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PSL assistant referee Shaun Olive passes away after a car accident

May 8th 2021 at 05:31

The South African Football Association (Safa) has announced the untimely passing of assistant referee Shaun Olive.

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In a statement, Safa said Olive sustained serious injuries after being involved in a freak motor accident in Mondeor this week and died on Saturday morning.

“It is with profound sadness and deep grief that we inform the South African football family of the passing of Shaun Olive, SAFA and FIFA Assistant Referee.

“Shaun sustained serious injuries after being involved in a freak motor accident in Mondeor on Thursday and passed on this morning,” read the Safa statement.

Safa president Danny Jordaan described Olive’s death as not a huge blow for the country, but for the continent and the world at large.

“We are gutted as the Association. Here was a young man, taken away at the prime of his career. Shaun was among the rising young officials and his passing on is a huge blow to the country, the continent and world,” said Jordaan.

Chairperson of the Safa Referees Committee, Natasha Tsichlas said she could still not believe Shaun was no more.

“We extend our most sincere condolences to Shaun’s family, his fiancé, friends and the refereeing family as we come to terms with his tragic passing. We pray that they will be comforted and experience deep peace today, and the days hereafter.

“Shaun’s bubbly presence and amiable character will be sorely missed among us. He showed so much promise and was at the cusp of a flourishing career,” added Tsichlas.

Meanwhile, the Premier Soccer League has also paid tribute to Olive.

“The Premier Soccer League is saddened by the passing of 2019/20 PSL assistant referee of the season, Shaun Olive.

“The league sends heartfelt condolences to the Olive family, South African Football Association (SAFA) and the football fraternity at large.

“The PSL will observe a moment of silence in honour of Shaun Olive ahead of this weekend’s Nedbank Cup, DStv Premiership, Diski Challenge and GladAfrica Championship fixtures.

“May his soul repose peacefull,” read the League statement.

Phakaaathi sends our sincere condolences to the Olive family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

May Shaun Olive’s soul rest in peace.

Heric – Chippa only have cup finals left

May 8th 2021 at 04:11

 

Chippa United coach Vladislav Heric says the club have told their players the Nedbank Cup is not the only final they are going to be playing in this season.

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Chippa face Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila on Saturday at the Free State Stadium in Mangaung, with both sides possibly a little conflicted, as they are also in serious danger of being relegated from the DStv Premiership.

“We have a cup final on Saturday, and another cup final, and another. We did explain to the players that one by one it is cup finals here,” said Heric this week.

With four games left to play in the league, Chippa are currently 15th in the league, which would see them in the relegation/promotion play-offs come the end of the campaign. TTM are only a point further ahead, though both have found some form of late, with Chippa winning their last two matches and TTM two of their last three.

“We expect a very tough game,” said Heric of Saturday’s encounter.

“It might not be attractive … but I believe people will enjoy some good football and a couple of good moves. We must also take into consideration that both sides are fighting to avoid relegation. I don’t know how many weapons they will leave out (for the final) but I know that for me we will pull out all our weapons to try and win.”

Heric also lauded the fact that Chippa are the first side from the Eastern Cape to play in a major cup final in the PSL era.

“I like the fact that the Eastern Cape has never had a representative in a cup final before. It is a great opportunity to give them a cup and make a celebration for the people (of the Eastern Cape).”

Victory would also put Chippa in next season’s Caf Confederation Cup.

“Bringing Caf football here will be vital for football in the Eastern Cape. It is an area that we all know is not that developed from a football point. There is barely a Premiership or NFD side here, there are very good teams in the Vodacom League, and a lot of good facilities, but for some reason football has lost popularity. God willing we can win the cup and bring a huge boost to the area. I do think people here will then start thinking differently about football,” added Heric.

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Kaizer Chiefs legend wants club to go all out to sign Sundowns star

May 7th 2021 at 09:04

Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Thembinkosi Biyela has urged the club to ‘break the bank’ to sign Mamelodi Sundowns star Themba Zwane.

Zwane is perhaps the hottest property in South African football right now and is in the best form of his life.

Biyela believes that the attacking star will unlock the best from former teammate Khama Billiat and should be a priority signing.

Kaizer Chiefs should break the bank to sign Zwane

While Billiat joined Chiefs from Sundowns, he was out of contract and the reality is it would take an obscene amount of money for the Motsepe clan to sell their star man to the Motaungs.

“Chiefs should break the bank for Zwane because they don’t have a superstar at the moment. Back in the day, big clubs used to have superstars and I was at Chiefs and we used to have Doctor (Khumalo), Pirates used to have Teboho Moloi and Sundowns had the likes (Harold) Legodi and others,” Biyela told Soccer Laduma

Biyela doesn’t believe Kaizer Chiefs need to sign as many as 15 players as previously suggested but feels that eight top draw talents could restore the club to glory.

Amakhosi need about eight top players

Kaizer Chiefs have reportedly targeted Buhle Mkhwanazi and Njabulo Ngcobo as defensive additions and Biyela agrees they would also be a great fit for Gavin Hunt.

“I think eight players would be enough for Chiefs to add to their current squad and mix them with the youngsters that are coming up, and some of whom have already been doing well in the first team. I know that Gavin likes the players who are tall and especially in defence and that’s why I am suggesting that they should go for Mkhwanazi and Ngcobo in making defensive additions,” said Biyela.

Kaizer Chiefs continue to generate endless streams of speculation ahead of what is expected to be a busy closed season for the Soweto Giants.

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PSL referee involved in car crash, needs R1 million for medical procedure

May 7th 2021 at 07:54

A top PSL assistant referee was involved in a life-threatening car accident this week, and he’s in desperate need of medical assistance.

Shaun Olive, who is a SAFA accredited match official, was leaving his home in Mondeor to head to work and had an accident where his car rolled over him and dragged him across the road. 

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That’s according to his partner Sherize Pieterse who took to Backabuddy website to share the sad news.

Pieterse further revealed that the doctors asked for R1 million even before they could assess Olive.

“The doctors on consult asked for R1million before they’ll even assess him and he was transferred to a state hospital for treatment,” wrote Pieterse.

