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FC Platinum wins Zimbabwean PSL title and qualify for CAF Champions League

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Monday Nov 27, 2017. 12:30


Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League side, FC Platinum have been crowned as new league champions this past weekend.

Platinum were crowned after beating Chapungu 2-0 away from home on Saturday at Ascot Stadium in Gweru.

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Coach Norman Mapeza’s men became the first side in the modern era of the league, outside of Harare and Bulawayo, to win the coveted title.

Mapeza has now lifted his second league title after he won with the now defunct Monomotapa in 2008 and said he was under pressure to bring glory to the club.

“We have been waiting for this day. We needed to get early goals. After getting them we needed to concentrate. It’s always difficult to take what people say, when you sign players,” Mapeza said to CAF.

“I was under pressure to bring glory to the club when I joined and today we did it.”

Mapeza now joins a league of achievers who have won two or more league titles along with Rahman Gumbo, Sunday Chidzambwa and Kalisto Pasuwa who won four in a row with Dynamos from 2011 to 2014.

The new champions will now represent the Southern African nation in next year’s Total CAF Champions League.

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TP Mazembe out to claim second successive Confed Cup title

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Thuso Phala of Supersport United challenges 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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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 18:00


TP Mazembe will look to claim a second successive CAF Confederation Cup title when they face hosts SuperSport United for the return leg of the final.
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SuperSport United defender Tefu Mashamaite confident of lifting CAF Confederation Cup title

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SuperSport United defender Tefu Mashamaite confident of lifting CAF Confederation Cup title

Ellesah Mensah JR of CF Mounana challenged by Tefu Mashamaite of Supersport United during the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup match between Supersport United and CF Mounana at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville South Africa on 08 July 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Friday Nov 17, 2017. 14:30


SuperSport United defender Tefu Mashamaite has revealed his ambition when it comes to the CAF Confederation Cup competition.

The former Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits defender says lifting the continental trophy will be a huge achievement and says he’s looking forward to the final.

Under the guidance of coach Eric Tinkler, the Tshwane giants are set to face Congo’s TP Mazembe on Sunday in the first leg of the final.

With Morgan Gould suspended for the opening leg, ‘Masha’ will lead the club from the back together with Clayton Daniels.

“As an individual I think it will be the highest achievement. I have never been to the level where we are at with SuperSport, a continental final,” said Mashamaite to the media.

“It’s a big one. I have been with Bafana Bafana before, but I have never been to this stage, so it’s something to look forward to, history in the making.

“It’s been a great journey, starting in Madagascar right up to here. So we need to take from the confidence we have built.

“Experience is a factor. Experience is something you can add onto your game, but first you have to be part of the team.

“You have to be positive and be present on the day. We are looking forward to it. It’s another final, so we have to be positive.”

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All Ahly coach insists they’ll lift the CAF Champions League title

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 17:30


Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry says their mission in the CAF Champions League was to lift the trophy and nothing will change when they meet Wydad Casablanca.

The two North African giants are set to meet in the first leg of the CAF Champions League final on Sunday in Egypt and the Red Devils coach has emphasised their need to win.

“Since the competition started, our target has been clear, nothing but the trophy,” El Badry told CAFOnline.com.

“Our focus is to win every game, and it will remain same for the coming final matches.

“I believe we deserve this title. We’ve done everything in the right way till now. Wydad is a very good team. Both sides know everything about each other having played in the same group.

“We respect them, but we fear no one. The sky is our limit.”

The winner in the two-legged final will bag a reward of 2,500,000 US Dollars and a ticket to represent the African continent at the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in December in the United Arab Emirates.

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Mathias Kigonya confident Ugandan can defend CECAFA title in Kenya – FUFA Super League 2017/18

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Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 15:00


Sofapaka FC and Uganadan goalkeeper Mathias Kigonya is confident that the Cranes can defend the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup to be played in Kenya next month.

The regional tournament is set to make its return after a one-year absence following lack of sponsorship in 2016.

The diminutive goalkeeper has confused many sports journalists who profile him as a Kenyan citizen due to his body physique and name which is linked to a Luhya community from the Western part of Kenya.

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However, the keeper is currently working hard and focusing on representing Uganda in upcoming tournaments like CECAFA and his wish is to play in Europe for Chelsea FC.

