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Bernard Parker not happy despite reaching milestone – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Kaizer Chiefs


Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates goal during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on 17 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Dec 01, 2017. 11:00


Kaizer Chiefs forward Bernard Parker isn’t entirely satisfied despite having reached a milestone of 50 goals for Kaizer Chiefs.

The former FC Twente forward hit the half-century mark in a 1-1 draw against Free State Stars last weekend, but instead of celebrating the achievement, the 31-year-old explained that he is frustrated it took him so long to reach the mark.

“I have achieved something great. It’s a good achievement, although I am not entirely happy because with my standards and quality I would have wanted to have reached this milestone earlier,” Parker told his club’s website.

“I am now in my seventh season at Chiefs. To score 50 goals is great, but it’s not enough, especially when looking at what is the going rate of scoring in Europe, as that’s the top level and that’s where the standard is set.”

The Amakhosi have scored but 11 goals in 12 matches in what has been a largely disappointing and uneventful Absa Premiership campaign.



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Zambian FA boss happy with CAF Award nominees


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 16:30


The Football Association of Zambia president Andrew Kamanga has sent a message of best wishes to the country’s CAF Award nominees.

Kamanga has congratulated the U20 national team and referee Janny Sikazwe for being shortlisted for the 2017 CAF Awards.

The Junior Chipolopolo has been shortlisted for the National Team of the Year Award, while Zambian International striker Patson Daka has been shortlisted for the Young Player of the Year Award.

Sikazwe has got the nod for the Referee of the Year Award and Kamanga has congratulated all the nominees.

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“On behalf of the FAZ executive and the rest of the football family, I would like to convey our great pleasure on your selection for the 2017 CAF Awards,” said Kamanga.

“It is a great honour for Zambia to see our ambassadors competing among the best on the African continent.

“The selection of our envoys on the various categories of the 2017 CAF Awards epitomizes the rise of our game in the last year.

“Your selection for the various CAF Awards doesn’t surprise us at all.it is proof enough of the level of success you have attained in a calendar year.

“FAZ is further invigorated by the bar you have set for the current and future ambassadors of the Zambian game – I would like to wish you the very best of luck.”



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Oumar Niasse: I am happy at Everton – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017. 17:00


Senegalese striker Oumar Niasse has explained that he is happy at Everton and fully committed to the club’s cause.

The 27-year-old earned a penalty (converted by Leighton Baines) and scored a goal of his own to help the Toffees earn a 2-2 draw away to Crystal Palace this past weekend.

Niasse was strongly linked with a move to Palace in the last transfer window, but insists he is happy at Goodison Park.

“I was about to come here [Crystal Palace] and at the end it did not happen because they know exactly what happened,” Niasse said in the wake of the match at Selhurst Park.

“I am not going to go deep inside of what exactly happened. They know.

“I am happy at Everton. That is it. I moved to come to Palace with the medical check and everything and if that didn’t happen you have to understand.”



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SuperSport coach happy to have away goal in the bag


Head coach Eric Tinkler of Supersport United 2017 Caf Confederations Cup game between Supersport United and Zesco United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 14 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Nov 20, 2017. 12:00


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

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

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

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

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

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

“We wanted to play well and win the game because we are home and needed to be offensive. Going to Pretoria will be difficult and they will pressurise us from the onset but we will have a plan that will give us the desired result,” he explained.

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



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Senior national team coach Wedson Nyirenda happy with Zambian youngsters – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 18:00


Zambian national team coach Wedson Nyirenda has credited his squad of young players following the 2-2 draw against Cameroon at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Saturday.

The reigning African Champions came from behind twice to cancel out Patson Daka and Brian Mwila’s goals in their final Group B, 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier clash.

In the wake of the stalemate, Nyirenda says the future of the Chipolopolo side looks bright, but he wants to see an improvement.

“I am happy with the boys; I think there is a lot of hope in this team. I think the future looks good,” said Nyirenda.

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“The young players accounted for themselves well, and Cameroon were equally good. This game gives us an impression of how the boys can stand the pressure of playing at home.”

Although some have been calling for the inclusion of stalwarts such as Rainford Kalaba and Nathan Sinkala, the attacking threat posed by the likes of Enock Mwepu, Daka, Fashion Sakala, Mwila and Augustine Mulenga has given hope to the Chipolopolo faithful.

The 2012 African champions will now prepare for the 2018 CAF African Nations Championships tournament in Morocco.