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“He has undergone scans and X-rays in a private hospital and with no means of income and no medical aid, all bills will have to be paid in cash.

“This includes the medical treatment and surgeries he will have to undergo in the next couple of days,” added Pieterse.

He has a broken left leg and a fractured pelvis, a urethral injury, and a broken nose, his pelvis is displaced and he has a spinal fracture. Internal damage as of this moment is still unknown,” continued Pieterse.

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Olive was named the PSL Assistant Referee of the Season at the end of the 2019-20 season.

High-profile players such as Daniel Cardoso and Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya have made contributions toward raising the funds for Olive.

Almost R50 000 of the required R1 million has been raised so far.

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Kaizer Chiefs’ 13 transfer targets | How have they fared this season?

May 7th 2021 at 07:06

Kaizer Chiefs are working around the clock to reinforce their squad with quality players next season, and in March, no less than 13 players were linked with them.

But will Chiefs be getting what they are hoping for from the said players?

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TheSouthAfrican.com has compiled a report card for each of the 13 players linked with possible moves to Naturena, excluding Phathutshedzo Nange as he was recently confirmed as a Chiefs player for next season.

SIPHO MBULE

Mbule is one of players Amakhosi are reportedly serious about signing in the new season.

His four goals and five assists in 24 matches for SuperSport United this season are what have made teams such as Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns tussle for his signature.

BRADLEY GROBLER

Grobler is a veteran striker but he’s been playing like a youngster, especially this season as he continues to lead the PSL goalscoring charts with 13 goals from 22 league matches.

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Chiefs aren’t the only team reported to be after the signature of the Bafana Bafana international. Orlando Pirates also believed to be interested in the 33-year-old.

BRENDON PETERSEN

Petersen didn’t play competitive football this season as he was nursing an injury.

The 26-year-old, however, is not new in the PSL having already amassed 59 professional appearances since his breakthrough in 2013.

Petersen managed 18 clean sheets and conceded 66 goals in those 59 matches across all competitions.  

NJABULO NGCOBO

Ngcobo (26) is a wanted man both in Tshwane and Naturena and Swallows have a tough decision to make as to whom they will do business with.

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As a centre-back, Ngcobo has been rock-solid for Swallows this season. He has featured 25 times for the Dube Birds and found the back of the net once.   

S’FISO HLANTI

Hlanti is one of the top players currently on the books of Swallows and reports suggested he will definitely move to Chiefs next season.

The 31-year-old started out brightly at Swallows but he appears to have fallen down the pecking order with just 13 league appearances and a single goal this season.

RUZAIGH GAMILDIEN  

Gamildien has reportedly struck a deal with Chiefs but neither party has confirmed anything.

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The South Africa international has just turned 32, and currently leads the goalscoring chants at Swallows FC with 11 goals from 23 games across all competitions.   

KGAOGELO SEKGOTA

Sekgota (23) is currently on the books of Swallows FC, and he is a right-winger who has an eye for goal.

He has scored three goals and recorded two assists in 19 league matches for the Dobsonville-based outfit.

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Media reports claim Sekgota has already struck an agreement with Chiefs for next season.

LELETU SKELEM

Skelem is another attacking midfielder who has taken the PSL by storm despite being 22-years-old.

The speedy attacker has netted just once for Stellenbosch this season but it is his work rate that has caught the eye of many PSL teams including Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

KATLEGO MOHAMME

Mohamme, a former SuperSport United player, is one of AmaTuks’ stars and has featured regularly for the Tshwane side.

The 23-year-old youth international has made 22 appearances across all competitions for AmaTuks this season without finding the back of the net.  

AKANI CHAUKE

Chauke (25) is a strong striker for TS Sporting, and this is not the first time he’s linked with a possible move to Kaizer Chiefs.

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After netting 10 goals in 29 matches for TS Sporting last season, Chauke became the hot topic but then Chiefs were banned from signing players.

This season, Chauke has netted seven goals in 22 starts for TS Sporting.

THABANI DUBE

Dube is a 28-year-old centre-back who plays for Richards Bay FC in the GladAfrica Championship.

And while he’s a defender, Dube has a knack for goals as he’s netted six goals in 30 matches for the KwaZulu-Natal-based outfit this season.   

VUSIMUZI MNCUBE

Mncube (27) is currently on the books of JDR Stars in the GladAfrica Championship, and he could soon find himself back in the PSL and possibly with Chiefs.

He is a right winger who has featured in 25 competitive matches for JDR Stars this season – 23 in the league and two in the Nedbank Cup.

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Mncube has netted five goals in those 25 games four of which came from the 23 league matches he played so far this season.

SAZISO MAGAWANA

Magawana plays as an attacking midfielder for Uthongathi FC, and he has done tremendously well in the GladAfrica Championship side.

The 22-year-old has scored six goals in 24 league games this season – and perhaps the kind of attacking midfielder Chiefs need right now.   

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It was important to get a win over Leopards, says Pirates defender Jooste

May 7th 2021 at 04:39

After a sterling performance that helped Orlando Pirates secure a 3-0 victory over Black Leopards in a DStv Premiership clash at the Orlando Stadium on Thursday, defender Wayde Jooste says they knew that coming up against Leopards was going to be tough.

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The 29-year-old Port Elizabeth born defender pulled out a man-of-the-match performance with his runs on the right side of the Bucs attack which ultimately saw Bucs get the opening goal of the match after his cross was slotted into the back of the net by Tshegofatso Mabasa, who scored a brace on the day.

“It was a very tough game, you know when you’re playing these teams that are facing relegation it’s tough to get points against them. Because we know they are going to come here with the aim of at least trying to get a point, so we had to work hard. Together as a team we spoke to each other before the game and during half-time as well and it paid off at the end,” said the right-back.

“Tshego and I always communicate at training. We always speak and he will tell me, look, when you get the ball you know where to find me. Sometimes I don’t even have to look up, I just know that he is going to be there in a good area.”

The former Bloemfontein Celtic, Golden Arrows and the now dissolved Highlands Park player acknowledges that it was imperative for the club to get a win especially after a humiliating 3-0 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns prior to the Leopards clash.

The Buccaneers next host Cape Town based outfit Stellenbosch FC in their next league encounter and Jooste adds that they need to continue winning.

