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SUPERSPORT TO ANNOUNCE JOHNSON ON THURSDAY
Despite vacillation from Platinum Stars, impeccable source confirmed that SuperSport United will announce Cavin Johnson as their new coach on Thursday. Since the story broke earlier, all Platinum Stars officials including Johnson himself have been avoiding media calls. Earlier, Dikwena spokesperson, Obed Legobate timidly said it’s not true but could not deny that Allan Freese will be unveiled eventually. Johnson submitted resignation letter earlier which was apparently rejected by the board but relented later as they cannot exactly tie the coach to the club. Johnson’s departure from Dikwena will be announced ultimately as SuperSport United have already organize a press briefing to announce him as Hunt successor on Thursday.
JOHNSON LEAVES DIKWENA
Platinum Stars head coach Cavin Johnson has resigned citing family as reasons for his sudden but not unexpected departure. Johnson’s wife stays in Johannesburg and that’s the reason he stated in his resignation letter according to highly placed source within the club. Since midseason when it became clear that Gavin Hunt will leave SuperSport for Wits University, Johnson’s name has been linked to the former PSL champions. Johnson, who among others has worked at the SAFA/Transnet School of Excellence, has transformed Dikwena’s fortunes culminating in ending second on the PSL season with two PSL quarters along the way. He had earlier worked as Ajax Cape Town chief scout before serving as assistant coach. He later served in the same capacity at Mamelodi Sundowns before taking over as head of youth development at Platinum Stars. He held the position until appointed to head the senior side at the beginning of last season. It could well be that the resignation of the 55 year old mentor, is to take over at SuperSport United. It appears Dikwena will appoint Allan Freese, who has been part of the team for some time and the technician behind their recent success.
SOUTH AFRICANS IN CAF EXECUTIVE
The CAF executive has co-opted several South Africans in their various committees. Acting SAFA Technical Director Fran Hilton-Smith will serve as a member in the Technical and Development Committee while SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani and his Vice-President Dr Danny Jordaan will serve as members in the organizing committee for the Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. He is also a member of television and marketing committee. Dr Molefi Oliphant continues to serve as an Executive member whilst also serving in various committees. He is joined by former Sundowns Iron Lady, Nastacia Tschiclas. Dr Irvin Khoza serves in the champion’s league whilst former SAFA CEO, Raymond Hack heads the disciplinary panel where he will serve alongside Poobalan Govindasamy in the legal committee. They will serve until 2015. Other key positions held by South Africans are as follows;
Emergency Committee: Dr. Molefi Oliphant
AFCON Organizing Committee: Kirsten Nematandani, Danny Jordaan, Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana
Referees Committee: Molefi Oliphant
Technical and Development Committee: Fran Hilton-Smith
Disciplinary Board: Raymond Hack (President)
Committee for Legal Affairs: Poobalan Govindasamy
Marketing and TV Committee: Dr. Danny Jordaan
Consultative Committee for the Consultative Committee: Sue Destombes (who is also a CASAFA COO)
DYNAMOS WALK OFF
The National First Division (NFD) match between Dynamos and Polokwane City was abandoned in Giyani this afternoon when the hosts walk off in protest. According to Polokwane City team manager, BarengBatho Kgobi the match was left with about seven minutes when they were awarded a penalty which was scored to even the score. This might have been the source of discontent on the part of Dynamos. It’s alleged one of the senior members of Dynamos walked onto the pitch and led his team off. Premier Soccer League (PSL) did not want to comment on the matter and said they were awaiting "a full report from the match commissioner and the referee before deciding on the next step".
CAR CRIES FOUL
Bafana Bafana could expect a torrid time on their return leg to Bangui in June. The Central African Republic arrived in Cape Town complaining bitterly about the South Africa’s immigration laws. The team allegedly did not have yellow fever certificates as required by law when arriving at the OR Tambo International in Johannesburg en route to Cape Town. Their attempt to get FIFA’s intervention failed when Zurich pointed out that the standard procedure is to produce medical certificates when entering any country. They then complained that SAFA did not provide them with a suitable hotel to which once again FIFA rejected the whimper. The football authorities explained that regulations are that, hosts are not responsible for providing visitors with accommodation for world cup qualifiers. Obnoxious reception to Bafana is nothing new as they went through hellish treatment when qualifying for 1998 tournament against Congo-Brazzaville in Point Noire.
The continent football governing body CAF announced 18 referees and 21 assistants for upcoming tournament starting on January 19 in South Africa. The list includes two who have been in the middle in the last two finals. Koman Coulibaly from Mali who referred in 2010 in Angola and Badara Diatta of Senegal who was referring the Zambia v Ivory Coast final in Libreville in Gabon. For full list, click on http://www.oshebeng.co.za/latest_2.html
SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani and all suspended officials have been reinstated with immediate effect following the meeting with Sports minister, Fikile Mbalula. Their suspension followed the imbroglio of match fixing allegations which later SAFA hierarchy was in some quarters accused of actin in haste. The FIFA report did indicate several SAFA officials including Nematandani, but it didn’t indict them. Nematandani said after the suspension that he was not officially told but emphasized that there was no wrong doing on his part. Alongside him, SAFA acting CEO Dennis Mumble, head of national teams, Lindile “Ace” Kika, Bafana team manager Barney Kujane and head of referees Adeel Carelse were suspended. Nematandani still stressed his innocence and said he will step down if needs be and also announced that they have appointed a commission of inquiry to investigate the matter further. With SAFA elections coming in September this year, it was widely speculated that their suspension could be linked to internal power struggle. Both Nematandani and Mbalula were reticent in their reply to this question.
NORWAY SQUAD TO PLAY BAFANA
The Norwegian coach, Egil Olsen has announced the squad to play Bafana on Tuesday in Cape Town. Olsen who will be assisted by Olla By Riise will lead his team four days later against African champions, Zambia on January 12 in Ndola. For full squad, click on AFCON; http://www.oshebeng.co.za/latest_2.html
BARKER JOINS STUDENTS AS HABAS DEPARTS
Former Bafana coach, Clive Barker has joined Bidvest Wits University until the end of the 2012/2013 season. This follows the departure of Spaniard, Antonio Lopez Habas who according the club’s statement, asked to be released for personal reasons. The former Sundown’s coach was contracted until the end of the season but has left hardly six months into the one contract. The Students didn’t waste time. They immediately roped in former Bafana mentor, Clive Barker with Andre Arendse as assistant. The duo begins their six months contract on Monday, January 07, 2013.