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James Kwesi Appiah happy with Egypt draw – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 15:30


Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah has declared himself “happy” with his side’s 1-1 draw with Egypt on Sunday.

The teams played out the stalemate in their final Group E 2018 World Cup qualifier in Kumasi, with Mahmoud Shikabala opening the scoring for the Pharaohs before Edwin Gyasi equalised for the Black Stars.

The match was merely academic, with Egypt having already secured top spot and World Cup qualification.

“I’m happy with the result especially because we had a challenge of finding the right balance between three or four experienced players and several new faces,” Appiah told beIN Sports.

“We were confident that we would get a positive result as the match is played at home but at the same time we were aware that the game would not be easy.

“I was confident that we would score the equalizer. The fans were a source of some stress but we finally managed to score.”

The result saw Ghana finish third on the log behind Egypt and Uganda, while Congo were placed last.



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New Algerian coach Rabah Madjer happy with performance against Nigeria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Algerian head coach, Rabah Madjer during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying soccer match between Algeria and Nigeria at Chahid-Hamlaoui stadium in Constantine, Algeria, 10 November 2017.

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Nov 12, 2017. 14:00


After leading the Desert Warriors to a 1-1 draw in his first assignment as coach, Algeria’s Rabah Madjer says there are positives from the team.

Madjer revealed that he was satisfied with his side’s performance against the Super Eagles of Nigeria on Friday night.

He also admitted that the North Africans would have won if not for the opportunities they missed, but also said Gernot Rohr’s men kept fighting hard.

”Frankly, we could not ask more to this team. We faced a very tough team from Nigeria, who did not let it go despite their World Cup qualification earned even before this match,” Madjer said.

“We tried to develop our game despite the difficulties.

”That said, I think that what I saw tonight, the future of this selection looks bright. There are many positive things to remember, though, I repeat, not everything has been perfect.

”I think this draw is satisfying even if we could have won if we had converted the opportunities we got, especially in the second half.”

The draw leaves Algeria at the bottom of Group B.

Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal, Morocco and Tunisia will represent the African continent at the World Cup in Russia next year.



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Yaya Toure – Ivorian happy to take a back seat at City – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 08, 2017. 16:00


Yaya Toure looks happy to have taken up a back seat at Manchester City as the midfielder enters the final eight months of his contract.

The 34-year-old, who joined the Citizens from Barcelona in 2010, has only conjured 29 minutes of English Premier League action for the runaway leaders this season.

Toure, though, has been very supportive of his teammates with the former Ivory Coast international quick to post on social media as Pep Guardiola’s troops continue to steamroll past their opposition.

Latest reports suggest that Toure could well be in line for a move to Italy or Turkey at the end of the season, with the playmaker seemingly content to fight for game time in Manchester at this point.

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Toure has scored 79 goals in 303 appearances for Manchester City and will go down as a club legend, no matter if his contribution is limited this season.



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Tinkler happy with response as SSP now eye African glory – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 17:30


SuperSport United head coach Eric Tinkler was happy with the response from his team as the club now turn their attention to the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup final.

Matsatsantsa cruised to a 3-0 win over Golden Arrows a the Mbombela Stadium on Tuesday evening with Aubrey Modiba netting a brace for the Tshwane club.

Having crashed out of the Telkom Knockout Cup this past weekend, Tinkler called for a response from his team and duly got one with the club condemning Arrows to their first Absa Premiership defeat of the season.

“Great performance, overall fantastic, we should have scored more, but I thought we were very solid,” Tinkler said in the aftermath.

“I got that performance [I wanted], we pressed them very well. We punished them on the transition. We were a bit wasteful, and we could’ve made it even more comfortable.”

SuperSport will renew their rivalry with TP Mazembe in the CAF Confederations Cup showpiece, with the to teams having played to successive stalemates in the group stages of this year’s competition.



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South African coach Stuart Baxter happy with Thulani Serero’s progress – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Thulani Serero of South Africa celebrates his goal 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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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 29, 2017. 12:00


Ahead of the Burkina Faso clash next month, South African national team coach Stuart Baxter says he is happy with midfielder Thulani Serero’s progress.

The midfielder has showed good signs at his club Vitesse Arnhem and the English mentor believes he is in a good shape physically.

Serero bagged the Player of the Month for August and September in the Dutch Eredivisie.

The news comes as a huge boost as the South Africans will host the Lions of Teranga and visit Dakar in their two crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

“I think he is now in better shape physically,” Baxter said.

