‘Qalinge hasn’t done enough to earn a new contract’

Thabo Qalinge has not done enough at SuperSport United to earn himself a new contract. That’s according to the club’s CEO Stan Matthews.

The former Mpumalanga Black Aces and Orlando Pirates star has only managed five appearances so far at the Tshwane giants.

With Matsatsantsa left with only six games to complete the season, chances of the skillful winger convincing Kaitano Tembo to keep him in his team beyond this season are getting slimmer.

Matthews says at the moment they have not even started negotiating with the player.

“There are no discussions,” Matthews said.

“We have to wait to decide after the last six games as he hasn’t done enough on the field to earn the option yet.”

The SuperSport boss says as a club they expected goals and assists when they brought in the player.

“Goals, assists, minutes played, keeping guys like (Ghampani) Lungu and (Kuda) Mahachi on the bench. Like what (Guily) Manziba has done in two games.”

By Musa Nhlapo

Stop walking dogs or jogging – Desiree Ellis

Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis has reiterated calls for the South African public in general to abide by the government regulations to stay at home until April 16.

The country is on day 5 of the national lockdown due to the COVID-19.

Ellis sent a video message pleading with those that still don’t realise the seriousness of what the country faces.

“Our country is going through a difficult time but I still see people jogging and walking their dogs,” said Ellis.

“People, this is serious, the infections has increased and people are dying. Most importantly please stay at home, we can do this, we have overcome many obstacles in the past and if we work together as a team then we are able to limit the spread of the coronavirus so I am asking you to please stay at home.”

Footballers all over the world have been sharing their tips on how to deal with the COVID-19 experience with some fitness and skills tips and entertainment while it remains uncertain when football will finally return post the pandemic.

By Ofhani Munyai

Tsutsulupa says Kasi football Tournaments are not good for discovering talent

Moroka Swallows legend Lefa Tsutsulupa is of the opinion that Kasi Football Tournaments, where skilful players dish out some mouth-watering and scintillating displays for the spectators are poor for team scouts to discover talent.

“Honestly, I don’t think Kasi Festive football tournaments are good [for discovering talent], because they are producing players for tournaments and not players who can withstand the pressure of playing in the Absa Premiership,” said Tsutsulupa.

Kasi flavour is usually the order of the entire tournament during many Kasi football tournaments with fans showing up in big numbers just for the entertainment – showboating.

“So they play with a hype of Kasi football but when it is time to play in an empty stadium, they don’t have that vibe, that is what is happening with players such as Skhwama [Tshepo Matete],” added the former Swallows captain, Tsutsulupa.

Matete, who is a former Baroka FC star, joined GladAfrica Championship side AmaTuks in the January transfer window and plays as a full-back.

Tsutsulupa attended several Kasi football tournaments in the Free State Province last December including the Ba2cada Soccer Tournament – the brainchild of Radio personality Nyakallo Leine.

Football tournaments such as the Walter Sisulu Discovery Soccer Challenge gives young talent the much needed platform to showcase their skills.

“Platform wise, they [Kasi tournaments] are good but in terms of producing players to play in the PSL, I don’t think so because they are players for the Tjovitjo, Vuvuzela [when hyped up by the fans]…but they can’t play without spectators in the stadium.

“There is a boy who we [Swallows in 2015] signed called Sipho ‘Sgobe’ Moeti from Soweto, he signed for Baroka as well, they don’t last because of that thing, they can’t play in empty stadiums,” emphasised Tsutsulupa.

Moeti is currently without a team and was last seen at the Soweto Spectator Tournament in February at the UJ Soweto Campus where clubless former Orlando Pirates midfielder Khethokwakhe Masuku was in action.

Tsutsulupa is one of the few players to have played over 300 matches in the PSL era.

By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

Zambia players return to training in Sweden

Chipolopolo coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic says it is an encouraging development to hear that midfielders Emmanuel Banda and Edward Chilufya are in full team training at Swedish league club Djurgarden.

Sweden has implemented liberal public health guidelines despite the Coronavirus epidemic hitting hard their neighbours and the rest of Europe.

