Athletic Bilbao game will cause another hold off in Spanish FA presidential election

The election to decide the new president of the Spanish FA (RFEF) has been delayed indefinitely once more as specified voter Oscar De Marcos has a game for Athletic Bilbao at Villarreal on the earlier agreed date of April 9.

The RFEF has been without the need of a long-lasting main because very long-standing president Angel Maria Villar was pressured out 3 months in the past pursuing his arrest in July on suspicion of inappropriate management, misappropriation of resources, corruption, and falsifying files.

Juan Luis Larrea, Villar’s previous associate and very long-time RFEF treasurer, has been the acting head of the organisation because of very last summer months. Larrea is 1 of two candidates to just take the position, together with Luis Rubiales, the head of the Spanish players union (AFE).

An RFEF assertion produced Wednesday evening claimed that the Spanish government’s sports administration court had acknowledged an appeal by Rubiales to hold off the vote mainly because De Marcos, the player’s delegate, will be unavailable, and claimed a meeting would shortly just take place to find a suited date.

Rubiales, the previous Levante defender, then produced an assertion on Twitter contacting the decision unjust and stating he had basically requested for La Liga‘s authorities to shift the game alternatively.

Amid continuing confusion, Larrea told “El Larguero” radio display that he is not pleased with the problem.

“I really don’t like how this looks,” Larrea claimed. “There will constantly be something, if not La Liga

, then an indoor football game, or women’s football. … We simply cannot wait.

The RFEF presidency is determined by 139 delegates appointed from diverse locations of the Spanish game, which include players, referees and representatives from newbie football and regional federations.

Some of the appointed voters have also been implicated in the police’s “Operacion Soule” investigation into very long-operating corruption in Spanish football.

While Villar has had to resign his previous positions at UEFA and FIFA, he has denied all wrongdoing and made makes an attempt to hold off the voting in buy to get back the RFEF presidency.

He even tried to stoke fears in December that Spain could be thrown out of the World Cup in Russia this summer months need to he not be reinstated.


Kenyan Premier League Awards put on hold due to CECAFA


Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Dec 01, 2017. 16:30

The Kenyan Premier League Awards have been moved to January 2018 as the Harambee Stars are busy with the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge.

Kenya will host the regional showpiece which means an announcement was made that the local awards event will be hosted next year.


Media reports in the country suggest that the red carpet ceremony was planned for December 13.

The regional tournament was initially scheduled to end before the gathering of top league performers.

However, due to unavoidable circumstances, according to the organizers, the tournament will now start December 3 to 17.

“The new date for the awards will be communicated in due course,” a statement from KPL said.

The league’s Chief Executive Officer, Jack Oguda, had earlier confirmed to Soka25east that betting giants SportPesa will sponsor this year’s event.

For over a decade, pay television company SuperSport footed the bill until their broadcast deal with the KPL was terminated this year.


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Citizens denied top spot as Baroka hold on


Citizens denied top spot as Baroka hold on

Lyle Lakay of Cape Town City FC challenged by Olaleng Shaku of Baroka FC during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Cape Town City FC and Baroka FC at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 21 November 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Staff Reporter

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017. 20:31

Cape Town City were denied top spot in the Absa Premiership, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Baroka FC on Tuesday evening.

As a result, the Limpopo side keep their place at the summit of South Africa’s top-flight with the Citizens remaining in third – two points behind their counterparts.

As is often the case following an international break, the two teams took time to find their rhythm on a wet evening in the Mother City, with the rain and the game’s tempo increasing as the match went on.

Following a rather uneventful opening stanza, the game sparked into life following the break with Robin Ngalande breaking the deadlocked in the 55th minute of the encounter.

Moments after guiding a header attempt over the crossbar, the former Ajax Cape Town man hit the back of the net to give the visitors the lead.

The Citizens went in search of an immediate reply and duly pulled level on 69 minutes through Craig Martin. The speedster getting on the end of Lyle Lakay’s cross for his first in City blue and gold.

City ended the game the better of the two teams and went close to grabbing all three points through Roland Putsche and Martin in the dying exchanges, but it was not to be as they had to settle for a point.

