian defence in search of an equaliser.

27′ Ghana must fix their defence, Mali running through them on the right flank. But their final shot goes wide. Mali 1-0 Ghana

22′ Ghana commit a foul, a set piece for Mali right on the edge of the area. Salam hit is wide.

18′ Ghana tried to respond from a set piece and it hits the roof of the net for a goal kick.

A through ball for the forward penetrated the Ghanaian defence before unleashing a powerful shot on the near post. Ghana 0-1 Mali

14′ GOAL – Mali break the deadlock through Hadji Drame

10′ There are no goals in the encounter in the opening 10 minutes.

08′ Mali penetrate the Black Starlets’ defence and they take a shot through Kane but it goes wide.

05′ Both camps exchanging the ball possession, Mohamed Idriss takes a shot but it sails wide off target.

02′ It was bucketing in India at the venue, the pitch is waterlogged. But the game goes on.

01′ Match gets underway



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U-17 World Cup: Ghana 2-0 Niger – As it happened – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup – India


by
Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 15:23


Welcome to coverage of the 2017 U-17 World Cup last 16 match between Ghana and Niger from the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.

Commentary:
All times CAT

90+6′ – Full time – Done and dusted, Ghana are deserved winners and will face fellow Africans Mali in the quarterfinals on Saturday! A brave effort from Niger, who can take pride from having made it to the second round in their tournament debut.

90+2′ – Yellow card – Niger’s Soumana booked for a rash challenge in midfield.

90+1′ – Substitution – Niger’s second change sees Wa Massamba make way for Hamid Galissoune.

90′ – GOAL! Ghana 2-0 Niger – Danso with a superb long-range strike to make it 2-0 and that has surely killed off Niger!

86′ – Penalty saved! Ayiah takes the spot kick and looks for the same part of the net he scored in from the first half, but Lawali makes a fine save this time!

85′ – Substitution – Richard Danso replaces Toku in Ghana’s final change.

84′ – Penalty! Another spot kick to Ghana, with Idrissa tripping Toku in the box. A clear foul, no doubt about it, and this is Ghana’s chance to kill off Niger.

81′ – Lawali and Yakubu collide at a Ghana corner kick. It’s adjudged a foul from the Black Starlets player and both are down receiving treatment.

78′ – Substitution – Mohammed Iddriss replaces Gyamfi in Ghana’s second change.

77′ – Substitution – Karim Tinni replaces Sofiane in Niger’s first change.

76′ – Niger ‘keeper Lawali is now down and calling for treatment. We’ve had several injury breaks in this second half…

73′ – Mensah crosses from the right, Arko-Mensah gets up to meet the ball but sends his header well off target.

70′ – Twenty minutes of regulation time to play. Ghana’s one-goal lead is a perilous one, though Niger have yet to really threaten in the final third.

66′ – Mensah with the miss of the tournament, somehow putting the ball over the bar from just a metre or so out! It was easier to score than put it over!

65′ – Toku with a great dummy to open space for a curling shot which is well saved by Lawali! The best moment of the second half so far.

64′ – Substitution – Ghana’s first change sees the injured Owusu make way for John Otu.

62′ – Owusu has gone down for Ghana and he’s calling for a substitution.

61′ – Past the hour mark in Navi Mumbai, Ghana hold the advantage thanks to Eric Ayiah’s penalty late in the first half.

58′ – Ghana’s Toku receiving some treatment after suffering a kick to the right shin. He’ll be stretchered off and that could well be the end of his game…

56′ – Ghana with a sustained spell of pressure, but as Ayiah tries to get a shot away on the edge of the box he is crowded out by several orange-clad defenders.

52′ – Niger blow a great attacking opportunity with an over-hit pass. The Young Menas have wasted several such chances through the match.

48′ – Yellow card – Ghana’s Mensah is booked for a rough aerial challenge.

46′ – Back underway in the second half, no changes from either team at the break.

45+5′ – Half time – Ghana lead at the break thanks to that late, late penalty. Given the Black Starlets’ dominance, you’d say they are good value for their one-goal advantage.

45+4′ – GOAL! Ghana 1-0 Niger – Ayiah dusts himself off and coolly finishes from the penalty to put Ghana ahead!

45+3′ – Penalty! – Idrissa with a clear foul on Ayiah and Ghana have a spot kick late in the half!

45+1′ – Arko-Mensah with a chance to play in a dangerous cross from a free kick out wide, but the midfielder puts his delivery straight for a goal kick.

45′ – There will be four minutes of added time.

43′ – Namata makes a superb tackle on Arko-Mensah in the penalty area… he had to time that perfectly to prevent giving away a spot kick.

40′ – Lawali has to make a save from Yakubu’s awkward cross from the right flank which threatened to drift into the goal.

39′ – Toku with a fiercely-hit shot which is blocked by a defender, before Ayiah sends an effort high and wide from the rebound.

37′ – Snappy passing from Ghana to open up space for Sulley to shoot, his effort was scuffed at goal and comfortably saved by Lawali.

34′ – Ayiah with a sight of goal, but he snatches at it too quickly and slices the ball wide of the mark.

33′ – Niger’s Sofiane steps on the ankle of Toku and is perhaps a little fortunate not to be booked for that challenge.

30′ – Idrissa with a desperate clearance from Ayiah’s dangerous ball into the box. It seems only a matter of time until Ghana find a way through…

27′ – Ghana corner kick and goalkeeper Lawali makes an excellent punch under pressure. Ghana’s Owusu is penalised for an aerial foul on the gloves-man.

