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Morocco’s Adel Taarabt linked with Spanish move – 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 18:30


Genoa’s Moroccan midfielder Adel Taarabt has been linked with a move to Spain’s La Liga following his strong form this season.

The 28-year-old Atlas Lions player has been a standout figure for Genoa in Serie A, making 13 appearances (12 starts) and racking up two goals.

His efforts have mostly been in vain, with Genoa sitting just above the relegation zone after 14 rounds, but they have attracted attention from elsewhere in Europe.

Calcio Mercato reports that Taarabt is being closely monitored by Spanish giants Sevilla (amongst others), who are poised to make a move for the player at the end of the season.

The versatile attacking midfielder is currently on loan at Genoa from Portuguese side Benfica, and has also featured for Lens, Tottenham Hotspur, Queens Park Rangers, Fulham, Fulham and Milan in his club career.

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Jean-Michael Seri blasts Ousmane Dembele over Barcelona move

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 14:30


OGC Nice’s Ivorian midfielder Jean-Michael Seri has blasted Ousmane Dembele for the way he forced through a move to Barcelona.

Dembele effectively went on strike in the last weeks of the transfer window, giving Borussia Dortmund no choice but to sell him to the Spanish giants.

And Seri, who very nearly joined Barca but saw the move fall through at the last minute, was left unimpressed with Dembele’s behaviour.

“For a young player like Dembele, this is not the attitude he should adopt, when one is not well informed, he makes decisions that are incorrect,” said Seri.

“The after reaching Barca he broke down, without the pressure he suffered and the tension that he suffered, perhaps he would never have been injured.

“Whereas Kylian Mbappe did not keep up with everything around him before joining PSG.”

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Platinum Stars draw at home but move to 15th spot – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Platinum Stars draw at home but move to 15th spot

Roggert Nyundu of Bloemfontein Celtic challenged by Katlego Otladisa of Platinum Stars during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Platinum Stars and Bloemfontein Celtic at Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg South Africa on 22 November 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 21:58

Platinum Stars failed to grab their second Absa Premiership win when they drew 0-0 against Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday night at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

Despite the stalemate, the Rustenburg-based side now sit at the 15th spot on the log standings with eight points from 11 matches so far.

Although Dikwena had a bright start in the opening five minutes, Brian Mwila could not beat Patrick Tignyemb who made a save in the box at the second attempt.

With chances few and far between, towards the 20th minute Celtic’s Lantshene Phalane tried to beat Mbongeni Mzimela from a distance, but the keeper was equal to the task in the 27th minute.

Despite dominance by Roger De Sa’s men, their lack of sharpness in the final third meant the scores remained level at half time at 0-0.

In the second half, the hosts found the back of the net through Mwila’s header from a set piece, but it was disallowed as he came from an offside position.

However, it was Siwelele that looked threatening after the hour mark as they utitlised their wingers, yet Mzimela showed his aerial quality.

The 70th minute saw Stars’ skipper Vuyo Mere coming close to beating Tignyemb after a long pass found him behind Celtic’s defence, he showed a wonderful first touch but missed the target with the keeper to beat.

After introducing Kabelo Mahlasela and Tshegofatso Mabaso, Veselin Jelusic’s men upped the ante and the latter saw his effort saved by Mzimela, who conceded a corner in the 79th minute.

As both sides were running against time, Mere picked out an unmarked Robert Ng’ambi with a sublime pass, but the Malawian blasted his effort off target two minutes later.

With both camps fighting for a goal, their efforts in the dying minutes could not yield the desired results and it ended in a dull draw.

The stalemate elevates Phunya Sele Sele to the fourth spot with 16 points from 11 games.

Platinum Stars 0

Bloemfontein Celtic 0

Platinum Stars: Mzimela, Mnguni, Sithole, Zulu, Mere, Otladisa (Matlakala 80′), N’gambi, Mwila (Links 63′) , Nwedihanga, Msomi, Masalesa

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Jembula (Letsoalo 69′), Motshegwa (Mahlasela 55′), Letlabika, Baloyi, Hotto, Nyundu (Mabaso 63′), Phalane

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Uganda’s Ivan Ntege linked with a move to South African giants Orlando Pirates – Botswana Premier League 2017/18

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Uganda's Ivan Ntege linked with a move to South African giants Orlando Pirates

Ivan Ntege of Uganda gets away from Youssouf Kabore of Burkina Faso during the 2014 CAF African Nations Championships Group B football match between Uganda and Burkina Faso at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on 12 January 2014

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Staff Reporter

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 14:30


Uganda and Township Rollers midfielder Ivan Ntege has attracted interest in the South African Premier Soccer League, with Orlando Pirates keeping tabs on him.