Cape Town City (0) 1 (Martin 69′)

Baroka FC (0) 1 (Ngalande 55′)

Cape Town City: Stephens; Seedat, Johannes, Fielies, Mkhize – Putsche, Matsi, Modise (Patosi 56′) – Lakay (Masina 70′), Martin, Koapeng (Gumede 86′).

Baroka FC: Vries; Masenamela, Banda, Shaku, Kgoetyane – Madubanya, Mdantsane – Moeti, Ntshangase (Kgaswane 68′), Chawapihwa (Motupa 70′), Ngalande (Mahashe 89′).


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Yacine Brahimi helps Algeria hold Nigeria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Yacine Brahimi helps Algeria hold Nigeria

Yacine BRAHIMI of Algeria challenged by Alexander IWOBI of Nigeria during the Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Nigeria vs Algeria on November, 12th 2016 at Godswill Akpabio Stadium
©Kabiru Abubakar//Backpagepix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 23:46

Algeria and Nigeria drew 1-1 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiaction (CAF) Group B match at the Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui on Friday night.

The draw sees Algeria finish the qualifying campaign winless, while Nigeria, who are the Group B winners, will take part in next year’s finals in Russia.

The Desert Warriors should have broken the deadlock through England-based centre forward Islam Slimani a minute into the match.

But the striker’s header from the centre of the box missed the target following a good cross by Zinedine Ferhat, who plays for Le Havre in France.

The Super Eagles also threatened through Tony Nwakaeme, who was making his debut for Nigeria, in the 15th minute as the visitors looked to take the lead.

The striker’s right footed shot from outside the box was well saved by Algeria’s 33-year-old goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi.

Algeria were then forced to make a change on the half-hour mark as Ayoub Abdellaoui replaced Chemseddine Nessakh, who was injured.

The last chance of the first-half for Nwakaeme and was denied by Chaouchi on the stroke of half-time and the score was 0-0 at the interval.

Chaouchi was called into action 10 minutes after the restart and he pulled off a great save to deny Nigerian attacker Alex Iwobi.

Aissa Mandi, the Algeria midfielder, had a glorious opportunity to make it 1-0 to his side in the 61st minute, but he headed over the crossbar close range.

The hosts were left to rue that missed chance as Nigeria broke the dealdlock a minute later through John Ogu, who scored with a beautiful left-footed long range shot to make it 1-0 to Nigeria.

It was end-to-end stuff in the closing stages of the match as Slimani missed the target from close range with Nigeria keeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa well-beaten.

Algeria were then awarded a late penalty after Yacinie Brahimi was fouled in the box and forward stepped up, and beat Ezenwa to ensure that the game ended in a 1-1 a draw.

Algeria (0) 1 (Brahimi 88′)

Nigeria (0) 1 (Ogu 62′)

Algeria XI: Haouchi, Mandi, Cadamuro, Chafaï, Nessakh (Abdellaoui 30′), Medjani, Ferhat, Bennacer (Boundjah 75′), Mahrez (Hanni 65′) Brahimi, Slimani.

Nigeria XI: Ezenwa, Abdullahi, Ola Aina, Balogun, Ekong, Etebo, J.Ogu, Ndidi, Nwakeme (Onyekuru 70′), Iwobi (Musa 81′), Iheanacho.


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AmaZulu fight back to hold Baroka – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


AmaZulu fight back to hold Baroka

Both Letladi Madubanya of Baroka FC and Mhlengi Cele of AmaZulu FC could not get to the ball during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between AmaZulu FC and Baroka FC at King Goodwill Zwelentini Stadium, Durban on 01 November 2017 ©Gerald Duraan/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 21:52

Baroka FC held AmaZulu FC to a 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday night.

As a result, Usuthu remain ninth on the league standings, on the league table, while Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele remain at the top of the log.

AmaZulu goalkeeper Boalefa Pule and his Baroka counterpart Virgil Vries were not seriously tested in the opening exchanges.

But Pule had to be alert in the 21st minute as Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele looked to break the deadlock.

The former South Africa youth international made a good save to deny Baroka attacker Sipho Moeti.

However, Pule was beaten in the 29th minute after the visitors were awarded a penalty which was converted by Gift Motupa.

Usuthu then pressed Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele and they deservedly equalized three minutes later.