25′ – Fine play by Ghana, Arko-Mensah has a shot from the edge of the box and Lawali makes a super save to keep it at 0-0! The closest we’ve come to a goal in this match.

23′ – Midway through the first half, goalless in Navi Mumbai. Ghana have looked the better team thus far, but Niger are giving a good account of themselves.

19′ – Ayiah looks to sneak in behind to meet a long ball, but he’s penalised for a push on Niger defender Idrissa.

17′ – Great goalkeeping from Ghana’s Danlad as he comes off his line to emphatically punch clear a dangerous cross from Wa Massamba. Took a knock for his troubles, but he’ll be fine after a bit of treatment.

16′ – Past the quarter hour mark, still goalless between Ghana and Niger. No genuine chances at either end so far.

13′ – Niger’s Ibrahim looks set to break free on the counter attack, but Mensah comes across to make a strong sliding tackle.

10′ – Lovely footwork from Ghana’s Arko-Mensah down the left flank. The Black Starlets look much the more settled and confident side thus far.

8′ – Niger with a couple of corner kicks, but they don’t threaten Ghana from either of them. The Young Menas will need to make the most of their set pieces.

7′ – Gyamfi is back on his feet after some ‘magic spray’, looks like he’ll be okay.

6′ – Ghana’s Gyamfi looks to have picked up a knee and/or ankle injury in challenge with Sofiane.

4′ – Another corner for Ghana, this time Sulley gets a head on it but his effort is mis-timed and sent well wide of the target.

2′ – Early half chance for Ghana’s Sulley as he gets in behind the defence, but goalkeeper Lawali comes quickly off his line and ensures it’s only a corner kick.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Navi Mumbai! Ghana wear all-white, while Niger are in all-orange.

13h20 – A reminder that the winner of this match will meet Mali (who thrashed Iraq 5-1 yesterday) in an all-African quarterfinal on Saturday.

13h10 – Today’s clash will be handled by Portuguese referee Artur Soares Dias.

13h00 – Half an hour to kick-off, here are the starting line-ups:

Ghana: Ibrahim Danlad, Edmund Arko-Mensah, Najeeb Yakubu, Eric Ayiah, Ibrahim Sulley, Emmanuel Toko, Gabriel Leveh, Bismark Owusu, Gideon Mensah, Rashid Alhassan, Isaac Gyamfi

Niger: Khaled Lawali, Yacine Wa Massamba, Nasser Mahaman, Farouk Idrissa, Inoussa Amadou, Habibou Sofiane, Kader Aboubacar, Rachid Soumana, Ibrahim Boubacar, Ibrahim Namata, Salim Abdourahmane



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WC U17: Mali 5 – 1 Iraq – AS IT HAPPENED – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 17, 2017. 18:30


That’s all from the DY Patil Stadium where Mali beat Iraq 5-1 in an entertaining match. Mali book their place to the quarter-finals, while Iraq are eliminated from the competition.

Lineups:

Mali XI: Koita, Konate, Kane, Diaby, Haidara, Samake, Traore, Giddou, Camara, N’Diaye, Drame.

Iraq XI: Jabbar, Jabbar, Abdulsada, Abdulabbas Ayad, Albaqer, Ridha, Shakir, Ali, Kareem, Kareem, Adnan.

Commentary:

FULL-TIME: Mali 5-1 Iraq.

94 +4′ – GOAL! Mali 5-1 Iraq. N’Diaye grabs his brace in stoppage time.

90′ – Iraq sub: Khaled IN, Kareem OUT.

88′ – GOAL! Mali 4-1 Iraq. Seme Camara fires past Jabbar with a left-footed effort.

85′ – GOAL! Mali 3-1 Iraq. Kareem scores a late goal with his right foot.

82′ – Mali sub: S. Camara IN, Traore OUT.

80′ – Mali sub: Sidibe IN, Camara OUT.

75′ – Iraq forward Kareem is caught offside as the the Asians look to pull one back.

73′ – GOAL! Mali 3-0 Iraq. Konate beats Jabbar with a right-footed shot.

70′ – 20 minutes left for Iraq to pull one back, but Mali keeper Koita and his defence have done well thus far.

69′ – Mali sub: Doucoure IN, Giddou OUT.

65′ – Iraq sub: Muntadher IN, Ridha OUT.

60′ – It’s still 2-0 to Mali as we reach the hour-mark.

55′ – Maytham Jabbar misses the target with a header as Iraq look to apply some pressure on Mali.

50′ – Mali goalkeeper Koita is called into action and he denies Iraq forward Ridha.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

46′ – Iraq sub: Raad IN, Abdulsada OUT.

45′ – Half-Time: Mali 2-0 Iraq.

40′ – Drame tries to extend Mali’s lead, but his right footed shot narrowly misses the target.

35′ – The 2017 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions Mali are in complete control of this match.

33′ – GOAL! Mali 2-0 Iraq. This time it’s N’Diaye with a good header.

30′ – Mali’s pressure finally paid off and Drame beat Iraq goalkeeper Jabbar with a well-taken shot.

25′ – GOAL! Mali 1-0 Iraq. Drame scores with a right footed shot.

20′- Mali foward N’Diaye’s header from very close range narrowly misses the target.

15′ – Mali qualified for the Last 16 after finishing second in Group B, while Iraq were Group F runners-up.

