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LEICESTER v Manchester City (Kick Off 3:00 p.m. UK time. add 1 hour for Nigeria and 2 hrs for South Africa) Leicester goalkeeper Ben Hamer will make only his second Premier League start in place of Kasper Schmeichel, who broke a metatarsal on Thursday. Ritchie de Laet and Wes Morgan are available after illness and suspension respectively, while Paul Konchesky's red card against Villa was overturned. Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is set to play after a three-match absence with a hamstring problem. David Silva and Stevan Jovetic returned from injury against Roma in midweek. MATCH PREVIEW "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…" The opening words of the Charles Dickens classic 'A Tale of Two Cities' seem appropriate for this fixture - thinking about the last week anyway. Not even confirmation that Sergio Aguero will be out of action until mid-January could dampen the Manchester City mood, with the opening of their highly-acclaimed £200m training complex followed by a famous Champio ...
Stoke City winger Osaze Odemwingie is the only surprise omission from the Super Eagles list of invitees called to camp by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) ahead of the impending African Cup of Nations qualifiers in September. As the qualifying rounds ahead of the 2015 African Cup of Nations begin, the Super Eagles face Congo’s Red Devils in Calabar on September 6 before flying to Cape Town to take on South Africa's Bafana Bafana on September 10. In preparation for both games, the NFF has called up 23 players with very few surprises. So far, the only two big names left out are Osaze and midfielder Michael Babatunde who broke an arm at the World Cup and had to be stretchered off. It appears both were left out due to injuries as Osaze did not feature at all for his club in the opening game of the Premier League. Leftback Elderson Echiejile of Monaco who missed out on the World Cup after picking up an injury in a warm-up friendly a week before the tournament gets a recall, however. So too does Schalk ...
Webb retires from refereeing to become PGMOL Technical Director The former policeman has been a Premier League official since 1998 and has taken charge of Champions League and World Cup Finals in a long and established career By Sam Lee 6 Aug 2014 13:20:00 Howard Webb has retired from refereeing to become techincal director at Professional Game Match Officials Limited. Webb, 43, started his refereeing career in 1989 and oversaw his first Premier League match in October 2003, before being added to Fifa's international referees' list two years later. In 2010 he took charge of the Champions League final between Inter and Bayern Munich, and then the World Cup Final in South Africa as Spain beat the Netherlands. Webb's new role will include "overseeing the technical direction and standards that govern the on-field performance of PGMOL’s match officials", according to an official statement. He will also be responsible for the training and coaching of referees, as well as "informing and educating" the public o ...
Top 10 Stars to watch FIFA World Cup 2014 With the World Cup in Brazil fast approaching we take a look at who we think the upcoming stars of the tournament will be... 1. Neymar (Brazil) One of the hottest properties in world football. At just 21 years old, Neymar is a proven goal scorer. Attracting interest from Barcelona, Chelsea and Real Madrid many are tipping Neymar to be Brazil’s star at the World Cup. 2. Javier Hernandez (Mexico) Hernandez was a stand-out performer for Mexico at the World Cup in South Africa. After a tremendously impressive first season in the Premier League with Manchester United, Chicharito continues to go from strength to strength. 3. Marco Reus (Germany) After the recent revolution of young world class German players coming through, Marco Reus is yet another to come through the German production line. A regular in the Borussia Dortmund team, Reus has become one of the German national side's biggest stars. 4. Wilfried Zaha (England) Following some stunning performances in the C ...
World Cup TRIVIA: It’s 13 days to go…in our trivia this morning , we look at the fastest goal ever; Turkey's captain Hakan Sukur pounced on a defensive error to score after just 11 seconds against co-hosts South Korea in the 2002 third-fourth play-off, the fastest goal in World Cup history. It beat the previous record of 16 seconds set by Czechoslovakia's Vaclav Masek in 1962. Later in the afternoon, we’ll look at the first ever Golden goal. HERE ARE OTHER FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE World Cup; Each World Cup has an official instrument and 2014’s is called the caxirola. Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown created the caxirola which has been labeled a better alternative to the unpopular vuvuzelas of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The caxirola emits a sound similar to a rattle. After a series of controversial calls made in the Premier League, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012, FIFA announced it would be installing goal-line technology in all 12 of Brazil’s World Cup stadiums. According to FIF ...
The Woods World Cup Countdown 24th : Japan This is a fifth consecutive World Cup for Japan, but they are yet to progress beyond the round of 16. Last time out in South Africa, they were beaten on penalties in the R16 by Paraguay after progressing through a relatively soft group. The Samurai Blues sauntered through AFC qualifying, but given the confederation's status as the weakest in world football, that is hardly an achievement. In a group Colombia, Ivory Coast and Greece, Japan will simply be overmatched in all three games and I expect the best they could hope for would be a tie against either Ivory Coast or Greece, though the prospect seems unlikely. Player to watch: Shinji Kagawa. Known to most watchers of the Premier League, Kagawa has so far failed to nail down a spot in an overcrowded Manchester United attack. Despite this, Kagawa certainly has the ability and tenacity to unlock a defence and win a game.
Brazil have named four Chelsea players in their provisional World Cup squad. Defender David Luiz and midfielders Oscar, Ramires and Willian are in a 23-man squad named by Luiz Felipe Scolari, along with Manchester City's Fernandinho and Tottenham's Paulinho. There was no place for Liverpool midfielders Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Leiva despite their important roles in the Reds' Premier League title bid. AC Milan duo Kaka and Robinho are also big-name absentees. Midfielder Kaka, 32, had been hopeful of playing in his fourth World Cup. Scolari was expected to select Chelsea's Brazilian contingent while Fernandinho is also in the squad after an impressive debut season in the Premier League with City. The 28-year-old has only featured only once for the national side since February 2012, scoring his first international goal in a friendly against South Africa in March. World Cup hosts Brazil have until 2 June to decide whether to make any changes before their final 23-man squad has to be named. The five-time wo ...
Mikel, Moses have nothing to prove Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi and on-loan Liverpool forward Victor Moses have nothing to prove to Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi to guarantee their place in his World Cup squad, says Atlanta ’96 gold medallist Joseph Dosu. Although Keshi says he is worried that the duo have become benchwarmers in their Premier League clubs, he is set to keep faith with the players who were instrumental in Nigeria’s South Africa 2013 Africa Cup of Nations triumph. “It’s quite unfortunate that Mikel and Moses are not playing regularly for their clubs at the moment and I cannot influence that. I was a victim of the same circumstance when I was playing in Belgium, but I still retained my place in the national team,” Keshi said at a media event in Lagos during the week. “Mikel and Moses are not kids in the game of football. So, they don’t need to be taught the rudiments of the game. The truth is that I need them in the team because they’re quality players.” Keshi’s position .. ...
The Barclays Premier League trophy is on its travels… As well as the silverware, ex-BPL stars Lucas Radebe, Mark Fish and Marcel Desailly are journeying in South Africa as the countdown to in Johannesburg continues. Find out more:
IS THE South African PREMIER LEAGUE HAVING A NEGATIVE EFFECT ON AFRICAN FOOTBALL? This week we ask if the South African PSL is having a negative effect on African football as a whole. Big clubs in South Africa are signing many of Africa's rising stars but often failing to give them enough game time. For example, Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda was dropped for a recent international friendly after failing to hold down a first team jersey at Orlando Pirates. On the other hand, players who do move to South Africa often become physically fitter and often earn more money. What do you think – is the way that South African clubs are attracting top players good for the standard of play on the continent?
Stand the chance to win one of five double tickets to the BPL Live Exclusive Guest Experience! The Barclays Premier League are saying thank you to their fans in South Africa with an event at the Zoo Lake Sports Club and you could get the VIP treatment of a lifetime by entering here! To enter, just tell us who are the current Barclays Premier League champions? The prize includes: An exclusive coaching and signing sessions with BLP legends, a viewing of the BPL trophy, access to VIP season and access to the BPL Live hospitality throughout the day! Thereafter you and your partner will receive signed shirts! Terms and conditions here: Entrants MUST be able to travel to Zoo Lake on March 29 at their own expense, competition closes Tuesday 18 March.
