Sundowns stutter in front of goal in goalless stalemate – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Sundowns stutter in front of goal in goalless stalemate

Sibusiso Vilakazi of Mamelodi Sundowns and James Okwousa of Chippa United during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Chippa United and Mamelodi Sundowns at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth on 25 November 2017 © Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

Brian Lee

Saturday Nov 25, 2017. 17:55

Mamelodi Sundowns stuttered in front of goal as they played to a 0-0 draw against Chippa United in their Absa Premiership match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Brazilians had the lion’s share of possession throughout the match, but they could not convert their dominance into goals and had to settle for the point.

However, despite the draw Sundowns have temporarily moved up to second on the league table with 16 points from nine games, two points behind leaders Baroka who have played 11 games.

The home side started the better of the two teams and had the first shot on goal in the 11th minute when Abel Mabaso’s shot from the edge of the box strike the post before bouncing away from danger.

Sundowns’ first reals scoring chance came ten minutes later when Percy Tau curled a 24-yard free-kick inches over the target.

The next decent scoring opportunity only came in the 29th minute when Tiyani Mabunda drove forward from the midfield before unleashing a 30-yard thunderbolt which deflected just wide of the Maritzburg goal.

The half ended all-square.

The Brazilians continued to dictate matters at the start of the second half with Mabunda shooting narrowly wide of the target five minutes into the stanza.

Chippa, though, were not to be outdone and came close to scoring in the 54th minute when Paseka Mako broke through on goal, but he was superbly denied in a one-on-one with Denis Onyango.

In the 68th minute Chippa suffered a bit of a set-back when goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi had to leave the field injured and was replace by Brighton Mhlongo.

There was a large delay to the match as Akpeyi was stretchered off and that seemed to kill the mood of the game.

Both teams struggled to create any significant chances on goal after that and the match ended all-square as a result.

The draw for Chippa also moves them up the table temporarily as they occupy fifth spot after 12 games played on 16 points as well, but an inferior goal difference to Sundowns.

Chippa United (0) 0

Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 0


Chippa: Akpeyi (Mhlongo 68’), Macheke, Okwuosa, Konqobe, Maphanga, Mvelase, Mabaso, Mdlinzo, Mako, Lentjies (Julies 61’), Sekola (Mashego 55’).

Sundowns: Onyango, Langerman, Soumahoro, Ngcongca, Madisha, Billiat (Zakri 85’), Kekana (Zwane 74’), Mabunda, Vilakazi (Laffor 74’), Manyisa, Tau.


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Platinum Stars stutter at home and exit TKO Cup – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Platinum Stars stutter at home and exit TKO Cup

Jacky Motshegwa of Bloemfontein Celtic challenged by Vuyo Mere of Platinum Stars during 2017 Telkom Knockout Quarter Final match between Platinum Stars and Bloemfontein Celtic at Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg South Africa on 04 November 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 17:52

Bonginkosi Ntuli’s early goal didn’t make any difference for Platinum Stars as they lost 2-1 to Bloemfontein Celtic in a Telkom Knockout quarterfinal match on Saturday at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

On the other hand, goals from Lantshene Phalane and Tshegofatso Mabaso were enough to dispatch Dikwena out of the competition.

Victor Letsoalo had a glorious opportunity to make it 1-0 in the 25th when his deflected shot in the box went over the cross bar.

However, it was Ntuli who broke the deadlock five minutes later after receiving a long pass into the box, and the burly forward chipped the oncoming Tignyemb to make it 1-0.

It was the hosts who were leading at half time.

Siwelele pushed for an equaliser in the second stanza and they levelled matters when Phalane netted with a fine left-footed set piece to beat Stars keeper Dino Visser in the 58th minute.

Ntuli missed a wonderful opportunity from a header after a great cross down the left flank, the goalscorer saw his effort going wide with just Tignyemb to beat in the 79th minute.

In the 80th minute, the visitors came back from behind to grab the lead through substitute Mabaso after brilliant play by Kabelo Mahlasela who beat three Dikwena defenders before setting up a cross.

Despite their efforts to find an equaliser, the hosts were not clinical upfront as they exit the competition they won in 2013.

Platinum Stars: (1) (Ntuli 30′)

Bloemfontein Celtic: (0) 2 (Phalane 58′, Mabaso 80′)

Platinum Stars: Visser, De Jongh, Mwedihanga, Zulu, Sithole, Mere, Ng’ambi, Mkhabela (Matlakala 87′), Links (Mwila 65′), Otladisa, Ntuli

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Mabena (Lubisi 88′), Letsoalo, Letlabika, Baloyi, Hotto, Motshegwa (Mabaso 74′), Phalane


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Matlaba scores, but Pirates stutter at home – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Matlaba scores, but Pirates stutter at home

Thabo Matlaba of Orlando Pirates challenged by Raymond Monama of Platinum Stars during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Orlando Pirates and Platinum Stars at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on 18 October 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 21:43

Despite scoring through skipper Thabo Matlaba, Orlando Pirates could not secure the full three points in the Absa Premiership as they drew 1-1 at the FNB Stadium against Platinum Stars on Wednesday night.

