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CAFCC success will ease World Cup heartbreak – Brockie

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CAFCC success will ease World Cup heartbreak - Brockie

Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United challenged by Jean Kasusula of TP Mazembe during 2017 CAF Confederations Cup Final Supersport United training at TP Mazembe Stadium in Stade Kamalondo DRC on 19 November 2017 © Aubrey Kgakatsi /BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 20:00


SuperSport United forward Jeremy Brockie, 30, has revealed that lifting the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup title will serve as some consolation following New Zealand’s failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The All Whites lost to Peru in a World Cup playoff earlier this month as the South American’s booked their return to the world showpiece – set to take place in Russia next year.

Brockie jumped straight onto the plane to Lubumbashi from Lima as Matsatsantsa went on to suffer a 2-1 defeat away to TP Mazembe in the first leg of this year’s CAFCC final.

SuperSport play host to the Ravens in the reverse fixture at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Saturday.

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“I was probably lucky enough that the TP Mazembe game came soon after our loss in Peru‚” Brockie told the media. “It did not give me enough time to reflect and think about missing out on the World Cup too much.

“It was obviously disappointing that the dream ended on the last hurdle but I have been lucky enough to play at one World Cup tournament and being so close to another one did hurt a lot.

“It is every kid’s dream to play at the World Cup. I’ll probably reflect on that later but it is good that these two games came shortly after the disappointment.

Brockie continued: “In terms of club career‚ winning this tournament would be right there at the top‚” he said.

“The only thing higher from a club point of view is winning the Champions League and going to the FIFA Club World Cup,” he concluded.

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Ngele eager to contribute to Sundowns’ success

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Staff Reporter

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 14:00


Botswana international Mogakolodi Ngele says he is looking forward to contributing to the success of his South African club Mamelodi Sundowns.

The forward returned to Sundowns following a successful season-long loan stint at Bidvest Wits where he won the Absa Premiership title and MTN8 Cup with the Johannesburg side.

“The most important thing is to win as a team, especially when you contribute, not watching from the stand. You must also contribute in the success of the team. There’s always competition everywhere. All I need to do is work hard,” Ngele told The Star.

The 27-year-old, who has been linked with South African clubs SuperSport United, Platinum Stars as well as Orlando Pirates, is not thinking about leaving Sundowns.

“No comment. I am still left with one year plus an option to extend with Sundowns. For me what is more important is to play. If I’m not playing there’s no use for me to stay. I have to find a place somewhere I can play. Let us wait and see. My focus is still here at Sundowns,” he added.

Ngele, who played for Uniao Flamengo Santos and Township Rollers in the Botswana Premier League (BPL), is pleased to have sorted his work permit issues in South Africa.

”I have been waiting for my work permit, now it is sorted and I have to find a way in to the team. It has been difficult because I have been out of action for four months,” Ngele explained.

The former Botswana youth international captained Sundowns’ reserve team against SuperSport United in a Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) encounter on Saturday.

“It was the coach’s (Pitso Mosimane) instruction for me to play 60 minutes (at the MDC Festival). I’m tired now. I was also cramping but I will get there as time goes on,” Ngele concluded.

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SuperSport goalkeeper wants CAF success to add to MTN8 glory – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup

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SuperSport goalkeeper wants CAF success to add to MTN8 glory

Ronwen Williams of Supersport United celebrates after saving a penalty during the 2017 Nedbank Cup semifinal game between Chippa United and Supersport United at Sisa Dukashe Stadium, East London on 20 May 2017 © Luigi Bennett/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 16, 2017. 17:00


SuperSport United goalkeeper Ronwen Williams is hopeful that the club can add CAF Confederation Cup success to this past weekend’s MTN8 triumph.

Williams was the hero in a penalty shootout as United defeated Cape Town City on post-match kicks to claim the MTN8 title in Durban on Saturday.

