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Hearts of Oak captain on trial in Cape Town – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


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Staff Reporter

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 14:08


Hearts of Oak captain Thomas Abbey is currently on trial at Absa Premiership club Ajax Cape Town.

The versatile midfielder linked up with the Urban Warriors earlier this week following a successful season in the Ghana Premier League where he scored 12 goals. He followed his heroics by forming part of the Black Stars team that won gold in the WAFU Tournament on home soil.

He duly landed a trial in the South African Mother City, but it is unclear what his future holds with Abbey set to leave the Urban Warriors this week according to a source.

Ajax Cape Town have struggled for form this season, with the club currently occupying 14th spot on the log standings following yet another slow start to the season.

Stanley Menzo’s troops return to action against AmaZulu at Athlone Stadium next Saturday.



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Fielies goal dims Stars in Cape Town – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Thamsanqa Mkhize of Cape Town City challenged by Sinethemba Jantjie of Free State Stars during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Cape Town City FC and Free State Stars at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on 1 November 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 21:40


Taariq Fielies scored the only goal of the game as Cape Town City defeated Free State Stars in an Absa Premiership clash at Athlone Stadium on Wednesday.

Having suffered back-to-back league losses against Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa United, the Citizens were hungry for all three points in this clash.

As for Ea Lla Koto, the defeat brings to an end a strong run of form which had seen them claim 10 points from the last 12 up for grabs.

City put in a dominant showing in the first half, but they found Stars to be resilient and determined opponents. Marshalled by the experience of Paulus Masehe, the Free State side hassled and harried the hosts to a standstill in the first half.

The Cape side also suffered an injury blow near the interval when former West Ham United striker Victor Obinna picked up a knock and had to be replaced by Judas Moseamedi on the 40 minute mark.

Benni McCarthy’s side continued to boss the game through the second half but they struggled to create chances with which to test Stars goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare.

However, the breakthrough finally arrived in the 89th minute when City put together an attack which ended with Taariq Fielies putting the ball beyond the reach of Stars’ gloves-man.

The teams will return to league action after the international break in November, with City hosting Baroka on November 22, while Stars will be at home to Chippa United on the same day.

Cape Town City (0) 1 (Fielies 89’)

Free State Stars 0

City: Stephens, Mkhize, Gumede, Martins, Seedat, Matsi, Fielies, Putsche (Masina 75’), Modise (Johannes 90’), Lakay, Obinna (Moseamedi 40’)

Stars: Sangare, Mashego, Keita (Mbhele 65’), Mahamutsa, Phungwayo, Jantjie, Vilakazi, Masehe, Maphakisa (Potsane 57’), Manqele, Mthembu



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Cape Town City look to bounce back from successive losses


Ayanda Patosi of Cape Town City evades challenge from Sammy Seabi of Polokwane City during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Cape Town City FC and Polokwane City at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 22 September 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 10:08


Cape Town City will look to bounce back to winning form in the Absa Premiership when they host Free State Stars at Athlone Stadium on 1 November 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

City have suffered two straight losses in the top flight league, going down 1-0 at home to Bloemfontein Celtic and 2-1 away to Chippa United in the space of five days in October. Coach Benni McCarthy saw his team react strongly to a similar situation back in September and will hope for a repeat as they head into a new month.

The Citizens have recorded mixed results at home this season, with two wins and two losses from four turns as hosts. Their last win at home was against Polokwane City back in September, and they will be searching for another three points in this clash.

Stars come into the match having drawn 1-1 at home to bottom-of-the-log Platinum Stars on October 21. Nonetheless, the Free State side has claimed an impressive 10 points from the last 12 up for grabs and have been one of the league’s form teams.

Ea Lla Koto have been hit and miss away from home, recording two wins and two defeats from four matches on the road. However, those two victories were recorded against Polokwane City and Maritzburg United in September and Stars are actually looking for a hat-trick of away wins.

In head-to-head stats, City and Stars have met in just two previous top flight league matches. Both of those encounters took place last season, with Ea Lla Koto winning 1-0 at home in the first half of the campaign, while the return game finished 1-0 in favour of the Citizens.

City’s line-up from their 2-1 loss to Chippa on October 22: tephens, Mkhize, Fielies, Johannes, Seedat, Nodada, Matsi Modise (Patosi 75′), Lakay, Martin (Masina 64′), Majoro (Obinna 79′).

Stars’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Platinum on October 21: Sangare, Masehe, Mobbie (Mashego 13′), Keita, Phungwayo, Mbhele, Potsane, Vilakazi (G.Dlamini 56′), Manqele (Mahamutsa 74′), Jantjie, Anas.



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Cape Town City chase hat-trick of wins – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Sibusiso Masina of Cape Town City FC gets away from Cheslyn Jampies of Bloemfontein Celtic during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 football match between Cape Town City FC and Bloemfontein Celtic at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 2 November 2016 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 16, 2017. 10:55


Cape Town City will chase a hat-trick of Absa Premiership wins when they host Bloemfontein Celtic at Athlone Stadium on 17 October 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

City recorded a second straight victory in the league when they beat local rivals Ajax Cape Town 2-0 away on September 30. Goals from Victor Obinna and Judas Moseamedi ensured Benni McCarthy’s side claimed the bragging rights in the ‘Mother City’.