“It was important for us to bounce back, because we know the last result was not the best result. And we need to get the momentum going to get a few wins on the trot,” he concluded.

Bucs have five league games remaining after the win over Lidoda Duvha placed them in fourth place on the log standings with 42 points from 25 matches.

EXCLUSIVE | Top Kaizer Chiefs defender faces bleak future

May 7th 2021 at 03:33

The future of Kaizer Chiefs defender Anthony Akumu Agay is in serious jeopardy and chances are that he will leave the club at the of the season.

Akumu joined Chiefs in January 2020 when Ernst Middendorp was still the club’s head coach.

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TheSouthAfrican.com has gathered that Akumu’s name made the list of players Gavin Hunt wants to release in order to make space for the incoming players.

According to a source at Naturena, who has requested to remain anonymous, Akumu’s future is being discussed extensively at the top level.

“The technical team feels Akumu hasn’t done enough and they believe someone else can do better in his place next season,” the source told TheSouthAfrican.com.

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“His future is definitely being discussed at the management level, and him not playing lately means Hunt is already planning for life without him,” added the source.   

Akumu has featured in 21 competitive matches under Hunt this season – and his versatility was expected to give him the advantage of his teammates.

He arrived as a central midfielder but in January, Hunt publicly refused to agree that Akumu was a midfielder, and he later turned him into a central defender.

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However, even when Daniel Cardoso and Erick Mathoho were ruled out of the match against Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila this week, Hunt still overlooked Akumu.

Akumu hasn’t played for Chiefs since 21 March when he came on as a late substitute against Orlando Pirates.

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Orlando Pirates bounce back to winning ways with convincing victory over Black Leopards

May 6th 2021 at 13:15

Orlando Pirates bounced back to winning ways after handing relegation threatened Black Leopards a 3-0 drubbing in a DStv Premiership at the Orlando Stadium on Thursday.

This was a good response for the Buccaneers, who came into this game after losing 3-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns and playing to a 1-1 draw with Swallows FC in their last two games.

The victory saw the Soweto giants jump to fourth place on the log standings with 42 points after 25 matches.

Leopards, meanwhile, are stuck at the bottom of the league standings with 18 points from 26 matches. The club is seven points away from safety and with only four games left, they will have to collect maximum points in all of them to at least try to save their top flight status.

In the opening stages of the game, Pirates looked stronger on the right side of their attack, which was operated by Wayde Jooste coming from the back and linking up with Deon Hotto.

It took the hosts 28 minutes to make a real threat at Leopards goals after Jooste’s cross found Tshegofatso Mabasa inside the Leopards box, but the striker failed to convert.

The visitors tried to get themselves into the game as skipper Rodney Ramagalela attempted a long range strike in the 32nd minute, but it didn’t trouble Wayne Sandilands at Bucs goals.

Bucs came closer and closer to scoring towards half-time with chances falling through for Mabasa once again and Thulani Hlatshwayo’s header going wide leaving the two teams to go into the break goalless.

It took only two minutes into the second half for the home side to take the lead after Jooste picked up Mabasa inside the Lidoda Duvha box. The striker didn’t make a mistake this time around as he slotted the ball into the back of the net.

Leopards looked for an immediate response with Rodrick Kabwe on attack, but his lobbed ball which looked goal bound was cleared off the goal-line by Hlatshwayo.

Pirates went on to extend their lead with Mabasa getting a brace in the 67th minute after his initial header hit the upright before he quickly slotted the ball into the net from the rebound.

With four minutes left minutes, substitute Gabadinho Mhango sealed the win for Pirates with the third goal for Bucs as Leopards struggled to fight their way back into the match.

Mamelodi Sundowns latest | Rising star comments on AS Monaco links

May 6th 2021 at 08:59

Mamelodi Sundowns attacking midfielder Sphelele Mkhulise has broken his silence on media reports that he’s wanted by French giants AS Monaco.

Reports emerged last week that AS Monaco were interested in signing the 25-year-old.

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However, it appears the French giants are yet to make contact with Mkhulise confirming in an interview with Soccer Laduma that he knows nothing about the reports.  

“At the moment, I know nothing about that. No one has ever told me anything about it,” said Mkhulise.

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Mkhulise though, admits he would, one day, like to see himself playing overseas and be in the Bafana Bafana setup.

“I think it is every player’s dream to play overseas. It’s every player’s dream to play abroad and in the national team,” he added. 

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Should Mkhulise eventually move to AS Monaco, he’d be following in the footsteps of former Orlando Pirates striker Lyle Foster who joined the French side in 2019.

FIVE Bafana Bafana stars ‘new broom’ Hugo Broos could sweep clean!

May 6th 2021 at 04:48

Newly-appointed Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has already revealed his plans for the future as he is about to get his five-year journey underway.

In his first press conference on Wednesday, Broos said he wanted to build Bafana Bafana around young and hungry players that are below the age of 30.

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Broos admitted he was surprised by Molefi Ntseki’s decision to include players that are 30 and above in his final two games as Bafana Bafana coaches against Ghana and Sudan.

And based on his statement, it is clear that certain players who are above the age of 30 could be affected should Bafana Bafana’s new broom provided Broos keeps his word.

But which of Bafana Bafana regulars could be affected in the near future?  

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ITUMELENG KHUNE

Itumeleng Khune

The Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper is turning 34 in June, and chances of him featuring regularly under Broos appear unlikely.

Already, a section of football fans wasn’t too pleased with Ntseki’s decision to include Khune in the recent squad announcement – saying the Amakhosi No.1 had gone past his best.

Khune had been the country’s No.1 since making his Bafana Bafana debut in 2008, and the majority of the players he played with in the past years have either retired or are no longer part of the national team setup.

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Ronwen Williams appears to have taken over as the country’s most trusted goalkeeper, and chances are that younger shot-stoppers will be roped in going forward.

THULANI HLATSHWAYO

The Orlando Pirates skipper took over the Bafana Bafana captaincy armband from Khune but it looks like someone else could be appointed with Broos now on board.

Hlatshwayo’s form has also dipped since joining the Buccaneers, and these are some of the factors that could force to Broos to make a decision on whether or not he needs him in his Bafana Bafana team.

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While he has hardly put a foot wrong whenever he’s represented Bafana Bafana, the fact of the matter is that Hlatshwayo (31) isn’t getting any younger, meaning more players should be groomed for when his international career comes to an end.  

THEMBA ZWANE

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Zwane, 31, is currently one of the best players in that Mamelodi Sundowns squad and he has been a constant feature in the Bafana Bafana squads under Molefi Ntseki.

He may survive and keep his place in the Bafana squad for the next few months given his form and talent.

However, some may argue that he hasn’t been the Zwane everyone has come to love and admire as a footballer – he’s often disappeared in important matches that Bafana Bafana needed his magic feet.

ANDILE JALI

Jali has just turned 31, and recently returned to the Bafana Bafana setup after being overlooked for months due to injuries and lack of game time.

He’s one of the players that Broos may look to for experience.

But it may not be for long as players such as Sipho Mbule and Teboho Mokoena have already shown the country what they are capable of.

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And Broos could opt to overlook Jali for the SuperSport United duo in an attempt to turn things around for the better for Bafana Bafana.

DEAN FURMAN

As a late bloomer, Furman never really disappointed and in fact, he played his heart out for Bafana Bafana.

His departure from SuperSport United was expected to signal the end of his international career, but Ntseki kept him in his plans because of his dedication, hard work, and experience.

Now, with Broos coming in, chances are that Furman may not wear the Bafana Bafana jersey regularly or never again as younger midfielders continue to raise their hands for national team call-ups.

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Itumeleng Khune of South Africa during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers South Africa training session at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, South Africa on 11 November 2020 © Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

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Themba Zwane of South Africa during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Photo: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Abantu Bemthetho ‘arrest’ Richards Bay’s progress

May 5th 2021 at 13:19

TS Sporting have climbed closer to and put more pressure on GladAfrica Championship log leaders Richards Bay by beating them 1-0 at KaBokweni Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

It was a tense game and the home side knew a loss would make it even steeper for them as the race heats up. Abantu Bemthetho remain third but are now just two points behind the Natal Rich Boyz with three games to go.

Sporting took the first stab in the 16th minute with Decide Chauke allowed space and time inside the Richards Bay box. With his back to goal, he did well to bring the ball under control, turn and shoot it beyond Malcolm Jacobs’ reach.

The Natal Rich Boyz tried to hit back, with Khanyisa Mayo a constant threat with his signature curled long range shots, but he couldn’t get them on target.

It was in fact Abantu Bemthetho who almost doubled their lead early in the second half. But Jacobs was equal to the task.

Bay’s best chance of the match came only in the 75th minute, and it fell to Lwandile Mabuya who had just come on. The youngster hurried his shot and it went wide.

Siyabonga Vilane also came close to finding an equaliser in the 84th minute but his header went nuts over the bar, with the keeper well beaten.

A minute later, things almost got worse for the KwaZulu-Natal side and were lucky that Mohau Mokate’s well taken hit the post after it had beat Jacobs.

GladAfrica Championship results:

Cape United 1 Polokwane City 0
Free State Stars 1 Steenberg United 1
Uthongathi 1 University of Pretoria 0
Bizana Pondo Chiefs 2 CT All Stars 3
TS Sporting 1 Richards Bay 0
Pretoria Callies 1 Sekhukhune United 2

10-man Chiefs pay the penalty as Mnyamane grabs last minute winner for TTM

May 4th 2021 at 13:33

A last minute penalty by Thabo Mnyamane saved Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila blushes after they almost let a 10-men Kaizer Chiefs steal a point in their DStv Premiership match at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Having taken the lead immediately after Amakhosi were reduced to 10 men, Tshakhuma failed to keep the momentum and allowed the Naturena side to score an equaliser.

They however managed to get a win through a last minute penalty, and the win saw them jump to 14th place, pushing their Nedbank Cup final opponent, Chippa United into the relegation spot.

The game started in a hurried pace with each side looking for an early goal to upset and unsettle the other. But that didn’t help ether side because they couldn’t create any clear scoring chances.

As the game wore on, Chiefs showered the pace and tried to play patient build-ups but still couldn’t find the right balls up front to trouble Washington Arubi in the TTM goals.

As usual, Chiefs were again forced into a shape change in the first half – it was however not due an injury this time.
Njabulo Blom was sent off after receiving his second booking for reckless play in the 39th minute, conceding a free kick in a dangerous area in the process.

From the resultant free kick, Thabo Mnyamane was unlucky to see his effort hit the cross bar with Bruce Bvuma completely beaten.

Two minutes later, Tshakhuma took the lead. Mnyamane expertly found an Thabo Rakhale inside the Amakhosi box, he chested it to his feet and sent a rocket past Bvuma.

Chiefs came close to the equaliser in the 51st minute, with Samir Nurkovic’s effort from a corner, but Arubi managed to fist the ball over.

TTM also had a glorious chance in the 54th minute after some neat inter-passing the ball ended in front of Celimpilo Ngema, but he sliced his shot across goal with Bvuma at his mercy.

Ngema was again set through on goal four minutes later, but he shot wide with only the keeper to beat.

Chiefs almost had a penalty appeal denied when Nurkovic was brought down inside the box, but the referee, Victor Hlungwani felt there was no contact. But after consulting with the fourth official, he changed his mind and gave the spot kick.

Arubi saved Lebogang Manyama’s initial shot, but the ball spilled and fell kindly for Manyama and he slid it under the keeper to equalise for Amakhosi.

Tshakhuma had their penalty appeal denied as well after the ball had hit Ramahlwe Mphahlele on the arm.

There was a nervy moment for Amakhosi with just over 10 minutes to go when Bvuma got injured. He had stated the game in thee absence of both Itumeleng Khune and Daniel Akpeyi who were injured. Bvuma was however able to continue after receiving some medical attention.

Tshakhuma were finally awarded a penalty when Siyabonga Ngezana handled the ball inside the box, and Mnyamane scored from the spot to give TTM maximum points.

Cape Town City set to replace Riekerink with Tinkler – report

May 4th 2021 at 12:23

Cape Town City are reportedly set to replace coach Jan Olde Riekerink with former mentor Eric Tinkler.