According to media reports in Botswana, Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic a former Cranes mentor, is known to be a fan of the Ugandan international.

With Rollers open to listening to offers, the Botswana Premier League outfit could part ways with Ntege and Tshepo Matete who is linked with a move to AmaZulu.

Speaking to the Sunday Standard newspaper in Botswana, Rollers spokesperson Bafana Pheto says they are yet to receive offers regarding their duo.

“We are open to offers regarding any of our players and encourage our players to work hard to gain recognition in big leagues,” Pheto told Sunday Standard.

“We will not stand in any way of players if offers come forth but at the moment we have not heard anything formal but aware of such rumours,”

Although Pheto declined to divulge the duo’s worth in the transfer market, he insists they would hold discussions at management level to decide on the value of players.

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Sofiane Boufal: I would have considered a Marseille move – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Sofiane Boufal: I would have considered a Marseille move

Sofiane Boufal celebrates Southamton’s opener against Middlesbrough

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Nov 20, 2017. 15:00


Southampton’s Moroccan midfielder Sofiane Boufal has revealed that he would have considered a move to French giants Olympique Marseille if they had tried to sign him.

The Atlas Lions attacking midfielder was linked with a move to OM in the European summer.

The 24-year-old admits the idea of a transfer to the Ligue 1 heavyweights intrigues him and he would have seriously considered it – if Marseille had made a concrete offer to the Saints.

He told Canal+: “OM? Yes they turned me around. They never came to see me. Marseille, it’s still a great French club. They are the best supporters of France.

“It might have interested me, but I’m in Southampton.”

Boufal will look to keep his form and fitness for the Saints ahead of next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.

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Tiemoue Bakayoko reveals Didier Drogba influence behind Chelsea move – Premier League 2017/2018

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Tiemoue Bakayoko reveals Didier Drogba influence behind Chelsea move

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba with John Terry – Both stars expected in PH Thursday

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 12:00


Tiemoue Bakayoko has revealed that Didier Drogba helped convince him to move from Monaco to Chelsea.

Drogba, a legend for both Chelsea and Ivory Coast, played a major role in Bakayoko choosing the Blues over other suitors.

“It was clear in my mind that if I had to leave Monaco it was Chelsea. I was a fan of Chelsea, Drogba is a friend. He gave me advice about the club,” Bakayoko told Canal Plus.

The 23-year-old French midfielder, who is of Ivorian descent, also revealed that Antonio Conte’s desire to sign him helped further sway his decision.

“When you’re little you dream of being like them. When (Antonio) Conte calls you and tells you he wants you in his team and he needs you, you realize that you are really a good player.

“When a coach like that calls you and tells you that, it’s a pleasure.”

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Kalidou Koulibaly – Will his move to the EPL benefit Senegal? – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Kalidou Koulibaly – Will his move to the EPL benefit Senegal?

Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 13:00


Senegal and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly could see his future decided in the next two months with England his next possible destination.

The Lions of Teranga stalwart has been linked with a move away from the Italian Serie A giants and reports have surfaced that he is wanted once again in the English Premier League.

Southampton are said to have rekindled their interest in the defender and will table an offer in January.

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Although they failed to lure him last summer, the Saints are eyeing the 26-year-old as Virgil van Dijk’s replacement who is wanted by Liverpool among other clubs.

With coach Aliou Cisse’s men set to face South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in two 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers next month, Koulibaly is expected to be key in their quest to reach Russia.

If Southampton sign him in January, the West Africans will receive a huge boost to have another player in the EPL ahead of the World Cup (which they are also favourites to qualify for).

On the other hand, having announced that he doesn’t regret choosing Senegal over France early this year, the centre back will eye a spot at the global tournament to represent his nation and possibly face the Les Bleus.