10′ – Drame, the Malian forward, is looking lively – he’s keeping the Iraq defence very busy.

5′ – Mali are pushing for an ealy goal against their Asian counterparts.

1′ – The match is underway.



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Africa Stars Watch: AS IT HAPPENED – 15 October 2017


Newcastle United‘s Christian Atsu

by
Brian Lee

Sunday Oct 15, 2017. 14:40


Thank you for joining us today on AfricanFootball.com for what was our LIVE African Stars Watch of players in action on the European continent on Sunday, October 15 2017.

AS IT HAPPENED:

18h55 – Stephane Sessegnon’s goal for Montpellier proved to be the winner as they beat Jean Michael Seri’s Nice 2-0 in the French Ligue 1.

18h50 – Sofiane Boufal and Mario Lemina’s Southampton have fought back twice against Christian Atsu’s Newcastle to draw 2-2 in the English Premier League.

18h45 – Tyronne Ebuehi and Wilfried Kanon’s Den Haag have lost 2-1 to Excelsior in the Dutch Eredivisie.

18h40 – Montpellier have found another goal, adding to Stephane Sessegnon’s opener as they lead 2-0 against Jean Michael Seri’s Nice in the French Ligue 1.

18h35 – Sofiane Boufal and Mario Lemina’s Southampton have equalised against Christian Atsu’s Newcastle in the English Premier League, 2-2.

18h30 – Tyronne Ebuehi and Wilfried Kanon’s Den Haag have conceded a goal against Excelsior and trail 2-1 in the Dutch Eredivisie.

18h20 – Stephane Sessegnon has found the back of the net for Montpellier who lead 1-0 against Jean Michael Seri’s Nice in the French Ligue 1.

18h10 – There have been two quick goals in the English Premier League. First, Mario Lemina’s Southampton equalised, but Christian Atsu’s Newcastle quickly re-took the lead and are now 2-1 in front.

18h05 – A brace from DR Congo’s Cedric Bakambu has led Villarreal to a 2-1 win over Girona in the Spanish La Liga.

17h50 – Tyronne Ebuehi and Wilfried Kanon’s Den Haag have started their second half against Excelsior in the Dutch Eredivisie. The game is locked at 1-1.

17h48 – Souleymane Camara and Stephane Sessegnon’s Montpellier are drawing 0-0 against Jean Michael Seri’s Nice at half time in the French Ligue 1.

17h47 – Christian Atsu’s Newcastle are leading 1-0 against Mario Lemina’s Southampton at half time in the English Premier League.

17h30 – Christian Atsu (Ghana)’s Newcastle United have broken the deadlock against Southampton following a goal-mouth scramble. It’s 1-0 with 30 minutes played.

17h20 – Mario Lemina (Gabon) is in action for Southampton against Newcastle United, who have Christian Atsu (Ghana) on the pitch in an English Premier League match. It’s 0-0 with 20 minutes played.

17h10 – Cedric Bakambu (DR Congo)’s brace sees Villarreal leading 2-1 at half-time against Girona in a Spanish La Liga match.

17h00 – Nicolas Nkoulou (Cameroon) helped Torino hold Crotone to a 2-2 draw in an Italian Serie A match.

16h50 – Adel Taarabt (Morocco) scored for Genoa and he was substituted in the 75th minute as they beat Calgiari 3-2.

16h40 – Prejuce Nakoulma (Burkina Faso)’s Nantes have conceded against Bordeaux. It’s 1-1 with 80 minutes played.

16h30 – Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) and his countryman Oumar Niasse both featured for Everton as they drew 1-1 with Brighton.

16h20 – Adel Taarabt (Morocco) and his Genoa’s team-mates are now leading 2-1 after Cagliari pulled one back with 30 minutes left on the clock.

16h10 – Oumar Niasse (Senegal) has replaced his countryman Idrissa Gueye and their side, Everton are trailing 1-0 against Brighton with five minutes left on the clock.

16h00 – Marcel Tisserand (DR Congo) is in action for Wolfsburg against Bayer Leverkusen, who are leading 1-0 with 30 minutes played, in a German Bundesliga match.

15h50 – GOAL! Prejuce Nakoulma (Burkina Faso) breaks the deadlock for Nantes against Bordeaux in the stroke of half-time. The score is 1-0 to Nantes at half-time.

15h40 – GOAL! Adel Taarabt (Morocco) collects the ball and unleashes a terrific shot from the edge of the box, and it goes into the bottom left corner. It’s 2-0 to Genoa against Cagliari with 40 minutes played.

15h30 – Everton, who had Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) on the pitch in the first-half, are locked at 0-0 with Brighton at half-time.

15h20 – ASSIST! Adel Taarabt (Morocco) sets up Andrey Galabinov, who makes it 1-0 to Genoa against Cagliari. It’s 1-0 to Genoa with 20 minutes played.

15h10 – Simy (Nigeria) is also in action for Crotone against Torino in an Italian Serie A match. The game just began.

15h00 – Prejuce Nakoulma (Burkina Faso) and Chidozie Awaziem (Nigeria) have just started for Nantes against Bordeaux in a French Ligue 1 match. The game just started.

14h50 – Bong Gaetan (Cameroon) is on the Brighton bench, while Oumar Niasse (Senegal) is among the Everton substitutes.

14h40 – Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) is in action for Everton FC against Brighton and Hove Albion in an English Premier League game. It’s still 0-0 with 10 minutes played.