According to Daily Sun, Riekerink will be sacked following City’s decision to place him on ‘administrative leave’ on Monday.

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While City didn’t reveal the reason behind placing the Dutch mentor on administrative leave, the publication reports that this was because the coach had clashed with some of the players.

Now, the Citizens are believed to be considering Tinkler as a possible replacement, and it is reported that the former Orlando Pirates coach would be joining the Mother City-based side alongside Vincent Kobola as his assistant.

Kobola is currently employed as an assistant coach at Baroka FC while Tinkler is still not attached to any team following his departure from Maritzburg United at the start of the season.

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Should the reports prove to be true, Tinkler and Kobola would be returning to the team they led between 2016 and 2017.

Tinkler was the head coach in City’s first season in the PSL, and he would leave the club a year later after receiving an enticing offer from SuperSport United.

At the time, Kobola had already retired from playing and was working hand-in-hand with Tinkler in the Cape Town City technical team.

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Tinkler won the Telkom Knockout Cup in his first season in charge of City, and his relationship with club owner John Comitis is still very good.  

Massive transfer news: Pitso Mosimane issues instruction: Get me Peter Shalulile!

May 3rd 2021 at 07:14

Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has reportedly told the club to pursue the signing of Mamelodi Sundowns striker Peter Shalulile.

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An unnamed source, quoted by Phakaaathi, claims that the Namibia international has shot to the top of Pitso Mosimane’s list of transfer targets.

The former Masandawana mentor is looking to build his own team at the Egyptian giants and is seemingly eager to make Shalulile one of his first signings.

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The former Highlands Park star joined the Brazilians at the start of the season and has been a revelation, scoring 17 goals and providing eight assists in 32 games across all competitions.

Thanks to his heroics in the Mamelodi Sundowns shirt, Peter Shalulile is said to have also attracted interest from an unspecified club in France.

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Zinnbauer: Orlando Pirates didn’t train for the Mamelodi Sundowns game

May 3rd 2021 at 04:00

Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer has revealed that his side had no training session for the Mamelodi Sundowns game on Sunday.

But that’s partly understandable and here is why…

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Pirates played Enyimba away on 28 April, meaning they only had a three-day window to return home and plan for table-toppers Sundowns.

Sundowns hammered the Buccaneers 3-0 on the day, and while the majority blame Zinnbauer and the club’s defence, in particular Thulani Hlatshwayo for the loss, the German mentor saw things differently.   

“We had no training session. You need power for this game. It’s always the same players on the field,” said Zinnbauer after the game.

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“It wasn’t our defensive structure that was the problem; it was more concentration from the passing line,” he added.

Furthermore, Zinnbauer blamed injuries after the defeat, saying Pirates missed the presence of players such as Happy Jele, Thembinkosi Lorch and Terrence Dzvukamanja who are all out injured.

“We have to understand [that] we have so many injured players at the moment. We had a long travel in the last two days.

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“You need special players like Happy Jele, Lorch, Dzvukamanja. They have the experience in these games,” added Zinnbauer.  

Orlando Pirates | It took 991 DAYS for Bucs to lose at Orlando Stadium!

May 3rd 2021 at 02:50

Orlando Pirates suffered a 3-0 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday afternoon, and it was their first league loss at the Orlando Stadium in almost three years.  

Prior to Sunday’s defeat, Pirates had last lost a league match at the venue on 15 August 2018.

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And that’s when they were narrowly beaten by the now defunct Bidvest Wits through a Gladwin Shitolo own goal.

Since that defeat, Pirates went on to turn the Orlando Stadium into a real fortress as none of the 15 PSL teams could beat them at their own stadium in 991 DAYS – that’s two years, eight months, and 18 days.

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They went on to play 38 league matches at Orlando Stadium – and none of those ended in defeats.

That’s excluding the Soweto derby loss to Kaizer Chiefs in February 2020, where, while it was a Pirates home game, the match took place at the FNB Stadium.

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In the 38 league matches played at the Orlando Stadium between 15 September 2018 and 18 April 2021, Pirates won a whopping 22 while the other 16 league matches ended in draws.

Pirates will be at home again against Black Leopards on 5 May, and they will look to return to winning ways and improve their position on the PSL log.

Kick-off for that encounter is at 5PM.

Chiefs squander two-goal lead to draw at Celtic

May 1st 2021 at 11:23

 

Kaizer Chiefs blew a 2-0 lead to end up sharing the points with Bloemfontein Celtic as their DStv Premiership clash at the Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium ended 2-2 on Saturday afternoon.

ALSO READ: Kaizer Chiefs braced for ‘tough’ Simba

It was not the first time Amakhosi had taken a lead and gone on to concede and end up not getting a result.

Chiefs had the start they’d have wanted as Happy Mashiane scored with a fourth minute free kick. The score was increased just eight minutes later as Erick Mathoho headed in from a corner.

While Amakhosi tried to pin Celtic back, they didn’t cower and took the fight right back and cut the deficit in the 22nd minute through Neo Maema.

Amakhosi came close to a third two minutes later, but Jackson Mabokgwane was equal to task and thwarted Mashiane’s effort from a free kick.

Celtic forced Daniel Akpeyi into some good saves towards the end of the first half, as they looked to go into the break all square.

That didn’t happen, but it didn’t take the Mangaung side long to get back into the game as they scored just eight minutes after the break. They were awarded a penalty and Victor Letsoalo converted to make it 2-2.

After that both sides tried to find the winner but found the going tough, especially up front. And the draw was perhaps a fair and just result as both had come from defeats in their last outing.

The result left Amakhosi outside the top eight with, TS Galaxy having won against Cape Town City at the same time.

For Celtic, the result will be most worrying because they are now flirting with relegation, with a mere eight points separating them from Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, who are second from bottom in the relegation play-off spot.

AmaZulu send warning to Sundowns with City thrashing

April 28th 2021 at 13:35

 

A statement of intent has been sent by AmaZulu to Mamelodi Sundowns to say should they slip up, they are ready to take the throne and be DStv Premiership champions.