“And hopefully he knows better how we want him to play, in different positions. If he comes to camp and shows me that, then he will be a strong candidate.

“It is nice to have that sort of player, and that is what I am trying to do. If we have Plan A, then we also need a couple of ‘what if?’ scenarios.

“A player like Serero is a pretty powerful ‘what if?’ option. I would think every player that is in Europe wants to come (to camp) to start with.

“But if I think there is a player better than them on that day and more suitable for the job, then I will play them. We don’t bring back European players to take photos and enquire about their health. It’s to do a job.”



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COSAFA happy with Zambia’s preparation for U20 tounament


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 29, 2017. 11:00


COSAFA have announced that the tournament’s U20 hosts, Zambia, is almost ready to host this year’s U20 Championship.

The COSAFA U20 Championship will be staged in Kitwe from December 6-16, with games scheduled for Nkana Stadium and Arthur Davies Stadium.

COSAFA Chief Operations Officer, Sue Destombes said some teams may be accommodated in Ndola, saying Kitwe alone cannot host the 14 nations expected to compete at the tournament.

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The Junior Chipolopolo are the defending champions of the annual Southern African youth championship.

“We have not finished our exercise but let’s put it that we are 90 percent there,” said Destombes.

“We are very fortunate that we have got two stadia that are regularly used for Premier League football and CAF Champion League.

“There are very nice facilities in Kitwe but they can’t take all the teams. We may have to put some teams in Ndola.”



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Kelechi Iheanacho happy to score and assist in League Cup win – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 25, 2017. 15:30


Nigerian star Kelechi Iheanacho has expressed his delight at both scoring and assisting a goal in Leicester City’s 3-1 win over Leeds United in the League Cup on Tuesday night.

The Super Eagles man, who joined Leicester from Manchester City earlier this season, scored the Foxes’ first goal in the 30th minute to cancel out Leeds’ opener from Pablo Hernandez at the King Power Stadium.

In the 71st minute Iheanacho turned from scorer to provider, setting up Algerian international Islam Slimani to put Leicester in front at 2-1.

And Slimani’s compatriot Riyad Mahrez wrapped up the scoring with an 88th minute strike.

After his excellent performance, Iheanacho took to his official Twitter page to celebrate Leicester’s victory.

“Very pleased with the team’s victory tonight. And happy to have scored a goal and an assist. On to the next one,” wrote the Nigerian.

Iheanacho will hope his strong midweek showing brings him into contention for City’s Premier League match at home to Everton on Sunday, 29 October.



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KCCA’s controversial signing, Juma is happy with teammates’ character – FUFA Super League 2017/18


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 13:30


Kampala Capital City Authority’s Ibrahim Sadam Juma has hailed his teammates following a poor start in their current Ugandan Premier League campaign.

Juma was speaking after the defending league champions garnered just two points from as many games in the beginning of the season, but have now managed seven out of a possible nine in the previous three games.

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The midfielder could make his first appearance for the team on Tuesday against Bright Stars.

“In the first few games, we weren’t good but the boys managed to pick themselves up and they now on track,” he told reporters.

“It’s only a matter of time before we get there but I have a lot of confidence in the boys.

“They are good and hardworking and we only have to keep working as a team.”

Juma has only made two appearances for the club since his controversial move from Express and says the boys have stood in well before heaping praise on fitness coach Badru Kaddu.

“The boys have stood in and am proud of them. Fitness trainer has been helpful and prepared me mentally. Though am yet to get at 100%, am confident of getting better,” adds the player.



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South African number one wishes Kaizer Motaung a happy 73rd birthday – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Kaizer Chiefs


Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs and Siphiwe Tshabalala of Kaizer Chiefs

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 16, 2017. 15:30



Kaizer Chiefs boss, Kaizer Motaung is celebrating his 73rd birthday on Monday and current as well as former players have wished ‘Chincha Guluva’ all the best.

Goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune says the Amakhosi boss is a father figure based on his knowledge of the game and is very humble.

The Naturena-based side will hope to present the chairman with wins as gifts as they will face rivals Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates this week.

Coach Steve Komphela will lead his men to Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Tuesday against the Brazilians and will face the Buccaneers at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

“The chairman is very humble‚” said Khune to the club’s website. “He is a real father figure to me‚ not only when it comes to soccer advice but also about life in general and his door is always open.”

