Urban Warriors return to winning ways – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Mosa Lebusa of Ajax Cape Town takes on Kabelo Mahlasela of Bloemfontein Celtic during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Ajax Cape Town and Bloemfontein Celtic at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on 21 October 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 22:30

Goals from Bantu Mzwakali and Tashreeq Morris guided Ajax Cape Town to a 2-1 win over Bloemfontein Celtic in an Absa Premiership clash at Athlone Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Urban Warriors back to winning ways following an end-to-end encounter, with Siwelele a constant threat throughout the 90. The hosts, though, showed tremendous fight in the closing stages to hold on for all three points.

The game got off to a lively start with Roscoe Pietersen and Given Mashikinya chancing their luck from range in the opening 15 minutes.

Both equally unlucky to see their respective shots whistle narrowly wide of goal at either end of the pitch.

Urban Warriors skipper Mosa Lebusa then guided a header attempt straight at Patrick Tignyemb before Ndumiso Mabena squandered a golden chance for Siwelele in the 26th minute.

The Phunya Sele Sele striker burst straight through on goal, but waited too long to pull the trigger, allowing Mario Booysen time to rush back and do just about enough to force the forward’s attempt wide of Brandon Petersen’s right-hand post.

Mzwakali duly opened the scoring for the hosts in the 37th minute to make it two in two against the Free State outfit, having netted in the corresponding fixture last season.

Back in the starting eleven, the midfielder made no mistake from close range to convert a low cross by Pietersen.

Stanley Menzo’s troops 1-0 up at the break.

Celtic improved following the interval and were only denied an equaliser by Petersen who made an excellent save to keep out Roggert Nyundu.

Having absorbed wave-after-wave of attack, Morris provided the sucker punch as the Urban Warriors doubled their lead on the hour mark.

An element of luck involved, but it all transpired following a neat bit of interplay from Pietersen and Thabo Mosadi. Morris perfectly positioned to poke home Prince Nxumalo’s miscued effort.

Isaac Nhlapo was unlucky to put the ball in his own net in the 67th minute, following an intense spell of pressure.

The visitors continued to probe, but the Urban Warriors held firm to return to winning ways.

Ajax Cape Town (1) 2 (Mzwakali 37′ Morris 60′)

Bloemfontein Celtic (0) 1 (Nhlapo OG 67′)

Ajax Cape Town: Petersen; Evans, Nhlapo, Booysen, Lebusa – Pietersen, Mdabuka, Mzwakali (Kabwe 90+1′) – Mosadi, Morris (Isaacs 85′), Nxumalo (George 72′).

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb; Pfumbidzai, Ndengane, Lubisi – Hotto, Mashikinya, Baloyi, Mahlasela (Letsoalo 81′) – Nyundu, Mabena.

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Algerian FA part ways with coach Lucas Alcaraz – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 13, 2017. 13:30

Algeria have parted ways with coach Lucas Alcaraz just after failing to lead the Desert Foxes to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Although the Federation of Algerian Football was pondering the decision to fire the Spanish manager, media reports indicate that he has been released.

Alcaraz is axed just before their clash against the Super Eagles of Nigeria in their final Group B game of the qualifiers next month.

FAF TO PUSH FOR ALCARAZ DISMISSAL BEFORE NIGERIA MATCH reports that the coach, who has a win record of one in four games since taking over from George Leekens, has already returned back to Spain.

Algeria are out of the race to qualify for the World Cup after picking up just one point in five games in a group where they were viewed as favourites to book a spot in Russia.

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South African giants Kaizer Chiefs part ways with seven players – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

Camaldine Abraw of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates a goal during the Absa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzbueg United on 06 February 2016 at FNB Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jun 14, 2017. 14:30

In a statement released to the media, Kaizer Chiefs have announced a major reshuffling of their squad as they prepare for the 2017/18 Premier Soccer League campaign.

Amakhosi have parted ways with seven players in Siyanda Xulu, Lucky Baloyi, Camaldine Abraw and Lewis Macha as their deals are terminated by mutual agreement.

The club’s football manager, Bobby Motaung, announced that the players did not enjoy game time under coach Steve Komphela.

“These players have contracts with the club but they did not enjoy sufficient game-time during last season and we felt it would be in their best interests as well as ours for them to pursue their careers elsewhere,” said Motaung.

On the other hand, the Naturena-based outfit also announced that midfielder Enocent Mkhabela is set to join Platinum Stars on a permanent deal after his loan stint with Dikwena last season.

‘Bobsteak’ also shed the light on striker, Siphelele Mthembu, whose deal will not be extended whilst Zambian campaigner Michelle Katsvairo will be loaned for the upcoming camapign.

“We have decided to revamp the squad early so that when we commence pre-season training we prepare ourselves adequately for the tough season ahead,” adds Motaung.

“We owe it to our supporters to ensure that the events of the past two seasons are not repeated in the 2017/18 campaign.”

Meanwhile, Komphela will hope to lift the Carling Black Label Champion Cup when they meet Orlando Pirates on July 29 at FNB Stadium.

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