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Bayern Munich apply to host 2021 UEFA Champions League Final

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have introduced that they are applying to host the 2021 UEFA Champions League closing at their Allianz Arena home.

“I’m able to affirm that FC Bayern, collectively with the Town of Munich, will be formally applying to host the 2021 Champions League closing,” mentioned club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

It would be the 2nd time the Allianz Arena has hosted the closing of Europe’s best-tier club competitiveness. The preceding event in 2012 observed Bayern even get to the closing before shedding on penalties to England’s Chelsea in what became recognised as the “Finale dahoam” – closing at home, in Bavarian.

“Despite the substantial disappointment of 2012 against Chelsea, we still feel back fondly to the “Finale dahoam”. We’d be incredibly delighted if UEFA granted us the probability to welcome the footballing world to Munich the moment once again,” Rummenigge continued.

The deadline for closing dossiers to be presented to UEFA is fifteen February 2019, and the decision on the host venue will be made in the spring. St. Petersburg in Russia was the only other metropolis to declare their fascination before the 26 October 2018 cut-off date.

While it would be the 2nd time the Allianz Arena has performed host to the Champions League closing, Bayern and Munich have experienced the honour on two prior occasions when the closing was held at the Olympiastadion in 1993 and 1997. The latter observed fellow Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund win their one and only Champions League title.

This would be the to start with time 5-time European champions Bayern host the closing as sole tenants of their stadium, with the Allianz Arena just lately getting renovated into the club’s red and white colors. The ground is also one of 10 that will host UEFA Euro 2024 matches in Germany.

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Burkina Faso host Cape Verde in dead rubber – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Prejuce Nakoulma of Burkina Faso challenged by Sfiso Hlanti of South Africa during the 2018 World Cup qualifier football match between South Africa and Burkina Faso at Soccer City, Johannesburg on 07 October 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 09:00


Burkina Faso will face off with Cape Verde in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group D match at the Stade du 4 Août in Ouagadougou on Tuesday.

Kick-off is at 21h30 CAT.

The Stallions are heading into this match having already failed to qualify for the World Cup after Senegal beat South Africa to win the group on Friday.

Burkina Faso were thrashed 3-1 by South Africa in their previous group match which was played in Johannesburg last month.

The defeat left the Stallions on position two on the Group D standings with six points from five matches. They are five points behind Senegal.

Meanwhile, Cape Verde are also heading into the last group game having failed to book their place in the finals which will be hosted by Russia.

The Blue Sharks were beaten 2-0 by Senegal in their previous group match which was played in Praia last month.

As a result, Cape Verde are placed third on the Group D standings with six points from five matches. They are only behind second-placed Burkina Faso on goal-difference.

Referee Youssef Essrayri, who hails from Tunisia, will be in charge of the encounter between Burkina Faso and Cape Verde.



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‘It is a knife in the back of the players’ – Francis Kimanzi lashes at Kenya for failing to host 2018 CHAN


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 12:30


Kenya’s failure to host the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship has received huge criticism from the country’s football fraternity.

A former Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi believes that Kenya’s failure to host the CHAN tournament is a knife in the back of the players.

He said the loss will have far reaching effects on local players who stood to benefit immensely from the experience.

“That is a serious matter and indeed a very big shame. Individuals build houses here in Kenya every day but the government cannot build stadiums?” said Kimanzi to the Nation website.

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“Our players were really looking forward to that tournament and it is a huge blow and a big opportunity lost for them.

“Even those who weren’t in the national team squad would have drawn so much motivation from watching their teammates participate in such a competition. It is a knife in the back of the players.

“If we would have lost that chance because of unrest, like the kind that is currently affecting football development in Somalia, the pain would have been less.

“But we lost that chance because of lack of proper playing venues, yet even here where we are standing is a pitch.”

Kimanzi was reacting after Kenya was stripped of the 2018 Chan hosting rights due to lack of proper infrastructure and was replaced by Morocco as hosts.



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Morocco to host 2018 CHAN finals as Egypt qualify


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Oct 15, 2017. 19:00


The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have announced that Morocco will replace Kenya as hosts of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

The continent’s football governing body, CAF unanimously decided to give Morocco the tournament ahead of Equatorial Guinea.

The awarding of the tournament to Morocco also benefits Egypt, who were awarded Morocco’s place – now freed up as hosts.

This is after Egypt were initially knocked out by their fellow North Africans in qualifying.

The announcement was made on Sunday.

A statement read: “Following the designation of Morocco as host of Total CHAN 2018, CAF Emergency Committee, meeting in Lagos, decided to qualify Egypt for the final tournament. In the playoffs in the Northern zone, Egypt was beaten by Morocco.

“It will be Egypt’s very first participation in this competition, running since 2009, which will be in its 5th edition and gather only players playing in the championships of their countries.

