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Dortmund’s Aubameyang promises to recover his scoring form – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

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Dortmund's Aubameyang promises to recover his scoring form

Borussia Dortmund attacker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Nov 16, 2017. 18:30


Gabonese international Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has disclosed his readiness to score goals again for Borussia Dortmund.

The 28-year-old, who has failed to score for the German outfit in their last five games in all competitions, has accepted criticism for his struggles in front of goal.

“I played a lot and felt a bit tired, which is why I asked for a break in the Cup against Magdeburg,” Aubameyang told Bild.

“But that was not enough, the international break has done me very well again.

However, Aubameyang, who has netted 10 goals in the German Bundesliga this season, is a only a goal behind league top goalscorer Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich.

“After all, this is my job and I face this criticism, even though I do not think it’s fair,” he continued.

“And I know I have to score goals again. But even in the past there were such phases.”

The Gabon captain will be looking to recover his scoring form when Dortmund take on Stuttgart in a league match on Friday.

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Iwobi: Why I almost cried after scoring for Nigeria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Iwobi: Why I almost cried after scoring for Nigeria

Alex Iwobi of Nigeria celebrates his goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match between Nigeria and Zambia on 07 October 2017 at Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, Nigeria ©Kabiru Abubakar/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 15:30


Nigerian international Alex Iwobi has disclosed that he almost cried after scoring for the Super Eagles against Zambia last month.

The Arsenal FC midfielder’s solitary goal helped Nigeria beat Zambia 1-0 in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group B match in Uyo.

As a result, the Super Eagles booked their place in next year’s World Cup which will be hosted by Russia.

“When I actually scored the moment was crazy, I remember running off celebrating,” Iwobi told Arsenal website.

“I almost cried, I actually almost cried to see how the fans were reacting, to see my mum and dad in the stands; it was just an amazing feeling.

“To go to the World Cup you can see it’s not just the players’ dream, it’s the fans’ dream as well and for me to get the goal for us to go through I’m just proud to do that.

Iwobi went on to discuss what it means for him to play for Nigeria after being in the England youth setup for most of his life.

“Yeah it’s basically my family, where they’re from, where I’m from it’s my homeland, so it’s always an honor to wear the green, white and green,” the 21-year-old attacker added.

“I mean I’ve seen so many kids on the street when we’re like in the bus, they’re screaming “go Nigeria, go Nigeria”, so to represent them I’m just proud.”

Iwobi is part of the Nigeria squad that will face Algeria away in the final Group B match on Friday. Nigeria will also take on Argentina in a friendly game in Russia next week Tuesday.

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Red Star Belgrade hail Richmond Boakye’s scoring record

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 14:00


Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade have hailed Ghanaian Richmond Boakye after he became the club’s highest scoring foreign player of all time.

The 24-year-old netted in a SuperLiga match against Spartak Subotica in midweek to rack up his 29th goal in Red Star colours.

The Ghanaian’s goal tally has arrived in just 40 matches since joining the team in January 2017.

And the Belgrade club have praised Boakye’s impact at the club, putting the following post up on their official Twitter account:

”Congratulations, you became a part of our history! @Boakye_Yiadom9…..29 goals for #fkcz.”

Boakye will look to continue his scoring form when Red Star play Zemun in an away league clash tomorrow afternoon.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Vincent Aboubakar- Cameroon striker out to keep up scoring form – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Vincent Aboubakar- Cameroon striker out to keep up scoring form

Porto’s Vincent Aboubakar celebrates

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Oct 26, 2017. 13:00


Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar will look to continue his strong scoring form this season when Porto face Boavista in a league clash on Saturday night.

The 25-year-old Indomitable Lions forward has scored seven goals in nine Primeira Liga appearances this season (plus two assists), as well as three goals in the UEFA Champions League.

Vincent Aboubakar has been the main beneficiary of the fine form of fellow Africans Moussa Marega (Mali; seven goals, one assist) and Yacine Brahimi (Algeria; three goals, two assists), as well as Mexican forward Jesus Manuel Corona (two goals, two assists).

The quartet have formed a potent attacking force for Porto, who have picked up 25 points from a possible 27 in Portugal’s top flight this season.

Porto have not won the Primeira Liga since 2012/13, having to stomach a period of domination for arch rivals Benfica.

Yet with Aboubacar in fine form, they will be confident of returning the title to the Estadio do Dragao, as they already have a four-point lead over nearest chasers Sporting Lisbon.