WITS DENIES OJ AXING
Bidvest Wits University have denied that Mbulelo OJ Mabizela’s contract has been terminated. Mabizela’s contract with The Students runs till June 30 next year with an option for another season’s extension. Wits’ statement in part reads; “What has transpired is that we have advised the player and his agent that he (Mabizela) is not part of our plans for the remaining duration of his contract with us and that we will consider offers from other clubs for his services during the forthcoming January transfer window period.” Mabizela has had a chequered career which has not lived up to earlier promise. The 32 year old former Bafana defender has had a stint with Tottenham Hotspur in England after playing for Orlando Pirates. His contract with the North London based club was cancelled following several disciplinary infractions, including missing training sessions. He has since had a short trial with another London club Fulham and later joined Valerenga in Norway. In August 2006 he came back home and signed for Mamelodi Sundowns. He was banned for six months in December 2006 for drug offence. Following another spell of indiscretions, Sundowns offloaded him and was given a three year contract by Platinum Stars. In June 2009 he was acquitted in the Pietermaritzburg magistrate court on a charge of drunk driving. It was later reported that Platinum Stars had terminated his contract which the club later retracted. He was however part of the major clearout by Stars last year and he later joined Bidvest Wits.
MR JONES FOUND GUILTY OF MATCH FIXING
Former Bafana Bafana assistant coach to Clive Barker, Philemon 'Mr Jones' Setshedi has been found guilty on match fixing charges by the Bellville court in Cape Town. Setshedi was convicted last Friday on December 07 after being found guilty of an attempt to unduly and improperly influence the outcome of 2011 Vodacom play-off matches in Cape Town. He was arrested on 8 June 2011 after making representations to SAFA officials in a bid to influence the outcome of one of the matches. He will be sentenced on February 11 next year. This comes shortly after several Zimbabwean football personalities including players plying their trade in South Africa, were found guilty of match fixing. SAFA appeals to members of the public, players and football administrators to report fraudulent activities.
CHIEFS/PIRATES GOES GLOBAL
The local derby is going global with 19 countries outside Africa all looking forward to the titanic Soweto clash. PSL announced that the match will not only be viewed around the continent but American broadcaster, ESPN will beam the game live in Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and the US. In the US alone, the ESPN platform represents 79 million homes. The match will also be broadcast on Sports Tonight Live in Britain by Sky Sports. The Sky feed reaches over 12 million homes in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
NEESKENS OUT, PITSO IN
It will be naïve to suggest that Johan Neeskens departure from Sundowns came as a surprise. Nor would it be foolhardy to think Telkom Knockout final loss to Bloemfontein Celtic was a spark. An excuse to fire him perhaps but it certainly had been expected. One wonders if he would have stayed even if he had won. A vain ‘Downs media release timidly suggested Motsepe paid tribute to the Dutch man. “Johan Neeskens is a good coach whose experience and track record speaks for itself. He sacrificed and worked hard for the success of the Club. Johan will always have a special place at Mamelodi Sundowns and I wish him the very best with his future and career”. The press release quoted Patrice Motsepe. No sooner had news of his sacking sank, then came announcement that former Bafana mentor, Pitso Mosimane has been roped in with immediate effect. Could it be that Mosimane appointment was finalised midweek and in a feeble attempt not to defocus the team from the final, his announcement was delayed till after the match?
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The Premier Soccer League is gearing for elections of its NSL Executive Committee. The position of the chairman is uncontested Dr Irvin Khoza will retain his position. The PSL released ten names of members who have been nominated; David Thidiela, Daniel Simelane, Farook Kadodia, Goolam Allie, John Comitis, Kaizer Motaung, Lunga Sokhela, Mato Madlala, Mike Mokoena and Stanley Matthews. I accordance with the NSL constitution, memebers who have not accepted nomination in writing have not been accepted. They are Jomo Sono, Khulu Sibiya, Khumbulani Konco, Patrick Sokhela and Floyd Mbele. The elections will be held next week on the 08th of November. Send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org 24/10/2012
Bafana Bafana will thank their lucky stars for a relatively easy draw of the 2013 AFCON. Back in 1996, they kicked off the tournament against Cameroon and won 3-0. This time the start with Cameroon conquerors, Cape Verde who are debuting. They also had debutants in Angola when they were making maiden appearance themselves. They also had North African opponents in Egypt to whom they lost the only match in the entire tournament. Will history repeat itself? Your views; email@example.com
PIENAAR RETIRES – JALI STILL OUT
SAFA CEO Dr Robin Petersen confirmed weekend newspaper reports that Steven Pienaar has retired from international football to concentrate on club football at Everton. Dr Petersen said the letter addressed to coach Gordon Igesund and SAFA was received on Monday. The said letter reads in part; ‘Dear sirs, it is with regret that I announce my retirement from international football’. Meanwhile Bafana coach, Gordon Igesund announced the squad to play the next two international matches. Bafana play Poland in Warsaw on October 12 and Kenya in Nairobi four days later en route back home on October 16. However the assiduous Andile Jali still hasn’t convinced the coach. George Lebese and Delron Buckley have been called up, and Teko Modise makes a comeback. In the wake of Pienaar’s retirement, Bongani Khumalo has been announced as a captain and the little known Portuguese national Ricardo Nunes has been included. The Slovakia-based Nunes was born in Johannesburg and has been approved by FIFA to play for South Africa despite representing Portugal and junior level.
Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates), Wayne Sandilands (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Thabo Nthethe (Bloemfontein Celtic), Punch Masanamela (Sundowns), Luvhengo Mungomeni (Moroka Swallows), Ricardo Nunes (MŠK Žilina, Slovakia), Bongani Khumalo (captain)(PAOK, Greece), Siyabonga Sangweni (Pirates), Mulomowandau Mathoho (Chiefs), Bevan Fransman (SuperSport United)
Teko Modise (Sundowns), Lerato Chabangu (Swallows), Siphiwe Tshabalala, George Lebese, Reneilwe Letsholonyane (all Chiefs), Delron Buckley (Maritzburg United), May Mahlangu (Helsingborgs IF, Sweden), Dean Furman (Oldham Athletic, England), Sifiso Myeni, Oupa Manyisa (both Pirates), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace, England), Katlego Mashego (Free State Stars)
Bernard Parker (Chiefs), Tokelo Rantie (Malmo FF, Sweden), Dino Ndlovu (Maccabi Haifa, Israel)
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AJAX FIRED STEKELENBURG
Ajax Cape Town have fired Coach Maarten Stekelenburg after a string of poor results. The Dutchman took over on June last year from another Dutchman, Foppe de Haan who had a pristine period with the team. He lost out on the championship at the last day and only because they didn’t win the match they were expected to. Stekelenburg had by then been part of the team’s youth setup and took the team on form and with good foundation. Head of technical affairs, Jan Pruijn, will be in charge for the club's next match against AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday. Ajax are currently in 15th position in the standings, with four points from a possible 18.