Koulibaly’s move to the EPL will definitely come as a plus for the West Africans, but that will all depend on the negotiations between the two clubs considering he is a key figure at Napoli.

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Salah: Liverpool must move on from Mané blow – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Bertin Basson

Friday Oct 13, 2017. 15:00


Mohamed Salah has urged his Liverpool teammates to keep moving forward following the unfortunate injury blow to star attacker Sadio Mané.

Mané has been ruled out of action for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury, picked up while on national duty with Senegal earlier this month.

The crippling news comes at a bad time for the Reds, who welcome fierce rivals Manchester United to Anfield this weekend. Furthermore, the Merseyside club play several key matches over the next month – all of which they will have to do without one of their best players.

The Senegal international’s absence has cost Liverpool dearly in the past, since his arrival in 2016, with the club a better team when he is on the pitch.

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Mané scored 13 goals for the club last season despite missing January because of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and the final few weeks of the campaign due to a knee injury.

Club teammate Salah, who helped Egypt secure World Cup qualification with a brace against Congo, has come out in support of the former Southampton winger, but insists that Liverpool need to keep moving forward.

“I texted him when he was at the national (team) and then when he came back. He told me then he was injured, so that’s bad news for everyone,”Salah told liverpoolfc.com.

“But that’s football and anything can happen. Now we have to focus on the game and keep moving forward,” he concluded.

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Tunisia move to within a point of 2018 World Cup – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Tunisia move to within a point of 2018 World Cup

Youssed Msakni of Tunisia celebrates goal during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Algeria and Tunisia at the Franceville Stadium in Gabon on 19 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 07, 2017. 21:37


Tunisia are just a point away from securing qualification for the 2018 World Cup after they thrashed Guinea 4-1 on Saturday.

The result at the 28 September Stadium in Conakry – secured in the main by a hat-trick from Youssef Msakni – sees the Carthage Eagles move to within touching distance of a place in Russia 2018.

The North Africans may have claimed a resounding win, but they found themselves behind after 36 minutes when Bundesliga star Naby Keita opened the scoring.

Yet the half ended with parity restored when Msakni scored the first of his three goals, beating goalkeeper Abdul Aziz Keita just before the interval to make it 1-1.

The match remained in the balance for most of the first half, but swung decisively in Tunisia’s favour on 74 minutes when Msakni struck his second to put his side in the advantage.

Less than 10 minutes later they extended their lead when Mohamed Ben Amor made it 3-1, while the game ended poorly for the hosts, who had Keita sent off in injury time and allowed Msakni to complete his hat-trick in the sixth added minute.

Group A will wrap up in November 2017 when Tunisia host Libya and DR Congo welcome Guinea.

Guinea (1) 1 (Keita 36’)

Tunisia (1) 4 (Msakni 45+2’ 74’ 90+6’, Ben Amor 83’)

Guinea: A. Keita, O. Balde, D. Camara (S. Kaba 78’), I. Conde, I. Conte, S. Diallo (J. Lamah 85’), N. Keita, B. Sankoh, S. Soumah, Id. Sylla, Is. Sylla (I. Sankhon 65’)

Tunisia: A. Mathlouthi, H. Naguez, R. Bedoui, M. Ben Amor, S. Ben Yousseff (A. Badri 59’), G. Chaalali, T. Khenissi (W. Khazri 78’), A. Maaloul, Y. Meriah, Y. Msakni, F. Sassi (A. Trabelsi 55’)

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CAF move SuperSport-CA match to Sunday

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CAF move SuperSport-CA match to Sunday

Club Africain player Saber Khalifa (L) fights for the ball with Kampala City Council FC players Ibrahim Kizza (C) Brian Umony (R) during the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup game between Club Africain and Kampala City Council FC at Stade Olympique Rades in Tunis, Tunisia on 07 July 2017 © BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 28, 2017. 17:30


The CAF Confederation Cup match between SuperSport United and Club Africain has been shifted from Saturday to Sunday.

The teams’ semifinal, first-leg clash was initially set to be played on September 30 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Tshwane, kick-off at 15h00 CAT.

However, CAF have since moved the match to October 1, with the venue and kick-off time remaining the same.

