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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.  

Cape Town City place coach Jan Olde Riekerink on ‘administrative leave’

May 3rd 2021 at 08:52

There’s drama down in the Cape after Cape Town City FC placed head coach Jan Olde Riekerink on “administrative leave” with “immediate effect”.

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The DStv Premiership confirmed the news on their Twitter account on Monday, adding that assistant coach Diogo Peral will take charge of the team until further notice.

Riekerink, 58, was named Cape Town City coach in November 2019 following Benni McCarthy’s departure.

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Despite their struggles in recent weeks – which included a 5-1 home defeat against AmaZulu and a 1-0 loss to strugglers TTM – Cape Town City find themselves in seventh place in the DStv Premiership standings and virtually assured of their place in next season’s MTN8.

They will next be in action away to Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday, 12 May at 19:30.

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The club can confirm that it has placed coach Jan Olde Riekerink on administrative leave, with immediate effect.

Club assistant coach Diogo Peral will take charge of the team until further notice. pic.twitter.com/A4LYgR4OdK

— Cape Town City FC (@CapeTownCityFC) May 3, 2021

Kaizer Chiefs key transfer target banished by his PSL club!

April 30th 2021 at 23:51

Kaizer Chiefs target Taariq Fielies has reportedly been banished from the Cape Town City squad following their 5-1 thumping at the hands of AmaZulu.

Cape Town City were handed a shocking 5-1 loss during their midweek fixture against former manager Benni McCarthy’s AmaZulu and the Kaizer Chiefs linked defender has reportedly earned the wrath of Jan Olde Riekerink following the loss.

Cape Town City’s Taariq Fielies alongside Buhle Mkhwanazi and Swallows FC’s Njabulo Ngcobo have been identified as the Amakhosi’s primary targets to solve their leaking defence that have already conceded 28 goals this season.

Kaizer Chiefs target banished by his club

Fielies who was roped in at Cape Town City by former manager Benni McCarthy has reportedly been expelled from Jan Olde Riekerink’s squad after showing little remorse following his side’s shock loss against AmaZulu.

The Kaizer Chiefs target reportedly embraced his former manager Benni McCarthy following the match despite the embarrassing result according to SoccerLaduma.

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“I would have to ask the coach what happened because I am not aware that he has not travelled with the team,” Cape Town City chairman John Comitis told the same publication regarding the Kaizer Chiefs target.

“The coach and the player had a meeting yesterday, that I know. But I don’t know what happened in that meeting.”

Fielies opens up about transfer ambitions

“Obviously my mind is still here, but as a player you also want to achieve silverware and go test yourself at bigger clubs.” Fielies said last month following reported interest from Kaizer Chiefs.

“I won’t say Cape Town City is a small club, I just mean basically a new club that is well established also, in Joburg or whatever. I would like to take on the opportunity, everyone wants to go on a journey where there’s different stories and different experiences.

“I’ve spent enough time at this club to establish myself. I feel now is the right time to go on a different journey and hopefully me and the chairman (Comitis) can come to some sort of agreement if there’s a suitable offer.”

Fielies has reportedly been dropped from Jan Olde Riekerink’s squad that will face TS Galaxy later today while his long-term future at Cape Town City is also up in smoke. This will undoubtedly leave clubs like Kaizer Chiefs and other potential suitors watching on with a keen eye.

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.

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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.

 

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.

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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.

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