PSG disregard Arsene Wenger as coach

PARIS — Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could join Paris Saint-Germain in the upcoming, but it will not be in a 1st-team coaching purpose, a resource near to the club was told

Wenger, sixty-eight, introduced final 7 days that he will be leaving the Emirates Stadium after 22 several years at the conclusion of the season and the France native has been joined to a move to PSG with coach Unai Emery out of contract this summer time.

But the resource said that Thomas Tuchel continues to be the major contender to swap Emery and that Wenger is truly noticed as a likely upcoming general manager by PSG, not as an extensive-expression upcoming coach.

Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), PSG’s owners because 2011, have extensive been intrigued in bringing Wenger in, but he has continuously opted to keep on being at Arsenal and his coaching reputation has because taken a hit in new seasons.

Continue to, the club benefit the regard and credibility Wenger instructions, as very well as his encounter, intelligence and enthusiasm for the game, in accordance to the resource, who clarified that any likely addition would be not likely to materialize this summer time and in its place be revisited around the 1st half of next season.

Wenger is on excellent conditions with club chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who he is familiar with from performing as a pundit with beIN SPORTS — the tv station also presided around by Al-Khelaifi — and in accordance with the resource, QSI has often still left the door open up to Wenger if he at any time decided to leave Arsenal.

Director Antero Henrique’s position is imagined to be safe for now as he has previously begun planning the Ligue 1 winners’ summertime, which includes transfers and the establishment of a backlink with a club.

But the resource reported Henrique’s extensive-expression upcoming at the club is questionable since his 1st season in Paris has not been as thriving as his superiors would have hoped. The look for for the club, which would assistance maintain of the finest younger talent from the youth academy, has not gone smoothly, and Henrique has struggled to get rid of unwanted players this kind of as Hatem Ben Arfa.

Wenger, then, could suppose a purpose that would render Henrique obsolete — and possibly youth academy sporting director Luis Fernandez and specialized director Carles Romagosa as very well.

PSG would supply Wenger free of charge reign to restructure the club behind the scenes and operate intently with Tuchel. Wenger speaks German and Tuchel speaks French, which could direct to a more powerful performing connection than the person Tuchel would have with Henrique.

Wenger, without having the taxing nature of each day coaching, would also have an individual aim on PSG’s younger players, making sure they can fulfil their likely in Paris and not in other places.

A number of clubs are anticipated to convey curiosity in Wenger this summertime, which includes Borussia Dortmund and some others in Japan and China, but PSG believes that only the opportunity to direct France would quickly coax Wenger back again into coaching.

Didier Deschamps, the present France manager who signed a new contract via Euro 2020 in Oct, could be proven the door in the party of a weak performance by Les Bleus in the World Cup this summertime, and he could also leave if he is made available a return to previous club Juventus with Massimiliano Allegri’s upcoming unclear.

Meanwhile, Pat Rice, Wenger’s previous assistant coach of sixteen several years, thinks Wenger could be targeted for a purpose by FIFA and UEFA.

“I would not be surprised if he had an opportunity to go and join a person of them,” Rice, who retired as Wenger’s No. 2 in 2012, told Sky Sports.

Football is his love. When I was performing there, you would go on the next working day and discuss what film or comedy present you viewed the former evening, or if you had been out in the West Conclusion, [but] he would arrive in and inquire if everyone had noticed Juventus vs. Roma or Barcelona vs. Malaga.”


Jurgen Klopp credits Senegal coach Aliou Cisse for a job well done – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 12:30

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp says Senegal coach Aliou Cisse has done a great job with his Senegalese side after reaching the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The Lions of Teranga beat South Africa 2-0 on Friday in their penultimate Group D encounter as they secured a spot in Russia, their first in the World Cup since 2002.

The Lions of Teranga, however, will be without Sadio Mane in the return leg on Tuesday as the 25-year-old returned to England to assess his recurring injury.

“Aliou Cisse and his guys have done a fantastic job there and you can see them making a real impact in Russia come next summer. Personally speaking, I’m delighted for Sadio,” said Klopp to the club’s official website.

“Everyone in Liverpool knows his ability and the best players should be on the best stage – Sadio will now have this wonderful chance.

“Specifically on him returning to Melwood early to be with us; obviously it is a concern that the hamstring injury is again on the agenda and it will be critical for us to monitor and manage that in the coming days.

“At this stage we haven’t seen Sadio yet to properly assess the extent, but what is clear is that we will have to stay on top of this for the rest of the week and make sure we are careful in how we look after him.

“There has been really strong communication between ourselves and the Senegal team management to ensure the player is properly protected and looked after.

“We respect how important he is for Senegal and therefore it must always be the case that they get to make the decision when he is under their care.”

The Reds will host Southampton in the English Premier League on Saturday at Anfield Stadium and Klopp will hope to have Mane back for the tie.

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Denis Onyango prefers a foreign coach over a local coach for Uganda job – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 07, 2017. 16:30

Uganda skipper Denis Onyango says he believes foreign coaches are perfectly suited to lead the Cranes national team instead of local-based mentors.

The South African-based goalkeeper with Mamelodi Sundowns has made it clear that he does not feel local coaches are ready to take charge of the national team as the Federation of Uganda Football Associations are searching for a new coach.

FUFA is set to name a new coach on November 15 with interim coach Moses Basena among the applicants vying to get the job.


“Although we need to start trusting our local coaches despite their weaknesses, they need to step up and stand their ground on certain things,” Onyango told BBC Sport.

“I don’t see in Uganda local coaches who can take decisions and own them.

“Due to the nature of the players we have, there is certain kind of football that we cannot play and so we shouldn’t bring in a coach who will have to start from scratch to learn the African style and approach.

“It is very important for us to return to the the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019 and that has got to do with the kind of coach who will be appointed, we could easily fail if we have a coach who cannot fit well with our style.”

The 32-year-old the current African Player of the Year based on the continent, added that someone with experience in Africa and who speaks English is a perfect candidate.

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Over 200 applications received for Uganda coaching job – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 14:30

The Federation of Ugandan Football Federations is currently searching for a new coach, but interim coach Moses Basena believes he has what it takes to lead the Cranes.

Media reports from the country reveal that Basena has joined Togo coach Claude LeRoy in applying for the vacant Cranes post.

Meanwhile, Free State Stars manager Luc Eymael and ex-Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund are also linked with the coaching role.

The BBC reports that there are more than 200 coaches who have showed interest in the job according to a Ugandan FA official.


“I have worked as an assistant coach for some time now and played a role in helping the team qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations,” Basena told BBC Sport.

“I have what it takes to handle the national team because I have got a lot of experience now.”

FUFA announced that the successful coach will be announced on November 15 where Portugal’s 34-year old Joao Miguel de Castro Ferreira is also running for the job.

Basena was in-charge when the Cranes defeated the Pharaohs of Egypt 1-0 for the first time in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in August, before falling by the same scoreline in Cairo.

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Luc Eymael and Gordon Igesund gunning for the Uganda national team coaching job – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Gordon Igesund, greets the late Stephen Keshi, during the 2014 CAF African Nations Championships Group A football match between Nigeria and South Africa at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 19 January 2014 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 10:30

Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael and former South African national team coach Gordon Igesund have been linked with the Ugandan national team coaching role.

Media reports in Uganda reveal that the Federation of Ugandan Football Association has received applications for the coaching job, but is yet to make a decision.

However, Belgian mentor Eymael and South African-born Igesund are the latest said to be in the running for Cranes coaching job according to the Daily Monitor.


The FUFA committee officially stopped receiving applications for the coaching job in the country on Sunday which is headed by Zambian legend Kalusha Bwalya.

It is mentioned that a five-man committee, which includes three FUFA members led by CEO Edgar Watson and a representative from the National Council of Sports, will now vet the applicants.

“We shall have everything in place by end of Tuesday and possibly on Wednesday we shall have an update,” Fufa spokesperson Ahmed Hussein told Daily Monitor.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Mohamed Salah may have lost his job as Liverpool penalty taker – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Oct 30, 2017. 10:00

Egyptian international Mohamed Salah’s stint as Liverpool FC’s first-choice penalty taker could last just one game.

