PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Cedric Bakambu – The Congolese hitman eager to see DRC coach stay – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 16:00

The prolific forward was born in Vitry-sur-Seine, France to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) parents and he decided to play for the European country’s youth national teams.

Bakambu represented France up to under-20 level, totalling 8 goals in 38 games and winning the 2010 UEFA European Championship for the under-19s between 2009, and 2011.

In 2015, the Congolese Association Football Federation and DRC head coach Florent Ibenge convinced Bakambu to switch his international allegiance to the Central African side.

Bakambu has since estabslished himself as one of DRC’s key players having scored seven goals in 16 appearances for Ibenge’s side to date.

According to Jeune Afrique, Ibenge’s contract with the Congolese Association Football Federation is set to expire in December 2017.

“Yes, we are aware. We’ll see. It’s not us who decides,” Bakambu told the publication.

“This will be played out at the level of the Federation. Florent Ibenge called me in selection.

“I became one of the executives. It’s a status I’m assuming,” he continued.

“But as far as the coach’s question is concerned, it’s not for me to talk about that.”

Bakambu, 26, scored twice during DRC’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.

He has also scored two goals in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

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Hector Cuper to stay as coach unless Egypt hire Pep Guardiola – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 09, 2017. 15:30

Although media reports suggested that Egypt coach Hector Cuper was set to vacate his position as the Pharaohs mentor, he says he will stay put.

The Argentine manager led the North Africans to their first World Cup qualification after 28 years when they beat Congo 2-1 on Sunday.

Cuper confirmed that he’ll remain in his position at the 2018 FIFA World Cup unless the Egyptian Football Association appoints Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola.

Despite coming under fire for his defensive playing style, he also believes the coach’s perspective is different from that of the fans.

“I’m very happy in Egypt. I’m happy with the celebrations I saw after qualifying for the World Cup,” Cuper said after the game.

“We achieved our target at the end, which is qualifying for the World Cup. I know there is criticism over the playing style, but this is what I chose for the team and it has helped us achieve our dream.

“If someone sees the need to hire a new coach with an offensive style, then no problem, I’ll leave.

“I’ll guide Egypt in the World Cup, unless the Egyptian Football Association decide to appoint Guardiola.”

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I hope to stay with Wolves – Alfred N’Diaye – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 12:00

Wolverhampton Wanderers star Alfred N’Diaye says he is hopeful of sealing a permanent move to the Championship club.

The Teranga Lions player, who is on loan from Spanish side Villarreal, further endeared himself to the Molineux faithful when he came off the bench to provide an assist and a late winner in Wolves’ 2-1 victory over Barnsley this past weekend.

N’Diaye’s loan to Wolves includes an option for him to be bought outright at the end of the season and he is hopeful he ends up with the English side, regardless of whether they earn promotion to the Premier League or not.

“I hope, I hope,” N’Diaye said when asked if he could stay. “I came on September 1 and everyone has helped me at the club, everyone give me love in the city so I am very happy.

“I will give my best all the season to get into the Premier League and stay here.

“I haven’t come here for a few months. I am a Wolverhampton player and I’m focused on Wolverhampton. There is an agreement in place.

“I am on loan but I’m a Wolverhampton player. I don’t think all season ‘I’ll go back to Villareal’, I don’t think like this.

“I will give my best all season for getting us into the Premier League.”

The Senegalese player has also represented Nancy, Bursaspor, Sunderland, Eskisehirspor, Real Betis, Villarreal and Hull City in his club career.

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Cameroon coach Broos eager to stay on beyond 2018 – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Sep 05, 2017. 15:00

Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos wants to defend the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title.

The Indomitable Lions have failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals after recording a defeat and a draw against Nigeria.

Broos’ side are left with two matches in the Group B (qualifying group), but the Belgian tactician is looking beyond these two games.

“I want to stay with Cameroon,” Broos, whose contract with Cameroon expires in February, 2018, told Vanguard.

“I have ambitions – one of which is to win a second Nations Cup, in 2019 in Cameroon.”

“I have never resigned. I am not someone who runs away when things go badly.”

The Indomitable Lions will face Algeria and Zambia in their next two World Cup Group B qualifiers.

Broos guided Cameroon to the 2017 AFCON title in Libreville, Gabon.

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Hector Cuper to stay on as Egypt coach – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Aug 22, 2017. 13:30

The Egyptian Football Association has backed coach Hector Cuper to stay on in the job until the expiration of his existing contract.

Reports in the country reveal that Cuper will remain in his job until the end of his contract despite a recent loss against Tunisia, EFA member Khaled Latif announced on Monday.

According to Latif, the EFA board members have expressed their confidence in the Argentine coach and wished him to stay on in the role.

“We held a meeting with Egypt national team coach Hector Cuper, in the presence of several EFA members, to discuss his future with the team after the loss against Tunisia in the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers,” Latif said in a radio programme on Monday.


“Cuper will stay on his position as Egypt national team coach, despite the poor result, because we are confident in his ability to lead the team.

“We didn’t discuss anyone replacing Cuper in his post, because the EFA management chose the Argentinean coach by a majority vote.

“Cuper will continue to lead the national team until the end of his contract, regardless of the results of matches in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.”