Djurgarden kick off their 2020/2021 season this weekend while the rest of the leagues across Europe are postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Edward Chilufya and Emanuel Banda are in full training at present and this coming Saturday are starting the Sweden premier league campaign after the second division kicked off earlier in this week,” Micho said.

“We in football are suffering as well so we need us as leaders to technically generate some positive energy to try and inject this in our players telling them that with discipline, seriousness and responsibility they should not be complacent in this terrible situation.”

Meanwhile, the Coronavirus pandemic has hit Micho’s work schedule after the 2021 AFCON qualifiers were postponed in March including April’s 2020 CHAN tournament in Cameroon due to the outbreak.

Micho’s only taste of action since his appointment in February was a March 12 friendly against Malawi whom Zambia beat 1-0 at home in Lusaka.

By Kalumiana Kalumiana

FARPost’s Zambia Correspondent 

You can’t confuse me (F1 car) with a go-kart (Giroud) – Benzema

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema says he is like a Formula 1 car while former France team-mate Olivier Giroud is just a go-kart and therefore the two cannot be compared.

Answering questions on Instagram live, the 32-year-old let his emotions out a bit in criticizing the current Chelsea striker, who won the World Cup with France in 2018.

“You can’t confuse an F1 car with a go-kart and I’m being kind,” he said.

“I know I’m a Formula 1 car. It works because he’s there, that’s it. It’s not going to be spectacular. (Antoine) Griezmann and (Kylian) Mbappe get seen more while he rolls his sleeves up and does the dirty work. But does everyone like his game? I don’t know,” he added

Benzema has not played for France since 2015 after he was placed under formal investigation in connection with a sex tape blackmail plot involving a team-mate.

He has made more than 500 appearances for Real Madrid and scored 19 goals in 32 appearances this season, his 11th with the Spanish giants.

Giroud, who has scored 39 goals in 97 appearances for France, has started just five games for Chelsea in the Premier League in 2019-20.

For the record, Benzema has 27 goals in 81 appearances for France.

By Ofhani Munyai

SA players union urges public to play a role – give Covid-19 a red card

SA Football Players Union (Safpu) vice president Tebogo Monyai has called on all South Africans including the football community to comply with the lockdown by staying at home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Let us play a role as the community, let us give the Covid-19 a red card by staying at home,” said Monyai.

“On behalf of the union, on behalf of our members, I would love to thank the South African Police Service (SAPS), the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the South African medical team or staff to have gone an extra mile by risking their lives in order to make sure that the covid-19 is under control,” he added.

According to the department of health, the number of infections continues to grow as there are now 1,326 confirmed cases in the country and three have died from the virus.

SAFPU secretary general, Nhlanhla Shabalala applauds and salutes the doctors and nurses,” the frontline warriors” for demonstrating ‘patriotism and explicit resilience’ in the fight against coronavirus to ensure the nation remains safe.

“We also have a role to play and let us follow the WHO [World Health Organisation] guidelines in making sure that we sanitize our hands regularly and we keep them clean by washing them with water and soap,” said Shabalala.

“Let us be united as society, communities, and the nation and make sure that we hashtag, show Covid-19 the red card,” he concluded.

The President of the union Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe joined in and urged everyone to take the novel coronavirus seriously.

By Tokelo Martin  Mokhesi 

Rashford helps feed 400,000 children across Manchester

A huge number of children in England’s state schools receive free school meals as they come from low income families.

With schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is working with a charity FareShare to help feed children in the Manchester region.

“The work was top of my to-do list and spoke about my childhood. I am just trying to impact the next generation in a positive way,” Rashford told BBC Sport.

“I have done a lot of work with children and when I heard about the schools shutting down, I knew some kids would not be getting free meals at school.

“When I was at school, I was on free meals and my mum wouldn’t get home until around six o’clock so my next meal would have been about eight o’clock.

“I was fortunate, and there are kids in much more difficult situations that don’t get their meals at home.”

According to the 22-year-old, the Man United and their rivals Manchester City helped raise £100,000 which will feed 400,000 children across Manchester.

“I think when times are tough it is important that two clubs who have a huge social following, like we do, come together and make a difference when things which are bigger than football happen. So, credit to both clubs,” said Rashford.

