Tag: South Africa

Daniel Nii Adjei on target as Mazembe beat Supersport

Daniel Nii Adjei on target as Mazembe beat Supersport

Local News
Ghana's Daniel Nii Adjei Was a hero of the day as TP Mazembe beat South African side SuperSport United in the first leg of the CAF Confederations Cup final game played in Congo. Holders TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo conceded an away goal as they beat their opponents from South Africa 2-1 on Sunday. The hosts began well in front of their home fans in Lubumbashi, going ahead through a goal from Adama Traore in the 18th minute. It remained 1-0 to the defending champions at half-time, but SuperSport hit back quickly after the break after a powerful shot from the boot of Sipho Mbule gave the visitors the equaliser and what could be a precious away-goal after 48 minutes. But Daniel Nii Adjei restored the lead for TP Mazembe 19 minutes later to send the score to 2-1 i...
Jeremy Brockie faces long journey to play in Confederation Cup final

Jeremy Brockie faces long journey to play in Confederation Cup final

African Sports
Hours after playing for New Zealand in their 2-0 loss to Peru in Lima in a 2018 World Cup play-off Jeremy Brockie began his trip to DR Congo. He is aiming to play for South African club SuperSport United against TP Mazembe in the first leg of the Confederation Cup final against TP Mazembe on Sunday. The 30-year-old is one of several key players that SuperSport are anxiously awaiting the return of from international duty and hope they are injury-free. Jeremy Brockie, who is the top-scorer in this year's Confederation Cup with 10 goals, faces a full day of travel to meet up with the team. The striker, who had not had an international call up for 18 months, flew to Wellington last week for the first leg but stayed on the bench. He then travelled with the All Whites to Lima ...
2018 World Cup: Itumeleng Khune boost for South Africa

2018 World Cup: Itumeleng Khune boost for South Africa

African Sports
South Africa's troubled preparations for the do-or-die World Cup qualifiers against Senegal got a boost on Wednesday as goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune returned to training. The 30-year-old Itumeleng Khune participated in the day's first training session just two days after being told an optical fracture could rule him out of action for up to two months. Itumeleng Khune, who is the country's first-choice keeper, has asked for a mask to be prepared so that he can protect the fracture and play in the qualifiers against Senegal at home on Friday and away in Dakar next Tuesday. He suffered the injury on Sunday as his Kaizer Chiefs side beat Chippa United 1-0 and is still sporting a shiny black eye. The news will be a boost to Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter who learnt on Tuesday that ...
SA football boss Danny Jordaan ‘raped singer Jennifer Ferguson’

SA football boss Danny Jordaan ‘raped singer Jennifer Ferguson’

African Sports
South African singer Jennifer Ferguson has accused the country's football boss Danny Jordaan, 66, of raping her nearly 24 years ago. He "overpowered" her and "painfully" raped her in a hotel in Port Elizabeth city, she has alleged in a blog. Mr Jordaan, who organised the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, has not yet responded to a request for comment. Now living in Sweden, Singer Jennifer Ferguson said she had been moved by the #MeToo campaign on social media to speak out. She said the attack took place when she was "high and happy" following her unexpected nomination by Nelson Mandela's African National Congress (ANC) party to serve in South Africa's first democratically elected parliament in 1994. Mr Jordaan, a prominent member of the ANC and president of the South African F...
South Africa referee Daniel Bennett for Ghana, Cranes

South Africa referee Daniel Bennett for Ghana, Cranes

Local News
South Africa referee Daniel Bennett will take charge of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Uganda and Ghana on Saturday at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole. Bennett handled Cranes qualifier against Senegal in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers played at a neutral venue in Marrakesh, Morocco. Bennett will be assisted by Mathieu Giles Eldrick Adelaide and Jonathan Steve Marie both from Seychelles as the first and second assistants. Fred Louis Nelson and Raphael Divine Evehe from Seychelles and Cameroon will be the fourth official and referee assessor respectively. Kenya’s Omar Abubaker Yusuf Mohamed will be the match commissioner for the game which comes of in the Ugandan capital.
Nigeria, Gabon others receives Fifa Punishment

