Tembo wary over TTM clash

SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo admits he’s expecting a tough encounter against Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) in a DStv Premiership clash at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday.

The kick-off is set for 3:30 in the afternoon.

“Another tough game, it is always a difficult place to go to and playing at three o’clock [3:30 pm] in the afternoon in the heat,” Tembo told Matsatsantsa’s official website.

“It becomes a little bit difficult for the players. But I think we will recover and refresh and make sure that we go there with the right mentality.”

The Tshwane-based outfit mentor went on to say that they go into this game with so much respect for their opponent as they will be gunning for win to move up the table to avoid the relegation zone.

“We need fresh legs. It is what we are going to need,” he added.

Meanwhile, TTM’s head coach Joel Masutha revealed that lack of consistency when selecting his starting line-up has costed his side.

“We are trying. But every match or every week, we are bringing in players, and you need consistency,” says Masutha.

“If you check our last five games this year, there are a lot of changes. Also, you need that understanding among your defenders.

“So I think that is our main undoing. We will soldier on, and we will try to rectify it.”

It will be for the will first-ever the two sides meet in the South African football top division.

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By FARPost Reporter

Sundowns were lucky, says Swallows coach Truter

Despite rescuing a last-gasp 1-1 draw from the jaws of defeat, Swallows coach Brandon Truter says Mamelodi Sundowns struggled to cope with the pressure from his side during their DStv Premiership clash at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Musa Nyatama broke Sundowns hearts right at the death after heading home a close-range rebound to ensure that Swallows travelled back to Soweto with a valuable point.

Kermit Erasmus had opened the scoring just before the halftime break.

‘The Dube Birds’ remain unbeaten in the league with seven wins and six draws from their 13 league matches so far.

“They couldn’t cope with us at the end, in the second half we opened up the spaces, they couldn’t stop us and the pressure at the end paid off,” said Truter.

“I saw the one coach putting out tactics all over social media, trying to get other coaches involved. Maybe they needed more on the bench than the three of them.”

Truter went on to claim that physical exhaustion is taking its toll on Swallows with the quick turnaround time between games.

“Tired, fatigue in the first half, we knew it was going to happen, they were lucky, we had fewer days to rest, they had fresher players. We will take it to Dobsonville in the second round and see what happens,” he said.

“We were really tired, we can’t run away from that, it is a fact, they (Sundowns) had an extra day to rest and it counted at the end.

“On a better day with extra rest, it would have been a different scoreline. In the second half, the boys gave it their all, they played for one another, for the badge, the club.

“So, I am happy about that, the character, winning mentality, we fought until the end so well done to the boys,” concluded the Swallows mentor.

The Soweto side will be looking to continue with the impressive start to the 2020/21 campaign when they meet SuperSport United next Saturday.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

all pictures courtesy of Swallows 

Hazard breaks goal drought as Madrid sink Alaves

Eden Hazard scored his first goal in almost three months and Karim Benzema bagged a brace as Real Madrid hammered Deportivo Alavés 4-1 in La Liga on Saturday evening at Estadio de Mendizorroza.

Madrid won the away match in the absence of their head coach Zinedine Zidane, who tested positive for Covid-19 the day before as assistant coach David Bettoni took charge of the team instead.

The victory eased the pain of Wednesday’s shock 2-1 defeat to third-division Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey as well as their Spanish Super Cup loss to Athletic Bilbao.

“Zidane was very delighted with the team’s attitude and the way they played. I congratulated the players as he would have done. There’s nothing special. Every game is a different story. I’m pleased to get the three points and for the team’s performance,” said Bettoni.

The Spanish giants move to 40 points, closing the gap with leaders Atletico Madrid to four. But Diego Simeone’s side have two games in hand and can restore their advantage at the top to seven points when they play Valencia on Sunday.

“The decision to replace Hazard with Vinicius Jr. was to offer us a more direct threat. He performed well for the 63 minutes he was out there. He’s fine and bringing Vini on was just because we wanted to freshen things up,” added Bettoni.

“Eden has had a tough time of things with injuries over the past season and a half, but we’ve got to be patient with him.

“It’s true that in the world of football and at Real Madrid patience is hard to come by, but we’ve got great faith in Eden. He put in a great performance tonight and got an assist and a goal. We saw flashes of Hazard at his best tonight and we’ll come to see that now in every game,” concluded Madrid’s assistant coach.

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By FARPost Reporter 

Relief as Pirates edge Maritzburg United

Namibian forward Deon Hotto scored the solitary goal as Orlando Pirates bounced back to winning ways on Saturday, edging Maritzburg United 1-0 in a DStv Premiership clash played at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.

Pirates went into the match after a difficult week in which they lost 2-0 to Black Leopards on Sunday and drew 0-0 with Golden Arrows in a midweek encounter.

Their opponents suffered an early blow when veteran defender Clayton Daniels had to be withdrawn midway through the first half following a knock and had Nazeer Allie replacing him.

With just under six minutes before the break, Pirates took the lead through Hotto. Bongani Sam, who got his second successive start, delivered a first-time cross after receiving a pass from Thabang Monare for Hotto to tap home from the back-post.

Seeking a quick comeback, Ernst Middendorp made a double substitution at halftime. He brought in Daylon Claasen for Judas Moseamedi while Bongokuhle Hlongwane replaced Riyaaz Ismail.

However, Pirates took firm control of the game in the second half, making several attempts to increase the lead.

They kept the hosts on their toes with Vincent Pule coming close with a header while Azola Tshobeni also tried his luck with a shot.

At the other end of the pitch, the Team of Choice struggled to bother a five-man Pirates defence.

By Mthokozisi Dube

Tanzania’s Simba SC appoint ex-Arrows coach

Tanzania’s Simba SC fans will have to wait another 24 hours before their club unveils the new head coach.

On Saturday, Simba unveiled former Polokwane City and Golden Arrows goalkeepers’ coach Milton Nienov as the man who will take charge of the team’s shot-stoppers under the new set up.

The club confirmed his appointment saying on Sunday they would name the man to head the technical team.

Florent Ibenge, pictured with Simba CEO Barbara Gonzalez above, who doubles up as DRC national team and AS Vita coach, is heavily linked with the job.

The 59-year-old, a 2016 CHAN tournament winner, was conspicuously absent from DRC’s draw against Libya on Thursday.

He is tipped to replace Sven Vandenbroeck who recently dumped the Tanzanian champions to join Morocco’s FAR Rabat.

His biggest challenger for the job is Clinton Larsen, who, ironically worked with Nienov at Arrows.

Interestingly, former Al Merrikh coach, Didier Gomes Da Rosa paid his release clause and immediately left the Sudan champions.

The Frenchman landed in Dar es Salaam on Saturday for talks with Simba’s hierarchy.

The new coach will get to gauge the strength of his squad when the Dar es Salaam giants host the five-day Simba Super Cup which will feature Congo’s TP Mazembe and Sudan’s Al Hilal.

The tournament is aimed at preparing the team for the CAF Champions’ League Group Stage.

Simba are in Group A alongside serial Champions Al Ahly of Egypt, DRC’s AS Vita and Sudan’s El Merreikh.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

 

FT: Stellenbosch 0-0 Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs were unable to make it four wins in a row as they played out to a 0-0 league draw with Stellenbosch FC at the Danie Craven Stadium on Saturday evening.

Overall it was an absorbing game in which both teams had their moments in front of goal, but too often the final touch was lacking.

Following the kick-off, there was little noteworthy action in the opening 25 minutes during which time Chiefs had more ball possession but were unable to unlock the home defence.

After both sides had failed to threaten with a couple of long-range efforts around the half-hour mark, the first clear chance of the day fell to Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, who combined nicely with Samir Nurkovic but dragged his parting shot from 20 metres out just wide of the right hand upright.

As half time approached the game burst into life and Stellenbosch should have taken the lead in the 39th minute when Stanley Dimgba got to the byline and pulled the ball back for Junior Mendieta, but the South American scuffed a straight-forward finish wide of goal.

At the other end, Nurkovic was inches away from putting Amakhosi in front when he snuck in to the near post to get on the end of Lebogang Manyama’s cross, but he didn’t get his touch right and the ball trickled just wide of the target.

There was still another chance before the break when Dimgba threaded in a pass for Mendieta, but Chiefs keeper Daniel Akpeyi did well to rush off his line to make an intercept.

The action continued after the interval with Amakhosi having the first chance of the second half – after Stellenbosch failed to adequately clear a corner, Happy Mashiane unleashed a venomous half volley but was denied by a fine diving save by home keeper Lee Langeveldt.

