Amakhosi win Carling Cup

Kaizer Chiefs have beaten rivals Orlando Pirates 4-3 on penalties to win this year’s Carling Cup on Sunday evening.

Both sides took time to kick into gear at Orlando Stadium, with very few clear chances in the first 45 minutes.

Fortune Makaringe could have put Bucs ahead on the half-hour mark when he shot into the side-netting after some good interplay with Deon Hotto down the left flank.

Three minutes from the break, Thembinkosi Lorch made an opportunity of his own when he cut inside before his shot was palmed away by Itumeleng Khune.

The second half was much livelier, and Chiefs had a golden opportunity to edge ahead when they were awarded a penalty in the 73rd minute. However, Richard Ofori denied Daniel Cardoso, diving to his left to make a crucial save.

Bucs youngster Boitumelo Radiopane was a livewire at the other end, turning defenders on the left flank before his cross failed to find a teammate, with Tebogo Tlolane lurking close by.

There were no goals forthcoming at the end of 90 minutes, and the game went straight to the lottery of penalties.

Hotto and Kabelo Dlamini were on the money first up, while Cardoso and Bernard Parker scored for Chiefs to level things.

This was before misses from Ntsikelelo Nyauza and Amakhosi youngster Sabelo Radebe.

Wayde Jooste also failed to convert from the spot, which handed the advantage to Chiefs.

Pathutshedzo Nange and Kgaogelo Sekgota were both on target, while Ofori also found the net.

However, it was not to be for the Buccaneers, who relinquished the Carling Black Label title, with Chiefs walking off as victors.

By OrlandoPiratesfc.com

SOWETO DERBY: Preview & line ups

As the two Soweto giants – Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs – trot onto the turf of Orlando Stadium on Sunday [17h00], pride will be at stake!

The potentially explosive tie comes as a precursor of the 2021/22 season and offers the two clubs an opportunity to gauge their readiness for the new term.

That being said, both clubs will be keen to win the game for pride’s sake as well as to start on the right footing.

Thulani Hlatshwayo, who will captain the Buccaneers in the absence of the injured Happy Jele, said there was never a “friendly” between the two rivals.

“We’re looking forward to playing the Carling Black Label Cup,” he said during the week. “You may say it’s a game that is during the off-season but between these two teams there is never a friendly game. We’re looking forward to starting the season well.”

The previous season was not an overly successful one for both clubs, but starting off on a winning note will certainly be a boost ahead of the new season.

Even more interesting, fans from either side of the divide have picked the starting XI through votes.

“It feels great and always a pleasure to get as many votes as I got. But that doesn’t mean I have to be complacent. I have to be on top of my game, push, work hard and lead by example. I don’t think the votes give me an advantage over other players.

“We all have to work hard and cement our place in the starting-11 going into the new season or any other season,” said Itumeleng Khune, who will guard goals for Amakhosi.

The Buccaneers are the holders of the Carling Black Label Cup, following a 2-0 victory in the last edition of the competition, thanks to first-half goals from Augustine Mulenga and Thembinkosi Lorch.

Last season, the Carling Cup was called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In the eight editions played thus far, Bucs have emerged victorious five times while Chiefs have only captured it thrice.

The experienced Ntsikelelo Nyauza will partner Hlatshwayo in defence while Malawian striker Gabadinho Mhango along with attacking midfielders Deon Hotto and Thembinkosi Lorch have been handed the responsibility to get goals.

Besides Jele, Bucs will have to do without Vincent Pule, as well as strikers Tshegofatso Mabasa and Zakhele Lepasa due to injury. Amakhosi, on the other hand, are without Lebogang Manyama.

Starting XIs:

Pirates: Richard Ofori (GK), Thulani Hlatshwayo, Innocent Maela, Wayde Jooste, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Thembinkosi Lorch, Ben Motshwari, Deon Hotto, Fortune Makaringe, Thabang Monare, Gabadinho Mhango.

