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Spurs midfielder Winks sidelined by groin surgery

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks has experienced surgical treatment on a groin injury that is very likely to rule him out for the rest of the season.

Winks has not performed after coming off in the closing stages of Tottenham’s Champions League quarter-remaining first leg win against Manchester City.

The England intercontinental has featured just three times for Mauricio Pochettino’s team from February and now seems set to miss Tottenham’s remaining matches this season.

That is a blow to Pochettino, whose aspect face Ajax in the Champions League semi-finalto first leg on Tuesday.

They also sit 3rd in the Premiership League’s top rated 4 with two games remaining.”Harry Winks has today gone through groin surgical treatment.

The England midfielder will be monitored by our clinical team as he carries on his recovery in advance of commencing rehabilitation,” a Tottenham assertion declared on Monday.

Winks had savored a breakthrough season with Tottenham right before his injury concerns.The 23-year-old experienced set up himself as a normal in central midfield and had also showcased for England.

As effectively as lacking the conclusion of Tottenham’s campaign, Winks is just not envisioned to recuperate in time for England’s Nations League semi-last in June. 

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Thomas Partey – The Ghanaian midfielder is a man transformed – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 08, 2017. 13:00


Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey looks a man transformed this season, with the Ghana international having added goals to his game.

The hard-running midfielder, who could only conjure 987 playing minutes for the Spanish club side last season – scoring once – has already accumulated over a thousand minutes during the current campaign.

Partey has played 15 times for Atletico this season across all competitions, featuring in all but one of the club’s Spanish La Liga encounters.

Often deployed in a defensive midfield role, the 24-year-old’s ability to not only create goal-scoring opportunities, but find the back of the net himself has been notable.

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With four goals to his name this season, Partey has proven that his hat-trick for the Black Stars in Brazzaville was not a fluke, and if anything, he should be deployed in a more attacking role more often.



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We must secure our semifinal spot – USMA midfielder Benguit – 2017 CAF Champions League


USM Alger player Hammar Ziri (C) celebrates after scoring against Caps United during the 2017 CAF Champions League game between USM Alger and Caps United in Algiers, Algeria on 9 July 2017 © BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 18, 2017. 17:00


USM Alger must secure their place in the CAF Champions League semifinals before they worry about which team they will face, said midfielder Abderraouf Benguit.

The Algerian team are strong favourites to advance into the final four after drawing 1-1 away to Mozambican side Ferroviario de Beira in the first leg of the teams’ quarterfinal tie this past weekend.

The return leg at the 5 July Stadium in Algiers is set for Saturday evening, with the hosts expected to prevail and set up a meeting with either reigning African champions Mamelodi Sundowns or Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca.

However, Benguit insists that USMA will still have to work hard to ensure they claim victory against Beira.

“The players of this team [Beira] are alive, they created some difficulties, so we must beware of it in the return match,” the midfielder told Le Buteur.

“They will have nothing to lose. They will also play without pressure, it will be able to release them and make them even more dangerous, so we will have to be vigilant.”

As for their potential semifinal opponents, Benguit believes it is something they will worry about only if and when they secure progression.

“To start, we will have to validate our ticket for the semifinals next weekend,” he explained.

“As for the opponent we wish to face, we have no preference. No matter the team, we will do whatever it takes to get to the end and reach our goal.

“We all know the importance of this trophy in the eyes of our supporters, for them, for all those who support us, we will fight thoroughly and until the last minute.”



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Platinum Stars capture Bafana Bafana midfielder – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Lehlogonolo Masalesa of South Africa during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Jul 27, 2017. 13:00


Platinum Stars have completed the signing of Bafana Bafana midfielder Lehlogonolo Masalesa on a three year deal on Tuesday.

Known as Vieira in football, the tall midfielder rejoins the club as he started out his career in Rustenburg before moving to Orlando Pirates via Bidvest Wits.

The former Buccaneers enforcer impressed Dikwena during the recent 2017 COSAFA Cup held in Rustenburg as he captained Bafana.

“We are very excited as a club to have landed his signature. It’s a big signing for us,” said general manager, Senzo Mazingiza.

“We needed to replace that situation in the midfield so we think that Vieira with his experience will be able to just pluck into that position. It was not an easy signing to do. It took a lot of convincing and lobbying.

“I am glad he is coming back home. Vieira was part of our team before going to Orlando Pirates. He comes back with a lot of experience. I am sure he will do well for us.

“Vieira is very young. One of the things we needed to look at is to refresh the team so that the players we have can take us further and that they still have legs to run and be able to carry the team.

“As young as he is, he has got lots of experience, played overseas and played for Pirates one of the biggest teams in Africa. He was part of the squad that played until the finals of CAF Champions League in Cairo.”



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Egypt and Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny turns down Leicester’s £10m offer – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jul 21, 2017. 11:30


According to media reports in England, Egypt and Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has turned down a move to Leicester City.

The Pharaohs midfielder has attracted interest from the Foxes and an agreement has been reached by both clubs.

However, despite a £10 million price tag that has been agreed upon, the 25-year-old player has turned down the offer opting to stay in London.

The Sun website reports that Elneny is happy in London although he is not getting enough game time, but he insists he will fight for a starting spot under manager Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal initially signed Elneny from Basel for £5m in January 2016, with the right-footed midfielder making 40 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners.

However, the former Arab Contractors player is enjoying a delightful pre-season with Arsenal as they beat Bayern Munich at the International Champions Cup in Shanghai.

It is repoted that the FA Cup champions are willing to part with Elneny for the right price as they have Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who can play in his position.

On the other hand, Leicester could come back in January for Elneny who has three years left on his current deal.



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Cameroon midfielder Arnaud Djoum says they will play for Marc Vivien-Foe


Wakasu Mubarak of Ghana is challenged by Arnaud Djoum of Cameroon during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Afcon semifinal football match between Cameroon and Ghana at the Franceville Stadium in Gabon on 02 February 2017 ©Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Jun 17, 2017. 13:00


Ahead of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia, Cameroon midfielder Arnaud Djoum says they will play in memory of their fallen hero, Marc Vivien-Foe.

The late Indomitable Lions legend passed away after collapsing on the pitch during the 2003 FIFA Confederations semi-final against Colombia in France.

Despite attempts to save his life, it was later discovered that Foe suffered from a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Under the guidance of Belgian manager, Hugo Broos, Cameroon will end their 14-year absence from the Confederations Cup when they face Chile on Sunday, 18 June.

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The African champions are in Group B with Chile, Australia and Germany.

“We want to play well for him – to honour and respect what he did for Cameroon,” Djoum told BBC Sport.

“We want to show a good image of Cameroon for him first.

“In the dressing room, we try not to speak too much about it out of respect for him and his family.

“It’s something we keep really quiet but we know from each other that we have to give everything and play from heart – like he did.”

The Scotland-based midfielder made his debut under Broos at the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and feels the connection with Foe more than others as he wears the number 17 which was worn by Foe.



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