Zakri enjoying football in Iraq

Former Maritzburg United striker Yannik Zakri is now with Iraq side Naft Al-Wasat SC where he seems to be enjoying his football.

The forward has started 2 games and has 1 goal and an assist so far in the Iraq Premier League.

“Here, i’ts more speed. I like the league and they have good players,” Zakri told FARPost.co.za.

Zarki, 28, opened up about his time at Maritzburg for whom he scored 3 goals in 24 appearances last season, before being deemed surplus to requirements.

“At Maritzburg, it was a good time, with the players and coaches. Soccer sometimes you have your bad moments and I think at Maritzburg was a bad time for me about my football.”

Zakri currently plays for Naft Al-Wasat SC.

Zakri said things were better at Ajax Cape Town where he played regularly after being sent on loan by Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2017/18 Absa Premiership campaign.

“My time at Ajax was very good. I enjoyed every moment there and my football was good even the coach (Mushin Etrugral), president and the fans were happy. I was really happy,” reminisced the Ivorian.

He mentioned that he’s probably not going to play in SA again.

“About coming back to SA, I’m not sure if it’s gonna be a good idea. I am fine and happy here so I don’t think leaving this place is good,” said Zakri.

“The most important thing in football is to be happy and enjoy your football and here, it’s exactly what I wanted, but Sundowns is home,” he added.

By Amahle Siphungu

Telkom Knockout dates & venues

Kaizer Chiefs’ clash with Maritzburg United in the semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout will be played at Mbombela Stadium.

The Premier Soccer League confirmed the dates and venues for the last four this afternoon.

Amakhosi’s match against The Team of Choice has been scheduled for Sunday, November 24. Kick off time is 15:00.

The quest for a spot in the #TKO2019Final will begin on Saturday, November 23 when Golden Arrows host Mamelodi Sundowns at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.

Abafana Bes’thende will be aiming to reach their first ever Telkom Knockout final, while the Brazilians will be hoping to qualify for their first final since winning the competition in 2015. Kick-off will also be at 15h00.

Arrows v Downs will be at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa and Ofhani Munyai

Pitso: Why are you bringing Chiefs?

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has vowed to keep fighting to retain the Absa Premiership following their 0-0 draw against Baroka at Peter Mokaba Stadium in midweek.

The result means the Brazilians are now 7 points behind log leaders Kaizer Chiefs, but the Tshwane side has a game in hand.

This follows Amakhosi’s 2-0 win over struggling Chippa United in Port Elizabeth, their fifth win in a row.

“Yah I think it’s fair (the result), we didn’t create those easy chances to win. I can say 2 points dropped but if I look at the performance really, we did not deserve the two points to be honest,” admitted Mosimane.

When asked what he makes of the Chiefs result, this is what Mosimane had to say.

“But today it’s Sundowns and Baroka, why are you bringing Chiefs? Is it the only team that won? Good luck to them… we have to follow the process and the outcome will sort itself out and congratulations to them.

“We will forever be challenged every year – it’s part of the game, it’s a process so we got to be patient and we got to keep going. Marathon remember? Keep going.”

At this stage last season Sundowns had collected a point more than they currently have and it remains to be seen if catching up with the in-form Chiefs will remain a big task.

By Ofhani Munyai

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

Baroka v Downs starting line ups

Baroka and Mamelodi Sundowns have named their starting line ups for tonight’s Absa Premiership encounter.

Kick off is at 19:30.

Bakgaga striker Prince Nxumalo will make his debut.

Baroka XI: Chipezeze, Farmer, Mosele, Kgoetyane, Shozi, Ngubane, Kambala, Nxumalo, Mbulu, Phiri Jnr, Patjie.

SUBS: Dlamini, Makume, Ntswane, Madondo, Mongae, Mdantsane, Nsimba.

Downs XI: Onyango, Ngcongca, Langerman, Madisha, Lebusa, Mabunda, Morena, Kekana, Meza, Vilakazi, Maboe.

SUBS: Mweene, Jali, Coetzee, Lakay, Ngoma, Affonso, Mkhusile.

The footage below shows the two teams arriving at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium earlier

Makgalwa replaces Mahlambi in U23 squad

FARPost.co.za can confirm that Mamelodi Sundowns forward Keletso Makgalwa has been called up to replace Phakamani Mahlambi in the SA U23 squad.

Mahlambi was forced to withdraw from the squad because of an injury.

Makgalwa, Tercious Malepe and Mondli Mpoto on their way to join the team in Egypt.

Ironically, Makgalwa has only just recovered from an ankle injury and was out for months.

In all, the striker missed 11 Downs games… and given the number of U23 players at coach David Notoane’s disposal, this would come as a surprise.

