Mngqithi impressed with Tanzania’s hospitality

Premiership champions, Mamelodi Sundowns won their Caf Champions League group stage match against Algerian side CR Belouizdad 5-1 in a neutral venue, Dar es Salaam but it was the conduct of the Tanzanians that left Manqoba Mngqithi really impressed.

The Sundowns co-coach says they were well received by the Tanzanian officials upon their arrival in the county that enjoys good international relations – ties with South Africa.

“We must thank the hospitality you gave us in Tanzania. We really appreciate everything. Your level of humanity, your level of kindness was seen by all and sundry,” said Mngqithi.

“We all really appreciate it. At  Sundowns we feel at home here with the history attached to Tanzania and South Africa and our freedom. We really felt at home and welcomed in your environment and we want to thank you for that,” he added.

The 5-1 thrashing of Belouizdad was the biggest ever away victory for a South African side in the Caf Champions League group stages. One appreciates the fact that we got the biggest scoreline away from home,” noted the Sundowns coach.

“And one appreciates the kind of football the players played, the effort they put, the teamwork they showed, the high work ethic, it was only a good win of the scoreline, but the performance as well was very good.”

Mngqithi’s troops lead Group B with two wins out of two games, while their next opponents on Saturday TP Mazembe are second after registering a pair of draws.

Trips to DR Congo are notorious for the poor hospitality and Spartan conditions imposed on visiting sides and Sundowns are expected to travel to Lubumbashi this week for a tough clash with Mazembe.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

Baroka open to selling star players

Baroka chairman Khurishi Mphahlele insists he would never stand in the way of any of their players should a right offer come.

Players such as Vusi Sibiya, Thamsanqa Masiya, Evidence Makgopa and Goodman Mosele have reportedly attracted interest from local and overseas teams.

When asked during the unveiling of two new sponsors on Friday at the Baroka Village if they have offers for players such as Mosele, Mphahlele couldn’t confirm but said the club was not thinking of selling at the moment.

“We are not a team to sell, we are a team to develop and grow,” said Mphahlele.

“Goodman Mosele is one of our products and at his age, he is doing well and he is not the only player. There are a few of them, talking about the likes of  Evidence Makgopa who is doing wonderful work and Basil Mphahlele is also doing well so it shows that our development is going in the right direction.

“We have developed (Oscarine) Masuluke as well. So in terms of selling, we are not thinking about selling our players, but if someone comes with a good offer why not? Because the boys need to grow as well. Goodman has been playing for us for four years and at his age he has done wonderful work for us. He has done enough for us, if someone comes we would gladly let him go,” he said.

The last time Baroka were involved in a major transfer was when they sold Siphelele Ntshangase to Kaizer Chiefs in 2018.

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By Ofhani Munyai

Schalke in meltdown as entire coaching staff axed

Schalke’s problems continued on Sunday after they sacked their first-team coaching staff to become the first club in Bundesliga history with five different coaches in one season.

This follows a 5-1 defeat by Stuttgart on Saturday.

The club is currently bottom of the log and are taking dramatic measures in a desperate attempt to halt a first relegation since 1988.

“On Sunday, Schalke 04 dismissed head coach Christian Gross and his assistant Rainer Widmayer,” a club statement said.

“Squad manager Sascha Riether and Werner Leuthard, head of performance, have also been released. The supervisory board also decided during a conference call to lay off Jochen Schneider, the sport and communications executive, with immediate effect.”

Peter Knabel, a coach and director of the youth academy at Schalke, will take over the sporting leadership of the club, while a new coach is yet to be appointed.

The next coach will be the club’s fifth of the season following David Wagner, Manuel Baum, Huub Stevens and Gross.

This is a record in the Bundesliga’s nearly 60-year-long history, with the record of four different coaches held by several clubs including Hamburg and Hertha Berlin.

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By Ofhani Munyai

Seoposenwe’s Braga continues title chase

A few of Mzansi’s stars were involved with their respective clubs abroad.

LIAM JORDAN

The South African youth international was a second half substitute for Helsingor as they continued their good run with a 1-0 victory against Fredericia in the Danish 1st Division.

GIFT LINKS

Links started and played 84 minutes for AGF Aarhus as they drew 3-3 against FC Copenhagen in the Danish Superliga on Sunday.

TERCIOUS MALEPE

The U23 captain played the whole game for FC Minaj as they beat Olimpik Donetsk 2-1 in the Ukraine Premier League.

THEMBI KGATLANA

Kgatlana started and played the entire 90 minutes for SD Eibar, but couldn’t help the club avoid a 3-0 defeat against FC Barcelona.

LUTHER SINGH

Singh started and played 46 minutes for Pacos Ferreira as they lost 3-0 against Santa Clara in the Primeira Liga on Saturday night.

THABO CELE

Cele was a second half substitute for Cova di Piedade as lost 2-1 against Arouca in the Portuguese Segunda Liga on Saturday.

KOBAMELO KODISANG

The winger started and played the whole game for SC Braga B as they drew 1-1 with Pedras Salgadas in the Campeonato de Portugal.

JERMAINE SEOPOSENWE

Seoposenwe played the whole game and was named Woman of the Match as Braga overcame Albergaria 1-0 in the Portuguese Feminino League on Saturday evening.

SIYANDA XULU

Xulu played yet another 90 minutes for Hapoel Tel Aviv in their 1-0 victory against FC Netanya in the Israel Premier League.

ETHAN CHISLETT

AFC Wimbledon lost 3-0 against high-flying Hull City in the English League One.

Chislett started and lasted 58 minutes for Wimbledon.