The Citizens have had mixed results at home this season, with two wins and one loss from their three turns as hosts. Their last home match in the league was a 1-0 triumph over Polokwane City in September where Lehlohonolo Majoro scored a late winner from the penalty spot.

Celtic claimed their second win of the season (and a first at home) when they defeated Bidvest Wits 1-0 on October 1. The Bloemfontein side has suffered just one defeat so far this season and are laying the foundation for a solid campaign.

Phunya Sele Sele boast an unbeaten away record, with one win and two draws from their three games on the road this season. Their away victory came at Polokwane City in mid-September and they will be hoping for another three-pointer as soon as possible.

In head-to-head stats, City and Celtic have met in just two previous league matches. Both of those encounters took place last season, with the Cape Town side claiming a 1-0 win in their home game, while the return in Bloemfontein finished in a goalless stalemate.

City’s line-up from their 2-0 win over Ajax on September 30: Stephens, Seedat, Johannes, Fielies, Mkhize, Matsi, Nodada, Lakay, Patosi (Modise 65′), Martin (Edmilson 81′), Obinna (Moseamedi 46′).

Celtic’s line-up from their 1-0 win over Wits on October 1: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Mabena, Mashikinya, Letlabika (Lubisi 54′), Baloyi, Hotto, Motshegwa, Nyundu (Letsoalo 89′).



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Ajax, City set for Cape Town derby


Ndiviwe Mdabuka of Ajax Cape Town evades challenge from Robyn Johannes of Cape Town City FC during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 football match between Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town City FC at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 11 February 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Friday Sep 29, 2017. 09:45


Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town City will meet for an Absa Premiership derby at the Cape Town Stadium on 30 September 2017, kick-off at 15h00.

Ajax played to their second draw of the season when they held Baroka FC 2-2 in Polokwane on September 23. An away draw against one of the league’s form teams is a respectable result for the Cape side, though they will feel it was two points dropped after they twice let a lead slip.

The Urban Warriors are unbeaten at home so far this season, having drawn with Golden Arrows in the opening round and beaten Polokwane City earlier this month, and coach Stanley Menzo will want at least another point from this encounter.

Cape Town City snapped their losing streak at two games when they defeated Polokwane City 1-0 at home on September 22. It was a controversial win for Benni McCarthy’s side, who needed a debatable penalty deep into injury time from Lehlohonolo Majoro to claim all three points – though they did have a perfectly legitimate goal incorrectly ruled out for offside.

The Citizens have lost two of their three away league matches so far this season – though as the match is being played at their home base of Cape Town Stadium, it will hardly feel like a match on the road for the team in blue and yellow.

In head-to-head stats, Ajax and City have met in just two previous league matches. Both of those encounters took place last season, with the Citizens claiming a league ‘double’ over their local rivals: they won 1-0 at home and 2-0 away.

Ajax’s line-up from their 2-2 draw with Baroka on September 23: Petersen, Booysen, Evans, Pietersen (Mdabuka 48′), Nhlapo, Malepe, Lebusa, Kabwe (Margeman 72′), Mosadi, Morris, Makua (Uzoenyi 46′).

City’s line-up from their 1-0 win over Polokwane on September 22: Stephens, Mkhize, Gumede (Fielies 53′), Johannes, Seedat, Nodada, Matsi, Obinna (Akosah-Bempah 79′), Lakay, Patosi (Martin 68′), Majoro.



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Cape Town City beat stubborn Polokwane City – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Lehlohonolo Majoro of Cape Town City

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 22, 2017. 22:12


Cape Town City defeated Polokwane City 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday night.

As a result, the Citizens climb up to fourth spot on the league standings, while Rise and Shine remain 14th on the log.

The visitors threatened first through Salulani Phiri, whose effort forced City goalkeeper Sage Stephens into a comfortable save just nine minutes into the match.

The Citizens were able to keep possession well, but they were struggling to unlock the Rise and Shine defence which was led by the experienced Thapelo Tshilo.

Stephens was also called into action in the 22nd minute and he pulled off a decent save to deny Polokwane full-back Ndivhuwo Ravhuhali’s free-kick.

With seven minutes left before half-time, Lehlohonolo Majoro found some space outside the Polokwane box and he hit the upright.

Nevertheless, the score was 0-0 at half-time between City and Polokwane.

An action-packed second-half followed as the home side took control of the match with Lyle Lakay narrowly missing the target.

His City team-mate Majoro also came close in the 71st minute with curling shot missing the Polokwane goal-posts.

Majoro thought he had snatched a late winner in the 88th minute, but the goal was disallowed as the striker was ruled offside.

However, the striker did score the winning goal in stoppage time as he converted from the spot-kick after City were awarded a late penalty.

City ran out 1-0 winners over Polokwane after containing the visitors in the closing stages of the encounter.

CT City (0) 1 (Majoro 98′)

Polokwane (0) 0

CT City: Stephens, Mkhize, Gumede (Fielies 53′), Johannes, Seedat, Nodada, Matsi, Obinna (Akosah-Bempah 79′), Lakay, Patosi (Martin 68′), Majoro.