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MTN8 FINAL: SSP United beat CT City 4-2 on penalties – As It Happened – MTN8 2017


by
Bertin Basson

Saturday Oct 14, 2017. 21:51


Good evening and welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our live coverage of the 2017 MTN8 Final between Cape Town City and SuperSport United from the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, on Saturday 14 October 2017.

Cape Town City: Walters; Seedat, Johannes, Fielies, Mkhize – Matsi (Moseamedi 90+1′), Modise (Putsche 66′), Nodada – Lakay, Masina, Majoro (Obinna 74′)

SuperSport United: Williams; Kekana, Gould, Daniels, Modiba (Myeni 79′) – Furman, Letsholonyane (Mnyamane 54′), Mokoena – Phala, Brockie (Wome 69′), Grobler

LIVE UPDATES:

SuperSport United win 4-2 on penalties. 

SuperSport United come out on top from the spot! Ronwen Williams denying Lyle Lakay and Judas Moseamedi from 12 yards. Matsatsantsa faultless from the spot with Dove Wome sealing the deal to secure R8 million in prize money for the club.

122′ Full-Time in Extra-Time: Cape Town City 1-1 SuperSport United  – PENALTIES to follow…

120′ Two minutes added.

117′ CHANCE! Late chance for Moseamedi to wrap things up, but with time and space inside the area he scuffs his shot wide of goal.

110′ Into the final 10 minutes and understandably both teams are frightened to make a mistake! Furthermore, Daniels keeps pulling up with cramp – only adding to Tinkler woes.

106′ Second stanza of extra-time is underway.

105+1′ Half-Time in Extra-Time: Cape Town City 1-1 SuperSport United

105′ Minute added to the first half of extra-time. Will there be a winner here or will the lottery of penalties decide this one?

102′ Fatigue starting to creep into the bodies of both teams, with players hitting the deck due to cramp. Nervy moments these.

99′ Role reversal since Mnyamane was forced off the pitch with SuperSport now sitting deep – welcoming pressure from the Citizens. Wome with a chance on the counter, but his turn and shot flies over the crossbar.

91′ We are underway in Extra-Time.

90+4′ Full-Time: Cape Town City 1-1 SuperSport United. Extra Time to decide the winner?

90′ Four minutes added to the half.

83′ SuperSport reduced to 10-men as Mnyamane is forced off the pitch due to injury. Having made all their subs, Matsatsantsa are forced to play the remainder of the game with a man short.

80′ GOAL! Grobler with a superb through ball to set Mnyamane free on goal and the forward makes no mistake to pull the two teams level.

73′ Nervy moment at the back for Daniels and Williams, but again, City fail to capitalize. Game of very fine margins, especially in the final few minutes.

70′ Into the final 20 minutes we go and Cape Town City are still holding onto their narrow lead. Matsatsantsa becoming more and more desperate.

65′ Chance at the other end of the pitch now as Williams is forced into a good save to deny Majoro once more. Chances coming at a rapid pace.

63′ SHOT! Mnyamane fires a fierce left-footed shot just wide of goal. Game starting to open up!

60′ CHANCE! Great chance for Majoro to double City’s lead but the former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates forward guides his shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

57′ SHOT! Brockie finally registers his first shot in anger – powering a fierce effort straight at Walters. But it is easy for Walters  as the ball is straight at him.

53′ Thabo Mnyamane set to come on for SuperSport. Could he provide the spark missing  from Eric Tinkler’s troops. Looks like Yeye will be sacrificed – City done well to limit the former Bafana Bafana midfielder.

49′ Good start to the half by SuperSport, but one feels that City will be happy to absorb some early pressure as they did in the first half.

46′ The second half is underway on South Africa’s East Coast.

45+1′ Half-Time: Cape Town City 1-0 SuperSport United

45′ One minute added to the half.

44′ Grobler is the first into the referee’s book as we approach the interval. Matsatsantsa forced to do all the playing with City happy to play on the counter.

37′ SAVE! Good stop at the other end of the pitch by Williams to deny Lakay at the other end of the pitch. Things heating up in Durban.

34′ CHANCE! Great chance for SuperSport following a mistake by Walters, but Seedat spares the goal-minder’s blushes with an incredible last ditch clearance to deny Grobler from close range.

30′ Half-hour played in Durban and it’s Cape Town City who lead. Matsatsantsa with all the early pressure, but the Citizens made good use of their chance.

23′ GOAL! Masina opens the scoring against the run of play for the Citizens! Seedat feeding the attacker who finishes with aplomb from a tight angle, 1-0.

18′ More pressure applied by Matsatsantsa from successive set-pieces, but City defend well as SuperSport continue to ramp up the pressure on South Africa’s East Coast.

13′ SAVE! Chance for the Citizens as Masina finds space down the right flank, but Williams is quick off his line to save at Majoro’s feet.

11′ Fast start to the game as both teams go in search of an early goal. SuperSport have looked the better team with Walters called into frequent action.

7′ Walters quick off his line to gather at Grobler’s head. SuperSport pose a huge threat on transition and that was quite noticeable just then.

5′ Early corner-kick for SuperSport United whipped in from the far side of the pitch, but it is too easy for Walters who plucks the ball from the air.

3′ Pitch not in the best condition – but considering the amount of rain on the East Coast over the past few days, the ground staff have done a stellar job!

1′ Kick-off!