Chiefs: Itumeleng Khune (GK), Erick Mathoho, Daniel Cardoso, Happy Mashiane, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Lebohang Lesako, Njabulo Blom, Kearyn Baccus, Sabelo Radebe, Samir Nurkovic, Khama Billiat.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

Maela, Motshwari give verdict on Mngonyama signing

Orlando Pirates duo of Innocent Maela and Ben Motshwari believe new signing Kwanda Mngonyama will be a key addition in their attempts to end their nine-year wait for the League title.

Bafana Bafana left-back, Maela, believes Mngonyama’s signing from Maritzburg United will bring stability to Bucs’ defence that let in 22 goals in the DStv Premiership last season.

“Kwanda is very solid, aerially he is very good, he is also good with one-on-one duels. He is also quick and he will help us a lot with stability, with set pieces – especially attacking set-pieces and also defending,” Maela said on the sidelines of Bucs’ training camp in Rustenburg.

Of course, there is no place for Mngonyama in Sunday’s team that will play crosstown rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the ninth edition of the Carling Black Label Cup.

Fans have voted for Maela, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Wayde Jooste and Ntsikelelo Nyauza to start in defence.

Nonetheless, midfield grafter, Motshwari, has no doubt Mngonyama will have an impact this season. He said the new signings that include Monnapule Saleng and Bandile Shandu were adjusting fairly well in the pre-season camp.

Goodman Mosele is yet to join his new teammates as he is with the national Under 23 team at the ongoing Olympics. The David Notoane-coached side was booted out of the Olympics after their third loss in the competition, a 3-0 at the hands of Mexico on Wednesday afternoon.

Motshwari made particular mention of Mngonyama, saying “there were games where we didn’t have centre-backs because most of the guys were injured.”

He believes the well-built defender will add depth especially considering that they are also participating in the Caf Confederation Cup.

“[Last season] we were playing a game every three days. [We’ve made] good signings, we needed to get a bit of depth in the squad,” he added.

Current Teams:

Orlando Pirates: Richard Ofori, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Innocent Maela, Wayde Jooste, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Thembinkosi Lorch, Ben Motshwari, Deon Hotto, Fortune Makaringe, Thabang Monare, Gabadinho Mhango.

Kaizer Chiefs: Itumeleng Khune, Eric Mathoho, Daniel Cardoso, Happy Mashiane, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Lebohang Lesako, Njabulo Blom, Kearyn Baccus, Sabelo Radebe, Samir Nurkovic, Khama Billiat.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

Tinkler impressed by CT City’s new signings

A few weeks into pre-season, Eric Tinkler is content with Cape Town City’s progression so far and the new arrivals at the club this transfer window.

Tinkler, who recently returned to CT City as head coach said their camp in the Limpopo province was a great success.

“[Nathan] Fasika is a very tall centre-back, but technically gifted and with good speed to go with his aerial ability,” the coach said.

“That has strengthened our defensive area.”

“We also signed Patrick Fisher, who is a young right wing-back that has so much potential. He had a very good season with Cape Town Spurs in the NFD. He is a fantastic player for the future.

“We have also got Khanyiso Mayo, so we have bolstered our wing positions. He can play on the right or the left. He is another young player, which is what we have been trying to do – bring in some young, talented players for the future.

“People are saying we are an aging team, but we are a healthy aging team. Our older players set the example in terms of fitness and they show the youngsters the way.”

In their first game of the new season, the ‘Citizens’ will take on AmaZulu in the MTN8 quarterfinal on the weekend of 13-15 August with their players back from national duty.

“Fagrie Lakay and Abbubkaer Mobara came back from the Olympic team. We then went on a team-building camp [in Limpopo] to focus on game-model, club culture, and objectives for the upcoming season,” added Tinkler.

“We played friendlies against the Venda Football Academy, Marumo Gallants, and Mamelodi Sundowns, and I was very happy with the whole trip.

“We are moving in the right direction and we want to start [the season] on a positive note.”

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Ligendza gives positive injury update

South African striker Siyabonga Ligendza is recovering well in Cardiff.

The 18-year-old suffered a gruesome leg injury in June, but he is making a lot of progress after starting to walk without crutches this week.

