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Chippa’s unbeaten run to be tested by ‘Downs – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Chippa’s unbeaten run to be tested by ‘Downs

Thapelo Morena of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Andile Mbenyane of Chippa United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Chippa United at Loftus Stadium, South Africa on 28 February 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 19:30


Chippa United’s unbeaten run in the Absa Premiership will be put to the test by Mamelodi Sundowns at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on 25 November 2017, kick-off at 15h30.

Chippa have gone eight league matches without defeat following a 1-1 draw away to Free State Stars on November 22. The Eastern Cape side had to fight back from a goal down to claim a share of the spoils in Bethlehem.

The Chilli Boys have performed respectably at home so far this season, with two wins, two draws and just one defeat from five turns as hosts. Their last home match was a 2-1 win over Cape Town City just over a month ago.

Sundowns claimed a second successive league win when they defeated Bidvest Wits 2-0 in Johannesburg, courtesy of two second-half strikes from Khama Billiat. Coach Pitso Mosimane will hope this sparks a run of form which brings his side back to the top of the league standings.

And the good news for the Brazilians, ahead of this trip to the Eastern Cape, is that they boast a 100 percent away record this season: five games on the road, five victories. In fact, all of their 15 log points have been claimed from away matches.

In head-to-head stats, Chippa and Sundowns have met in eight league matches since 2012/13. The Brazilians boast an unbeaten record in the sequence, with four wins and four draws recorded. The Chilli Boys have managed three draws and one loss from their four home league matches against ‘Downs.

Last season the teams cancelled each other out in their two league meetings, drawing 1-1 in the Eastern Cape in the first half of the campaign, followed by a goalless stalemate in the return in Tshwane.

Chippa’s line-up from their 1-1 draw with Stars on November 22: Akpeyi, Macheke, Okwuosa, Bergman, Maphanga, Mvelase, Mabaso (Zuke 61’), Mdlinzo, Mako, Lentjies (Sekola 65’), Julies (Masuku 81’).

Sundowns’ line-up from their 2-0 win over Wits on November 21: Onyango, Morena (Billiat 56′), Langerman, Soumahoro, Ngcongca (Laffor 85′), Madisha, Kekana, Mabunda, Manyisa, Tau, Vilakazi (Zwane 81′).

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Orlando Pirates continue winless run in Absa Premiership

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Orlando Pirates continue winless run in Absa Premiership

Thabo Qalinge of Orlando Pirates tackled by Limbikani Mzava and Nkanyiso Cele of Golden Arrows during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows at Orlando Stadium, Soweto South Africa on 21 November 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017. 21:43


Orlando Pirates have gone six matches without a win in the Absa Premiership after a 0-0 draw against Golden Arrows on Wednesday night at Orlando Stadium.

The hosts had a number of chances upfront, but now sit at sixth spot in the league with 15 points from 11 matches in their campaign.

Despite good touches from the hosts in the early stages of the contest, they could not test Arrows goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede in the first 10 minutes.

However, three minutes later Thabo Matlaba had his powerful left-footed effort saved by Gumede.

In the 27th minute Thabo Qalinge dribbled past four Arrows defenders into the box, but was let down by his final shot at goal which went straight at Gumede who cleared the danger.

Just after the half-hour mark Pirates lost the ball in the midfield and allowed Kudakwashe Mahachi to make a dangerous run into the box, only to see his final touch swallowed by keeper Jackson Mabokgwane.

Arrows resorted to long range efforts and Mabokgwane was called to produce a fine save to deny Zolani Nkombelo in the 41st minute.

It was 0-0 at half time.

With both sides coming from the tunnel energised, it was Clinton Larsen’s men who wasted a glorious chance to score when Mutizwa’s shot was saved by Mabokgwane after beating his marker in the box.

In the 62nd minute, Pirates intensified their probe for a goal and saw a Musa Nyatama effort saved by Gumede – the rebound fell for an unmarked Justice Chabalala whose effort sailed over the cross bar from close range.

The Soweto giants tried to pull out all their tricks in search of a winner, but were unable to break the deadlock.

For the visitors, Arrows now sit at the second spot on the log table with 16 points after 11 games in the league.