SuperSport released the following statement:

“CAF CONFEDERATION CUP FIXTURE CHANGE

“SuperSport United have received a communique informing us that CAF have decided to re-schedule the match between SuperSport United (RSA) and Club Africain (Tunisia) from Saturday, 30 September 2017 to Sunday, 1 October 2017 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium at 15h00.

“Since SuperSport United have no choice but to comply, we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused to our supporters and other stakeholders.”

The other semifinal, first-leg match between TP Mazembe and FUS Rabat will be played in Lubumbashi on the same day, kick-off at 15h30 CAT.

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Samuel Eto’o eyes Major League Soccer move

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Sep 25, 2017. 16:00


Former Cameroon international Samuel Eto’o is eager to coach Italian giants Inter Milan.

This is according to the 36-year-old striker’s close adviser George Gardi, who also stated that Eto’o wants to ply his trade in the U.S.A.

Eto’o currently plays for Turkish Super Lig side Antalyaspor where he has scored close to 40 goals since joining the club at the beginning of the 2015/16 season.

The former Chelsea FC, Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona marksman is eager to play in the Major League Soccer (MSL) like many other football legends.

“Samuel Eto’o has had two great seasons in Turkey, scoring 40 goals,” Gardi told The Sun.

“I don’t rule out the possibility of him renewing his contract for another season. Then he aims to finish his career in Major League Soccer.

“But once he has hung up his boots, he wants to become a coach. It is his desire to manage Inter Milan some day,” he concluded.

Eto’o played for Inter between 2009 and 2011, and he won the Serie A title, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, UEFA Champions League as well as the FIFA Club World Cup.

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Arrows move top following KZN Derby win – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Arrows move top following KZN Derby win

AmaZulu’s Sadate Ouro Akoriko

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Sep 17, 2017. 17:44


A solitary goal by Sedat Ouro-Akoriko was not enough for AmaZulu as they lost 4-1 to Golden Arrows on Sunday afternoon at Princess Magogo Stadium in the Absa Premiership.

The defeat leaves the Premiership returnees occupying 13th spot on the log table with four points from as many matches.

On the other hand, the hosts found the back of the net through Lerato Lamola, Siphelele Magubane, Kudakwashe Mahachi, and Knox Mutizwa to claim the KwaZulu-Natal bragging rights.

The KZN Derby saw both sides exchanging possession in the opening 10 minutes as they probed for an early goal.

However in the 11th minute, coach Clinton Larsen’s men gained possession and made their way into the box, yet Wayde Jooste’s attempt went over the bar not troubling Usuthu’s Boalefa Pule.

Eight minutes later, the hosts made it 1-0 through Lamola as he capitalised on a defensive error between keeper Pule and his defence.

With coach Cavin Johnson’s men pushing to get an equaliser with a brilliant build-up from the back, Mhlengi Cele’s effort was tipped over the crossbar for a corner by keeper, Nkosingiphile Gumede.

In the 33rd minute,Usuthu were awarded a set piece and Ovidy Karuru delivered to the far post allowing Ouro-Akoriko to find the back of the net to make it it 1-1 with a beautiful header.

With both sides level at half time, their return from the tunnel saw Rhulani Manzini attempting a long range effort from a set-piece, but the forward failed to hit the target in the 51st minute.

The hosts fought back on the left wing as Magubane cut through down to the right – beating two defenders – before unleashing a low shot that beat Pule in the 56th minute, 2-1 to Arrows.

Usuthu introduced Mabhudi Khenyeza heading in the final 15 minutes, as they intensified their attack and pushed Gumede to produce a fine save, and Manzini also hit the woodwork.

But in the end it was Arrows who were sharp upfront as Mahachi made it 3-1 as he picked up the ball on the far side of the pitch before beating Pule.

Right in the dying minutes of the contest, substitute Mutizwa received a ball from Lamola who made a wonderful run down the left flank into the box, allowing the Zimbabwean to easily slot it home to make it 4-1 as they dispatched Usuthu.