FARPost caught up with the teenager who said he is very pleased with the progress he has made in the last few weeks.

“It wasn’t easy at the beginning, but immediately when I returned to Cardiff, the club showed me a lot of support to make sure that I’m put into a good recovery programme.

“I just have to go remove the spring in my leg then it’s all systems go I can focus on the rest of the recovery process. The injury has never affected me mentally because I knew that it’s part of the game so I must just persevere and it will pass.”

Despite the set back, Cardiff gave the youngster a contract extension and he has set his sights on making his first team debut before the end of this season.

“I want to make my senior debut this season so I’m not deterred by the injury, in fact I’m more motivated to achieve this goal. Even before the injury, this is what I wanted to achieve.”

Last season, the forward scored 15 goals for Cardiff’s U18 development side. He has been fully promoted to the club’s reserve team ahead of the new campaign.

Born in England to a South African mother and a German father, Ligendza moved to Wales at a very young age. He has been capped by England and Wales at youth level, but is yet to represent both Germany and South Africa.

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By FARPost reporter

Rooney apologises for online images

Wayne Rooney has apologised to his family and Derby County over images that surfaced online of him at a private party.

Images surfaced on social media on Sunday of England’s record goal-scorer, appearing to show the former Manchester United player asleep in a hotel room surrounded by a group of young women.

Cheshire Police confirmed on Tuesday they would not be taking action against a complaint of blackmail made regarding the images, after Rooney’s representatives believed there had been an illicit attempt to trap him.

“I made a mistake,” Rooney told Sky Sports News after Derby County’s friendly victory against Real Betis on Wednesday evening.

“I went to a private party with two of my friends and from me, I’d like to apologise to my family and the club for the images which were going round and I want to move forward on this.

“I’m grateful to Derby County for giving me this opportunity to get this club back to where it belongs, and I’ll do everything in my power to make sure I do that.

“It’s dealt with. I’m looking forward to moving forward and preparing for another game on Sunday.”

Despite the attention that these images attracted, Derby are still showing confidence in the former Manchester United striker.

Rooney helped Derby avoid relegation from the English Championship last season and he is expected to bring in a few players to help the club push for promotion to the Premier League.

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By FARPost Reporter

OFFICIAL: Amakhosi drop new kit

Kaizer Chiefs and Nike have officially unveiled their new home and away kits for the upcoming PSL season.

The new home kit is inspired by the Club’s traditional gold and black heritage, which is the Club’s DNA. It features a black modern design neckline on the classic KC gold shirt complemented by a black and grey pattern on the side of the jersey.

This pattern is duplicated on the away jersey, thereby creating a strong connection between the jerseys.

The home jersey will be worn on-field with both black and gold shorts.

“The away jersey is predominantly black and iron grey with accent gold lines mapping out the African continent, connecting us to Africa’s tapestry and solidifying our journey on the continent particularly after the memorable journey in last season’s CAF Champions League competition,” read Chiefs’ statement.

“The vibrant away kit is completed with black shorts and black socks with a similar pattern as the jersey.

“With these two kits, we connect with our heritage and look forward to the future. We align our brand and our supporters on the journey to success. This is our roadmap to victory! Let us wear our jerseys with pride inspired to achieve.” says Jessica Motaung, Marketing Director at Kaizer Chiefs.

This year the new jerseys are supported by an environmentally friendly campaign – ’Plastic never felt so good’. Once again, Innovation was key in developing the 2021/22 kit, featuring Nike’s technology which enhances ventilation to increase comfort and speed. The kit is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles – it has been turned into a lightweight fabric that is breathable while still maintaining a strong knit structure. Nike’s Move To Zero is the company’s journey toward a zero carbon and zero waste future.

“We are delighted to contribute towards saving the planet.  Every effort helps, by using recycled plastic to produce such stunning and iconic garments, we ask every single person to do their bit to help save our world.  We are so happy that the team and supporters will look fashionable and stylish in this amazing product.  It is inspiring what modern technology can do and how it can be used to give our team the best possible tools for the job,” adds Motaung.

