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Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic nominated for Kopa Trophy

Borussia Dortmund’s United states of america star Christian Pulisic has been named together with FIFA World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe as one particular of 10 nominees for the new Kopa Trophy awarded to the world’s ideal Less than-21 player.

Pulisic, 20, was involved in the list together with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain ahead Mbappe, AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and Liverpool Trent Alexander Arnold.

Now an founded initially-teamer at the Sign Iduna Park, Pulisic has a goal and an assist in four starts off this season, and scored four times final time period as he highlighted in all but two of Dortmund’s Bundesliga games.

He has also produced into one particular of the USMNT’s most notable and influential players in current months, and was named the USMNT’s Player of the year for 2017.

The winner of the award, which is named in honour of the late previous France intercontinental and Real Madrid star Raymond Kopa, will be announced together with the victors of the men’s and inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or on 3 December.

The list of nominees

Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER)

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool/ENG)

Houssem Aouar (Lyon/FRA)

Patrick Cutrone (AC Milan/ITA)

Ritsu Doan (FC Groningen/NED)

Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan/ITA)

Amadou Haidara (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT)

Justin Kluivert (AS Roma/ITA)

Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA)

Rodrygo (Santos FC/BRA)

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City, SuperSport battle for the season’s first trophy – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Lehlohonolo Majoro of Cape Town City challenged by Morgan Gould of Supersport United 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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Scent ition

Thursday Oct 12, 2017. 13:30


Cape Town City and SuperSport United will battle for the first trophy on offer in the 2017/18 season when they meet in the MTN8 final. The match is set for 14 October 2017 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, kick-off at 19h00.

City earned their place in the final thanks to 1-0 and 3-1 (aggregate) victories over Polokwane City and outgoing MTN8 champions Bidvest Wits in the quarter- and semifinals respectively. The Capetonians were much the better side in both cup ties and coach Benni McCarthy will be most pleased with how his charges have acquitted themselves.

The Citizens will be appearing in their first MTN8 final, though it is by no means their first appearance in a trophy decider: last year they picked up their first piece of silverware by triumphing in the Telkom Knockout – at the expense of the very same SuperSport United they are facing in the MTN8.

SuperSport’s path to this final saw them defeat Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 in the quarterfinals, before a 3-1 aggregate victory over Maritzburg United. Coach Eric Tinkler – who took City to their TKO glory last year – has enjoyed immediate success in Tshwane and will be aiming to consolidate that with victory over his former team.

Matsatsantsa have won the MTN8/Top Eight Cup once – 2004 – and this will be their fifth appearance in the final. Their last appearance in the MTN8 final was a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Moroka Swallows in 2012, while they also runners-up in 2005 and 2006.

In head-to-head terms, City and United have met in just one previous cup match: last year’s Telkom KO final. The Cape side claimed a 2-1 win at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane thanks to goals from Aubrey Ngoma and Judas Moseamedi.

The teams have also crossed swords in two league matches, both of which took place in 2016/17. City’s home game in the ‘Mother City’ ended in a 1-1 draw, while the return game in Tshwane was won 4-2 by Matsatsantsa thanks to strikes from Thabo Mnyamane, Clayton Daniels, Jeremie Brockie and Thuso Phala.



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AL Ahly eye a ninth Champions League trophy – 2017 CAF Champions League


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 29, 2017. 09:30


Fresh from a thrilling CAF Champions League quarter-final second leg encounter against Tunisia’s Esperance, Al Ahly are out to down Etoile Sportive du Sahel in the semis.

The Cairo-based club shocked Esperance in Tunis last weekend, coming from behind to clinch a 2-1 win and will now face another Tunisian giant in the semis this Sunday.

Coach Hossam El-Badry says their fans are pushing them to win the CAF Champions League this year and they will fight to do so.

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“Our fantastic fans are demanding that we win the Champions League this year,” said El-Badry.

“They want a ninth star on our shirts and a chance to compete against the best at the FIFA Club World Cup.

“Our target is winning the Champions League this year – nothing less.”

The two African giants have previously clashed twice in the Champions League finals with Ahly winning 3-0 in 2005 and Sahel turning the tables two years later with a stunning 3-1 victory.



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Al Ahly lift league trophy, but miss out on chance for record points haul


Wydad Athletic Club Rabeh Youssef (R) fights for the ball with Al Ahly Sporting Club Oluwafemi Ajayi (L) during the 2017 CAF Champions League game between Wydad Athletic Club and Al Ahly Sporting Club at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca, Morocco on 20 June 2017 © BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Jun 26, 2017. 12:00


Al Ahly lifted the Egyptian Premier League trophy this past weekend, but a 2-2 draw against ENPPI means they will not set a new points record.

The Red Devils secured their 39th domestic league championship at the end of May, but were presented with the chance to eclipse Zamalek’s record of 87 points, set in the 2014/15 season.

To do so, they needed to win all of their remaining league matches of the season. They started strongly in their quest by beating Smouha 4-2 in mid-June, but Saturday night’s clash at home to ENPPI ended in a 2-2 draw.

This means Ahly can only finish on 86 points, missing out on the chance to beat Zamalek’s high water mark.

However, there were still celebrations for coach Hossam El Badry and his side, as they lifted the league trophy in front of their own fans and continued their remarkable record of being unbeaten through the 2016/17 EPL season.

Al Ahly will continue their CAF Champions League campaign this weekend when they face Zanaco in a crunch Group D clash in Lusaka on Saturday.



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