The home side meanwhile seemed to grow in confidence as the game went on and they were able to create a couple of great openings five minutes after the restart.

They could not capitalise however as Leletu Skelm’s goalbound effort was cleared off the line by Erick Mathoho before Dimgba headed over the bar after an inch-perfect cross from Mark van Heerden which deserved a goal.

Chiefs youngster Darrel Matsheke then had a couple of shots at goal, but from range he was off-target on both occasions.

With about 15 minutes to go the Soweto side began to up their efforts in search of a winner and it looked set to come when substitute Njabulo Blom picked out Nurkovic with an inviting cross in the 82nd minute, but the chance was wasted as the Serbian sent a powerful downward header the wrong side of the post.

Two minutes later Chiefs were even closer when following a goalmouth scramble, the ball fell kindly for Siyabonga Ngezana – who poked the ball goalwards – only for Langeveldt to make a last gasp save with his legs.

That proved to be the last real chance for a goal as the two sides had to settle for a point each from what was largely an evenly-balanced encounter.

By Goal.com

AmaZulu back to winning ways

AmaZulu got back to winning ways after beating Baroka 2-0 at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.

Usuthu scored through Bonginkosi Ntuli in the 21st minute to go into half time leading 1-0.

Substitute Sphelele Magubane secured the maximum points for the visitors with two minutes remaining.

AmaZulu are now at position eight with 15 points from 13 matches.

Bakgaga on the other hand dropped to 10th with the same number of points and the same number of games but with an inferior goal difference.

By Ofhani Munyai

LINE-UPS: Maritzburg v Pirates

Orlando Pirates will be hoping to redeem themselves when they take on Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium after a 2-0 loss to bottom placed Black Leopards last weekend and a goalless draw against Golden Arrows during the week.

On the other hand, Maritzburg, placed 15th on the log, would want to take advantage of Pirates’ recent slump and injuries when they host Bucs at 17:00.

Maritzburg XI: Mpandle, Daniels, Modise, Morgan, Meza, Ismail, De Reuck, Mngonyama, Buchanan, Moseamadi, Graham.

SUBS: Barr, Allie, Claasen, Kutumela, Hlongwane, Sanoka, Hlubi, Shandu, Tlolane.

Pirates XI: Ofori, Jele, Sam, Maela, Hlatshwayo, Tshobeni, Monare, Makaringe, Lorch, Hotto, Pule.

SUBS: Sandilands, Jooste, Sesane  Dzvukamanja, Motshwari, Zungu, Dlamini, Ndlovu, Mundele.

By Mthokozisi Dube

LINE-UPS: Baroka v AmaZulu

Baroka and AmaZulu have announced their starting line-ups for the DStv Premiership match at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.

Baroka XI: Chipezeze, Mphahlele, Jampies, Makume, Farmer, Kambala, Mgaga, Gebhardt, Phiri Jr, Makgopa, Patjie.

SUBS: Masuluke, Kgoetyane, Seema, Mahlonoko, Shozi, Monama, Mbulu, Afonso, Dickens.

AmaZulu XI: Mothwa, Gumede, Mabiliso, Khumalo, Xoki, Makhaula, Sithebe, Mlambo, Memela, Majoro, Ntuli

SUBS: Mbatha, Masilela, Booysen, Magubane, Ncube, Chawaphiwa, Mahlambi, Maduna, Mthembu.

By Ofhani Munyai

LINE UPS: Stellenbosch v Chiefs

Stellenbosch will host Kaizer Chiefs at Danie Craven Stadium this afternoon (17:00).

Here are the line ups…

Chiefs XI

Akpeyi, Ngezana, Zulu, Mathoho, Cardoso, Akumu, Matsheke, Mashiane, Nurkovic (c), Manyama, Ngcobo.

SUBS: Bvuma, Moleko, Castro, Baccus, Frosler, Sasman, Kambole, Blom, Sifama.

Stellenbosch XI

Langeveldt, Mthethwa, Van Heerden, Robertson, Johannes (c), Nange, Sinkala, Van Rooyen, Mendieta, Du Preez, Dimgba.

SUBS: Stephens, Macheke, Bergman, Scott, Msengi, Adams, De Goede, Skelem, Brenner.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa