Siwelele upset CTC in Athlone

Lucky Baloyi of Bloemfontein Celtic challenged by Thabo Nodada of Cape Town City during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Cape Town City FC and Bloemfontein Celtic at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on 17 October 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Tuesday Oct 17, 2017. 21:37

Kabelo Mahlasela scored the only goal of the game as Bloemfontein Celtic beat Cape Town City 1-0 in an Absa Premiership encounter at Athlone Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The midfielder rounding of a free-flowing move with a neat bit of skill to condemn the Citizens to a third league defeat of the season.

Taariq Fielies, Thabo Nodada and Teko Modise were the only survivors in Benni McCarthy’s starting 11 from the side that took to the field against SuperSport United this past weekend.

The former Bafana Bafana forward forced into wholesale changes following the club’s MTN8 final defeat to Matsatsantsa. The game was decided from the spot following 120 minutes of football.

Fatigued following their travels, it was no surprise that Siwelele came out the better unit. Ndumiso Mabena denied by Sage Stephens on 15 minutes.

City’s first shot in anger came just short of the half-hour mark as Ayanda Patosi tested Patrick Tignyemb.

But, in all, it was a rather dull half with the teams deadlocked at 0-0 at the interval.

The opening goal finally came in the 67th minute. Mahlasela finishing with aplomb past Stephens, following a defence splitting move that tore the hosts apart.

City tried their best to get back into the game, but it was not to be for Benni’s troops as Phunya Sele Sele moved level on points with their counterparts on the Absa Premiership standings.

Cape Town City (0) 0

Bloemfontein Celtic (0) 1 (Mahlasela 67′)

Cape Town City: Stephens; Dove, Fielies, Gumede, Kobola (Majoro 77′) – Putsche, Nodada (Lakay 86′), Modise (Masina 65′) – Martin, Patosi, Obinna Nsofor

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb; Pfumbidzai, Ndengane, Rikhotso, Lubisi – Hotto, Phalane (Letlabika 90+3′), Baloyi, Mahlasela (Mashikinya 88′) – Nyundu, Mabena (Letsoalo 81′)

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Zambia looking to upset the odds – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Rainford Kalaba (L) of Zambia and Mikel Obi of Nigeria during a World Cup qualifier recently

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 04, 2017. 09:00

Zambia will look to deal Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup hopes a major blow when the teams meet in a Group B qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Saturday, 18h00 CAT.

The equation is very simple for Nigeria: they come into the game with a three-point lead over Zambia at the top of the standings and know that a win will mathematically secure their place at the global showpiece in Russia next year.

A draw will leave them three points clear with one match to play and a much better goal difference, but wouldn’t quite button down their World Cup spot just yet.

As for Zambia, a win is their only realistic chance of reviving their World Cup hopes. If the Southern Africans can get the better of the Super Eagles in Uyo, it would leave the teams level on points heading into the final round of matches in November.

It all seems set up for a glorious home win for Nigeria, who would love nothing more than to seal a sixth World Cup appearance in front of their fans, having already outplayed Algeria and Cameroon at the same venue.

Yet German coach Gernot Rohr has admitted that Zambia will pose a stern threat and has warned his team not to underestimate Chipolopolo.

“I can’t predict the score line against Zambia because it would not be an easy match,” Rohr told CAF’s official website

“Zambia can be dangerous because they also have a good team. I don’t think it would be a 4-0 win for us but the most important thing for us is to win even if it’s by one or two goal difference.

“I have seen a lot of videos of the Zambian team and I must confess they are a very good side, much better than the team we played last October, but we are not afraid.

“We only have to give them respect but we won’t make the mistake Algeria made by underrating Zambia; they have quick strikers but we shall be ready for them.”

Following their impressive back-to-back wins over Algeria in the previous international window, Zambia head to Nigeria with a quiet confidence that they can upset the West African giants – especially if they are mentally strong.

“This game will be highly psychological, therefore we are working on their mental strength before the match,” coach Wedson Nyirenda told the FAZ website.

“Every player and everyone on our bench know and believe that this time is our time. God can only show you the fish and it is up to you to fish it out.

“Looking at the way we worked against Algeria home and away it tells a lot of stories. The boys now know and believe it can be done.

“Nigeria is a different team we are not going to be big headed because we beat Algeria we are focused on looking at Nigeria only.”

The teams have met 18 times according to FIFA’s statistics database, with Nigeria claiming seven wins compared to five for Chipolopolo. Their last meeting was in October last year in Ndola, where the Super Eagles claimed a 2-1 away victory.

The other Group B match between already eliminated sides Cameroon and Algeria will be played simultaneously at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde.

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Al-Ubayyid out to upset Mazembe in Lubumbashi

Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns challenges Issama Mpeko of TP Mazembe

Bertin Basson

Thursday Sep 21, 2017. 09:30

Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid will be out to cause a massive upset when they take on TP Mazembe in a second-leg, 2017 CAF Confederations Cup quarterfinal clash at the Stade TP Mazembe on Sunday.

Kick-off in Lubumbashi is at 15h30 CAT.

The Sudanese outfit have it all to do following a 2-1 defeat to the same opponents in the reverse fixture last weekend.

Victory for the Ravens in South Sudan puts them firmly in the driving seat heading into the clash at their fortress, with the Democratic Republic of Congo giants well on course to defending the title they won last year.

Ben Malango’s brace cancelling out Mohamed Tahir’s opener in the first-leg, leaving the Sudan outfit with a mountain to club.

