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Bernard Parker not happy despite reaching milestone – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Kaizer Chiefs

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Bernard Parker not happy despite reaching milestone

Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates goal during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on 17 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Dec 01, 2017. 11:00


Kaizer Chiefs forward Bernard Parker isn’t entirely satisfied despite having reached a milestone of 50 goals for Kaizer Chiefs.

The former FC Twente forward hit the half-century mark in a 1-1 draw against Free State Stars last weekend, but instead of celebrating the achievement, the 31-year-old explained that he is frustrated it took him so long to reach the mark.

“I have achieved something great. It’s a good achievement, although I am not entirely happy because with my standards and quality I would have wanted to have reached this milestone earlier,” Parker told his club’s website.

“I am now in my seventh season at Chiefs. To score 50 goals is great, but it’s not enough, especially when looking at what is the going rate of scoring in Europe, as that’s the top level and that’s where the standard is set.”

The Amakhosi have scored but 11 goals in 12 matches in what has been a largely disappointing and uneventful Absa Premiership campaign.

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Morocco’s Khalid Boutaib hopeful or reaching Russia in 2018 – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Morocco's Khalid Boutaib hopeful or reaching Russia in 2018

Khalid Boutaib of Morocco

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 08, 2017. 18:30

Moroccan striker Khalid Boutaib says scoring a hat-trick against Gabon in their previous 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier brought hope of reaching Russia.

The Atlas Lions are close to securing a ticket to the global showpiece, but will need a draw against a star-studded Cote d’Ivoire side on Saturday.

Although their hopes were not so bright in the opening stages of the campaign, Boutaib’s hat-trick against the Panthers last month kept Morocco’s chances alive, leaving them needing a draw in Abidjan to qualify for Russia 2018.

“We absolutely wanted to beat Gabon at home to tackle the last match in Abidjan with a chance to qualify,” Boutaib told FIFA.com.

“There was a lot at stake because the Gabonese had to win if they wanted their chances to stay alive. We took advantage of the Mali draw and now we are in a good position.

“To score three goals, in a game as important as the one against Gabon and in the Casablanca stadium, where there is a great atmosphere, was a great moment.

“I felt a lot of joy and pride. I had already scored once in the 6-0 victory against Mali at the end of August. But these three goals allowed us to take three points and lead the group.”

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Reaching Russia in 2018 is stressing out Egypt coach Hector Cuper – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Oct 04, 2017. 16:30



The Red Devils of Congo will invade Alexandria this weekend hoping to cause an upset by beating Egypt on Sunday in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

The encounter between the two nations is huge and coach Hector Cuper admits the challenge to reach the world’s biggest football tournament is stressing him out.

Speaking to AhramOnline, Cuper says life is full of stress but facing the task to reach Russia next year is the most stressful time in his life.

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Despite the pressure, Cuper said he is confident the Pharaohs are well prepared for the upcoming clash with Congo.

“The challenge is stressful, of course. I am taking hypertension medicine due the stress I suffer from the continuing criticism,” said Cuper.

“Life is full of stress, but the challenge of reaching the World Cup is the toughest stress I have faced.”

As the Pharaohs lead Group E with nine points, they need a win to seal their place at the tournament next year.

However, a draw will be enough should Ghana and Uganda play to a draw in the other group match in Kampala on Saturday.

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Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary still dreaming of reaching the World Cup – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary still dreaming of reaching the World Cup

Essam El Hadary of Egypt celebrates after saving Bertrand Traore of Burkina Faso penalty in shootout, embraced by Mahmoud Abdelmoneim Kahraba during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon semifinal football match between Burkina Faso and Egypt at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 01 February 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 13:30


Egyptian and Al-Tawoun goalkeeper, Essam El-Hadary has revealed his dream is to play at the FIFA World Cup.

The 44-year old says his appetite for success has not waned despite achieving 37 trophies in his football career.

El-Hadary wants to help the Pharaohs reach their first World Cup tournament in almost three decades.

“I did almost everything in my footballing career. I won 37 trophies and I enjoyed some remarkable moments such as our win over Italy at the 2009 Confederations Cup,” said El-Hadary to FIFA.com.

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“The only thing that is missing for me is a World Cup appearance.

“I’ve always been very determined and persistent to carry on playing; this is my character.

“The fact that I still have a chance to play at the World Cup makes me even more motivated to continue playing to realise this dream.”

The Pharaohs lead Group E in the 2018 FIFA World Cup African qualifying campaign with nine points from four matches.

Should they beat the Red Devils of Congo at home and second-placed Uganda fail to beat Ghana next weekend (6-8 October), they will secure a spot in Russia.

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Dennis Onyango hopeful of reaching Russia 2018 despite loss to Egypt – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 08, 2017. 13:00


Despite losing their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier 1-0 to Egypt on Tuesday, Uganda skipper Denis Onyango says they still have a chance to book a spot in Russia.

The Cranes skipper said their mission is to secure a win over the Black Stars of Ghana to ensure they keep their hopes alive.

The 2016 CAF African Player of the Year based in Africa was beaten by Mohamed Salah in the opening half.

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However, the 2016 CAF Champions League winner with Mamelodi Sundowns says they have a big job to do in the next round of qualifiers.

“We lost concentration in the first minutes as a team yet we knew it that they would attack us a lot at the start,” Onyango said.

“As captain and last line of defence, I had to make some saves. Sadly, I didn’t hold on when they scored.

“There is big job to do considering that Ghana won. We must work hard to get points off Ghana then see what happens thereafter. The next two games are finals.”

The Cranes will meet Ghana at home on October 7 in Kampala as they will want a win to put pressure on Group E leaders, Egypt.

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