IPL schedule will be 'finalised' on Friday - Biswal IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal has confirmed that the decision over the venues and scheduling of the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League will be "finalised and announced" on Friday. Bangladesh and South Africa have emerged as contenders to host the away leg of the IPL, if required, depending on the union home ministry's decree. Though Biswal declined to discuss the details over whether the IPL - which clashes with the Indian federal elections - will be held in one or more countries among India, South Africa, Bangladesh and UAE, ESPNcricinfo understands that the BCCI has prepared two options, based on the directive from the home ministry. A senior BCCI functionary on Wednesday is believed to have discussed the possibility of the IPL returning to India at the start of May - once the polling in a few IPL-hosting states is over - with a bureaucrat in the home ministry. If union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, who had recently declared the inability t ...
THIS MORNING UPDATE Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini rejects Lionel Messi rumours. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has refuted reports that the club are plotting a big- money move for Barcelona star Lionel Messi this summer. Spanish media outlets have suggested that the former Premier League champions are prepared to stump up the cash to reach the Argentina star's buyout clause at the end of the season. Daniel Sturridge: 'Raheem Sterling will only get better' Daniel Sturridge has backed Raheem Sterling to "get better" as he continues to play first-team football with the club. Eden Hazard: "I want to play all the time" Eden Hazard has said that he enjoys playing "a lot of games" after making his 100th appearance in all competitions for Chelsea last weekend. Luiz Felipe Scolari impressed by Fernandinho display. Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has admitted that he was delighted with Fernandinho's display in the 5-0 victory over South Africa on Wednesday. Arsene Wenger: 'Mathieu Flamini ...
Last weeks questions: Who shot HF Verwoerd at the opening of the Union Exposition in Milner Park in 1961? David Pratt During which war was the Battle of Gettyberg fought? American Civil War Who was a member of the Cape Colony Parliament, Chief Justice and fifth State President of the Orange Free State, State Secretary of the South African Republic at the time of the Second Boer War, and the first president of the Senate of the Union of South Africa? FW Reitz Which English King was married six times? Henry VIII 2. Sport Which major sporting event is currently happening in Australia? The Australian Open Who won the 2013 – 2014 Ashes test series? Australia Who are the current Rugby Curry Cup champions? The Sharks Who are currently log leaders of the Premier League? Arsenal 3. Current Affairs Which previous director General of the BBC is currently the chairman of the FA? Greg *** Who is the President of France? François Hollande Who is the minister of International Relations and Co-operation? Maite Nkoana ...
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WOW In October of 1998 a bolt of lightning killed an entire 11-man soccer team from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The opposing team was completely unharmed. Thirty more people had burn injuries. Some people thought the team had been cursed and that was what caused the lightning to strike them. The game was a draw at 1-1 when the lightning struck the visiting team in the province of Kasai in the eastern region of the DRC. Incidentally, a similar situation happened the following weekend in Johannesburg, South Africa. A Premier League soccer match was suddenly stopped when lightning struck the field. Half of the players from both teams, the Jomo Cosmos and the Moroka Swallows, fell to the ground. Several of the players writhed on the ground holding their ears and eyes in pain. Luckily, no one was killed in that incident.
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CHAN drama continues: Chiefs players gone awol Five Kaizer Chiefs players failed to pitch for the 23- man Bafana Bafana squad's camp in Cape Town on Thursday, ahead of CAF's African Champions tournament (CHAN), starting on January 11. "I'm waiting for the Chiefs' contingent to make an appearance. Everything was sorted out. There is no reason why they should not be here," said Bafana coach Gordon Igesund. A simmering, potentially explosive controversy about whether the reigning Premier League champions would release Siphiwe Tshabalala, Itumeleng Khune, Bernard Parker, Tsepo Masilela and Tefo Mashamaite had apparently been settled. "We are in discussions with Chiefs over the issue," said Safa media director, Dominic Chimhavi. "At this point there are no problems over the 18 other players who will be representing South Africa in the Caf tournament," he said. Should Gordon drop Chiefs players? Do you see Bafana Bafana doing well without Chiefs players? :v :v :v cry Gordon cry for our five skippers :p :p
In the United Kingdom, it is traditional for the Premier League (England and Wales), Scottish Premier League (Scotland) and Irish Premier League (Northern Ireland), as well as the lower divisions and rugby leagues, to hold a full programme of football and rugby league matches on Boxing Day. Traditionally, matches on Boxing Day are played against local rivals. This was originally to avoid teams and their fans having to travel a long distance to an away game on the day after Christmas Day. It also makes the day an important one in the sporting calendar. In Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, much anticipated Test matches are played on Boxing Day. Prior to the formation of leagues, a number of important rugby fixtures took place on Boxing Day notably Llanelli v London Welsh and Leicester v The Barbarians.. -Wikipedia
Kaizer Chiefs’ head coach, Stuart Baxter, has been linked with the vacant post at English Premier League side, West Bromwich Albion. The 60-year-old recently signed a new two-year deal with the Amakhosi, committing himself to the club until 2016, although it seems that he is still being monitored by other clubs abroad. Baxter has previously coached in England, working within the Three Lion’s youth set-up, as well as spending time in Sweden and Japan. It seems unlikely that, after signing a new Chiefs contract, Baxter would be willing to depart from the club that he has led back to the top of the PSL standings, however it cannot be completely ruled out. In their article they stated, “Of those potential recruits, only Paul Clement, No 2 to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, and possibly Stuart Baxter, one of Hodgson’s former pals currently working in South Africa, sprang to mind. But neither has frontline experience in the Premier League.” Baxter led Chiefs to a league and cup double last season in h ...
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Books of condolence were also set up across the UK including in Brixton, where huge crowds greeted Mr Mandela during his state visit to Britain in 1996, and at City Chambers, in Glasgow, where Mr Mandela visited in 1993, and which awarded him the Freedom of the City in 1981 while a prisoner under South Africa's Apartheid regime. Further crowds gathered at the statue of the former president in Parliament Square to pay their respects and leave gifts. The first tribute at a Premier League match will be at the Manchester United v Newcastle game at 12:45 GMT. The honour will be repeated at six other games on Saturday, two on Sunday, and at the Swansea v Hull match on Monday. On Friday, the Queen led the UK in sending her "sincere condolences" to the family of Nelson Mandela and to the people of South Africa. She said she was "deeply saddened" to learn the news, saying Mr Mandela had "worked tirelessly" for the good of his country, and adding that his legacy was "the peaceful South Africa we see today". The Pri ...
A minute's applause is to be held at Premier League matches in tribute to former South Africa president Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday aged 95. Football fans in Scotland will also be asked to applaud at games, with similar plans for Football League and FA Cup second-round matches. Saracens players will wear black armbands for their Heineken Cup rugby match at Italian side Zebre in Parma. The club's chief executive is South African Edward Griffiths. South Africa's 1995 Rugby World Cup-winning captain Francois Pienaar, who went on to play for Saracens, famously received the Webb Ellis Trophy from Mandela, who wore a Springbok shirt and cap. "I will always be profoundly grateful for the personal role Nelson Mandela has played in my life, as my president and my example," said Pienaar on Friday. All clubs playing in this weekend's Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup third round matches have been asked to observe a minute's silence before kick-off. A minute's silence was held before the semi-final action ...
Good Morning, for those of you who can get out of Christmas shopping with the Mrs, like me, there's one or two live fixtures you may want to watch today. Personally I need to split myself in two somehow today with the Derby and RL World Cup Final kicking off within quarter of an hour of each other! Live Fixture Highlights 12:15 Sheffield Wed v Huddersfield (Championship) Sky Sports 12:45 Everton v Liverpool (Premier League) BT Sport 13:00 New Zealand v England (RLWC Semi Final) BBC 15:30 Australia v Fiji (RLWC Semi Final) BBC 17:30 Dortmund v Bayern Munich (Bundesliga) BT Sport 17:30 West Ham v Chelsea (Premier League) Sky Sports 20:00 France v South Africa (RU International) Sky Sports 20:00 Froch v Groves (Super Middleweight) Sky Box Office
BDF XI attempt to stop Chiefs friendly match BDF, Chiefs clash moved to Tuesday It appears an amicable solution has been reached after Premier League log leaders Botswana Defence Force XI’s attempted to stop a friendly clash between Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa. BDF XI had written to the Premier League registering their displeasure over the friendly match. BDF XI officials are unhappy that their match against Mochudi Centre Chiefs has been postponed in favour of Kaizer Chiefs. On October 29, Kaizer Chiefs marketing manager Jessica Motaung was quoted as saying: "We will see who the real Chiefs of sub-Saharan Africa are." BDF’s fixture against Centre Chiefs was initially penciled in for Sunday, November 17, but it has since been moved to Tuesday in order to accommodate Centre Chiefs’ friendly against Amakhosi – dubbed the Clash of the Champions – on Saturday at the National Stadium. The chairman of BDF Boikanyo Addenes argues that official matches cannot be put aside in ...
Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata believes that England have a chance of winning the World Cup next summer because of the strength of the players they can call up. The 25-year old has been capped on 32 occasions for Spain, and he appeared once during their trophy-winning 2010 tournament in South Africa. Uncertainties surrounded his Stamford Bridge future over the summer, but Mata has since figured 11 times this season and says he has seen first-hand the quality that Roy Hodgson has at his disposal. "The England team is really very good as they have a lot of players in the best teams in England and Europe," he explained at a Laureus Foundation event. "For me they will always be a candidate to win any of the major of the major tournaments that they are in." Mata also spoke of how he is enjoying his time in the Premier League following his 2011 switch from La Liga side Valencia. "It is marvellous to play in England and I have felt the difference since the first day," he said. "I think it is important to grow as a ...
SA players abroad There was little to cheer about for South Africans campaigning in England over the weekend, with Steven Pienaar's Everton missing the chance to go second in the Premier League. ‘Schillo’ played his part with a lively performance in a 0-0 draw at home with Tottenham, but could not bag the three points for his side. Kagisho Dikgacoi started for Crystal Palace, who remain rooted to the foot of the Premiership after a 2-0 loss at West Brom. He was substituted with just over 10 minutes remaining. Bongani Khumalo started and Dean Furman was on the bench as Championship side Doncaster Rovers were beaten 3-1 at home by Brighton & Hove Albion. Tokelo Rantie is still waiting for his first goal at Bournemouth after he was replaced just after the hour-mark in the 2-0 loss to struggling Bolton Wanderers. Rantie was also at fault for the Bolton opener when his miss-placed pass led to David N’Gog opening the scoring. South Africa-born Andrew Surman also came on late in the game for The Cherries. ...
Notwane sole director and managing director Gift Mogapi is my boy. I like innovative and creative people like him. Imagine, he is only running a car wash in Gaborone but he convinced academics to hand him the team on a silver platter. Barutegi ba ba kana kana ba Setshaba. He has managed to recruit reputed South African players like Tso Vilakazi. He was even elected to be the vice chairman of the Premier League. And I like that confidence that he oozes when he is tackling the media and the way he shapes his mouth. You are just my man. I wish you could appoint me as your PR manager or ball boy so that I could deal with things this side when you are busy checking on your millions in South Africa. Just like Munumutapa, Botswana football will never forget you for the good work things you that you have done and those innovative ideas. After only a short period, you brought so much to our football. You even bought your own printing tickets for the team. You remind me of one South African, Professor Chauc ...
Daniel Sturridge Is the Only Exciting Player for England Former England goalkeeper David James has come out and criticised England's players feeling they lack flair and believes Daniel Sturridge is the only one capable of pulling off a skill or two. James, who now at the age of 43 plies his trade in Iceland, believes the likes of Gerrard and Lampard are not flair players which puts England behind other international opponents. "We want results, but we also want excitement," said James in his column for The Observer. "Week in, week out we watch flair players in the Premier League and expect to see the same thing from our national team. But England can't play that way. "While we have Daniel Sturridge, we also have Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and James Milner who simply don't thrive off that kind of football. "Even Wayne Rooney, who doesn't mind doing a few tricks, is more effective for England by keeping it simple." David James was part of England's trip to South Africa in 2010 as they were demolished by ...
The Rugby Championship Next Fixtures 28 September: South Africa vs. Australia, Newlands Cape Town at 17h00. The possibility of the return of Benn Robinson to the front row and the skipper James Horwill to the back row will definitely be a positive for the Australians. Horwill has shown in the past that he is the man for the moment and one of the best leaders around. The physicality he brings to the table will be a factor in the line-outs and they will be more competitive both there and in the tight play. Adrian Strauss will start at No 2 in place of the vindicated Bismarck du Plessis due to the rotating system of the Springboks. The Springboks are blessed here like in all the positions. Pieter Stef du Toit was called up to the squad together with the long overdue call-up of Juan de Jongh. This guy needs no introduction to the try line and he will be in my starting lineup any time! But, give Heineke Meyer the benefit of the doubt and let us see if the Springboks can maul the men from Down Under again. 29 S ...
Pellegrini to be unveiled by Man City on Wednesday Manchester City are set to formally unveil new manager Manuel Pellegrini at a press conference on Wednesday. The Chilean will be presented to media at the club's training ground almost four weeks after his appointment was confirmed. He will be joined by new signing Fernandinho, the Brazilian midfielder bought from Shakhtar Donetsk at a cost to the club of £30 million. Pellegrini met the majority of his squad this week for the start of their pre-season programme. They travel to South Africa later in the week ahead of friendlies against SuperSport United and AmaZulu FC. They are also participating in the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong this month before playing a tournament in Munich and a friendly against Arsenal in Helsinki. They begin their Premier League campaign against Newcastle on August 17. The high-profile arrivals of Pellegrini and Fernandinho, and Spain winger Jesus Navas from Sevilla for an initial £14.9million, have heralded a summer of cha ...
New Manchester United boss David Moyes insists Wayne Rooney is not for sale - but admits he does not know if the striker is happy at Old Trafford. Liverpool have lost the battle to sign Shakhtar Donetsk's Henrikh Mkhitaryan after Borussia Dortmund tabled a bid of £21.5m. Swansea have stepped up their bid to sign Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony with a £13.7m package. Everton boss Roberto Martinez has won the battle to sign striker Arouna Kone from former club Wigan for £5m. West Ham have agreed a £6.7m fee to sign Colombian striker Duvan Zapata, 22, from Argentine club Estudiantes. QPR are struggling to offload striker Loic Remy because no team in the Premier League wants him. Manchester City's pre-season tour of South Africa could be thrown into chaos because of Nelson Mandela's continued ill health.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce has been in the market for a new striker and The Sun reports that 28-year-old South Africa forward Katlego Mphela from Mamelodi Sundowns is the latest target. Meanwhile the Daily Mail says the Premier League new boys will have to pay £1.5million for Stoke City midfielder Wilson Palacios.
Ashgold Striker Yakubu Mohammed To Rejoin Orlando Pirates After Benin Withdraw From Chan Qualifier. Reports in Ghana! Striker Yakubu Mohammed will rejoin Orlando Pirates early next week AshantiGold striker Yakubu Mohammed will arrive in South Africa early next week to begin his new career at Orlando Pirates. The 23-year-old completed medicals with the Buccaneers last week and has been handed jersey number 40. But he returned to Ghana to rejoin the CHAN squad for the qualifier against Benin which has been called off. Ghana CHAN coach Dauda Lutterodt requested for the availability of the powerful center-forward who bagged 14 Premier League goals last term. However, after the Local Squirrels withdrew from the 2014 qualifiers all 26 players at Prampram have been released and the striker will fly out to Johannesburg to join his new team-mates after playing his last game for AshGold against Kotoko in the Coronation game on Sunday. Yakubu joins Ghana first choice goalkeeper Fatau Dauda who also signed a three-ye ...
Manuel Pellegrini's first game in charge of Manchester City will be against South African side SuperSport United, the 2012 Premier League champions have confirmed. The Chilean's City reign will begin in earnest with the July 14 game, which takes place in Pretoria on the club's pre-season tour. City have also arranged a second fixture, against AmaZulu FC in Durban on July 18, with both games part of the Nelson Mandela Football Invitational. Chief Executive Officer Ferran Soriano said: "We are very excited about visiting South Africa this summer to begin our preparations for the new season. "As well as competing in two games, we have chosen Durban as our base for our training camp. Supersport and AmaZulu will provide us with an excellent test, and it is an exciting time for the club as Manuel Pellegrini takes charge of the team for the first time. "South Africa showcased itself as a footballing nation in 2010 with a wonderful World Cup. This trip will be a fantastic opportunity for us to train and compete i ...