Nigeria, Gabon others receives Fifa Punishment

African Sports
Fifa has handed out punishments to eight African nations for various offenses committed during September's 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Gabon fielded an ineligible player - Merlin Tandjigora, who should have been suspended - in the 3-0 home defeat by Ivory Coast on 2 September. The Panthers effectively escape with a fine as the main sanction for the error is to forfeit the match 3-0. Several teams suffered similar sanctions in 2014 World Cup qualifying. Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation has been fined just over US$30,000 and issued with a warning after fans invaded the pitch when they beat Cameroon 4-0 on 1 September. DR Congo were also given a warning and also handed a major fine, forced to pay Fifa around US$20,000, for incidents during their match against Tunis...
2018 World Cup: Burkina Faso drop Patrick Malo for ‘mistakes’

2018 World Cup: Burkina Faso drop Patrick Malo for ‘mistakes’

African Sports
Patrick Malo has been left out of the Burkina Faso squad for next month's World Cup qualifier in South Africa. The 25-year-old played in the 2018 qualifiers earlier this month against Senegal, which both ended in draws. "Everyone makes mistakes‚ but Malo is making too many‚" said Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte. Duarte says Malo had to rush to the dressing room to find his match shirt when asked to come on as a substitute during the Senegal game in Dakar. The error meant the injured Issouf Paro had to stay on the pitch for an extra five minutes before Malo, who plays for Egyptian side Smouha, eventually replaced him. "There's one thing I will not tolerate and that is being unprofessional with a country's dream to go to the World Cup," added Duarte. "Patrick Malo is the pl
Burkina Faso go to Cas over South Africa v Senegal 2018 replay

Burkina Faso go to Cas over South Africa v Senegal 2018 replay

African Sports
The Burkina Faso Football Federation (FBF) is appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) over the replaying of a World Cup tie. Fifa ordered the tie between South Africa and Senegal to be replayed due to "match manipulation" by the referee. South Africa won the match 2-1 and decided against appealing the order. The FBF says it "continues to oppose a decision that is tainted by abuse of power and irrelevant to the texts of the international football authority." The statement continued: "the federation, which relies on its declaration to appeal to the respect of the virtues of football, invites the Burkinabe sports public to the serenity and the mobilization around the Stallions." Cas confirmed it received the documents from the FBF for the appeal on 19 September. ...
Sundowns secure narrow win over Wydad

Sundowns secure narrow win over Wydad

African Sports
South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns continued the defence of their African Champions League crown with a 1-0 home victory over Morocco's Wydad Casablanca in the first leg of their quarter-final. A depleted Sundowns side, missing some key players through injury, found goals hard to come by in a barren first half. After the break, Sundowns brought on Ivorian forward Yannick Zakri for Sibusiso Vilakazi, and the substitution paid off, with Zakri scoring in the 70th minute. Zakri had been a big doubt before the game as he struggled to shake off a groin problem. Sundowns will take their slender lead to Morocco on Saturday 23 September for the second leg. In the other match on Sunday, Al Ahly Tripoli were set to play Tunisia's Etoile do Sahel in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. Al ...
South Africa will not appeal against World Cup replay

South Africa will not appeal against World Cup replay

African Sports
South African football chiefs have agreed a 2018 World Cup qualifying tie against Senegal should be replayed "on ethical and moral grounds". World governing body Fifa ordered the replay after the referee for the original game, Joseph Lamptey, was banned for manipulating the match. The South African Football Association (Safa) had been considering an appeal but now says it agrees with Fifa. However it said it would appeal should the referee's ban be overturned. South Africa beat Senegal 2-1 in the original tie last year. On Tuesday Safa said it "has decided on ethical and moral grounds that if this match was manipulated, we should replay it". It later added: "We have however, noted that the official at the centre of all this controversy has appealed his case to the courts ...