Orlando Pirates: 0

Golden Arrows: 0

Orlando Pirates: Mabokgwane, Chabalala, Shitolo, Van Heerden (Memela 69′), Nyauza, Matlaba, Nyatama, Qalinge (Morrison 79′), Lorch, Makola, Gabuza (Kutumela 54′)

Golden Arrows: Gumede, Mngwengwe, Mzava, S. Dube, Nkombelo, Cele, Shongwe (Bilankulu 58′), Sibiya (Fikizolo 46′), Mahachi (Lamola 71′), Magubane, Mutizwa

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Chippa look to break run of draws – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Chippa look to break run of draws

Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United challenged by Sandile Zuke of Chippa United during 2017/18 Absa Premiership game between Supersport United and Chippa United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 19 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 17, 2017. 12:45


Chippa United will be looking to break their run of draws in the Absa Premiership when they host Maritzburg United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on 18 October 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Chippa played to a fourth successive draw in the league when they held in-form Golden Arrows 1-1 in Durban on September 30. However, the Eastern Cape side will feel they let two points slip after leading in the match through Katlego Mashego.

The Chilli Boys have had mixed results at home thus far in the 2017/18 season, recording one win, one draw and one loss from three turns as hosts. Their only victory was back in August when they defeated AmaZulu 2-0.

Maritzburg suffered a second successive loss and saw their winless streak in the league stretched to four matches when they were beaten 1-0 at home by Free State Stars on September 29. The KwaZulu-Natal side conceded a goal to Sinethemba Jantjie and failed to score for the third match on the bounce.

The Team of Choice is unbeaten away from home this season, having recorded a win at Platinum Stars in the opening round and a draw at AmaZulu last month.

In head-to-head stats, Chippa and Maritzburg have met in eight league matches since 2012/13. The Team of Choice has claimed four wins compared to one for the Chilli Boys, while three matches have been draw. Th Eastern Cape side has yet to win at home in this rivalry, with two draws and two losses as hosts.

Last season Maritzburg took four points off Chippa, holding the Chilli Boys 1-1 in KwaZulu-Natal before winning 3-2 in the Eastern Cape. There has not been a home winner in this rivalry since the Team of Choice triumphed 3-0 in Pietermaritzburg in the first half of the 2014/15 season.

Chippa’s line-up from their 1-1 draw with Arrows on September 30: Akpeyi, Mako, Konqobe, Okwuosa, Zuke, Maphanga, Mabaso (Mdlinzo 52′), Mashego (Makudubela 75′), Lentjies, Sekola (Manzini 60′), Macheke.

Maritzburg’s line-up from their 1-0 loss to Free State Stars on September 29: Ofori, Xulu, Fransman, Weidlich, Makaringe (Kunene 46′), Maboe, Mekoa, Shandu, Atouba (Mokate 70′), Rusike, Fileccia (Saal 58′).

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Gabuza double extends Polokwane’s winless run

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Sep 30, 2017. 22:17


Thamsanqa Gabuza was at the double as Orlando Pirates and Polokwane City played to a 2-2 draw in an Absa Premiership fixture at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday evening.

The burly forward with a 92nd minute equaliser to deny Rise and Shine all three points, after Pirates had initially taken the lead in the Limpopo province.

Harold Ndlovu had to be alert throughout the opening stanza to keep Pirates at arms length, after he came in as a late change for George Chigova who injured himself during warm-up.

Goalless at the break.

The opening goal finally came in the 51st minute as Gabuza finished off a swift move – tapping in Thembinkosi Lorch beautifully disguised pass.

City, though, would hit right back with an eight minute blitz. The hosts profiting from two defensive blunders by the visitors.

Wayne Sandilands guilty on the first occasion as his attempted clearance sparked a City attack. Rendani Ndou on hand to finish-off from close range to send the hosts into delirium.

Ramagalela handed Rise and Shine the lead in the 69th minute. City quick to pounce after Abbubaker Mobara coughed up possession in a dangerous area as the former Mamelodi Sundowns forward continued his good start to the season.

City, though, would be denied all three points as Gabuza completed his brace in stoppage time. The forward nodding home Musa Nyatama’s hopeful pass into the area – as City remain 14th on the log stands. Pirates sit in fourth.

