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Mooy double lifts Huddersfield out of relegation zone

Huddersfield climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone after a double from Australia midfielder Aaron Mooy inspired Sunday’s 2- win at Wolves.

David Wagner’s aspect started the working day rooted to the base of the table after winning only one particular of their initial twelve matches.

But Mooy boosted the Terriers’ hopes of steering clear of relegation with an early goal at Molineux, followed by a wonderful free-kick after the interval.

“I imagine at this minute no-one particular but the players are entitled to the praise,” Wagner reported.

“Game prepare is one particular factor but you have to deliver it to lifestyle and the mentality demonstrated is all about the players.

“We desired to defeat them with their individual game as they are a ball-possession team.”

Huddersfield climb to 14th place, two points previously mentioned the fall zone, thanks to their initial league win considering the fact that a 1- results against Fulham on November 5.

Wolves are with no a victory in 5 games, four of which have ended in defeat.

“It was probably one particular of the worst performances we have experienced. We have to take a great glimpse, find out why and put together greater,” Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo reported.

Wagner experienced made two modifications as Tommy Smith and Erik Durm arrived in for the injured Chris Lowe and suspended Mathias Jorgensen.

The switches seemed to spark Huddersfield as they produced by far their most dominant screen of the campaign.

They took a sixth-minute lead when Mooy struck for the initial time this season, slotting in from the edge of the spot kick area subsequent Durm’s cross.

Wolves substitute Adama Traore was at the heart of a rare raid from the hosts when he crossed for Raul Jimenez, but Philip Billing caught out his boot to make a crucial clearance off the line.

Jimenez experienced a likelihood to equalise for Wolves in the 66th minute when he ran obvious on goal, but he stumbled to enable Huddersfield off the hook.

It was a crucial moment as Huddersfield wrapped up a substantially-necessary victory in the 74th minute when Mooy curled his free-kick past Wolves’ weakly assembled defensive wall.

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Celtic sign host of players to avoid relegation scrap for 2017/18 season – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Lucky Baloyi of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Traore Moussa of Asec Mimosas during the 2016 CAF Champions League football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Asec Mimosas at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 12, 2016 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Jul 20, 2017. 15:00


In an aim to avoid the relegation battle in South Africa, Bloemfontein Celtic have signed new players as they bolster their squad ahead of the new 2017/18 Premier Soccer League season.

Former Platinum Stars striker Ndumiso Mabena, ex-Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Lucky Baloyi and Cape Town City’s Given Mashikinya have all joined Siwelele.

On the other hand, the club has since allowed midfielder Lyle Lakay to join Benni McCarthy’s Cape Town City side on a swap deal with Mashikinya.

Speaking to the club’s official website, CEO Khumbulani Konco said they are glad the matter with City was settled harmoniously without going to the PSL’s Dispute Resolution Chamber.

“We are glad that the matter between ourselves and City concerning Lakay has been solved harmoniously,” said Konco.

“Lakay was still contracted to the team and even though he wanted to leave it was prudent for him to follow appropriate procedures.

City approached us in a professional way trying to solve the matter and after deliberations and also consultation with our technical team, we agreed to sign Given and allow Lyle to join them.”

Having finished at number 12 in the Absa Premiership last season, Konco has since confirmed the arrival of Mabena and Baloyi to help the club finish in a better position in the upcoming term.



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Stars and Chippa both avoid relegation – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Linda Mntambo of Jomo Cosmos concentrates on the ball as Sandile Zuke of Chippa United passes it during the 2017 Nedbank Cup quarterfinal game between Chippa United and Jomo Cosmos at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth on 22 April 2017 © Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday May 27, 2017. 17:09


Free State Stars and Chippa United played to a goalless draw in their Absa Premiership clash at Goble Park on Saturday afternoon.

The result ensures both Ea Lla Koto and the Chilli Boys finish clear of the relegation zone and they will play top flight football next season.

The first notable effort on goal arrived in the 17th minute, with Stars’ Nhlanhla Vilakazi shooting direct from a free kick, but Chippa goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi made a relatively comfortable save.

On the half hour mark the hosts threatened from a set piece again – this time Thokozani Sekotlong went for goal from a free kick, but struck his effort just wide of the target, much to the relief of Akpeyi.

Chippa’s lack of control in midfield saw them make a change 10 minutes before the half time break, with Mbulelo Wambi coming off the bench to replace Sandile Zuke.

The substitute soon had an effort on goal, but Stars remained the more potent side in attack, with chances for Vilakazi and Sinethemba Jantjie in the dying minutes of the first half which they were unable to convert.

Chippa also made the first change of the second half when they introduced Tswarelo Bereng in place of striker Rhulani Manzini, who had a quiet game upfront for the Chilli Boys.

In the 69th minute Stars threatened through veteran captain Paulus Masehe, who got on the end of a corner kick from Jantjie but sent his header over the target.

Chippa had offered little in attack through the second half, but on 86 minutes they had a chance for Mpho Mvelase, who was unable to beat Thela Ngobeni in the Ea Lla Koto goal.

