Goss: I want to be Bafana’s number 1

Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Ricardo Goss was a surprise inclusion in coach Molefi Ntseki’s Bafana Bafana squad that was announced last week, but the 26-year-old says he is ready to be the number one for both and the national team.

“What can I say? This is my first real call up because the last call up was a back-up, so jah… I’m excited, looking forward to it and hopefully there will be more to come,” Goss told FARPost.co.za.

Goss is in Bafana’s squad to play Ghana and Sudan on November 14 and 17 respectively.

The clashes are part of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Ricardo with his mom, Faith.

The shot-stopper joined the Clever Boys from GladAfrica Championship side Royal Eagles last season, but found the competition for a starting berth in between the sticks very tough from Bafana international Darren Keet.

Despite being a reserve goalkeeper for Wits last season, the KwaZulu Natal-born goalkeeper says he learnt a lot from Keet, who has since moved on to Belgian side, OH Leuven.

“Jah… Obviously he’s been with the national team for some time, he’s a very humble guy and I learnt a lot from him. He taught me quite a few things on and off-the-field. “So I’m grateful and I’m happy to have a guy like him around me, and I’m very lucky.”

The goalkeeper also shared his excitement on qualifying for the group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup – the draw is on Sunday, while also revealing who are his favourite goalkeepers in the country.

“We are looking forward to it, because it’s something you wanna win as an ambitious player, we wanna put the name of Bidvest Wits on the map,” Goss said.

“So jah… we’re very excited about it. With regards to goalkeepers, I look up to Itu Khune (of Kaizer Chiefs) and Moeneeb Josephs (of AmaZulu).

“Those guys really inspire me, they started playing at a very young age, so, you know it shows how hard working and dedicated they are, because they started at a young age but they are still well known.

“That’s something to look at, something to admire and that’s something to want to experience you know,” he added.

By Shane Matsoyane

Gavin hunting for African glory

Bidvest Wits Coach Gavin Hunt is optimistic his side can do well in both the domestic League and in the CAF Confederations Cup.

“With the squad that we have, jah, we can do it, I believe so. But it’s obviously gonna be very difficult hey, but let’s wait and see how it goes,” said Hunt.

The Clever Boys advanced to the group stages of the continent’s 2nd most elite club competition by beating Mozambican side UD Songo 8-1 on aggregate.

“Jah, obviously it’s a challenging competition. We’ve got a relatively small squad, but we’ll see what we can do.”

The names Hunt will be hoping shine in Africa.

The Braamfontein side now joins the likes of Nigerian giants Enyimba and Zanaco of Zambia in the group stages and this will be the club’s 1st appearance in the group stages of the continental competition.

Hunt is one of the most successful coaches in SA with 4 PSL League titles, and now says he will be looking to test his side against other fellow top clubs on the continent.

“This (CAF Confed Cup) is where I’d like to see their chatacter, obviously as I said, we have a small squad but this is where your character is tested,” he added.

Wits take on SuperSport United in their next ABSA Premiership match at Bidvest Stadium on Friday.

But will surely look forward to the CAF Confederations Cup draw which will be conducted in Cairo on Sunday, November 10.

By Shane Matsoyane

Hunt feeling lonelier without Ferreira

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt admits he was sad to see long-time ally Jose Ferreira leave the club.

Ferreira was released from his position as chief executive of the club through a mutual agreement last month, but remains a “consultant and adviser” to the Clever Boys.

Hunt and Ferreira (then SuperSport United COO) worked together at Matsatsantsa winning three Absa premiership trophies.

The pair reunited at the Wits in 2013 and went on to win a historic Absa Premiership title for Wits after 96 years of the clubs’ existence.

Hunt says life has to carry on with or without Ferreira by his side.

“Look what happened at the club has nothing to do with me – it was between him (Ferreira) and the Chairman,” Hunt said.

“It’s obviously very sad to see him go because we won lots of trophies together, so it was disappointing, but life goes on but yah I am disappointed, but it is what it is.

“I’ve got what I have got, haven’t I? I haven’t bought one player so me fighting way above the weight, so we are doing very well. I mean we got 21 players and other teams have 35, but I only have 21 players.

“The team is not struggling financially; the policy was just not to buy players so that was the policy this season. Right now, we are second on the league with two games in hand so we should go top, Oh my Goodness.”