Former Bafana Bafana and Chiefs defender‚ Lucas Radebe said Motaung is one of the best leaders he has come across.

“He’s an amazing man with strong values and he treats everybody with respect‚” adds the former Leeds United defender.

“Kaizer is like a father figure for most players‚ especially for me and my teammates at the time which included youngsters like Doctor Khumalo‚ Gardner Seale and Ntsie Maphike.

“He was always approachable when players were looking for advice and he has imparted a lot of wisdom.



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Ronald Ketjijere happy with CHAN preparations


Ronald Ketjijere of Namibia challenged by Siboniso Malambe of Swaziland during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Namibia and Swaziland at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 04 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 13, 2017. 18:30


Namibia skipper Ronald Ketjijere says it is wise to start with their preparations for the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship.

The Brave Warriors skipper was reacting after they beat the Zebras of Botswana 3-1 last weekend in an international friendly at home.

Two goals from Peter Shalulile and one through Roger Katjiteo ensured coach Ricardo Mannetti’s men won.

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“As you know of our situation at home, it was a good run for us,” said the skipper.

“No football going on and for us it’s about getting the momentum going with more game time and training in preparations for the upcoming tournament in January.

“Despite the win, it was important for us to identify issues such as wrong passes and lapses of concentration and therefore these games can help us make things right and hopefully we get more games and try to perfect our game and go for the CHAN finals and try to do our best as well.”



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Moses Basena happy despite a draw against Ghana and failure to reach World Cup – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 09, 2017. 14:30


Despite their failure to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament, Ugandan coach Moses Basena says he is happy with how his men played against Ghana.

The penultimate Group E encounter failed to produce a winner as both sides played to a goalless draw on Saturday in Kampala.

Although the Uganda Cranes struggled to break down a resilient Black Stars team, Basena praised his team as both teams failed to qualify the the showpiece in Russia.

“We are a little bit crestfallen for drawing here in Namboole,” Basena told reporters.

“But when you draw against a strong opponent like Ghana, you don’t really lose hope and there are some positives we pick from the game.

“We are disappointed by the result but happy with how we worked especially myself as a coach.

“There are many people who doubted our ability but I am happy that we showed we can play against any team.”



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Wesdon Nyirenda happy with Zambia’s attacking options – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 06, 2017. 15:30


Despite missing the services of striker Brian Mwila, Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda says he has plan B to unsettle the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

The Chipolopolo manager is preparing his troops for their crucial encounter against the West Africans on Saturday in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Nyirenda says they will miss key striker, Mwila, but they have ample backup for Saturday’s big date away in Uyo.

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With midfielder Edward Chilufya ruled out of this weekend’s penultimate Group B qualifier due to an administrative matter at the club, Nyirenda says good coaches must have plan B.

“When Plan A does not go well, good coaches will always have Plan B in place and we had already prepared ourselves for any eventuality,” Nyirenda said to Lusaka Times.

“I think the replacements in Alex Ngo’nga and the other boys that we have brought into camp can do the job and do wonders for the team.”

Mwila sustained a knee injury in Zambia’s 3-1 Group B win at home against Algeria where he scored a brace.

However, Nyirenda has depth in attack with options including Orlando Pirates striker Justin Shonga, Fashion Sakala and Patson Daka.



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Akpom: Everyone is happy Sanchez stayed at Arsenal – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Sep 26, 2017. 14:00


Nigerian marksman Chuba Akpom says they do a banter about his Arsenal teammate Alexis Sanchez’s failed move to Manchester City on transfer deadline day this summer.

The 21-year-old striker, who was born in England, disclosed that Arsenal players and fans are delighted that the highly-rated Chile international is still a Gunner.

Sanchez’s proposed move to the former English champions fell through because Arsenal were unable to sign a replacement at short notice.

The Gunners failed to sign their long-term target Thomas Lemar from French Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco.

”We do banter about it to be fair,” Akpom was quoted on Daily Star.

”But at the end of the day, he’s still at Arsenal. Everyone is happy, the fans are happy and he’s happy.

”I think with a player like Sanchez he just blocks it out because all he wants to do is play football,” the forward, who is of Nigerian descent, continued.

”He’s so focused on football, he blocks out a lot of negativity and transfer rumours.”

Akpom has been playing for the England youth national teams, but in March, 2017, it was reported he has switched his allegiance to Nigeria.



