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Uganda captain Denis Onyango: We ended the campaign with respect – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 11:30


After finishing at number two in Group E, Uganda skipper Denis Onyango says they bowed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with dignity.

The Cranes goalkeeper has credited his teammates for bravery throughout the World Cup qualification campaign.

Onyango, who plies his trade with South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns, tweeted moments after their 1-1 draw away to Congo on Sunday.

“Great fight from the boys ending the campaign with respect despite not qualifying,” said Onyango.

Under the guidance of Moses Basena, the Ugandans rallied from a goal down to earn a point in Congo through Milton Karisa’s strike.

The Cranes finished second in the group with nine points, four behind the group winners Egypt whilst the Ghana ended third with eight points and Congo ended the campaign with two points.

Uganda will start planning for the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, CHAN 2018 in Morocco as well as the AFCON 2019 Qualifiers.



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Pirates coach admits respect for Sundowns ahead of heavyweight bout – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 10:30


Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has admitted that he has a huge amount of respect for Mamelodi Sundowns and their coach Pitso Mosimane.

The two teams will meet for a high-profile Absa Premiership clash at Orlando Stadium tomorrow night.

The Buccaneers have not enjoyed their recent meetings with ‘Downs, notably suffering a club-record 6-0 defeat against Mosimane’s side back in February.

However, this will be the first time Pirates face up to the Brazilians since ‘Micho’ returned for his second spell at the club.

In addition, ‘Downs come into the game on the back of three successive defeats, including a shock 1-0 loss at Chippa United in the Telkom Knockout this past weekend.

Pirates, for their part, beat Golden Arrows in Durban to advance into the quarterfinals of the competition.

“We are having in front of us match number 10 in the league and we are playing a team that have proven themselves still as reigning African champions,” said Sredojevic, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“They are a very good group of individuals that are playing top class football as a team. They have my very good friend of the last 15 years since I came to South Africa Pitso Mosimane, who for me is the Alex Ferguson of South African football as a coach.

“It might look like an extraordinary league match both for us and them, but we are totally concentrated on the game.

“It is one team that has reached the best of their abilities in the last two years against another team that is on the rise – ourselves. We are in the process of rebuilding and the process of proving ourselves.

“We are extremely motivated, respecting our opponents while also having respect for ourselves, our club of 80 years, our supporters and most importantly the funny and unpredictable nature of football.

“We are entering Wednesday’s game with intention to measure ourselves, to see how far we have come, to give our best in 90 minutes and look forward to getting the best we can from the match.”



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‘PSG didn’t respect my true worth’ – Serge Aurier – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Sep 06, 2017. 16:00


Ivory Coast star Serge Aurier says Paris Saint-Germain ‘didn’t respect his true worth’ and he is looking forward to a ‘new adventure’ with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Elephants right-back last week joined Spurs from French giants PSG, before jetting off to represent his country in 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

His move was initially held up while he waited for a visa from the UK Home Office. Aurier was famously denied entry into the UK in November last year because of suspended sentence for assaulting a police officer in Paris.

The defender believes too much fuss was made of the issue and he is simply looking forward to an exciting new chapter in his career.

“I wanted a new life because PSG didn’t respect my true worth. They dwelt on other matters besides football,” the 24-year-old is quoted by The Sun.

“Statistically speaking, I am the most influential defender in Ligue 1 between 2013 and now. I have also won nine trophies with PSG.

“There are more striking things about my career than what happened off the field, but this is what they preferred to linger over.

“I feel free now. PSG offered me a new three-year deal, but I have left them for a new adventure. I turned them down for a number of reasons. I want to discover a new way of life.

“I got on well with everyone at the club — bosses, players, coaches and fans — and the proof comes from the fact they wanted to keep me. But I had to think of myself. It is a personal decision.

“I had some business with the police that was blown up by the media in Europe. Normally when a matter goes on for a year or more they move on to something else.

“But in my case, there was far too much of a fuss. If I hadn’t been mentally strong I would have cracked up.

“I could have stayed another year or two. PSG’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is like a second father to me and the team is like a family.

“I hurt some people with my decision to leave but that is life. I wanted to see a new world.”

Aurier could make his Spurs debut when they line-up against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.



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