Wits were eliminated from the Telkom Knockout last 16 round after losing 3-1 to Maritzburg United in a penalty shoot-out.

By Ofhani Munyai

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

Tinkler all smiles

Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler has expressed huge delight following his side’s progress to the last eight of the Telkom Knockout cup competition.

The KwaZulu Natal outfit ran out 3-1 winners on penalties against Bidvest Wits at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday.

“I am very, very happy for the club and for the players for this victory. But I look at other things as well. I want to win games. When we win those games we see things we’ve been practicing at training.”

Terrence Dzukamanja had given Wits the lead, but Thabiso Kutumela equalised from the spot to send the match into extra time and penalties eventually.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Chiefs renew Moses Mabhida deal

eThekwini Municipality has confirmed that Kaizer Chiefs have agreed a new deal to continue playing some of their home matches at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Sunday Sun reports that Amakhosi are in the final leg of their three-year deal with the municipality, but have penned an extension.

Meanwhile, Bidvest Wits have also struck a deal with the municipality and will also play some of their home games at the 2010 Fifa World Cup venue.

Wits will face Mamelodi Sundowns on December 17 and Chiefs on April 24 at Moses Mabhida.

Citizens v Amakhosi in TKO

Cape Town City will host Kaizer Chiefs in the opening round of this year’s Telkom Knockout.

The draw was conducted at SuperSport TV studios in Randburg this afternoon.

The Citizens taking on Amakhosi is probably the pick of the round, but defending champions Baroka also have a tough clash away to SuperSport United.

The tournament kicks off on October 18 and the League will release the full fixtures (dates and venues) soon.

Here is the full draw…

Maritzburg United v Bidvest Wits

Cape Town City v Kaizer Chiefs

Highlands Park v Black Leopards

Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu

SuperSport United v Baroka

Golden Arrows v Polokwane City

Orlando Pirates v Stellenbosch

Chippa United v Bloemfomtein Celtic

*The first mentioned teams are playing at home.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Rikhotso, Goss called up to Bafana

Defender Thamsanqa Mkhize (pictured) and goalkeeper Brandon Petersen have been withdrawn from the Bafana Bafana squad that will face Mali in the 2019 Nelson Mandela Challenge scheduled for this coming Sunday.

Ricardo Goss of Bidvest Wits and Bloemfontein Celtic’s Tshepo Rikhotso have been called up to replace the injured duo.

The annual commemoration match will be played at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Kickoff is at 15h00.

This will be Molefi Ntseki’s first match since being appointed head coach of Bafana Bafana.

Bafana are using this match to prepare for next month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Ghana and Sudan.

Bafana squad to face Mali

Goalkeepers: Darren Keet (Leuven, Belgium), Ronwen Williams (SS Utd), Richard Goss (Wits)

Defenders: Eric Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Buhle Mkhwanazi, Thulani Hlatshwayo (Wits), Thapelo Morena, Mosa Lebusa (Sundowns), Tshepo Rikhotso (Celtic), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates)

Midfielders: Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford), Thato Mokeke (CT City), Dean Furman (SS Utd), Lebogang Phiri (Guingamp), Bongani Zungu (Amiens), Themba Zwane (Sundowns), Thembinkosi Lorch (Pirates), Percy Tau (Club Brugge), Thulani Serero (Al Jazira, Abu Dhabi), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier)

Strikers: Lebo Mothiba (Strasbourg), Bradley Grobler (Supersport United), Kermit Erasmus (CT City)

MTN8 RECAP: Best performing players

Following the conclusion of the MTN8 with SuperSport United taking the trophy home, FARPost provides you with the list of all the players that won Man of the Match awards from the quarterfinals to the final.
 
Quarterfinals
 
Mohamed Anas (CT v Plk)
Peter Shalulile (Bucs v Highlands)
Themba Zwane (Downs v Celtic)
Sipho Mbule (Wits v SSU)
 
Semifinals
 
Thela Ngobeni (Plk v Highlands)
Dean Furman (Downs v SSU)
George Chigova (Highlands v Plk)
Bongani Khumalo (SSU v Downs)
 
Final
 
Thamsanqa Gabuza (SSU v Highlands)