Mazembe, who currently sit top of the log standings in DR Congo, are unbeaten on home soil in this season’s competition having recorded two wins from three matches in the group stages. SuperSport United held last years champions to a 2-2 stalemate.

In contrast, Al-Ubayyid are yet to win a game on their travels in the CAFCC, suffering a 3-0 loss at ZESCO United last time out.

The aggregate winner will face either FUS Rabat or three-time CAFCC champions CS Sfaxien in the semifinals.

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Al Ahli Tripoli look to upset Etoile du Sahel

Al Ahly Tripoli player Mahmoud Ben Wali (L) fights for the ball with Caps United player Ronald Chitiyo (R) during the 2017 CAF Champions League game between Al Ahly Tripoli and Caps United in Sfax, Tunisia on 21 June 2017 © BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 17:00

Al Ahli Tripoli will meet with Etoile du Sahel in Alexandria, Egypt on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 20h00 CAT.

The 2017 CAF Champions League quarter-final first-leg match will take place at the Borg El Arab Stadium.

The Boss advanced to the last eight after finishing second in Group B in this year’s competition.

Talaat Youssef, the Al-Ahli coach, is hoping to ensure that the Libyan club reach the semi-finals for the first time.

Meanwhile, Tunisian side Sahel booked their in the quarter-finals after winning Group A.

Sahel coach Hubert Velud is expected to lead the 2007 Champions League winners to the semi-finals.

The winner on aggregate between Al-Ahli and Sahel will square off with either Egyptian giants Al Ahly or Tunisia’s Esperance de Tunis in the semi-finals.

Algerian referee Mehdi Abid Charef will be officiate the match between Al-Ahli and Sahel on Sunday.

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Uganda out to upset Egypt in Kampala – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Mohamed Salah of Egypt (r) celebrates goal with Abdallah El Said

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 29, 2017. 17:00

Uganda will welcome Egypt in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala on Thursday.

Kick-off is at 15h00 CAT.

The Cranes will return to action for the first time since defeating Cape Verde 1-0 in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier in Praia two months ago.

The team is now under the guidance of Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba, who are co-caretaker coaches following the departure of Milutin Sredojevic.

Farouk Miya, who is on the books of Belgian club Royal Excel Mouscron, is Uganda’s dangerman and he will be looking to inspire his side to victory.

Uganda are placed second on the Group E standings with four points from two matches. They are two points behind group leaders, Egypt.

Meanwhile, Egypt will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways after losing 1-0 to Tunisia in the 2019 AFCON qualifier in Rades two months ago.

The Pharaohs are still under the guidance of veteran Argentine tactician, Hector Cuper, who guided Egypt to the 2017 AFCON finals.

Mohamed Salah, who is now playing for English giants Liverpool FC, is Egypt’s star player and he will be hoping to help his nation overcome Uganda.

Egypt are sitting at the top of Group E table with six points from two games. They are ahead of second-placed Uganda with two points with four matches left.

Referee Ali Lemghaifry, who hails from Mauritania, will officiate the match between Uganda and Egypt in Kampala.

The return match is scheduled to be played at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt next week Tuesday.

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Guinea-Bissau look to upset Guinea

Juary Marinho Soares of Guinea Bissau during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Gabon and Guinea Bissau at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 14 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jul 14, 2017. 12:00

Guinea-Bissau will host Guinea in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier Zone West A first-leg match at the Estadio 24 de Setembro, Conakry on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 18h00 CAT.

Djurtus have never qualified for the CHAN finals and the West African side will be looking to make history by qualifying for the 2018 tournament finals.

Guinea-Bissau faced Gambia in an international friendly match on Monday. Djurtus defeated the Scorpions 1-0 in Bissau.

Meanwhile, Guinea made their first appearance in the CHAN finals in 2016. They were beaten 5-4 on penalties by DR Congo after a 1-1 draw in the semi-finals.

Alseny Bangoura and Ibrahima Sankhon, who are on the books of Horoya AC, will be looking to inspire the National Elephants to victory over Djurtus.

The winner on aggregate between Guinea-Bissau and Guinea will face Sierra Leone or Senegal in the second-round of the qualifying campaign.

Referee Maudo Jallow, who hails from Gambia, will be in charge of the encounter between Guinea-Bissau and Guinea.

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South Sudan look to upset Uganda

Geofrey Kizito of Uganda during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Uganda and Mali at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 25 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jul 13, 2017. 09:30

South Sudan will host Uganda in the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualification Central-East Zone match at the Juba Stadium in Juba on Friday.

Kick-off is at 15h30 CAT.

The Bright Stars have never qualified for the CHAN finals and they will be hoping to make history by booking their place in next year’s tournament.

South Sudan had to defeat Somalia 4-1 on aggregate in the first round in April, 2017. The Bright Stars won 2-1 away and 2-0 at home.

Leon Uso Khamis and James Moga (who scored twice against Somalia) are South Sudan’s dangermen and they will look to help their side beat Uganda.

Meanwhile, Uganda’s Cranes have qualified for the last three CHAN finals. But they have never reached the knockout stages of the tournament.

The Cranes did not take part in the first round and they will be looking to beat South Sudan, and advance to the next round of qualification.

Geoffrey Sserunkuma and Brian Majwega are some of Uganda’s key players in the squad that will face the Bright Stars in South Sudan.

Referee Idris Mehammad Osman, who hails from Eritrea, will be in charge of the encounter between South Sudan and Uganda.

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