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Jose Mourinho set for dramatic managerial return

Former Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho states he’s all set for a managerial return, but will not take into consideration a national team work.The 56-year-old has been out of management because getting sacked by the Red Devils in December 2018.Mourinho states he has turned down “3 or four distinct work presents” for the duration of that
time period as he desires a new position with a certain set of circumstances.Mourinho, who has also coached Chelsea, Inter Milan, Porto and Real
Madrid, suggests he is not likely to shift into worldwide football
for the reason that he prefers the much more recurrent coaching conversation of the club
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Obafemi Martins likely to return to Nigeria squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup


Eagles striker Obafemi Martins against Swaziland in Lobambo

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 30, 2017. 09:30


Nigerian national team scout Victor Agali has hinted that striker Obafemi Martins and midfielder Joel Obi could make their return to the Super Eagles squad.

Igali has warned the team’s fans not to be surprised if the duo is called up by coach Gernot Rohr for their games next year.

Martins ended the season in spectacular form for Chinese Cup winners Shanghai Shenhua, whilst Obi has impressed Rohr with his displays for Italian side Torino.

Their form has caught the attention of Rohr, and according to Agali, the duo are set for a recall to the team next year, but they have to keep ‎working hard.

“All players who are currently performing to expectation in their respective club sides have equal chance,” Agali said to Sportsvillagesquare.

“The coach {Rohr] is a disciplinarian who welcomes players based on merit.

“Don’t be surprised to see the likes of in-form Obafemi Martins, Joel Obi and others returning to the team, and I myself won’t hesitate to scout for more legs that will help maintain the good form.”



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Christian Atsu – Newcastle need their Ghana star to return – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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Graeme Jackson

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 13:00


Ghanaian Christian Atsu was again absent as Newcastle United slumped to a fourth successive defeat on Saturday.

The Magpies were given a chastening 3-0 beating at home by Watford, with Atsu missing a second successive match following the thigh injury he supposedly aggravate while on international duty with the Black Stars.

The loss to the Hornets is a fourth in succession for Rafael Benitez’s side, who have also been beaten by Burnley, Bournemouth and Manchester United in the sequence.

The defeat to United at Old Trafford is to be expected given the difference in the respective teams’ ambitions, but the losses against the other three will be major worries for Newcastle fans.

The club has dropped to 13th place on the log and is just four points above the relegation zone.

The good news is that Atsu is nearing a return from injury, with Benitez revealing last week that the winger is making encouraging progress.

The Magpies may even be tempted to fast-track his return when they face West Bromwich Albion in a midweek Premier League clash at the Hawthorns tomorrow night.

Short of that, they’ll definitely want him for the high profile match away to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, December 2, where Atsu’s pace and penetration on the counter attack could be a key facet of their game plan.



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Chiefs target return to winning form – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 31 October 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 16:30


Kaizer Chiefs will look for a return to winning form in the Absa Premiership when they host Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium on 25 November 2017, kick-off at 18h00.

Chiefs played to a third successive draw when they were held 0-0 at AmaZulu on November 22. The Soweto side has managed just three wins so far this season and will need to accumulate points at a quicker rate if they are to challenge for top honours.

The Amakhosi are still in search of their first home win in 2017/18, having claimed just three points from five turns as hosts. Their last home game was a goalless draw against arch rivals Orlando Pirates last month.

Stars have gone three league matches without a win after they were held 1-1 at home by Chippa United on November 22. The Free State side last claimed a three-pointer when they beat Ajax Cape Town 2-0 at home in mid-October.

Ea Lla Koto have claimed six points from five away matches so far this season, though their last match on the road was a 1-0 defeat at Cape Town City prior to the last international break.

In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and Stars have met in 35 league matches since 1996. The Amakhosi have claimed 23 wins compared to just three for Ea Lla Koto, while nine matches have been drawn. The Soweto side has claimed 13 wins and suffered just one defeat in their 18 home matches against the Free State side.

Last season Chiefs claimed a league ‘double’ over Stars, winning 2-0 in the Free State in the first half of the campaign and 3-1 in the return game in Soweto. The Amakhosi have not lost a league match against Ea Lla Koto since the first half of the 2010/11 season.

Chiefs’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with AmaZulu on November 22: Khune, Cardoso, Hadebe, Ngezana, Zulu, Katsande, Maluleka, Ekstein (Tshabalala 66′), Molangoane, Páez (Zuma 83′), Parker (Jayiya 88′).

