Liverpool outcast Mignolet joins Club Brugge

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been tipped to sign a new goalie in the coming times immediately after sanctioning Simon Mignolet’s move to Club Brugge in Belgium.

The goalie has agreed on a five-year contract, pending a clinical, the Belgian club have announced.

It’s widely understood the two clubs agreed on a offer worthy of an preliminary £6.4 million, perhaps soaring to £8.2 million with incorporate-ons.

Mignolet missing his place at Anfield very first to Loris Karius and, when the German was offloaded to Besiktas on financial loan just after a nightmare Champions League closing, to Alisson Becker next the Brazil international’s £65 million arrival final summer months.

Soon after that includes just twice very last season in cup matches the 31-year-old, an unused substitute for the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City, told manager Jurgen Klopp when he returned for pre-season education he needed initial-team football.

Klopp wished him to remain and in the beginning turned down the thought he could leave but the goalie’s would like has now been granted.

Mignolet flew to Belgium right after leaving Wembley on Sunday night to total the formalities of his move.

Mignolet instructed HLN: “It was a busy working day. I’m pleased to be back again in Belgium. Looking forward to be participating in all over again.”Liverpool will glance to signal an experienced substitute as include for Alisson prior to the close of the transfer window on Thursday with the Night Typical proclaiming Southampton’s Alex McCarthy is under consideration the moment yet again.

McCarthy was left out of Southampton’s squad which defeated FC Cologne more than the weekend, when the Liverpool Echo reports previous West Ham goalie Adrian is a contender.


Manchester United’s Juan Mata joins Cranes national team start to identify talent in Uganda

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017. 18:00

Ugandan Women’s national team star Jean Ssenide has teamed up with Manchester United‘s Juan Mata to stage a tournament and unearth more talent.

Following the 2016 edition of the Sseninde Women Development Cup, efforts are being undertaken to ensure a much better tourney this year.

The Crystal Palace player is the key brain through the Sseninde Foundation and has engaged Mata to help develop more players in her country.

“The preparations for a successful Sseninde Women Development Football Cup are underway,” Ssenide tells KawowoSports.

“This tournament is for young girls and women who seek a chance to play without opportunities.

“Juan Mata is supporting the 2nd edition with a common goal to help create more opportunities for those less fortunate than us.

“There is excitement as we continue to prepare ahead of the 2nd Edition of the tournament. There is a chance to show support to a unique group of women and girls who have passion and desire to play soccer but with less opportunities, this time with a campaign.”

Sseninde was recently among the panel for the BBC African Player of the Year and is currently a key figure for the national women’s football team, the Crested Cranes.

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DR Congo’s Youssouf Mulumbu joins Kilmarnock – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 10:30

Democratic Republic of Congo and ex-West Bromwich Albion midfielder, Youssouf Mulumbu has completed his switch to Scotland’s Kilmarnock FC on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

Media reports reveal that the 30-year-old, who worked with Killie manager Steve Clarke at the English Premier League club, left Norwich City in the summer and was given a two-week trial at Rugby Park.

Apart from playing in the English Premier League, Mulumbu has also starred for Paris St-Germain and Amiens in France.

“I didn’t come to Kilmarnock just like that,” said Mulumbu to the BBC.

“I spoke with Steve Clarke and he told me everything about the club and that was a big impact that he came here.

“I worked with him for a year and I know he’s an honest manager. I know the way he trains and the way he wants to play, so it suits me and was a big affect for me coming here.

“I’m looking forward to showing the real Mulumbu. I was with Norwich for two years and it didn’t work like I wanted, so I have something to prove.”

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Thomas Chideu joins Golden Arrows – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Thomas Chideu of Ajax Cape Town holds off Partson Jaure and Bonging Nyathi of Tuks during the Absa Premiership 2015/16 game between Ajax Cape Town and University of Pretoria at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on 21 October 2015 ©Ryan Wilkisky/Backpagepix

Bertin Basson

Wednesday Oct 04, 2017. 18:00

Golden Arrows have announced the signing of Zimbabwe national Thomas Chideu.

Chideu, 20, was officially unveiled by the club on Tuesday evening following a successful trial period at the KwaZulu-Natal outfit. The striker parted ways with Ajax Cape Town in August having failed to break into the Urban Warriors PSL team.

“Another prolific striker! We would like to welcome Thomas Chideu to the family,” Abafana Bes’thende tweeted.