“I would really be happy to be part of Uganda Cranes team,” he said to Kawowo.

“Indeed hard work never stops paying and hope one day to play in Europe. Am focused and very positive mentally.”

The goalie featured for the CECAFA reigning champions in the 2016 CHAN finals held in Rwanda.

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Kgengwenyane: BDF XI will challenge for the BPL title – Botswana Premier League 2017/18

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BDF XI players celebrating a goal during the Mascom Top8 quarter final match between Gaborone United and BDF XI at the Molepolole sports complex in Botswana on 1 November 2015. Back page pix/Mnirul Bhuiyan

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Monday Oct 23, 2017. 10:00


Botswana Defence Force (BDF) XI coach Letang Kgengwenyane was pleased to see his team overcome a stubborn Sankoyo Bush Bucks side.

Matebele registered a 2-0 win over Sankoyo in a Botswana Premier League (BPL) match which was played at the Molepolole Sports Complex on Saturday.

Mgcini Sibanda and Keeagile Kobe netted for BDF, who secured their second league victory of the season.

BDF gaffer Kgengwenyane believes that his side will be among the teams challenging for this season’s BPL title.

“Defeating Sankoyo was not easy. They are a strong side,” Kgengwenyane said.

“This season is going to be very competitive and unpredictable.

“We are going to be in the mix.”

BDF and Sankoyo are now placed fifth and seventh on the BPL standings respectively with five matches played.

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Ndiraya believes Zimbabwean League title is theirs to lose

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 17, 2017. 15:30


The 2017 Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League has six matches until they pull down the curtain and Ngezi Platinum Stars coach Tonderai Ndiraya says the title is in their hands.

Ndiraya has stoked the flames by suggesting that the championship is now theirs to lose after their 1-0 win over Bulawayo City on Saturday.

The win has helped them reduce the gap between them and log leaders Dynamos to one point, and he says the destiny of the championship is in their hands.

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Dynamos lead the chasing pack with 57 points after they were held to a 1-1 draw by ZPC Kariba at Nyamhunga.

“I think it’s an open race. All the three top teams have a big chance to win it. The main motivation is the difference in points and it’s highly unlikely that the fourth team will come through at this stage and win the championship,” Ndiraya said as he ruled out Chicken Inn.

“But basically, I think it’s for us to lose. I say so because if you look at our run-in, we are playing the same teams we beat.

“We have been doing well at Baobab, where we have not lost for a long time, so we should win against these teams at home and then win other matches.

“If we manage that, then we will be crowned champions. We drew against Chicken Inn in Bulawayo and they will be coming here.

“We beat FC Platinum at home and we will be going to Mandava. Dynamos, of course, beat us in Harare, but they will be coming to Baobab.”

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Norman Mapeza eyeing Zimbabwean PSL title

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Zimbabwe national team interim coach Norman Mapeza (R) arrives for the African Nations Cup Qualifying match between Zimbabwe and Liberia played at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe, 11 June 2017. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 16, 2017. 12:30


Despite moving closer to their Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League title, FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza says the games are becoming more difficult.

The former Warriors international guided his side to a 2-1 win over Highlanders FC and was naturally delighted that his team cut the gap between them and Dynamos.

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He also believes they can go on and win the ultimate prize, but warns it is all about perseverance and focus to win the title.

“We are still in the mix. The most important thing was for us not to be far behind in terms of points. We still have to keep pushing,” said Mapeza to News Day.

“The games are becoming difficult. I said on Sunday our life is like that of a fisherman. If you don’t catch anything it does not mean you have to lose hope.

“It’s about perseverance. We have to keep pushing; it might happen. We just have to keep believing.”

The away win against Highlanders moved Platinum to within a point of leaders Dynamos, as well as equaling Ngezi Platinum Stars’ tally of 56 points.

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Ronwen Williams the hero as SuperSport clinch MTN8 title – MTN8 2017

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Supersport United winners of the 2017 MTN8 football match between Cape Town City and Supersport United at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on 14 October 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Oct 14, 2017. 22:44


SuperSport United beat Cape Town City 4-2 on penalties to clinch the 2017 MTN8 title in a pulsating clash at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday evening.