World Cup NEWS UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino has added his voice to those calling for a winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022, insisting football should be played in the most suitable weather. Ever since FIFA awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar in 2010, there has been growing pressure for the event to be moved to avoid temperatures that can reach 50 degrees centigrade, despite Qatar's plan to spend more than £65bn on air-conditioned stadiums and other facilities. The major European leagues - led by the Premier League - have opposed the idea of radically altering their schedules to accommodate a winter World Cup, but Infantino has joined FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA chief Michel Platini in backing the move. In an interview with the Times, he said: "Whenever you play the World Cup should be the best period for it. I had the same reflections on South Africa in 2010. "Four years earlier in Germany it was nice sunshine. South Africa is a beautiful country, but at five o'clock, it's night and it' ...
Arsenal and Manchester City will play a pre-season friendly in Helsinki ahead of the start of the new season. The Premier League pair meet in the Finnish capital on Saturday, August 10 at the 40,000 capacity Olympic Stadium. The fixture will bring the clubs' pre-season schedules to a close with the north London side travelling to Finland after completing the Asia Tour, which sees the side play in Indonesia, Vietnam and Japan from mid-July. Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: "We played Manchester City in the build-up to the 2012/13 season in the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing and know that they will provide the team with a very competitive match as we finalise preparations for the 2013/14 domestic campaign. "We have many passionate supporters in Finland, and it will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with them all in what will be our first-ever match in the country." Premier League runners-up City travel to South Africa, Hong Kong and Germany, with City winning 2-0 when the two teams also met in ...
John Obi Mikel plans to pile more pain on Manchester City’s Yaya Toure for the ­second time in quick succession. Mikel helped Nigeria beat Toure’s Ivory Coast 2-1 in the quarter-finals of the ­African Cup of Nations. Now the midfielder, who lifted the cup in South Africa, is out to help Chelsea nick second spot in the Premier League off City.
TO be able to land AFCON 2013 hotshot, Nigeria’s Emmanuel Emenike, English Premier League (EPL) top club, Liverpool, must cough out a staggering 42 million Euros (8.8b) his buy-out clause at his Russian club. Liverpool are reportedly considering a summer swoop for the bullish forward as they are not sure of holding on to Luiz Suarez who may depart Anfield in the summer, according to the Express. The Spartak Moscow star, who fired four goals at the AFCON in South Africa to finish as Goal King, has also been linked with Reading and Arsenal in the past. Emenike has said he is thrilled to be linked with a move to the English Premier League. The striker added that he is aware of the interest of EPL teams in him and expressed his desire to play in the Premier League in the near future. “I am playing in Russia at the moment and I have a contract that I intend to respect. But to be linked with the Premier League is a dream comes true. I would love to play there in my career. There are many great clubs there, ...
SUNDERLAND are running the rule over highly-rated Zambian international centre-half Stoppila Sunzu. The 23-year-old, who is determined to move to the Premier League this summer, is currently attracting the interest of Reading as well as Arsenal – and he was at the Stadium of Light on Saturday to take in the Gunners’ visit to the North East. The 6ft 3in defender, who plays his club football for Congolese side TP Mazembe, was called up by his country last month for the African Cup of Nations tournament in South Africa, playing in the country’s three draws against Ethiopia, Nigeria and Burkina Faso But he was allowed to temporarily leave the tournament preparations to train with Reading with a view to a permanent move – Sunzu having previously trained with the Berkshire club in 2007 only to be denied a work permit. That recent spell at Reading ended inconclusively and somewhat controversially – Sunzu suggesting he is now a free agent, while TP Mazembe insist he is under contract until 2015 and they ...
MERRICK PALMER JOINS OTTAWA’S PRO BASKETBALL FRANCHISE Basketball All Star links with Pro Ball in the Nation’s Capital Bytown Sports & Entertainment, the company that is bringing a Pro Basketball Franchise to Ottawa as part of the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL), welcomed the newest member to their management team today with the appointment of Merrick Palmer as their Technical Director. Merrick is a familiar figure in the basketball world having positioned himself as one of the top basketball trainers in Canada. He is the owner of the Capital Courts Training Center in Orleans and served as the Technical Director for the Gloucester Cumberland Basketball Association. Merrick was a former standout at St. Francis Xavier University winning a National Championship in 1993 as a rookie and multiple all-star awards in 1995 and 1996. He then signed a professional contract in South Africa where he won a Premier League title in 1997 and several all-star awards while averaging over 30 ppg. In 1999, he . ...
John Paintsil. Real Sad!! John Paintsil was born on 15 June 1981 in Berekum in the Brong-Ahafo Region. His family name is Paintsil but at birth, it was registered as Pantsil. This then appeared on his passport and his registration with the Premier League. He is the only outfield player to have played every minute in all nine matches in Ghana played at the last World Cups in Germany and South Africa. (Goalkeeper Richard Kingson is the other player who played every minute). We wish the 32 year old PANTSIL speedy recovery!! Hope he recovers!!
Breaking Sports News Live! BBC Sports 1419: FOOTBALL BBC's Matthew Kenyon in Durban: We've got the team news. As predicted, Nigeria are unchanged - so Joseph Yobo, who's been injured and came on as a late, late sub in the game against Ivory Coast, remains on the bench, and there's no place for Fegor Ogude in the midfield, even though he's back from suspension. For Mali though, lots of changes - four in total. As the coach told us, Mamadou Samassa comes back in goal - despite Soumaila Diakite's heroics in the penalty shoot out against South Africa. Adama Coulibaly has lost his place in defence, with Mahamadou N'diaye replacing him. And in the midfield Samba Diakite and Samba Sow are replaced by Kalilou Traore and Mahamane Traore. 1410: FOOTBALL Reading manager Brian McDermott and striker Adam Le Fondre have been named Premier League manager and player of the month. Le Fondre scored seven goals for the Royals in January as they picked up seven points and made it through to FA Cup fifth round. 1403: FOOTBALL ...
As team names go, it's hard to beat South Africa's Premier League. Names include Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Platinum Stars, Sundowns.
In a bid to shore up his defence, West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke may be tempted to start Youssouf Mulumbu against Tottenham. Mulumbu has missed West Brom’s past five games in all competitions as he has been away with the Democratic Republic of Congo’s national team for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. But with DR Congo having failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the continental championship, Mulumbu could be back in England in time for West Brom’s Premier League fixture against Tottenham on Sunday. West Brom have not won a game in 2013, conceding almost two goals per game in that six-match run, and Clarke may be keen to rush Mulumbu into his starting line-up for the visit of Tottenham as the 26-year-old defensive midfielder has been one of his best players this season. Mulumbu’s physical presence in midfield was key to West Brom’s early season run, which saw Clarke’s side keep three clean sheets in their opening five Premier League matches of the campaign. Wes ...
Matty Pattison is currently playing for Bidvest Wits in South Africa's Premier League so you can add him to the other big names
FA Cup Preview – Oldham v Liverpool Oldham are currently going through a very bad run picking up just one point from the last 24 matches. Skipper Dean Furman will be absent for the tie as the player is still on international duty with South Africa at the Africa Cup of Nations.However midfielder James Wesolowski isback from suspension and is likely to keep his starting place against Liverpool. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is expected to rotate the squad and rest some of first team players due to Wednesday’s Premier League trip to Arsenal. Midfielders Jonjo Shelvey and Suso are in line to return to the starting line-up for the first time since the third round win at Mansfield. Jose Enrique, Martin Kelly, Glen Johnson and Pepe Reina remain absent for the tie with injuries. Liverpool’s record against Oldham in the FA Cup: P: 4 W: 4 D: 0 L: 0 F: 11 A: 3 Probable Liverpool Starting XI Jones, Wisdom, Carragher, Agger, Downing, Henderson, Allen, Shelvey, Borini, Suso, Sturridge
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World Football News Update 1. Lucas Radebe, the former Leeds United and South Africa captain, expects more Premier League players will follow Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar, 30, and decide not to play in future Africa Cup of Nations because of its scheduling. 2. Tony Adams has publicly criticised the Arsenal board for lacking ambition and failing to hold on to their biggest stars in recent times, as well as questioning the set-up of Arsene Wenger's team. 3. Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez admits he considered retirement after his fall-out with manager Roberto Mancini. 4. Ricardo Kaka has reportedly signed with AC Milan on a loan deal. 5. Mario Balotelli is ready to join AC Milan in a £24m deal. The 22-year-old striker has given notice on his rented house in Cheshire and started flying his possessions back to Milan. 6. Former Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira says eight years without a trophy is too long for the Gunners and playing beautiful football is not enough any more. 7. Liverpool manager Brenda ...