The forward says he reads a lot of books on mentality. “I always want to keep developing and improving in some way and physically I can’t do that right now.

“There is so much knowledge in books and you don’t realise until you start reading yourself,” he said.

Rashford has not played since January due to a back injury and admits that he misses football – being on the pitch.

“It’s just about patience, I have been working hard on the bikes and following the programme that I have been given from the club.

“I have been playing FIFA, reading different types of books. It is important to keep time passing with positive vibes and just keep smiling,” added Rashford.

“I am just taking it day by day. It’s very difficult, even when there’s nothing on TV. I have been watching old games from years ago.”

Man United announced that Rashford has been cleared to step up his rehabilitation programme. He is the club’s top scorer so far this season with 19 goals in 31 matches.

“I feel much better, definitely comparing it to two or three weeks ago, I feel 10 times better.

“For me now, it is just about getting ready to build it back up to training and playing the games with the team. I am in a much better place. I am much happier now than I was about a month ago, so things are looking positive,” concluded Rashford.

By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

‘Shabba’ may return to Naturena

Siphiwe Tshabalala might find himself back at Naturena if everything goes as expected.

According to a very reliable source the player’s return to his former club might be delayed by the lockdown in the country due to Coronavirus.

‘Shabba’ and his son Owethu showing off the Chiefs sign recently.

The ‘Dax’ case has also been a stumbling block in the negotiations.

The Absa Premiership leaders have been banned not to register any new player for the next two transfer windows.

This came after the football mother body found Amakhosi guilty of improperly registering Madagascar international Andriamirado ‘Dax’ Andrianarimana. The club has already lodged an appeal.

“Hey man you see they’ve introduced lockdown,” said the source.

“But don’t worry everything will be in the open once this lockdown is lifted. Shabba and his agent can’t say much now you see, but like I said, him and Chiefs might reunite. Remember when he first left for Turkey Kaizer Motaung said he was always welcomed at the club.”

DID YOU KNOW?

‘Shabba’ holds the record for the most appearances in the Soweto Derby (Chiefs v Orlando Pirates) with 31 to his name.

In total, Shabba played 372 games and scored 58 goals for Chiefs before leaving to join Turkish side Erzurumspor in 2018. 

By Musa Nhlapo

Sport Psychologist Tsebe share tips for footballers

South African Sport Psychologist Koketjo Tsebe has shared some tips for professional footballers to keep their minds at ease during this unusual period.

Football just like any other major sports has been temporarily suspended due to the serial COVID-19 pandemic that has killed over 37 000 around the world.

Studies have proved that such forced breaks can affect athletes mentally but Tsebe who also works with the SA Softball national team has some advice for local soccer players.

“Experiences of frustrations and worry are a normal reaction to the current situation. So do acknowledge your feelings during this period. The drastic changes due to the corona pandemic means athletes have to change their normal way of living,” she told FARPost.

“It is important to establish a balanced routine that is made up of healthy activities. The activities may be exercising, eating healthy, resting and keeping mentally fit.

“In other cases a life of an athlete is hectic thus allowing minimal time to spend with family. This can be perceived as an opportunity to spend quality time with family,” she added.

Tsebe’s basic Tips for Soccer players:

– Limit media intake

-Maintain a high level of self motivation

-Take care of your mental and physical body

-Acknowledge your feelings

-Relax as much as you can

By Ofhani Munyai

Zidane targets top strikers

It seems Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane wants a centre-forward and ‘Zizou’ has a hitlist…

According to the Daily Express, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang features among Real’s options. Zidane has already spoken with the Arsenal striker, who has only a year remaining on his contract.

Zinedine Zidane is looking for a striker.

But in that conversation, Aubameyang has been informed that he is not Real’s first choice. Their primary target is Erling Haaland, who has had a belting three and a half months at Borussia Dortmund.

The Germans could land a profit worth in excess of £30million on the £18million they paid RB Leipzig over New Year.

Aubameyang isn’t even Plan B.

Real’s preferred alternative would be Sadio Mane – but the Liverpool star would cost almost three times what Haaland might if they are right in thinking the Senegal star could be prised away from Anfield for £140million.

By Football365.com