Masilela puts pen to paper with Usuthu

FARPost.co.za can confirm that former Bafana Bafana Bafana international Tsepo Masilela has joined AmaZulu.

Masilela, who last played for Kaizer Chiefs in April last year, finally has an opportunity to resurrect his career.

The 34-year-old had been without a club since his exit from Chiefs.

But a deal was on the table at AmaZulu after he impressed coach Jozef Vukusic at training over the past few weeks.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Cityzens win big after Benni’s departure

Cape Town City produced five goals against Polokwane City on Wednesday night, proving that there’s life after their former coach Benni McCarthy.

Kermit Eramus netted a brace to guide the Cityzens to a 5-2 victory over the Limpopo side.

New Cape Town City coach Jan Riekerink was an interested spectator.

Since McCarthy was dismissed because of poor results, City were guided by caretaker coach, Vasili Manousakis.

New City coach Jan Riekerink, who was announced earlier in the day, watched from the stands as he awaits his work permit.

Charlton Mashumba replied with a rare PSL hattrick, but it wasn’t enough to get the visitors anything from the tie.

Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs’ Dumsani Zuma is the toast of town after netting a brace in Chiefs’ 2-0 win over Chippa United.

Dumsani Zuma was warmly received by the fans in Port Elizabeth and in return, he scored a brace.

LEAGUE RESULTS

Cape Town City 5 (Erasmus x2, Mthembu, Makola, Edimlson) Polokwane City 3 (Mashumba x3)

Baroka 0-0 Mamelodi Sundowns

Chippa United 0-2 Chiefs (Zuma x2)

AmaZulu 2 (Ntuli x2) Stellenbosch 0

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Ten MDC stars who are ready for the PSL…

You’ve probably lost count of the number of footballers that have come through from the Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) to the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

More recently, AmaZulu promoted two players from their MDC team, forward Bayanda Shangase and goalkeeper Olwethu Mzimela.

Percy Tau came through the MDC.

The MDC has undoubtedly been a success since launching in August 2014 having seen the likes of Percy Tau, Lyle Foster, Happy Mashiane, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Tshegofatso Mabasa, Bongani Sam and many more use the platform to hone their skills and move up to the top division of SA football.

From there, they would be hoping to follow in Tau’s footsteps and move to Europe.

Usuthu have promoted Mzimela and Shangase.

The good thing is the Reserve League has doubled the number of games to be played in from 120 to 240 this season, which means these players are better prepared should they receive a call-up to the senior team.

FARPost‘s Amahle Siphungu and Tiyani wa ka Mabasa select at least 10 players who could possibly land a move to the top league sooner rather than later.

Rahim Milazi (Kaizer Chiefs)

The 18-year old striker is certainly one player who has the talent of finding the back of the net and when he does it the goals come pouring. Milazi has scored a brace against several teams such as Chippa United, Bloemfontein Celtic and Golden Arrows.

Rahim Milazi of Chiefs has been doing very well.

This just goes to show that the youngster is lethal upfront and unlike many players who are more than happy to be on the scoresheet, scoring a brace in many of the matches suggests he’s always hungry for more.

Keegan Allan (Mamelodi Sundowns)

The defender has the special trait of not only being able to stabilise the team at the back and make those crucial tackles, but he’s also able to contribute to play going forward. Allan makes forward runs which sees him involved in quite a lot play in the final third and has managed to score a couple goals himself. He has 2 goals so far in the reserve league. He was invited to the senior team’s pre-season camp in Zambia, which could be a sign of good things to come for him.

Diego Appollis (Chippa United)

Diego Appollis, a clinical finisher.

Although the Chilli Boys are struggling to ring in a consistent string of results, Appollis is the current top goal scorer in the league with eight goals. He is able to place himself in the right spaces where he often is the man they look to feed the ball to and what helps is that he is a clinical finisher.

Khanyisile Mayo (SuperSport United)

The winger has even made it to the bench in Matsatsantsa’s recent games. He’s shown great pace and more often than not, he beats the defenders. If he keeps going the same road, he’s destined for a great future. His older brother Khanyisa came through the same ranks, but appears to have slowed down with loan moves to GladAfrica Championship not working out as intended. Khanyisile would be hoping to do better.