The 10 players Premier League clubs should be watching at Afcon 2013 The Africa Cup of Nations begins this Saturday (January 19) just a mere 12 months after the last enthralling edition of the continental tournament that saw Zambia defeat Ivory Coast in one of football's great fairytales. Since then, the Premier League has witnessed a number of players move to England after excelling in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Take Morocco's Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa) and Oussama Assaidi (Liverpool) or Mali's Samba Diakite (QPR) and Modibo Maiga (West Ham), not to mention Emmanuel Mayuka, Afcon winner with Zambia, now at Southampton. It has proved over the years to be a fine place to spot and sign emerging talent and Goal.com has put together a list of 10 players to look out for in South Africa.
missing stars at Africa Cup Didier Drogba may lead a star-studded cast list at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations -- but this year's competition which gets underway on Saturday is bereft of some of the continent's top names. For while Ivory Coast captain Drogba and the Toure brothers Kolo and Yaya and company head for South Africa, the likes of Samuel Eto'o, Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse are missing out, forced to watch the action on television. Ba and Cisse failed to join the party when Senegal were kicked out of the 2013 tournament by organisers CAF as punishment for crowd trouble which flared up at the qualifier against Drogba's Ivorians. Senegal's disqualification must have been greeted with quiet relief, though, at the pair's respective Premier League clubs. Ba, who moved from Newcastle to Chelsea in the January Transfer Window, is one of the deadliest strikers in the league, and made an immediate impact for Chelsea when scoring twice in the 5-1 FA Cup third-round triumph at Southampton. At Newcastle, ...
LOAN WATCH Jordan Archer made a key save as Wycombe came from behind to grab a point at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday. The young goalkeeper, 19, came face-to-face with former Spur Neil Sullivan, 23 years his senior, in the League Two clash at Kingsmeadow. With the score at 2-1 in AFC Wimbledon's favour, Jordan showed fine reactions to deny Paul McCallum a hat-trick, tipping over his point-blank header. Matt McClure then struck 18 minutes from time to earn Wycombe a point. Adam Smith played 90 minutes as Millwall earned a 1-1 draw at Bolton in the Championship. In the Premier League, Harry Kane was an unused substitute as Norwich City drew 0-0 with Newcastle, while Danny Rose missed Sunderland's 3-0 win against West Ham because of injury. Meanwhile, Bongani Khumalo has missed PAOK's last two fixtures in the Greek Super League as he's joined the South Africa squad for the African Cup of Nations.
It’s not a case of sitting on the fence. I’ve simply failed to dissect the criteria used to pick these great players. The selection process is so consistently undefined. In the 2007/2008 season when Manchester United won both the Premier League and the Champions League, Ronaldo was unstoppable, scoring 44 goals that season. He won the Ballon d’Or consequently. Equally, there wasn’t any dispute when Messi took the 2009 following his treble (La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League titles) with Barcelona in the 2008/2009 season. But in the 2009/2010 season when clearly Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder and Argentine striker Diego Milito were instrumental in leading Internazionale to a treble, neither of them made it even on the short-list of the final three. In addition, Sneijder was impressive at the 2010 World Cup, leading Holland to the final. Yet, even if Messi underperformed in South Africa, the Ballon d’Or went to him. This made me wonder and while I still follow the proceedings, the Ballon ...
Morocco coach Rachid Taoussi has demanded a written apology from Adel Taarabt, the Queens Park Rangers midfielder who is accused of lacking respect and making unfounded accusations. In a statement on Friday, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation mentioned a report they had received from Taoussi denouncing "the unacceptable attitude of the player who showed a lack of respect to him (Taoussi) during an exchange of text messages". According to local media, Taoussi last month wanted to meet up with Taarabt, at that stage in the squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, in London. But the Premier League player refused, telling him that "he didn't want to join a squad in which there were lots of people who didn't want to see him". The 23-year-old was duly left off Morocco's list of 23 players announced on Wednesday. Morocco are drawn in Group A at the January 19-February 10 Nations Cup with hosts South Africa, Angola and Cape Verde.
LOCAL News 1. Wanderers' Sanele Mkhweli on Mbabane Swallows as "Tinyoni" continue luring "Weslian" stars into the Birds' nest. 2. Mandla Palma and Thembumenzi Mayisela of Mbabane Swallows and Mbabane Highlanders respectively are edging closer and closer to moves to Police side, Royal Leopard. 3. A 14 year old girl of Lobamba was reportedly raped on new year's day by an undisclosed Manzini Wanderers player. 4. Fash Ndzimandze is free to join any team of his choice. 5. Nkomishi believes the standard of the Premier League of Swaziland is below that of South Africa's National First Division League. 6. Malanti Chiefs' Vusi Madinane and Sihle Ndaba are due to attend trials at Moroka Swallows. According to the Director of the club, Wonder Nhleko is not for sale. 7. Stanford Ncube still optimistic he will be able to join capital city giants, Mbabane Highlanders. ~sdira~
Tottenham remain unsure whether striker Emmanuel Adebayor will decide to link up with his country Togo to play in the Africa Cup of Nations. If the 28-year-old plays in the competition in South Africa, which starts on 19 January, he could miss five games for the Premier League side. Adebayor helped Spurs to a 3-1 win against Reading on Tuesday and his absence would be a big blow to Spurs. But boss Andre Villas-Boas said: "If he wants to go, we respect that." Adebayor recently put his international career on hold because of a dispute with the Togolese federation over match bonuses. And it was widely believed that the former Manchester City player would stay at White Hart Lane rather than link up with his countrymen. But Togo manager Didier Six has made a plea for him to change his mind and it now seems there is a chance that could happen. After Tottenham's victory on Tuesday, in which Adebayor scored, Villas-Boas admitted: "It's a vulnerable situation, anything can happen," he said. "I've told you the play ...
It seems like only yesterday that South Africa were hosting the World Cup , but now the country will kick off 2013 as hosts for another tournament , The African Cup Of Nations! The action begins on 19th January , when South Africa meet Cape Verde in the opening game and runs until the final on 10 February. Dider Drogba will once again lead favourites Ivory Coast alongside Yaya Toure and Cheick Tiote. You can catch other Premier League stars including , John Obi Mikel and Peter Odemwingie for Nigeria and Morocco's Adel Taarabt! But which team will nab the trophy off Zambia ? We can't wait to find out !
Manchester City duo Yaya and Kolo Toure have been named in the Ivory Coast squad for the Africa Cup of Nations. The brothers are among six Premier League players selected by manager Sabri Lamouchi for the tournament, which runs from January 19 to February 10. Their Citizens teammate Adbul Razak will also travel to South Africa despite rarely featuring for the English champions at senior level. Newcastle United midfielder Chieck Tiote and forward pair Gervinho and Arouna Kone, of Arsenal and Wigan Athletic respectively, complete the Premier League representation. Former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba is also included in the squad and will captain the tournament favourites.
South Africa midfielder Steven Pienaar lifted Everton into fourth place in the Premier League as his team came from behind to win 2-1 at West Ham on Saturday.
Newcastle 1-0 QPR: Demba Ba has rejected an £80,000-a week offer from Premier League strugglers QPR. Ba has long been linked with a move away from the North East due to a £7.5million get-out clause .. 22 Dec 2012 - 13:44:26 Ameobi Another Step Towards Missing Out On Toon Vital Period Shola Ameobi has been included in Nigeria's preliminary 32-man squad for the African Nations Cup in South Africa next month.
