Red Devils sign up race for Pepe’s signature

Manchester United have joined English Premiership League rivals Liverpool in pursuit of Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe.

The Lille winger has been in wonderful form for the club this season and scored his 20th goal of the Ligue 1 campaign in a 5- thumping of Nimes this previous weekend.

In full, the 23-year-old has scored 21 goals and assisted a further 12 in 36 appearances throughout all competitions this season, subsequently attracting attention from numerous of Europe’s leading clubs.

In accordance to the Specific, United have now joined Liverpool in the race to sign the £60m-rated winger ahead of the 2019-20 season with head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be handed a huge transfer spending plan in an try to resurrect the Red Devils.

Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are between the many others clubs reportedly fascinated in Pepe, who joined Lille from Angers in 2017.

Pepe has scored four goals in 11 appearances for Ivory Coast and the French born forward has been tipped to be just one of the standout players at this yrs Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

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Kaizer Chiefs coach rues red card in TKO defeat

Head coach Steve Komphela of Kaizer Chiefs during 2017 Macufe Cup game between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs at Free State Stadium on 08 October [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Monday Nov 20, 2017. 12:30

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela believes the red card given to Wiseman Meyiwa was the decisive moment of their Telkom Knockout semifinal against Bidvest Wits this past weekend.

The Amakhosi were beaten 1-0 by the Clever Boys on Saturday, with Meyiwa’s dismissal in the 26th minute – for a stamp on Daine Klate – followed just three minutes later by the only goal of the game from James Keene.

“You could see with the early exchanges that we had all areas covered,” Komphela told Chiefs’ official website.

“To suffer a red card in the first half in such an intense clash changed the game entirely. Besides that and to make matters worse, we let Wits score with a free header immediately thereafter due to a lapse of concentration.”

He added: “Our game plan was affected by this. If you check our substitutions, they were all intended to go for an all-out attack.”

The Chiefs coach saw his team improve in the second stanza thanks to some attacking substitutions, and believes they need to refocus for a league clash with AmaZulu this midweek.

“We came back strong in the second half,” Komphela pointed out. “[Dumisani] Zuma had a one-on-one with Wits’ goalkeeper Darren Keet, Siphiwe Tshabalala hit the crossbar and [Gustavo] Páez had a chance as well.

“We knew the game was going to be very tight and robust. Unfortunately we had to play most of the game with one man down. But still, I thought we contained them well and scared them a few times in the second half.

“Now that we are out of the cup, we have to focus our attention on the league. We will regroup and make sure we beat AmaZulu on Wednesday.”

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Eric Bailly – Ivorian defender fresh for Red Devils

Eric Bailly of Manchester United

Graeme Jackson

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 19:00

Eric Bailly will look to shrug off the disappointment of Ivory Coast’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup when he features for Manchester United this weekend.

Bailly was suspended for the Elephants’ 2-0 loss to Morocco last weekend which saw the North Africans secure top spot in the group and return to the World Cup for the first time since 1998.

Nonetheless, the 23-year-old took to his Facebook page to express his pain and apologise to the Ivorian faithful.

“Bad time for our national team I’m a part of. Our apologies for the bad performance of the team during our last games, for me the important was neither the game against Mali nor against Morocco, but rather our bad results in official games since the beginning of the year,” wrote Bailly.

The best way for the centre-back to put the Elephants’ failure behind him is to perform strongly at club level.

Bailly will be fresh and rested for Manchester United’s upcoming matches this weekend and next midweek.

The Red Devils will first host Newcastle United for a high-profile Premier League clash on Saturday evening, followed by a trip to Basel next Wednesday in which they will look to secure progression into the UEFA Champions League knockout stage.

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Red Star Belgrade hail Richmond Boakye’s scoring record

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 14:00

Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade have hailed Ghanaian Richmond Boakye after he became the club’s highest scoring foreign player of all time.

The 24-year-old netted in a SuperLiga match against Spartak Subotica in midweek to rack up his 29th goal in Red Star colours.

The Ghanaian’s goal tally has arrived in just 40 matches since joining the team in January 2017.

And the Belgrade club have praised Boakye’s impact at the club, putting the following post up on their official Twitter account:

”Congratulations, you became a part of our history! @Boakye_Yiadom9…..29 goals for #fkcz.”

