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Late goals help Senegal beat Cape Verde – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Keita Balde of Senegal during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Senegal and Zimbabwe at the Franceville Stadium in Gabon on 19 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 07, 2017. 21:53


Senegal defeated Cape Verde 2-0 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group D match at the Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde on Saturday.

As a result, Senegal move to the top of the group standings, while Cape Verde are placed third on the table.

Cape Verde goalkeeper Vozinha and Senegal shot-stopper Khadim Ndiaye were both called into action in the first few minutes of the game.

Vozinha made a comfortable save from Idrissa Gueye’s free-kick, before Ndiaye pulled off a great save to deny Garry Rodrigues.

Senegal striker Diafra Sakho then tried to beat Vozinha from range, but the West Ham United player’s effort went over the crossbar.

Caper Verde captain Marco Soares and Senegal striker Balde Keita Diao both had their long range shots saved by Ndiaye and Vozinha respectively.

The two WAFU teams were locked at 0-0 during the half-time break in Praia, the capital city of Cape Verde.

Vozinha had to produce two good saves to deny Papa Ndiaye and Diao after the restart as Senegal searched for the opening goal.

Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes reacted by introducing Nuno Rocha, who inspired his nation to a 2-1 home win over South Africa last month, in the 65th minute.

However, the visitors continued to dominate the match and they scored through Diafra Sakho, who beat Vozinha from close range in the 82nd minute to making it 1-0 to Senegal.

Senegal’s 2-0 victory was sealed by second-half substitute Cheikh Ndoye, who netted with a long range effort in stoppage-time.

Cape Verde (0) 0

Senegal (0) 2 (Sakho 82′, Ndoye 90+2′)

Cape Verde XI: Vozinha, Stopira, Varela, Babanco, Soares (Olivera 85′), Heldon (Rocha 65′), Rodrigues (Gomes 78′), Perreira, Ponck, Mendes, Almeida.

Senegal XI: Ndiaye; Wague, Mbodj, Koulibaly, Mbengue; Gueye, Kouyaté, P.Ndiaye (Niang 62′); Keita Baldé (Guette 82′), Sakho, Mané (Ndoye 89′).



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Franck Kessie: Goal celebration in on honour of my late father – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 26, 2017. 15:00


Franck Kessie’s trademark goal celebration is performed in honour of his late father, the Ivory Coast star has revealed.

The AC Milan midfielder performs a military-style salute whenever he scores, and he has now explained that is is a tribute to his father who passed away when the player was just a boy of 11.

Kessie said of his celebration: “Dad was a footballer, then he became a soldier but he died of illness: I was 11. The military act is for him,” as per Serie A TIM on Twitter.

Kessie joined Milan from Atalanta ahead of the 2017/18 season, signing a two-year loan deal (the Rossoneri have an obligation to buy him outright).

The Elephants midfielder, who is often described as the ‘new Yaya Youre’, has scored two Serie A goals this season and will be looking to add to his tally when Milan host Roma this weekend.



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Late penalty takes Arrows back to the summit – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Kudakwashe Mahachi of Golden Arrows

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Sep 20, 2017. 21:37


Golden Arrows returned to the summit of the Absa Premiership log after a late penalty from Kudakwashe Mahachi handed them a 1-0 win over Platinum Stars on Wednesday.

Abafana Bes’thende are level with Orlando Pirates and Baroka FC at the top of the log, but hold the number one place on goal difference. Their victory at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium completed a hat-trick of league wins in the past week.

Stars started well and had an early chance to claim the lead, with Bongi Ntuli put through on goal in the eighth minute, but the striker took too long to get a shot away and Limbikani Mzava recovered to make a last-ditch tackle.

Arrows had chances of their own in the opening half hour, with Kudakwashe Mahachi and Wayde Jooste both shooting wide, while Lerato Lamola was on target with a 23rd minute effort but saw Mbongeni Mzimela make a comfortable save.

The last chance of the first half arrived in the 40th minute when Robert Ng’ambi was fouled on the edge of the box. Veteran Vuyo Mere looked to shoot direct from the free kick, but his effort flew over the crossbar to leave the game goalless at the break.

Arrows made a double change at the start of the second stanza, introducing Nduduzo Sibiya and Musa Bilankulu in place of Thabo Molefe and Wayde Jooste, and the KwaZulu-Natal side dominated much of the half.

However, the closest either side came to a goal in regulation time was a chance for Stars’ Thabang Sesinyi in the 76th minute. The young midfielder fired a powerful effort which looked destined for the back of the net, but Nkosingiphile Gumede made a superb save.

The match looked destined to end 0-0, but in injury time Arrows’ Mahachi was fouled in the box by Ryan De Jongh and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. The Zimbabwean brushed himself off and converted from the spot to secure all three points for his side.

Platinum Stars 0

Golden Arrows (0) 1 (Mahachi 90+3’)

Stars: Mzimela, De Jongh, Mwedihanga, Mlilo, Zulu, Sesinyi, Mere, Mkhabela, Mbatha (Mpeta 72’), Ng’ambi (Monama 88’), Ntuli

Arrows: Gumede, Dube, Mngwengwe, Mzava, Nkombelo, Jooste (Sibiya 46’), Cele, Molefe (Bilankulu 46’), Magubane (Mutizwa 77’), Mahachi, Lamola

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Fabrice Kanda’s late strike denies USM Alger in Beira – 2017 CAF Champions League


Ferroviario da Beira’s Andre Raelo

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Sep 16, 2017. 17:45


A late goal through Fabrice Kanda ensured Ferroviasrio Da Beira drew 1-1 against USM Alger in their CAF Champions League quarter-final, first leg match on Saturday at Estádio do Chiveve in Beira.

In the wake of the draw, the two sides are set to meet in a second leg to be staged at Stade du 5 Juillet 1962 al-Jazā’ir in Algiers on Saturday, September 23.

Although the hosts pushed for an early goal as they wanted to ensure they are in the driving seat, coach Paul Put’s men were stubborn at the back.

Alger were dealt a huge blow when Hamzaoui and coach Put had to replace him after sustaining an injury with four minutes to go to the interval.

With both sides chasing an early goal in the opening half, there were no clear cut scoring chances and it was 0-0 at half time.

However, their return from the tunnel saw the Algerians putting the hosts under pressure and they managed to break the deadlock.

Oussama Darfalou found the back of the net in the 63rd minute as he managed to beat the Ferroviario goalkeeper after an assist by Mokhtar Benmoussa.

The hosts pushed for an equaliser and their efforts were rewarded in the 89th minute through Kanda.

The two giants fought hard for a winning goal in the dying stages of the match, but none could find the back of the net.

Ferroviario Da Beira: (0) 1 (Kanda 89′)

USM Alger: (0) 1 (Darfalou 63′)

Ferroviario Da Beira: Manyatera, Nyirenda, Morais (Feremba 82′), Sebastiao, Cufa, Agy, Manuel (Andro 82′), Ugwu (Omar 60′), Kanda, Maninho, Dayo

USM Alger: Zemmamouche, Meftah, Benmoussa, Chafaï, Abdellaoui, Benguit, Koudri, Benkhemassa, Hamzaoui (Hammar 40′), Meziane (Cherifi 89′), Darfalou (Sidibe 80′)



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Ivory Coast suffer late sucker punch in Niger


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Aug 13, 2017. 20:46


Niger recorded a narrow 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier on Sunday.

The West Zone B first-leg match was played at the Stade Général-Seyni-Kountché in the capital city of Niger, Niamey.

Niger and their visitors, Ivory Coast were unable to break the deadlock in the first 40 minutes of the encounter.

The opening goal finally came in the 44th minute and it was Imrana Seyni, who netted to make it 1-0 to Niger.

However, Dosso Fabius had other ideas as he scored for Ivory Coast on the stroke of half-time.

The score was 1-1 between the Menas and the Elephants following a lively first-half.

Halidou Garba proved to be the hero for the home side as he found the back of the net for Niger in the 81st minute.

The Menas managed to contain the more fancied Elephants in the closing stages and Niger emerged 2-1 winners



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Late goal earns Benin shock win over Nigeria


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Aug 13, 2017. 19:17


Benin recorded a suprise 1-0 win over Nigeria in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier on Sunday.