Stars’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Chippa on November 22: Sangare, Mobbie, Keita, Mbhele, Phungwayo, Masehe, Mokhuoane, Jantjie, Maphakisa, Dlamini, Anas.



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Mario Lemina – Fingers crossed for Gabon midfield maestro’s return – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Manchester United’s Marouane Fellani (L) and Southampton’s Mario Lemina in action during the English Premier League soccer match between Southampton FC and Manchester United at Saint Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, Britain, 23 September 2017.

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017. 16:00


English Premier League (EPL) side Southampton FC have solely missed the 24-year-old central midfielder, who is currently out nursing an ankle injury.

Mauricio Pellegrini, the Southampton manager, recently announced that Gabon international Lemina would miss their league clash with Liverpool FC.

Most Saints fans were left disappointed and the team went on to suffer a 3-0 defeat to the Reds at the Anfield Stadium on Saturday.

However, Pellegrini did state that Lemina, who has impressed at Southampton after joining the club from Italian giants Juventus, had shown positive progress in his recovery.

Daily Echo, which is one of the leading publications in the city of Southampton, have indicated that the club will be hoping that Lemina makes his return against Everton on Sunday.

“Oriol Romeu will miss Saints’ game against Everton after picking up his fifth booking of the season in the defeat at Liverpool.

“The combative midfielder will serve his one match suspension for the visit of the Toffees to St Mary’s.

“The club will be hoping that Mario Lemina can take his place in the side as he closes in on a return following an ankle injury,” a statement read.

Southampton will host Everton in a league encounter at the St Mary’s Stadium.



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Vincent Enyeama not keen to return to Nigeria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017. 13:30


Rumours doing the rounds suggest that Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama is not interested in making his return to the national team.

According to a popular Nigerian website, the former Super Eagles number one is not interested in bouncing back to the team.

Coach Gernot Rohr has constantly voiced his desire to have the 35-year-old back in the team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

OwnGoalNigeria reports that Enyeama, who left the national team after a row with former coach Sunday Oliseh, has turned down the approach from the coach to return to the team ahead of the World Cup.

The website reports that Colin Udoh, who holds close ties with the former Enyimba goalkeeper, said that Enyeama won’t be coming back to the team despite the goalkeeper crisis rocking the side.

Meanwhile, the unfortunate diagnosis of first choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme ‎with Leukaemia has left the West Africans struggling in the goalkeeping department, with Rohr not completely happy with the goalkeepers at his disposal.



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Tunisia return to the World Cup after 11 years – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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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Staff Reporter

Saturday Nov 11, 2017. 21:49


Tunisia secured a point and booked a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup after drawing 0-0 against Libya on Saturday at the Stade Olympique de Radès.

The stalemate in the final Group A match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers means the Carthage Eagles have 14 points on top of the log table.

Caoch Nabil Maaloul’s have not lost in six matches and they have four wins, two draws as they return to the global stage for the first time since 2006.

Although Tunisia dictated the terms as early as the third minute, they were denied by goalkeeper Mohamed Nashnoush when he was forced to produce a fine save from Syam Ben Youssef’s shot in the box.

Coach Nabil Maaloul’s Carthage Eagles continued to knock at the door and a spectacular volley from Wahbi Khazri in the 12th minute nearly caught Nashnush off his line, but it went wide of the left top corner.

In the 30th minute, the hosts made strides going forward and they showed good moves in Libya’s half, but Youssef Msakni failed to keep his shot on target in the box.

Exactly with one minute to go to the tunnel for half time, Libya exchanged good touches, but it was Anice Badri who unleashed an acrobatic attempt and forced another brilliant save from the visitors’ keeper to concede a corner.

It was 0-0 at half time.

After five minutes into the opposite half, Libya gained possession and Motasim Al Musrati took a shot and forced a fine save from Aymen Mathlouthi, who collected from a second attempt.

The 75th minute saw Ghilane Chaalani given acres of space in the middle of the field and was able to test Nashnush from a distance aiming for the top left corner, but the keeper was equal to the task and made a superb save.

Following the hard fought draw, the Mediterranean Knights occupy the third spot with four points from six matches in their campaign.

Tunisia 0

Libya 0

Tunisia: Mathlouthi, Youssef, Merieh, Msakni, Khazri (B. Youssef 70′), Khenissi, Maaloul (Haddadi 70′), Ben Amor, Chaalani, Naguez, Badri (Sassi 83′)

Libya: Nashnush, Maghasi, Sabbou, Tubal (Taktak 74′), Warfali, Ghanudi 9El taher 90′), Mohamed, Benali, Eltrbi, Musrati, Ellafi (Badr 58′)



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Tunisia eyeing first World Cup return since 2006 – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Ferjani Sassi of Tunisia (l) gets away from Abdoul Razack Traore of Burkina Faso (r) during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon quarterfinal football match between Burkina Faso and Tunisia at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 28 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Nov 11, 2017. 12:00


Tunisia will be banking on their home ground advantage as they want to secure a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament when they host Libya on Saturday.

