My dream is to win the CL with PSG – Messi

Lionel Messi dreams of winning the Uefa Champions League with Paris St-Germain.

The Argentina captain, 34, won four Champions League titles with FC Barcelona, the last of which came in 2015.

Coincidentally, the last time he won the prestigious trophy, he was playing alongside his old friend Neymar who was still at Camp Nou at the time.

PSG are still searching for their first title in the competition, having lost to Bayern Munich in the 2020 final.

“My goal and my dream is to win the Champions League once more,” Messi said as he was unveiled as a PSG player.

Messi left Barcelona, who he joined as a 13-year-old, as they were unable to afford a new deal under La Liga’s financial fair play rules. Considered one of the greatest players of all time, he scored a record 672 goals in 778 games for the Catalan giants.

He won the Ballon d’Or a record six times and lifted 35 trophies during his time at the club, but said he is excited to begin a new chapter of his life after a difficult departure from Barcelona.

“I feel this club is ready to fight for all the trophies. This is my goal, I want to keep growing and keep winning titles and that is why I came to this club.”

His arrival in the French capital completes one of the most formidable attacking lines in history. The South American is poised to play in PSG’s frontline alongside the two most expensive players of all time, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi believes that recruiting Messi will be decisive in keeping Mbappe at the club, with the 2018 World Cup winner’s contract set to expire in 2022.

“He wanted a competitive team and I think we have the most competitive in the world, so there is no excuse for him now, he can’t do anything else, but stay,” said Al-Khelaifi.

Defending the club’s spending, Al-Khelaifi added that everyone must focus on the positives of bringing together the best players in world football.

“What you as a media need to focus is not only the negative side but the positive side he will bring to the club.

“We checked with our financial people and knew that we could sign him. Through it all we look at financial fair play and always we will fulfil financial fair play regulations.”


By FARPost Reporter

Bussouma can play at the highest level – Potter

Graham Potter believes Yves Bissouma has the ability to play at the highest level in football.

The English manager spoke to Brighton and Hove Albion’s official website after a successful weekend where Bissouma inspired Brighton to a 2-1 FA Cup victory against Blackpool on Saturday.

Bissouma scored a beautiful long-range effort from outside the box to give Brighton the lead. Eventually the Premier League team was able to grind out the required result and progress to the next round of one of England’s oldest domestic cup competitions.

In recent weeks, the 24-year-old has been linked with different clubs including Liverpool, Arsenal and Real Madrid and his performance this past weekend justified why he is so highly rated.

He has established himself as a key member of Brighton’s squad since arriving from French Ligue 1 side LOSC Lille in 2018. The former AS Real Bamako product has played 67 Premier League games and scored two goals for the Seagulls so fa.

Potter said he had no doubt that the player is destined for bigger and better things including playing in the Uefa Champions League.

“I think the best Yves Bissouma can, absolutely play regularly in the Champions League. He has got that quality and those attributes that you need at that level. It is about him being consistent enough to do that,” he continued.

Asked about the player’s future at the club, the former Brentford mentor said he is not 100% certain, but he is confident that he is happy where he is and is focused on helping the team get better.

“I think it is nice that our players have taken a step forward. It is nice that he has taken a step forward. You never know anything in football these days, but I think from his perspective he is happy here.

“He is improving, he knows he has got a bit to do as well. He wants the team to be successful and to help the team. We are quite relaxed about everything,” he added.

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By Prince Sobayeni 

Truter not interested in setting targets

Swallows FC coach Brandon Truter says he doesn’t want to get carried away following a 1-0 victory against Kaizer Chiefs in the DStv Premiership encounter on Tuesday.

The Dube Birds are flying high since their return to the Premier Division and are currently top of the log after 5 matches.

With three wins, two draws without a defeat, Truter has urged his players to remain humble.

“No, I am not interested in looking at targets or where we are going in this league. We will compete at the next game,” said Truter.

“But yeah we need to be humble, Chiefs is the biggest team in South Africa, but we need to calm them (the players) and be humble and take it game by game,” he added.

Swallows will travel to Golden Arrows for their next match and Truter anticipates a tough encounter.

“I am just happy it’s a week away so that some of the boys can actually have a proper rest and we can have a proper recovery. Arrows have been having a good run, had a good game against Chiefs as well so it is going to be a tough game,” he added.

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By Ofhani Munyai

Fifa proposes mandatory maternity leave for women players

World football governing body FIFA are set to introduce new regulations to protect the rights of women players, including mandatory maternity leave.

FIFA said on Thursday that the reforms have been put forward by FIFA’s Football Stakeholders Committee (FSC) and will go to FIFA’s Council next month for approval.

The new rules will mean that clubs are mandated to allow at least 14 weeks of maternity leave paid at a minimum two-thirds of a player’s full salary.

“As we try to accelerate the professionalisation of the women’s game, which is one of our strategic objectives, it is really important that we evolve and adapt the regulatory framework around the game at the same time. This is a very good example,” FIFA’s Chief Women’s Football Officer, Sarai Bareman told reporters.

“We want to see more women being able to earn a living playing football whilst at the same time being able to have a family life and being mothers. It is important that we provide the necessary regulatory framework to protect those women,” she added.