Golden Arrows: (1) 4 (Lamola 19′, Magubane 56′, Mahachi 90+2′, Mutizwa 90+5′)

AmaZulu: (1) 1 (Ouro-Akoriko 34′)

Golden Arrows: Gumede, Mngwengwe, Shongwe (Molefe 27′), Jooste, Cele (Sibiya 53′), Nkombela, Mzava, Dube, Lamola, Magubane (Mutizwa 77′), Mahachi

AmaZulu: Pule, Sikhakhane, Mtsweni, Nyongo, Morton, Darpoh (L. Dlamini 46′), Ouro-Akoriko, Karuru(Zungu 78′), Nomvethe (Khenyeza 70′), Cele, Manzini

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Booth hopeful that Rivaldo will get his European move – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Booth hopeful that Rivaldo will get his European move

Rivaldo Coetzee and Deolin Mekoa

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Staff Reporter

Wednesday Sep 06, 2017. 20:00


It might have failed to materialise in the recent transfer window, but Matthew Booth remains ever confident that Rivaldo Coetzee will move to Europe in the foreseeable future.

Coetzee was on the verge of joining Glasgow Celtic from Ajax Cape Town, only for his dreams to be dashed following a failed medical.

This, though, opened the door for Mamelodi Sundowns with the Brazilians signing the 20-year-old for a reported R12-million as he followed Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly in making the move from the Urban Warriors to Chloorkop.

Booth believes Coetzee will still make his way to Europe and is hopeful that Sundowns won’t stand in his way…

“It was very sad what happened because I would have liked for him to go abroad. I hope in future Downs will not stand in his way when an offer from overseas comes,” Booth told the Sowetan. “He is an exceptional talent. I see him playing in the top leagues in Europe.

“He is comfortable on the ball and is able to pass the ball from the back, which is what is taught at Ajax,” the former Bafana Bafana international concluded.

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Turkey move on the cards for Oumar Niasse – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Sep 06, 2017. 17:00


Senegal striker Oumar Niasse could be set for a move from Everton to Turkish football within the next couple of days.

Media outlet talkSPORT reports that Fenerbahce are keen on bringing the Teranga Lions attacker to Istanbul.

The transfer window for Turkey’s Super Lig only closes on Friday night, leaving time for a move to be thrashed out.

Niasse was reportedly close to a move to Crystal Palace last week, but nothing materialised before the close of the Premier League’s transfer window.

The 27-year-old has mad a miserable time at Goodison Park since signing in 2016, though he showed glimpses of his ability on a loan spell with Hull City earlier this year.

Niasse played in the Super Lig with Akhisar Belediyespor in the 2013/14 season, scoring 12 goals in the leagu

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Pitso Mosimane: It is the right time for Khama Billiat to move abroad – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Mamelodi Sundowns

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Pitso Mosimane: It is the right time for Khama Billiat to move abroad

Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns and Pitso Mosimane coach of Mamelodi Sundowns

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 06, 2017. 11:30


Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes it is the right time for Khama Billiat to move abroad because he has the quality to succeed.

Despite reports that Billiat was set to leave the African champions, the Zimbabwean forward has failed to force a move in the recent transfer window which closed on Thursday last week.

However, Mosimane says the club must let the business happen and allow one of his top performers a chance to prove himself on a bigger stage.

Billiat has recently been linked with a move to Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr.

“I think it is the right time now for Khama to move abroad. It is the right time! How did Keagan (Dolly) go? When he is contracted, what needs to happen? Terminate the contract?,” Mosimane told the IOL website.

“An important player that you bought? Do you do that? Because it is about time. You’ve got to do the business. So let the business happen.

“I spoke to Khama and said to him if you could bring the performances that saw him winning so many PSL awards, his release clause they will trigger it.

“If you want to sign Khama and you are a team from outside, this guy has got six months on his contract. You can pick him up for free after six months. He is hot player.

“Do you want to wait for six months? Somebody is going to buy him within the six months. I’ve been there, I know these things.

“You will be left waiting, thinking you are going to get him for free. It has happened in football. Did you see what happen to Rivaldo Coetzee?.”

The Brazilians have bolstered their squad after signing George Lebese, Oupa Manyisa, Thokozani Sekotlong and defender Rivaldo Coetzee.

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Algeria’s Mahrez tried to engineer move to Man United – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Algeria’s Mahrez tried to engineer move to Man United

Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 04, 2017. 15:00


According to the Daily Star, Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez tried to engineer a move to Manchester United on transfer deadline day last week.