Rhulani Manzini hit the back of the net with wonderful overhead kick to make it 1-1 with Vries well beaten.

Baroka then contained AmaZulu in the remaining minutes of the first-half and the score was 1-1 at the interval.

AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson made the first change of the game at the beginning of the second-half.

Siyethemba Mnguni replaced Boysen Mbatha as the home side looked to take the lead for the first time on the night.

But visitors’ defence stood firm with Usuthu struggling to create good goal scoring opportunites.

Mzwanele Mahashe, a defender by trade, was introduced by Bakgaga in the closing stages of the match as the visitors looked settle for a draw.

Baroka were able to defend very well in the latter stages of the match and ultimately, the match ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

AmaZulu (1) 1 (Manzini 33′)

Baroka (1) 1 (Motupa 29′)

AmaZulu: Pule, Gumede M, Mtsweni, Gumede P, Sikhakhane, Darpoh, Ncube, Mbatha B (Mnguni 46′), Ncobeni, Cele, Manzini (Khenyeza 68′).

Baroka: Vries, Shaku, Matloga (Mahashe 77′), Chawapiwa (Ngalande 63′), Banda, Moeti, Kgoetyane, Mothupa, Madubanya, Mdantsane, Motupa (Nguzana 83′).


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Stubborn Polokwane City hold Kaizer Chiefs – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Stubborn Polokwane City hold Kaizer Chiefs

Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Sammy Seabi of Polokwane City during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 31 October 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 21:25

Kaizer Chiefs were held to a 0-0 draw by Polokwane City in an Absa Premiership match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday night.

As a result, Rise and Shine move to position 11 on the league table, while Amakhosi remain in fourth spot on the log.

The hosts were the better side in the early stages of the encounter as they applied some pressure on the Chiefs defence.

However, the Amakhosi defence which was led by South Africa international Erick Mathoho looked solid.

Polokwane’s hard-running striker Rodney Ramagalela kept the Chiefs defence very busy with his pace.

He was able to test Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, who had kept two clean sheets in his last two competitive games.

Khune produced a great save to deny Ramagalela in the 21st minute as Rise and Shine looked to break the deadlock.

Chiefs winger Joseph Molangoane was looking lively for the visitors, but he was tightly marked by the Polokwane defence.

The score was 0-0 at half-time between Polokwane and Chiefs following a tightly contested first-half.

The hosts should have broken the deadlock through Rendani Ndou 10 minutes into the second-half after the visitors’ defence was exposed.

However, Khune made a great save to deny Polokwane captain Jabulani Maluleke and Ndou missed the target from close range from the rebound.

The Rise and Shine defence was then pressed by Amakhosi, but Hendrick Ekstein, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Dumisani Zuma missed the target.

Khune then produced a good low save to deny Ndou in the latter stages of the game – ensuring that the match ended in a 0-0 draw.

Polokwane (0) 0

Chiefs (0) 0

Polokwane:Chigova, Semenya, Ravhuhali, Mbonani, Maponyane, Seabi, Phiri (Vilakazi 84′), Klaas (Mngomezulu 81′), Ramagalela, Maluleke, Ndou.

Chiefs: Khune, Cardoso, Zulu, Mathoho, Gordinho, Katsande, Molangoane, Ekstein (Ekstein 76′), Parker (Paez 67′), Tshabalala (Chirambadare 85′), Maluleka.


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Wydad hold Al Ahly in CCL final first-leg clash


Wydad hold Al Ahly in CCL final first-leg clash

epa05444318 Al-Ahly’s Moamen Zakaria (L) vies for the ball with Wydad’s Abdellatif Noussir (R) during their CAF Champions League group A stage football match between Egypt’s Al-Ahly and Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco, on 27 July 2016. EPA/ABDELHAK SENNA

Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 21:10

Al Ahly and Wydad Casablanca drew 1-1 in the 2017 CAF Champions League final first-leg clash at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Egypt on Saturday.

The second-leg encounter will be played at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca next week Saturday.

Egyptian giants Al Ahly applied some pressure on the Moroccan side Wydad’s defence in the opening stages of the match and they scored in the third minute.

Abdalla El Said set up Moamen Zakaria, who fired past Wydad goalkeeper Zouheir Laaroubi to make it 1-0 to Al Ahly.