And the ‘keeper will need to be at his best again this coming weekend when the South Africans travel to Tunisia to face Club Africain in the second leg of the teams’ Confederation Cup semifinal, which is locked at 1-1 after the first leg in Tshwane earlier this month.

“The CAF Confederation Cup is there and we can taste it, it’s a few weeks to go,” said Williams, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“We need to write history, we need to put SuperSport on the map.

“SuperSport is one of the bigger teams in the country. Maybe we don’t have as much support in the country as others, but we are one of the bigger teams and our history speaks for itself.

“We’ve been in the last five cup finals, so I’m proud of being part of this team.”

The CA v SuperSport match is set for the Olympic Stadium in Rades on Sunday evening.

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Nigerian Success warn on conduct by Watford manager – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Nigerian Success warn on conduct by Watford manager

Watford striker Isaac Success

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Staff Reporter

Monday Oct 16, 2017. 09:00


Nigerian international Isaac Success has been warned by Watford FC coach Marco Silva about his conduct at the club.

The promising striker was detained by police last month following an incident at a hotel in Hertfordshire, England.

“He needs to be careful – everyone needs to be careful – and know the right way,” Sliva told BBC.

“Everybody at the club knows the rules and their obligations as a professional.

“What we are talking about is one situation in September,” he added.

Success, who is nursing a knee injury, is yet to make any impact at the English Premier League club since joining Watford from Spanish side Granada in 2016.

Last season, he scored one goal from 19 games and has yet to feature for Silva in the league in the current campaign.

“We expect six to eight weeks. It’s a knee injury, a problem he had in one session here,” he explained

“It was a normal situation and looked nothing special at that moment but after examinations, the problem is bigger and now we need to wait for him.”

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Nigerian striker Success staying put at Watford FC – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 22, 2017. 13:00


Watford FC’s Nigerian international Isaac Success will not be leaving the English Premier League (EPL) despite his lack of game time this season.

The 21-year-old striker, who joined Watford from Spanish outfit Granada last year, is yet to feature in Watford’s first two league games of the season.

The English club’s head coach Marco Silva has since revealed why Success has not been getting some game time.

“This situation: He’s a young boy and boy who needs to adapt to this football and to our ideas as well,” Silva said on Own Goal Nigeria.

“We tried to put that to him as soon as possible because he’s one player we believe in as a project – as a Watford project.

“Until now I don’t have a decision. He stays with us, he works hard and tried to find his space in the team. It’s what I want him to do,” he added.

“It surprises me, this. Until now I haven’t spoken with anybody about the situation.”

Success made 19 league appearances for Watford during the 2016/17 campaign and he netted once in the process under coach Walter Mazzarri.

Prior to that season he had netted six goals in 30 Spanish La Liga matches for Granada during the 2015/16 campaign.

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Matlakala eyeing success with Dikwena in PSL – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Platinum Stars

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Aug 10, 2017. 16:30


New Platinum Stars striker Maboke Matlakala is confident the club will do well in the upcoming 2017/18 Premier Soccer League term.

The former Baroka FC forward has settled down in Rustenburg and is looking forward to a successful stay with the side.

Matlakala is adapting to new methods of training under the watchful eye of coach Peter Butler and says he is happy in Phokeng.

“From the first day everyone has been happy to have me here and they have been helpful. It’s a different setup from where I am come from,” he tells the club’s website.

“So far I am happy here and I am honoured to be a part of Platinum Stars. They are a good team, they have been doing fairly well in the league and I am looking forward to helping the team achieve our goals for future.

“There are a few things that I have never done before and I am doing them here. I see this as a great opportunity for me because before it was all about scoring goals and just being that player upfront.

“Now I am learning to play around outside the box and working well with the team.

“I am ready. I want to grow and I see this as a new challenge. It you look at the players that I will be competing with for a place in the team, it’s not going to be easy for me.”

