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Manchester United’s Juan Mata joins Cranes national team start to identify talent in Uganda

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Manchester United's Juan Mata joins Cranes national team start to identify talent in Uganda

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017. 18:00


Ugandan Women’s national team star Jean Ssenide has teamed up with Manchester United’s Juan Mata to stage a tournament and unearth more talent.

Following the 2016 edition of the Sseninde Women Development Cup, efforts are being undertaken to ensure a much better tourney this year.

The Crystal Palace player is the key brain through the Sseninde Foundation and has engaged Mata to help develop more players in her country.

“The preparations for a successful Sseninde Women Development Football Cup are underway,” Ssenide tells KawowoSports.

“This tournament is for young girls and women who seek a chance to play without opportunities.

“Juan Mata is supporting the 2nd edition with a common goal to help create more opportunities for those less fortunate than us.

“There is excitement as we continue to prepare ahead of the 2nd Edition of the tournament. There is a chance to show support to a unique group of women and girls who have passion and desire to play soccer but with less opportunities, this time with a campaign.”

Sseninde was recently among the panel for the BBC African Player of the Year and is currently a key figure for the national women’s football team, the Crested Cranes.

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SuperSport United’s Kaitano Tembo to play for Zimbabwe against Barcelona legends

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SuperSport United's Kaitano Tembo to play for Zimbabwe against Barcelona legends

Kaitano Tembo assistant coach of Supersport United

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 18:30


The Zimbabwean Football Association has released a squad of 33 legends that will play against the Barcelona Legends at the National Sports Stadium in an international exhibition match on Sunday.

Ex-players such as the 1980 Soccer Star of the Year, David Mandigora and Rahman Gumbo will be assistants to coach Sunday Chidzambwa.

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On the other hand, Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries leader Walter Magaya has been named as the chief liaison officer while Ernest Maphepha Sibanda will be the team manager.

Apart from the technical team, legends such as ex-Warriors captains in Peter Ndlovu and Benjani Mwaruwari, who both had lengthy spells in England, are part of the squad.

South African-based legend with SuperSport United, Kaitano Tembo and former goalkeepers Japhet Muparutsa and Muzondiwa Mugadza will also feature in the encounter.

Media reports indicate that the match is organised by ZIFA and the Sports Ministry, and is aimed at marketing Zimbabwe as a perfect tourist destination.

Meanwhile, the Blaugrana legends will bring former Brazil strikers Rivaldo and Ronaldinho as well as former Holland forward Patrick Kluivert.

Ex-Portugal midfielder in Deco and Spain’s Gazika Mandietta are also in the squad.

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Young Nigerian duo won’t make the cut for Man United’s League Cup clash

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 17:00


The young Nigerian duo of Tosin Kehinde and Matthew Olosunde will not be included in Manchester United’s squad for their League Cup clash against Swansea City tonight.

The 19-year-old Kehinde has impressed for United’s U-23 team so far this season, but having played a full match against Liverpool on Monday night he will not be called up to Jose Mourinho’s first team.

Another set to miss the cut is American youth international Olosunde, who is still recovering from an injury he picked up against Derby County in September.

For hosts Swansea, striker Tammy Abraham is likely to lead the line because Ivory Coast international Wilfried Bony remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

The match at Liberty Stadium in South Wales will kick-off at 20h45 CAT.

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Eric Tinkler has studied Zesco United’s offensive play for Confed Cup – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 13:30


As SuperSport United are chasing a CAF Confederation Cup semi-final spot, coach Eric Tinkler says he is happy to be back in continental competitions.

The former Bafana Bafana midfielder previously led Orlando Pirates to the final of the same competition in 2015 as they lost to Tunisia’s Etoile Sportive du Sahel.

However, this time, the former Cape Town City manager will lead the Tshwane side against Zambia’s Zesco United in the quarter-final, first leg on Friday.

Yet to make a reasonable impact on the continental scene, Amatsantsantsa will want to emulate their cross-town rivals and current African champions, Mamelodi Sundowns and win the coveted trophy.

“I am happy to be back in CAF Competitions. I am one person who has always believed that South African clubs need to participate and do well in such competitions,” said to CAF website.

“We are at a stage of the competition where all teams are good and whatever weakness we have seen might be corrected come Friday.

“Yes, we have studied how they play but we also need to be on our A-game. We have identified a number of good players that are dangerous in offensive play.

“They are also very versatile in their formation which makes it slightly challenging to plan against them but we will be ready.”

The first-leg. quarter-final clash will be staged on Friday evening at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria and the return leg will be hosted seven days later at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

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Advantage Maritzburg in battle of the Uniteds – MTN8 2017

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Advantage Maritzburg in battle of the Uniteds

Deolin Mekoa of Martizburg United challenged by Grant Kekana 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

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 07, 2017. 11:41


Maritzburg United will look to seal a place in the MTN8 final for the first time when they welcome SuperSport United to the Harry Gwala Stadium on 9 September 2017, kick-off at 20h15.

