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Reneilwe Letsholonyane: Time for SuperSport to change focus – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – SuperSport Utd


Club Africain player Ibrahim Chenihi (R) fights for the ball with Supersport United FC player Reneilwe Letsholonyane (L) during the semi-final return 2017 CAF Confederations Cup game between Club Africain and Supersport United FC in Tunis, Tunisia on 22 October 2017 © BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 15:30


SuperSport United midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane says his side must move on from their CAF Confederation Cup final defeat.

The Tshwane side were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by DR Congo giants TP Mazembe across the past two weekends, in their first continental cup final.

And they have had little time to reflect on the defeat, as this evening they begin the process of catching up missed games in the Absa Premiership.

United will host Ajax Cape Town at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit and ‘Yeye’ believes they must switch focus quickly to the challenges which lie ahead of them in the domestic competition.

“We’ve recovered because we know that this game is important and the weekend chapter we have closed it,” said Letsholonyane, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“We are looking forward to the new one which is competing in the league.”

Ajax have struggled to find top gear this season, but the United midfielder is wary of underestimating them.

“They are definitely a threat because they have not been doing well and getting the results they want.

“But we know that on any given day they can upset any team, so we know that they are not a bad team. It is just they are not getting good results.

“We will be cautious and hope that we do well on the day to get maximum points at the end of the day.

“We take this game as another game that we play. It’s not really about bouncing back or anything. It’s about competing and winning the game.”



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Richard Ofori: Amakhosi the biggest team in SA – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Maritzburg Utd.


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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Sep 20, 2017. 16:30


Maritzburg United goalkeeper Richard Ofori has highlighted Kaizer Chiefs as the biggest team in South Africa ahead of their clash against the Amakhosi in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday evening.

The Team of Choice have started the season in superb fashion and will now be eyeing another scalp as they welcome the Glamour Boys.

Ofori, 23, kept a clean-sheet in the club’s Absa Premiership clash against Orlando Pirates over the past weekend and will be aiming to make it two shut-outs in succession as they play host to the Amakhosi.

“Kaizer Chiefs is the biggest team in South Africa – they have a lot of fans, and they will have a lot of supporters at the stadium on Wednesday,”Ofori told his club’s official website. “But we are playing home, and the players are ready to give their all for the club and for the Maritzburg fans.

“We are on course in terms of the log, but we want to take maximum points against Chiefs in order to move forward with confidence. If we’re at our best, I believe we can surely win this game.”

Moreover, the Black Stars international revealed that he watched some of Chiefs’ matches on TV before his move to South Africa ahead of the 2017-18 season…

“When I was still in Ghana I was able to watch some of Chiefs’ matches on TV. They looked a very good team. They have a very good attack, they also play on the counter-attack and are dangerous around the 18-yard box,” he concluded.



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Brockie has been mature and professional – Eric Tinkler – MTN8 2017 – SuperSport Utd


Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United celebrates a goal during the MTN8 Semi Final Second Leg match between Maritzburg United and Supersport United on the 09 September 2017 at Harry Gwala Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 11, 2017. 19:00


Jeremy Brockie has been nothing but mature and professional through his transfer saga, according to SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler.

The 29-year-old scored a brace on Saturday night to see United win 2-0 at Maritzburg and secure a place in next month’s MTN8 final.

The Kiwi had been strongly linked with a move away from Matsatsantsa and even put in a transfer request to try and secure a deal with cross-town rivals Mamelodi Sundowns.

SuperSport rejected his request and dropped him for the first leg against Maritzburg, a 1-1 draw played out late last month.

However, Tinkler always believed Brockie would put the issue behind him and regain his focus.

The reward was the striker’s 50th and 51st goals, seeing him close in on Matsatsantsa’s club record of 57 strikes held by the late Abram Raselemane.

“I put that to bed a long time ago and he [Brockie] also put it to bed. Like I have been saying to the press; he has been very, very good in training,” Tinkler said after the game.

“He’s been very professional, showed a lot of maturity and he understood that the opportunity to make a move will come. And we obviously know what his qualities are and he showed it again tonight [Saturday].”

SuperSport will meet Tinkler’s former team Cape Town City in the final next month.



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2017 MTN8: Sundowns 0-1 Maritzburg Utd – As it happened – MTN8 2017


Thapelo Morena of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Lebohang Maboe of Maritzburg United during the 2017 MTN8 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on 13 August 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Aug 13, 2017. 16:50


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 MTN8 Cup quarter-final match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa.


LINEUPS:

Sundowns XI: Mweene, Morena, Madisha, Nthethe, Langerman, Vilakazi, Kekana, Billiat, Tau, Zwane, Zakri.

Maritzburg XI: Mpandle, Fransman, Weidlich, Sanoka, Makaringe, Mekoa, Shandu, Ndlovu, Van Wyk, Maboe, Rusike.

COMMENTARY:

That’s all from the Lucas Moripe Stadium where we saw Maritzburg stunning Sundowns 1-0. As a result, the Team Choice join Bidvest Wits, SuperSport United and Cape Town City in the semi-finals, while the Brazilians are out of the lucrative tournament.



FULL-TIME: Sundowns 0-1 Maritzburg.

90′ – The fourth official has added four minutes.

89′ Maritzburg sub: Xulu IN, Makaringe OUT.