– Cold, wet and windy in Durban this evening – similar to the scenes in the final between Orlando Pirates and Platinum Stars in 2013.

– For SuperSport United it is a third successive domestic final, having clinched success in the Nedbank Cup at the very same venue a few months ago.

– Inching ever closer to kick-off in what is a repeat of last season’s Telkom Knockout Final – the Citizens emerging 2-1 winners in December last year.



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Africa Stars Watch – AS IT HAPPENED – 14 October 2017


Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha

by
Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Oct 14, 2017. 15:09


Welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our LIVE African Stars Watch of players in action on the European continent on Saturday October 14 2017.

Commentary:

18:00 – Thanks for joining for this Saturday’s ASW. We have come to the end of this edition.

17:46 – Bayern have won 5-0 against Eintracht Frankfurt. Salomon Kalou’s Hertha Berlin. It is finished in the Bundesliga.

17:32 – Pep Guardiola’s City are leading 6-2 and Egyptian international, Ramadan Sobhi has come on for Stoke.

17:25 – Jordan Ayew’s Swansea are also marching towards a win as they lead 2-0 against Huddersfield. Aurier’s Tottenham lead 1-0 against Bournemouth.

17:20 – Toure’s City lead 5-2 Swansea and it is 30 minutes to go to wrap up the EPL encounter.

17:12 – Senegalese international, Idrissa Gueye has started for West Ham against Burnley. The Hammers lead 1-0.

16:57 – Cote d’Ivoire’s Serge Aurier is benched for Tottenham Hotspur as they are held at 0-0 against Bournemouth.

16:52 – Ghana’s Jordan Ayew has started for Swansea City as they face up against Huddersfield. Swansea lead 1-0 at half time.

16:45 – Okere’s Bayern are leading 2-0 against Freiburg. Sane’s Hannover has levelled the matters against Frankfurt. The Senegalese international has scored, 1-1.

16:38 – The Citizens are leading 3-0 against Stoke City. Palace are 1-1 against the Blues towards the first interval.

16:27 – Cote d’Ivoire’s Wilfried Zaha starts for Crystal Palace against Chelsea. 1-1 so far in the first 25 minutes.

16:20 – Manchester City are leading 2-0 against Stoke City in the English Premier League. Cote d’Ivoire’s Yaya Toure is benched.

16:07 – Ghana’s Kwasi Okyere Wriedt is on the bench for Bayern Munich against SC Freiburg. The score is 1-0 in favour of Bayern after 36 minutes.

15:45 – Salomon Kalou of Cote d’Ivoire starts for Hertha Berlin in the French Ligue1 against Schalke. The game started at 15:30 and there are no goals so far.

15:30 – Hannover and Eintracht Frankfurt are up in arms in the German Bundesliga. The encounter has just got underway at 15:30. Senegalese international, Salif Sane starts for Hannover.

15:25 – It is over at Anfield Stadium between the Reds and the Red Devils. No goals as it ends at 0-0.

15:20 – Egyptian star Mohamed Salah is in action but cannot help the Reds to find a goal in the injury time.

15:12 – Less than 10 minutes to wrap up the EPL encounter. No goals in the English derby.

15:05 – Cote d’Ivoire’s Eric Bailly is not available for Manchester United in the encounter.

15:00 – Liverpool are missing Senegal international, Sadio Mane in their EPL encounter against Manchester United. There are no goals in the match and it is the second half.



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2018 FIFA WCQ: Nigeria 1-0 Zambia – As It Happened – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


by
Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 07, 2017. 20:05


Welcome to the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo for this evening’s 2018 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Zambia.

Live Commentary (press F5 to refresh)
All times CAT

 

90+3′ – Full time – Done and dusted, Nigeria win and qualify for the 2018 World Cup! It will be the sixth appearance for the Super Eagles, who are the first team from Africa to secure their place in next year’s global tournament!

90+1′ – Yellow card – Chingandu is booked for a late challenge.

90′ – There will be three minutes of added time.

87′ – Substitution – Mulenga makes way for John Chingandu in Zambia’s final change.

85′ – Moses with a chance on the ‘D’ of the box, but he snatches at his volley and sends it over the target.

84′ – Iwobi free down the right side of the penalty area, but he’s flagged offside.

80′ – Substitution – Ola Aina replaces Echiejile in Nigeria’s final change.

78′ – Substitution – Justin Shonga replaces Sakala in Zambia’s attack.

76′ – Iwobi crosses from the right but his ball is just too strong for Ighalo at the far post! The Arsenal man has added a new dimension to his team’s attack.

73′ – GOAL! Nigeria 1-0 Zambia – Finally the deadlock is broken! Shehu provides a cut-back from the right and Iwobi shoots first time to beat Mweene with a low shot! Great finish and that goal could send Nigeria to Russia 2018!

71′ – A great counter attack for Nigeria, but Ighalo opts to try and cut back rather than shoot first time and the move breaks down!

68′ – Midway through the second half, still 0-0. So far so good for Zambia, but they need to win this match if they are to have any realistic hope of qualifying ahead of Nigeria.

66′ – Substitution – Here’s the answer, as Iwobi replaces Simon in the forward line.

65′ – How long before Nigeria look to boost their attack? They have the likes of Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho on the bench…

63′ – Yellow card – Abdullahi is booked for a nasty challenge on Mwepu.

60′ – Up to the hour mark, just 30 minutes left for one of these teams to take this game by the scruff of the neck.