The teams’ first leg, semifinal clash at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in late August ended in a 1-1 draw, with Thuso Phala’s goal early in the second half cancelled out by a late equaliser for Lebohang Maboe. The Maritzburg attacker’s away goal could yet prove decisive, with the Team of Choice now in a position where a clean sheet will guarantee progression into the final.

Coach Fadlu Davids’ side have been in impressive form early in the 2017/18 season and currently sit at the top of the Absa Premiership standings alongside Cape Town City (and there’s a good chance the two teams could meet in the MTN8 final!). How they react to reassembling after the international break could well determine their fate in this semifinal tie.

Matsatsantsa coach Eric Tinkler, meanwhile, claimed he was thankful for the break to work on his team’s fitness and tactics. The Tshwane side are very much alive in the tie and will fancy their chances of reaching the MTN8 final for the first time since 2012, when they were beaten by Moroka Swallows.

The 1-1 draw between the two Uniteds was their third cup clash – the previous two were outright wins for SuperSport in the quarterfinals of both the 2012 Telkom Knockout and the 2013 Nedbank Cup. Overall, the teams have clashed in 25 matches since 2005/06, with Matsatsantsa claiming 14 wins compared to just two for the Team of Choice.

The aggregate winners will face either Bidvest Wits or Cape Town City in the 2017 MTN8 final. The latter leads 1-0 ahead of the teams’ second leg clash in Johannesburg on September 10.

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Battle of the Uniteds in MTN8 semifinals – MTN8 2017

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Battle of the Uniteds in MTN8 semifinals

Mohau Mokate of Maritzburg United challenged by Morgan Gould of Supersport United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Supersport United and Maritzburg United at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria South Africa on 22 February 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Friday Aug 25, 2017. 10:30


SuperSport United and Maritzburg United will renew their rivalry in the semifinals of the MTN8, with their first leg clash set for Lucas Moripe Stadium on 26 August 2017, kick-off at 20h15.

SuperSport booked their place in the last four thanks to a 1-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs, with Jeremy Brockie scoring the decisive goal to hand Eric Tinkler a winning start to the 2017/18 season.

But if Matsatsantsa’s win was a turn up for the books, it was nothing compared to Maritzburg’s 1-0 triumph over Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarterfinals. Evans Rusike scored the only goal of the match as the Team of Choice moved into the semifinals of the MTN8 for the first time in their history.

The two Uniteds have met in just two previous cup clashes, both of which were in the 2012/13 season. SuperSport defeated Maritzburg in the quarterfinals of both the Telkom Knockout (2-0 away) and Nedbank Cup (2-1 away).

Overall, the teams have clashed in 24 matches across all competitions since 2005/06. The record is skewed very much in favour of Matsatsantsa, who have claimed 14 wins compared to just two for their KwaZulu-Natal counterparts.

The Tshwane side are also unbeaten in their last five meetings with Maritzburg, including a league ‘double’ in the 2016/17 Absa Premiership – the teams’ most recent clashes. SuperSport won 1-0 away in the first half of the campaign, before claiming an emphatic 4-1 triumph in the return game at home.

However, neither of those defeats came with Fadlu Davids in charge of the Team of Choice. The young coach took over the reins in the latter stages of last season and did such a fine job that he has since been appointed permanently.

He only enhanced his reputation with the victory over Mamelodi Sundowns and his battle of tactical wits with counterpart Tinkler promises to be one of the highlights of this semifinal battle.

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Caps United’s Ronald Chitiyo set to join Tunisia’s Sfaxien – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 02, 2017. 11:00


Reports in Zimbabwe reval that Caps United striker Ronald Chitiyo is set to join Tunisian giants CS Sfaxien, but is just waiting for medicals.

The Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions’ CEO Cuthbert Chitima said Chitiyo’s deal was as good as done.

It is reported that the Tunisian side has sent another air ticket for Chitiyo to travel to Tunisia on Saturday, August 5.

The player impressed Sfaxien’s technical team during their CAF Champions League, Group B showdown against Al Ahli Tripoli of Libya at the Stade Taieb Mhiri in Sfax.

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Although United lost 4-2, Chitiyo’s contribution saw him netting what was seen as one of the best goals in the tournament and Sfaxien were convinced he was the kind of player they were scouting for.

“His (Chitiyo’s) deal is almost done, as he is now waiting for medicals. He was supposed to have gone there last week on Thursday, but the airline he was supposed to use demanded that he obtains a visa before he travels,” said Chitima to the News day website.

“But when we went there for our African Champions League match against Al Ahly Tripoli, we got our visas at the airport in Tunisia. The club had suggested that he travels to Tunisia and obtain his visa on entry.

“So what is just left are those papers for the deal to be finalised. The club was travelling and wanted him to link up with others before the weekend, but due to the delays they said he could come when the rest of the squad has returned to their base.”

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