Notoane, meanwhile, only travelled to Egypt with 12 players of the 21 called up for the U23 Africa Cup of Nations.

 

SA have been drawn Group B alongside Zambia, Ivory Coast and Nigeria.

They will first face Zambia on Saturday (November 9) at the Al Salam Stadium at 17h00.

SA will then lock horns with Ivory Coast on November 12 and Nigeria on 15 November 15, with all matches being played at the same venue.

The top three finishers at the tournament will represent Africa at the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo, Japan.

Notoane travelled with only 12 players earlier this week.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Mahlambi miss out AGAIN!

Bad luck seems to be following Mamelodi Sundowns forward Phakamani Mahlambi after being ruled out of yet another major tournament.

The 22-year-old was named in the 21-man SA U23 national team to take part at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled to be played from 8 to 22 November.

But Mahlambi got injured during the Telkom Knockout Cup encounter against Chippa United on Sunday and has been officially ruled out of the Olympic qualifier event.

This is not the first time the former Al Ahly player would miss a major tournament for the SA junior sides.

  • In 2016, Mahlambi teared his anterior cruciate ligament and missed out on an opportunity to represent the U23 side at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.
  • In 2017, he was forced to withdraw from the Amajita U20 World Cup in South Korea, due to a hamstring injury picked up while training with Bidvest Wits.

By Ofhani Munyai

Chiefs host Maritzburg in TKO semis

Kaizer Chiefs will host Maritzburg United in the semifinals of the Telkom Knockout.

The draw was conducted on Sunday afternoon after Mamelodi Sundowns beat Chippa United on penalties to book their spot.

Speaking of Sundowns, they will be away to Golden Arrows.

Remember Arrows coach Steve Komphela’s wish about this year’s Telkom Knockout?

Arrows coach Steve Komphela.

Well, Komphela said he hopes they could meet KwaZulu Natal neighbours Maritzburg United in the final.

Is it possible?

We will have to wait and see on November 22/23 when the semis are played.

THE DRAW

(Telkom Knockout semis)

Arrows v Sundowns
Chiefs v Maritzburg

*First team mentioned playing at home.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

SAFA REVIEW: Chiefs goal was not offside

The SAFA Referees Review Committee has come out in support of referee Victor Hlungwani on how he handled the Mamelodi Sundowns v Kaizer Chiefs match at Loftus Versfeld on Sunday which the visitors won 2-0.

While some pundits and Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane insisted that Chiefs’ opening goal by Samir Nurkovic was offside, the SAFA Referees Review Committee has emphatically stated the goal was legitimate and that Hlungwani was correct in awarding the goal.

“During the match, when Kaizer Chiefs’ Reeve Frosler played the ball into the opponents’ penalty area, both Chiefs’ Leonardo Castro and Samir Nurkovic were not in an offside position. Sundowns’ Mosa Lebusa and Chiefs’ Castro jumped to head the ball but both missed it,” explained the Review Committee.

Nurkovic was onside when the played was played by Reeve Frosler.

“Castro neither played nor touched the ball from his team-mate, Frosler and this is evidenced by the fact that the ball never changed direction nor the trajectory,” added the Committee.

“Nurkovic who was not in an offside position when the ball was initially played by his team-mate Frosler and that Castro did not make contact with the ball, the Assistant Referee was correct in not flagging for offside, based on fact connected with Law 11 (Offside).

“It then stand to reason that Nurkovic scored a legitimate goal. It would have been a different decision had his team-mate Castro played or touched the ball, then the goal would have been disallowed in that instance,” concluded the Committee findings.

Quoting the Laws of the Game 2019/20 Edition (page 99), the Committee articulated the proceedings leading to the goal that Downs disputed.

According to Law 11 (Offside): “A player in an offside position at the moment the ball is played or touched by a team-mate is only penalised on becoming involved in active play by:

  • interfering with play by playing or touching a ball passed or touched by a team-mate…” read part of the Law.

PSL write to Pitso Mosimane

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) is demanding answers from Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane after his recent comments.

The League confirmed on Monday evening that it has written to Mosimane to explain his comments on referees.

Mosimane could be in hot water for comments made against match officials.

“The Premier Soccer League (PSL) prosecutor has written to Mamelodi Sundowns and head coach Mr Pitso Mosimane in relation to the comments attributed to him on match officials.

“The League prosecutor has given Mr Mosimane five days to respond to the letters sent to him to either deny or admit the comments attributed to him in the media,” confirmed the League in a statement.

Mosimane is on record telling the media that Kaizer Chiefs have been benefitting from the referees this season.

“Jingles”, however, has dug in his heels and insisted that he’s always going to be vocal.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa