Matsatsantsa duo boost U23s

SuperSport United midfielder Sipho Mbule and Teboho Mokoena have safely arrived in Cairo, Egypt to form part of coach David Notoane’s 15-man squad.

SA’s U23s are participating at the Africa Cup of Nations, where the top three finishers will represent Africa at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“Both players will be available for selection in SA’s second Group B match against Ivory Coast on 12 November (on Tuesday),” read SA Football Assocation’s statement on Sunday morning.

SA played to a goalless draw against Zambia on Saturday, while the Ivorians beat Nigeria 1-0.

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TKO tickets on sale tomorrow

Tickets for the Telkom Knockout quarterfinal fixtures will go on sale tomorrow at 12h00.
Tickets will be sold at TicketPro outlets, Spar and selected Sasol garages countrywide (see
Tickets will be R40 for the three fixtures and R80 for the Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates
fixtures. They will be sold on first come first served basis.
The PSL has capped ticket purchase to a maximum four (4) tickets per person to avoid
illegal ticket resale.
The League has also warned against the buying of fake tickets – as there will be scanners
at stadiums.

Amakhosi v Bucs in TKO last 8

It’s the big one as Kaizer Chiefs will host Orlando Pirates in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout following the draw tonight.

The draw was conducted at Sisa Dukashe Stadium, where Chippa United beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 to throw their name into the hat.

The dates and venues will be announced in due course.

Chiefs and Pirates will meet in the Telkom Telkom Knockout yet again.

THE DRAW

SuperSport v Golden Arrows
Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates
Chippa United v Mamelodi Sundowns
Maritzburg United v Highlands Park

*First mentioned teams playing at home.

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.

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NEW SIGNINGS THAT HAVE IMPRESSED…

It’s been a couple of months since the Absa Premiership kicked off and we’ve seen the players perform at their respective clubs.

FARPost‘s Amahle Siphungu picks five players who have impressed the masses so far.

Tshegofatso Mabasa (Orlando Pirates)

The former Multichoice Diski Challenge Top goal scorer for the year 2017 has made an immediate impact at Bucs since joining from Bloemfontein Celtic in June. Not only is he getting the goals, but they are of quality as well. He currently has 4 goals in 6 matches across all competitions and with age on his side – he’s 23, he certainly is one to watch for the future.

Thamsanqa Gabuza (SuperSport United)

The striker, well known as ‘Ganda-Ganda’, signed for the Tshwane club during the June transfer window and has silenced all his critics with his form at his new club. Gabuza has since played a vital role for SuperSport United upfront starting 11 matches and bagging 4 goals, as well as two assists. He helped Matsatsantsa win the MTN8.

Thela Ngobeni (Highlands Park)

The Katlehong-born goalkeeper who signed for The Lions of The North after a disappointing time at Mamelodi Sundowns has already made a difference at his new club. Ngobeni played a vital role in leading his team to the MTN8 final. Ngobeni has started 8 matches and kept 4 clean sheets.

Mpho Makola (Cape Town City)

The Orlando Pirates midfielder wasn’t expected to be a regular at the Citizens, but he’s managed to feature in all City’s eight league outings.

Mosa Lebusa (Mamelodi Sundowns)

The defender joined The Brazilians from Ajax Cape Town in July and has since played a pivotal role in the defence of Masandawana. Not only is he good for making those tackles at the back, but has offered a lot more going forward starting 9 games and scoring two goals.

Kearyn Baccus (Kaizer Chiefs)

The Durban-born midfielder seems to have won over the hearts of the Amakhosi faithful. Baccus hit the ground running creating chances and being involved in a few of Chiefs’ goals. He currently has 1 goal and 2 assists in 8 games.

Matsatsantsa edge Amakhosi in Pretoria

SuperSport United Reserves beat their Kaizer Chiefs counterparts 2-0 on the first of the Multichoice Diski Festival this afternoon.

Sechaba Mokoena and Sbusiso Maziko got the goals for the Tshwane outfit.

Earlier in the day, Highlands Park managed a 1-0 victory over Black Leopards.

Khulekani Shezi was on the scoresheet for the Lions of the North.

TOMORROW’S FIXTURES

(at Lucas Moripe Stadium)

Bloemfontein Celtic Reserves v Cape Town City FC Reserves (12:00)

Mamelodi Sundowns Reserves v Orlando Pirates Reserves (15:00)

#FARPost will also bring you all the results from the games that are not part of the festival.

 

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.

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SuperSport release Sipho Mbule

SuperSport United appear to have relented and released midfielder Sipho Mbule for national U23 duty.

FARPost.co.za has been informed that the 21-year-old is now set to join David Notoane and his boys during their trip to Egypt where they will play friendly games against the North Africans.

SuperSport had initially refused to release Mbule, Teboho Mokoena and Jammie Webber, but new information that has reached us is that Mbule will make the trip.

There have been some withdrawals from the squad including Lyle Foster who has not been released by Belgian side, Cercle Brugge.

FARPost will confirm the travelling squad and publish the full list.

The squad leaves for Egypt today and will play a friendly against the hosts on Sunday.

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Who’s the MTN8 best player?

Now that Supersport United have been crowned the MTN8 Champions, the next task at hand is finding the Player of the Tournament or otherwise called the Last Man Standing.

There were quite a number of standout performances and FARPost‘s Amahle Siphungu has selected a few possible contenders.

Thamsanqa Gabuza (Supersport United)

The striker is the top goal scorer in the tournament with three goals and added two assists, he certainly has settled in well at the Pretoria-based side following his move from Orlando Pirates and he’s got the goals to back up a nomination for this accolade.

Bradley Grobler (SuperSport United)

A man that no defender wants to leave unmarked. His winning goal crowned his club the champions and he’s had an outstanding run in the tournament.

Peter Shalulile (Highlands Park)

One player who’s work rate doesn’t reflect his numbers in this competition, although has been undeniably outstanding assisting one goal and constantly ensuring that Highlands Park looKed deadly on the attack. The Namibian is one player who gave the opponents sleepless nights.

Dean Furman (SuperSport United)

The captain that led his team to victory has to commended for his consistency and ability to solidify the middle of the park. He has mastered the art of playing that holding position and in this competition, we saw how crucial he was in the build up to the goals netted.

Thela Ngobeni (Highlands Park)

The man in-between the sticks has showed up when needed to in this tournament, keeping clean sheets against the likes of Orlando Pirates and pulling out some superb saves to deny the likes of Justin Shonga and Jabu Maluleke of Pirates and Polokwane City respectively. He certainly has a bright future ahead of him now that he’s back playing regular football after a disappointing stay at Mamelodi Sundowns.

Kaitano: I can call Stuart Baxter anytime

SuperSport United’s MTN8 winning coach Kaitano Tembo has thanked the previous coaches he worked with at the club for his success.

After last year’s disappointing loss to Cape Town City in the MTN8 decider, Tembo’s charges bounced back to win 1-0 in this year’s final against Highlands Park at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

“I’ve worked with a lot of coaches and throughout, when I was an assistant coach, I always made sure that I support whoever was the coach, and I learnt as much as I could,” said Tembo, who also played and was captain of SuperSport.

“I’ve worked with Gavin Hunt, Gordon Igesund, Pitso Mosimane and Stuart Baxter.

“And I believe in having mentors that (I can learn from),” he said.

Tembo continued: “I can call Stuart anytime (for help)… I can speak to Gavin anytime regarding players. I can speak to coach Pitso. I can speak to coach Gordon, because there’s that trust that was build all these years.

“I also thank them, because I wouldn’t be where I am today,” Tembo added.

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