Chideu, who only made two top-flight appearances during his time in the Mother City, will be hoping for a better shot at things on South Africa’s East Coast.

Arrows haven’t struggled for goals this season and are currently the joint highest scorers in the league with 11 goals in seven Absa Premiership fixtures.

Kudakwashe Mahachi and Lerato Lamola have been the main protagonists with four goals apiece.

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Senegal’s Niasse joins Everton’s away fans at Old Trafford – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 18, 2017. 16:00

Everton may have suffered a heavy defeat at Manchester United on Sunday, but their fans were still thrilled to be joined in the stands by Senegal striker Oumar Niasse.

The Teranga Lions attacker sat with the Toffees’ travelling support at Old Trafford and watched on as they were humbled by the Red Devils.

The 27-year-old striker has returned to the first-team fold with Everton, but did not make the cut for coach Ronald Koeman’s matchday squad.

He was quickly recognised by Everton fans at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ and posed for pictures. The attacker was also praised for his down-to-earth attitude.

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Kalu Uche joins Delhi Dynamos – African Football

Bertin Basson

Friday Sep 08, 2017. 20:00

Former Nigeria international Kalu Uche has joined Indian Super League (ISL) side Delhi Dynamos, the club confirmed on Thursday.

Uche returns to India having previously donned the colours of FC Pune City where he scored four goals in 11 appearances.

The 34-year-old last played for Spanish side Almeria, having also enjoyed stints in Poland, Switzerland, Turkey and Qatar – he will now be aiming to lead Delhi Dynamos to glory in the fourth edition of the ISL.


“I am happy to welcome Kalu to the Delhi Dynamos squad this year. Kalu brings a lot of experience to the team having played for Nigerian national team, has had over 175 appearances for Almeria, as well as having played in the ISL in 2015.

He will bring toughness both mentally and physically to the team and I look forward to seeing him make a mark on the ISL this year,” Delhi Dynamos Director Rohan Sharma told the club’s official website.

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Aymen Abdennour joins Marseille on loan – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Valencia defender Aymen Abdennour

Bertin Basson

Wednesday Aug 30, 2017. 19:00

Marseille will today unveil the arrival of Tunisia international Aymen Abdennour, with the defender having completed a loan switch to the French club from Spanish side Valencia.

Having dropped down the pecking order at Los Che, Abdennour returns to France following two years in the Spanish La Liga.

The former Monaco centre-back was initially linked with a move to Russian club Zenit St Petersburg, but the 28-year-old has now completed a move back to the Ligue 1 where he initially made a name for himself at Toulouse


Abdennour passed his medical on Tuesday and will officially be confirmed as the club’s sixth signing of the current transfer window on Wednesday.

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Mane joins Sturridge and Fowler in record books – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane

Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 28, 2017. 13:00

Following his superb goal against Arsenal on Sunday, Senegal star Sadio Mane has joined an elite group of Liverpool players.

The Teranga Lions attacker scored the Reds’ second goal in their 4-0 thrashing of the Gunners at Anfield, stepping inside defender Rob Holding before firing a shot past the left-hand of goalkeeper Petr Cech.

The goal ensured Mane has now netted in all of Liverpool’s opening three matches of the Premier League season. He also scored in the 3-3 draw with Watford on the first weekend of the season and got the winner against Crystal Palace.

Mane is just the third Liverpool player to score in the first three matches of a Premier League season.

The Senegalese’s current teammate Daniel Sturridge did so in 2013/14, while Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler was the first to achieve the feat in 1994/95.

Mane will now link up with his Senegal teammates as they prepare for a double header of 2018 World Cup qualifying matches against Burkina Faso early next month.

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Joel Untersee joins Empoli on-loan

South African Fan © Luigi Bennett/Backpagepix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Aug 26, 2017. 09:00

South African linked Joel Untersee has joined Italian Serie B side Empoli on a season-long loan deal from Juventus, according to respected journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

Born in South Africa, Untersee is eligible to play for Bafana Bafana despite the fact that he has represented Switzerland at youth level.

Head Coach Stuart Baxter has revealed that he has opened the door for Untersee to represent South Africa, with the view of bringing him into consideration in build-up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Untersee, who predominantly plays as a right-back, made a huge impression on loan at Brescia last season‚ where he made 39 appearances in Italy’s second division last season.

Moreover, Empoli have the obligation to buy the 23-year-old were they to win promotion back to the country’s top division at the end of the season.