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Mosimane happy to see Percy Tau shooting on sight – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Mamelodi Sundowns


Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane with Percy Tau

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Sep 12, 2017. 19:00


Pitso Mosimane says he is happy to see Percy Tau opting to shoot rather than dribble, having returned to scoring form for Mamelodi Sundowns.

The 23-year-old scored both of Sundowns’ goals as they defeated Free State Stars 2-1 in an Absa Premiership clash on Monday night.

With the Brazilians gearing up for a CAF Champions League quarterfinal, first leg clash with Wydad Casablanca this coming weekend, Tau’s form has put a smile on Mosimane’s face.

“I thought the game was long finished but it’s okay. I’m disappointed with the late goal because it’s the last five seconds of the game and we’re not picking the player up. He was free. It spoils the whole thing. We wanted to keep the clean sheet but I’m happy for Percy Tau, once he shoots he scores,” Mosimane told SuperSport cameras after the match.

“I told him, ‘stop dribbling, how many dribblings do you want? You’ve got to shoot’, and he shot. And the free-kick, he’s practicing it, hey. I’m so happy he’s practicing them all the time. Practice makes perfect. We were stable, we controlled the game. We’re happy, three points, it’s important.”

However, Sundowns have a lengthy list of injuries ahead of the first leg against Wydad.

“Anthony [Laffor] is on crutches, Khama [Billiat] is injured, Leo [Castro] made it through a late fitness test, [Tiyani] Mabunda is injured,” added ‘Jingles’.

“We need to make sure that we look after the team. A team that played tonight is a team I trusted. If you’re in the team of Mamelodi Sundowns, you have to play, there’s no first team and second team.”



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


Jordan Ayew of Ghana and Andre Ayew

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 12, 2017. 18:00


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

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

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

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

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



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Kenya’s Victor Wanyama happy with recovery progress


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Sep 10, 2017. 14:03


Latest information from England is that Kenya and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama says he is happy with his progress despite still being injured.

The Harambee Stars international missed Saturday’s trip to Everton in the English Premier League.

It is reported that he will also miss their first UEFA Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund next week.

Wanyama sustained a knee injury in training and missed the Lily Whites’ previous league match against Burnley.

Meanwhile, he also withdrew from Kenya’s squad for their recent friendly international against Mozambique.

“I am currently undergoing physiotherapy sessions and i am happy with the progress i hope to get back in shape soon,” Wanyama said to soka25east.com

Reports also indicate that he could be out for few more weeks.



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Konate happy to join Amiens on a long-term deal – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Aug 17, 2017. 16:00


French Ligue 1 side Amiens Sporting Club have strengthened their squad with the signing of Senegalese international Moussa Konate on a four-year deal.

The 24-year-old frontman was previously plying trade in Switzerland for FC Sion and he has since joined Amiens.

Amiens announced his signing of the ASC Toure Kunda de Mbour academy product on their official website.

“It’s true, but I have to say that the work done by the CSA staff and my agent was positive. We agreed on a deal and it pleased us,” he said.

“I did not know the city because I had never been here before. But I assure you that I saw the first two matches in Ligue 1 and a few games towards the end of the last campaign.

“Coming to Amiens, I know that I am going to play in a league which is more intense than the Swiss league,” he added.

“In Sion, during the three years, I scored 53 goals. I want to be able to express myself in the same way in Amiens and I think for me it is going to be a good year.”

Konate had already featured in four 2017/18 Swiss Super League matches for Sion and he found the back of the net once in the process.

He has also played for Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv, Russian outfit FC Krasnodar as well as Italian side Genoa



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Uganda’s interim coach happy with Rwanda win – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Aug 14, 2017. 19:30


Uganda interim coach Moses Basena has expressed relief after their 3-0 win over Rwanda this past weekend.

The Cranes cruised to a convincing win at home in their 2018 CAF African Nations Championship first leg qualifier in Kampala.

Kampala Capital City Authority midfielder, Muzamiru Mutyaba notched a brace and Derrick Nsibambi wrapped up business for the side.

Speaking after the match, Basena expressed the desire to first bury off the game in Rwanda than to celebrate so early.

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“This is just the first half of the two matches. The second and most decisive match will be played in Kigali next week,” said Basena to Kawowo Sports.

“I therefore call upon the players to stay focused because it is work half done.

“We could have scored more than the goals we finished with. Well, we created the chances but there is need to be more clinical in front of goal.”

Basena’s partner Fred Kajoba, added that they explained to the players what they wanted from the clash against Amavubi.