Goals from Sibusiso Masina and Thabo Mnyamane ,in regulation time, forced the match into an extra 30 minutes, but with nothing to separate the two teams after two hours of football the game would be decided from the spot.

Ronwen Williams emerging as the hero, denying both Lyle Lakay and Judas Moseamedi as Matsatsantsa claimed a first top eight crown in 13 years.

SuperSport dominated the opening exchanges of the clash, but it would be the Citizens to open the scoring in the 23rd minute.

Man-of-the-match Ebrahim Seedat and Masina linking up well down the left flank with the later guiding a pin-point shot into the far corner of the net from an acute angel to give City the lead, 1-0.

In search of an immediate reply, SuperSport pushed forward and went close soon after through Bradley Grobler. Shu-Aib Walters’ blushes spared by Seedat who bailed his goalkeeper out with a fine block, after he had failed to gather the ball from a cross.

City 1-0 up at the break, following an electrifying half which went some distance in warming things up on a cold and windy night on South Africa’s East Coast.

Benni McCarthy’s troops conjured several chances to double their lead following the interval, with Lehlohonolo Majoro particularly guilty of missing a clear-cut chance on the hour mark.

Having failed to take their opportunities, the Citizens were duly punished as Mnyamane leveled matters in the 80th minute.

The second-half substitute running onto a perfect through ball by Bradley Grobler before firing a left-footed strike into the corner of the net.

But, his goal came at a cost as he was forced off with a groin injury soon after and with Eric TInkler having already made all three of his substitutes, SuperSport were forced to play the remainder of the game with 10-men.

As a result, Matsatsantsa changed their tactics and sat back for the 10 remaining minutes in regulation time and the ensuing half-hour of extra-time.

Moseamedi had a chance to win it for the Citizens in the 117th minute, but he failed to convert with time and space inside the penalty area. As a result, the game would be decided from the penalty spot.

SuperSport flawless – netting four from four – as Dove Wome hammered home to send the Matsatsantsa fans into delirium.

CapeTown City (1) 1 (Masina 23′)

SuperSport United (0) 1 (Mnyamane 80′)

SuperSport United won 4-2 on penalties.

Cape Town City: Walters; Seedat, Johannes, Fielies, Mkhize – Matsi (Moseamedi 90+1′), Modise (Putsche 66′), Nodada – Lakay, Masina, Majoro (Obinna 74′)

SuperSport United: Williams; Kekana, Gould, Daniels, Modiba (Myeni 79′) – Furman, Letsholonyane (Mnyamane 54′), Mokoena – Phala, Brockie (Wome 69′), Grobler

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Manchester United can win the title – Eric Bailly – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Manchester United defender Eric Bailly

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 09, 2017. 19:00


Manchester United can win the Premier League title if they continue their strong start to the season, says Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly.

Bailly has been a regular in the heart of United’s defence thus far in 2017/18, though he missed out on their last match, a 4-0 home win over Crystal Palace.

With the Ivorian’s help, the Red Devils have kept six clean sheets from seven games – but they will be more stringently tested when they face hated rivals Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

“This year there is more desire, more success at everything we do,” Bailly told United Review.

“It’s important to see the team starting off well in top form, and I think that with the work we’ve done, and the work by the manager and the staff, we’ll continue the way we’ve begun and that will lead us to the Premier League title.”

Bailly will hope to return to Jose Mourinho’s starting XI for the clash against Liverpool, which kicks off at 13h30 CAT on Saturday.

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KCCA coach eyeing Ugandan title defence – 2016/17 Uganda Premier League

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 09:30


As they prepare to defend their Ugandan Premier League crown, Kampala Capital City Authority coach Mike Mutebi says it will not be easy.

The KCCA manager was speaking to the media saying four clubs in SC Villa, Vipers SC, Uganda Revenue Authority and Express could challenge them for the title.

Although he says the four clubs can make their title defence aspirations difficult, he remains confident they will retain the title.

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“Naming the four is your part,” said Mutebi to the Daily Mail website.

“All I know is that four other clubs will compete with us for the title. They have prepared well and also have good squads.

“But I have confidence in the squad at our disposal to retain the title. We have brought in at least 10 youngsters to push the existing players.

“We want to score goals and we have brought in the players for that.”