85′ – Five minutes left for Sundowns to snatch a late equalizer.

80′ – Sundowns sub: Lebese IN, Billiat OUT.

75′ – Sundowns are camping in the Maritzburg half as they press the visitors, who are looking to hold on to their slender lead.

73′ – Sundowns sub: Manyisa IN, Vilakazi OUT.

73′ Maritzburg sub: Fileccia IN, Rusike OUT.

70′ – Maritzburg are defending in numbers, but they are looking dangerous on the counter-attack.

65′ – Laffor is looking lively as he looks to restore parity for Sundowns with 25 minutes left on the clock.

62′ – Maritzburg sub: Kunene IN, Van Wyk OUT.

61′ – Sundowns sub: Laffor IN, Zakri OUT.

60′ – It’s 1-0 to Maritzburg as we reach the hour-mark.

58′ – GOAL! Sundowns 0-1 Maritzburg. Rusike fires home following a quick counter-attack by the visitors.

55′ – Pressure is mounting on the Maritzburg defence as Sundowns defender Nthethe’s header hits the upright with Mpandle rooted to ground.

50′ – Langerman whips a good cross into the Maritzburg box and Weidlich makes a great clearance with Sundowns forward Zakri lurking behind him.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Sundowns 0-0 Maritzburg.

45′ – The fourth official has added two minutes.

40′ – Sundowns full-back Langerman tries his luck from range and his effort is easily saved by Maritzburg keeper Mpandle.

35′ – CHANCE! Maritzburg captain Weidlich bursts into the Sundowns box, but he fires wide of the target.

30′ – It remains goalless here at the Lucas Moripe Stadium as we reach the half-hour mark.

25′ – Sundowns forward Tau makes a good run down the left-hand side and he plays a cross which is well saved by Maritzburg keeper Mpandle.

20′ – Kekana, the Sundowns captain, is now stamping his authority in central midfield as the hosts look to gain control of the match.

15′ – Maritzburg have been the better side thus far dominating possession as they look to penetrate the Sundowns defence.

10′ – Both goalkeepers are called in action as Sundowns forward Billiat forces Maritzburg shot-stopper Mpandle into a decent save and the other end, Maboe’s thunderous effort is well saved by Mweene in Sundowns goal.

5′ – Maritzburg striker Rusike’s deflected shot goes out for a corner-kick as the visitors search for an early goal.

1′ – The match is underway.



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Maritzburg United deny that Brian Onyango has gone AWOL – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Maritzburg Utd.


Thobani Mncwango of Polokwane City challenged by Brian Onyango of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Maritzburg United and Polokwane City at Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg South Africa on 27 September 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Tuesday Jul 25, 2017. 11:00


Maritzburg United have claimed that their chairman, Mr Farook Kadodia, was misinterpreted when asked about the whereabouts of defender Brian Onyango.

KickOff.com on Monday reported that the Kenya international had been absent from pre-season training, with Kadodia reportedly telling the publication to question Mamelodi Sundowns regarding the players failure to pitch.

The article followed news that Rivaldo Coetzee of Ajax Cape Town has gone AWOL with the Bafana Bafana defender having also attracted strong interest from the Brazilians.

The Team of Choice, though, took to their social media platforms to deny these claims with the club stating that Onyango was back in Kenya sorting out some paperwork.

The following statement was posted on the club’s Facebook page:

We refer to the story that appeared in Kickoff yesterday the 24th of July 2017 titled: Downs target AWOL at Maritzburg.

The story as presented misrepresents the brief discussion with the journalist when he asked the Chairman why Brian was not with the team at Richards Bay.

He put it to the Chairman that the players he mentioned from other clubs including Brian, were AWOL because they wanted to go to Sundowns, to which the Chairman simply replied “Then you must ask Sundowns”.

As far as the club is concerned, Brian is in Kenya sorting out some paperwork and will be back before the end of the week.



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SAB U21 tournament opened doors for me, says Mokoena – ABSA Premiership 2016/17 – SuperSport Utd


Teboho Mokoena of Supersport United challenged by George Lebese of Kaizer Chiefs during the 2017 Nedbank Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport United at the FNB Stadium, South Africa on 22 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jun 23, 2017. 10:00


South Africa Under-20 international Teboho Mokoena says his promising career started when he played at the SAB U21 National championships.

The 20-year-old, who hails from Bethlehem, represented his home province, Free State at the 2015 SAB U21 National championships.

Mokoena is now looking forward to playing for his club, SuperSport United in the 2017 Nedbank Cup final against Orlando Pirates in Durban on Saturday.

“I have had a great year and the cherry on top for me would be winning the Nedbank Cup,” Mokoena told SAFA Media.

“But when I look at everything else, I remain grateful to what the SAB U21 National championships did for me. That is where it all began.

“Not only was I introduced to football at a more competitive level, I had the opportunity of being part of the national U20 team, played under quality coaches, received life skills coaching and eventually made the move to SuperSport,” he added.

“This is why I always get excited when the tournament approaches because I know someone with the same dream and hunger that I had might also be as lucky as I was through the tournament.

“But the trick is always to do what you know, work hard, but also avoiding to try too hard to impress because that can lead to many mistakes.”

Mokoena had a memorable 2016/17 season – representing South Africa at the 2017 CAF U20 Africa Cup of Nations and 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup finals.



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