Mahrez, who has made no secret of his desire to leave Leicester City, was excused from Algeria’s World Cup qualifying camp and flew back to Europe to try and organise a last-day transfer before the window closed last Thursday.

The Fennec Foxes winger was linked with the likes of Roma (who had several bids rejected by Leicester), Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea, though a move never materialised.

The Daily Star now claims that the representatives of the player had tried to induce a move to United on the deadline day, but the Red Devils never made an official offer – despite reported interest from manager Jose Mourinho.

Mahrez missed Algeria’s 3-1 defeat away to Zambia on Saturday and it remains to be seen whether he will be available for tomorrow night’s return match in Constantine.

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Aurier granted visa ahead of Spurs move – report – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Aurier granted visa ahead of Spurs move - report

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (right) and Paris Saint-Germain’s Serge Aurier in action

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 28, 2017. 11:00


Serge Aurier has reportedly been granted a UK visa ahead of his transfer from Paris Saint-Germain to Tottenham Hotspur.
has reportedly been granted a UK visa ahead of his transfer from Paris Saint-Germain to Tottenham Hotspur.

PSG and Spurs have agreed to a €25million deal but the transfer has yet to be completed due to visa issues.

The Elephants man has been banned from entering the UK because of suspended sentence for assaulting a police officer in 2016.

However, Le Parisien reports that Aurier has now received a UK visa and is clear to enter the country.

It is expected that the right-back will arrive in London today to complete the transfer, having already passed a medical assessment in Paris.

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Baba Rahman’s proposed Schalke move postponed to January – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Baba Rahman’s proposed Schalke move postponed to January

Schalke defender Baba Rahman

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Aug 24, 2017. 15:00


Baba Rahman will not be joining Schalke 04 in the current transfer window, with the German club withdrawing from talks with Chelsea over a proposed transfer.

The Royal Blues were hoping to sign the left-back on loan for the course of a season, just as they did a year ago.

However, Rahman is still recovering from a major knee injury he sustained while representing the Black Stars at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

As a result, Schalke management have stepped back from negotiations, ending any hopes of a move for the player in the current transfer window.

Rahman’s agent, Sascha Empacher, has confirmed to Fussball Transfers that talks with Schalke have been postponed until January 2018.

The German club remain keen on re-signing the Ghana star, but will wait until the European winter transfer window, giving him more time to recover and regain fitness.

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Serge Aurier set for Tottenham move – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Serge Aurier set for Tottenham move

Serge Aurier of Paris Saint-Germain

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday, Aug 24, 2017. 13:00


Serge Aurier looks set to move from Paris Saint-Germain to Tottenham Hotspur, as the clubs reportedly have a deal ready to go.

L’Equipe claims that the clubs have agreed on a fee of €25m for the Elephants right-back, who has settled on personal terms with the London side.

However, the proposed deal would only come into effect if Aurier is granted a work permit for the United Kingdom.

At present he is barred from entering the UK because of a suspended sentence handed down for assaulting a police officer in Paris last year.

Aurier has appealed against the sentence and is currently awaiting the outcome of the legal process.

Should the 24-year-old complete the move to London, he will sign a five-year deal and arrive as a replacement for Kyle Walker.

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Aubameyang’s chance to move has come and gone – Zorc – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Aubameyang’s chance to move has come and gone - Zorc

Pierre-Emerick Auubameyang

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 21, 2017. 15:00


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s chance to leave Borussia Dortmund in this transfer window has come and gone, according to club chief Michael Zorc.

The Panthers star, who is a target for the likes of Chelsea and AC Milan, has declared that he could still move before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

However, Zorc insists that Aubameyang’s window to leave has closed shut, with BVB determined not to sell the West African.

He told Sky Deutschland: “The problem is solved. We have talked very frankly with Pierre-Emerick over the last few months.

“The window for a transfer was left open for a long time, we could not reach an agreement for his sale, so he missed his chance.”

Aubameyang showed no signs of distraction this past weekend as he scored his first goal of the new Bundesliga season in Dortmund’s 3-0 win at

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Sumaila reflects on failed move to Rangers FC – African Football

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jul 24, 2017. 14:00


Ghana international Rashid Sumaila says he will give his all to play in Britain because anything is possible in football.

