Komphela: SA coach Baxter has special duty for Tshabalala – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Kaizer Chiefs


Komphela: SA coach Baxter has special duty for Tshabalala

Siphiwe Tshabalala of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Innocent Maela of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on 21 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 11:00

Kaizer Chiefs mentor Steve Komphela says South Africa coach Stuart Baxter has a special duty lined up for Siphiwe ‘Shabba’ Tshabalala.

Tshabalala, 33, received a surprise call-up when the Bafana Bafana squad to face Senegal in the Fifa 2018 World Cup qualifiers next week was announced.

Bafana will qualify for the World Cup finals if they beat the Lions of Teranga both home and away.

On Saturday, Tshabalala inspired Chiefs to a 3-0 win over AmaZulu FC in a Telkom Knockout Cup Last 16 match in Durban.

“Maybe I’m not qualified to make a comment about Shabba,” said Komphela on The Citizen.

“But one thing is that he has worked with Stuart. Stuart is very smart coach and knows what he wants from Shabba otherwise he would not have picked him.

“Stuart said it some time ago that Shabba is a very influential player in the PSL and if Stuart says that today (Saturday) (AmaZulu head coach) Cavin Johnson says Shabba was the main threat. That tells you about the player he is,” the Chiefs coach added.

“His personality and character make him a big player.”

The veteran midfielder has 88 South Africa caps and scored 12 goals between 2006, and 2015.


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Ziyo Tembo: There’s nothing special about Nigeria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Ziyo Tembo: There's nothing special about Nigeria

Algerian player Yacine Brahimi (R) fights for the ball with Zambian player Ziyo Tembo (L) during the World Cup 2018 qualifying football match between Algeria and Zambia in Constantine, Algeria on 05 September 2017 © BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Oct 04, 2017. 12:30

Zambia’s national team vice skipper, Ziyo Tembo, says there is nothing special about Nigeria and that the West Africans are beatable.

Tembo was speaking ahead of their highly anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Saturday in Uyo, Nigeria.

The Zanaco FC defender says they are not looking at their previous encounters against the Super Eagles, but are looking to get a win.

Zambia last won an encounter against their hosts back in 1997 where they claimed a 2-0 win in an international friendly.

Tembo said Zambia was ready for battle and every player was focused on getting the win to boost their chances of qualifying for the World Cup.

“There is nothing sinister about the Nigeria game, it’s a game like any other we have played before,” Tembo said at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.

“Yes they have a good side and have quality players and we can’t take that away from them but they are beatable.

“Nigeria’s dominance over us is history for we are looking at the future and what will matter most in the game is our application on the pitch.

“We are not inferior to Nigeria, the only difference is that most of our players play in Africa and there’s play in Europe.”


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