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Jeremy Brockie reveals CAF Confederation heartbreak

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Jeremy Brockie reveals CAF Confederation heartbreak

Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United challenged by Jean Kasusula of TP Mazembe during 2017 CAF Confederations Cup Final Supersport United training at TP Mazembe Stadium in Stade Kamalondo DRC on 19 November 2017 © Aubrey Kgakatsi /BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 14:00


In the wake of their CAF Confederation Cup 2-1 aggregate defeat to TP Mazembe, SuperSport United striker Jeremy Brockie says it hurts to lose the coveted title.

The New Zealand international expressed the club’s pain of being so close, but yet so far from lifting the trophy.

Brockie was looking to help the Tshwane giants and erase his personal failure to to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Although coach Eric Tinkler’s men were hoping to use their home advantage, they failed to score at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night finished 0-0.

“It’s been a long journey, travelled all around Africa. It’s been an amazing experience and to get so close but so far hurts,” Brockie said.

“They are a well-structured side. They have some experienced players at the back and they did not give us too many opportunities to get a sniff at goal.

“It’s disappointing that we did not have a little bit more composure in the final third.

“We needed to play with more tempo at times. We could have penetrated more.”

The victory for the Ravens means they have successfully retained the trophy they lifted last year and coach Phamphile Mihayo has confirmed he wants to stay with the club for many nears.

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Egyptian FA boss reveals why they turned down a friendly against the USA – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 15, 2017. 15:00


The Egyptian Football Association’s chairman, Hany Abou-Rida has announced why they turned down an offer to play a friendly against the United States national team in January.

The Pharaohs are set to feature in their first FIFA World Cup since 1990 after finishing their qualifying group stage matches with a 1-1 draw against Ghana.

However, Abou-Rida says they cannot rush to play friendlies but will rather wait for the World Cup draw set be conducted at next month.

“We will not rush in playing a friendly. We will wait for the results of the draw and will schedule friendlies based on the international schedule,” Abou-Rida said to KingFut.

“I received an offer to play a friendly against the USA in January and refused to stop the league for a week and to play without the players abroad.

“I told the technical staff that it’s better to play friendlies with all the players especially since there are priorities including finishing the league season.

“The league this season has seen many strong games and comparable levels between the teams and we hope to produce new talents.”

On the other hand, the EFA boss adds that he’s not concerned with the results of the World Cup draw as Egypt will be placed in Pot 3.

“I do not care about the draw or who we wish to play since all the games in the World Cup will be hard. We will either play Brazil or Germany,” adds Abou-Rida.

“However, personally, I do not care about any team other than Germany who have been playing very well for the last two years.

“Brazil, on the other hand, play football in an open manner and have wonderful talent.”

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Tiemoue Bakayoko reveals Didier Drogba influence behind Chelsea move – Premier League 2017/2018

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Tiemoue Bakayoko reveals Didier Drogba influence behind Chelsea move

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 12:00


Tiemoue Bakayoko has revealed that Didier Drogba helped convince him to move from Monaco to Chelsea.

Drogba, a legend for both Chelsea and Ivory Coast, played a major role in Bakayoko choosing the Blues over other suitors.

“It was clear in my mind that if I had to leave Monaco it was Chelsea. I was a fan of Chelsea, Drogba is a friend. He gave me advice about the club,” Bakayoko told Canal Plus.

The 23-year-old French midfielder, who is of Ivorian descent, also revealed that Antonio Conte’s desire to sign him helped further sway his decision.

“When you’re little you dream of being like them. When (Antonio) Conte calls you and tells you he wants you in his team and he needs you, you realize that you are really a good player.

“When a coach like that calls you and tells you that, it’s a pleasure.”

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Serge Aurier reveals Barcelona negotiations – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Nov 07, 2017. 14:00


Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier has revealed that he was in negotiations to join Barcelona this season, and believes his reputation as a ‘bad boy’ has preceded him.

In his time at Paris Saint-Germain, the Elephants right-back was famously frozen out for a period of time after he insulted coach Laurent Blanc and teammates, while he also received a suspended jail sentence for assaulting a police officer.

Nonetheless, Aurier made a big-money move to Tottenham Hotspur a couple of months ago and is beginning to settle into life in North London.

“I think my reputation made four or five big European sides afraid,” Aurier told Canal Plus.

“I was negotiating with Barcelona, very advanced negotiations. And Barcelona’s people were not sure if I came here things would be different.”

Yet the 24-year-old believes he made a wise decision in signing for Tottenham.

“It was the right choice [to leave],” he added. “After a while, I did not feel comfortable with the media.

“For me, it was never going to end. After a while, I felt like a prisoner, with a camera on my back.

“By staying in France, I would have never washed this image.”

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Gernot Rohr reveals how he dealt with Nigerian media – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 14:00


Nigerian senior team coach Gernot Rohr has revealed how he avoided becoming a victim of the Nigerian media.

He says media pressure is intense in the country, revealing he was crucified by the media when he first took over as the Super Eagles coach over a year ago.

Speaking to L’equipe, the Franco-German mentor revealed he initially struggled to keep up with the demands of the Nigerian media.

However, he said he was able to conquer the fear and he now has a healthy relationship with the members of the fourth estate.