Beyond Copa Lagos 17 December 2012 Thanks to Kinetic Sports, organisers of the Copa Lagos, Lagos has now been positioned as a destination for the emerging sport Nigeria. Beach Soccer had been played recreationally all over the world for many years and in many different formats. In 1992 the laws of the game were envisioned and a pilot event was staged by the founding partners of Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) in Los Angeles. Brazil’s Copacabana Beach was the setting for Beach Soccer in it's early years, this was used as a tool to boost the Latin America state for Place Branding. In Nigeria, the Eko Atlantic Beach in Lagos is fast becoming Nigeria's Copacabana Beach. England, South Africa and Brazil converged on Lagos for the inaugural edition in 2011, while it was the turn of Argentina, Portugal and Lebanon in 2012. In 2012 Lebanon were the dark horses, but turned out to be one of the best teams on parade. Unlike other countries, Nigeria selects professional footballers from their domestic Premier League ...
With Romeu sidelined for 6months, and Mikel off to AFCON, what are Chelsea's options in defensive midfield? The news of Oriol Romeu's knee injury could not have come at a worse time for the player, who was starting to break into the team; or the club, who are newly reliant on the young Spaniard. John Mikel Obi, meanwhile, is set to miss six of Blues' next nine Premier League matches due to his ban for abusing referee Mark Clattenburg, and his likely inclusion in Nigeria's squad for the African Cup of Nations. He will be banned from playing in the League Cup match at Leeds next Wednesday, plus the league visit of Aston Villa. Meanwhile, duties with his national squad in South Africa may see him miss Stoke (a), Arsenal (h), Reading (a), Newcastle (a), Wigan (h), plus anything up to three domestic cup matches. There is an additional immediate problem, due to Ramires' fifth yellow card of the season – received at Sunderland on Saturday. This leaves Rafael Benitez with a headache for that trip to Leeds: bein ...
Delighted that I got the job! Canrt wait to go to South Africa for three month coaching and developing the Football Foundation of South Africa Project! This is a massive opportunity for me to progress and get ahead start in the career being employed by the Premier League Just proves hard work pays off! Only one person can make things happen! YOU!
The Kaizer Chiefs 7s rugby team will be coached by former Springbok, Gcobani Bobo and captained by former record try-scoring Springbok ace Breyton Paulse.Both mainstream sporting codes in South Africa will be on show together for the first time, when a rugby team wearing the kit of South African soccer giants Kaizer Chiefs participates in a tournament based on a T20 Cricket format. The occasion is the inaugural NBM 7’s Premier League tournament, taking place in George on 14-15 December. The tournament features the South African Super Rugby franchises and six corporate teams from all over the country .“This is the coming together of two big brands, a cross-cover of two sporting worlds and we at Kaizer Chiefs are very excited about it. We like to be part of sports history as a brand and we felt the association with the Rugby 7s is a historical milestone in football, rugby and sports as a whole. Our Sponsor and Financial Insurance Business partner, Hollard brought the opportunity to us and we agreed so . ...
South Africa are abandoning a bid to get Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman to play for them at the upcoming African Nations Cup finals, coach Gordon Igesund said on his return from a week-long trip to Britain. Igesund had travelled to try and persuade the Johannesburg-born Surman, 26, who started his career at Southampton and later helped Norwich to Premier League promotion, to commit his international future to South Africa but says he met with a lukewarm response. "I believe he didn't show us the interest and passion we had expected from those wanting to play for Bafana Bafana. I got the feeling that he is not ready to commit to us so will not be pursuing that mission anymore," said Igesund. Surman played four times for the England Under-21 side, but under FIFA rules is still eligible to play for South Africa at full international level if he seeks a change of allegiance. Igesund has in recent months already called up two other South African-born players who were raised in Europe and previously not ...
The EPL- A £5billion Beast 13 November 2012 The English Premier League expects to bank a record-smashing excess of £5billion this year from television rights revenue. The money is coming from the domestic market and from the globe’s voracious appetite for English top-flight football. Thanks to the desire of every corner of the globe to see household names like Chelsea and Manchester United in action, the Premier League winners next season are likely to receive a prize of more than £100million. The Premier League has already signed deals with British broadcasters worth £3.018bn, and has also almost completed its negotiations with overseas broadcasters. The league expects to comfortably surpass its previous record of £1.4bn raised abroad, to take the total beyond the wince-inducing £5bn mark. Companies from the US and South America, South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, China, Singapore and Scandinavia have all already bought the rights to broadcast EPL football. Asia, Australasia, the Middle East an ...
Mokoena enjoying life at Wits Former Bafana Bafana skipper Aaron Mokoena says he is happy with his decision to join Wits, following a successful overseas stint, during which he became the country's highest capped international. Mokoena left Portsmouth at the end last season and signed for the Clever Boys after receiving several attractive offers from South African clubs, according to the defender. "Coming back, I made a lot of contact with a lot of clubs but I wanted to come back (to South Africa) and enjoy myself," Mokoena said on Wednesday. "Wits has a structure that I think I will fit in with. "I looked at Wits and I had fantastic meetings with the management and I thought, 'this is where I want to be'. I am enjoying myself." The 31-year-old enjoyed four successful years with Premier League outfit Blackburn Rovers in England, before moving to Pompey in 2009, while captaining Bafana during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in SA. Mokoena said he was enjoying his role at the club and looked forward to the rest of ...
Senegal have been disqualifiedfrom the African Nations Cup after the riot that caused theirplay-off against the Ivory Coast to be abandoned. Missiles, stones, bottles and firecrackers were thrown onto the pitch and tear gas was used during the match in Dakar. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Tuesday that the Ivory Coast have been awarded the match 2-0 and will qualify for the finals next year courtesy of a 6-2 aggregate win. The match was abandoned in the 78th minute with Ivory Coast leading 2-0 thanks to two goals from Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, which sparked violence involving large numbers of Senegal fans. The disqualification ensures Newcastle strike duo Demba Baand Papiss Cisse will not have to attend the tournament in South Africa in January, while Premier League stars who will miss club matches include Manchester City's Yaya and Kolo Toure, Arsenal's Gervinho and Newcastle's Cheick Tiote. CAF said in a statement: "CAF decided to officially confirm theresult of the ...
"We are still holding the odds at 50:50 on Premier League versus Second Division and Failed State. We still maintain that the country is at a tipping point where it can tip either way. What we are saying, though, is that the penalty for not tipping in the right direction has just become a lot more extreme. Have we as a people got a sense of crisis to remedy the situation? You decide. As for Chantell and I as two seasoned scenario planners, we sense a perfect storm approaching which could blow us over the edge of the cliff. All around the world, inequality is increasing as technology drives a stake through traditional job creation and human greed ensures the rich get richer. South Africa just started higher up on the inequality scale. We need a new economic accord which gets rid of the waste, inefficiency and corruption. We cannot afford it anymore. We need to tighten anti-monopoly legislation to create the space for millions of new small enterprises. We need to return to a stable industrial relations clim ...
Shakib Al Hasan will leave Dhaka tonight for Kolkata to join his Indian Premier League sideKolkata Knight Riders in the Champions League T20 starting on October 13 in South Africa. But Qualifying round of this tournament will start on october 9. Owned by Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan, KKR emerged as the champions in the last edition of IPL and will facing another IPL side Delhi Daredevils in the tournament opener at SuperSport Park in Centurion in October 13. “We will start off with practice on 5 of this month in Kolakata and later fly to South Africa.There is no doubt that we will be looking forward to give our best out there and go for the title like we did in the last IPL,” said Shakib. The allrounder will be touring with KKR as long as they survive in the tournament and then return home to join the national side, which at that time will most probably be getting ready to welcome West Indies in November.7
South African midfielder and Bafana Bafana captain, Steven Pienaar, has retired from international football. The 30-year-old Everton midfielder has told Bafana coach, Gordon Igesund, that the pressures of English Premier League football is becoming too much for him to perform on the international stage as well, and that he feels it would be best for him to retire. Pienaar, formerly of Ajax Cape Town, Ajax Amsterdam and Tottenham Hotspur, hasn’t played for South Africa since their 1-1 draw with Botswana in June. The midfielder pulled out of Igesund’s first games in charge of the nation, against Brazil and Mozambique, due to injury, and the now former captain will not get to work with Igesund at all. The Toffees man last scored in Bafana colours back in February of this year in a 2-0 win over Kenya, and has represented the country 62 times since making his debut against Turkey in 2002 at the age of 20. With Pienaar now retired from international football, Igesund will be forced to pick a long-term capta ...