This is after Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp spoke of the different pressures of playing for the English Premier League (EPL) giants after Salah missed a spot-kick against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Salah converted a stoppage-time penalty to give his nationa, Egypt a dramatic 2-1 win over Congo-Brazzaville and a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup three weeks ago.

However, the 25-year-old winger was denied by Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl from the spot-kick in the first-half at Anfield Stadium, but Liverpool went on to win 3-0 in a EPL clash.

“I thought it made sense after the Egypt penalty – obviously the pressure is bigger in Liverpool than in Egypt to qualify for the World Cup!” Klopp joked on Liverpool Echo.

James Milner and Roberto Firmino, who were on the pitch against Huddersfield, had been Liverpool first-choice penalty takers, before Saturday’s clash, but German tactician indicated that Daniel Sturridge could have been an option to step up.

Asked if Salah is now the penalty taker, Klopp added: “I’m not sure that he is anymore… I think Daniel would have been a safe number in this group of players.”

Due to Salah’s first half miss, Liverpool players left the pitch to a small smattering of boos at half-time, but Klopp played down any criticism from the stands.

“I would not make a big deal out of it (the booing). I have heard bigger atmospheres in my life when you know ‘something is wrong here’,” he continued.

It was not nice to watch (the first half). It was just work. When you go to watch football you do not only want to see work – that’s how it is.”

Liverpool scored three times in ths second-half with Salah, who has scored five league goals this season, grabbing an assist.

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Dean Furman urges his troops to ‘finish the job’

Dean Furman of Supersport United challenged by Lehlohonolo Majoro of Cape Town City during the 2017 MTN8 football match between Cape Town City and Supersport United at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on 14 October 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 18:00

SuperSport United captain Dean Furman is not celebrating just yet, despite his team’s impressive showing in reaching the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup final.

Matsatsantsa defeated Club Africain 4-2 on aggregate – including a 3-1 win in Tunisia – to seal their place in the showpiece event for the very first time.

As a result, home and away matches against CAFCC holders TP Mazembe will follow with the aggregate winner to be crowned champions of Africa’s second-tier club competition.

“It is great, it is a fantastic achievement, but at the same time we were top of the league for two-thirds of last season, but we failed to win the league and we have nothing to show for it,” said the Bafana Bafana midfielder.

“We’ve enjoyed the journey and it has brought us together as a squad. As a team we are in a great place, but we are here to win and not to get to finals.

“We have to go and finish the job. It will be tough, TP Mazembe are a good side, but we know from our two [group] games against them that we can get the job done against them and we are desperate for success,” Furman concluded.

First up for Matsatsantsa is a Telkom Knockout clash away to Bloemfontein Celtic this Saturday, with important 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers to follow for Bafana Bafana before attention switches back to the CAFCC.

SuperSport have qualified for three successive domestic cup finals, and are currently the Nedbank Cup and MTN8 holders.

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Gavin Hunt’s job at PSL champions is not in jeopardy

Gavin Hunt, coach of Bidvest Wits

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 17:00

Despite their poor start to the 2017/18 South African Premier Soccer League season, Bidvest Wits CEO, Jose Ferreira, has assured coach Gavin Hunt that his job is safe.

The Braamfontein-based side failed to defend their MTN8 title and are now sitting at the bottom of the Absa Premiership log table.

Having bagged only one win, four losses and two draws so far out of seven matches, the Students are enduring a terrible spell of form as they try to defend their league title.

Ferreira, though, says they do not react to temporary setbacks at the club and that Hunt is going no where.

“We don’t do things like that at the club. We don’t react to temporary bad form. Gavin has just won us the league for the first time in the club’s history. He also won the MTN8,” Ferreira said to IOL.

“We are not even talking about firing the coach. Gavin still has many years with us. We will only consider offers for Gavin if he is wanted by Bafana Bafana.

“At the moment they still have a coach who is good for the country in Stuart Baxter.”