Playing at home, coach Nabil Maaloul and his charges will only need a draw to ensure they are through to the global showpiece.

The Carthage Eagles are sitting at the top of Group A table with 13 points from five matches – they have four wins, one draw and no loss yet.

A draw will be enough to secure their ticket to the global tournament, which will be their first appearance after featuring in the 2006 edition which was staged in Germany.

One of Tunisia’s stars, Youssef Msaknisaid they have done well so far in their campaign and has credited God.

“Thanks to God, our campaign has been a success until now,” Msakni said.

“Going into our final match in Rades, we need just a single point to qualify for the World Cup.

“This Tunisia team now has a lot of character, and we showed that in our last two games against Congo DR and Guinea.

“Despite trailing both times, we were able to go home with positive results that have made all the difference – we never lost faith our ability.”

However, meeting a desperate Libyan side will not be a walk in the park for the hosts.

The Mediterranean Knights will seek revenge after losing 1-0 at home in the reverse fixture.

As they have not reached the World Cup in their history, this match will be used as an opportunity to boost their morale and at least exit the campaign with two wins.

Coach Jalal Damja’s side sits at number four in the group with three points after losing four matches, with one win and no draws so far.

The Stade Olympique de Radès will host the highly anticipated encounter on Saturday at 19:30 (CAT).



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Bafana Bafana hopes crushed as Senegal book World Cup return – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Sadio Mane of Senegal celebrates a goal with teammates during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers football match between South Africa and Senegal at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 10 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 21:06


Senegal will make a return to the world stage for the first time in 16 years after a 2-0 win over South Africa at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane sealed their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Victory moves the Lions of Teranga up to 11 points and clear of their qualifying counterparts in Group D.

Diafra Sakho’s early strike was followed by an unfortunate own goal from Thamsanqa Mkhize on what turned out to be a sorry night for Bafana Bafana in the Limpopo province – 12 months after everything looked so good.

Sakho got the visitors up and running in the 12th minute. Sadio Manè drawing all the attention allowing for the West Ham United forward to find space and duly finish with aplomb from the Liverpool ace’s precise pass.

South Africa tried to find a way back into the tie and came close through Themba Zwane and Percy Tau before Lebogana Manyama watched his powerful effort canon off the crossbar in the 29th minute.

The sucker punch would follow 10 minutes later as Mkhize put the ball into the back of his own net after Itumleneg Khune had done exceptionally well to deny Manè from point-blank range.

Manyama had the final say of the half as he forced Khadim Ndiaye into a top save just before the break.

Senegal retracted into their shell following the interval, welcoming pressure from the hosts, but South Africa found it difficult to break down their stubborn counterparts.

Sibusiso Vilakazi finally found an opening in the 57th minute, but his shot was straight at the Senegal goal-minder.

Bafana Bafana continued to search for some sort of reprieve, but it was not to come as Senegal booked their place at next year’s World Cup in Russia.

The reverse fixture in Dakar next Tuesday will now be a mere formality with South Africa’s fate having been sealed.

South Africa (0) 0

Senegal (2) 2 (Sakho 12′ Mkhize OG 39′)

South Africa: Khune; Hlanti, Daniels, Gould, Mkhize – Furman, Mokotjo, Zwane (Tshabalala 69′) – Vilakazi (Grobler 83′) – Manyama (Jali 63′), Tau.

Senegal: K.Ndiaye, Gassama, Kouyate (A. Ndiaye 86′), Koulibaly, Sabaly – Sanè, Gueye , Ndoye – Manè, Niang (Ciss 90+3′), Sakho (Konatè 78′).



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Henry Onyekuru looking for early Everton return


Dani Alves (L) of Paris Saint-Germain in action against Henry Onyekuru (R) of Anderlecht during the UEFA Champions League group B soccer match between RSC Anderlecht and Paris Saint-Germain at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Anderlecht, near Brussels, Belgium, 18 October 2017. EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 17:30


Anderlecht’s Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru is looking for an early return to Everton, according to former teammate Mamdou Sylla.