But the Red Devils fans inside the Borg Al Arab Stadium were silenced in the 16th minute as the visitors equalized.

Achraf Bencharki headed home Mohamed Ounajem’s delightful cross to make it 1-1 for Wydad with the Al Ahly defence exposed.

The momentum was with the Red Devils, who pressed the Kings of Titles with the half-time break fast approaching.

However, Wydad managed to contain Al Ahly and the score was 1-1 at the interval.

Zakaria had a chance to grab his brace from a free-kick 20 minutes into the second-half and restore the hosts’ lead.

However, Laaroubi was alert and he made a comfortable save to deny the hard-working centre forward.

Al Ahly did most of the attacking in the closing stages of the match, but they found it difficult to unlock the Wydad defence.

Veteran striker Emad Moteab was introduced by Al Ahly in the latter stages.

However, Wydad stood firm at the back and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Al Ahly (1) 1 (Zakaria 3′)

Wydad (1) 1 (Bencharki 16′)

Al Ahly XI: Ekramy; Fathy, Nagiub, Saad, Maaloul, El-Sulaya, Rabia (Hamoudi 78′), Zakaria, Abdallah, Ajayi (Soliman 65′ Moteab 86′), Azarou.

Wydad XI: Laaroubi, Rabeh, Ouattara, Noussir, Saidi, El Karti, Nakach, Gaddarine, Bencharki, Ounajem (Khadrouf 27′), El Haddad (Doa 83′).


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Free State Stars hold Platinum Stars – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Free State Stars hold Platinum Stars

Edward Manqele of Free State Stars

Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 22:25

Free State Stars held Platinum Stars to a 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership match at the Goble Park Stadium on Saturday night.

Despite drawing at home, Ea Lla Koto remain seventh on the league table, while Dikwena also remain 16th on the log.

Dikwena, who were the visitors were able to contain Ea Lla Koto in the first 20 minutes of the encounter.

The visitors were awarded a penalty in the 33rd minute and Bonginkosi Ntuli converted to make it 1-0 to Dikwena.

This was the striker’s second goal in as many league games having also scored against Orlando Pirates in midweek.

However, Ea Lla Koto were able to apply some pressure on the Dikwena defence and they equalized through Edward Manqele.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns forward, who was also making it two goals in two league games, scored in the 43rd minute.

The score was 1-1 between Free State Stars and Platinum Stars at the interval in Bethlehem.

Ea Lla Koto’s goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare was called into action nine minutes after the restart and he denied Dikwena midfielder Thobani Kunene.

The home side’s defence was frustrating Dikwena, who introduced Brian Mwila, a Zambian striker, in the 69th minute.

However, marksman was tightly marked by the Ea Lla Koto defence which was marshalled by Guinean defender Bangaly Keita.

The two sides launched attacks in the closing stages, but they could not score a late goal and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

FS Stars (1) 1 (Manqele 43′)

P Stars (1) 1 (Ntuli 33′)

FS Stars: Sangare, Masehe, Mobbie (Mashego 13′), Keita, Phungwayo, Mbhele, Potsane, Vilakazi (G.Dlamini 56′), Manqele (Mahamutsa 74′), Jantjie, Anas.

P Stars: Visser, De Jongh, Zulu, Sithole, Mwedihanga, Mere, Mkhabela, Ng’ambi, Otladisa (Kunene 49′), Msomi (Mwila 69′), Ntuli (Matlakala 88′).


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Golden Arrows fight back to hold Polokwane City – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Golden Arrows fight back to hold Polokwane City

Sammy Seabi of Polokwane City clears ball from Jabulani Shongwe of Golden Arrows during the 2017/18 Absa Premiership football match between Golden Arrows and Polokwane City at Princess Magogo Stadium, Durban on 21 October 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 17:44

Golden Arrows and Polokwane City drew 2-2 in an Absa Premiership match at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

As a result, Arrows remain second on the league table, while Polokwane climb up to 10th on the standings.

It took only eight minutes for Rodney Ramagalela to make it 1-0 to Polokwane after reacting to Jabulani Maluleke’s free-kick.

This was the hard-working forward’s sixth goal of the season which sees him placed at the top of the Absa Premiership scoring charts.