Heartland Dutch coach heads to SA Former Heartland Dutch coach Lodewijk de Kruif is wanted in South Africa after a return to the Owerri club fell through. MTNFootball.com has learnt that the Dutchman, who has had to face the courts back in Holland over his finances, has insisted he cannot return to the chaotic management he left at Heartland. “I can’t cope with such disorganisation any longer,” the coach told a close source. De Kruif was on a monthly salary of 1.4 million Naira (less than $10,000), but the snag was that it was not regular and this would later get him into trouble with his country’s tax authorities as he severally defaulted on his tax returns as well as his other repayments back in his home country. The young Dutch coach, who led ‘The Naze Millionaires’ to win the 2011 Federation Cup at the expense of regional rivals Enyimba, was listed for the top post of another Nigeria Premier League outfit Kwara United. But he has insisted he would rather pursue a job in South Africa, wher ...
Keshi: Mikel not forced on me Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has insisted he was not forced to recall Mikel Obi to his team. Chelsea midfielder Mikel is one of 15 foreign-based professionals called up for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations return leg qualifier against Liberia. There has been a clamour by fans and officials alike for Mikel to return to the team, but Keshi maintained he alone took the decision to pick the player for the Liberia clash. "I hear people say Mikel Obi was forced on me. That's not true. I speak to Mikel almost every day and he has declared his readiness to make the Liberia game,” Keshi said. “He wants to play for his country and I hope he brings his best to the national team.” Mikel has yet to play for the Eagles under Keshi, who replaced Samson Siasia in November. Keshi has gone for a larger contingent of foreign-based players than previously and he said this is to ensure that Nigeria qualify for next year’s Nations Cup in South Africa. "I increased the foreign-based play ...
Just two short summers ago, Stephen Warnock beat out Leighton Baines to get a spot on the plane to South Africa. Sure, the left back never set foot on the pitch in the 2010 World Cup, but it seemed to signify that Aston Villa had a quality defender on their hands. But Warnock never again looked consistent in a Villa shirt. With the reign of Paul Lambert settling over the good side of Birmingham, it became clear that Warnock's chance to prove himself had slipped away. He was told he could no longer train with the first team, and the club tried desperately to send him on his way over the summer. But no Premier League side seemed seriously interested in taking on a declining defender rumoured to have attitude issues. Villa even tried to bundle him with Alan Hutton in a 2-for-1 deal, but still, no takers. Today Owen Coyle spoke about the fact that he'd always liked Warnock, and even tried to land him before deadline day (this despite the fact that Lambert says there were never any offers). But a loan move cou ...
Plateau Utd all time leading scorer, George Akpabio joins Vasco Da Gama, a Nattonal First Division side in South Africa on loan from Ajax Cape Town. Akpabio was among the top scorers in the Nigeria Premier League 2010/2011 season before moving to Ajax Cape Town. The out of favour Ajax Cape Town player has been sent on loan to Vasco, a team equivalent to a Nigeria National League side.
Otorogu seeks to rejoin Rangers Ex-Orlando Pirates and Enyimba striker Ezenwa Otorogu has said he hopes to rejoin Enugu Rangers in the new season. MTNFootball.com can report authoritatively that Otorogu, who failed to shine at Pirates before he was released on mutual consent, is joined by another Enyimba strong man in defence Nnaemeka Anyanwu and Dolphin ace Azeez Shobowale among the top stars keen to play for ‘The Flying Antelopes’, who finished as runners-up in the league this past season. Over 20 players have been interviewed by the coaches and management of the Enugu side since the exercise started on Tuesday. Otorogu, who left Rangers few seasons back to team up with Enyimba, said, “It is good to be back home and I hope to help Rangers do well in all competition next season. “Although, there is still much to agree upon but I believe that I will lace my boots here next season.” The big striker has also featured for Club Africain in Tunisia as well as Bloemfontein Celtic in South Africa. In a ...
Flying Eagles Beat ABS 3-1 in a Friendly The Flying Eagles defeated Nigeria Premier League side ABS 3-1 at the Kwara State Stadium in Ilorin Tuesday in continuation of their preparation for a 2013 AYC qualifier in South Africa. The two teams played out a goalless draw when they played another f...
Chelsea legendary hero could be back at Stamford Bridge sooner than thought Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba wants to return to the Premier League and may look to train with Chelsea to keep him fit for the African Cup of Nations. The 34-year-old who scored 100 league goals for Chelsea, helped manager Roberto Di Matteo win the Champions League against Bayern Munich in May. The Ivory Coast striker, currently playing for Chinese side Shanghai Shenua, wants to train with a Premier League side, as he looks to stay in peak conditions for the tournament which is due to begin on January 19 in South Africa. His present club is embroiled in boardroom turmoil, with club chairman Zhu Jun has told that he will only bear the day to day expenses at the club unless he is given more power. The Ivorian wants to follow the example of David Beckham by training with a top flight club and could easily ask Di Matteo to let him join his former colleagues at the Surrey training ground.
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After being absolutely spoilt for sport over the summer, the Premier League is back this weekend and fans will return to cheering on a new multi-million-pound signing rather than those who could go faster, higher, stronger in Stratford. Thanks to Euro 2012, the cricket Test series between England and South Africa, and, of course, the Olympics, the swing of Sergio Aguero's boot which so dramatically won the title for Manchester City just more than three months ago still seems like only yesterday. However, almost under the radar, much has changed in the world of the Premier League and many questions are surrounding the 2012/13 kick-off. Can City defend their title? Will Robin Van Persie make the difference for Manchester United? Has Chelsea's spending turned them into contenders? Is Brendan Rodgers the right man for Liverpool? Who will be relegated? In short, welcome back. Roberto Mancini's Manchester City begin the defence of their title by hosting Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. The reigning ...
Despite having signed a 3 yr-deal with South African side Ajax Cape Town, the Rangers captain was seen training with his team-mates at their Nkpokiti camp in Enugu, in preparation for their rescheduled Week 36 game of the Nigeria Premier League against Sunshine Stars, now happening on Wednesday - this week, which was postponed as a result of the latter's participation in the CAF Champions League. James had gone Awol on trials in South Africa where he distinguished himself in a pre-season friendly game against Manchester United, and was thus unavailable for selection in his teams' 1-0 loss to Shooting Stars of Ibadan last weekend, which saw the former league leaders relinquish their hold at the top and dropping to the third spot behind Kano Pillars, and surprise contenders Lobi Stars. Insiders at the Rangers camp have further revealed that Okwuosa will continue to act as captain of the club for the remainder of the season, as the initial ban imposed on the player has been temporarily lifted, in order to a ...
Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic will be part of the English Premier League team's tour of Scandinavia after missing their trips to South Africa and China last month. | BPL Barclays Premier League Fantasy, Transfer, Fixtures & Results, Final, Standings & Table
Abia State honours coach Obuh Abia State Government will on August 27 bestow the title of ‘Oke Oji’ on deserving Flying Eagles coach John Obuh. Nwobuko Emelike from the office of the secretary of the Abia State Government conveyed plans to honour Obuh at the Aguiyi Ironsi Cenotaph in Umuahia. “It’s a big honour to be so considered by the Abia State Government. I’m most humbled by this recognition and this will spur me to greater heights,” said an elated Obuh. The title of ‘Oke Oji’, which literally means ‘Iroko tree’, is in tribute to the strings of achievements recorded by Obuh as coach. Obuh led Nigeria to win the 2011 African Youth Championship (AYC) in South Africa and also guided the team to reach the last eight of the FIFA U20 World Cup in Colombia. He also was in charge when the Golden Eaglets reached the final of the 2009 FIFA U17 World Cup in Abuja. Obuh led Sharks to win an historic sub-regional WAFU Cup in 2010 and break a 38-year run by the Port Harcourt without a major pie ...
The Siya crew can reveal that Zimbabwean international striker, Takesure Chinyama, is on his way to South Africa to conclude a deal with Orlando Pirates!