The Super Eagles player transferred from Eupen to Everton at the start of the current season, only to be sent on loan to Anderlecht.

Thus far Onyekuru has scored six six goals in nine Jupiler League games, after netting 22 last term with Eupen.

Former Eupen teammate Sylla says the Nigerian’s sights are set on a return to Goodison Park as soon as possible.

He told DH: “Henry has many qualities, which he has already shown in his first campaign in the first division.

“At Anderlecht, his playing time and his ability to adapt to the their games do not surprise me.

“A club and a level where he will still be able to progress, with the goal he has in mind is to join Everton quickly to discover the Premier League.”

Onyekuru will hope to feature for Anderlecht in their UEFA Champions League match away to Paris Saint-Germain this evening.



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SuperSport return to league action – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Supersport United FC players celebrate after scoring against Club Africain during the semi-final return 2017 CAF Confederations Cup game between Club Africain and Supersport United FC in Tunis, Tunisia on 22 October 2017 © BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 30, 2017. 09:14


SuperSport United will return to Absa Premiership action when they host Golden Arrows at Mbombela Stadium on 31 October 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

SuperSport were last in league action on September 19 when they were held 1-1 at home by Chippa United. The Tshwane side allowed a lead to slip against the Chilli Boys in a match which arrived in between the two legs of their CAF Confederation Cup tie against Zesco United.

United have since advanced into the final of the continental competition after defeating Tunisia’s Club Africain 4-2 on aggregate in the semifinals. SuperSport will be playing their fourth home league match this season, having recorded one win, one draw and one defeat from their three turns as hosts thus far.

Arrows remain unbeaten in the league this season, as a last-gasp goal from Thomas Chideu earned them a 2-2 draw at home to Polokwane City on October 21. The Durban side has now played to four successive draws and six overall this season.

Abafana Bes’thende have performed strongly away from home this term, picking up nine points from their five matches on the road. Coach Clinton Larsen, though, will want to see his side get back to winning form and continue their stay in the upper reaches of the table.

In head-to-head stats, SuperSport and Arrows have met in 32 league matches since 2000/01. Matsatsantsa have claimed 17 wins compared to nine for Abafana Bes’thende, while six matches have been drawn. The Tshwane side has recorded nine wins and suffered four defeats from 16 home matches in the rivalry.

Last season United took four points off of Arrows by playing to a 1-1 draw in Durban in the first half of the campaign before claiming a 5-2 victory in the return game. The teams’ 32 league meetings have produced 89 league goals down the years.

SuperSport’s line-up from their 1-1 draw with Chippa on September 19: Williams; Nhlapo, Gould, Mashamaite, Boateng, Mnyamane, Mbule, Furman, Myeni (Phala 51′), Brockie (Grobler 72′), Nkhatha (Letsholonyane 65′).

Arrows’ line-up from their 2-2 draw with Polokwane on October 21: Gumede, Dube, Nkombelo, Mngwengwe, Mzava, Magubane (Jappie 60′), Bilankulu, Shongwe (N.Cele 60′), Mahachi, Mutizwa, Lamola (Chideu 77′).



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TKO hero nearing City return


Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament, Aubrey Ngoma of Cape Town City FC during the 2016/17 PSL Awards at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg South Africa on 10 July 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 10:00


Aubrey Ngoma is nearing a return to full action and Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy is confident that the winger will be in contention within the next two weeks.

Ngoma, 28, hasn’t kicked a ball all season due to a long-term injury, but last season’s Telkom Knockout hero for the Citizens is closing in on a return.

According to McCarthy, his return could’ve been even closer had it not been for the club’s training facilities, as the defending champions prepare to face Baroka FC in Limpopo on Sunday.

TELKOM KNOCKOUT: SOUTH AFRICA’S LEAGUE CUP TAKES CENTRE STAGE

“Aubrey is almost back to full fitness, and is training with the group already, so that’s another plus for us,” McCarthy is quoted as saying.

“He was supposed to be back for the Chippa game [last weekend] already, but because we’ve been training on the Green Point fields, the conditions of the pitch were really bad – it was dry and hard, which ended up giving Aubrey problems in other areas – his abductors were affected, and he had bad stiffness.

“So he had to be out for another two extra weeks, but I think he’s in full swing now,” he concluded.

City are away to Bakgaga in a Round of 16 clash this weekend, with the match set to take place at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.



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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

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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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Urban Warriors return to winning ways – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Mosa Lebusa of Ajax Cape Town takes on Kabelo Mahlasela of Bloemfontein Celtic during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Ajax Cape Town and Bloemfontein Celtic at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on 21 October 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 22:30


Goals from Bantu Mzwakali and Tashreeq Morris guided Ajax Cape Town to a 2-1 win over Bloemfontein Celtic in an Absa Premiership clash at Athlone Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Urban Warriors back to winning ways following an end-to-end encounter, with Siwelele a constant threat throughout the 90. The hosts, though, showed tremendous fight in the closing stages to hold on for all three points.

The game got off to a lively start with Roscoe Pietersen and Given Mashikinya chancing their luck from range in the opening 15 minutes.

Both equally unlucky to see their respective shots whistle narrowly wide of goal at either end of the pitch.

Urban Warriors skipper Mosa Lebusa then guided a header attempt straight at Patrick Tignyemb before Ndumiso Mabena squandered a golden chance for Siwelele in the 26th minute.

The Phunya Sele Sele striker burst straight through on goal, but waited too long to pull the trigger, allowing Mario Booysen time to rush back and do just about enough to force the forward’s attempt wide of Brandon Petersen’s right-hand post.

Mzwakali duly opened the scoring for the hosts in the 37th minute to make it two in two against the Free State outfit, having netted in the corresponding fixture last season.

Back in the starting eleven, the midfielder made no mistake from close range to convert a low cross by Pietersen.

Stanley Menzo’s troops 1-0 up at the break.

Celtic improved following the interval and were only denied an equaliser by Petersen who made an excellent save to keep out Roggert Nyundu.

Having absorbed wave-after-wave of attack, Morris provided the sucker punch as the Urban Warriors doubled their lead on the hour mark.

An element of luck involved, but it all transpired following a neat bit of interplay from Pietersen and Thabo Mosadi. Morris perfectly positioned to poke home Prince Nxumalo’s miscued effort.

Isaac Nhlapo was unlucky to put the ball in his own net in the 67th minute, following an intense spell of pressure.

The visitors continued to probe, but the Urban Warriors held firm to return to winning ways.

Ajax Cape Town (1) 2 (Mzwakali 37′ Morris 60′)

Bloemfontein Celtic (0) 1 (Nhlapo OG 67′)

Ajax Cape Town: Petersen; Evans, Nhlapo, Booysen, Lebusa – Pietersen, Mdabuka, Mzwakali (Kabwe 90+1′) – Mosadi, Morris (Isaacs 85′), Nxumalo (George 72′).

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb; Pfumbidzai, Ndengane, Lubisi – Hotto, Mashikinya, Baloyi, Mahlasela (Letsoalo 81′) – Nyundu, Mabena.



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Behind closed doors no more – Zamalek to return to Cairo Stadium after three year absence


USM Alger player (L) fights for the ball with Zamalek Aly Hefny Abdalla Hasanin Salama (R) during the 2017 CAF Champions League game between USM Alger and Zamalek at Stade 5 Juillet 1962 in Algiers, Algeria on 21 June 2017 © BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 10:30


Egyptian giants Zamalek have announced that they will play their Premier League matches in Cairo after a three-year absence.

The White Knights announced on Wednesday they will play at the Cairo International Stadium, which used to be home to the capital’s leading clubs Al Ahly and Zamalek.

Zamalek will host their matches starting from the November 3 against Petrojet as president Mortada Mansour announced.

AL AHLY SUFFER MASSIVE BLOW AHEAD OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIFINAL

“We got an approval from the interior ministry to stage our matches at the Cairo Stadium,” Mansour said.

Zamalek last played at the 74 100 seater in December 2014 when they lost 2-0 to Enppi in a league match and have since held their games at Cairo’s Petrosport Stadium.

Meanwhile, domestic games are still taking place behind closed doors due to security concerns where Ahly and Zamalek have held the majority of their matches away from their favourite venue.

The decision came after a football tragedy in 2012 where over 70 Red Devils fans were killed after being attacked by Al-Masry supporters in the coastal city of Port Said.



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Vincent Enyeama set to return for the Super Eagles – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 15:30


Lille OSC coach Marcelo Bielsa has decided to make a u-turn and recall Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama back to the first team.

The former Super Eagles skipper has been handed a lifeline by Bielsa following his return from a six month injury lay-off.

Enyeama and 11 others were deemed surplus to requirements by Bielsa upon his appointment as coach of the French giants last summer, paving the way for them to leave the club.

NIGERIAN KEEPER FRANCIS UZOHO DELIGHTS IN SPANISH LA LIGA DEBUT

However, the 35-year old net minder couldn’t make a move as he was recuperating from the meniscus surgery he sustained towards the end of the previous campaign.