Lehlohonolo Sepeng (Orlando Pirates)

Perhaps his best weapon is the pace that plays a huge factor in his ability to manoeuvre past defenders. He may have to cut down on the unnecessary showboating that has seen him criticised and probably, rightly so. The reality is that the modern game has no place for showboaters and often these type of footballers disappear into thin air, even though the fans like them. Sepeng certainly has the ability and instead of dancing on the ball, he should concentrate on using his pace to good effect and get Pirates the goals. 

Promise Mkhuma (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Leading from the front, the captain of Downs’ Reserves has excited the Masandawana faithful so much they liken him to Percy Tau. Mkhuma who was Player of the Tournament in last year’s COSAFA U20 Challenge that was hosted in Zambia seems to be on the rise in his career having a phenomenal start to the season. The 19-year old currently boasts 6 goals, including a great free kick scored against Pirates recently (watch video above).

Sabelo Radebe (Kaizer Chiefs)

Sabelo Radebe of Kaizer Chiefs.

He’s been given the responsibility to captain the team and has done so with aplomb. He was part of Chiefs’ first team that went to play Bloemfontein Celtic in the Macufe Cup. What keeps him ahead is keeping it simple from the middle of the park. Radebe shows a lot of maturity in his game and doesn’t rush play. Instead, he finds the space to feed the ball in the right areas, even under pressure from the opposition.

Kagiso Madisha (Orlando Pirates)

This man is a player who loves the early opener, with most of his goals being scored in the early opening 10 minutes of the games. He hits the ground running as soon as the match starts, making all the moves in order to ensure his team takes the comfortable early lead.

Kamohelo Mohoje (Bloemfontein Celtic)

The Siwelele attacker has the right energy and is always looking to go on the offensive, which augurs well for Celtic’s forward play. Even in situations where Celtic were losing, Mohoje, who dons the number 7 jersey, has shown some never-say-die attitude, which is great for his game. Also, he keeps the same pace throughout the 90 minutes, which is quite pleasing to see.

Luke Le Roux (SuperSport United)

He’s also featured at SA junior international level and the midfielder appears to be a player ready to take on anyone. Le Roux shows a great understanding of the game with his movements and it’s not surprising at all that he’s been to the Netherlands, where he starred for PEC Zwolle’s junior side and also trained with the senior team.

Who else deserves a promotion from the MDC to the PSL?

Let us know through our Twitter accounts @MahleS21 and @TTM16.

Vukusic desperate to conclude Masilela deal

FARPost.co.za can confirm that a deal is imminent between AmaZulu and Tsepo Masilela.

Usuthu coach Jozef Vukusic has recommended that the club sign the former Bafana Bafana left back.

“It’s now between the club and the player to negotiate and reach an agreement,” a source close to the deal told us on Thursday night.

Vukusic, we are told, is desperate to get the deal done on time to have Masilela available for Sunday’s clash against Baroka at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Masilela’s last match was for Kaizer Chiefs in April 2018.

“There is also a boy from their development, who has also been promoted to help solve their problems at left back,” added the source.

AmaZulu have been looking at Masilela, because their regular left back Sibusiso Mabiliso look set to be out for months with a foot injury.

The KwaZulu Natal outfit also let Marc van Heerden leave to join Stellenbosch, leaving them thin on the left side of their defence.

Masilela’s experience could be vital, but there would obviously be question marks over his fitness since his last match was for his former team Kaizer Chiefs on April 24, 2018, against Golden Arrows.

Efforts to get comment from the club and the player proved futile at this stage.

DID YOU KNOW?

Pirates’ Innocent Maela.

Masilela and Orlando Pirates left back, Innocent Maela, are brothers. They share the same father, but have different mothers. 

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Goals galore at MDC

The Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) produced a whopping 27 goals in just eight matches over the weekend.

Kaizer Chiefs were the big scorers with five goals against a hapless Chippa United side.

This match at Dobsonville Stadium saw seven goals being scored, with Chiefs winning 5-2.

Rahim Milazi netted a brace for Amakhosi and not to be outdone, Lebohang Lesako also helped himself to a double.

Elsewhere, Chiefs’ rivals Orlando Pirates overcame Polokwane City by a 2-0 scoreline.

Sifiso Luthuli and Simo Bophela were on the scoresheet for the Buccaneers.