• 'We want to recover the title,' says Manchester United manager • Ferguson says left-back is 'an area we're paying attention to' The Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, has made reclaiming the Premier League title "priority number one" for the new season. With the waves of the Indian Ocean crashing within earshot and the sun blazing out of a blue sky seldom seen in this soggy British summer – even though it is midwinter in South Africa, where United are on a pre-season tour –
Eagles begin AFCON training August 18 The Super Eagles will open training camp in Abuja ahead of their 2013 AFCON qualifier in Liberia on August 18. MTNFootball.com specially gathered that the date was picked by Eagles coach Stephen Keshi and has since been approved by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). This date further confirms another exclusive story by MTNFootball.com that the Eagles will not play an international warm-up prior to the match against the Lone Star of Liberia. Keshi has returned to be with his family in the United States of America, while his assistant, Daniel Amokachi is doing television work for Supersport at the London Olympics. Players from the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) will open the training camp in Abuja. The foreign-based call-ups will join up with the squad a week to the September 8 clash in Monrovia. The return leg match is fixed for October 14 in Calabar with the overall winners advancing to the Nations Cup, which kicks off in South Africa on January 19. My Take It's wel ...
Manchester United started a six-game pre-season world tour with a 1-0 win over AmaZulu before a capacity 50,000 crowd at Moses Mabhida Stadium Wednesday. Federico Macheda scored the winner midway through the first half for the Red Devils, who came closest to increasing the lead just before time when another Italian, substitute Davide Petrucci, rattled the crossbar. It was a closer match than anticipated, with many South Africans believing mid-table AmaZulu would be swept aside by the former European champions even though they were lacking many first choices like Wayne Rooney. Political icon Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president of South Africa, was remembered before the kick-off with the teams wishing him a happy 94th birthday in song. United left new signing Shinji Kagawa from Japan on the bench as they started with a mix of experienced stars like captain Rio Ferdinand and young players Robbie Brady, Scott Wootton, Frederic Veseli and Jesse Lingard. The Red Devils were quick into the ...
Banks, BCCI in trouble with RBI over South Africa IPL | Updated: January 13, 2011 15:28 IST New Delhi: The Indian Premier League (IPL) in South Africa was littered with violations of foreign exchange laws, according to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). In the over three years that it has existed, the IPL's history has been a narrative seeped in scandals, mainly financial. The Reserve Bank of India or RBI has found serious violations by the IPL's parent body, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in connection with the second edition of the Twenty20 league that was held in South Africa in 2009. Also Read • Research on Decision Review not shown to ICC • Sourav Ganguly joins 40's club, says still might play IPL 6 Also See The RBI has submitted a detailed report to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance that's examining alleged financial impropriety in the IPL. The report says that the BCCI did not get the required permission from the RBI to open foreign exchange accounts in South Afric ...
South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher has retired from international cricket following the eye injury he suffered against Somerset. The 35-year-old required three hours of surgery on his left eye on Monday night and, after being released on Tuesday morning, it was first confirmed he would leave the tour. But in a prepared statement read out by his Test captain Graeme Smith during lunch on day two of the tour match in Taunton, it was revealed the injury had forced Boucher to end his career. Smith read Boucher's statement in the first person, surrounded by his team at the County Ground. "It is with sadness and pain that I announce, due to the severity of my eye injury, I will not be able to play international cricket again," Smith read. Boucher had intended to retire at the end of the current tour, after his scheduled 150th Test in the final match of three against England. "I prepared for this UK tour as well, if not better, than I have prepared for any tour in my career," the statement continued. "I had n ...
Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce that Robin Van Persie has signed a new long-term contract with the Club. Van Persie (25), who joined the Gunners from home town club Feyenoord in 2004, was Arsenal’s leading goalscorer last season with 20 goals from his 44 overall appearances. In his five seasons with Arsenal, Van Persie, who is capable of turning a match at any time with a flourish of his left foot, has made 177 appearances for the Gunners, scoring a total of 63 goals in all competitions. The Dutch international striker, is also a regular with his national team and has scored 13 goals from his 37 appearances, already helping the Netherlands qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Van Persie, who was an FA Cup winner with the Club in 2005, played an integral part in Arsenal’s run to the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup semi-finals last season. As well as his 11 Premier League goals, Robin scored five times in the Champions League and four in the FA Cup. Throughout the season, ...
Four teams from Indian Premier League will qualify for Champions League T20 in South Africa,the four teams are Kolkata Knight Riders,Chennai Super Kings,Delhi Daredevils,Mumbai Indians
English Premier League side Arsenal will play Nigeria's Super Eagles in a pre-season match in Abuja on August 5, according to promoter David Omigie of DanJan Sports. It will be the first time Arsenal will play in Nigeria. Arsenal traditionally hosts an annual pre-season tournament at the Emirates Stadium, but they opted to postpone the event for a year because of the 2012 London Olympics. The visit to Nigeria will conclude Arsenal's pre-season after tours to both China and Malaysia in July. On their official website, Arsenal said: "The club last visited Africa during a tour to South Africa in July 1993." "It is returning as a result of the fantastic support which exists for the team, not only in Nigeria, but across the entire continent." DanJan Sports revealed that tickets for the match will go on sale from 4 July.
Zimbabwean striker Benjani Mwaruwari is now almost definite to return to the Premier League following revelations by his business manager that South Africa is his preferred destination despite interest from England and the Middle East...
Striker Emmanuel Baffour completed his move to Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday after passing a medical. The 23-year-old put pen to paper on a deal which will see him feature for the South African side alongside compatriot Mumuni Abubakar next season. It is reported that Sundowns will pay more than US$800,000 for the man who emerged goal king in the Ghana Premier League with 21 goals. “I can confirm to you that Baffour has officially signed a two-year deal with Sundowns with an option to extend by a year on the cards,” Edubiase deputy CEO Alex Ackumey said “We believe South Africa is the best place for him to start. Both parties are delighted and satisfied with the details. “We had a lot of offers form him but Sundowns is a god club with huge prospect and I believe he will shine,” Baffour came within touching distance of signing for Turkish side Antalyspor after passing medical but disagreements over the financial details scattered the deal. Baffour becomes the second Ghanaian player to join the B ...
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Cape Town - Manchester United will play two pre-season warm-up games in South Africa, against AmaZulu and Ajax Cape Town next month. Officials from the club confirmed in Johannesburg on Wednesday that the 19-time English Premier League champions will play at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on July 18 and in the Mother City, at the Cape Town Stadium on July 21.
Clem Sunter examines the probabilities of South Africa remaining in the "Premier League" of nations, falling into the "Second Division" or, worse still, becoming a "Failed State".
DeMbare DotComs THE UNDERTAKER BIDS FAREWELL: HOW IT ALL BEGAN Benjani began his career at Lulu Rovers, Zimba Africa Rivers, University of Zimbabwe teams in Zimbabwe's Division one and Air Zimbabwe Jets in the country's Premier League in 1999. He moved to South African club Jomo Cosmos in 1999 where he met his mentor Jomo Sono, after impressing in the friendly match between South Africa and Zimbabwe that was played to commemorate the inauguration of Thabo Mbeki as the president of South Africa. In 2001, he was voted PSL Player of the Season and PSL Players' Player of the Season in South Africa. SOJOURN IN EUROPE - Grasshopper and Auxerre Benjani moved to Grasshoppers Zürich of Switzerland on loan in 2001. In 2002, Guy Roux took him to AJ Auxerre of France. Benjani had a good run at the start, capitalising from Djibril Cissé's absence, becoming top goalscorer in Ligue 1. Roux never played the two together, and eventually Benjani found himself surplus to requirements under Roux's successor, Jacques Santin ...
Michael Carrick Was never a realistic contender. Of course not, he can pass a football. He completed 65.8 passes per game in the Premier League this season, the most of any English player. Instead, Hodgson has plumped for the committed yet unrefined Scott Parker and the decidedly vertical Steven Gerrard. The midfield quartet that was destroyed by Germany in South Africa (Milner, Barry, Lampard, Gerrard) all make the cut. Not England's best passer. Good decision? - NO
Soccer Laduma wrote: * Euro Teams To Hit SA A group of European teams will make their way to South Africa in July to partake in a tournament in Manguang where they will face Bloemfontein Celtic. English Premier League outfit, Everton, as well as Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers have already confirmed that they will be taking up their place in Mzansi while Europa League finalists, Atletic Bilbao, are also set to j...
Browse photos as Former Manchester United players Andrew Cole, Gary Bailey and Quinton Fortune take the Premier League trophy to South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and Senegal as part of the DHL Champ19ns trophy tour.
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