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BRAZIL ANOUNCE SQUAD TO PLAY BAFANA
After failing yet again to win gold at the Olympics, the five times World champions, Brazil are now focusing on 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup, both of which they are hosting. As part of the preparations, the South American giants are playing a series of friendly matches. Brazil coach Mano Menezes announced a 22-man squad to face Bafana Bafana and China next month. However Alexander Pato and the unsettled midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganzo were the major names missing. AC Milan star Pato misses out with a muscle injury whilst Ganzo is still considering his club future. Menezes included ten players who came second to Mexico at the Olympics. Brazil face South Africa in a friendly in Sao Paulo on September 7 and China in Recife, three days later. This will be the first trip to Brazil by South Africa since they beat Combinado Paulista (São Paulo combined) 6-0 on July 31 in 1906 at the Velodromo Paulistano. Of course a lot between the two has changed over hundred years and Brazil are yet to lose to African team at senior international level. Bafana coach Gordon Igesund will announce the team next week Thursday
The Brazil squad:
Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Diego Alves (Valencia/ESP), Cassio (Corinthians)
Defenders: Alex Sandro (Porto/POR), Marcelo (Real Madrid/ESP), Daniel Alves (Barcelona/ESP), Adriano (Barcelona/ESP), Thiago Silva (PSG/FRA), David Luiz (Chelsea/ENG), Rever (Atletico Mineiro), Dede (Vasco)
MidfieldersVolantes: Sandro (Tottenham, Inglaterra), Lucas (Sao Paulo), Romulo (Spartak Moscow/RUS), Ramires (Chelsea/ENG), Paulinho (Corinthians), Oscar (Chelsea/ENG), Arouca (Santos)
Strikers: Leandro Damiao (Internacional), Neymar (Santos), Jonas (Valencia/ESP), Hulk (Porto/POR)
Additional information by SAPA-AFP
NFD SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY
The PSL has announced the suspension of the National First Division (NFD) fixtures indefinitely. Combination of factors led to this. Recently there had been assertion that the NFD will be an independent entity from the PSL. PSL Acting CEO, Cambridge Mokanyane says fixtures will remain suspended until the outcome of the Special General Meeting scheduled towards the end of August. The SGM will discuss the possible expansion of NFD and the viability of the league's financial independence.
ABSA RENEWS ASSOCIATION WITH PSL FOR FURTHER FIVE YEARS
Banking giants, ABSA have become the latest to extend their association with the PSL. Last week almost at the last minute, MTN came onboard just in time for the start of the MTN 8 competition, which kicked off last Friday. The league kicks off this Friday and once again, PSL signed with their sponsors just in time. ABSA and PSL’s latest relationship is for further five years until 2017. Though both PSL and ABSA would not want to give figures, it is believed the latest sponsorship is around R 750 million. The PSL is believed to have wanted R1 billion rand, which might have been the reason for delay in agreeing the five-year deal. ABSA, which is a subsidiary of British bank, Barclays with 55.5% shares, has a market capitalization of R101.4 billion and assets valued at R 808.8 billion.
ONE MATCH SUSPENSION FOR FIRST THREE BOOKINGS
National Soccer League (NSL) announced in its Special General Meeting this week in Johannesburg that perpetual offenders in the league will be punished accordingly. A player will be suspended for one match if he receives four yellow cards. The suspension remains the same for another four bookings but if he receives further four, he will now serve three match suspensions.
PSL and MTN today reaffirmed their longstanding relationship when the cellular multinational signed for three more. The current deal ends in 2014. Rules and regulations of the competition remains the same with the winner bagging R 8 million. The final will be played on September 22 at a venue to be announced.
MTN8 Quarter Final Fixtures
Orlando Pirates vs Bloemfontein Celtic at Orlando Stadium
SuperSport United vs Free State Stars at Peter Mokaba
Mamelodi Sundowns vs Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld
Moroka Swallows vs AmaZulu at Dobsonville
MTN SIGNS FOR THREE MORE YEARS
MTN 8 IS BACK
Following a week of confusion and uncertainty on the future of the inimitable Top 8, the PSL will tomorrow announce the MTN at the launch of the oldest season opener in the country. PSL chairman Dr Irvin Khoza and MTN’s Serame Taukobong will tomorrow announce the details which are not expected to be much different from last year’s. Earlier, there was uncertainty of the tournament’s future following news that the current financial crisis is putting strains on many companies that sponsor the league.
WITS SACK ROGER DE SA
Wits University has confirmed that Rogerio Paulo Cesar De Sa commonly known as Roger De Sa has been sacked as the club coach. De Sa has recently been on the news for all the wrong reasons with accusations of verbal abuse. His successes at the club include winning the 2010 NedBank Cup and taking the team to the Telkom Knockout final against Orlando Pirates in December. Wits manager George Mogotsi said they cannot comment further except to confirm departure. Eric Tinkler and Ashley Makhanya will serve will lead the team whilst awaiting announcement of the new technical team. De Sa has been with Wits for almost ten years since 2001 except for two years (2005 – 2007) when he coached Santos before rejoining them in 2007.
PSL READY FOR GOAL LINE TECHNOLOGY – BUT NOT QUITE
The Premier Soccer League is happy about FIFA’s approval of goal-line technology but will play a wait-and-see game before deciding when to implement it. After lagging behind other sporting codes for some time, world governing body, FIFA, yesterday approved the introduction of technology to assist referees in decision making – particularly regarding contentious goals. In as statement, PSL said there are issues around cost implication whilst also awaiting the production of the technology.
THE BIRDS TURN ZECA MARQUES - ONCE AGAIN
Moroka Swallows expeditiously announced Jose' Zeca Marques as the new coach following departure of Gordon Igesund for Bafana top job. Igesund turned The Birds from relegation candidates last year to championship contenders this year, was announced as Bafana’s new mentor on Saturday. Self-confessed Swallows fan, Marques, is not new to Swallows first team having been part of backroom staff for several years. He had also been at the helm of the senior team before.
BAFANA COACH TO BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW
Bafana’s new coach will be announced on Saturday at 16H: 00 at the SAFA House in Johannesburg. Though the country’s football governing body said they are not in a hurry to make the choice, it appears they want this matter to be dealt with expeditiously. There appears to be two options for SAFA; Gordon Ingesund announced as coach with Steve Komphela continuing as assistant or Komphela announced as head coach and choose his own assistant.
LENTJIES SIGNS FOR PHUNYA SELE SELE
Former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder, Kurt Lentjies has signed for Bloemfontein Celtic on a two-year deal with an option to renew. The 27-year-old Cape Tonian, joined Phuna Sele Sele from Maritzburg United where he was a captain. Lentjies honed his skills as a teenager at FC Fortune and later at the then Ikapa Sporting FC in the National First Division.