Meanwhile, the Emergency Committee rejected Mali’s protest and confirmed the qualification of Mauritania which will be its participating in Total CHAN for the 2nd time, after 2014 in South Africa.”

The list of 16 countries qualified for Total CHAN, Morocco 2018, scheduled for 12 January to 4 February 2018, is as follows:

North zone (2 qualified + host country): Egypt, Libya, Morocco

Eastern Central Zone (2 qualified): Ethiopia, Uganda

Central Zone (3 qualified): Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea

West Zone A (2 qualified): Guinea, Mauritania

West Zone B (3 qualified): Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Nigeria

Southern Zone (3 qualified): Angola, Namibia, Zambia



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Ghana Government Minister: We are ready to host 2018 CHAN – 2018 CHAN


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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 28, 2017. 16:00


Ghana is ready to host the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), according to the country’s Minister of Youth and Sport, Issac Asiamah.

Next year’s continental competition is without a host country after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) declared that Kenya would not be ready.

The East African nation was stripped of host rights due to falling behind schedule in their venue preparation and worries over political instability.

CAF has opened a new bidding process for the tournament, which is scheduled to be staged from 12 January to 4 February next year.

Ghana Minister Asiamah insists that the country is ready to host CHAN, having successfully staged the WAFU Cup of Nations earlier this month.

The regional competition saw 16 West African teams play a total of 24 matches across two venues – and that did not include Ghana’s premier stadiums such as those in Kumasi and Accra.

“I’m adamant Ghana is ready, at any point in time, to host any CAF tournament,” Asiamah told Asempa FM, as quoted by Joy Online.

South Africa have already declared that they have no intention of bidding for the tournament, leaving Ghana as one of the clear favourites to become the new hosts.



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Danny Jordaan rules out SA’s chances to host CHAN 2018


SAFA President, DR Danny Jordaan

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 28, 2017. 09:30


The South African Football Association has ruled out the opportunity to host the upcoming 2018 CAF African Nations Championship tournament.

The announcement by SAFA president Danny Jordaan comes after the 2014 CHAN hosts were mentioned as a possible alternative to take over from Kenya.

Together with Ghana and Morocco, the 2010 FIFA World Cup hosts have been touted as an alternative, but Jordaan has cooled down the talks.

Kenya was stripped off the rights to host after a visit by a CAF inspection team earlier this month where it was found that only one of the four venues was ready for the 16-team tournament.

However, the SAFA boss says the availability of players will be a stumbling block for Bafana Bafana.

Bafana coach Stuart Baxter struggled to assemble a strong team during the qualifiers after South African Premier Soccer League clubs were reluctant to release the players.

“The problem for us is the release of players‚” said Jordaan to the TimesLive website.

“It would be a fight to get a decent team and would offer few positive outcomes.”



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Al Ahly host Esperance in titanic clash


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 16:00


Al Ahly will face off with Esperance de Tunisa in Alexandria, Egypt on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 19h00 CAT.

The 2017 CAF Champions League quarter-final first-leg match will be played at the Borg El Arab Stadium.

The Red Devils finished second in Group D and they qualified for the last eight of this year’s tournament.

Al Ahly coach Hossam El Badry is expected to guide the Egyptian giants, who are record eight-time Champions League winners, to the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Tunisia giants Esperance clinched their place in the quarter-finals after winning Group C.

Faouzi Benzarti, the Esperance coach, will be looking to guide the two-time champions to the semi-finals.

The winner on aggregate between Al Ahly and Esperance will face off with either Libyan side Al-Ahli Tripoli or Tunisia’s Étoile du Sahel in the semi-finals.

Senegalese referee Malang Diedhiou will be in charge of the match between Al Ahly and Esperance on Saturday.



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Sports Secretary Peter Kaberia insists Kenya will host CHAN 2018 – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Sep 09, 2017. 09:00


Despite fears that the Confederation of African Football would take the 2018 CAF African Nations Championships hosting rights elsewhere, Kenya has been assured they will host the tournament.

According to a media report in the country, sports secretary Peter Kaberia has allayed fears that CAF was set to take the tournament to another country.

Kaberia was speaking while presiding over a function where the Kenyan Sports Ministry unveiled a one year partnership with Kenya Airways, making the national airline a official carrier of all national sports teams at the tournament.

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The Daily Nation website reports that the year-long deal is reportedly worth Sh4 billion as Kaberia said CAF had so far given a thumbs up to the ongoing preparations.

“They (CAF) recently sent someone here to speak to us about our current political situation,” stated Kaberia.

“He wanted to understand what the Supreme Court ruling meant and if the electoral processes will in any way affect our preps and the games. They now are very satisfied and have soon promised to send an inspection team.”

Meanwhile, the tournament for local-based players is in its fifth year and will get underway on 12 January 2018.