But the lead only lasted for three minutes as Zimbabwean striker Knox Mutizwa restored parity with a decent finish in the 13th minute.

Arrows, who were the home side, then dominated possession as they looked to take the lead for the first time on the day.

However, Chigova and his defence were able to contain the Polokwane attack which was led by Ramagalela.

The score was 1-1 during the half-time break following a first-half which was slightly dominated by Arrows.

The two sides created chances in the first 15 minutes of the second-half, but they could not hit the back of the net.

However, Sammy Seabi made it 2-1 to Polokwane with Ramagalela grabbing an assist in the 70th minute.

Arrows then piled pressure on the Polokwane defence and Thomas Chideu was intoduced by coach Clinton Larsen.

The striker snatched a late equalizing goal in stoppage time and the encounter ended in a 2-2 stalemate.

Arrows (1) 2 (Mutizwa 11′, Chideu 90+3′)

Polokwane (1) 2 (Ramagalela 8′, Seabi 70′)

Arrows: Gumede, Dube, Nkombelo, Mngwengwe, Mzava, Magubane (Jappie 60′), Bilankulu, Shongwe (N.Cele 60′), Mahachi, Mutizwa, Lamola.

Polokwane: Chigova, Ravhuhali, Semenya, Mbonani, Maponyane, Seabi, Maluleke, Phiri (Tlolane 68′), Ramagalela, Musona (Mngomezulu 64′), Ndou (Vilakazi 89′).


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Guinea fight back to hold Costa Rica – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup


Guinea fight back to hold Costa Rica

Ibrahima Sory Soumah of Guinea

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 10, 2017. 15:51

Guinea and Costa Rica drew 2-2 in the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup Group C match at the Fatorda Stadium in Margao, India on Tuesday.

The drew sees the Junior Elephants of Guinea remain fourth on the group standings, while Costa Rica’s Junior Selection also remain third on the table.

The Junior Elephants started the match well, but it was the Junior Selection, who broke the deadlock.

Yecxy Jarquín scored with a tap in to make it 1-0 to Costa Rica in the 26th minute with the Guinea defence exposed.

However, the Junior Elephants then pressed the North American side and they managed to equalize.

Fandje Toure fired home his second goal of the tournament from close range in the 30th minute – making it 1-1 for Guinea.

Ibrahima Soumah thought he had given Guinea the lead just before half-time, but his goal was disallowed.

The score was 1-1 between Guinea and Costa Rica following an entertaining first-half.

Souleymane Camara, the Guinea coach, introduced Djibril Sylla 11 minutes after the restart.

However, it was the Junior Selection, who scored the next goal seven minutes after the hour-mark.

Andreas Gomez fired past Guinea shot-stopper Mohamed Camara to make it 2-1 to Costa Rica.

The Junior Elephants continued to attack and they managed to level matters again with nine minutes left.

Soumah scored with a decent finish with Costa Rica keeper Ricardo Montenegro well beaten to make it 2-2 for Guinea.

Guinea were the better side in the closing stages of the match, but they could not score and ultimately, the two sides drew 2-2 on the day.

Guinea (1) 2 (F.Toure 30′, I.Soumah 81′)

Costa Rica (1) 2 (Jarquín 21′, Gomez 67′)

Guinea:M. Camara, S. Conte, I. Soumah, I. Camara (S.Bangoura 75′), I. Traore, S. Camara, A. Camara, E. Bah (D.Sylla 56′), F.Toure, S. Cisse, N. Bangoura (F.Soumah 72′).

Costa Rica: Montenegro, Arce, Cortés, Román, Faerrón, Alfaro (Abarco 77′), Arias, Bustamante (Chacon 46′), Jarquín, Castro, Gómez (Cordero 71′).


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


Ghana hold Uganda to goalless stalemate in Kampala

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

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 07, 2017. 17:25

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

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

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

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

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

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

0-0 at the interval.

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

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

Uganda (0) 0

Ghana (0) 0

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

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


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Golden Arrows hold Kaizer Chiefs – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Golden Arrows hold Kaizer Chiefs

Williard Katsande and Bongolwethu Jayiya of Kaizer Chiefs challenges Nduduzo Sbiya of Golden Arrows during 2017/18 Absa Premiership game between Kaizer Chiefs and Golden Arrows at Soccer City Stadium on 22 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Sep 23, 2017. 23:53

Kaizer Chiefs and Golden Arrows drew 0-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the FNB Stadium Stadium on Saturday night.