Free State Stars 0

Chippa United 0

Stars: Ngobeni, Mashego, Teyise, Mahamutsa, Mbhele, Jantjie, Vilakazi, Masehe, Makhaula, Sekotlong (Venter 66’), Anas (Maphakisa 84’)

Chippa: Akpeyi, Mako, Chabalala, Thopola, Mvelase, Masuku (Kama 84’), Zuke (Wambi 36’), Mbenyane, Ngubane, Mbokoma, R. Manzini (Bereng 51’)



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Baroka, Highlands set for crunch relegation battle – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Richard Matloga of Baroka FC during the Absa Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Baroka FC on 10 May 2017 at Lucas Moripe Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday May 16, 2017. 08:29


Baroka FC and Highlands Park will meet for a crunch Absa Premiership relegation battle at Peter Mokaba Stadium on 17 May 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Baroka have gone five league matches without a win after they were beaten 3-2 at Golden Arrows on May 13.

The Limpopo side has claimed 11 points from 14 home matches this season.

Bakgaga are placed 16th on the Absa Premiership log with 24 points from 28 matches.

Highlands ended a six-match unbeaten streak by defeating Chippa United 1-0 at home on May 12.

The Tembisa-based side has claimed seven points from 14 away matches this season.

The Lions of the North are placed 14th on the Absa Premiership log with 25 points from 28 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Baroka and Highlands have met in just one previous top flight league match.

That encounter took place earlier this season, with the Lions of the North claiming a 2-1 home win in Tembisa.

Baroka’s line-up from their 3-2 loss to Arrows: Dlamini, Mahashe, Kgoetyane, Shaku, Madubanya, Garcia, Munetsi, Ravhuhali, Letsoalo, Kgaswane, Matlakala.

Highlands’ line-up from their 1-0 win over Chippa: Heugh, Mvala, Sibande, Oluwafemi, Nlapho, Theron (Mbatha 60′), Ngalo, Moriri (S.Ledwaba 53′), Thabotha, Shalulile, Mbesuma (Koena 73′).



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Highlands beat Chippa to climb out of relegation zone – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Collins Mbesuma of Highlands Park. Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday May 12, 2017. 22:54


Highlands Park defeated Chippa United 1-0 in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa on Friday night.

As a result the Lions of the North move up to the 14th spot on the league standings, while the Chilli Boys move down to the 15th spot on the table.

Chippa shot-stopper Daniel Akpeyi was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the first-half as Highlands launched attacks in search of the opening goal.

The Nigeria international did well to deny Highlands midfielder Zamuxolo Ngalo, the former South Africa international just before the half-hour mark.

Highlands midfielder Mothobi Mvala was shown a yellow card for dissent in the 38th minute as the Chippa defence continued to frustrate the home side.

The Lions of the North and the Chilli Boys were locked at 0-0 during the halftime break following a relatively quiet first-half on a chilly night.

Akpeyi was finally beaten in the second-half as the Lions of the North’s pressure paid off following the introduction of Seun Ledwaba in the 53rd minute.

Ledwaba was fouled in the Chippa box and Highlands were awarded a penalty which was converted by Collins Mbesuma to give the home side the lead 15 minutes later.

Chippa had a chance to level matters from a free-kick with 13 minutes left, but Rhulani Manzini’s effort from the effort was saved by Highlands keeper Marlon Heugh.

Highlands did contain Chippa in the remaining minutes of the league encounter and the former emerged 1-0 winners on the night.

Highlands (0) 1 (Mbesuma 65′)

Chippa (0) 0

Highlands: Heugh, Mvala, Sibande, Oluwafemi, Nlapho, Theron (Mbatha 60′), Ngalo, Moriri (S.Ledwaba 53′), Thabotha, Shalulile, Mbesuma (Koena 73′)

Chippa: Akpeyi, Mako, Thopola, Chabalala, Mvelase, Wambi, Zuke, Sekome (Zulu 75′), Mbenyane, Mncube (Masuku 51′), R. Manzini.



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Highlands, Chippa in relegation ‘six-pointer – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Linda Mntambo of Jomo Cosmos concentrates on the ball as Sandile Zuke of Chippa United passes it during the 2017 Nedbank Cup quarterfinal game between Chippa United and Jomo Cosmos at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth on 22 April 2017 © Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Friday May 12, 2017. 09:57


Highlands Park will look for three precious Absa Premiership points when they host Chippa United at Makhulong Stadium on 12 May 2017, kick-off at 20h00.

Highlands suffered their 13th league defeat of the season when they were beaten 1-0 at Platinum Stars on May 7.

The Tembisa-based side has claimed 15 points from 13 home matches this season.

The Lions of the North are placed 16th on the Absa Premiership log with 22 points from 27 matches.

Chippa have lost their last four league matches in succession after going down 1-0 at home to Ajax Cape Town on May 6.

The Eastern Cape side has claimed six points from 13 away matches this season.

The Chilli Boys are placed 14th on the Absa Premiership log with 24 points from 27 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Highlands and Chippa have met in just one top flight league match.

That encounter took place earlier this season, with the Chilli Boys claiming a 2-0 home win.

Highlands’ line-up from their 1-0 loss to Stars: Heugh, Zwane (Ledwaba 54’), Nhlapo, Ngalo, Sibande, Mbatha, Khuboni, Oluwafemi, Mvala, Shalulile, Mbesuma.

Chippa’s line-up from their 1-0 loss to Ajax: Akpeyi, Mako, Thopola, Bergman, Mvelase, Wambi, Zuke, Sekome (Mbokoma 74′), Mbenyane (Mdlinzo 73′), Zulu (Mokondela 60′), L. Manzini.



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