ALSO READ: Sundowns draw another blank in Arrows draw

Usuthu turned Cape Town City into their punching bag, beating them 5-1 at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening to move to within one point of Sundowns who were held to a goalless draw by Golden Arrows at the same time.

Usuthu had a perfect start and startled City early on. The Citizens were unsettled when Augustine Mulenga finished off a polished move by Usuthu by sending the ball past Peter Leeuwenburgh to give them an early lead.

While City tried to get back into the game, they just couldn’t get going against a determined Usuthu, who looked dangerous in attack, forcing their hosts to sit back and guard against conceding further.

And with just a few minutes to the break, Usuthu struck again. Luvuyo Memela made a run into the City area and after getting past Leeuwenburgh, the keeper clipped his feet. The referee awarded a penalty which Thapelo Xoki expertly buried to make it 2-0 going into the break.

And three minutes after the break, Usuthu went 3-0 up, with Mulenga selflessly setting Lehlobonolo Majoro through on goal when he could have had a go himself. ‘Major’ simply pushed the ball into the net and went on to do a celebratory dance. He was pointing at his wrist in a way that suggests a time has come – probably for Usuthu to achieve big things.

Leeuwenburgh came out tops a few minutes later ,saving Xoki’s second attempt from the spot. The penalty had been awarded after Siyethemba Sithebe was fouled inside the box by second half substitute, Craig Martin as Usuthu piled the pressure.

AmaZulu were awarded another penalty in the 65th minute after Martin pushed Majoro. Memela took responsibility this time and converted, with Leeuwenburgh getting to the ball, but it squirmed under the ‘keeper’s body and into the net. .

City were also awarded a penalty in the 76th as they pushed forward late in the game. Sithebe brought Aubrey Ngoma down inside the box, but Fagrie Lakay missed with the spot kick. The striker however made amends for the embarrassing miss a minute later scoring with an easy tap in after his initial shot had hit the post.

With four minutes to the end, City were probably thinking the nightmare is ending soon, but Sithebe had other ideas. The lofty midfielder made it 5-1 with an easy finish after an Usuthu counter attack.

 

Sundowns draw another blank in Arrows draw

April 28th 2021 at 13:05

 

Mamelodi Sundowns continue to stutter at the top of the DStv Premiership, and with AmaZulu storming up the rails it is looking increasingly likely that this season’s title race could go down to the wire.

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Masandawana were held to a goalless draw by third-placed Golden Arrows on Wednesday, meaning Usuthu’s statement 5-1 away victory at Cape Town City took them to within a point of the reigning champions.

Sundowns still have two games in hand, but while they are slipping and sliding – this draw came off the back of a loss to Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday – AmaZulu are flying, picking up 25 points out of a possible 27 in their last nine Premiership matches.

Benni McCarthy’s side now have the chance two points clear at the top on Saturday, and pile more pressure on Sundowns, a day before they visit Orlando Pirates.

Sundowns had Kermit Erasmus leading the line again in the absence of the injured Peter Shalulile, and he fired an early warning shot across the face of the Arrows goal.

Ncikazi’s side were getting plenty of numbers behind the ball, but counter-attacked well when the opportunity presented itself.

Sundowns had a scare from one such attack as a cross whipped in from the left was chested only just wide of his own net by Mosa Lebusa.

At the other end, Sphelele Mkhulise skipped away down the left and he found Erasmus, but he wasn’t able to get a shot away.

Arrows threatened again as Pule Mmodi fizzed off a shot, and Rivaldo Coetzee got his head to it, diverting the ball just wide.

Sundowns’ best chance of the opening half came as Thapelo Morena found Lebo Maboe with a fine ball, but he fired well over the bar.

A minute before the break, Knox Mutizwa burst clear for Arrows, but he scuffed his shot and Denis Onyango gathered easily.

Sundowns, meanwhile, continued to battle to break down a well-organised Arrows in the second half, with their struggles in front of goal having seen the Tshwane giants score just once in their last four matches in all competitions.

For Arrows, meanwhile, this was a 13th draw in 25 matches this season, and they have lost just twice all campaign, with the defending of young Thabani Zuke particularly impressive on Wednesday.

Phakaaathi TV – Can Kaizer Chiefs surprise Sundowns?

April 24th 2021 at 10:25

 

In this week’s episode of Phakaaathi TV, Jonty Mark and Tshepo Ntsoelengoe look back at a busy week in South African football.

ALSO READ: How Kaizer Chiefs could beat Mamelodi Sundowns

Orlando Pirates were held to a goalless draw at home by ES Setif in the Caf Confederaiton Cup, meaning they now need at least a point from their final Group A games against Enyimba on Wednesday.

The Buccaneers missed a gilt-edged opportunity to win the game when Tshegofatso Mabasa blazed over, and also had another goalkeeping injury, with Siyabonga Mpontshane forced from the field early in the game.

We also discuss Kaizer Chiefs and yet another defeat, as Gavin Hunt’s men went down 2-1 at home to Cape Town City at FNB Stadium last Wednesday.

Chiefs failed to recover from an awful start and have another uphill task on Sunday as they take on Mamelodi Sundowns. We also look ahead to that game while casting our eye over Sundowns’ top-of-the-table midweek draw with AmaZulu.

This was anything but a dull goalless draw, with chances to win it for both sides, Peter Shalulile wasting probably the best chance of the game.

Can Amakhosi really spring a surprise on Masandawana on Sunday – well, with the Tshwane giants unable to score in their last two games, it might just be a good time to play them.

Are local coaches ganging up against Chippa United?

April 22nd 2021 at 11:23

 

It has reached the ears of the Phakaaathi Mgosi squad that Chippa United didn’t get as many CVs as they had expected when their head coaching/technical advisor role became available after the release of the alleged racist, Luc Eymael.

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A source has revealed that the club has struggled to get a credible replacement for Dan Malesela who was fired recently because local coaches are snubbing the club for its ill-treatment of coaches.

Chippa have had more coaches than wins in the DStv Premiership with their boss, Siviwe Mpengesi known to be impatient and unprofessional when he fires a coach.

“It was like an unwritten rule that no local coach would apply nor avail themselves for the job, even those who are not employed. I don’t know, but maybe they spoke about it.