The result sees Amakhosi move to fourth spot on the league log, while Abafana Bes’thende move back to the top of the standings.

Arrows had a chance to break the deadlock just before the half-hour mark, but Siphelele Magubane was denied Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.

Chiefs then launched an attack and Gustavo Paez’s effort from range was pushed over the crossbar by Arrows keeper Nkosingiphile Gumede.

The score was 0-0 at half-time at half-time following tightly contested first-half in the city of Johannesburg.

Arrows were the better side in the closing stages of the second-half as they looked to grab a late winning goal.

But Wayde Jooste was briliantly denied by Khune after the Arrows attacking midfielder had unleashed a shot from range.

However, Khune was then injured after denying Arrows striker Knox Mutizwa and he was replaced by Edmore Chirambadare in Chiefs goal.

The Zimbabwean midfielder, who replaced Khune as Amakhosi had used up all allowed substitutions, was not tested by Arrows in the remaining minutes and the match ended in a 0-0 draw.

Chiefs (0) 0

Arrows (0) 0

Chiefs XI: Khune, Moleko, Mathoho, Cardoso, Zulu, Katsande, Malope (Meyiwa 57′), Ekstein, Jayiya (Twala 46′ Chirambadare 87′), Tshabalala, Paez.

Arrows XI: Gumede, Dube, Mngwenge, Mzava, Nkombelo, Bilankulu, Cele, Sibiya (Mutizwa 65′), Magubane (Jooste 82′), Mahachi (Sibeko 77′).


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Platinum Stars hold AmaZulu – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Platinum Stars hold AmaZulu

Mhlengi Cele of AmaZulu during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between AmaZulu and Platinum Stars at King Zwelithini Stadium, Durban on 23 September 2017 © Steve Haag/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Sep 23, 2017. 23:39

AmaZulu and Platinum Stars drew 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday night.

As a result, Usuthu climb up to seventh spot on the league standings, while Dikwena remain 16th on the log.

The visitors opened the scoring 20 minutes into the match through their new striker Thabang Sesinyi.

The Botswana international fired past AmaZulu goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha to make it 1-0 to Stars.

Stars, who are yet to win an Absa Premiership match this season, were now oozing with confidence as they looked to double their lead.

However, Usuthu were stood firm at the back and the score was 1-0 to Stars at the interval.

A second-half which was dominated by AmaZulu followed, even though, they lost Tapelo Nyongo due to an injury.

The home side were awarded a penalty in the 60th minute and Rhulani Manzini converted from the spot-kick it to make it 1-1.

Usuthu then pushed for the winning goal in the closing stages of the match, but Stars were solid at the back and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

AmaZulu (0) 1 (Manzini 61′)

P Stars (1) 1 (Sesinyi 20′)

AmaZulu: Mbatha, Mtsweni, Gumede, Nyongo (Mngqibisa 57′), Ouro-Akoriko, Darboh, Ncube, Ncobeni, S.Dlamini (B.Mbatha 66′), Cele, Manzini (Khenyeza 84′).

P Stars: Mzimela, Ntuli, Jongh, Mere, Zulu, Mlilo, Mwedihanga, Ng’ambi (Kunene 88′), Mkhabela, Mbatha (Mpeta 73′), Sesinyi.


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Chilli Boys hold SuperSport to 1-1 draw


Chilli Boys hold SuperSport to 1-1 draw

Morgan Gould and Dean Furman of Supersport United challenges Moeketsi Sekola of Chippa United during 2017/18 Absa Premiership game between Supersport United and Chippa United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 19 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017. 21:57

SuperSport United squandered an opportunity to move into second spot on the Absa Premiership standings as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Chippa United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Tuesday evening.

Matsatsantsa unconvincing throughout, as the Chilli Boys claimed a point in the South African capital.

Siyabonga Nhlapo opened the scoring for the hosts before Moeketsi Sekola’s equalizer just short of the interval.