OKONKWO BACK WITH BUCS
Former Nigerian international, Onyekachi Donatus Okonkwo has re-signed with PSL champions, Orlando Pirates. The 30 year old played 43 matches for Bucs from 2004 and left for FC Zurich in Switzerland in 2007. Pirates signed him from Qatari club, Al Kharaitiyat whence he had been since 2010. He will be remembered for his temper and was among the first local players to be recommended for anger management courses. Okonkwo is one of several players Bucs announced today. Others are Patrick Phungwayo (from Wits University), Khethokwakhe Masuku (from Black Leopards, Ayanda Gcaba, Manti Moholo (both from Free State Stars) and Aubrey Ngoma (from Pretoria University)
MATHOHO IS A CHIEF
Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic have finally agreed on the sale of Bafana defender Mulomowandau Eric Mathoho. Earlier Amakhosi were reported to be prepared to pay five million Rand for Mathoho, the price apparently paid for Morgan Gould from SuperSport United. However the Mathoho deal that Chiefs were supposed to have concluded last week was delayed by reports that free spending Mamelodi Sundowns were also on the running for the tall defender. Mathoho was earlier reported to have written to Celtic requesting them to grant him the long held dream of playing for a team supported by the whole village where he was born. Mathoho’s dream was realized when Chiefs and Celtic agreed today (Wednesday) afternoon. Official announcement on his eminent departure for Naturena will be made on either Thursday or Friday.
CAF CONFIRM 2013 AFCON DATES
Football governing body on the Continent, CAF, has announced that the 2013 AFCON draw is to take place next month. In a statement, CAF said the draw will be held at Emperors Palace, in Johannesburg on July the 05th. Countries that have qualified for final round of qualifications are northern neighbours Mozambique, Zimbabwe, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Togo, Malawi, Uganda, Cameroon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cape Verde and Algeria. Egypt and Central African Republic will play the second qualifying leg soon. Central African Republic shocked to football world when they beat Egypt at home 3-2 on the 18th of June. Final round fixtures will be played on the weekend of 7-9 September and return legs on October 12-14 and 15. Winners join hosts South Africa for finals to be played from January 19 February 10 2013. The venues for the tournament are Soccer City in Johannesburg, Mbombela Stadium in Mbombela, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Phokeng, Rustenburg and Moses Mabhida in Durban.
ONLY TWO LEFT IN BAFANA JOB RACE
Football governing body in the country SAFA has shortened the list of candidates for Bafana’s top job. SAFA committee that includes former coaches, Clive Barker and Jomo Sono and CEO Dr Robin Petersen, has interviewed Steve Komphela. SAFA announced that following the interaction, they now have Komphela and Gordon Ingesund are to be interviewed again. General feeling is that Ingesund should be head coach and Komphela should continue in his current responsibilities as assistant. Others who have been interviewed and can now no longer entertain the thought of coaching Bafana are Shakes Mashaba, Neil Tovey and Gavin Hunt. There also reports that SAFA might even be looking for a possible candidate in Europe and are bidding for time awaiting the end of the current European Championships.
BAFANA SQUAD REDUCED FOR GABON MATCH
Bafana Bafana caretaker coach Steve Komphela has reduced the squad to face Gabon on Friday. Captain Steven Pienaar, striker Katlego Mphela, midfielders Oupa Manyisa and Thanduyise Khuboni and defender Bongani Khumalo have been released from camp. The match will be played at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit in a 20H: 30 kickoff.
The remaining squad members are as follows;
KHUNE Itumeleng Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)
SANDILANDS Wayne Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)
KEET Darren KV Kortrijk FC (Belgium)
GOULD Morgan Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)
MATHOHO Eric Bloemfontein Celtic FC (SA)
MASENAMELA Punch Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)
NGCONGCA Anele Racing Genk FC (Belgium)
GAXA Siboniso Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)
XULU Siyanda Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)
TSHABALALA Siphiwe Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)
LETSHOLONYANE Reneilwe Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)
MODISE Teko Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)
MOKOENA Lebohang Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)
JALI Andile Orlando Pirates FC (SA)
MAHLANGU May Helsingborg FC (Sweden)
SERERO Thulani Ajax Amsterdam FC (Netherlands)
MASHABA Mzikayise Free State Stars FC (SA)
NOMVETHE Siyabonga Moroka Swallows FC (SA)
RANTIE Tokelo Orlando Pirates FC (SA)
RODGERS Eleazar Santos FC (SA)
MAJORO Lehlohonolo Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)
Gabon is expected in Nelspruit on Wednesday morning (13June) around 06h00.
The full Gabon squad:
• Didier Ewono Ebang
• Anthony Mfa Mezui
• Emmanuel Ndong Mba
• Edmond Mouele
• Ecuele Manga
• Remy Ebanega Ekwa
• Henry-Junior Ndong
• Stevvy Nzambe
• Charly Moussono
• Merlin Koumba Tadjigora
• Cedric Boussougou Moubikou
• Franck Engonga Obame
• Robert Nsimbi
• Alexandra Ndoumbou
• Guelor Kanga
• Levy Madinda
• Landy Jerry Obiang Obiang
• Branger Engone
• Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
• Judex Soumouna Lipoukou
• Romaric Rogombe
• Allen nono
• Axel Meye Me Ndong
• Romuald Ntsitsigui
Coach: Paolo Duarte (Portugal)
NONTSHINGA SIGNS FOR CELTIC
Former Jomo Cosmos striker, Siyabonga Nontshinga has signed for a three year deal with Bloemfontein Celtic. This is the third player the team has signed this week following acquisition of former Moroka Swallows striker, Auguston Leonard and Ghanaian midfielder, John Arwuah.
PALACIOS CONTINUES IN COACHING ROLE AT PIRATES
Orlando Pirates Football has confirmed Augusto Palacios as coach of both the senior team and development for the 2012/2013 season. "This will enable Palacios to have a see-through benefit that will ensure the club does not lose out on players in whose development he has dedicated much effort", said Pirates chairman Dr Irvin Khoza. Meanwhile Palacios was all smiles for the decision that surely will make many Buccaneers supporters happy; "I am grateful for the opportunities and support I have received from the Chairman in the many years I have been with Orlando Pirates."
CELTIC NOT SELLING MATHOHO
Bloemfontein Celtic has denied reports that they have agreed to sell Erick Mathoho to Kaizer Chiefs. However Celtic admits that they did receive requests to buy Mathoho from Chiefs but declined it. “We have made ourselves clear that we were not willing to sell Erick Mathoho to a local club, but we will only consider offers from overseas clubs”, said Bloemfontein Celtic CEO Khumbulani Konco. Celtic said they have not only been surprised but deeply disappointed by media reports today linking Mathoho to Kaizer Chiefs for next season. The club insists they have taken the matter with Mathoho who said he was unaware of the source of the story.