57′ – Ndidi with a looping header on target but Mweene makes a superb save to keep the game goalless!

56′ – Yellow card – Mtonga is booked for a cynical foul on Mikel.

55′ – A sniff of goal for Zambia but Ngonga can’t bring the ball under control. Nigeria living dangerously at the back…

51′ – Substitution – Ernest Mbewe replaces Lungu in Zambia’s first change of the match.

50′ – Ndidi gets onto the end of a free kick driven into the box, but his header is high and wide.

47′ – Moses floats a long diagonal into the box and Balogun heads on target, but it’s an easy save for Mweene.

46′ – Back underway in the second half, no changes from either team at the break.

45+2′ – Half time – Goalless at the break, but it’s certainly not been short of entertainment. Nigeria know they can take this game if they just tighten up their play, while Zambia still have genuine hope of an upset.

45+1′ – There will be two minutes of added time.

45′ – Ighalo with a great chance to dig out a cross from the right by-line and Simon tries an acrobatic volley which is also way high and wide. Had the crowd excited, though…

43′ – Ighalo with a half-chance under pressure from Tembo, but he volleys off target.

40′ – Five minutes to half time. Nigeria have been the better team overall, but Zambia have had perhaps the best chances.

38′ – Mikel volleys a dropping ball on the edge of the box, but his effort is high and wide.

36′ – Ngonga with a long range effort which bounces awkwardly in front of Ezenwa and then strikes the outside of the post! The closest we’ve come to a goal at either end!

35′ – Yellow card – Agu is booked for a hand in Mwepu’s face in midfield. He’ll need to tread carefully now…

31′ – Moses cuts inside from the right and shoots left-footed, but Mweene makes a comfortable save. Now it’s a chance for Ngonga, who outmuscles Balogun and stabs a shot over with only Ezenwa to beat!

30′ – Substitution – Here comes the change for Nigeria, with Agu replacing the injured Onazi.

29′ – Zambia have grown in this game and are now posing a genuine threat to the hosts.

27′ – Nigeria have got Ndubisi Agu ready to replace Onazi, but the midfielder limps on for now. Looks like he’ll try to run the injury off.

24′ – A blow here for Nigeria, with Onazi receiving treatment and the medical team has called for a substitution.

23′ – Midway through the first half, still goalless in Uyo. Zambia have the ball in the back of the net through Mulenga, but he’s flagged offside.

20′ – Another corner for Nigeria, again it’s well defended by Zambia.

17′ – Simon plays a great cross from the right flank but it’s just too strong for Ighalo, who threw himself at the ball but couldn’t quite reach it!

14′ – Nigeria’s defence gives the ball away and Zambia are presented with a great chance – however, Sakala opts for a shot from a tight angle which only travels out for a goal kick. Lucky break for the hosts…

13′ – Ngonga with a cracking turn, run and cross from the right flank, but his ball is just too strong for Sakala through the middle.

12′ – Good defending from Echiejile as he holds off Ngonga in attack for Zambia.

9′ – Good passing from the Super Eagles, though Zambia are looking well organised in defence.

6′ – Simon with a storming run forward to win a corner kick. The set piece sees Moses look for the far post, but Mweene makes a solid catch.

4′ – Zambia with a couple of quick corners, but neither is a bother for Nigeria thanks to some sub-par delivery from Kapumbu.

2′ – Moses blown up for an early hand-ball near the centre circle. Nigeria starting with plenty of energy and intent.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Uyo! Nigeria wear their famous all-green, while Zambia are kitted out in orange and black.

17h50 – Ten minutes to kick-off. Our referee today is Joshua Bondo from Botswana. He will be assisted by Oamogetse Godisamang and Souro Phatsoane, with Tirelo Mositwane as the fourth official.

17h40 – A reminder of the stakes for this match, where the equation is very simple for Nigeria: win and they will be the first African team to secure qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. A draw would also be a good result, but wouldn’t mathematically guarantee their spot at the finals.

Should Zambia win, it would bring them level on points with Nigeria ahead of the final round of matches in November.

17h30 – Half an hour to kick-off, here are the line-ups for the match:

Nigeria: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Shehu Abdullahi, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Elderson Echiejile, Wilfred Ndidi, John Obi Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi, Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo, Moses Simon

Zambia: Kennedy Mweene, Simon Silwimba, Fackson Kapumbu, Ziyo Tembo, Stophila Sunzu, Kondwani Mtonga, Enock Mwepu, Chisamba Lungu, Augustin Mulenga, Fashion Sakala, Alex N’gonga



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2018 FIFA WCQ: Uganda 0-0 Ghana – AS IT HAPPENED – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


by
Staff Reporter

Saturday Oct 07, 2017. 16:55


Good afternoon and welcome to the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala for our live coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group E qualifier between Uganda and Ghana, on 07 October 2017.

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 (Attomah 86′)

AS IT HAPPENED UPDATES: 

90+4′ Full-Time: Uganda 0-0 Ghana

90′ Four minutes added.

83′ Amartey has been an absolute beast for Ghana today, as the Cranes struggle to find a way past the burly defender.  Not long to go now, the Cranes are in desperate search of a goal.

75′ Into the final exchanges in Kampala and as things stand Egypt will be smiling, knowing that victory over Congo in Alexandria tomorrow will seal their ticket to Russia.

65′ MISS! Derrick Nsibambi with the miss of the decade as he heads wide from point-blank range! Could this be  the defining moment for the Cranes?