Having fully recovered, the goalkeeper posted a video of himself back in training with the team for the first time in six months.

Meanwhile the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has confirmed he has had positive talks on a return as the goalkeeper left the national team in controversial circumstances in 2016 ‎following a row with former coach Sunday Oliseh.



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Asamoah Gyan set for return to action today


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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 14, 2017. 12:00


Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is set to return from injury later today when his Turkish team Kayserispor face Kademir Karabukspor in the Super Lig.

GHANASoccernet reports that the veteran striker was pictured in full training for the team on Friday and is set to play some part in the match which kicks-off at 13h00 CAT at the Dr Necmettin Seyhoglu Stadium.

Gyan has not played for his club since suffering an injury in Ghana’s 2018 World Cup qualifier at home to Congo in September.

Kayserispor coach Marius Sumudica is keen to field the Black Stars striker in the encounter.

The club’s joint top scorer, Sebastian Varela, could miss the clash despite returning to training this week, while the pair of Oleksandr Kucher and Ryan Mendes are doubtful after picking up knocks on international duty.

Kayserispor are third on the Turkish top flight standings with 14 points after seven matches.



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Wanyama targets Liverpool return – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Spurs midfielder Victor Wanyama

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Bertin Basson

Friday Oct 13, 2017. 19:00


Kenya international Victor Wanyama has set his sights on a making a return to the field later this month, as he nears full recovery from a knee injury.

Wanyama hasn’t played for Tottenham Hotspur since their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in August, but looks set to make his return when Spurs welcome Liverpool to Wembley on the 22nd of October.

Games against Bournemouth and Real Madrid come to early for the burly Kenyan, but the 26-year-old is well on course to play later this month, with Mauricio Pochettino hopeful that he will regain full fitness soonest.

GHOULAM COULD BE ON HIS WAY TO MAN CITY IN JANUARY

Wanyama has racked up 49 appearances for Spurs since his move from fellow English Premier League club Southampton in July 2016.



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Sangweni to return next month – Pirates coach ‘Micho’ – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Orlando Pirates


Ntsikelelo Nyauza and Thamsanqa Sangweni of Orlando Pirates during the Orlando Pirates Training on the 17 August 2017 at Rand Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 26, 2017. 19:00


Orlando Pirates player Thamsanqa Sangweni is set to return from injury next month, according to coach Milutin Sredojevic.

The midfielder sustained an injury against his former team Chippa United at the end of August and has been sidelined ever since.

However, the 28-year-old has returned to training and while he will still miss this weekend’s clash with Polokwane City, he should be back for the match against Platinum Stars on October 18.

“He was injured. He is now back at training and working on his fitness,” said Sredojevic, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“He should be ready after the international week,” added the Serbian.

Pirates suffered their first loss under ‘Micho’ when they were beaten 1-0 by Bidvest Wits this past weekend.



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Pape Souare makes successful return to action – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Sep 20, 2017. 19:00


Crystal Palace fullback Pape Souare has made a successful return to football following 12 months on the sidelines.

The Senegal international emerged from the bench as the Eagles beat Huddersfield Town 1-0 in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening.

The appearance was Souare’s first since breaking his thighbone and jaw in a horrific car accident last September.

Head coach Roy Hodgson was delighted to see the 27-year-old make his return to action, but highlighted that it will take time for him to reach the level he showcased before the crash.

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“He made two very important challenges,” said Hodgson. “Once again, I’m delighted with him.

“We’ve got to be cautious and patient with him. You don’t have a year out of football with the injuries he’s had to recover from, he’s done ever so well to get on that field at all.

“We just have to keep training him, getting him some more games, so he comes back to the player he was before the horrific accident,” he concluded.

Bakary Sako scored the only goal of the game as Hodgson recorded his first win since taking over the reins at Selhurst Park.



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Wilfried Bony’s sons told him to make Swans return – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Bertin Basson

Saturday Sep 09, 2017. 11:00


Wilfried Bony has revealed that his two sons convinced him to make a return to Swansea City, following a disappointing spell at English Premier League rivals Manchester City.

The burly Ivorian sealed a return to the Swans on transfer deadline day for a reported £12 million, having joined City from the Welsh club in January 2015 for a fee in the region of £ 30 million.

Bony, 28, scored 35 goals for Swansea in 70 appearances, but failed to replicate this sort of form with the Citizens nor Stoke City where he spent last season on-loan.

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Having netted a mere 13 goals since the end of his first spell at the Liberty Stadium, Bony will be hoping that a return to the Swans will re-ignite his career.

