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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
*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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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