“But what I know is that there were not as many CV’s as you’d expect and they had to go with (Vladislav) Heric who had been unemployed for a while now,” said the source.

He said what got the local coaches more angrier is Mpengesi’s insistence on bringing Eymael who by his conduct when he was last here, showed that he doesn’t respect anyone but himself.

“How Eymael conducted himself was unforgivable and I think all the coaches sympathised with (Steve) Komphela after their run-in,” added the source.

Sundowns sharpening their sword for Kaizer Chiefs

April 21st 2021 at 13:31

 

Mamelodi Sundowns jetted back to Gauteng immediately after playing to a goalless draw against AmaZulu at the Kings Park Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, as they maintained their cushion at the summit of the DStv Premiership, with a six-point gap over Usuthu.

ALSO READ: AmaZulu and Sundowns share the spoils

Masandawana will now shift their focus to rivals Kaizer Chiefs, who they face this coming Sunday at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium. Downs co-head coach Manqoba Mngqithi says while his team has a busy schedule, the conditioning team at Chloorkop will make sure that players are ready for Amakhosi.

“This Chiefs game is a little bit better because it gives us an extra day from the match. We probably played 12 matches in a space of less than 30 days and we are hanging in there, we are always pushing the team to make sure we are fresh, knowing that we have mileage,” said Mngqithi.

“At least we played on a Wednesday and we are playing on a Sunday, so we have that one more day that we hardly had in previous matches. We are hoping that the team will be slightly better going into the Sunday match.”

“The conditioning department always comes up with good strategies to always recover the team and … even against AmaZulu we fielded a team that has played so many matches with so many minutes on the legs,” Mngqithi added.

Usuthu and Downs’ game was hyped as one of the marquee games going towards the business end of the season as the KwaZulu-Natal outfit have been enjoying an impressive run, having won six games in a row, before Wednesday’s draw – setting a club record. Mngqithi was proud of his players even though they did not get all three points.

“We matched them with the physical conditioning and our tiredness never really got exposed that much, maybe we started to show in the last few minutes of the game but the truth is, we do a lot of good work in terms of our recovery program, because we are used to playing a lot of matches.”

Kaizer Chiefs’ struggles continue with City defeat

April 21st 2021 at 13:10

 

Kaizer Chiefs’ domestic woes continued on Wednesday, as a late rally at FNB Stadium could not prevent Gavin Hunt’s men from slumping to a 2-1 DStv Premiership defeat at the hands of Cape Town City.

ALSO READ: AmaZulu and Sundowns share the spoils

It was all Amakhosi as the final whistle blew, spurred on by substitute Kearyn Baccus’  second half strike, that had halved the deficit after City had surged into a two goal lead.

In the end, however, Amakhosi slipped to a first defeat in their last six DStv Premiership matches, though there has also been only one win for Chiefs in that time, and they currently sit in a lowly 11th in the table. Next up for Chiefs is the daunting prospect of an unbeaten Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday.

Jan Olde Riekerink’s City, meanwhile, have moved eight points clear of Amakhosi in seventh and are looking back on song after their second league win in a row.

City had a fantastic chance in the 19th minute, as a Chiefs mistake saw the ball land at the feet of Tashreeq Morris inside the area, but he blazed over the bar.

A minute later, Thabo Nodada strode into acres of space down the right and crossed for Makola, but Itumeleng khune just got in to palm the ball away.

The pressure told, however, as in the 22nd minute, City did take the lead. Terrence Mashego, who had given Chiefs plenty of problems in the shirt of TS Galaxy in the 2019 Nedbank Cup final, got away down the left and sent in a fine cross that Morris toe-poked fiercely under Khune and into the back of the net.

Morris nearly added another not long after, his shot again squirming under the body of Khune, but this time the Chiefs ‘keeper got enough on it to be able to recover and grab the ball before it cross the goal line.

Amakhosi were limited in their opportunities in the first half, one tame effort from captain Bernard Parker easily grabbed by Peter Leeuwenburgh, and another overhead kick from Siyabonga Ngezana tipped easily over the bar by the City ‘keeper.

Hunt brought on Kearyn Baccus for Nkosingiphile Ngcobo after the break, and Chiefs did improve in attack, with Khama Billat finding some more space down the left.

Two minutes into the second half, Baccus had the chance to make an immediate impact, as the ball fell at his feet from a corner, but Thamsanqa Mkhize got out to block his effort.

And in the 52nd minute, City went further in front, as Fagrie Lakay found Ralani, who strode forward and unchallenged by Chiefs’ watching defence, he opted to have a shot that took a deflection of Erick Mathoho, and totally wrong-footed Khune.

Chiefs nearly pulled one back immediately, as Samir Nurkovic’s effort was brilliantly cleared off the line by Taariq Fielies.

Hunt threw on Dumisani Zuma and Happy Mashiane in a bid to invigorate Chiefs’ attack and it paid instant dividends. Zuma beat two men down the right and crossed for Baccus, who headed emphatically home.

Chiefs pushed for an equaliser and Nurkovic’s long-range effort was pushed away by Leeuewenburgh.

Amakhosi then missed a great chance to equalise in the 84th minute as Mashiane’s cross found Ngezana unmarked at the back post, but his effort hit the side netting.

Pule powers Pirates past Maritzburg

April 18th 2021 at 14:25

Vincent Pule came off the bench to strike twice on Sunday as Orlando Pirates bounced back from their Nedbank Cup exit with a 2-0 DStv Premiership win over Maritzburg United at Orlando Stadium.

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Josef Zinnbauer’s side had to find a riposte after Thursday’s 4-1 cup hammering by Mamelodi Sundowns, and this win moved them into the top four in the table, and set the Buccaneers up nicely for Wednesday’s Caf Confederation Cup clash at home to Algeria’s ES Setif.

Orlando Pirates were without the suspended Thulani Hlatshwayo for this game, and with Happy Jele also on the sidelines Ntsikelelo Nyauza captained the team against United.

Zinnbauer, meanwhile, handed a first ever DStv Premiership start to 20 year old right back Thabiso Sesane, while Abel Mabaso got his first league start of the season alongside Nyauza in a makeshift Buccaneers back four.