The 24-year-old defender was recently on the radar of Scottish giants Rangers FC during the current Transfer Window.

However, issues of transfer and player activation meant it was always going to be complicated for him to move to the club.

Sumaila, who is currently on the books of Kuwaiti Premier League outfit Al Qadsia, remains hopeful of playing in Britain.

“In football you can never say never,” Sumaila told Ghana Soccer Net.

“I am a man of strong character because I have been through a lot yet still i am on it.

“I am working hard and knowing very well that one day the right opportunity will come and I will get it,” he added.

“For me I have never hidden my admiration for British football and I will give my all to be there.”

He once plied his trade in South Africa for 2016 CAF Champions League winners, Mamelodi Sundowns.

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Letsholonyane backs CAF’s move to change AFCON dates

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Reneilwe Letsholonyane of Supersport United during the 2017 Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport United at the Loftus Stadium, South Africa on 13 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jul 21, 2017. 12:30


With speculation rife that CAF could change the Africa Cup of Nations tournament dates which is staged between January and February, SuperSport United midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane supports the decision.

The former Bafana Bafana midfielder became the first local player to throw his support behind the proposed move by CAF members to switch the AFCON showpiece to mid-year, i.e. June/July.

‘Yeye’ said the idea will benefit national teams as that would ensure players are available, ending the club versus country issues.

Over 200 CAF delegates met in Morocco on Thursday to deliberate on issues affecting continental football.

Among issues discussed was the timing of the continental showpiece which is staged between January and February every two years.

“I buy into the suggestion of the Afcon being played in June because that would give the coaches of all national teams an opportunity to get players they want – it would be during the off-season,” said Letsholonyane.

“Sometimes African players who play in Europe really want to play at the Afcon but because they do not want to risk losing their positions at their clubs‚ they end up not coming.

“If the tournament is held in May or June‚ they would definitely come.

“Having almost all the top players from the top leagues around the world in one tournament would only serve to boost the image and level of the tournament.

“You have a three-year contract with that club and the national team is something that happens once in about two to three months.

“You spend a lot of time at your club and you will choose the club because of the many months you spend there.

“If you lose your position‚ it means sitting on the bench‚ frustration and trying to win back your position which is not guaranteed.”

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Victor Moses success helped convince Rudiger of Chelsea move – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Victor Moses success helped convince Rudiger of Chelsea move

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford (R) challenges Chelsea’s Victor Moses

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Jul 17, 2017. 14:30


The success and improvement Victor Moses enjoyed at Chelsea last season helped convince Antonio Rudiger to join the Premier League club.

The Nigerian was converted to a right wingback by Blues coach Antonio Conte and went on to enjoy his best season in English football, establishing himself as a key figure of a Premier League-winning side.

Rudiger, who joined Chelsea from Italian giants Roma earlier this month, explained that Conte’s ability to improve players like Moses was one of the reasons he agreed to join the London club.

“Of course, for me the biggest reason [to move to Chelsea] was the coach, Antonio Conte,” he told beIN Sports.

“He’s a fantastic Coach. He improved a lot of players, like last season Moses and [Marcos] Alonso.

“They had a great season and I that’s why I said I want to be a part of that.”

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Algeria’s Aissa Mandi linked with move to Rennes – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

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Reims defender Aissa Mandi

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jul 12, 2017. 19:00


Algerian international Aissa Mandi has been linked with a move to Stade Rennais, where he could reunite with Christian Gourcuff.

L’Equipe reports that former Algerian national team coach Gourcuff has made the 25-year-old Mandi one of his transfer targets ahead of the 2017/18 season.

Mandi, who was born in France but has represented the Fennec Foxes since 2014 and played for them at the World Cup and two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, is currently on the books of Spanish side Real Betis.

He joined Betis on a five-year deal in June 2016, having previously played for French side Stade de Reims. Mandi enjoyed a solid first season in La Liga, appearing in 26 matches and contributing two goals.

Rennes already has three Algerian players on its books: Mehdi Zeffane, Ramy Bensebaini and Rais M’Bohli.

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Iheanacho set for Tottenham move? – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Manchester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Jul 11, 2017. 12:00


Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho could well head to Tottenham Hotspur as part of a deal which would see Kyle Walker head in the opposite direction.

