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Orlando Pirates sign Zambia starlet Justin Shonga – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Orlando Pirates sign Zambia starlet Justin Shonga

Justin Shonga of Zambia ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 15:00


Orlando Pirates have announced the signing of Zambian youth international striker Justin Shonga from Nkwazi United.

He will join his new teammates on Wednesday.

Although he was linked with a move to Mamelodi Sundowns, the Buccaneers have seemingly beaten the Brazilians on landing the Junior Chipolopolo’s signature.

Pirates have also announced that Shonga will don the number 27 jersey under coach Milutin Sredojevic as he starts his journey in the South African Premiership.

“I am happy to be here. This is the right move for my career and my ambitions. I would like to emulate other Zambian players who have done well at the Club such as Perry Mutapa and Isaac Chansa,” said Shonga on the club’s website.

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Brighton set to sign Ghana starlet Raphael Dwamena – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Aug 22, 2017. 16:00


Premier League newcomers Brighton & Hove Albion are set to sign Ghana striker Raphael Dwamena from FC Zurich this week.

The English club confirmed the deal on Monday evening, with the Ghanaian set to leave Zurich just seven months after joining from Red Bull Salzburg in January.

The transfer fee was undisclosed, though reports in the British media claim it was in the region of €15m.

A statement read: “Brighton & Hove Albion can confirm that the club has reached agreement with FC Zurich for the permanent transfer of Ghanaian international, Raphael Dwamena, subject to work permit and international clearance.

“The 21-year-old striker has also agreed personal terms with the club and is now awaiting clearance to travel to the UK for his medical.”

Dwamena scored 30 goals in 38 games last season for Austrian club Lustenau and Zurich, and has started the new campaign in fine form.

He also netted a brace on his Black Stars debut, a 5-0 win over Ethiopia in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers back in June.

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Fame hasn’t changed me, says Arsenal starlet Iwobi – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Fame hasn't changed me, says Arsenal starlet Iwobi

Alex Iwobi celebrates with Arsenal team-mates

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Aug 17, 2017. 12:00


Arsenal FC starlet Alex Iwobi, who is a Nigerian international, says he has not been overwhelmed by stardom.

The 21-year-old winger was nurtured in the Arsenal academy, before making his first team debut against West Bromwich Albion in the Football League Cup match in September, 2013.

Iwobi, who played for England’s youth national teams, before electing to play for Nigeria two years ago, talks about his progression to the English Premier League (EPL) club’s first team.

“I still hang with the same friends when they’re back from uni, every time after training I still go home and sleep,” Iwobi told club website.

“Nothing’s really changed, just playing in the first team I guess. I do get recognised more, people are like ‘ahhh’.

“Two years ago you could just come in, I’d normally go back to my old area and play in my cage and no one would bother me, but if I go and play in my cage now – ‘ahhh Alex Iwobi’s here’.

“I’m still getting used to that because I still feel like I’m the same as my friends and the same person as two years ago, but when people are like ‘do you know what you’ve done?’

“Obviously I was lucky to have an uncle that played football, so he still gives me advice from time to time, but my mum and dad keep me grounded,” he continued.

“The more I’m progressing, the more money, the more the fame comes with it, but they’re helping me invest because football is a really short career, so they’re also making me think about life outside of football as well a bit more,” he added.

“But I’m not one to go spending and living a flashy lifestyle, I try to keep as humble as I can and I’m still the same.

“That’s what I’m going to keep on saying, I’m still the same person as I was two years ago.”

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Senegalese starlet Diousse joins Saint-Etienne – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Aug 03, 2017. 17:00


Senegal youth international Assane Diousse has joined French Ligue 1 giants Saint-Etienne on a long-term deal.

The 19-year-old, who is a central defensive midfielder by trade, has been on the books of Italian Serie A club Empoli.

Ten-time Ligue 1 champions Saint-Etienne announced on their official website that they had signed Diousse.

A club statement read:”After Loïs Diony and Saidy Janko, AS Saint-Etienne signed on Tuesday their third rookie since the start of the transfer window. Assane Diousse signed a five-year contract with the Greens. An agreement was reached with the Italian club of Empoli for the transfer of the player.”

The Senegal Under-20 player, who made 33 Serie A appearances for Empoli last season, is pleased to have joined the Greens.

“I am very excited and excited to be able to play at Geoffroy-Guichard in front of a magnificent audience,” Diousse told the site.

“Before signing here, I watched some videos of the atmosphere of the stadium on the Internet and I was moved by this fervor. AS Saint-Etienne is a large French club, recognized abroad.

“I played Empoli in a family club. And today, in Saint-Etienne, I find these same values. Since my arrival, I feel this family spirit and passion. Everyone welcomed me very well,” he added.

“My favorite position is defensive midfielder, but I can also move a little higher up on the pitch. I’m at the coach’s disposal.”

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Nigerian starlet Awoniyi leaves Liverpool on loan – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 01, 2017. 20:00


English giants Liverpool FC have sent out Nigeria youth international Taiwo Awoniyi on another season-long loan deal.

The 19-year-old striker has joined Belgian First Division A side Royal Excel Mouscron ahead of the 2017/18 season.

Awoniyi spent the last two campaigns with German side FSV Frankfurt and Dutch outfit N.E.C on loan from the Reds.

Liverpool confirmed on their official website that the Nigeria Under-23 star had sealed his move to Mouscron.

A club statement read: “Taiwo Awoniyi will spend the duration of the 2017-18 season on loan at Royal Excel Mouscron.

“The striker, who signed for Liverpool in August 2015, joins up with the Belgian side following the beginning of their league campaign on Sunday.

“Awoniyi spent last term with NEC Nijmegen, for whom he scored three goals, having previously embarked on a loan stay at FSV Frankfurt in Germany.”

The marksman made 18 appearances in the Dutch Eredivisie last season for N.E.C and he netted twice in the process.

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