“I think my boys decided,” Bony said. “They heard about the interest and said ‘Daddy you have to go back to Swansea’. So my boys chose Swansea.”

“There were other options, Lille, Fenerbahce and others, but most important was what my family said.”

Furthermore, Bony explained that he doesn’t regret moving to City despite what proved to be a frustrating spell at the Etihad Stadium.

“The most important thing is to stay fit,” he added.

“I wasn’t fit enough there, so when you’re not fit enough and you get a chance you push yourself maybe too much and your body isn’t going to react well to that.

“Sometimes you can then mentally or physically get problems.

“I had good moments there, but personally I wish to do better than this, but things weren’t going my way so I’m now trying to move forward.

“I don’t regret the move, it was good for me to have another experience,” Bony concluded.



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Ghana sweat on Gyan ahead of Congo return


Asamoah Gyan of Ghana celebrates

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Sep 02, 2017. 15:33


The Black Stars could be without influential forward Asamoah Gyan for the country’s return fixture away to Congo-Brazzaville this coming Tuesday.

Gyan was substituted just after the hour mark in Ghana’s 1-1 draw against the Red Devils in a Group E 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier in Kumasi on Friday.

Thievy Bifouma opened the scoring at the Baba Yara Stadium after 18 minutes, with Ghana pulling level through Thomas Partey late in the game as the West Africans salvaged a point.

Gyan didn’t look his usual self throughout and it was confirmed following the encounter that he suffered a groin injury, with the 31-year-old to have a MRI scan today [Saturday].

Kwesi Appiah’s men are in serious danger of missing next year’s world showpiece in Russia and will need nothing but a commanding win in Brazzaville on Tuesday if they are to keep their slender hopes alive.



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Cuper calls up Mohamed Awaad ahead of Uganda return – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 02, 2017. 12:00


Hector Cuper has called up Ismaily goalkeeper Mohamed Awaad to replace Essam El-Hadary ahead of Egypt’s return match against Uganda next week.

This is after the veteran gloves-man was injured in Egypt’s 1-0 loss to Uganda in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match in Kampala on Thursday.

Awaad joins the squad ahead of the return game against the Cranes, which will be played at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria on Tuesday night.

The 25-year-old is one of three ‘keeping options available to Cuper, joining his fellow guards Sherif Ekramy of Al Ahly and Zamalek’s Ahmed El-Shennawy .

Egypt come into the game placed second on the Group E standings, one point behind leaders Uganda.



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Senegal’s Souare delights on Crystal Palace return – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Pape Souare playing for Crystal Palace

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Aug 31, 2017. 11:30


Following his return from a long-term injury, Senegal and Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare has expressed delight on his return to action.

The Lions of Teranga international has made his first appearance since breaking his thigh bone and jaw in a horrific car crash almost a year ago.

Souare had to be airlifted to hospital after crashing on the M4 in England in September 2016 and only returned to full training earlier this month.

The 27-year-old featured for the Eagles U23s and he played for 45 minutes as they lost 2-1 to Nottingham Forest.

Meanwhile, his fellow countrymen are set to face off against Burkina Faso in their third 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at home this weekend.



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Bony closing in on Swans return – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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Bertin Basson

Saturday Aug 26, 2017. 14:00


Swansea City are said to be close to re-signing Wilfried Bony from Manchester City, according to BBC Sport.

Bony, 28, joined the Citizens for are reported £25 million in January 2015, but the burly forward found the going tough at the Etihad – eventually joining Stoke City on-loan ahead of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

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The Ivory Coast international, though, also struggled at the Potters last season, and will be hoping a return to South Wales will re-ignite his career.

According to the BBC, talks between the Citizens and the Swans are on-going with a fee to be agreed next week ahead of the forwards return to the Liberty Stadium.

Bony, who joined Swansea City from Dutch club Vitesse in 2013, scored 25 goals in 54 games before his move to City.



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I’ll be here – Bailly ready for Zlatan return – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Manchester United duo Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 21, 2017. 13:00


Ivory Coast star Ivory Coast star Eric Bailly has expressed his desire to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic return to Manchester United.
has expressed his desire to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic return to Manchester United.

The Swedish striker is currently a free agent after his one-year contract with the Red Devils lapsed at the end of last season.

However, it is widely expected that he will sign a deal with the Red Devils until the end of the season once he returns to the training ground, following the knee surgery he underwent in April.

Bailly scored his first goal for United on the weekend, helping the team defeat Swansea City 4-0 away.