The hosts, fielding a changed line-up with one eye on their second-leg CAF Confederations Cup clash in Zambia this coming weekend, dominated the early exchanges with Kingston Nkhatha and Morgan Gould guiding their respective efforts wide of goal.

The opener would come in the 28th minute as Nhlapo hammered home on the volley for his first in SuperSport blue. The fullback quickest to react after Chippa failed to clear a long throw-in by Gould.

Chippa duly pulled level on the cusp of half-time. Matsatsantsa guilty of switching off at the back as Sekola hammered home via a wicked deflection off Dean Furman, 1-1 at the break.

Chances were few and far between in the second stanza, with neither side showcasing any real urgency. Bradley Grobler’s powerful effort in the 77th minute the only notable highlight as the two teams shared the spoils.

The result moves SuperSport up to 5th while Chippa climb into 10th spot on the log standings.

SuperSport United (1) 1 (Nhlapo 28′)

Chippa United (0) 1 (Sekola 45′)

SuperSport United: Williams; Nhlapo, Gould, Mashamaite, Boateng – Mnyamane, Mbule, Furman, Myeni (Phala 51′) – Brockie (Grobler 72′), Nkhatha (Letsholonyane 65′)

Chippa United: Akpeyi; Macheke, Okwusa, Konqobe, Maphanga – Mvelase (Mbokoma 71′), Zuke, Mabaso (Mdlinzo 55′), Mako – Lentjies (Masuku 81′) – Sekola


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Chippa hold Platinum Stars in Rustenburg – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Chippa hold Platinum Stars in Rustenburg

Musa Nyatama of Orlando Pirates is challenged by Andile Mbenyane of Chippa United during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Chippa United on the 19 August 2017 at Orlando Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 16, 2017. 22:20

Teboho Moloi’s reign as Chippa United coach began with a goalless draw away to Platinum Stars in Rustenburg on Saturday night.

The result at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium sees the Chilli Boys rise to 11th in the Absa Premiership, while Dikwena have at least picked up their first point of the season, though they remain winless and rooted to the bottom of the log.

Both sides struggled to find their rhythm in a disappointing first half, with neither Stars goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela nor his counterpart Daniel Akpeyi called into action by a shot on target.

Dikwena looked to be the better of the two teams through the first stanza, with the likes of Enocent Mkhabela and Robert Ng’ambi holding sway through the middle of the park, but they couldn’t provide striker Bongi Ntuli with the necessary ammunition.

Chippa were dealt a major blow just before half time when influential midfielder Mark Mayambela limped off and had to be replaced by Phetso Maphanga, resulting in a tactical shuffle from the visitors.

Both teams boosted their attack early in the second half, with Dikwena introducing Thobani Kunene and the Chilli Boys throwing on former Free State Stars hit-man Moeketsi Sekola.

The latter missed a great chance to break the deadlock in the 72nd minute: a fine passing movement from Chippa ended with Katlego Mashego knocking the ball past a defender to find the unmarked Sekola, but he scuffed his shot straight to Mzimela.

In the final minute of regulation time Chippa thought they had won the game when Kurt Lentjies played a superb pass to give Paseka Mako what should have been a tap-in, but Mzimela did brilliantly to get across and deny the winger with an early save-of-the-season candidate.

Platinum Stars 0

Chippa United 0

Stars: Mzimela, De Jong, Mwedihanga, Mlilo, Zulu, Mere, Mbatha, Mkhabela (Monama 57’), Nale (Kunene 46’), Ng’ambi, Ntuli (Matlakala 79’)

Chippa: Akpeyi, Macheke, Konqobe, Okwuosa, Mako, Mabaso, Zuke, Mayambela (Maphango 45’), Lentjies, Mbenyane (Sekola 54’), Mashego (Mdlinzo 81’)


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Maritzburg hold Pirates in Pietermaritzburg – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Maritzburg hold Pirates in Pietermaritzburg

Happy Jele of Orlando Pirates

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 22:18

Maritzburg United held Orlando Pirates to a goalless draw in an Absa Premiership match at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday.

The draw left Maritzburg and Pirates placed on position one and two respectively on the league standings.

The first-half was dominated by Maritzburg and Pirates goal-minder Wayne Sandilands was the busier of the two goakeepers.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns keeper produced a decent save to deny Bandile Shandu, who was looking to score with a chip in the 26th minute.