Although none of the five stadiums earmarked to host the games meets the required threshold set by the tournament organisers, Kaberia insists they will host the showpiece.



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Equatorial Guinea host Gabon in Malabo


Lloyd Palun of Gabon during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Gabon and Guinea Bissau at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 14 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Aug 11, 2017. 14:30


Central African neighbours Equatorial Guinea and Gabon will go head-to-head in 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers this month with the first leg to take place at the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 18h00 CAT.

Nzalang Nacional have yet to qualify for a CHAN showpiece, but will fancy their chances with the victor over two-legs sealing their place at next year’s tournament to be hosted in Kenya.

The Panthers on the other hand have participated in three previous CHAN tournaments with their best showing coming in in 2014 as they reached the quarterfinals in South Africa.

In terms of the latest FIFA World Rankings, Equatorial Guinea occupy 116th place while Gabon sit in 88th spot.

The two nations have gone head-to-head on 11 previous occasions with Gabon claiming six wins compared to two for their opponents.

The second-leg will take place in Libreville next week.



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South African club set to host Xenophobia tournament


Wiseman Maluleke of Jomo Cosmos, and Vusimuzi Mncube of Chippa United during the 2017 Nedbank Cup quarterfinal game between Chippa United and Jomo Cosmos at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth on 22 April 2017 © Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 02, 2017. 09:00


According to media reports in Swaziland, Mbabane Swallows are invited to participate in the 2017 Xenophobia Cup in South Africa.

It is reported that the four team tournament is set to take place on Sunday, August 6 in Vosloorus, East of Johannesburg and is to be hosted by Jomo Cosmos.

Cosmos are currently campaigning in the South African National First Division and have invited Bulawayo Highlanders of Zimbabwe and Simunye Diaspora, a non-professional team of South African-based foreign nationals.

The Times of Swaziland website has it that a report by the SABC News revealed the tournament will be staged where the four teams will face each other.

Ezenkosi are also set to return to the Vosloorus Stadium in Ekurhuleni (Johannesburg) as their home stadium for the new 2017/18 NFD season.

Fresh from participating at the Prince Mangosuthu Legacy Cup in Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal last weekend, Swallows will play in another pre-season tourney.

“We are back where we belong and we are happy that the PSL has approved the ground. All along I’ve been playing in the stadium,” said owner and coach of Ezenkosi, Jomo Sono to the SABC.

“I got promoted and then I was told I could not play at the stadium because there are no turnstiles, and they were right.”

On the other hand, Swallows’ boss Victor Gamedze confirmed the invitation to the tournament before hinting on a two-week rest thereafter.

“The players have not had a rest for three seasons now and it will help to give the two weeks away before the start of the season,” Gamedze said.

The Xenophobia Cup is meant to promote humanity among South Africans and other nationals from across the continent.



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Ghana to host 2017 WAFU Cup


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Jul 30, 2017. 14:00


Nigeria have been pitted against Sierra Leone in the draw for the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations tournament which took place in Accra, Ghana.

The West African competition has been scheduled for September 9 – 24, and teams are expected to feature wholly home –based professionals.

According to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Super Eagles have been drawn in Group A alongside host nation Ghana.

Mali and Guinea are also involved in a unique format that will see teams play single games before proceeding to the quarter finals.

All the teams in Group A will play in Takoradi, while Group B which includes Senegal, Burkina Faso and Benin Republic will be based in Cape Coast.

The last WAFU tournament was hosted by Ghana in 2013. Black Stars won the tournament after defeating Senegal 3-1 in the final.

2017 WAFU Cup Groups:

GROUP A

Ghana vs The Gambia

Nigeria vs Sierra Leone

Mali vs Mauritania

Guinea vs Guinea Bissau

GROUP B

Senegal vs Liberia

Burkina Faso vs Niger Republic

Cote d’Ivoire vs Togo

Benin Republic vs Cape Verde



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Celtic sign host of players to avoid relegation scrap for 2017/18 season – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Lucky Baloyi of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Traore Moussa of Asec Mimosas during the 2016 CAF Champions League football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Asec Mimosas at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 12, 2016 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Jul 20, 2017. 15:00


In an aim to avoid the relegation battle in South Africa, Bloemfontein Celtic have signed new players as they bolster their squad ahead of the new 2017/18 Premier Soccer League season.

Former Platinum Stars striker Ndumiso Mabena, ex-Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Lucky Baloyi and Cape Town City’s Given Mashikinya have all joined Siwelele.

On the other hand, the club has since allowed midfielder Lyle Lakay to join Benni McCarthy’s Cape Town City side on a swap deal with Mashikinya.

Speaking to the club’s official website, CEO Khumbulani Konco said they are glad the matter with City was settled harmoniously without going to the PSL’s Dispute Resolution Chamber.

“We are glad that the matter between ourselves and City concerning Lakay has been solved harmoniously,” said Konco.