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Max Gradel joins Toulouse on loan – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

AFC Bournemouth winger Max Gradel

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Aug 17, 2017. 15:00

Bournemouth’s Ivorian attacker Max Gradel has joined French Ligue 1 side Toulouse on a season-long loan deal.

Sky Sports reports that the Cherries have relented in allowing the Elephants player to leave for the 2017/18 campaign, having already rejected a bid from Toulouse to sign the player permanently.

Gradel has already departed for France and will link up with his new teammates ahead of their clash against Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain this weekend.

The 29-year-old has struggled to gain regular playing time at Bournemouth since his arrival from St Etienne in 2015.

Gradel suffered cruciate ligament damage early in his Cherries career and has also spent a chunk of last season away from the club representing his country at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

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Done deal: Mario Lemina joins Southampton – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Aug 09, 2017. 13:00

Gabonese midfielder Mario Lemina has completed a club-record transfer to Southampton from Juventus.

The 23-year-old, who has won two Serie A titles with Juventus and played in the UEFA Champions League final less than three months ago, cost the Saints £20-million (including add-ons) according to Sky Sports.

The Gabonese midfielder played for Lorient and Marseille before joining Juve in 2015 – initially on loan before signing a permanent deal last year.

He has now signed a five-year deal which ties him to the Saints until 2022.

“I am really happy to have signed for Southampton,” Lemina told the club’s official website.

“I think that it was the project that attracted me the most and the one my family was really behind. I am really happy to be here.”

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Senegalese starlet Diousse joins Saint-Etienne – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Aug 03, 2017. 17:00

Senegal youth international Assane Diousse has joined French Ligue 1 giants Saint-Etienne on a long-term deal.

The 19-year-old, who is a central defensive midfielder by trade, has been on the books of Italian Serie A club Empoli.

Ten-time Ligue 1 champions Saint-Etienne announced on their official website that they had signed Diousse.

A club statement read:”After Loïs Diony and Saidy Janko, AS Saint-Etienne signed on Tuesday their third rookie since the start of the transfer window. Assane Diousse signed a five-year contract with the Greens. An agreement was reached with the Italian club of Empoli for the transfer of the player.”

The Senegal Under-20 player, who made 33 Serie A appearances for Empoli last season, is pleased to have joined the Greens.

“I am very excited and excited to be able to play at Geoffroy-Guichard in front of a magnificent audience,” Diousse told the site.

“Before signing here, I watched some videos of the atmosphere of the stadium on the Internet and I was moved by this fervor. AS Saint-Etienne is a large French club, recognized abroad.

“I played Empoli in a family club. And today, in Saint-Etienne, I find these same values. Since my arrival, I feel this family spirit and passion. Everyone welcomed me very well,” he added.

“My favorite position is defensive midfielder, but I can also move a little higher up on the pitch. I’m at the coach’s disposal.”

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Siyanda Xulu joins Maritzburg United – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Siyanda Xulu of South Africa

Bertin Basson

Thursday Aug 03, 2017. 13:00

Martizburg United have announced the signing of Siyanda Xulu on a three-year deal.

Xulu, 25, joins the Team of Choice following a disappointing spell with Kaizer Chiefs on his return from Europe – where he played for Russian club Rostov.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns centre back hardly featured for the Amakhosi during his two-year stay at the club, and joins the KwaZulu-Natal outfit with a point to prove.

Born in Durban, Xulu made his mark at Mamelodi Sundowns before joining Rostov in 2012 – most notable winning the Russian Cup in the 2013/14 season.

Moreover, Maritzburg United have confirmed the signings of Richard Ofori, Jethren Barr, Rushine De Reuck, Motsie Matima, Mxolisi Kunene and Liam Youlley.

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Nigerian Kelechi Iheanacho joins Leicester City – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 02, 2017. 16:00

Latest information surrounding the future of Nigeria and Manchester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho is that he has joined Leicester City.

Reports from England reveal that the player has completed a £25 million move from City to the Foxes after passing a medical.

According to sources close to KweseESPN, the fee makes the Super Eagles star the most expensive Nigerian player ever, displacing Odion Ighalo when he signed for Chinese club Changchun Yatai for £20m in January.

Meanwhile, the move is the second highest African transfer fee this season behind Egyptian international, Mohamed Salah’s £34.3m move from Italian Serie A side, AS Roma to Liverpool.