The Clever Boys will visit Baroka FC on Sunday in the league and will hope to claim their second win at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

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Hugo Broos believes his Cameroon job is safe despite World Cup failure – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 06, 2017. 12:30

Despite Cameroon’s huge failure to qualify for 2018 FIFA World Cup, coach Hugo Broos remains optimistic that he can continue to lead the Indomitable Lions.

Cameroon’s most recent world cup qualifying matches saw them lose 4-0 and draw 1-1 against Nigeria’s Super Eagles, results which spelled an end to their World Cup aspirations.

Still, the Belgium-born coach insists he will not lose his job and his mission is to retain their CAF African Cup of Nations trophy.


“There’s no-one in life who achieves all his goals, but it’s a disappointment,” said Broos to the BBC website.

“I want to stay with Cameroon. I have ambitions – one of which is to win a second Nations Cup, in 2019 in Cameroon.

“I have never resigned. I am not someone who runs away when things go badly.”

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David Obua backs Basena and Kajoba for Cranes job – 2016/17 Uganda Premier League

Ex-Kaizer Chiefs and Cranes winger David Obua


Wednesday Aug 02, 2017. 13:00

Former Cranes of Uganda winger David Obua has sent a message to the new Cranes technical team led by Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba.

The duo was handed the reins after coach Milutin Sredojevic left his position due to salary disputes with the country’s FA.

However, the former Kaizer Chiefs and Cranes star said they will support the two interim coaches ahead of their first task against Rwanda.

The duo was appointed by FUFA on Monday after Micho left on Saturday, citing non payment of salaries to the tune of $54,000.

Obua who has seen it with different tacticians at the helm of the side wishes the duo all the best as he posted on social media.

“Wish you well Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba. Make us proud we will all support you Guys!!!.”

Basena and Kajoba have already got their duties underway as they named a 25 man squad to start preparations for the CHAN 2018 qualifier against Rwanda.

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Luc Eymael linked with Uganda job

Luc Eymael, ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Friday Jul 28, 2017. 11:30

Former Polokwane City head coach Luc Eymael has been contacted by the Uganda Football Association (FUFA) regarding the country’s head coaching position, according to

With reports persisting that Milutin Sredojevic will return to Orlando Pirates in coming weeks, the Cranes have started their search for ‘Micho’s replacement with Eymael revealing that he is in line for the job.

Eymael, who is not afraid to speak his mind, told the South African publication that his CV is with FUFA as they contemplate life after the coach that guided them to a first AFCON appearance in 38 years.


“They [FUFA] already contacted me yesterday [Wednesday], in case of separation with ‘Micho’ [Sredojevic],” Eymael told “[But] it’s not yet done with ‘Micho’.”

“If they asked for my file [CV], it is for that [head coach] and not to pump balls,” he continued. “I can’t say more than what I just told you – Micho’s separation is not yet finalised with Fufa.

“My file is there, like I told you. It seems they are interested, but I can’t say more now.”

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Baxter now able to pour all his energies on the SA job

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jun 27, 2017. 16:00

South Africa head coach Stuart Baxter says it was always going to be difficult to put together a team for the 2017 COSAFA Cup in North West.

Bafana Bafana will take on the Group A winners on Sunday at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.

“It is a fact that this tournament does not fall under the FIFA Calendar date, so it was always going to be a struggle to put together a team,” Baxter said.

“But we have say a big thank you to all the clubs who were able to assist us in putting together this group of players. The cooperation we got from the clubs was very positive and inspiring and we really appreciate that,” he added.

The English tactician recently guided SuperSport United to the 2017 Nedbank Cup and he has since parted ways with the club.

“It’s a good thing that I am now able to focus all my attention on the national team and don’t have to keep on swopping hats and uniforms to service this or the other project. Now I am able to pour all my energies on this one job and make the best of it.

South Africa are scheduled to take on Botswana in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier next month.

“I have to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been supporting me throughout and I hope that support continues because we have a very important period ahead of us in the national team,” he stressed.

“First up is the COSAFA CUP, then the CHAN tournament, followed by World Cup qualifiers and early next year we play the AFCON qualifiers – so we going to need all the support we can get.”

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