Boakye will look to continue his scoring form when Red Star play Zemun in an away league clash tomorrow afternoon.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Eric Bailly – Defender set for return to Red Devils line-up – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Eric Bailly (L) of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League match

Graeme Jackson

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 19:00

Eric Bailly will look to return to Manchester United’s starting XI for tomorrow’s high-profile clash at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

The Ivory Coast defender has not featured for the Red Devils since their 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League exactly a month ago today.

Following that match – which was Bailly’s UCL debut – he was rested for the home win over Crystal Palace on September 30, and then jetted off for international duty with the Ivory Coast.

The 23-year-old picked up an injury while featuring for the Elephants and has been out of commission ever since.

United have not fared particularly well in his absence, failing to win either of their two Premier League matches in the period (0-0 v Liverpool and 1-2 v Huddersfield Town).

However, Bailly returned to training this week and is in line to start against Spurs in tomorrow’s early-afternoon kick-off at Old Trafford.

It’s a key match for the Red Devils, who need a powerful performance (and a win) to convince their critics that they can challenge rivals Manchester City for the Premier League title.

Bailly was in good spirits this week upon returning to training, and posted this funny entry in his official Twitter page:

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The Red Devils out to shock the Pharaohs – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Mohamed Elneny of Egypt celebrates goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Afcon Final match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Libreville in Gabon on 5 February 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 06, 2017. 17:00

The Egyptian Pharaohs have a tough task this weekend as they welcome the Red Devils of Congo for their penultimate 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Sunday.

Ahead of the clash, the Pharaohs need a win to boost their chances of reaching the global tournament in Russia next year.

Coach Hector Cuper wants a disciplined approach to consolidate their top spot.

Sitting at the top with nine points, Egypt will hope to see Ghana beating Uganda on Saturday and they will have to win to secure a World Cup berth.

“Congo is a good team combining players with great individual skill, but we are ready for the game,” Cuper said.

“We have studied Congo well. We will be focusing on their weak points, but we are not sure about their squad for the next game, especially since they may call up new people.”

Fresh from a win and a loss to the Cranes last month, the North African giants are motivated to play in front of their home crowd in Alexandria.

Shifting focus to the visitors, the Red Devils are also out to cause an upset and keep the group open as they seek a win.

Congo sit at the bottom of the table with one point from three losses and one draw.

Fresh from a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Black Stars at home, the Congolese have their pride to salvage come Sunday in Egypt.

Coach Sebastien Migne faces a tough assignment against a strong Egyptian team, but he will push to shock their hosts.

The Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria is the venue on Sunday for the crunch qualifier at 19:00 (CAT).

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Neville & Henry – Sadio Mane’s didn’t deserve a red card – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Sunday Sep 10, 2017. 13:00

Senegal’s Sadio Mane did not deserve to be sent off in Liverpool’s heavy loss at the hands of Manchester City on Saturday, according to Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Thierry Henry.

The Teranga Lions attacker was shown a straight red card by referee Jon Moss after colliding with City goalkeeper Ederson in a 50-50 battle for the ball.

Moss took issue with Mane’s raised foot, which appeared to catch the Brazilian ‘keeper in the face. The Reds player was sent off, while the City man left the pitch on a stretcher.

It proved to be a crucial turning point in the match, with Pep Guardiola’s team going on to claim an emphatic 5-0 victory.

“It’s one of those I don’t think he needed to give a red card, it wasn’t expected and I think he’s got it wrong,” Neville said in his role as an analyst for Sky Sports.

“How many times this season do you see a foot high, when a player goes with their head and the player gets there first and the foot goes into the chest.

“’You very rarely see a red card for it, you might get a yellow.”

Henry added: “I think I would have gone for it, it’s an unfortunate 50/50 for the goalkeeper.

“The referee saw the player down and that played on his mind, sometimes it can play on your mind. The goalkeeper had to go for it, the player had to go for it and if that happened in midfield it wouldn’t have been a red.

“Did he give a red straight away or did he wait and see what happened with the goalkeeper?”

Neville continued: “Let’s not be clouded by the fact he’s going to be stretchered off, that’s unfortunately part of the game, players clatter into each other.”

However, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher disagreed with Neville.

“It’s a red card. I didn’t initially think it was, I thought there was a coming together in a 50/50,” he explained.

“People will say ‘he had his eyes on the ball’ but that doesn’t matter. Sadio Mane hasn’t tried to do him but if you don’t get there and your boot is that high you get a red card for excessive force.

“I took some convincing and I didn’t think so on first viewing, but John Moss got it right. It was difficult for Mane, the ball was there and he had to go for it but he’s suffered the consequences.”

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Uganda’s Aucho leaves Red Star Belgrade – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Khalid Aucho of Uganda challenged by Mohamed Elneny of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Egypt and Uganda

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Aug 08, 2017. 13:30

Latest information surrounding the future of Ugandan midfielder Khalid Aucho is that he has parted ways with Serbian side Red Stars Belgrade.

Reports reveal that the Cranes international has confirmed parting ways with the Serbian top division side after the club failed to honour the contract.

The 24-year-old joined the club on a six-month deal in February this year as a free agent from South Africa’s Baroka FC.


Aucho previously played for Gor Mahia and cited non payment of salary as one of the reasons for his decision not to renew his stay.

“I and my agent have decided to terminate the contract because they are not working according to the details of the contract,” said the player to Soka25East.

“We have dragged them to court – demanding my pay arrears.”

On the other hand, the player lamented racism in the country, but believes the city of Belgrade is one of the best in the world.

Although he is undecided about his future, Aucho does not rule out returning to Gor Mahia, but is closely evaluating offers already on the table.

“I love Gor Mahia, but now I’m weighing the options I already have.”

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Aurier says PSG goodbyes amid Red Devils, Spurs rumours – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier

Bertin Basson

Monday Jul 31, 2017. 09:05

Ivory Coast international Serge Aurier has reportedly said his goodbyes to his Paris Saint Germain teammates, ahead of a possible move to the English Premier League.

According to French-based journalist, Jonathan Johnson, Aurier has waved what will be his now former teammates ‘Au Revoir’ as he sets his sights on England switch.

Aurier, 24, last week told the French giants that he was eager to continue his career elsewhere, having fallen behind Dani Alves in the pecking order at the club.


Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are believed to be front-runners for the defender’s signature with Inter Milan having also expressed their interest in signing the fullback.

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Spurs to battle Red Devils for Aurier – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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

Bertin Basson

Tuesday Jul 25, 2017. 17:00

Tottenham Hotspur are also reportedly keen on landing want-away Paris Saint Germain defender Serge Aurier before the end of the transfer window.

Spurs are in for another right-back following the sale of Kyle Walker to Manchester City for a whopping £50 million.

With money in the bank and PSG open to sell following their capture of Dani Alves, Spurs could land the Ivory Coast international for half the price they demanded for Walker.

Interest from Manchester United and Inter Milan, though, could up Aurier’s price with The Sun reporting that the 24-year-old’s wage demands could throw a spanner in the works for Spurs.

Only three of Mauricio Pochettino’s men earn over £100,000-a-week (Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen and Harry Kane) with the club unlikely to offer Aurier the money he demands.

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Naby Keita already a top player – Former Red Bull scout – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jul 06, 2017. 10:00

Naby Keita has room to improve but is “already on the top” according to former Red Bull Global Soccer scout Benoit Thans.

The 22-year-old RB Leipzig midfielder is a transfer target for English giants Liverpool, who could spend somewhere in the region of £70-million if British reports are correct.

Thans knows all about Keita’s qualities, having brought the Guinean to Red Bull Salzburg in Austria in 2014, where he spent two years before signing for their ‘sister’ club RB Leipzig in Germany.

Keita played a major role in the 2016/17 campaign as Leipzig finished an impressive second on the Bundesliga log behind Bayern Munich, earning a place in the UEFA Champions League for the first time.

“Now I don’t know what the future is for him, but I know that many clubs are interested in him,” Thans told ESPN.

“But I know that Ralf Rangnick [Leipzig’s director of sports] wants to keep him.

“When you go to play in the Bundesliga, you certainly make very good progression.

“But now it’s also financial and if you say Liverpool are interested — all players are interested when Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United come to see you and they are maybe interested.

“It’s always good for a player — it’s a big name in the world.

“For me, he can make progression again, but he’s already on the top.”

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