Amakhosi can look forward to an awe-inspiring collection that consists not only of the home and away kit, but also a limited-edition training jersey, tracksuits and other great lifestyle products which are exclusive to the Club’s on-line store only – www.kcdigistore.com.

Following the launch of the Club’s first female home jersey in 2017, the new home and away jerseys are available in a slim-fit, female silhouette for the fearless female supporter.

“We are thrilled to also launch an away jersey in the ladies’ and youth jersey this season. This will make many of our younger and female supporters very happy”, concludes Motaung. “It is important that we are all part of the Amakhosi family.”

The new Kaizer Chiefs collection will be available from the Kaizer Chiefs online store at kcdigistore.com on Sunday, 1 August and at Nike.com as well as major sporting and fashion retailers nationwide.

Amakhosi will showcase the new kit on Sunday, 1 August 2021 during the Carling Black Label Cup between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium.

Kick off is at 17:00.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

MEC Ramathuba vaccinates Limpopo teams

Limpopo professional football clubs, except for Polokwane City, have received their vaccination jab ahead of the 2021/22 season.

DStv Premiership clubs Marumo Gallants and Baroka technical staff members all took the jab at Petersburg provincial hospital in Polokwane, Limpopo on Friday.

The clubs received their Johnson and Johnson single dose from MEC for health in the province Dr Phophi Ramathuba.

GladAfrica Championship clubs Black Leopards and Venda Football Academy were also vaccinated.

“We firstly must appreciate the positive response from the clubs. You can see for yourselves overwhelming response from our PSL teams,” Ramathuba told FARPost.

“There is no better way than getting soccer players and their coaches to be vaccinated. But also because most players are below the age of 35, we felt its important now to start with the coaches, technical teams and their management.

“So we are really humbled and impressed that we have vaccinated them. For us it’s a step in the right direction because what pains us is that they are one of the sectors which is hard hit by Covid-19 and also regulations of hard lockdown. I never thought anyone can play soccer in an empty stadium,” she said.

All the players from the provincial clubs will be vaccinated on the 1st of September 2021.

The Premiership season will kickstart on 14 August with the MTN 8 fixtures while the first division will start on Saturday, 21 August.

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By Ofhani Munyai 

Rhoda Mulaudzi rejoins Downs Ladies 

Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies have confirmed the return of Banyana Banyana forward, Rhoda Mulaudzi.

This comes after the 31-year-old striker parted ways with Belarusia side Dinamo Minsk.

She joined Dinamo on a one-year deal after leaving Sundowns Ladies last year.

Mulaudzi is no stranger in the South African women’s league, having shared the 2019/2020 Safa National Women’s League (now known as Hollywoodbets Super League) top goal scorer of the season award with Hilda Magaia after finishing the season with 36 goals respectively.

The goal poacher rejoins the Tshwane outfit at the right time as the side will be participating in the Caf Women’s Cosafa League qualifier set to take place from August 26 to September 4, 2021 in South Africa.

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Rashford out for 8-12 weeks

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is set for a spell on the sidelines after talks with the club resulted in a decision to undergo shoulder surgery.

Rashford will have the operation “imminently” and is expected to be out until October.

A club statement on Friday read: “Following consultation between Marcus, the manager, club medical staff and a specialists, Marcus will undergo surgery imminently to resolve his shoulder injury.

“He will now focus on his rehabilitation in order to return as soon as possible.”

Rashford played through the pain last season, carrying both shoulder and foot problems for the majority of the campaign.

He was included in the England squad for Euro 2020, missing a penalty in the shoot-out defeat to Italy in the final.

After returning from holiday after the tournament, Rashford held talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and club staff before deciding to have surgery.

He is expected to be out for between 10 and 12 weeks while he recovers. Solskjaer still has plenty of options in attack, particularly after signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

Anthony Martial is also due back in training as he steps up his recovery from a knee injury that saw the Frenchman miss the end of last season.

United begin their Premier League campaign against Leeds United at Old Trafford on 14 August.

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By FARPost Reporter