“We were up to the task. The players knew exactly what they wanted from the word go,” adds Kajoba.

“We met each player personally and explained to him the significance of this game to each personally, the team and the entire country. They listened and worked for it.

“We shall continue to work hard because we still have 3 more games to play this month. Each of the matches means a lot to any of us on the team.”



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CAF President Ahmad happy with development in Ethiopia


Ahmad, new CAF President congradutes by Gianni Infantino, FIFA President

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 09, 2017. 11:00


In the wake of his arrival in Addis Ababa, CAF president Ahmad expressed gratitude to the Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn.

Desalegn has welcomed the football governing body’s boss as he emphasised their stance on football development in the continent.

However, on his part, Ahmad expressed gratitude towards his CAF delegation as he thanked Ethiopia Football Federation president, Juneidi Basha.

“I came here for two reasons; the first one is my responsibility as the president of CAF towards all the African nations,” Ahmad said.

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“The second is because Ethiopia was the land where the change happened and I got my opportunity to be the CAF President in this country.

“Thank you Your Excellency. In fact, we thank you for the cooperation which will lead us to use football not only as a game but also as a tool to develop youths in our society.

“We can also consider football as an opportunity to help the plight of people.

“I have to say that I am really happy after my visit this morning to the Ethiopian Youth and Sports Academy, and as I told the Minister of Youth and Sports, this is the level of development we are looking for.

“Also, we have seen the Addis Ababa National Stadium, which is of an international level. This is a great nation and what we see nowadays indicates that Ethiopia is ready for the future.”

The CAF President also revealed that he will propose to the Executive Committee to consider naming the CAF Centre of Excellence in Ethiopia after former CAF President, Ydnekatchew Tessema.

The Ethiopian headed the continent’s football governing body between 1972 and 1987.



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Stoke boss happy to have landed Choupo-Moting – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Aug 08, 2017. 17:30


The signing of Cameroonian attacker Eric maxim Choupo-Moting has delighted Stoke City manager Mark Hughes.

The Indomitable Lions player joined the Potters on a free transfer yesterday, having last been on the books of Bundesliga side Schalke 04.

“He is a player who has been on my radar for quite some time now, in fact it was when he played for Hamburg I first saw him and took note of how good a player he was,” Hughes told Stoke’s official website.

“I was manager at Manchester City, I think, or Blackburn Rovers, at the time and I just remember him making an impression in the game.”

Hughes added: “He is a talented guy who has good pace, power and real presence too. I really believe the supporters will enjoy watching him play.

“We actually tried to bring him here a couple of windows ago, but for whatever reason we weren’t able to get the deal done, but thankfully we have been able to do so this time, and I am delighted.”



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Egyptian El-Hadary happy to sign for Saudi side – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jul 14, 2017. 13:00


Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary says he is excited with his move to the Saudia Arabian side Al-Tawoun.

The Pharaohs veteran has completed his move to the Saudi league on a one-year deal.

Following his move on June 28, the keeper became the first foreign goalkeeper in the Saudi Pro League as the Saudi Football Federation had recently lifted a ban on signing foreign keepers.

COMOROS, LESOTHO SET FOR CHAN CLASH

It is reported that the four-time Africa Cup of Nations champion assured that he will do his best to achieve a number of goals with his new club.

The 44-year-old net minder has also praised the club’s board for signing Zamalek’s winger Mostafa Fathi on a one-year loan deal.

“I have a new challenge now with Al-Taawoun and I will aim to do my best to win this challenge,” El-Hadary said.

“I want to perform well with the club first for myself and then for those who trust me and my potentials.

“Mostafa Fathi is young, promising and talented. I am happy that he joined the club.

“I am really happy I moved to Al-Taawoun and I would like to retire here.”



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Liverpool’s Klopp happy with injured Mane’s progress – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Liverpool forward Sadio Mane

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jul 13, 2017. 14:00


Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp is happy with Senegal international Sadio Mane’s progress as he continues to recover from a knee operation.

The 25-year-old forward recently began light training with the English Premier League (EPL) giants after missing the end of the 2016/17 season.

The Reds will travel to Hong Kong, Asia for pre-season Premier League Asia Trophy and the club head coach Klopp provided an update regarding the player.

“He is really, really good. He is close; he is closing on coming back to team training,” Klopp told the club’s official website.

“In this moment, we think it will be when we are in Asia, so then it makes no sense to take him to Asia because he needs to then do the first steps in kind of team training.