INGESUND PLEADS FOR FAIRNESS
Moroka Swallows coach Gordon Ingesund is appealing for professionalism and no favours for anybody as the season ends. Swallows’ mentor, who has won the championship with Pirates among other teams, stands to make history by winning with The Birds. However, for Ingesund to fulfill long held Swallows dream, The Birds must win against Maritzburg United and hope that Pirates lose or at least draw away to Lamontville Golden Arrows. Pirates last lost to Arrows several years ago when under stewardship of Serbian coach, Kostadin Papic. Pirates have won their last three matches against Arrows – two with former Arrows defender, Siyabonga Sangweni. Pirates also have an enviable record of having won all matches they have played at Moses Mabhida. In an interesting twist, Maritzburg United 2- all draw against Ajax last season, enabled Pirates to win championship with the Bucs winning their match against Arrows. The same scenario repeats itself but Ingesund and Pirates stand-in coach, Augusto Palacios know that they have to win their respective matches. Given the cordial relationship between Arrows and Pirates, strengthened by the Bucs acquisition of Sangweni when he almost signed for Kaizer Chiefs, there are suspicions that Arrows may just allow themselves to be walkovers for marauding Pirates. Ingesund is appealing for fair play and expect Arrows to compete though Arrows win would not mean anything but would only deny Pirates. Should Bucs win, they will become the fourth team following, Sundowns, SuperSport and Kaizer Chiefs to defend the trophy in the last 16 years.
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LEOPARDS DREW EL MERRIKH
South African hopefuls in continental competition, Black Leopards have drawn Sudanese club, El Merrikh. It will not be a new experience for South African team as Sundowns met Al Hilal few years ago. If Leopards continue with their record of scoring in every match, then they may surmount this challenge.
The full draw as made today in Cairo is as follows;
CAF Confederation Cup
MAS (Morocco) v Léopards de Dolisie (Congo)
El Hilal (Sudan) v CO Bamako (Mali)
AFAD (CIV) v WAC (Morocco)
El Merrikh (Sudan) v Black Leopards (South Africa)
Djoliba (Mali) v Club Africain (Tunisia)
Dynamos (Zimbabwe) v Interclube (Angola)
Stade Malien (Mali) v COD Meknès (Morocco)
Coton Sport (Cameroon) v El Ahly Shandy (Sudan)
CAF Champions League draw:
AS Chlef (Algeria)
TP Mazembe (RD Congo)
Berekum Chealsea (Ghana)
RSA REFEREES TO OFFICIATE IN A 2014 WORLD CUP
Top referees have been appointed to officiate in 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary matches next month. Experience team of Daniel Bennett and Enock Molefe will be with Zakhele Siwela for the high profiled match between Cameroon and DR Congo in Yaoundé on Saturday, 2 June 2012. Lwandile Mfiki will be part of the team as the fourth official. The following week Bennett will be in the middle for the clash between Mali and Algeria on June 9. It is not yet clear where the match will be hosted as Algeria have asked FIFA to move the match to neutral venue following coup in West African country. Sandile Dilikane and Lindikhaya Bolo will be the assistants to Bennett whilst Victor Gomes will be the fourth official. Meanwhile the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has invited two of South African women referees to attend a high level women's referee course for members on the CAF panel and assistant referees. Baaitse Maanca and Nomvula Masilela will attend the course that starts from 18 - 23 June at the CAF Football Academy in Yaoundé, Cameroon. email@example.com
PSL READY FOR ANY EVENTUALITY
The PSL season is coming to a close and just like three years ago, the drama is alluring. The league is gearing itself to hand over the trophy to the winning team likely to be Orlando Pirates. Bucs will be crowned champions on the 12th should they beat Bloemfontein Celtic and Swallows looses to Platinum Stars and SuperSport and Sundowns play to a draw. However, regardless of the results the trophy will be handed to the champions on the last day of the season, meaning the 19th. "The PSL is ready for whatever possibility and permutation is thrown at us," said PSL CEO, Stan Matthews. Last season Pirates were given a replica trophy because the 'real thing’ was in Cape Town where expectations were that Ajax will win. The other replica was in Durban where Chiefs were playing AmaZulu. The scenario is almost the same. Sundowns will be away to Bloemfontein against Celtic but that will be academic depending on their results against SuperSport this weekend. The PSL plan however appears to be hinged on the supposition that the tussles will be between Pirates and Swallows who will both be in Durban against Lamontville Golden Arrows and Maritzburg United respectively. "We are prepared to make the occasion of the 19th May a memorable one with a helicopter on standby to ensure that the trophy reaches the Champions", said Matthews in a media statement. Let's hear your thoughts on what has undoubtedly been the most memorable season; firstname.lastname@example.org
GOULD AND GAXA FOR AMAKHOSI?
Impeccable sources in Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed that AmaKhosi are prepared to break the bank if that's what it takes to revive the fortunes of once revered glamour boys. Chiefs are apparently on the verge of signing SuperSport United captain, Morgan Gould and Siboniso “Pa” Gaxa who plies his trade in Belgian for SK Lierse. Others recently linked to AmaKhosi are Uganda international, David Obua who left Chiefs left Chiefs several years ago to play for Scottish Premier League club Hearts, Wits University anchorman, Lehlohonolo Masalesa and Bloemfontein Celtic towering defender, Molomowanadou Eric Mathoho. What are your views; email@example.com
BAXTER SIGNED FOR CHIEFS
Kaizer Chiefs has announced the former Bafana coach, Stuart Baxter, as the new coach. Baxter has signed for a 2 year deal with an option to renew. Other than having a stint with Bafana from 2004 -2005, the Scotsman has worked as a coach for clubs in Sweden, Norway, Portugal and Japan and has worked as a national coach for Finland and the England under-19. In a media statement announcing the Brit, Chiefs chairman, Kaizer Motaung said, he believes Baxter is just the right tonic for the team that has fallen on hard times. “He will fit in well into our strategy going forward because of his great wealth of knowledge at the Club, National team and at an International level”. Do you think he is the right man for the job? firstname.lastname@example.org
ZIM PLAYERS CLEARED
Zimbabwe's football authorities have cleared 33 players who were accused in match-fixing allegations against Asian national teams. Among those cleared are PSL players; Khama Billiat of Ajax Cape Town, Kaizer Chief's Willard Katsande and Moroka Swallows' Oscar Machapa. The Zimbabwe Football Association has announced that it has also cleared former national team coach, Brazilian Valinhos of any wrongdoing. This follows an on-going probe into claims that players and association officials colluded with Asian betting syndicates to throw matches between 2007 and 2009. The probe includes friendly games played against Thailand and Syria in 2008 in a tour organized by former the organization’s CEO Henrietta Rushwaya. He has since been formally charged with corruption. The association began the probe following Zimbabwe's six-nil loss to Syria and another three-nil defeat to Thailand.
