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EPL defenders ‘scared’ of Mohamed Salah, says Liverpool teammate – Premier League 2017/2018


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Bertin Basson

Friday Dec 01, 2017. 10:30


Mohamed Salah’s Liverpool teammate Emre Can has showered praise on the Egyptian wing-wizard who has taken the English Premier League by storm.

The 25-year-old took his goal tally to an astonishing 17 across all competitions (12 in 14 league games) with a brace in a 3-0 win over Stoke City on Wednesday evening.

Salah emerged off the bench to great effect as the Reds claimed victory away to the Potters.

The former Chelsea attacker has hit the ground running at Anfield following his move from AS Roma ahead of the 2016-17 season, and German international midfielder Can is impressed…

“You can see that everyone is a little bit scared of him [Salah] as it is unbelievable how quick he is,” Can told the Liverpool ECHO.

“He has the confidence now. He has a lot of goals and everyone knows he can always score. Against Stoke, it was the same as he came on and showed his confidence.

“He had one chance and the volley was great after an unbelievable assist from Sadio (Mane). It’s good for us and very good for him. I hope it goes on,” he concluded.



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Algerian coach Rabah Madjer says Nigeria was scared of them – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Algerian head coach Rabah Madjer

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 18:30

Algerian national team coach Rabah Madjer says the Super Eagles of Nigeria were scared of them after playing to a 1-1 draw on Friday.

Madjer was speaking after their last match of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier campaign in Group B, saying Gernot Rohr’s men were scared of losing the match.

However, goals from John Ogu and Yacine Brahimi’s penalty saw the Desert Warriors securing a point at home.

“In the second half, after the goal from Nigeria, I had to make some changes. I pulled out (Riyad) Mahrez who was tired and replaced (Zinedine) Ferhat in his place,” Madjer said to El Bahdja Radio.

“I brought back (Baghdad) Bounedjah who brought a lot in front. We created a lot of opportunities and if we had been effective, we would have won.

“Moreover, Nigeria was scared of us during the second half. They saw that we could win.”

The North Africans will face Central African Republic in their next international fixture on Tuesday, while Nigeria are in Russia for a friendly against Argentina’s Albiceleste.



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Robert Ng’ambi is scared of Sundowns after Champions League exit – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Platinum Stars


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 29, 2017. 13:30


With Mamelodi Sundowns having failed to defend their CAF Champions League title, Platinum Stars midfielder Robert Ng’ambi has warned his teammates of the Brazilians.

The Tshwane side will resume their Absa Premiership schedule to visit Dikwena on Sunday and the Malawian is scared of Sundowns.

He said they have a duty to win their games and forget about what is happening at the club beyond the field of play.

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“They will come into the game with the mindset of making a statement against us after losing out in the CAF,” Ng’ambi said to the Sowetan.

“It will just be up to us players to focus and make sure we are at our best against what is for me the best team on the continent.

“As players we have not been concentrating on what is happening in the background with the club. Our duty is to win games and remain competitive in the league.”

With coach Roger De Sa’s men still chasing their first 2017/18 win in the league and Sundowns out to erase their CAF disappointments, the match is set to be a thriller in Rustenburg.

Coach Pitso Mosimane’s troops will face Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday, kick-off is at 15:00 (CAT).



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Uganda’s caretaker coach Fred Kajoba not scared of Egypt – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Aug 04, 2017. 12:00


Ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers clash against Egypt, Uganda’s caretaker coach Fred Kajoba says he is not scared of the Pharaohs.

Kajoba was speaking to the Daily Monitor after he faced the North Africans on four occasions as part of former coach, Milutin Sredojevic’s backroom staff.

Kajoba and Moses Basena will be in charge for Uganda’s 2018 Africa Nations African Championship qualifier against Rwanda and the double-header with Egypt in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier this month.

However, he says it is just another game they can easily win as he will be Basena’s right hand man for the crucial encounter.

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“We have faced Egypt four times and we have learned their strengths and weaknesses over time,” said Kajoba.

“We nearly held them in Gabon (Egypt won 1-0 in Afcon) and I think our players can now handle the threat of Mohamed Salah and colleagues when we meet them.

“To Cranes, Micho was like what Cristiano Ronaldo is to Portugal. When Ronaldo got injured in the final game, Portugal fought on as a unit to win the trophy.

“Few may know that apart from handling goalkeepers with the Cranes, I advised Micho about tactics on a regular basis and so was Basena.”

The Bright Stars mentor adds that the goalkeeping department is a key component of any team’s success and he is ready to juggle the deputy role and coaching national team custodians.

“Our people are still stuck with colour but we have the ability to do what foreigners do,” adds the coach.

“I did my UEFA ‘C’ and ‘B’ badges in Britain with the likes of John Barnes (Liverpool legend) and attended many Liverpool training sessions. How then am I not qualified to coach the Cranes?.”



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Abbubaker Mobara says Pirates are not scared of SuperSport


Abbubaker Mobara of Orlando Pirates

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Jun 22, 2017. 18:00


Orlando Pirates defender Abbubaker Mobara says they want to redeem their pride when they meet SuperSport United in the South African Nedbank Cup final on Saturday.

Mobara believes the fact that they did not have a great 2016/17 Premier Soccer League campaign, pushes them to lift the Ke Yona trophy.

In their Absa Premiership campaign, Kjell Jonevret’s men finished at number 11, failing to reach the 2018 MTN8 Cup for the first time in their PSL history.

Speaking to reporters during a press conference at FNB Stadium, the former Ajax Cape Town player says the spirit is positive in their camp.

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“We didn’t have a good season & we see this cup as an opportunity to redeem ourselves,” said Mobara.

“The spirit is positive and the attitude at training is good; we are all hungry to do well.

“We are not afraid, we are ready. And we believe in ourselves to do well.”

A win for the Buccaneers will ensure they return to continental football as they will qualify for the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup.

The encounter will be staged at the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night, kick-off is at 20:15 (CAT).



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