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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:06

SA to host African Beach Soccer Championship

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beach-soccerSouth Africa, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal and Seychelles will take part in the Power Horse Beach Soccer African Trophy Durban 2015.

SERENA-AUSTRALIA-OPENIn front of a packed crowd on Saturday evening in Melbourne, Australia, battling both an illness and facing the No. 2 player in the world, Serena Williams won her sixth Australian Open title, 6-3, 7-6(5). This was the 19th major title of her career, and it moved her a mere three Slams away from tying Steffi Graf atop the list of major winners.

Louis-figo-2The Portuguese former footballer Luis Figo has declared his intention to challenge Sepp Blatter for the Fifa Presidency.

“I care about football so what I’m seeing regarding the image of Fifa, not only now but in the past years, I don’t like it. Last year was a World Cup year, I was in Brazil, I saw the reaction of the fans regarding the image of Fifa.

Nest of_ChampionsWITH the Super Eagles victory over the Red Devils of Congo, the decider has finally come with an historic encounter with the Bafana Bafana of South Africa on Wednesday at the State-of-the-art Akwa Ibom Stadium nicknamed "The Nest of Champions" in Uyo.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 09:36

Bafana in Nigeria to Win, SA Coach Boasts

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shakes-mashaba-SA-CoachBafana Bafana Head Coach, Shakes Mashaba, and captain Dean Furman have expressed their desire to cap off their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign with a memorable win in Nigeria.

Stephen-KeshiNigeria manager Stephen Keshi hailed his team's performance in Cape Town Wednesday despite their goalless draw against hosts South Africa in the second round of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

"The game was not bad. I thought it was good tactical play and good play by Bafana – a bit of improvement from my players, a lot better than what we did on Saturday," Keshi stated in the post-match press conference.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 20:10

Pitso Mosimane: Ejike Something Else

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Ejike UzoenyiMamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is backing new signing Ejike Uzoenyi to succeed at Chloorkop, saying the Nigerian “is something else”.

Uzoenyi, who was formerly with Enugu Rangers, made his much-awaited Brazilians debut in the 2-0 win over AmaZulu in Pretoria on Sunday. Even though he only spent 15 minutes on the field, the speedy attacker showed flashes of brilliance.

“He is something else,” says Mosimane. “The liitle bit you saw, you can see what we have. He is not fit yet but we had to give him a little bit of time to play against AmaZulu.

EmenikeEmmanuel Emenike travelled a long road to get to Brazil, at times even on foot, and once stopping at a Turkish cell, but he made it to the World Cup.

It was a close run thing and there were times when such a scenario seemed more than just unlikely.

Yet at 27 years of age, Emenike will lead the line for Nigeria against France in the World Cup last 16 on Monday.

It was his goal against Malawi in a 2-1 World Cup qualification victory, following a brief international exile, that helped Nigeria through to the play-off round in which they ousted Ethiopia.

bafana have it that plans for yet another Super Eagles vs Bafana Bafana clash has been finalized.

However, this time around it would be the ‘retirees’ members of Africa's two soccer powerhouses that will meet in the planned friendly will see squad members of the 96 class from both sides entertain Africa’s soccer lovers.

It has been confirmed that the Nigerian line-up will feature, among others notable ex-Eagles, Jay-Jay Okocha, Kanu, Emmanuel Amuneke, Daniel Amokachi and Stephen Keshi, the current coach of the Super Eagles, who won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, while South Africa will announce its squad on Thursday 13th March 2014 learnt via the website of Mamelodi Sundowns that Enugu Rangers’ Ejike Uzoenyi would be joining the elite South African Premier league soccer club for a four years contract that will commence by June 2014.‬

The quicksilver forward emerged the Most Valuable Player of the concluded CHAN 2014 in South Africa.

Ejike said he was excited that he concluded the deal. ‬He told the club’s website that “Joining a club like Sundowns is a great deal for me because their ambitions to conquer Africa are in line with my career objectives as a player.”

Basetsana's FIFA U20 Women's World Cup dream was dashed as they went down 1-0 to Nigeria at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday. Nigeria progress on a 7-0 aggregate win.

The Falconets grabbed an early goal through Adeboyejd Yetunde who took full advantage of a disorganized South African backline to slip one past Kaylin Swart and give the West Africans the upper hand six minutes into the start.

The South Africans regained their shape and showed character as they pushed forward in search of a consolation goal but the Falconets proved to be the better side, remaining solid in defence. The match went into the break with Nigeria still in the lead.

Basetsana were fired up into the second half as Shiwe Nogwana and Thembi Kgatlane looked the most threatening, keeping the Nigerian goalkeeper busy for the remainder of the half.

A Falconet_vs_BatsetsanaA second half substitute saw Nomvula Kgoale come on for Robyn Moodaly to boost the South African midfield.

In the dying minutes of the game, Nogwana pulled one forward to surprise the Nigerian goal-minder but her shot was sent over the cross bar.

The Falconets knew they were in with a shot and took the foot off the pedal to frustrate Basetsana as they seemed happy to sit back and defence their lead. Their tactic seemed to work as the match ended 1-0 in their favour and they will now participate at the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014.

Basetsana technical advisor, Ephriam Mashaba admitted that it was a big disappointment not to have qualified for the World Cup but said that they were content as the girls stuck to the game plan and played well.

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