PIRATES FINED FOR SPECTATOR BEHAVIOUR
Spectator behaviour is costing the teams heavily. Orlando Pirates have been fined R150 thousand by the PSL for misbehaviour of their supporters. Last year, the team was found guilty after their supporters threw bottles on the pitch in a match away to Maritzburg United. They were fined R150 000 of which hundred thousand was suspended for twelve months on condition that they are not found guilty of a similar offence. The Buccaneers Pirates are also to issue a written apology within seven days which thence be posted on their website and league’s webpage. In what appears to be the PSL’s attempt to encourage proper spectator behaviour, Pirates are also to address spectators about their conduct prior to kick off and during half time at their remaining home match against Bloemfontein Celtic next week Saturday. More to the point, Bucs have now to pay hundred thousand Rand of the previous misdemeanor suspended earlier.
2013 AFCON HOST CITIES TO BE NAMED
Finally the long awaited announcement of the 2013 AFCON host cities will be made in Pretoria tomorrow. The media briefing will be addressed by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and government spokesperson, Jimmy Manyi. The announcement should have been done earlier but reluctance to become hosts by Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Bloemfontein due to costs, implored intervention by Mbalula. So far Port Elizabeth, Mbombela, Rustenburg and Polokwane have shown interest and it remains to be seen whether they any of them will now be excluded in favour of the major cities.
SOUTH SUDAN ELECTED NEW EXECUTIVE
The newly formed South Sudan Football Association has elected Chabur Gor Alei as the new president. The election held in Juba on Monday (April 30), brought not only the new executive but also brings CAF member countries to 55. South Sudan was formally accepted as CAF member association at the organization’s general assembly held earlier this year in Libreville, Gabon two days before the African Nations Cup finals. CAF president, Issa Hayatou sent a congratulatory note to the newly elected president and his team. “CAF Executive Committee and the entire football family send warmest congratulations to you and the newly elected SSFA Executive Board”, read the message from Hayatou.
NEDBANK CUP FINAL TO BE HELD IN ORLANDO
The PSL announced that the Nedbank Cup Final will be held in Orlando Stadium on 26 May 2012. The final will for the first time be played in the evening scheduled for 20h15. The last time the stadium held the final; Golden Arrows pulverized Ajax 6-1 in 2009 MTN 8 Cup. The semifinals will be played this weekend with inaugural Nedbank Cup champions Mamelodi Sundowns taking Free State Stars and SuperSport United taking AmaZulu.
HODGSON RUDELY REMINDED OF PLAYING IN APARTHEDI SOUTH AFRICA
The English media did not act pretentiously that the newly announced England coach, Roy Hodgson, will have to work hard to win them over. Since Fabio Capello left the England team, Harry Redknapp has been everyone’s favourite to lead the team. At the media conference where Hodgson was announced, FA chairman, David Bernstein seem to have been prepared to answer questions around why Redknapp was not considered. He astutely answered all by simply saying he will not mention any name of those they spoke to but then someone asked what no one was quite prepared for. Roy’s playing days in Apartheid South Africa when playing for Berea Park. However, Hodgson answered candidly. “I was young when I went there and it was just to play football. I didn’t give the politics much thought. I think it's unfair to criticize me for that. All of us were against Apartheid but there wasn't much we could do about it.” Other luminary English footballing deities who at one stage played in South Africa during that time include Bobby Moore, Gordon Banks, and Alan Ball among others. Many will however remember the congenial Hodgson when he coached the ‘World Eleven’ team against ‘African Eleven’. The match that SAFA organized with FIFA on August 17, 1999, was a farewell to Nelson Mandela who was retiring as South Africa’s President.
CHIEFS IN HOT WATER
Kaizer Chiefs could find themselves facing the wrath of the PSL disciplinary committee following unsavory incidents after their loss to SuperSport Untied. Melancholic AmaKhosi supporters pelted their technical team with objects and hurling unprintables to Bobby Motaung in particular. Advocate Ntsietso Mofokeng will decide this week following referees match report when to call Chiefs to appear before her committee.
2013 AFCON WILL BE USED TO “GIVE AIDS THE RED CARD”
The 2013 African Nations Cup to be held in South Africa will be used as a vehicle to further fight the spread of HIV/AIDS on the Continent. The 29th edition of the continental showpiece will be the same way the FIFA World cup was used by the Gates Foundation with Bill and Melinda spreading awareness about Malaria two years ago. Details of how next year's tournament will be used will be made available by senior advisor to UNAIDS Executive Director, Dr Djibril Diallo in Johannesburg tomorrow.
HOST CITIES ANNOUNCEMENT DELAYED - AGAIN
The long awaited announcement of the 2013 AFCON host cities has been delayed for the umpteenth time. After being delayed due to various factors mainly costs, major cities showed little or no interest. Cape Town put the figure at a staggering over R20 million logistical costs. The announcement date was scheduled to take place on Friday, 20 April 2012, but now has been deferred once again. The new date is Thursday, 03 May 2012 at the request of the government. The 2013 AFCON Organising Committee had earlier invited bids from cities but according to CEO, Mvuzo Mbebe, cities were rather politely asked to bid and not forced. Eight cities duly responded positively and presented their credentials on Monday, 26 March 2012. So far interests came from Rustenburg, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth and Mbombela. Johannesburg, Durban, Bloemfontein and Cape Town appeared reluctant but were later responsive to Sports Minister’s Fikile Mbalula’s imploration.
CAF PROVIDES PLAYER MEDICAL LIFE SUPPORT EQUIPMENT
The sad passing of Livorno's Piermario Morosini has jolted authorities to relook at medical equipment available during matches. Morosini died after collapsing on the pitch with a suspected cardiac arrest during an Italian second division game at Pescara. This comes just weeks after Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered the same problem in an English FA Cup match before making a remarkable recovery in hospital. Now the Confederation of African Football (CAF), as part of its development programme "Contract with Africa", will distribute administrative support accessories and medical equipment to all its National Associations. These will include at least five laptops, medical life emergency kit containing items considered essential for life support. "CAF is very committed to the programmes of our members and we hope the equipment will be vital in carrying out of their administrative and medical responsibilities," said CAF President Issa Hayatou. Sixteen players have died on pitch after cardiac arrest in the last twenty two years and five are Africans. They are Cameroon's Marc-Vivien Foe, Chaswe Nsofwa of Zambia, Guy Tchingoma of Gabon, Neridson Estevao of Angola and Endurance Idahor of Nigeria. For more on details of players who died on pitch recently, click on ‘HOME’ and for full list of footballers who died mainly due to cardiac arrest and other factors, click on ‘on ‘FACTS & FIGURES’
SOMALI FA PRESIDENT KILLED IN A SUICIDE ATTACK
The Somali FA president, Mr Nur Said Mohamud was killed after a bomb detonated in a suicide attack in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. The president of the Somali National Olympic Committee Aden Haji Yerberow was also killed in the attack. The Al-Shabaab rebels claimed responsibility of the attack that took the lives of at least 10 people. CAF President Issa Hayatou, expressed shock and sadness following the death of the two sports administrators. Hayatou in a statement said it is "black day for African football".
Moroka Swallows and their coach, Gordon Igesund were charged for “misbehaviour and unsporting behavior”. It is alleged Ingesund charged towards the match officials in an “aggressive” manner and made accusations against them after their match against AmaZulu in Dobsonville. The team is also charged with improper behaviour by their supporters when they lost to Bidvest Wits in a Nedbank Cup match. They were fined R100, 000 which is wholly suspended for 12 months. The Birds must also issue a written apology to the League and affected match officials and post it on their (Swallows) and PSL websites within seven days of the order. They have been ordered to conduct spectator education for three months at all their home fixtures.
LEAL AND PIRATES PART WAYS
Orlando Pirates and their hitherto suspended coach, Julio Cesar Leal, have finally parted ways. Pirates chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza met Leal’s agent, Nadim Mahmood, with former PSL CEO, Advocate Zola Majavu adjudicating. The statement form the club indicated both parties didn’t want the contents of the parting agreement be made public.
FINALLY PSL RECOGNIZES SAFPU
After more than 15 years of existence, the South African Football Players Union (SAFPU) finally entered into its first collective bargaining agreement with the Premier Soccer League. The agreement with PSL gives SAFPU an opportunity to negotiate rights on behalf of the players. PSL Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza sees this as a historic moment for football not only in South Africa but on the continent as well. Ten years since they first sought to be recognized, SAFPU president, Simba Marumo, says it is indeed a significant development. The former Mamelodi Sundowns and Platinum Stars striker says they are representing more than one thousand two hundred players and are now engaging those not registered to start doing so. Dispute between clubs and players often stem from wages.
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DANNY JORDAAN INCLUDED IN THE BRAZILIAN WORLD CUP COMMITTEE
2010 FIFA World Cup organizing CEO, Danny Jordaan has been in included in organizing committee of the 2014 World Cup after fears about the progress of preparations for Brazil in 2014. FIFA said Jordaan, and Alexei Sorokin, head of the Russian 2018 organizing committee, would also be involved in preparations. For the first time FIFA Executive Committee will be part of the committee which is responsible for monitoring and organizing the tournament. Preparations for the tournament in Brazil have been dogged by delays in the building of stadiums and other infrastructure such as airports, local transport connections and hotels. FIFA also confirmed that secretary-general Jerome Valcke, who infuriated the Brazilians by saying local organizers needed "a kick up the backside", had taken part in a meeting of the organizing committee in Zurich. "Jerome Valcke attended the meeting as the person in charge of the FIFA World Cup organization at FIFA," said soccer's governing body in a statement. FIFA also met Jose Maria Marin, the new head of Brazil's local organizing committee after Ricardo Teixeira quit citing health problems and amid allegations of corruption. Despite the delays and political turmoil, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Brazil would organize an exceptional World Cup. "After the re-confirmation received from President Dilma Rousseff and the Brazilian government, we are confident that despite the many tasks still to be completed by all of us, Brazil will stage an exceptional FIFA World Cup in 2014," Blatter said after the organizing committee meeting.
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KHOZA IS AT THE HELM OF WORLD FOOTBALL LEAGUES
PSL chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza has been appointed as the chairman of the newly formed WLA. The World League Association was established in a meeting held in Manchester in England. The association is formed by the Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL), The South African Premier Soccer League in Africa, The Major League Soccer (MLS) in America, The Thai Professional League in Asia and The United Arab Emirates League in the Middle East. The Board of Directors will consist of nine members including Dr. Irvin Khoza, Don Garber of Major League Soccer in the US, former FIFA vice president, Dr Worawi Makudi of Thailand and Yousef Yaqoob Al Serkal of United Arab Emirates. The aim is to promote and develop Professional Football and foster cooperation and unity among the World football Leagues.
THEBAKANG SUSPENDED FOR FAILING DRUG TESTS
Platinum Stars midfielder Reuben Thebakang has been suspended by the club with immediate effect, the club said in a statement. The 24 year old has allegedly tested positive following a routine drugs test conducted after the 2-1 defeat at BidVest Wits on December 21, 2011. Thebakang is suspended for the remainder of the season.
A PLAYER DIES ON PITCH JUST FEW DAYS AFTER THE ‘MUAMBA INCIDENT’
Just a week after the scare by the collapse of Bolton player, Fabrice Muamba, an Indian player dies after collapsing on pitch. This was confirmed by All India Football Federation (AIFF). Local media reported that the 27-year-old Bangalore Mars striker D Venkatesh collapsed following a cardiac arrest at the Bangalore Football Stadium. With no ambulance around, his Bangalore Mars team mates hired a ‘tuk-tuk’ (an auto-rickshaw) to take him to a local hospital where Venkatesh was declared dead, one report said. It was in the south Indian city of Bangalore that top Indian club Dempo's Brazilian striker Cristiano Junior died after colliding with Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Subrata Paul in the final of the 2004 Federation Cup.
PSL ON PLAYER MEDICAL EXAMINATION
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) says it has multi-faceted approach, including prevention, reaction, and financial support when registering players. This follows the collapse on the field of the Congo born England Under 21, Fabrice Ndala Muamba. “Whenever a player registers with a PSL team, he is required to undergo a medical examination by a doctor and the Rules stipulate that the player may not be registered without submitting a medical report”, the league said in a statement.
The examination according to the League covers a number of areas including the heart. “Where a player has a multi-year contract, a fresh medical report must be submitted before the start of every season. If a player changes clubs during a season a new report must also be submitted”.
The PSL says part of the 2010 world cup legacy, “both ambulances and Advanced Life Support paramedics are typically well equipped to carry out resuscitation. Many of our legacy stadiums that were used during the 2010 FIFA World Cup are equipped with world class medical facilities including a medical centre”, said PSL statement. Good news is that medical costs arising out of the treatment of a player these are fully covered by the League’s medical insurance.
PIRATES SUSPENDS THE COACH
Orlando Pirates coach, Julio Cesar Leal has been ‘suspended’ by the team. The Brazilian was suspended after a fact finding investigation into reasons why, during performance evaluation sessions, the coach expressed that “he could not see his way forward” and offered the chairman “to do what is right for the club”.
DA GAMA SUSPENDED
Owen da Gama has been suspended by Platinum Stars following pejorative allegations by some players that they paid the coach to play. It’s alleged the former Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic solicited money from players in return for them being included in the starting lineup. The team’s statement said da Gama will get the chance to present his side of the story when he faces the club's disciplinary committee.
BONGO OPENS CAF ASSEMBLY
Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba flanked by CAF President, Issa Hayatou and FIFA President, Joseph Sepp Blatter accompanied by African Union Commission chairperson, Dr. Jean Ping opened the 34th CAF Ordinary General Assembly has opened capital, Libreville. Ondimba thanked the football governing body of awarding them the opportunity to host AFCON with neighbours Equatorial Guinea.
“Africa has been the focus of the world the last month. Together with our neighbours, we have staged a successful tournament that will last in the minds of all. The tournament has shown that sports particularly football has a unifying role.”
CAF President Issa Hayatou welcomed the delegates to the assembly to discuss and review the activities of the Confederation during the past year and the new season. The Assembly is attended by delegates from the 53 National Associations and UEFA leadership. CAF General Secretary, Hicham El Amrani will present the activity report to the General Assembly as well as audited accounts from January 7, 2010 to June 30, 2011. Zonal Unions will also present their reports. This is the first the time Gabon is hosting the event since its inception in 1956.
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AFCON FINAL KICK OFF TIME DELAYED
The CAF Media office is advising that due to “technical and logistical reasons”, the kick-off of the AFCON final match will be delayed by thirty minutes. The match initially scheduled to kick off at 20H: 00 Gabon will now start at 20H: 30 (21H: 30 RSA time)
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SOUTH SUDAN JOINS THE WORLD
South Sudan will become a provisional member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Friday, but the country that broke away from Sudan and was declared independent in July last year, will need another two years before it can compete fully in all competitions. This was confimred by CAF general secretary Hicham El Amrani. South Sudan will be inaugurated in a flag-raising ceremony at the CAF Congress in Libreville on Friday (10/02/2012) and become eligible for immediate financial assistance from African football's governing body. A new South Sudan Football Association was established last month and a first election for leaders will be held in April. Full membership of soccer's world governing body FIFA, which already has 208 members, will be granted in 2014 after which South Sudan can play in the World Cup and African Nations Cup and enter teams in Africa's two annual club competitions. Meanwhile CAF will assist the country with the development of administrators, referees, coaches and sports medicine specialists, plus the establishment of a national league.
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SENEGAL FIRES COACH
Senegal have fired coach Amara Traore after their dismal showing at the African Nations Cup. His departure was announced following the meeting of the Senegal Football Federation in Dakar. After a dominant display in qualifying, Senegal went into the Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon as one of the favourites. The Teranga Lions inexplicably lost to Equatorial Guinea, ranked 100 places below them after being humbled by Zambia and Libya in earlier group matches. "The responsibility of the coach for these results is incontestable," the federation said in a statement. Under 23 coaches Karim Diouf and Aliou Cisse were named to lead the team's friendly against Bafana Bafana in Durban on February 29.
SAFA TO FULLY COOPERATE AND SUPPORT THE INVESTIGATIONS
The South African Football Association (SAFA) has noted heightened media interest in the past 48 hours regarding the allegations of ‘match fixing’ during South Africa’s pre-tournament preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. FIFA released a media statement in which they confirmed that FIFA is engaged in a global investigation that includes a number of jurisdictions in Africa and across the world. This is an integral part of FIFA’s global investigation into the broader subject of match fixing. SAFA reaffirms its commitment to fully cooperate with FIFA and to continue with its own initiatives to uproot corruption from football.
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MYENI JOINS BUCS
After much fanfare the nimble footed Sifiso Myeni and Thandani Ntshumayelo have joined Orlando Pirates. This end speculation of where Myeni will go following media reports that he may join either Kaizer Chiefs or Mamelodi Sundowns. Pirates new signees include former Portuguese international whose parents come from West Africa, Boa Morte, Njabulo Manqana, Matlaba, Ntshumayelo and Myeni.
ZIMBABWE FA SUSPENDS 67 PLAYERS FOR CORRUPTION
The Zimbabwe Football Association suspended 67 players, including most of its national team in the wake a long-standing match-fixing investigation. A number of Zimbabwean players admitting accepting money from an Asian betting syndicate to lose friendly matches on Far East trips between 2007 and 2009. Former Zimbabwe captain Method Mwanjali and Thomas Sweswe are among those who made statements admitting taking money. The list of players who featured in the matches includes several key members of the current squad including Nyasha Mushekwi and Khama Billiat.
REAL MADRID WANTS TO LURE WENGER
The Spanish giants, Real Madrid are reportedly set to make a sensational move for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. It is reported that Madrid are ready to offload current coach Jose Mourinho and make an offer for Wenger. The reports states that Wenger turned down a move to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009, but Real are now hopeful of convincing him due to the struggles the Gunners are currently having. Wenger is under an unprecedented amount of pressure at Arsenal after a disastrous start to the season and now after losing their last three Premier League games.
CAF PRESIDENT HAYATOU WISHES NIGER MIDFIELDER MOUTARI SPEEDY RECOVERY
CAF President Issa Hayatou has on behalf of the African football family empathized with the Niger Football Federation on the injury to midfielder Amadou Moutari during their Group C match with Gabon on Monday in Libreville.
Moutari suffered a fracture of the fibula during the game after a challenge few minutes after his entry into the game in the second half. The player is scheduled to be in France where he will undergo surgery.
"On behalf of CAF, I wish him a speedy recovery, to come back for his national team and club as well," said Mr. Hayatou.
Gabon striker Stephane Nguema and Bruno Manga Ecuele already visited the midfielder at his team's hotel to express their sympathies.
The 18-year old has been ruled out of the tournament due to the injury.
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BUCS SIGN FORMER GUNNER, BOA MORTE
Former Portugal international Luis Boa Morte has signed for South African champions Orlando Pirates where he will join former West Ham United team mate Benni McCarthy. The Buccaneers signed an 18-month deal with the 34 year-old former Arsenal, Southampton, Fulham and West Ham striker.
Boa Morte left financially-strapped Greek club Larissa after just six months in December. He played at Portugal's Sporting before embarking on a 14-year career in England in 1997 when he joined Arsenal. Pirates play in the upcoming African Champions League but Boa Morte's signing is too late for him to be registered for the competition.