Polokwane: Ndlovu, Semenya, Maponyane, Ravhuhali, Tshilo, Seabi, Phiri, W. Maluleke (J.Maluleke 63′), Mngomezulu (Ndou 94′), Musona (Klaas 63′), Ramagalela.



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Urban Warriors sign Burkinabe defender – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Ajax Cape Town


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Bertin Basson

Saturday Sep 16, 2017. 10:00


Ajax Cape Town have signed Burkina Faso national Soumaila Ouattara.

The Urban Warriors are set to officially unveil their new singing this weekend, with the 22-year-old having joined the club following a successful trial period.

Rivaldo Coetzee’s move to Mamelodi Sundowns has left a void in defence, prompting the signing of Mario Booysen and now Ouattara who head coach Stanley Menzo has compared to Tottenham Hotspur new man, Davinson Sánchez.

YAYA TOURE AT LOGGERHEADS WITH PEP

“Ouattara was offered to us by the agent of [Lassina] Traore, and he was here on trial,” said Menzo.

“And after just one training match, everyone was saying, ‘Wow, that’s a good player, a good defender’. He’s a right-footed defender, strong, and coming from Burkina Faso, he’s probably not had, with all due respect, the best education there, and at this level, there is always room to improve.

“He is someone who will become a better player. When the scouts and I saw him, we immediately thought of [Colombian international] Sanchez at Ajax Amsterdam [now with Spurs] – he has the same physique, so that’s the kind of player he is.”



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Cape Town City secure MTN8 Cup final spot – MTN8 2017


Elias Pelembe of Bidvest Wits challenged by Ebrahim Seedat of Cape Town City during 2017 MTN8 game between Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City at Bidvest Wits Stadium on 10 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Sep 10, 2017. 17:03


Cape Town City edged out Bidvest Wits 2-1 in the MTN8 Cup semi-final second-leg match at the Bidvest Stadium on Sunday.

The victory sees the Citizens book their place in the final after winning 3-1 on aggregate, while Clever Boys are knocked out of the tournament.

The match got to a lively start as the Clever Boys dominated possession in the opening stages of the encounter.

Wits desrvedly took lead in the 11th minute when Thulani Hlatshwayo fired home to make it 1-0 to the hosts after a scramble in the City box.

After conceding the Citizens pushed forward in numbers as looked to level matters and they equalized in the 27th minute.

Amr Gamal scored an unfortunate own goal from Ayanda Patosi’s free-kick to make it 1-1 for City as the visitors regained the lead on aggregate.

Wits nearly scored in the 33rd minute, but Granwald Scott’s header narrowly missed the target as the hosts pressed City.

Gamal also saw his effort cleared off the goal-line seven minutes later and score was 1-1 at the interval with City leading 2-1 on aggregate.

City suffered a blow 14 minutes into the second-half as Ronald Putsche went down injured and he was replaced Mpho Matsi.

However, the Citizens continued to launch attacks and they managed to take the lead for the first time in the 71st minute.

Lehlohonolo Majoro controlled the ball well in the Wits box, before firing past Wits keeper Moeeneb Josephs to make it 2-1 to City.

Frank Gabadinho nearly equalized for Wits in 74th minute, but City Shu-Aib Walters parried his powerful shot out for a corner-kick.

Wits did most of the attacking in the dying minutes of the match – attacking in numbers in search of three late goals.

However, City managed to contain Wits in the remaining minutes and they ran out 2-1 winners on the day.

Wits (1) 1 (Hlatshwayo 11′)

City (1) 2 (Gamal 27′ og, Majoro 71′)

Wits: Josephs, Hlatshwayo, Damjanovic, Scott, Gamal (Rodgers 46′), Pelembe (Mhango 62′), Pule (Klate 46′), Hlanti, Pienaar, Kodisang, Frosler.

City: Walters, Mkhize, Fielies, Johannes, Seedat, Nodada, Putsche (Matsi 60′), Modise (Gumede 80′), Masina (Lakay 54′), Majoro, Patosi.



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2017 MTN8: BIDVEST WITS 1-2 CAPE TOWN CITY – AS IT HAPPENED – MTN8 2017


Ahmed Gamal Amr of Bidvest Wits is challenged by Taariq Fielies of Cape Town City during the 2017 MTN8 Semifinal 1st leg fixture between Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits at Cape Town Stadium on 27 August 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Sep 10, 2017. 16:50


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 MTN8 Cup semi-final second-leg match between Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City at the Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

LINEUPS:

Wits: Josephs, Hlatshwayo, Damjanovic, Scott, Gamal Amr, Pelembe, Pule, Hlanti, Pienaar, Kodisang, Frosler.

City: Walters, Mkhize, Fielies, Johannes, Seedat, Nodada, Putsche, Modise, Masina, Majoro, Patosi.

COMMENTARY:

That’s all from the Bidvest Stadium where Cape Town City beat Bidvest Wits 2-1 and the former advanced to the 2017 MTN8 Cup final after winning the tie 3-1 on aggregate. Please join us again next time. Cheers!



FULL-TIME! Wits 1-2 City.

95′ – CLOSE! Wits striker Rodgers misses the target from close range.

90′ – The fourth official has added five minutes.

85′ – It’s end to end stuff in the closing stages of the match as City are looking dangerous on the counter-attack.

80′ – City sub: Gumede IN, Modise OUT.

75′ – Damjanovic connects with Wits midfielder Pienaar’s corner-kick, but he heads over the crossbar.

71′ – GOAL! Wits 1-2 City. Majoro turns and fires home from inside the Wits box.

70′ – GREAT SAVE! City full-back Seedat receives the ball in the Wits box and he forces keeper Josephs into a great diving save.

66′ – Caution: Patosi (City) booked.

65′ – City forward Majoro is sent through on goal by Nodada, but the former is ruled offside.

62′ – Wits sub: Mhango IN, Pelembe OUT.

60′ – City sub: Matsi IN, Putsche OUT.

55′ – Wits winger Pelembe whips a good cross into the City box and Johannes makes a great clearance.

54′ – City sub: Lakay IN, Masina OUT.

50′ – City winger Patosi beats his marker, but the ball goes out for a throw in as the visitors search for an early goal in the second-half.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

46′ – Wits sub: Klate IN, Pule OUT.

46′ – Wits sub: Rodgers IN, Gamal OUT.

HALF-TIME! Wits 1-1 City. (Aggregate score Wits 1-2 City).

45′ – The fourth official has added three minutes.

40′ – CLOSE! City captain Johannes makes a world class goal-line clearance after the ball had hit the crossbar as Wits press the visitors.

35′ – Caution: Pienaar (Wits) is booked.

30′ – It is 1-1 as we reach the half-hour mark here at the Bidvest Stadium. City are leading 2-1 on aggregate.

27′ – GOAL! Wits 1-1 City. Gamal scores an own goal from Patosi’s free-kick.

25′ – Walters, the City keeper, comes out to gather Wits winger Pule’s header.

20′ – Modise plays a through pass for his City teammate Majoro, but Wits keeper Josephs comes out to gather the ball as the Citizens search for the equalizing goal.

15′ – Seedat whips a long ball forward for his City teammate Masina, who is ruled offside.

11′ – GOAL! Wits 1-0 City. Hlatshwayo scores from close range following a scramble in the City box.

10′ – Play is stopped as City midfielder Modise is down injured as Wits continue to press the visitors.

5′ – Hlanti whips a dangerous low cross across the City goal and the ball goes out for a goal-kick as Wits, who are trailing 1-0 on aggregate, search for an early goal.

1′ – The match is underway.



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Patosi inspires Cape Town City to victory – MTN8 2017


Cape Town City players celebrate a goal scored by Ayanda Patosi (10) during the 2017 MTN8 Semifinal 1st leg fixture between Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits at Cape Town Stadium on 27 August 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Aug 27, 2017. 17:38


Cape Town City edged out Bidvest Wits 1-0 in the MTN8 Cup semi-final first-leg encounter in the Mother City on Sunday.

The Clever Boys are scheduled to host the Citizens at the Bidvest Stadium in the second-leg match in two weeks time.

The Citizens should have taken an early lead after Sibusiso Masina ran into the Clever Boys box, but he failed to make a meaningful touch.

At the other end, City goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters was called into action and he produced a great save to deny Wits midfielder Thabang Monare.

The towering shot-stopper had to be alert in the 39th minute and he did well to gather Wits forward Frank Gabadinho Mhango’s effort from inside the City box.

Wits were made to rue those two chances as Ayanda Patosi beat Wits keeper Moeneeb Josephs from close range to make it 1-0 to City in the 44th minute.

City were 1-0 up at the interval after the Wits defence was punished by Patosi, who pounced after the visitors’ had failed to clear the ball away.

Wits dominated the second-half and they came very close to scoring in the 65th minute when Daine Klate forced Walters into a good save.

Kobamelo Kodisang, who was introduced in the 59th minute by Wits coach Gavin Hunt, was keeping the City defence very busy with his good runs.

The attacker beat City defender Edmilson Dove in the 80th minute, but he fired wide of the target without troubling Walters with time running out for Wits.

Walters then denied Wits defender S’fiso Hlanti in stoppage time – ensuring that the match ended in a 1-0 victory to City on the day.

City (1) 1 (Patosi 44′)

Wits (0) 0

City: Walters, Fielies, Johannes, Mkhize, Seedat, Putsche, Nodada, Masina (Modise 70′), Patosi (Dove 74), Lakay, Majoro (Koapeng 84′).

Wits: Josephs, Frosler, Hlatshwayo, Damjanovic, Hlanti, Scott, Klate (Pule 78′), Monare (Kodisang 59′), Claasen, Mhango (Pienaar 46′), Gamal.



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MTN8: CAPE TOWN CITY 1-0 BIDVEST WITS – As it happened – MTN8 2017


Lehlohonolo Majoro of Cape Town City takes on Slavko Damjanovic of Bidvest Wits during the 2017 MTN8 Semifinal 1st leg fixture between Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits at Cape Town Stadium on 27 August 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Aug 27, 2017. 17:24


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 MTN8 Cup semi-final first-leg match between Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits at the Cape Town Stadium in the Mother City, South Africa.

LINE UPS:

Cape Town City XI: Walters, Fielies, Johannes, Mkhize, Seedat, Putsche, Nodada, Masina, Patosi, Lakay, Majoro.

Bidvest Wits XI: Josephs, Frosler, Hlatshwayo, Damjanovic, Hlanti, Scott, Klate, Monare, Claasen, Mhango, Gamal.

COOMENTARY:

That’s all from the Cape Town Stadium. Wits will host City in the second-leg clash at the Bidvest Stadium in two weeks time. Please join us again next time. Cheers!

FULL-TIME! City 1-0 Wits.

95′ – GOOD SAVE! Wits attacker Kodisang forces City keeper Walters into a good save with a first time effort.

90′ – The fourth official has added six minutes.

88′ – Wits Caution: Hlatshwayo booked.

85′ – City striker Majoro is substituted after failing to score from close range with the Wits defence exposed.



84′ – City sub: Koapeng IN, Majoro OUT.

80′ – Wits midfielder Kodisang beats his marker and he fires wide of the target as the visitors press City.

78′ – Wits sub: Pule IN, Klate OUT.

75′ – Fifteen minutes left for Wits to grab a crucial away goal and they are doing most of the attacking.

74′ – City sub: Dove IN, Patosi OUT

70′ – City sub: Modise IN, Masina OUT.

65′ – Pressure is mounting on the City defence as Kodisang whips a great cross into the box and his Wits teammate Klate forces Walters into a good save with a decent header.

60′ – City Caution: Seedat is booked.

59′ – Wits sub: Kodisang IN, Monare OUT.

55′ – City launch a quick counter-attack and Patosi bursts into the Wits box, but Hlatshwayo does well to block his cross.

50′ – City forward Masina is stretchered off as Wits press for the equalizing goal.

46′ – Wits sub: Pienaar IN, Mhango OUT.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME! City 1-0 Wits.

45′ – The fourth official has added two minutes.

44′ – GOAL! City 1-0 Wits. Patosi fires home from close range.

40′ – Wits, who are attacking in numbers, are pressing City with the half-time break fast approaching.

35′ – Johannes, who is captaining City in the absence of Lebogang Manyama, has done a good job thus far containing Wits’ new signing Gamal.

30′ – It is still 0-0 here at the Cape Town Stadium as we reach the half-hour mark.

25′ – City winger Lakay plays a long ball for his teammate Majoro, who is ruled offside as the home side search for the opening goal.

20′ – GREAT SAVE! Klate whips a good cross into the City box and his Wits teammate Monare forces City keeper Walter into a great save at the near-post.

15′ – It remains goalless in a tightly contested opening exchanges in the midfield.

10′ – CHANCE! City forward Masina bursts into the Wits box, but he fails to make contact with a high ball and goalkeeper Josephs gathers the ball with ease.

5′ – City goalkeeper Walters is called into action as he gathers Wits full-back Frosler’s long throw.

1′ – The match is underway.



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Uzoenyi: Cape Town is like home – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Aug 16, 2017. 20:00


Three years after being named 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) Player of the Tournament, Ejike Uzoenyi makes a return to Cape Town.

The Nigeria international recently joined Ajax Cape Town, with the wing-wizard desperate to re-ignite the form that earned him continental recognition.

Uzoenyi, who is best remembered for the brace he scored against Bafana Bafana in the Mother City, would go on to represent the Super Eagles at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil that same year.

Spells at Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits would duly follow, but injury has hampered what promised to be a blossoming career.

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Back in Cape Town, Uzoenyi hopes to return to his best form as the Urban Warriors aim to improve on what was a disappointing 2016-17 Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign.

“Cape Town is like a home for me, Cape Town gave me a platform and changed my life,” Uzoenyi told the SABC.

“I am happy to be back, I have a good feeling about being back in Cape Town and I am positive that things will work out for me here. This feels like home and I am delighted to be back,” he concluded.



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2017 MTN8: Cape Town City 1-0 Polokwane City – As it happened – MTN8 2017


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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 16:47


Welcome to coverage of the 2017 MTN8 quarterfinal between Cape Town City and Polokwane City from the Cape Town Stadium.

Last night we saw defending champions Bidvest Wits edge into the semifinal thanks to a penalty shootout win over Golden Arrows, with the teams having drawn 2-2 in Johannesburg. This match in the ‘Mother City’ saw the hosts become the second team into tomorrow’s semifinal draw.

Match commentary:
All times CAT

90+5′ – Full time – Done and dusted, CTC have won 1-0 and advance into the semifinals! A deserved win given the number of chances they made, but coach Benni McCarthy will want to see better finishing in the future.

90+3′ – CTC sitting deep but looking very dangerous on the counter attack…

90+1′ – Substitution – Manyama makes way for Ebrahim Seedat in CT City’s final change.

90′ – There will be five minutes of added time.

87′ – Manyama goes down with cramp, no doubt looking to eat up a bit of time for his team.

84′ – Yellow card – Hlongwane into the book for a high foot near Lakay’s head.

83′ – Substitution – Majoro makes way for Mpho Matsi in CTC’s second change of the match.

80′ – Substitution – Wiseman Maluleke replaces Seabi in Polokwane’s last change.

78′ – Substitution – Polokwane swap Tlolane out for Thobani Mncwango.

77′ – Manyama breaks away on the counter, plays in Majoro… who is denied by Chigova!

75′ – Polokwane’s Tlolane is receiving some treatment for cramp. The visitors are readying two substitutes…

71′ – Less than 20 minutes of regulation time left. Will the hosts’ missed chances come back to haunt them?

69′ – Patosi with a chance, his shot is saved by Chigova… the rebound falls for Lakay, who drags his effort wide of the target!

66′ – Substitution – Ayanda Patosi makes his CTC debut as he replaces Masina.

65′ – CTC appeal for a penalty after Manyama’s shot is half blocked by a defender’s hand, but the referee isn’t interested.

61′ – Semenya overcooks a cross when Ramagalela would have had a simple finish at the far post!

60′ – Up to the hour mark, Cape Town City still enjoy a 1-0 lead after Mbonani’s first-half own goal.

56′ – Substitution – Polokwane’s first change sees Lorence Vilaklazi replace Phiri. Nicely worked chance from Polokwane and Tlolane trades passes with Maluleke, but his shot is easily saved by Walters.

55′ – Majoro with a sight of goal after he sneaks between two defenders, but his effort is straight at Chigova.

53′ – Seabi makes a vital intervention in defence as Lakay’s cross from the left almost hands Majoro a clear scoring chance.

52′ – Masina looks to get a header on target, but he’s flagged offside.

49′ – Tlolane gets in behind the defence from the left of the penalty area and is denied from a tight angle by goalkeeper Walters!

46′ – Back underway in the second half, no changes from either team at the break.

45+2′ – Half time – There’s the whistle for the interval, with CT City deservedly holding a 1-0 lead. Can Rise and Shine come back into the game in the second half?

45+1′ – This time Mbonani does well at the other end to prevent Putsche having a tap-in from Masina’s excellent cross.

45′ – Mngomezulu arrives late to meet a low cross, but Dove does just enough to ensure the winger’s effort is spooned over the crossbar.

42′ – Yellow card – Mbonani goes into the book just a few minutes after his own goal.

40′ – Lakay with a snap shot from just outside the box, but the ball skips well wide of the mark.

38′ – GOAL! CTC 1-0 Polokwane – CTC claim the lead through an unlikely source, as poor Mbonani tries to cushion a header back to his goalkeeper but puts a looping effort over Chigova for an own goal!

37′ – Putsche with a sight of goal, but his low effort is blocked by Mbonani!

34′ – Ramagalela cuts inside from the left and shoots from within the box, but Johannes makes a vital block!

33′ – Polokwane with a free kick out wide on the right. Maluleke tries to pick out Seabi at the far post, but his effort has too much on it.

29′ – Yellow card – CTC’s Mkhize is booked for a clumsy challenge from behind on Mngomezulu.

28′ – Manyama free in the box with a clear sight of goal, but he slips at the vital moment and the chance is gone!

26′ – Cape Town have a goal ruled out for offside after Majoro taps-in from Lakay’s low cross… TV replays suggest the hosts were hard done by.

25′ – Super skill from Mngomezulu to skip past Dove, before his cross is put behind for a corner kick. The set piece from captain Maluleke is well defended by CT City.

23′ – Up the midway point of the first half, still goalless between the ‘Citizens’ and ‘Rise and Shine’.

19′ – Polokwane’s Tlolane is incorrectly flagged offside, robbing the visitors of a good scoring chance.

15′ – Manyama with a great pass to put Majoro in on goal, but the striker’s quick attempt is comfortably saved by Chigova!

14′ – The hosts are settling into a pattern of possession, with Polokwane happy to sit back for now.

11′ – Masina whips in a cross from the right, but it’s straight at Chigova, who makes an easy catch and sends Polokwane away on the counter attack.

9′ – Yellow card – Seabi is deservedly booked for a cynical foul on Masina, who was threatening to open up Polokwane’s defence.

7′ – Both teams very eager to hit on the break and possession is being turned over regularly in these opening minutes.

4′ – Mngomezulu pulls a shot/cross that skips across the penalty area but doesn’t threaten CTC’s defence. End-to-end stuff so far.

2′ – The first chance of the match sees Majoro with a sight of goal, but his left-footed attempt from a tight angle hits the side netting.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway at Cape Town Stadium! Cape Town City wear their home strip of blue and yellow, while Polokwane City are in all orange.

14h55 – Five minutes to kick-off, and we have confirmation that Thabo Nodada has replaced Modise in the starting XI.

14h45 – Breaking news in regards to the line-ups, with Teko Modise ruled out after picking up an injury in the warm-up.