The Pharaohs’ last competitive game was against Tunisia in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers in June, when they lost 1-0 at Rades Stadium.

However, Cuper is now preparing his team to face Uganda in the third round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on 31 August in Uganda.

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Koeman: Everton FC had enjoyable stay in Africa

Everton boss Ronald Koeman

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jul 14, 2017. 19:00

Everton FC manager Ronald Koeman says they have enjoyed their stay in Tanzania following their international club friendly match with Kenyan club Gor Mahia FC on Thursday.

The Toffees defeated Gor Mahia 2-1 with Wayne Rooney and Kieran Dowell netting for the English side, while Jacques Tuyisenge scored for the Kenyan giants at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

“It was a good game but a difficult one,Gor Mahia made it tough for us,” Koeman told Everton‘s official website.

“They dropped their intensity a little bit in the second half and we were the better team with fresh players.

“They were a good team and made it hard for us to find our extra man in midfield,” he added.

“They can be proud of their performance and I want to give them a lot of compliments for making it so tough for us.”

The Toffees became the first English Premier League (EPL) side to play a game in Tanzania and Koeman said they enjoyed their stay in Africa.

“It has been an enjoyable stay,” the Dutch tactician continued.

“It has been short because of our pre-season schedule ahead of the Europa League, but I want to thank everyone for the welcome we have had.

“I have really enjoyed my time here. I enjoyed the intensity of the friendly as well. It has been a positive trip.”

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Wits look to stay on course for PSL glory – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

Nduduzo Sibiya of Golden Arrows challenged by Reeve Frosler of Bidvest Wits during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Bidvest Wits and Golden Arrows at Bidvest Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on the 11 April 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday May 16, 2017. 09:30

Bidvest Wits will look to remain on course for a first Absa Premiership title when they host Polokwane City at Bidvest Stadium on 17 May 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Wits suffered their fifth league loss of the season when they were beaten 3-1 at Free State Stars on May 10.

The Johannesburg side has claimed 34 points from 14 home matches this season.

The Clever Boys are placed first on the Absa Premiership log with 57 points from 28 matches.

Polokwane claimed a fourth win from their last five league matches when they defeated Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 at home on May 13.

The Limpopo side has claimed 17 points from 14 away matches this season.

Rise and Shine are placed sixth on the Absa Premiership log with 40 points from 28 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Wits and Polokwane have met in seven league matches since 2013/14.

The Clever Boys have three wins compared to one for Rise and Shine, while three matches have been drawn.

Wits have recorded one win, one draw and one loss from their three home league matches against Polokwane.

When the teams met earlier this season, they played to a goalless draw in the Limpopo province.

The teams’ seven league meetings have produced 14 goals and seven clean sheets.

Wits’ line-up from their 3-1 loss to Stars: Josephs, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Ntshangase, Ngele (47′), Scott, Frosler, Monare (Keene 70′), Mahlambi, Pule (Klate 61′), Malajila.

Polokwane’s line-up from their 1-0 win over Chiefs: Chigova, Semenya, Tema, Tshilo, Hlongwane, Phiri, Seabi, J. Maluleke, Mngomezulu (Jembula 90+4’), Ramagalela, Musona (Ndou 70’).

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Baroka suffer controversial loss to stay bottom – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

Kudakwashe Mahachi of Golden Arrows

Graeme Jackson

Saturday May 13, 2017. 18:31

Baroka FC have remained at the bottom of the Absa Premiership standing after suffering a controversial 3-2 loss away to Golden Arrows on Saturday.

The match at Princess Magogo Stadium was full of excitement and controversy, with Bakgaga having a penalty ruled out late in the game to deny them what would have been a valuable point.

Abafana Bes’thende went into half time 1-0 up thanks to a superb goal from Siphelele Magubane, who struck a screamer into the top corner five minutes from the interval.

Baroka got themselves level in the 70th minute when Victor Letsoalo punished some poor defending, but an own goal from their defender Mzwanele Mahashe six minutes later put the hosts back in front.

On 78 minutes it was 3-1 to Clinton Larsen’s men when Kuda Mahachi scored with a beautiful lob in the 78th minute.

Yet Baroka never gave up fighting and pulled another goal back when Letsoalo scored his second in the 86th, poking home from close range.

And the visitors looked set to earn a fighting point when they were awarded a debatable penalty. The spot kick was converted, but referee Victor Gomes ruled it out for encroachment by a Baroka player into the area.

According to the rules, the spot kick should have been retaken, but Gomes bizarrely gave Arrows an indirect free kick, hence their vehement protestations at the final whistle.

Golden Arrows (1) 3 (Magubane 40’, Mahashe 76’ og, Mahachi 78’)

Baroka (0) 2 (Letsoalo 70’ 86’)

Arrows: Gumede, Mathiane, Mzava, Mthiyane, Phiri, Dlamini, Jooste (Mngwengwe 80′), Sibiya (Fikizolo 57′), Mahachi, Magubane (Lamola 59′), Mutizwa

Baroka: Dlamini, Mahashe, Kgoetyane (Ogle 87′), Shaku, Madubanya, Garcia, Munetsi, Ravhuhali, Letsoalo, Kgaswane, Matlakala

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