The rules are expected to be approved by the FIFA Council next month and would take effect on January 1, 2020.

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By Ofhani Munyai

ABC Motsepe club axe their coach

Babewra FC have confirmed that they have parted ways with their head coach Thulani Ntshingila, assistant coach Jeff Maluri and technical director Eugene Mazini.
The Gauteng ABC Motsepe League side announced the technical team’s sacking on their official Twitter account.
“Following a string of poor results Baberwa Football Club has decided to part ways with immediate effect with Head Coach Thulani Ntshingila, Assistant Coach Jeff Maluri and Technical Director Eugene Manzini,” read Baberwa’s statement.
The club appointed their goalkeeper coach Errol Chuene as the caretaker coach and he will be assisted by Size Masina.

Babewra are currently on position 3 in the Gauteng ABC Motsepe League with 14 points in 8 games , with the log leaders Orange Vaal Professionals FC seating on 19 points in 8 games.

By Trevor Magomani

ABC Motsepe League roundup

Not a lot has changed in different ABC Motsepe Leagues across the country with most provinces having played their round 4 matches.


Baberwa are still top of the log but dropped 2 points following the 1-1 draw against the Shakes Mashaba-coached Blue Lions at home. Orange Vaal Professionals remain second after a 2-1 win over M. Tigers. La Masia, Alexandra Black Aces, Pele Pele FC, Leruma United, Blue Lions and Tembisa Sports Centre are all tied on 7 points, 6 points behind leaders Baberwa.

*Mashaba is in the main picture courtesy of his club’s social media account.


Humphrey Mlwane’s presence at Ditlou seem to be making a difference at the Groblersdal-based side who are the current log leaders with 10 points from 4 games. The 3-2 win over second placed Giyani Happy Boys was the third of the second under the former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder. Venda Football Academy are fourth with 8 points after a 0-0 draw against Mighty FC. Berachah Valley have jumped to fourth position following a 2-0 win over Polokwane Academy.

North West

Log Leaders Polokwane City Rovers were not in action this weekend. Orbit College jumped to second position following a 2-0 win over Master Peace, while Buya Msuthu dropped as they were also not in action. Young Zebras are third with 2 points behind City Rovers after a 3-0 win over the Glamour Boys.

Northern Cape

Kakamas Sundowns remain top of the log despite the 2-2 draw against Magareng Young Stars. Tornado remain second but also drew 2-2 against Olifantshoek Young Stars. Hungry Lions dropped to fourth place after playing to a 1-1 draw with Maruping United. N.C. Liverpool’s 3-2 win over United Rovers puts them in third position.

KwaZulu Natal

Mvoti United are still in first position after a 2-1 win over Durban FC, maintaining the 100% record start in four games. Dabeka Sporting have also maintained a 100% start following a 1-0 win against Rainham Sporting. Happy Wanderers and Natal Rich Boys are third and fourth respectively.

Free State

Super Eagles and Central University of FS are first and second respectively tied on 10 points after four matches. Mangaung Unite and BFN Young Tigers are third and fourth tied on nine points.

Eastern Cape

*There were no fixtures this past weekend in the Eastern Cape ABC Motsepe league due to the Nelson Mandela Challenge match between South Africa and Mali at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday.


*There were no matches in the Mpumalanga ABC Motsepe League.

By Ofhani Munyai

ABC Motsepe League countrywide Update

The SAFA Provincial ABC Motsepe League is in full swing in eight Provinces with the exception of the Western Cape Province.

Here is an update from each province…


Last season runners-up Baberwa FC continued from where they left off last season. They top the league with 12 points from 4 games followed by Orange Vaal Professionals on 9 points and Alexandra Black Aces third with 7 points.


Newly formed Giyani Happy Boys and Venda Football Academy currently occupy the first and second spots with 9 and 7 points respectively. Ambitious side Ditlou FC and Polokwane United are also tied on 7 points. Last season winners Mikhado are yet to win a match and sit at position 12.

Eastern Cape

Amavarara FC who finished 8th last season currently lead the log with 9 points, tied with Matta Milan and Peace Makers FC but with a superior goal difference. Lat season champions Tornado FC are languishing at 9th position.

North West

Polokwane City Rovers are the only side with a 100% record in five matches. Buya Msuthu who missed out on a promotion spot by three points are currently second with 13 points followed by Orbit College with 11 points from 5 matches.

Northern Cape

Kakamas Sundowns lead the Provincial log after three out of three wins, followed by Tornado FC on seven points. Last season winners Hungry Lions FC sit at third position after collecting just 5 points out of a possible 9.


FC Sivutsa NPC are front runners with 9 points from 4 games followed by Bakone FC with 7 points, tied with Nkomazi Real Aces, Secunda M Stars FC, Barberton City Stars FC and Mlambo Royal Cubs FC.

KwaZulu Natal

Mvoti United FC currently lead the provincial Log with 9 points from 3 games followed by Natal Rich Boys FC on 7 points and last season champions Summerfield Dynms on third position with 6 points.

Free State

Last season’s runners up Bloemfontein Young Tigers have a 100% record start to the season alongside Central University of Free State. Last season champions Mangaung Unite are 5th with 6 points from 3 games.

By Ofhani Munyai