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Bidvest Wits open defence of Absa Premiership title – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Lebogang Manyama of Cape Town City FC evades challenge from Phumlani Ntshangase of Bidvest Wits during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 football match between Cape Town City FC and Bidvest Wits at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 19 April 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Aug 17, 2017. 10:30


Bidvest Wits will open the defence of their Absa Premiership title with a home match against Cape Town City at Bidvest Stadium on 18 August 2017, kick-off at 20h00.

Wits claimed their first-ever league title last season by ending three points clear of Mamelodi Sundowns at the top of the PSL log. It was a fourth championship for coach Gavin Hunt, who also claimed three successive titles at SuperSport United from 2008 to 2010. They also won the MTN8 to end the campaign with two major trophies.

The Clever Boys have not rested on their laurels in the offseason, strengthening their squad by signing the likes of former Bafana Bafana midfielders Steven Pienaar and Daylon Claasen, though they will still face a tough challenge in trying to defend their title.

One of those hoping to knock Wits off their perch is Cape Town City, who enjoyed a fantastic debut season in 2016/17 (after changing names and location from Mpumalanga Black Aces): the Citizens came home in third place and boasted the league’s Player of the Season and Golden Boot winner in Lebogang Manyama.

CTC also won the Telkom Knockout, but their season ended with the shock news that coach Eric Tinkler had decided to leave and take up the reins at SuperSport. In response, City appointed former Bafana Bafana star Benni McCarthy as their new coach, and how he fares in his first senior managerial role will be a fascinating narrative early in the new season.

Wits and City have met in just two previous league matches, both of which took place last season: in the first half of the campaign, CTC claimed a 3-2 win in Johannesburg thanks to a last-gasp goal from Manyama, while the return game in Cape Town ended 1-1. The Cape side was one of just two teams (the other being SuperSport) to hand the Clever Boys a home defeat in the league last term.

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New Galatasaray winger Feghouli eyes Turkish title – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 15, 2017. 10:00


New Galatasaray midfielder Sofiane Feghouli says he wants to win the Turkish Super Lig title with the club after joining them from West Ham United.

The Algerian international had been repeatedly linked with a move to Galatasaray since last month and he has finally joined the club.

“Obviously, I had expected to sign for Galatasaray for some time now,” Feghouli told the club’s official website.

“But conditions can sometimes be like that. I am very happy to join the club, which has such a big following.

“Today, I came to Turk Telekom Stadium for the first time; A very beautiful stadium and a spectacular one,” he continued.

“I came here to be a champion; I want the championship title. I have to work hard.”

The former Valencia midfielder has signed a five-year deal with the 20-time Super Lig champions.

A club statement read: “Sofiane Feghouli, who signed a five-year contract with Galatasaray, was born in Levallois-Perret on December 26, 1989, in the north-west of Paris.”

Feghouli played 21 English Premier League (EPL) games and netted three goals for West Ham last season after joining the club from Spanish La Liga outfit Valencia.

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Fortune: Man United strong enough to win EPL title

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Aug 10, 2017. 16:00


Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba has been backed by former South Africa international Quinton Fortune.

The retired midfielder believes that Pogba can establish himself as one of the best players in the English Premier League (EPL) during the 2017/18 season.

“Pogba has been fantastic now he’s had a pre-season under his belt. Pogba stands out for me but it’s a team performance,” Fortune told United‘s official website.

“Of course he can be one of the best players in the league this season. I am sure this is one of his own objectives and goals he has set himself.

“I’m just happy he’s settled now and has had a season back here, plus pre-season, which is very important,” the 40-year-old, who played for United between 1999 and 2006 continued.

“Paul looks very strong and very calm. He is not trying to prove to the whole world his ability as we’ve known that now for some time.

The former Atletico de Madrid player stated that 24-year-old highly-rated midfielder Pogba can inspire United to the 2017/18 EPL title.

“This season, hopefully he’ll score loads of goals and it’s about him taking that leadership role,” he added.

“The manager (Jose Mourinho) has made him his captain a few times and it’s good for him. He has got to take responsibility and I am sure he relishes that. He has got to help the side as the most important objective is for the team.

“I hope the team agree that objective is to win the Premier League. We have definitely got the team to do that.”

Pogba, who was born in France to Guinean parents, and his United team-mates will face West Ham United in their first 2017/18 EPL match on Sunday.

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