Although the move was delayed by legal issues over image rights with his former agents, sources close to the player confirmed to KweséESPN that after passing his medical on Tuesday, the player signed a five-year contract with the Foxes.

However, an announcement is only expected within the next 24-48 hours as the club wants to tidy up legal details in respect of his former representatives.

It is also mentioned that the Citizens have inserted a buy-back option in the contract, which is reported to be in the region of £50m for one of Europe’s brightest young footballers.

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Tunisian international Naim Sliti joins French club Gijon – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Naim Sliti of Tunisia during the Afcon Group B match between Algeria and Tunisia on the 19 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jul 26, 2017. 14:00

Tunisian international midfielder Naim Sliti has completed his season-long loan move to French club Dijon from Lille.

Sliti’s future was in doubt after learning that he was unwanted at Lille by manager Marcelo Bielsa and has now moved on to further his career.

Reports indicate that the 24-year-old initially joined Lille on loan last year before signing a permanent deal until 2020 in May.

Despite interest from several clubs, Sliti opted to join Dijon as the club has an option to sign him on a permanent deal when his loan expires next year.

“It’s true I received some offers but there are a lot of things that motivated me to come to Dijon,” Sliti told the club official website.

“The first, and most importantly, is that the coach called me. It’s a crucial year for me with the World Cup in mind, so it’s important to feel confident and see that the coach is counting on you.

“I checked on the club, and I had very good feedback. A healthy atmosphere prevails within the club. It’s like a family. I am very happy to be part of this family.”

For the Eagles of Carthage, the midfielder has represented the national side at the 2017 CAF African Cup of Nations and featured in all four matches as Tunisia exited the tournament in the quarter-finals.

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Senegal star N’Doye joins Birmingham City – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jul 17, 2017. 14:00

English Championship outfit Birmingham City have snapped up Senegalese midfielder Cheikh N’Doye from French Ligue 1 club Angers SCO.

The 31-year-old midfielder has joined City, who are coached by Harry Redknapp, on a two-year deal following a two-year stint with Angers

British tactician Redknapp explained why they beefed up their squad with the signing of N’Doye when speaking to the club’s official website.

“He’s an imposing figure. Big, strong, aggressive – and he can play. I like him. I think he’s going to be a big asset to us.” Redknapp said.

“We have been chasing him for quite a while. It’s dragged on a bit, but we’re delighted to have got him.

“I think he had big offers from China but he decided he wanted to come and play in England with us,” he added.

“He’s a powerhouse. He’s made for English football. He’s got strength, he can run, he’s got all that it takes to be a good player here.”

The English side are hoping to sign more players as they look to challenge for the Championship title next season and secure promotion to the Premier League.

“Hopefully there will be more coming in. We are still looking to improve the squad, we are trying,” Redknapp continued.

“The lads here have done well. I’ve been pleased with them. They’ve worked hard and we’ve got some good players.

“But hopefully there will be one or two more to come in to give us a stronger squad.”

N’Doye, who captained Angers, made 65 league appearances during his two-year spell with the club, – finding the back of the net 14 times in the process.

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Jayiya joins his childhood team Kaizer Chiefs

Can Cape Town City continue to lead the way in the Absa Premiership?

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jul 07, 2017. 16:00

New Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Bhongolethu Jayiya says joining the Soweto giants is a dream come true.

The 27-year-old winger, who hails from Soweto, joined Amakhosi on a free transfer after parting ways with Cape Town City at the end of last month.

Jayiya will be one of the new faces in the Chiefs team at the 2017 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup in Orkney, South Africa on 15 July.

“I heard about the interest from Chiefs towards the end of my contract with City last season,” Jayiya told the club’s official website on Wednesday.

“This is a childhood dream becoming a reality. I am excited about this move and just want to get on to the pitch and let my feet do the talking. I am here to assist to bring back the glory days,” he said.

Chiefs’ football manager Bobby Motaung has revealed that why they signed the former Bidvest Wits and Maritzburg United winger.

“We have been in talks with Bhongo over the last two weeks and finally signed him this afternoon,” Motaung said.

“We discussed with Cape Town City and they gave us a good report about his attitude.

“We also looked at the kind of system we are playing, with his agility and experience, he will come handy.”

Chiefs and Botswana outfit Township Rollers will meet in the Maize Cup semi-final clash. The winner will face Free State Stars or Platinum Stars in the final.

All matches will take place at the James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney on 15 July.

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