Below are the results from the weekend’s action, as well as the log.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Downs annihilate Usuthu

Mamelodi Sundowns dished out a footballing lesson to beleaguered AmaZulu to advance to the last 8 of the Telkom Knockout at Lucas Moripe on Sunday.

It was the South American show as Venezuela’s Jose Ali Meza opened the scoring, before Uruguay’s Gaston Sirino, who was man of the match, added a double.

Sirino’s compatriot Mauricio Affonso came off the bench to register his name on the scoresheet.

To rub salt on AmaZulu’s wound, defender Mario Booysen scored an own goal on debut.

Downs coach Pitso Mosimane had earlier warned that his team was going for the kill in this tournament and the Brazilians have, in five ways, sent a strong message to their opponents that they are not in the TKO to add to the numbers despite their CAF commitments.

Gaston Sirino was unstoppable.

Downs join the likes of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in the quarterfinals.

The draw will be conducted on Tuesday straight after the match between Chippa United and Bloemfontein Celtic in Mdantsane, Eastern Cape.

Meanwhile, Highlands Park edged Black Leopards 6-5 on penalties at Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa.

The match finished goalless in regulation time and the Lions of the North had some bite during the spot kicks to seal the tie and advance to the last eight.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Downs, AmaZulu line ups

Mamelodi Sundowns’s starting eleven to face AmaZulu has been revealed.

The visitors have also announced their own XI.

The Brazilians meet Usuthu at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, at 3pm.

Downs XI: Onyango, Madisha, Langerman, Ngcongca, Lebusa, Jali, Kekana, Meza, Sirino, Zwane, Morena.

SUBS: Mweene, Vilakazi, Coetzee, Lakay, Maboe, Mahlambi, Affonso.

AmaZulu XI: Boshoff, Booysen, Ncube, Sikhakhane, M. Gumede, Vilakazi, Karuru, Darpoh, Ntuli, Xoki, Sithebe.

 
SUBS: Mbatha, P. Gumede, Khumalo, Morton, Maduna, De Jong, Majoro. #TKO2019 #FARPost

Meanwhile, the pitch is looking in top condition…

 

Pitso: We are expected to beat AmaZulu

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane want to see his side overcome AmaZulu in today’s Telkom Knockout last 16 clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium at 3pm.

“The Amazulu game is a big game – we are expected to win it,” Mosimane told the media.

“The Telkom Knockout is a cup that comes within the (CAF) Champions League and Absa Premiership, and the problem is complex for us because we have games in hand,” said the man nicknamed “Jingles”.

He stressed the importance of the Tshwane club doing well in the competition despite the added responsibility of defending their League title, as well as having to contend with their CAF commitments.

“My problem is not the same as any other team. It is a difficult programme with more heat, we are expected to win the Champions league and we are expected to win the league.”

Hlompho Kekana of Downs and AmaZulu’s Bongi Ntuli are ready for battle.

 

Pitso also shared his ambitions on winning this cup for the fans in particular .

“Telkom is always a priority for us to win for a few reasons; for our supporters, to create confidence in the club and to win one of the cup trophies,” added Mosimane.

Meanwhile, AmaZulu forward Bongi Ntuli, who previously played for Sundowns, is raring to go.

I don’t really let the fact that I played for them deter me from doing what I need to do, which is to score goals, so I just take them as any other opponent,” said the Usuthu forward.

“It won’t be an easy game for us because we all know that Sundowns are a big team, and we’ll be playing away so we will have to be at our best to be able to come out victorious.’”

By Amahle Siphungu

 

Usuthu to sign Booysen

Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Mario Booysen seem to have found a new home and is set to be announced as AmaZulu’s latest signing before the end of this week.

The 31-year-old is a free agent after being released by Chiefs at the beginning of the season and can still be registered to play in the current season, because he’s a free agent.

A source within the club confirmed to FARPost.co.za that the Cape Town-born centre back had agreed in principle to sign for the team and what is left is to put pen to paper.

“Yes, he has been training with us for a few days and he is expected to sign. There might be an announcement tomorrow (Tuesday). They are just finalising a few things, but I don’t see the deal failing,” said our informant.

Usuthu are currently 2nd from bottom on the Absa Premiership standings with five points from 8 matches, with just one win.

By Ofhani Munyai