59′ Double booking as Okwi and Partey go into the referee’s book following a tussle.

58′ CHANCE! Patrick Twumasi’s free-kick attempt flies inches over the crossbar. Onyango found himself in an awkward position, but  lucky for him the ball sails wide.

54′ Uganda have had several chances on the counter-attack, but have looked nervous in-front of goal this afternoon. Meanwhile, Ghana are about to make their second change following the introduction of Twumasi.

48′ Early chance for Ghana who win a free-kick in a dangerous position, but it comes to nothing. Wasted opportunity for the visitors.

46′ Second-half is underway in Kampala.  All to play for!

45+2′ Half-Time: Uganda 0-0 Ghana

45′ Two minutes added to the half.

45′ Ebenezer Ofori tries his luck from range, but the ball was always flying wide of goal.

40′ Tempo has died down since the break in play. Both teams reluctant to flood bodies forward knowing a single goal could decide the outcome of the match.

34’Goal! No! … Amartey’s header is chalked off with the assistant’s flag raised for offside.

30′Half-hour played in Kampala and there is nothing to separate the two teams at this point. Stoppage in play following a clash of heads, with teams taking this opportunity to hydrate.

26′ The Black Stars are starting to flex their muscles having weathered early pressure from the Cranes. Still waiting for the game’s opener, though.

18′ CHANCE! Opportunities at either end of the pitch as the game sparks to life. Eric Ofori does just about enough to deny the Cranes before Partey see’s his shot rattle the side-netting from the resulting counter-attack.

10′ Nothing to write home about just yet, with the hosts edging the encounter thus far. A lot on the line and you can sense the tension in the air.

6′ Nervy start to the match for Ghana as Okwi breaks through on goal, but Amartey does just about enough to stop the playmaker in his tracks – takes one for the team so to speak and goes into the referee’s book as a result.

1′ Kick-off in Kampala! Crucial game for both teams with a win a must for the Black Stars especially, if they are to keep their slim hopes alive! The Cranes, though, are in the driving seat, but need all three points or they could see Egypt booking their ticket to Russia later tonight at their expense.

 



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WCQ: Mali 0-0 Ivory Coast – As it happened – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


L’international ivoirien Franck Kessié

by
Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Oct 06, 2017. 22:55


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group C match between Mali and Ivory Coast at the Stade du 26 Mars in Bamako.

LINEUPS:

Mali XI: Diarra, Wagué, Traoré, Koné, Fofana, Doumbia, Samassekou , Diarra, Bissouma, Niane, Traore.

Ivory Coast XI: Gbohouo, Aurier, Kanon, Bailly, Konan, Dié, Gbamin, Kessié, Kodjia, Cornet, Assalé.

COMMENTARY:

That’s all from the Stade du 26 Mars where Mali drew 0-0 with Ivory Coast. As a result, Mali are eliminated from the qualifiers, while Ivory Coast remain at the top of Group C standings. Please join us again tomorrow, bye!

FULL-TIME: Mali 0-0 Ivory Coast.

90′ – The fourth official has added three minutes.

85′ – Mali attacker Coulibaly forces Gbohouo into a decent save with a header.

85′ – Five minutes left for the Eagles to snatch a late winning goal.

80′ – Mali sub: Haidara IN, Bissouma OUT.

80′ – CAUTION: Aurier (Ivory Coast)

75′ – The match is stopped as Mali’s Diarra is down injured.

70′ – Twenty minutes left for Mali to snatch a late winning goal and keep their slim hopes of qualifying for the World Cup alive.



67′ – CAUTION: Gbohouo (Ivory Coast)



67′ – Ivory Coast sub: Kalou IN, Assale OUT.

65′ – Mali midfielder Bissouma plays a through ball for Doumbia, who is ruled offside.

63′ – Mali sub: Coulibaly IN, Niane OUT.

60′ – The match is stopped as Mali’s Traore is down injured. It remains goalless as we reach the hour-mark.



55′ – CAUTION: Konan (Ivory Coast)

50′ – Mali defender Kone tries his luck from range and his right footed shot from outside the box misses to the target.



46′ – Ivory Coast sub: Sanogo IN, Die OUT.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Mali 0-0 Ivory Coast.

45′ – The fourth official has added one minute.

40′ – Mali sub: Djenepo IN, Traoré OUT.

40′ – CHANCE! Ivory Coast striker Kodjia has a chance to put the Elephants into the lead, but his effort is blocked.

35′ – CAUTION: Samassekou (Mali)

30′ – It remains goalless here at the Stade du 26 Mars as we reach the half-hour mark.

26′ – CAUTION: Bailly (Ivory Coast)

25′ – Traoré tries a through ball for his Mali team-mate Diarra, but the latter is ruled offside.

20′ – Mali midfielder Bissouma goes down injured and play is stopped.

15′ – The Elephants of Ivory Coast are starting to apply some pressure on the Mali defence with Die stamping his authority in midfield.

10′ – Kodjia is playing as a target-man for Ivory Coast, but there’s no supply for him thus far as Mali continue to dominate possession without testing goalkeeper Gbohouo.

5′ – The Eagles of Mali have been the better side thus far – pressing Ivory Coast in search of an early goal.

1′ – The match is underway.