The Team of Choice continued to push for the opening goal of the match and in the 28th minute, Evans Rusike tried his luck from range.

However, Sandilands was once again equal to task as he made a good save to deny the Zimbabwean international.

Pirates pushed for a late goal towards the end of the first-half, but they could not beat Maritzburg keeper Richard Ofori and his defence.

The score was 0-0 during the half-time break following a first-half which was dominated by Maritzburg.

Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic made his first change 13 minutes after the restart as the visitors looked to gain full controll of the match.

The second-half was dominated by the Buccaneers as they pressed the Team of Choice in search of the opening goal.

Maritzburg midfielder Siphesihle Ndlovu was sent off in the closing stages of the match after receiving his second yellow card.

However, Pirates were able to take advantage of their numerical advantage and the match ended in a goalless draw.

Maritzburg (0) 0

Pirates (0) 0

Pirates: Sandilands, Mobara (Foster 84′), Jele, Nyauza, Maela, Dube, Matlaba, Nyatama, Morrison (Rakhale 58′), Qalinge (Lorch 80′), Gabuza.

Maritzburg: Ofori, Sanoka, Xulu, Fransman, Weidlich, Shandu, Mekoa (Mokate 94′), Ndlovu, Maboe (De Deuck 94′), Kunene (Makaringe 56′), Rusike.


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CAF’s Kenya visit for CHAN 2018 put on hold


Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Sep 05, 2017. 15:30

Media reports coming from Kenya is that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has decided to postpone their visit to inspect the country’s readiness ahead of the 2018 CAF African Nations Championships.

Kenya is set to host the tournament set for local-based players and the inspection was scheduled to begin on Thursday 7 September.

However, Kenya’s Football Federation announced that the current political situation in Kenya has prompted CAF to take shelve the visit.

The BBC website reports that on Friday, a Supreme Court ruling annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election victory in the recent Presidential elections.

“We have just been informed that in light of the recent happenings, CAF will be sending its 2nd Vice president Mr. Constant Omari Selemani to assess the political and security situation of the country, before they can proceed with the inspection visit,” said FKF president Nick Mwendwa.

“Consequently, the planned inspection visit that was scheduled for next week has been shelved, with CAF informing us that they will only announce a new date after the assessment of the political situation in the country,” added the FKF president.

It is also reported that Omari was expected to arrive in Kenya on Sunday 3 September to engage the FKF about the tournament set to be staged between 12 January and 4 February 2018.


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Ten-man Libya hold off Guinea for first win – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Brian Lee

Monday Sep 04, 2017. 23:17

A ten-man Libya beat Guinea 1-0 in a 2018 World Cup, Group A qualifier match at the Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet in Monastir on Monday night.

Libya started positively and saw most of the ball, but they struggled to really create any decent goal scoring chances.

Still, the Libyans persisted and they were rewarded with the game’s only goal in the 36th minute when Hamdou Elhouni found the back of the net, 1-0.

Guinea tried to get back into the game before the break, but went into the tunnel trailing by a goal.

The second half saw Guinea pushing men forward in attack, but the Libyan defence proved stubborn and kept them at bay.

Libya’s task, though, was made even tougher in the 63rd minute when Mohamed El Gadi was shown his second yellow card and sent from the field, reducing the Mediterranean Knights to ten men.

Nonetheless, the Libyans weathered the storm of attack from Guinea and managed to hold on for their first win in Group A.

Despite the win Libya are still bottom of the group with three points from four matches, but only behind third placed Guinea on goal difference.

Tunisia top Group A on nine points from three matches, followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo with six points.

DRC will host Tunisia on Tuesday night in the other Group A clash.

Libya (1) 1 (Elhouni 36’)

Guinea (0) 0


Libya: Nashnush, Hussein, Abood, Msoud, Khalleefah, El Gadi, Ahmed, Sabbou, Elhouni, Allafi (El Masrati 69’), Zuway (Ghanudi 90’).

Guinea: Yattara, Sylla, Conde, F. Camara, Alseny Bangoura, Diallo, Keita, Balde (Sankhon 71’), Kamano, D. Camara (S. Camara 82’), Alkhaly Bangoura (Soumah 54’).


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