“Lakay was still contracted to the team and even though he wanted to leave it was prudent for him to follow appropriate procedures.

“City approached us in a professional way trying to solve the matter and after deliberations and also consultation with our technical team, we agreed to sign Given and allow Lyle to join them.”

Having finished at number 12 in the Absa Premiership last season, Konco has since confirmed the arrival of Mabena and Baloyi to help the club finish in a better position in the upcoming term.



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Botswana side Township Rollers to host Kaizer Chiefs – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Gift Sithole of Platinum Stars clears the ball from Gustavo Paez of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 game between Platinum Stars and Kaizer Chiefs at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 17 May 2017 © Anton de Villiers/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jul 06, 2017. 13:00


Kaizer Chiefs are set to play Township Rollers in an international club friendly match.

The encounter is scheduled to take place at the Francistown Sports Complex in Botswana’s second city, Francistown on 22 July 2017.

Amakhosi will travel to Botswana for the first time since 2015. Chiefs beat Rollers 1-0 in the 2015 CAF Champions League preliminary round second-leg match in Gaborone.

Prior to that the two glamorous clubs will meet in the 2017 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup semi-final match in Orkney, South Africa on Saturday, 15 July.

Rollers made the announcement through their official Facebook page on Wednesday:

“BREAKING NEWS – SAVE THE DATE !!

We shall host Kaizer Chiefs FC on 22nd July 2017 for a club friendly fixture at the Francistown Sports Complex,” a statement read.

The winner between Rollers and Chiefs will meet Platinum Stars or Free State Stars in this year’s Maize Cup final.

All matches are scheduled to take place at the James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney.



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Al-Merreikh host Omdurman in Sudanese derby


Shaiboub of Hilal (l) and Wawa Baskal of Merreikh (r) during the 2017 CAF Champions League football match between Hilal and Merreikh in Omdurman on 13 May 2017 ©Tayeb Afarah/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Jun 29, 2017. 16:30


Al-Merreikh will bank on their home ground advantage when they meet neighbours, Al-Hilal Omdurman in the CAF Champions League on Friday.

The fifth Group A match is set to produce fireworks considering the result of the first round as both Sudanese giants settled for a point.

However, the hosts will want continuity as they come from a 2-1 win over Mozambican outfit Ferroviario Da Beira in their last Champions League outing.

On the log table, the Red Devils sit at number three on the table with four points from one win and one draw, separated by goal difference from their visitors.

Coach Diego Garzitto will want a victory to ensure they are the kings in Sudanese football and to also boost their knockout stage aspirations.

Shifting focus to the Blue Wave, Omdurman are also in search of a win to ensure they keep the pressure on log leaders, Etoile du Sahel.

They have four points and trail the leaders by four as they are yet to win in the group after drawing all their matches.

In their previous match, Nabil Kouki’s men drew 1-1 against Tunisian giants Sahel at home, but will hope to stun their neighbours.

Al-Merreikh Stadium in Omdurman is the venue for the fifth round of matches on Friday at 20:00 (CAT).



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Pirates host in-form Ajax in top eight battle – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Erwin Isaacs of Ajax Cape Town tackled by Abbubaker Mobara of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 football match between Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 13 September 2016 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday May 16, 2017. 10:30


Orlando Pirates will target a return to winning form in the Absa Premiership when they host Ajax Cape Town at Orlando Stadium on 17 May 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Pirates have gone three league matches without a win after they were held 0-0 at Bloemfontein Celtic on May 10.

The Soweto side has claimed 19 points from 14 home matches this season.

The Buccaneers are placed 10th on the Absa Premiership log with 32 points from 28 matches.

Ajax claimed a third successive league win when they defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 2-0 at home on May 13.

The Cape Town side has claimed 14 points from as many away matches this season.

The Urban Warriors are placed eighth on the Absa Premiership log with 35 points from 28 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Ajax and Pirates have met in 35 league matches since 1999/2000.

The Buccaneers have claimed 20 wins compared to six for the Urban Warriors, while nine matches have been drawn.

Pirates have won 13 of their 17 home league matches against Ajax, suffering just two defeats in the process.

When the team met earlier this season, the Buccaneers claimed a 2-1 win in Cape Town.

Ajax have not beaten Pirates in the league since the second half of the 2010/11 season.

Pirates’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with Celtic: Mabokgwane, Matlaba, Jele, Mobara, van Heerden, Rakhale, Sarr, Manyisa, Wome (Norodien 71’), Makola, Ndoro (Gabuza 71’).

Ajax’s line-up from their 2-0 win over Celtic: Petersen, Pietersen, Coetzee, Lebusa, Isaacs, Mayambela (Kabwe 62’), Mdabuka, Makua (Eksteen 89’), Mzawkali (Chipeta 80’), Graham, Nxumalo.



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