14h30 – There’s 30 minutes to kick-off in Cape Town, here are the starting line-ups for the teams:

Cape Town City: Walters, Mkhize, Johannes, Gumede, Dove, Masina, Putsche, Nodada, Lakay, Manyama, Majoro

Polokwane CityChigova, Semenya, Mbonani, Tshilo, Hlongwane, Maluleke, Seabi, Phiri, Mngomezulu, Ramagalela, Tlolane



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Robyn Johannes says Benni McCarthy is a winner – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Cape Town City FC


Mondli Dlamini of Maritzburg United challenged by Robyn Johannes of Cape Town City during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Maritzburg United and Cape Town City at the Harry Gwala Stadium, South Africa on 01 May 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Aug 08, 2017. 11:30


Cape Town City defender Robyn Johannes says they will continue to win trophies under their new coach Benedict McCarthy.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates centre back says he knows the former Bafana Bafana striker is a winner.

City are set to welcome Bernard Molekwa’s Polokwane City for their MTN8 Cup quarter-final clash on Saturday at Cape Town Stadium this weekend.

The Telkom Knockout Cup champions have also signed the likes of Ayanda Patosi and ex-Sundowns midfielder Teko Modise, whose arrival has been hailed by Johannes.

“Many good players don’t often go on to become good coaches, but Benni is a winner,” said Johannes to IOL.

“We’ve been friends for a long while, even before he came to Pirates, I know him well, and I am confident that he will be successful as a coach.

“I played with Teko (Modise) at Pirates and he is a great signing for us. He’s a big-name player and I can assure you he is hungry, and he has a point to prove.

“He won’t just be good for us on the pitch, but off it he can also make a contribution.

“He has been around a while and has won quite a few trophies and awards – he knows what it takes to be a success.”

McCarthy’s men will be at home against Rise and Shine at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, 12 August at 15:00 (CAT).

Furthermore, they open their 2017/18 Absa Premiership account against reigning champions, Bidvest Wits on August 18 at Bidvest Stadium.



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Ayanda Patosi ready for PSL debut – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Cape Town City FC


Thulani Serero and Ayanda Patosi during the South Africa Mens Senior National team training session

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Bertin Basson

Friday Aug 04, 2017. 18:00


Cape Town City attacker Ayanda Patosi has revealed that it has been easy for him to adapt to training at the club, as his Premier Soccer League (PSL) debut edges ever closer.

Patosi, 24, hails from Khayelitsha but is yet to play top-flight football in South Africa having moved to Belgium straight from the ASD Academy in 2011.

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Following six years at KSC Lokeren, Patosi is now set to make his South African top-flight debut with an ambitious Citizens outfit. Cape Town City open their MTN8 account at home to Polokwane City before taking on Bidvest Wits in the Absa Premiership curtain-raise on the 18th of August.

“It doesn’t feel weird – I come from Khayelitsha,” Patosi told KickOff.com.

“They say South Africans like to play using a lot of touches, and I grew up playing those kind of games, so it’s been easy to adapt at training. I know a few of the guys from the national team as well, and know the culture already from there.

“In Belgium it’s more physical. There the play is very direct, while here it’s different – the players play, and there are more touches. Here the entire team can play football as opposed to there,” Patosi concluded.



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Rivaldo Coetzee’s future remains uncertain following Ikamva return – ABSA Premiership 2016/17 – Ajax Cape Town


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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Jul 26, 2017. 17:00


Ajax Cape Town defender Rivaldo Coetzee’s future remains up in the air, despite his return to Ikamva on Tuesday.

The Bafana Bafana international trained with the Urban Warriors MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC) team yesterday, following positive talks with club CEO Ari Efstathiou.

Coetzee’s actions have sparked a massive debate on social media, with the 20-year-old having gone AWOL since the first day of pre-season in a bid to force a big money move away from the club.

Mamelodi Sundowns are believed to be huge admirers of Coetzee, with the Brazilians still front-runners to sign him.

In a video posted on Ajax Cape Town’s twitter page, Coetzee apologised to the club and head coach Stanley Menzo for his actions. He will meet with the former Dutch international on the club’s return from Gauteng where they are currently on pre-season camp.

“Rivaldo offered a heartfelt apology to the club, staff, coaches, his teammates and to our fans, one which we have accepted,” said Efstathiou.

“We are happy that he has taken responsibility for his actions in a mature manner and accepted any decision made by the DC regarding his absence from training since the start of pre-season.”



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Ejike Uzoenyi making waves at Ikamva – ABSA Premiership 2016/17 – Ajax Cape Town


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Bertin Basson

Friday Jul 21, 2017. 17:30


Ejike Uzoenyi is back in the Mother City – this time with the goal of landing a move to Ajax Cape Town in the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL).

The Nigeria international made a name for himself in the city during the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) on his way to being crowned the Most Valuable Player, and now hopes to further his career in the city.

Following disappointing spells with Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits, Uzoenyi is now trying his luck with the Urban Warriors and has been on trial at Ikamva since the start of the month.

The attacker has impressed on his short stay in the city thus far, catching the eye in a 4-0 pre-season win over Cape Town All Stars on Wednesday.

Head coach Stanley Menzo believes the Super Eagles winger has all the qualities of a good player, but revealed that they are yet to make a final decision on the player’s future.

“He is a smart player, and reads the game well,” Menzo tells KickOff.com. “I’m happy with what I’ve seen, he’s got a good left foot and good final pass. Is he the player we are looking for? I don’t know yet, but you can see he is a good player.”