Nigerian attacker Iheanacho is apparently close to agreeing a move to Leicester City, but Spurs’ interest could well derail any transfer to the King Power Stadium.

The Sun reports that Spurs, who are reluctant to allow Walker to head to City for a fee of 50-million, could work a transfer for Iheanacho into the equation.

This would see the Super Eagles man head to White Hart Lane in a cash-plus-player deal, with Walker then joining Pep Guardiola’s side.

Iheanacho has been included in City’s preseason tour, but is considered surplus to requirements after seeing little playing time in the second half of last season.

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Former Zamalek player: Salah’s Liverpool move has had a huge impact – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Mohamed Salah, Liverpool. CREDIT: Twitter @LFC

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Jul 10, 2017. 16:00


Former Zamalek midfielder Omar Ismael Youssef says Mohamed Salah’s big-money move to Liverpool has had a “huge impact” on Egyptian football.

Youssef also told Tribalfootball that Salah should be played on the right wing by manager Jurgen Klopp, following his transfer from Italian giants Roma.

“It’s left a huge impact on Egyptian players, especially youngsters,” Youssef explained.

“Everyone dreams of playing in the biggest league in the world and Salah is a role model to all of us.

“Yes of course, the whole country is talking about Salah.”

The former Zamalek man, who is nicknamed Tigana, reckons Salah’s pace will make him perfect for the English top flight.

“I think Salah’s best position is as a right winger. His pace and dribbling skills would add a lot to Liverpool and he’ll create a striking force along with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Coutinho.”

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SuperSport move into Confed Cup quarterfinals

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SuperSport move into Confed Cup quarterfinals

Clayton Daniels of Supersport United clears ball from Ellesah Mensah JR of CF Mounana during the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup match between Supersport United and CF Mounana at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville South Africa on 08 July 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Jul 08, 2017. 17:35


SuperSport United have advanced into the quarterfinals of the CAF Confederation Cup after defeating CF Mounana 4-1 at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.

Combined with TP Mazembe’s victory over Horoya AC in a concurrent match in Lubumbashi, United’s victory was enough to finish second in Group D and secure a place in the last eight.

SuperSport were on the front foot from the first whistle and had to wait only 14 minutes before they claimed the lead, with Thuso Phala and Aubrey Modiba combining to set up Bradley Grobler, who scored with a well-taken diving header.

On 27 minutes Grobler turned from scorer to provider, sending a great pass through to Thabo Mnyamane, who fired a low shot past goalkeeper Patrick Koss to make it 2-0.

United made it 3-0 in the 34th minute when Reneilwe Letsholonyane showed great skill and composure in the box to tee up Jeremy Brockie for a tap-in, and the New Zealander added another goal from the penalty spot just before half time to make it 4-0.

The game looked to be dead and buried but Mounana at least pulled a goal back 11 minutes into the second half, with Ellesah Mensah turning Clayton Daniels beautifully before beating Ronwen Williams.

The Gabonese threatened a few times to further reduce the deficit, as United totally lost their attacking rhythm in the second half and were unable to reassert the dominance they enjoyed in the opening 45 minutes.

Group D finished with TP Mazembe as winners on 12 points, while SuperSport were second with 10. Horoya came home in third on nine points, while Mounana finished last with zero points after suffering six straight losses.

United will face Group C winners Zesco United in the quarterfinals, while Mazembe will come up against either Recreativo Libolo or Smouha SC.

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Nigerian star Emenike reflects on his Olympiakos move – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jul 06, 2017. 11:00


Nigeria international Emmanuel Emenike has discussed his move to Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus.

The Greek giants confirmed Emenike’s transfer from Turkish side Fenerbahce through a statement on their official website.

The well-travelled striker, who has played in South Africa, Turkey, Russia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and England, discussed his move on All Nigerian Soccer.

“I want to let our fans know that I am here to play and give my best for the club,” Emenike said.

”I will always give my best when I am on the pitch; for the club and its fans.”

The 30-year-old scored four goals in 16 Turkish Super Lig matches for Fenerbahce during the 2016/17 campaign.

Prior to that Emenike had spent the 2015/16 season out on loan at UAE side Al Ain and English club West Ham United from Fenerbahce.

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