“We will see how we can do it; maybe [some of] the U23s will be here, so when he can start this [training] then we can use this opportunity, but we have to wait,” he added.

“On Tuesday morning he was part of the running, so he is first-team training if you want and that looked really good.

“I think he is getting better, but it is how it is after a long time – you need to build a little bit of muscle again in the quad and thigh, which is important,” he continued.

“There is no risk with him because he is a naturally fit boy and in the moment when he can start to be a real part of the sessions.

“He will then immediately be fit again. We have not all the time in the world, but we have time and we will use it.”



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Abel Xavier happy to beat Chipolopolo for the first time ever – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jun 14, 2017. 17:00


After leading Mozambique to their first ever win over Zambia at international level, coach Abel Xavier says they were well prepared for the clash.

The Mambas claimed a 1-0 win over Chipolopolo in their 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday.

The Mambas stunned Wedson Nyirenda’s men to record their first-ever win over the Chipolopolo in 20 meetings through Stanley Ratifo’s goal.

After their historical win, Xavier said his charges showed belief that anything is possible in football as they pushed to end end their seven-year absence from the Africa Cup of Nations finals.

“I am very proud of my players after working with the team for one-and-a-half years changing things to make things happen,” said Xavier.

SWAZILAND FRUSTRATE NIGER IN NIAMEY

“I believe we prepared very well against a team like Zambia, a team we respect a lot. On Saturday, Mozambique sent an important statement; a statement that these days in modern football, everything is possible.

“When you prepare players very well, who are the main protagonist of the game, and they believe they can produce the results, and they can believe that they can be dominant, then you are closer to achieving your objectives.

“I don’t want to talk about history because I was not there. Now this is a different scenario, we are changing things, because I found players who are fully committed and I am proud of them.

“I believe with the growth process of my team, this result gives us hope of what can happen and if we fight to the end, then we can go through.”



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Kalusha Bwalya happy with AFCON U17 quality of football


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday May 29, 2017. 15:30


Zambia and African football legend Kalusha Bwalya says the future of the football game is bright on the African continent.

Bwalya was speaking after the Malian side claimed a 1-0 win over Ghana to defend their U17 CAF Africa Cup of Nations crown.

Although a number of national teams in the continent are struggling to produce results on the field of play, Bwalya believes their is a bright future ahead.

MALI DEFEND U17 AFCON CROWN

The 1988 African Footballer of the Year spoke to the BBC website in Gabon after watching the Young Eagles beat the Black Starlet on Sunday.

“The standard has been very high and the four teams going to the World Cup have all played very well,” said Bwalya.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that the future of African football is very bright.

“Ghana and Guinea set the tempo for the tournament while Niger defied all odds to qualify for their first ever youth World Cup and that’s a great achievement.”

The former Football Association of Zambia president believes the continent will grow and benefit from hosting tournaments such as the U17 AFCON as he called it a success.

On the other hand, Guinea claimed the bronze medal after beating Niger 3-1 in the third-place pay-off on Sunday.



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USMA’s Paul Put happy to record big win over Al Ahly Tripoli – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Beldjilali Rafik (R) of USM Alger vies for the ball with Saltou Anis (L) of Al Ahly Tripoli during the CAF Champions League match between USM Alger and Al Ahly Tripoli in Algiers, Algeria, 12 May 2017

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Graeme Jackson

Monday May 15, 2017. 14:00


Paul Put, the coach of Algerian side USMA, was happy to see his charges cruise to a 3-0 win over Al Ahly Tripoli in the CAF Champions League this past weekend.

Put’s side claimed top spot in Group B on goal difference ahead of Zamalek (who beat CAPS United 2-0) thanks to goals from Farouk Chafai, Carolus Andriamatsinoro and Oussama Darfalou in Algiers.

“You have to know that we started the game with a lot of pressure on the players, who were a little lost on the field, then we were able to come back creating opportunities to score, unfortunately we did not succeed in making them happen,” Put told his post match press conference, as quoted by Le Buteur.

“Fortunately, later we were able to recover by scoring a first goal, this gave us confidence, and a second at a very important time.

“I would say that was the ideal scenario for us to win. The ascendancy we had after the second goal allowed the players to wake up.

“Overall, I am satisfied because we achieved the most important aim in winning our first game and the three points bodes well for us.”

USMA will be in Champions League action again on May 24 when they face CAPS in Harare.



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