Polokwane City (0) 2 (Ndou 61′ Ramagalela 69′)

Orlando Pirates (0) 2 (Gabuza 51′ 90+2′)

Polokwane City: Ndlovu; Ravhuhali, Semenya, Tshilo, Maponyane, Ndou, Seabi, Maluleke (Mbonani 76′), Phiri, Ramagalela (Mngomezulu 83′), Tlolane (Musona 63′)

Orlando Pirates: Sandilands; Nyauza, Mobara (Rakhale 83′), Jele, Dube, Makola, Nyatama, Maela, Qalinge (Morrison 77′), Lorch (Shonga 67′), Gabuza

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FECAFOOT: Dieudonne Happi to run the Cameroonian FA – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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FECAFOOT: Dieudonne Happi to run the Cameroonian FA

Christian Bassogog of Cameroon (r) celebrates goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Sep 11, 2017. 14:00


Dieudonne Happi has been appointed the head of Normalization Committee at the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) by the FIFA/CAF mission.

Happi’s mission in the next six months at FECAFOOT will be to run the daily affairs of the federation.

FECAFOOT released the following statement which read:

“Standardization Committee: the 5 members are known on behalf of the FIFA/CAF delegation, I would like to thank the Government of Cameroon through its Minister of Sports for its warm welcome and I can assure you that we have worked very well and above all our willingness to support this Committee. I would also like to thank the Secretary General Moussa and his team for their contribution to our stay here in Cameroon.

“The following persons are appointed:

“Mr Dieudonné HAPPI (Chairman)

“Mr. Marcelle Denise AMBOMO (Vice-President)

“Maurice Samuel BELLE EDIMO (Member)

“Dr. Abdou OUMAROU (Member)

“Kevin NJOMO KAMDEM (Member).”

Happi will also help organise and conduct elections of a new FECAFOOT executive committee.

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Namibia eyeing a good run in 2017 COSAFA Cup

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 08, 2017. 11:35


Ahead of the 2017 Women’s COSAFA Cup in Zimbabwe, Namibia’s skipper Uerikondjera Mammie Kasaona hopes the team will do better than the last two editions of the Championships.

Kasaona said the tournament will be tough, but they are focusing on representing the nation and make it proud.

The Gladiators are in Group C along with neighbours South Africa‚ Lesotho and Botswana.

GROUP D STILL WIDE OPEN AFTER 2-2 DRAW IN OUAGADOUGOU

“It is going to be a tough competition and we are not turning a blind eye to that,” said the skipper.

“The group that we find ourselves in is quite competitive and strong but if we manage to beat Lesotho and Botswana, South Africa won’t be much of a problem.

“The ladies are serious about this competition and wants to prove that they can compete.

“Despite not playing competitive football or featuring in any international games, I am impressed with the fitness level of the girls.

“The only challenge we are currently encountering is that the Under 20 ladies will be competing in the World Cup Qualifiers tournament at the same time we competing and it would have been better if we used some of the matured players from that team to strengthen our team.”

The skipper who has led the side from 2012 will don the armband in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe from 13-24 September as they hope to improve their 2006 and 20

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FIFA to run crisis-hit Cameroon football federation

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 25, 2017. 14:00


The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has disclosed that it has appointed a Normalisation Committee to run the Cameroonian Football Association (FECAFOOT).

The decision was taken by FIFA in connection with the confirmation by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) of the decision of the “Chambre de Conciliation et d’Arbitrage du Comité Olympique et Sportif du Cameroun” (CCA/CNOSC) to annul the electoral process leading to the election of the current FECAFOOT executive committee in 2015 and following recent failed attempts by FIFA to reconcile the football stakeholders in Cameroon and overcome the current impasse.

According to FIFA the committee’s mandate will include the following tasks:

– To run the daily affairs of FECAFOOT;

– To draft new statutes in consultation with all stakeholders and in compliance with FIFA’s Statutes and standards as well as mandatory national law;

– To review the statutes of the regional and departmental leagues and ensure their alignment with the FECAFOOT statutes;

– To identify the delegates of the FECAFOOT general assembly and of the regional and departmental leagues;

– To organise and conduct elections of a new FECAFOOT executive committee.

A another FIFA statement read: “The normalisation committee will be composed of an adequate number of members to be identified by a joint FIFA and CAF mission scheduled to take place very shortly.

“The committee will act as an electoral committee and none of its members will be eligible for any of the open positions in the elections.

“The specified period of time during which the normalisation committee shall perform its functions shall expire no later than 28 February 2018.”

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