The Elephants defender was happy to post on Instagram in regards to Ibrahimovic’s latest fitness update.

Bailly commented: “I hope you’re almost ready to come back, Zlatan I’ll be here!”



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West Ham’s Kouyate could return after FIFA break – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate against Spurs

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 15, 2017. 16:00


English Premier League (EPL) side West Ham United have provided an injury update regarding Senegalese international Cheikhou Kouyate.

Kouyate, who is nursing knee injuries, missed the Hammers’ 4-0 defeat to Manchester United in their first 2017/18 EPL game this past weekend.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has since revealed that the central midfielder will be fit for their EPL clash with Newcastle United on Saturday, 26 August 2017.

The Hammers welcomed Diafra Sakho, who is also a Senegalese international, back from a back injury this past weekend.

“We are expecting a few of them who were injured last season, along with Cheikhou and Manuel (Lanzini) from this pre-season,” Bilic told the club’s official website.

“Michail Antonio should be back for the game against Southampton and then Cheikhou, Manuel and even Andy Carroll should be there for the game against Newcastle in the third game of the season, or latest after the international break which is after that game.

“All of them will be back very soon and we can talk about that, but we had a decent team out on Sunday and I expected more.”

Sakho was introduced on the hour-mark against Manchester United. He made only four league appearances for the Hammers last season due to injuries.



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Wilfried Bony linked with return to Swansea – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Stoke City striker Wilfried Bony

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 14, 2017. 13:00


Swansea City are reportedly hoping to re-sign Ivory Coast attacker Wilfried Bony from Manchester City.

The Mirror reports that Swansea are keen on a cut-price deal for the Elephants striker, who is unwanted at the Citizens.

Bony, 28, joined Stoke City on loan last season but struggled to establish himself under coach Mark Hughes and spent most of the second half of the campaign in limbo.

He has since returned to parent club Man City, but is not part of coach Pep Guardiola’s plans for the 2017/18 season.

This has led to Swansea’s interest, with the Welsh club hoping to sign Bony on the cheap and bring him back to the Liberty Stadium.

The Ivorian enjoyed a prolific spell at the Swans from 2013 to 2015, before signing for Man City in a £30million transfer.

Bony has also been linked with a move to Italian side Sampdoria, with the player reportedly valued at £13million by City.



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Renard: Morocco to benefit from Ziyech return – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Herve Renard, coach of Morocco and players celebrates a victory during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Morocco and Ivory Coast at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 24 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 01, 2017. 18:00


Morocco head coach Herve Renard is pleased to see Hakim Ziyech return to the national team which is nicknamed, the Atlas Lions.

The two had a misunderstanding after the French tactician decided to exclude Ajax Amsterdam star Ziyech from the Morocco squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.

However, Renard and Ziyech recently solved their differences after Fouzi Lekjaa, the president of the Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), intervened.

Renard is now looking forward to working with the Moroccan-Dutch attacking midfielder again.

“The conflict between Ziyech and me was a simple misunderstanding that I would say it came from both sides,” Renard said on Sport.le360.ma.

“That being said, we discussed it together and we buried this dispute.

“Ziyech does not have a bad character, impose at the high level. His return will be beneficial for the national team.”

The 24-year-old attacker helped Dutch side Ajax reach the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League final where they lost to English giants Manchester United.



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Rivaldo Coetzee’s future remains uncertain following Ikamva return – ABSA Premiership 2016/17 – Ajax Cape Town


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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Jul 26, 2017. 17:00


Ajax Cape Town defender Rivaldo Coetzee’s future remains up in the air, despite his return to Ikamva on Tuesday.

The Bafana Bafana international trained with the Urban Warriors MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC) team yesterday, following positive talks with club CEO Ari Efstathiou.

Coetzee’s actions have sparked a massive debate on social media, with the 20-year-old having gone AWOL since the first day of pre-season in a bid to force a big money move away from the club.

Mamelodi Sundowns are believed to be huge admirers of Coetzee, with the Brazilians still front-runners to sign him.

In a video posted on Ajax Cape Town’s twitter page, Coetzee apologised to the club and head coach Stanley Menzo for his actions. He will meet with the former Dutch international on the club’s return from Gauteng where they are currently on pre-season camp.

“Rivaldo offered a heartfelt apology to the club, staff, coaches, his teammates and to our fans, one which we have accepted,” said Efstathiou.

“We are happy that he has taken responsibility for his actions in a mature manner and accepted any decision made by the DC regarding his absence from training since the start of pre-season.”



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