The West Zone B first-leg encounter was played at the Stade de l’Amitié in the capital city of Benin, Cotonou.

The Squirrels and the Super Eagles tried to settle down to dictate pace of the game in the first 15 minutes of the encounter.

Orji Kalu Okogbue, the Nigeria defender, was the first player to be booked in the 20th minute as the visitors fought for possession.

Then Yarou Nabil had a chance to put Benin into the lead four minutes later, but his header went wide from close range.

It was end-to-end stuff as Kingsley Eduwo went close for Nigeria two minutes later, but he was denied by Benin goalkeeper Steve Glodjinon.

However, the two sides were unable to break the deadlock and the score was 0-0 at the half-time break.

Fifteen minutes into the second-half Nigeria coach Salisu Yusuf introduced Stephen Odey for fellow striker Thomas Zenke.

Nigerian striker Edumo’s well-taken strike was deflected out for a corner-kick in the 66th minute following some good work by Osas Okoro.

The Squirrels were then awarded a late penalty when Hafiz Aremu brought down a Beninoise player in the Super Eagles box.

Mama Seibou then stepped up and hit the back of the net in the 89th minute, and Benin ran out 1-0 winners.



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Late goal from Mulenga sees Zambia draw against South Africa


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Staff Reporter

Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 17:29


A goal in the dying minutes of the match from Augustine Mulenga saw Zambia play to a 2-2 draw against South Africa in a first leg, third round African Nations Championship qualifier at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London on Saturday.

It was a slow start to the game with both sides squandering possession in the final third which resulted in very few decent goal scoring chances.

South Africa, however, began taking control of the match and made their pressure tell with the opening goal on the half hour mark thanks to a strike from Gift Motupa who turned the ball home at a corner-kick, 1-0.

Bafana continued to dictate terms after taking the lead, but could not add to their goal tally before the half time break.

Seven minutes into the second half South Africa did double their lead when Mario Booysen turned home another well-worked corner-kick, 2-0.

After going two goals down Zambia tried to find their way back into the game and did manage to pull a goal back on the hour mark when Lebogang Phiri headed the ball home, 2-1.

South Africa tightened up at the back after that and tried to defend their lead, but they were dealt a crucial blow in the 90th minute when Tercious Malepe was shown a red card following a second bookable offence.

This left Bafana Bafana short in numbers at the back and Zambia managed to equalise in the 93rd minute thanks to a strike from Augustine Mulenga, 2-2.

Having conceded two goals at home South Africa will have a lot to do in the return leg of this third round tie which will be held next weekend in Zambia.

The winner of this two-leg qualifier will take part in CHAN 2019 in Kenya.



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Late goal hands CAR narrow win over Rwanda


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Brian Lee

Sunday Jun 11, 2017. 18:23


A late second half goal from Salif Keita handed Central Africa Republic a 2-1 win over Rwanda in a CAF Africa Cup of Nations, Group H qualifier at the Stade Barthelemy Boganda in Bangui on Sunday.

The win sees CAR’s Afcon 2019 qualifying campaign off to a positive start with one win from as many matches as they occupy second spot in Group H with three points.

Guinea top the group, also with three points, after beating Cote d’Ivoire 3-2 on Saturday.

Rwanda are third in the group with zero points, followed by Cote d’Ivoire also on zero points but with an inferior goal difference.

At the at the Stade Barthelemy Boganda on Sunday the home side controlled the majority of possession in the opening half, but their decision making in the final third was poor which resulted in very few chances in front of goal.

Rwanda, on the other hand, saw very little of the ball in the first stanza and spent most of the half defending which saw the game enter the break locked at 0-0.

Three minutes into the second half, however, the deadlock was broken when Junior Gourrier found the back of the net for CAR, 1-0.

Rwanda tried to get back into the game after that, but they lacked attacking prowess and squandered good scoring opportunities.

Still, Rwanda pressed forward and manged to find an equaliser in the first minute of injury time courtesy of a strike from Ernest Sugira, 1-1.

The game looked to be heading for a draw, but Salif Keita had other ideas – scoring the winner for CAR in the 93rd minute, 2-1.

The next Afcon 2019 qualifiers are only in March 2018 when Rwanda will host Cote d’Ivoire while CAR will head to Guinea.



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