Chiefs target return to winning form – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 31 October 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 16:30

Kaizer Chiefs will look for a return to winning form in the Absa Premiership when they host Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium on 25 November 2017, kick-off at 18h00.

Chiefs played to a third successive draw when they were held 0-0 at AmaZulu on November 22. The Soweto side has managed just three wins so far this season and will need to accumulate points at a quicker rate if they are to challenge for top honours.

The Amakhosi are still in search of their first home win in 2017/18, having claimed just three points from five turns as hosts. Their last home game was a goalless draw against arch rivals Orlando Pirates last month.

Stars have gone three league matches without a win after they were held 1-1 at home by Chippa United on November 22. The Free State side last claimed a three-pointer when they beat Ajax Cape Town 2-0 at home in mid-October.

Ea Lla Koto have claimed six points from five away matches so far this season, though their last match on the road was a 1-0 defeat at Cape Town City prior to the last international break.

In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and Stars have met in 35 league matches since 1996. The Amakhosi have claimed 23 wins compared to just three for Ea Lla Koto, while nine matches have been drawn. The Soweto side has claimed 13 wins and suffered just one defeat in their 18 home matches against the Free State side.

Last season Chiefs claimed a league ‘double’ over Stars, winning 2-0 in the Free State in the first half of the campaign and 3-1 in the return game in Soweto. The Amakhosi have not lost a league match against Ea Lla Koto since the first half of the 2010/11 season.

Chiefs’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with AmaZulu on November 22: Khune, Cardoso, Hadebe, Ngezana, Zulu, Katsande, Maluleka, Ekstein (Tshabalala 66′), Molangoane, Páez (Zuma 83′), Parker (Jayiya 88′).

Stars’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Chippa on November 22: Sangare, Mobbie, Keita, Mbhele, Phungwayo, Masehe, Mokhuoane, Jantjie, Maphakisa, Dlamini, Anas.

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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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Guinea eye winning start in Goa – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup

Seydouba Cisse of Guinea challenged by Mohamed Camara of Mali during the 2017 Under 17 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Mali and Guinea at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 24 May 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Friday Oct 06, 2017. 13:00

Guinea will be aiming to get their FIFA U-17 World Cup campaign off to a winning start when they take on Iran at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa, India on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 16h30 CAT.

The African nation booked their place at the world showpiece following a third place finish at the 2017 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations hosted in Gabon. Guinea beat Niger 3-1 in the bronze medal match.

Qualification secured their fifth showing at the World Cup, having also played their part in Chile two years ago.

Guinea’s best showing at a U-17 World Cup came way back in 1985 when they conjured a fourth place finish in China.

As for their opponents, Iran booked their ticket to India following a penalty shoot-out defeat to Iraq in the final of the 2016 U16 AFC Championship, at the very same stadium where they will take on Guinea this weekend.

Iran have qualified for three previous World Cup tournaments at this age group, reaching the Round of 16 on two occasions.

Guinea and their Asian counterparts are joined in Group C alongside Germany and Costa Rica.

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Ghana eye winning start in U17 World Cup – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup – India

Eric Ayiah of Ghana challenged by Elian Christely Boueni Mayobolo of Gabon during the 2017 Under 17 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Ghana and Gabon at the Port Gentil Stadium, Gabon on 17 May 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Oct 05, 2017. 12:00

Ghana will face off with Colombia in their first match of the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup on Friday.

Kick-off is at 13h30 CAT.

The Group A encounter is scheduled to take place at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India.

The Black Starlets qualified for this year’s finals as the 2017 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) runners-up.

Charity Stars forward Eric Ayiah, who scored four goals at the U17 AFCON finals, is the dangerman for the Black Starlets.

Ghana have won the U17 World Cup twice (in 1991 and 1995) and they will be under the guidance of Paa Kwesi Fabin in India.

Meanwhile, Colombia booked their place in this year’s tournament after finishing fourth in the 2017 South American Under-17 Championship.

Jaminton Campaz, who plays for Deportes Tolima, is a key player for the Junior Coffee Growers – having scored three goals at the Championship.

Colombia’s head coach is Orlando Restrepo and the Junior Coffee Growers have never won the U17 World Cup.

The last time Ghana and Colombia met in the U17 World Cup was in 2007. The Black Starlets won 2-1 in South Korea.

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