”I’m the boss, I have full powers because I won straight away, so my hands became free,” he said.

”But the media pressure is immense in Nigeria. The press are ever present. At first I was careful not to fall into one of the cracks of the media but later I had no such problem.”

Rohr will lead his men to their final Group B match of the qualifiers against Algeria before facing Argentina in Russia in an international friendly next month.

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Bertrand Traore reveals their World Cup dream – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Bertrand Traore of Burkina Faso is challenged by Andrew Kyere Yiadom of Ghana during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals 3&4 match playoff between Burkina Faso and Ghana at the Port Gentil in Gabon on 04 February 2017 ©Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 06, 2017. 14:30


Burkina Faso striker Bertrand Traore says that reaching the 2018 FIFA World Cup remains a dream for the team and the nation.

The former Chelsea hitman is in South Africa as they are set to honour their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Bafana Bafana on Saturday.

Speaking to the media, the Burkinabe international reveals their mission to beat their hosts and remain as favourites to make it to Russia next year.

The French-based striker with Olympique Lyonnais in the French Ligue 1 spoke to the media during their training session at Ellis Park, Johannesburg.

“This is it. It’s a dream for the whole country. For all of us,” said Traore.

“Burkina has never played in a World Cup. We were nearly there in 2014. Now we have another chance and we have to take it. If we qualify it will be a dream.”

Coach Paulo Duarte’s men sit at the top of the log with six points from one win and three draws.

The match against Bafana will be staged at FNB Stadium on Saturday. Kick-off is at 15:00 (CAT).

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Sunday Chidzambwa reveals all in a secret recording

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 05, 2017. 13:30


Media reports in Zimbabwe reveal that ZPC Kariba FC coach Sunday Chidzambwa was secretly recorded while taking a swipe at the club’s hierarchy.

Chidzambwa was allegedly sharing the real reasons why he has decided to quit the club at the end of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season.

The report follows Chidzambwa’s announcement last week that he would step down, saying he let down the club and its supporters having failed to win anything in his three years at the club.

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However, the audio reveals the animosity between Chidzambwa and the club’s executive being the real reason why the experienced mentor has decided to call it quits.

In the leaked audio, Chidzambwa and goalkeeper coach Brena Msiska are heard talking to an unidentified man revealing their reasons for quitting.

“This executive came saying they know all about football and made it very clear that they want to hire their own coach, not us whom they found already at the club. [Tungamirai] Mazarire has no respect, he belittled me last week, imagine he told me that his executive doesn’t respect my CV saying their executive know a lot about football,” Chidzambwa is heard in the audio.

Chidzambwa went further to say Mazarire, who is the club chairman, had told the coaches they do not get instructions from them (coaches) on which players to bring into the club.

The former Warriors coach alleged in the recording that the players are not happy when their winning bonuses are taxed.

However, the coach has since refuted the recording to the NewsDay website saying: “I heard about the audio, but I will not say much. How can somebody record people having a bar talk? That is bad.”

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Mahmoud El-Khatib reveals ambitions for Al Ahly presidency – 2017 CAF Champions League

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 08:34


Former Egyptian international player Mahmoud El-Khatib has revealed his ambitions to lead Al Ahly as the club’s new president.

El-Khatib was the winner of the 1983 CAF African Player of the Year Award and is the first person to announce his candidacy in the upcoming Ahly’s presidential elections.

The Red Devils’ presidential elections are due to take place before Thursday, November 30.

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“I have decided, along with some of my colleagues, to run in the upcoming Ahly club board membership and presidency elections,” he said on Tuesday.

The 62-year-old, one of the all-time best Ahly and Egypt players, said he had been asked by Ahly members and fans to save the club’s values and principles.

El-Khatib was voted the Arab Sportsman of the 20th Century and is the only Egyptian to win the African Player of the Year awarded at the time by French magazine, France Football.

He is Ahly’s former vice-president and the first nominee in the elections, he is expected to run in November against the current president, Mahmoud Taher.

Meanwhile, the current club president, Taher, was elected in 2014 and a court ruling dissolved the elected board last year, but it was reinstated temporarily pending new elections thus putting Taher back in charge.

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Kennedy Mweene reveals how he saved Riyad Mahrez’s penalty – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 08, 2017. 15:00


Zambian international goalkeeper and skipper, Kennedy Mweene has revealed how he saved Riyad Mahrez’s penalty in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

The Chipolopolo keeper was in fine form as they claimed their seconds win in a week over the Desert Foxes in Constantine.

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Speaking to a Zambian website, the Mamelodi Sundowns net minder revealed that he knew where the Leicester City player would place his spot kick after studying his weaknesses.

Mweene dived to his left and put out a powerful spot kick from the City’s attacker after Fackson Kapumbu had conceded a penalty in the 15th minute.

“As a goalkeeper when you are going to play with a player like that you want to see their weaknesses as well,” Mweene told the Zambian Football website.

“I guessed right, I knew he was going that side that’s why I went full out in that direction.”

Meanwhile, Mahrez became the latest on Mweene’s list of prominent players who have failed to convert against the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations winner including Asamoah Gyan, Didier Drogba, Gervinho and Kolo Toure.

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