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Arrows stutter in Cape Town – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Musa Bilankulu of Golden Arrows

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday May 17, 2017. 21:32


Golden Arrows suffered a late 1-0 defeat at the hands of Cape Town City in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday night at Athlone Stadium.

An own goal from defender Musa Bilankulu sees Clinton Larsen’s charges suffer defeat and placed at the ninth spot with 35 points from 29 league matches.

In the opening 10 minutes, both camps fought for dominance where the visitors threatened first through Siphelele Magubane whose attempt was easily collected by City‘s goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters.

The hosts tried to respond three minutes later when Roland Putsche attempted a long range effort, but his shot went to the left of Nkosingiphile Gumede’s posts.

Just after the half-hour mark, the Cityzens dictated the terms and Aubrey Ngoma delivered a dangerous cross into the box, but skipper Lebogang Manyama missed the target after connecting.

City intensified pressure towards the end of the opening half, but Lehlohonolo Majoro’s shot went wide as both sides went to the tunnel deadlocked at 0-0.

The second stanza saw few clear cut opportunities, but it was Thabo Nodada who came close for the hosts as he took a shot which was tipped over the cross bar by Gumede.

Drama occurred in the last five minutes as Trevor Mathiane fouled Manyama in the box to concede a penalty, but the skipper missed his spot kick.

The final minutes of the contest saw Bilankulu netting an own goal to hand City the win.

The win for Eric Tinkler’s men now sees them sit at the third spot on the log table with 55 points from 29 matches.



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Ajax Cape Town earn a point in Orlando – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Mosa Lebusa of Ajax Cape Town

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday May 17, 2017. 21:25


Ajax Cape Town remain in eighth place on the Absa Premiership log standings following a 0-0 draw away to Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Thus, victory in the Urban Warriors final game of the season – at home to Baroka – will seal their place in next season’s MTN8 competition. The Buccaneers, on the other hand, are in serious danger of missing out on a top eight finish for the first time since the league was restructured two decades ago.

It was a game of few chances with both teams restricted to long range attempts throughout the 90 minutes, on what was a cold night in Soweto.

The first real chance of the match fell to Oupa Manyisa in the 24th minute, but the Buccaneers skipper could only send his shot wide of target with the goal at his mercy.

Chances continued to be at a premium with the Urban Warriors first opportunity coming nine minutes after the interval. Rodrick Kabwe’s corner-kick superbly met on the volley by Roscoe Pietersen, who was unlucky to see his attempt fly over the crossbar.

The Buccaneers had a late chance to snatch all three points in front of their home fans, but Brandon Petersen was on hand to keep out Marc Van Heerden’s rocket from range in the 89th minute.

A fourth clean-sheet in succession for the Urban Warriors goal-minder, who will be aiming to keep a fifth as Stanley Menzo’s troops aim to end the season on a high at home to bottom of the table Baroka.



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Cape Town City humbled by SuperSport United – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United challenged by Tshepo Gumede of Cape Town City during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Supersport United and Cape Town City at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, South Africa on 09 May 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday May 09, 2017. 21:38


SuperSport United beat Cape Town City 4-2 in an Absa Premiership match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on Tuesday night.

The emphatic win saw Matsatsantsa move to the fourth spot on the league table, while the Citizens remain third on the standings.

The Citizens took an early lead after the Matsatsantsa backline made a horrible mistake and Lehlohonolo Majoro was there to punish them.

The former Orlando Pirates striker pounced and made it 1-0 to City – beating SuperSport keeper Ronwen Williams hands down in the process.

Matsatsantsa then took full control of the encounter and they created chances, but Walters made good saves to protect the Citizens’ lead.

However, the towering shot-stopper was beaten on the half-hour mark and it was Thabo Mnyamane, who scored to level matters for SuperSport.

Thuso Phala, the SuperSport midfielder, came close to giving his side the lead in the 38th minute, but Walters denied him to ensure that the first-half ended at 1-1.

But it took only four minutes for Clayton Daniels to hand SuperSport the lead in the second-half when he scored from close range to make it 2-1 to the home side.

The lead only lasted for 11 minutes as Lebogang Manyama equalized from the spot-kick after City were awarded a penalty – with Daniels fouling Majoro in the box.

Jeremy Brockie had other ideas as the SuperSport centre forward beat Walters from close range to make it 3-2 to the home side in the 74th minute.

SuperSport were running riot as they also scored in stoppage time through Phala, who fired past Walters to hand the home side a 4-2 victory.

SuperSport (1) 4 (Mnyamane 30′, Daniels 49′, Brockie 74′, Phala 94′)

CT City (1) 2 (Majoro 7′, Manyama 60′)

SuperSport: Williams, Boxall, Gould, Daniels, Bhasera, Furman, Letsholonyane, Mokoena, Phala, Mnyamane (Modiba 72′), Brockie.

CT City: Walters; Mkhize, Gumede, Mkeke, Seedat (Dove 87′), Putche, Nodada, Manyama, Moseamedi, Masina (Jayiya 77′), Majoro.



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