Coach Milutin Sredojevic’s team has 13 points on the log table from eight matches and are now sitting at position number three.

For the struggling Dikwena, striker Bonginkosi Ntuli netted a brilliant goal to ensure they got something out of the tie.

Following a spirited start by the visiting side, Pirates tried to force an error on Stars in the first eight minutes and goalkeeper Dino Visser cleared the ball from Mpho Makola’s path, whose attempt went straight to the keeper.

The Buccaneers regained the possession in the 14th minute and Thamsanqa Gabuza could not lower his well-struck effort right in the penalty area following a great cross from the left.

Both camps attacked towards the 20th minute and Dikwena’s Enocent Mkhabela attempted to test Wayne Sandilands from a distance, but the midfielder’s effort sailed wide in the 19th minute.

As Visser became the busiest of the two keepers towards the end of the opening half, fellow debutant Katlego Otladisa saw his effort going wide of Sandilands’ crossbar in injury time.

A minute into the second stanza, Matlaba took the matters into his own hands and beat his marker before rattling the roof of the net with a powerful left-footed shot.

Two minutes later, Ntuli made it 1-1 after shielding the ball from Abbubaker Mobara in the box from a through ball to slot it home beyond Sandiands.

Visser was called to produce a fine save to deny Qalinge from close range in the 52nd minute, with a finger-tip after a dangerous ball was whipped in from the right wing.

Before the hour mark, Milutin Sredojevic’s men received a set piece on the edge of the box and Makola’s curler hit the crossbar, with Visser beaten.

The Soweto giants looked threatening with 20 minutes to go as they probed for their second goal and Visser once again stood firm between the posts to deny Gabuza’s powerful header from the near post.

The last 10 minutes saw Roger De Sa’s charges showing some sense of urgency moving forward and Otladisa’s attempt was saved by Sandilands on his left corner.

In the wake of the result, Stars remain rooted at the bottom of the table with three points from eight league games.

Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Matlaba 46′)

Platinum Stars (0) 1 (Ntuli 48′)

Orlando Pirates: Sandilands, Mobara, Mtshali, Nyauza, Maela, Matlaba, Nyatama (Kutumela 46′), Qalinge (Foster 83′), Lorch (Shonga 62′), Makola, Gabuza

Platinum Stars: Visser, De Jongh, Mwedihanga, Sithole, Zulu, Mere, Mkhabela, Ng’ambi (Mwila 80′), Monama (Sesinyi 51′), Otladisa, Ntuli (Msomi 77′)


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Chiefs stutter at Moses Mabhida


Chiefs stutter at Moses Mabhida

Olaleng Shaku (Captain) of Baroka FC kicks the ball over the head of Bhongolwethu Jayiya of Kaizer Chiefs FC during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Baroka FC at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on 30 September 2017 ©Gerald Duraan/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Sep 30, 2017. 20:03

Kaizer Chiefs continued with their poor run of form when they lost 2-1 in the Absa Premiership to Baroka FC at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.

Although they scored first through George Maluleka’s stunner, Amakhosi failed to hold on to their lead.

The loss means coach Steve Komphela’s men now occupy the fifth spot with nine points from seven league games.

For the visitors, Lewis Macha and Gift Motupa scored the two goals as they continued with their unbeaten run in the 2017/18 league campaign.

Amakhosi had a bright start as they dictated the proceedings in search of an early goal and their efforts were rewarded in eighth minute.

A beautiful play by the hosts saw Bhongolethu Jayiya delivering a wonderful pass to Maluleka on the edge of the area – the midfielder unleashed a powerful shot to beat goalkeeper Virgil Vries on his right corner.

Four minutes later, Baroka looked for a quick response and the visitors made good runs on the left flank and a cross was delivered for Sipho Moeti in the box, but his touch sailed inches wide, with Itumeleng Khune moving the opposite direction.

However, the Limpopo side managed to level the scoreline in the 23rd minute after a set piece from Siphelele Ntshangase and Macha’s header beat Khune on his right post.

Both sides exchanged dominance towards the 40th minute, yet there were few goal-scoring opportunities.

However, Amakhosi fought back as they wanted to regain their lead and Siphiwe Tshabalala’s attempt from a curler went wide of the left post in the 42nd minute following a great passing game.

The thrilling encounter ended at 1-1 at half time.

