Tag: South Africa

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 ...
World Cup: South Africa consider replay appeal

World Cup: South Africa consider replay appeal

African Sports
South Africa may appeal against Fifa's decision to order a replay of the World Cup qualifier against Senegal because of "match manipulation" by the referee. South Africa beat Senegal 2-1 at home last November but match referee Joseph Lamptey has since been banned for life. Neither South Africa nor Senegal are accused of any wrongdoing. "We're grappling for answers and asking Fifa for them before we decide whether to take the matter forward," said South African FA lawyer Norman Arendse. Arendse, who chairs the legal committee of the South African Football Association (Safa), says his organisation has never been advised by football's world governing body how the match was fixed. "Safa cannot accept (the game was manipulated) because we have got absolutely no details of the all...
Celtic: Ajax Cape Town agreed to sell Rivaldo Coetzee

Celtic: Ajax Cape Town agreed to sell Rivaldo Coetzee

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Ajax Cape Town say they have agreed to sell South Africa defender Rivaldo Coetzee to Celtic. The 20-year-old centre-back will need to pass a medical and receive a work permit ahead of concluding his move to Glasgow. Coetzee became the youngest player to represent his country and has earned 16 international caps. He also played for South Africa at the Rio Olympics, after appearing at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Coetzee, who made his Ajax Cape Town debut at 15, would become Celtic's fourth signing of the summer after Olivier Ntcham, Kundai Benyu and Jonny Hayes. He won Ajax Cape Town's player and player's player of the season award last term. The team announced the agreement with Celtic on their club website. Source: BBC
Razak Brimah of Ghana joins South Africa’s Sundowns

Razak Brimah of Ghana joins South Africa’s Sundowns

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Ghana goalkeeper Razak Brimah has joined South African side Mamelodi Sundowns after his contract with Spanish side Cordoba was not renewed. Brimah joins two other international keepers at the club, which already has Uganda's Denis Onyango and Zambia's Kennedy Mweene on their books. The 30-year-old played just four times for the Spanish second division club last season. He was Ghana's first-choice keeper at this year's Africa Cup of Nations. However he missed the Black Stars' third place play-off game in Gabon as they lost to Burkina Faso and has not started an international game since. He caused controversy during the Nations Cup when responding to criticism with an expletive-laden rant on social media. The Ghana Football Association fined him $2,500 (£1,990) for the comm
Johannesburg stadium crush kills two

Johannesburg stadium crush kills two

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Two people have been killed and 17 injured in a crush at South Africa's biggest stadium, in Johannesburg football officials say. It took place during the Soweto derby between football clubs Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in Johannesburg. Orlando Pirates said the crush happened when people attempted to push their way through the gates into the 87,000-capacity FNB stadium. Authorities allowed the pre-season cup game to continue. Public safety official Michael Sun said on Twitter that all gates at the stadium had been opened to ensure crowd control and that the situation was later brought under control. Of the 17 injured, one is in a critical condition, the stadium managers said. Reuters said live television coverage of the match, which Kaizer Chiefs won 1-0, showed no ob...
Richard Ofori delighted with Maritzburg move

Richard Ofori delighted with Maritzburg move

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Maritzburg United newcomer Richard Ofori says he has been keeping tabs on the Team of Choice since last year. Ofori told the club’s website: “I’ve been following them since last year. The game in Cape Town against Cape Town City, I was there. When [Evans] Rusike scored that free-kick, I was there. They were playing very well and I said to myself I would love to be with this team. Here I am now with the team. I am hoping everything will go well for us.” The 23-year-old was part of Ghana’s 2013 Fifa Under-20 World Cup squad, as well as the 2015 All Africa Cup Games. He was called up for the 2016 CHAN qualifiers against Ivory Coast. Earlier this year, Ofori was part of Avram Grant’s 2017 African Nations Cup squad, but did not feature in the tournament which was hosted by Gabon. Ofor
Zimbabwe beat Zambia to lift 2017 Cosafa Cup

Zimbabwe beat Zambia to lift 2017 Cosafa Cup

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Zimbabwe overpowered their northern neighbours Zambia 3-1 to win the 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup on Sunday and take a record fifth title. Knox Mutizwa, Talent Chawapiwa and Ocean Mushure all scored in a convincing victory for the Warriors, who took the trophy despite a rigorous schedule that saw them having to play six matches inside a fortnight. They shrugged off the fatigue to get the better of Zambia, who had only come into the tournament halfway through and were playing only their third game. A slip by Zambian goalkeeper Allan Chibwe offered Zimbabwe the opening goal after 18 minutes as Mutizwa managed to out-jump him and score, the ball fortuitously coming off his shoulder. There were several other good chances - two from close-in free kicks - for Zimbabwe to extend their lead ...
Steven Pienaar joins Bidwest Wits in the South Africa

Steven Pienaar joins Bidwest Wits in the South Africa

African Sports
Former South Africa captain Steven Pienaar has returned home to play for Premier Soccer League champions Bidwest Wits. The 35-year-old former Everton man joins on a one-year deal after his contract with English premiership club Sunderland ended last month. Steven Pienaar has spent the last 16 years of his life playing in Europe, with spells at clubs in the Netherlands, Germany and England. He can now look forward to playing in next year's African Champions League. Pienaar's message on social media was " I am officially a Clever Boy" referring to the nickname of his new club which used to be the Wits University team.