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African Stars Watch – AS IT HAPPENED (01 October 2017)


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Brian Lee

Sunday Oct 01, 2017. 19:59


Thank you for joining us on AfricanFootball.com for what was our live African Stars Watch, where we kept you updated on action across Europe from an African perspective, on Sunday 01 October 2017.

AS IT HAPPENED: 

19h55 – Franck Kessie’s AC Milan have lost 2-0 to Roma in the Italian Serie A.

19h45 – Franck Kessie’s AC Milan are trailing 2-0 against Roma and have now been reduced to ten men following the sending off of Turkey’s Hakan Calhanoglu in the Italian Serie A.

19h40 – Franck Kessie’s AC Milan have conceded a second goal against Roma in the Italian Serie A, 2-0. There is roughly 15 minutes left in the game.

19h35 – Franck Kessie’s AC Milan have gone a goal behind against Roma in the Italian Serie A, 1-0.

19h22 – Sadio Mane, Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah’s Liverpool have shared the spoils with Christian Atsu’s Newcastle as the English Premier League game ended 1-1.

19h10 – Sadio Mane, Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah’s Liverpool are still locked at 1-1 with Christian Atsu’s Newcastle. There is ten minutes left in that game.

18h50 – Goals from Karl Toko Ekambi and Ismael Traore have helped Angers secure a 3-3 draw against Bertrand Traore and Maxwel Cornet’s Lyon in the French Ligue 1.

18h25 – Ismael Traore has now scored for Angers as they level the game against Bertrand Traore and Maxwel Cornet’s Lyon in the French Ligue 1 at 3-3.

18h20 – Karl Toko Ekambi has found the back of the net for Angers, but they still trail Bertrand Traore and Maxwel Cornet’s Lyon 3-2 in the French Ligue 1.

18h10 – Christian Atsu’s Newcastle has equalised against Sadio Mane and Joel Matip’s Liverpool in the English Premier League, 1-1.

18h00 – In Spain, Oussama Tannane’s Las Palmas suffered a 3-0 defeat to Barcelona at an empty Camp Nou.

17h55 – Ivory Coast international midfielder Franck Kessie starts for AC Milan as they play host to Roma in an Italian Serie A clash at the San Siro.

17h45 – Pressure continues to build on Gana Gueye, Yannick Bolasie and Omar Niasse’s Everton boss Ronald Koeman, as they suffer a 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley.

17h35 – No Naby Keita for RP Leipzig this afternoon as they visit FC Koln in the German Bundesliga.

17h20 – Solomon Kalou on target as Hertha Berlin held Bayern Munich to a 2-2 draw in the German Bundesliga.

17h05 – Full-Time in the Italian Serie A: Torino 2-2 Verona; Benevento 1-2 Inter; Chievo 2-1 Fiorentina; Lazio 6-1 Sassuolo; Spal 1-1 Crotone

16h55 – Full-Time in Troyes where they defeated St.Etienne 2-1 in the French Ligue 1. Both teams ended the game with 10-men.

16h50 – Goal for Solomon Kalou as Hertha Berlin level matters in the German capital. This after Bayern Munich had gone 2-0 up, its now 2-2 with a half-an-hour to play!

16h45 – Karl Ekambi and Ismael Traore start from the onset for Angers who host Lyon in the French Ligue 1. Burkina Faso international Betrand Traore starts for the visitors.

16h40 – Nigerian forward Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo, aka ‘Simy’ has pulled Crotone level at Spal in the Italian Serie A.

16h30 – Joel Matip, Mohamed Salah & Sadio Mane all involved from the onset for Liverpool as they take on Newcastle United at St.James’s Park in the English Premier League. Christian Atsu involved from the onset for the Magpies – Mohamed Diame is among the substitutes.

16h15 – Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) and Andre Onana (Cameroon) played the full 90 minutes as Ajax Amsterdam trumped Heerenveen 4-0 in the Dutch Eredivisie.

16h00 – Half-Time in the Italian Serie A: Torino 2-0 Verona; Benevento 1-2 Inter; Chievo 1-1 Fiorentina; Lazio 1-1 Sassuolo; Spal 1-0 Crotone

M’Baye Niang, who is set to make his Senegal debut against Cape Verde in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier this month, finding the back of the net for Torino.

15h45 – Ivory Coast international Solomon Kalou is currently in action for Hertha Berlin who are at home to defending champions Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga.

15h35 – Morocco’s Oussama Tannane in the starting 11 for Las Palmas who are away to Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga this afternoon.

15h30 – Nicolas N’Koulou in the starting 11 from the onset for Torino. They play host to Verona in the Italian Serie A. Also in action: Benevento vs Inter; Chievo vs Fiorentina; Lazio vs Sassuolo; Spal vs Crotone

15h20 – Another Teranga Lion currently in action is Assane Diousse – he was named in the starting 11 for St Etienne. Mali duo Mamadou Samassa & Charles Traore at the opposite end of the pitch for Troyes.

15h15 – Senegalese duo Gana Gueye and Omar Baye Niasse start for Everton who host Burnley at Goodison Park.

15h05 – Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly found the back of the net as Napoli made it seven wins from seven matches in the Italian Serie A, to move top of the standings.

15h00 – In Spain, Morocco’s Zouhair Feddal found the back of the net as Real Sociedad and Betis played to an enticing 4-4 stalemate.

14h55 – Arsenal have recorded a 2-0 win over Brighton. Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi with a goal for the Gunners on Arsene Wenger’s 21st anniversary at the club. Mohamed Elneny emerged as a second-half substitute.

 



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