The Indomitable Lions striker notably signed a new contract with Porto earlier this month to end speculation linking him with the likes of Besiktas and Newcastle United.

Aboubacar will also be expecting a call-up from Hugo Broos ahead of Cameroon’s impending 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia next month.

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Jeremy Brockie close to SuperSport scoring record – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Jeremy Brockie close to SuperSport scoring record

Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United challenged by Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Philani Zulu of Kaizer Chiefs during Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport United at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on 23 August 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 13:20


New Zealand striker Jeremy Brockie is just four goals away from equalling Abram Raselemane’s scoring record for SuperSport United.

Brockie was on target for United in their 3-1 win over Club Africain in the CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday night.

The 30-year-old’s goal was his 10th in the continental competition this year (he’s comfortably the leading scorer) and his 53rd in Matsatsantsa colours since signing with the club in January 2015.

SuperSport’s all-time scoring record stands at 57 goals and is held by the late Raselemane, who played for the club from 2001 to 2006.

Brockie will look to continue closing in on the club record when United face Bloemfontein Celtic in the first round of the Telkom Knockout this weekend.

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We aren’t scoring enough – Orlando Pirates coach – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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We aren’t scoring enough - Orlando Pirates coach

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Oct 19, 2017. 13:00


Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic says his side is not scoring enough, following their 1-1 draw at home to Platinum Stars on Wednesday evening.

The Buccaneers have now gone three league matches without a win – and scored just seven goals in eight games – after they were held by bottom-of-the-log Stars at FNB Stadium.

It was not the ideal preparation for this weekend’s eagerly-anticipated Soweto derby against Kaizer Chiefs, which will be played at the same venue on Saturday afternoon.

“I really don’t know whether we’ve been in Saturday’s game. We were told that this match was supposed to be a bridge for Saturday,” Micho told SuperSport TV cameras.

“I’m happy with the way we’ve been patient with possession but not scoring enough, creating enough but not scoring enough.

Football has shown us a very cruel aspect when you score the goal, instead of the next two, three minutes you are not conceding. Emotionally, we have not been settled, we conceded immediately.

“We tried after to create [chances], it was not easy. The opponents were sitting back and defending. We have tried with patience to reach towards the goal but we did not succeed.

“Unfortunately, [it was] one of those days where you regret that domination has not been the difference.”

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Assombalonga wants to continue his scoring form – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Assombalonga wants to continue his scoring form

Congolese striker Britt Assombalonga

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Aug 17, 2017. 10:00


English side Middlesbrough’s Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) international Britt Assombalonga is eager to continue scoring for the club.

The 24-year-old marksman joined Middlesbrough from English outfit Nottingham Forest last month ahead of the current 2017/18 campaign.

The talented forward hit the back of the twice as Middlesbrough brushed aside Burton Albion 2-0 in the English Championship match on Tuesday.

“I always want to score as many as I can and I was searching for that hat-trick,” Assombalonga told Middlesbrough’s official website.

“Me getting two goals is good but I always want three or four, so why settle for less?

The former Watford FC striker, who opened his scoring account for the 2017/18 season against Albion, had not scored in his first two Middlesbrough games.

“But at the end of the day we got the three points, another three points, and back to back wins is a big thing for us,” he continued.

“The Championship is tough, you have to go out there and show your dominance. I think we did that in spells but you want to do it for the full game.

“We want to keep progressing and improving, and our best is yet to come.”

Assombalonga, who scored 14 goals in 32 league games for Forest last season, has been named in the DRC squad for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

DRC will take on Tunisia in Rades on 1 September 2017, before hosting the North African giants in Kinshasa four days later.

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Ahmed Hegazi feels fantastic after scoring for West Brom – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Aug 14, 2017. 14:30


After netting his first goal for West Browich Albion, Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazi says he feels happy as they also won the match.

The Pharaohs international was on his debut in the English Premier League when they beat AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.

Hegazi is on loan from Egypt’s Al Ahly and netted his first goal in England in the 31st minute, deftly heading Chris Brunt’s cross from the right to beat Bournemouth’s goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic.

Hegazy said the clean sheet is what makes him happy as a defender and that a bright start was important for his team.

“It is a very good win and a fantastic feeling,” the 26-year-old player said on the club’s official website.

“The clean sheet is the first thing you think about as a defender. It’s very important to the team.

“To start well was very important for us. … The first game is always very important for the team and for the start of the season.

“We can take enormous confidence from this.”

In their next match, the Baggies will visit Burnley on Saturday at Turf Moor as they will want to bag their second win.

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