Dikwena will open their Absa Premiership account against Maritzburg United on Sunday afternoon, August 20 at Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

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Iheanacho eyes a lot of success with Leicester – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 04, 2017. 13:00


Leicester City have announced that Nigeria international Kelechi Iheanacho has joined the club on a five-year deal from Manchester City.

The 20-year-old striker will wear the squad no.8 and he joins fellow Nigeria internationals Wilfred Ndidi and Ahmed Musa at the English Premier League (EPL) outfit.

The promising frontman spoke to LCFC TV after signing a long-term deal with the 2015/16 EPL champions.

“It feels good and I’m happy to be part of this team. I know the ambition of the team and speaking with the manager, he let me know what I need to do – to help the team achieve what they want. I was convinced and I’m happy to be here,” he said.

“I was happy speaking with the manager, knowing what the team wants. It gives me more confidence that I will fit in this team and hopefully I’ll achieve a lot.”

City manager Craig Shakespeare backed Iheanacho, who impressively netted 12 goals in 12 league starts for the Citizens during his three-year stint with the club.

“It’s a great signing for us. Kelechi is an enormously talented player that has shown a huge amount of promise at every level in which he’s played,” Shakespeare said.

“We’ve tracked his progress for some time, so we know how much quality he’ll bring to the squad. He’s young, he’s hungry, he’s ready for the next stage of his development and I’m delighted that will be with Leicester City.”

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Former Liverpool ace tips Salah for Anfield success – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Former Liverpool ace tips Salah for Anfield success

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool. CREDIT: Twitter @LFC

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Jul 29, 2017. 14:00


Former Liverpool midfielder, Luis Garcia, has tipped Mohamed Salah to achieve success in the English Premier League at the second time of asking,

Back in England’s top-flight following a successful spell in the Italian Serie A, Salah has firmly put his failure at Chelsea behind him as he now aims to establish himself as a Reds great.

Speaking to KweséESPN, Garcia is confident that Salah will prove to be a different player under Jurgen Klopp’s watchful eye.

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The Egypt international, who joined the club for a reported £34.3 million from AS Roma, endured a miserable stay at Stamford Bridge, but is a better player now…

“It’s not easy to adapt to the Premier League, he already knows that,” Garcia told KweséESPN. “Now it’s a different moment, he grew up, he’s more competitive now, he learned a few more things in another competition and he can bring that to the team.

“With the talent [Liverpool have] got there — and he’s got — I think he can be a good help for the team.”

The former Basel man enjoyed great success at first Fiorentina and then Italian rivals Roma where he played a direct role in 46 goals over two seasons.There is no doubt Salah is a different man and more equipped to shine in the EPL:

“It’s not easy when you change a competition, when you go to another country, another language, and you try to perform in a very different competition — as the Premier League is,” Garcia added. “It’s very important to have a period of adaptation where you can join and settle a bit, in the city and in the team.

“I think for Salah – it was very important [that he became more mature] – and right now he’s a different player,” he concluded.

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Victor Moses success helped convince Rudiger of Chelsea move – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Victor Moses success helped convince Rudiger of Chelsea move

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford (R) challenges Chelsea’s Victor Moses

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Jul 17, 2017. 14:30


The success and improvement Victor Moses enjoyed at Chelsea last season helped convince Antonio Rudiger to join the Premier League club.

The Nigerian was converted to a right wingback by Blues coach Antonio Conte and went on to enjoy his best season in English football, establishing himself as a key figure of a Premier League-winning side.

Rudiger, who joined Chelsea from Italian giants Roma earlier this month, explained that Conte’s ability to improve players like Moses was one of the reasons he agreed to join the London club.

“Of course, for me the biggest reason [to move to Chelsea] was the coach, Antonio Conte,” he told beIN Sports.

“He’s a fantastic Coach. He improved a lot of players, like last season Moses and [Marcos] Alonso.

“They had a great season and I that’s why I said I want to be a part of that.”

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