And Maritzburg ran Pirates ragged in the opening stages. In the 7th minute, Bandile Shandu overlapped down the right wing and crossed for Daylon Claasen, but he fired wide.

Thabiso Kutumela then burst through the middle against his former side, but his shot was saved by Wayne Sandilands.

United’s rhythm was disrupted, however, when Venezuelan Jose Ali Meza went down in a fairly innocuous challenge, but had to be stretchered off with a serious-looking knee injury. Sibusiso Hlubi came on in his place, but from then on it was Pirates who took charge of the game.

Kabelo Dlamini fizzed one effort just wide, before Sesane gave an indication of his promise with a lovely ball over the top of the Maritzburg defence. Deon Hotto was clean through, but his shot was superbly saved by the leg of Marcel Engelhardt.

A minute before the break, Thabang Monare put a slide rule pass through for Hotto, who again had a fantastic opportunity, but this time he curled over the bar.

There was still time before half time for Nyauza to commit an awful tackle Bongokuhle Hlongwane that earned the defender a yellow card. Dlamini was also booked earlier, after his studs caught Ryan Rae on the head, and he will now be suspended for Saturday’s visit to Swallows FC.

Zinnbauer made an attacking substitution at the break, bringing on Pule to replace Ben Motshwari, but it was Maritzburg who threatened first. Rae, his head wrapped in a bandage, put in a long thrown that was flicked right across the face of the Buccaneers goal.

Pirates then had a great chance of their own as they intercepted a United attack and Hotto put in a fine cross for Tshegofatso Mabasa, but he lifted his effort over the bar

And Pirates did take the lead in the 59th minute, Dlamini flicking a fine pass through for Fortune Makaringe, who crossed for Pule to volley into the roof of the net at the back post.

United should have equalised in the 71st minute, as another long throw from Rae found Hlongwane at the back post, but he shot over with the goal gaping.

And the game was as good as over with 12 minutes on the clock, after a total howler from Maritzburg’s ‘keeper Engelhardt. Wayne Sandilands sent a hopeful punt forward, and Engelhardt tried to head it away on the bounce, but only managed to flick it on for Pule, who nodded into an empty net, for his eighth goal of the season in all competitions and his third against Maritzburg, having also scored against the Team of Choice  in the Nedbank Cup.

Ngubane on course to fulfil promotion mandate at Royal AM

April 16th 2021 at 12:32

New Royal AM coach, Sazi Ngubane has been brought in to ensure that the club with the youngest chairman is promoted to the top flight next season.

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The club’s chairman is 20-year-old Andile Mpisane who is flamboyant businesswoman, Shauwn Mkhize’s son.

Ngubane replaced Floyd Mogale just over a week ago and he said the mandate was simple – to get the team promoted.

It is said the owners have said playing in the second tier is no longer serving their purpose and they want to move up.

Mkhize previously co-owned Royal Eagles with ex-husband Sbu Mpisane, but they have since divorced and she bought the status of Real Kings and renamed them Royal AM (AM is an abbreviation for his son’s name Andile Mpisane).

Since taking over, Ngubane – who took the side to the playoffs two seasons ago – has guided the team to two draws, with the latest being on Friday afternoon where they shared the spoils with the resurgent Cape United.

Royal AM looked good for the full points in the early stages of the game as they pushed their hosts back, and opened the scoring in the 15th minute through Mfundo Thikazi.

But the Spirited Ones were not going to allow Royal to bully them in their own backyard and fought back. They found the equaliser 10 minutes later through Roscoe Peterson who converted from the penalty spot.

Both sides had some inviting chances that they would have taken the full points had they made good use of, but in the end the spoils were shared.

Royal moved to second place but may still be overtaken by Sekhukhune United who play Jomo Cosmos on Sunday afternoon.

Fixtures

Saturday: FS Stars JDR Stars; CT Spurs v BP Chiefs; Uthongathi v Richards Bay; TS Sporting v University of Pretoria
Sunday: Sekhukhune v Cosmos; Polokwane City v CT All Stars

Sundowns mop the floor with Pirates to reach Nedbank semis

April 15th 2021 at 14:16

 

Mamelodi Sundowns showed no mercy against Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals last night at Loftus Versfeld, giving them a 4-1 hiding to continue their title defence.

ALSO READ: Chiefs held yet again as Baroka fight back

Masandawana’s emphatic victory sets up a semifinal with top-flight rookies Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila at the same venue on Sunday.

Peter Shalulile began the goal-fest in the 13th minute after Rivaldo Coetzee played a delightful pass to him, playing it from his half to find the striker on his bike. Pirates defenders made the mistake of allowing him to have acres of space to control the ball, compose himself and pick his spot to slot past Wayne Sandilands to score his fourth goal of the tournament

Pirates, to their credit, did fight back and found an equaliser in the 33rd minute through Tshegofasto Mabasa. A good ball from Happy Jele found Deon Hotto, who controlled well with his chest and slid a pass into Gabadinho Mhango.

The Malawian striker crossed for Mabasa to slot home at the back post, and Mhango himself hit the crossbar for the
Buccaneers not long after.

But that was as good as it got for Pirates.

Sundowns’ second goal came from Themba Zwane just a couple of minutes after the break, as he capitalised on a mis-kick from Thulani Hlatshwayo, and brilliantly skipped around Sandilands to find the back of the net for the 12th time this season in all competitions.

Sundowns made changes for the last 15 minutes of the tie, bringing on skipper Hlompho Kekana and playmaker Lesedi Kapinga in the places of Lebohang Maboe and Gaston Sirino, who passed a late fitness test to make it for the match.

Those changes proved to be the touch of an angel as both substitutes netted to turn a simple victory into a hammering.

It did not take Kapinga long to impose his brilliance in the match as he scored in what was possibly his first touch to give Downs a two-goal cushion. It was Zwane’s fine pass that found Kapinga unmarked in the box and he unleashed a powerful shot that caught Sandilands in no man’s land, with his shot hitting the upright on its way to rattling the net.

It was then Kekana’s chance at having a go at Sandilands, doing what he does best as he lined-up a shot, if a little closer in than usual, beating the Pirates ‘keeper in the 86th minute.

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