Chiefs came back with more intent and their good passes in the heart of the park saw Hendrick Ekstein’s shot going over the crossbar.

Moeti received a brilliant pass in the box and the forward failed to lower his effort as he blasted his shot over Khune’s left corner.

Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele would finally get the lead when Motupa beat two Chiefs defenders before unleashing a powerful shot on the roof of the net on the hour mark.

With 30 minutes to go, coach Steve Komphela introduced Dumisani Zuma for Jayiya and they added numbers to exert pressure on Baroka’s defence and the substitute saw his effort going wide.

Despite dominating in the last minutes of the contest, Chiefs could not hit the target as Vries stood firm between the posts.

In the wake of the victory, coach Kgoloko Thobejane’s men now sit at number one on the log with 15 points from seven matches.

Kaizer Chiefs (1) (Maluleka 8′)

Baroka FC (1) 2 (Macha 23′, Motupa 60′)

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Moleko, Mathoho, Cardoso, Zulu, Maluleka, Meyiwa (Meyiwa 77′), Ekstein, Jayiya (Zuma 60′), Tshabalala, Paez (Parker 37′)

Baroka FC: Vries, Shaku, Matloga (Ngalande 46′), Ntshangase (Motupa 46′), Banda, Moeti, Masenamela, Mothupa, Madubanya, Mdantsane, Macha (Mahashe 74′)


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SuperSport United stutter in Tshwane – MTN8 2017


SuperSport United stutter in Tshwane

Pogiso Sanoka of Maritzburg United challenged by Thuso Phala of Supersport United during MTN8 Semifinal match between Supersport United and Maritzburg United at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville South Africa on 26 August 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Aug 26, 2017. 22:35

SuperSport United failed to use their home advantage when they drew 1-1 against Maritzburg United in their MTN8 first leg, semifinal clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night.

Two second half strikes from Thuso Phala and Lebohang Maboe ensured the teams will be level ahead of the second leg.

Despite a tough encounter in the opening 20 minutes of the match, both coaches looked to employ a defensive approach.

However, the 33rd minute saw Devon Saal wasting good moves by the visitors in the heart of the park as they continued to keep Eric Tinkler’s side under pressure.

However, few minutes later, Maritzburg keeper Bongani Mpandle was called to produce a brilliant save to deny SuperSport striker Bradley Grobler.

Towards the end of the opening half, Phala caused all sorts of troubles for Fadlu Davids’ men, yet there are no goals in the opening half.

On the return from the interval, it was the KwaZulu-Natal side pushing for an opener, but their decision making in the final third was not convincing.

In the 53rd minute, Phala opened the scoring after receiving a defence-splitting pass and blasted a powerful shot through Mpandle to hand Tinkler’s side a 1-0 lead.

With less than 18 minutes remaining, Williams produced a wonderful save to deny Deolin Mekoa from a long range effort. A well struck shot by the left winger.

The final 10 minutes of the encounter had no clear cut opportunities, but it was the Team of Choice which had an upper hand.

Davids’ men continued to pile pressure on their hosts and a wonderful pass reached Maboe in the box, whose effort was too powerful for goalkeeper Williams.

However, with added minutes in the injury time, both sides failed to create chances to secure a winning goal as they shared the spoils.

The teams will meet for the second leg on the ninth of September, as the two Premier Soccer League giants look to secure a spot in the final.

SuperSport United (0) 1 (Phala 53′)

Maritzburg United (0) 1 (Maboe 84′)

SuperSport United: Williams, Kekana, Daniels, Gould, Ritchie, Letsholonyane, Mokoena, Phala, Modiba (Alexander 72′), Wome, Grobler (Nkhatha 83′)

Maritzburg United: Mpandle, Fransman, Xulu, Sanoka, Makaringe, Rusike, Ndlovu, Shandu, Maboe, Saal (Van Wyk 63′), Mekoa


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Sao Tome stutter against African champions


Sao Tome stutter against African champions

Cameroon’s Team manager Rigobert Song and the Indomitable Lions

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 19:19

Sao Tome & Principe drew 0-0 against Cameroon in their 2018 CAF African Nations Championship first leg qualifies on Saturday at Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho in São Tome.

Although Sao Tome & Principe were looking for a win in front of their home crowd, they failed to create goal-scoring opportunities in the encounter.

The draw has put the Falcons and True Parrots under pressure heading to the second leg in Yaounde next weekend.

However, they will now rely on their fighting spirit to ensure they boost their chances of reaching the tournament in Kenya.

For the visiting Indomitable Lions, coach Rigobert Song will be happy with a draw as he is aware they must wrap up the proceedings at home.

On the other hand, Song will now have to work on his troops’ finishing to ensure they secure a win at home next weekend.

The return leg will be staged at Stade Omnisport Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé on Saturday, August 19.


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