SIYABONGA LIGENDZA

Ligendza started and played the whole 90 minutes for Cardiff City U18 as they lost 4-1 away at Ipswich Town.

MAX MCMILLAN

The striker lasted the entire game for Leeds U18 as they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 in the league.

ROWAN HUMAN

The former Amajita captain played the whole game for Beitar Tel Aviv who continued their form with a 2-0 victory against Hapoel Katamon.

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By Prince Sobayeni 

Tura Magic made to sweat to win title

Tura Magic wanted to win Saturday’s NFA Women’s Super League Cup final in style, but Galz & Goals would not let them.

That is according to the Player of the Tournament Tomalina ‘Pele’ Adams after Magic had to overcome a spirited Gal & Goals side to win the Super League Cup final 1-0 at the NFA Technical Centre.

A strike by Queen of the Match Memory Ngonda 15 minutes into the first half sealed the win for Magic with the team walking away with R40 000 for their efforts.

“The final was not what we expected to play. We were under a lot of pressure today, but we made sure we scored,” said Adams, who dedicated her MVP prize to her teammates.

“It wasn’t that exciting, it was frustrating because we played more like how our opponents play and not like Tura Magic. In the end, we take the win.

“I’m very pleased for myself and the team for our achievements. I really wanted to win this tournament ever since Nampol defeated us in 2017,” she added.

Such was the Galz performance that head coach Ronnie Hoxobeb was named the tournament’s best coach and not his Tura Magic counterpart Shama Gure.

“It was a good one. It was a long wait, two years and another trophy in the cabinet,” said Gure.

“We’re going to continue working for the league. We are defending champions and it’s never going to be easy. I think the final was a testament to that,” he said.

The individual prizes recipients are as follows:

Thomalina Adams (player of the tournament, Tura Magic),

Anna Shikusho (top scorer, Tura Magic),

Amorei Swartbooi (best youth player, Galz & Goals),

Asteria Angula (best midfielder, Galz & Goals),

Lovisa Mulunga (best defender, Tura Magic),

Lydia Eixas (best goalkeeper, Galz),

Ronnie Hoxobeb (best coach, Galz & Goals),

Antsino Twanyanyukwa (best referee),

Olivia Amukuu (best assistant),

Ramblers FC (Fifa Fair Play Award).

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By FARPost Reporter 

Mongalo announced as Mikhado FC new coach

Limpopo ABC Motsepe League outfit Mikhado FC have confirmed the appointment of Joel Mongalo as the club’s new head coach.

This comes after the club parted ways with coach Abel Makhubela almost a week ago.

Makhubela won the 2019/20 Provincial ABC Motsepe League with the club and also guided them to the 2020 National Playoffs of the South African football third tier.

“We wish coach Abel all of the best in his coaching endeavours as we welcome Mongalo,” said Mikhado in a statement.

“The ‘Destruction Boyz’ are ready with each carrying own hammer ahead of the new season.”

Mongalo weighs plenty of the ABC League experience, having coached Phinnet and Madritas football clubs. He will be expected to instil killer instinct into the team, and carry on with coach Makhubela’s fine record.

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By Mauwane Raophala

Aguero needs time to return to best form – Guardiola

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero needs time to rediscover his best form after a lengthy spell on the sidelines, coach Pep Guardiola said.

According to Guardiola, the Argentine will also have to fight for his spot in the squad as Aguero, who is Man City’s record scorer with 256 goals, remains a key player of the team.

A combination of injuries and Covid-19 have restricted Aguero to 11 appearances in all competitions this season.

The 32-year-old made his first start in four months in Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League win over West Ham United, which marked Man City’s 20th straight victory in all competitions.

“He knows it from day one, the guys who play deserve to play. It’s not just for Sergio – it’s for everyone. I try to make fair decisions,” said Guardiola.

“Sergio is so important for us. He has special talents and special quality.

“There will be games that are tight and difficult and we need a goal – who is the best guy in these terms? Him.

“But he is coming back after a year and needs time.”

Guardiola’s men are top of the table with 62 points after 26 games, 12 points above rivals Manchester United.

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Clatous Chama: The ‘Lusaka king’ who rules the roost in Tanzania

When Egyptian side Al Ahly were formulating their line of attack ahead of their fierce battle against Simba SC in Tanzania, Pitso Mosimane knew too well who his combatants had to keep under lock and key at all costs.

Rulani Mokwena, a prodigious coaching talent that spent time as Mosimane’s apprentice, will tell you how meticulous his former boss does his homework in studying opponents.

So, it was no surprise when the two-time Caf Champions League winner precisely fished out the exact ‘culprits’ that had the pedigree to dent his team’s chances of progressing to the quarterfinals of Africa’s premier club football competition.

Top of his list was ‘Triple C’ – Clatous Chota Chama – otherwise known as ‘The Lusaka King’ who reigns in Dar es Salaam.

“Simba have good players, very quality players but I know four in their squad, Chama, (Luís) Miquissone, (Larry) Bwalya, and (Taddeo) Lwanga,” Mosimane was quoted by Sokalabongo.

“I have keenly followed Simba for a very long time and we know what we need to do to stop them, the four must be contained, they are the engine of the team, but one thing I know they won’t trouble us as such, we have studied them well and are ready to handle them.”

The former Bafana Bafana coach was right. He had probably followed Simba long enough to know the mercurial playmaker who scooped five individual awards to cap a remarkable 2019/20 term. Not to mention the countless man-of-the-match awards he received throughout his second season in the Tanzanian top-tier.

If, by any chance, ‘Jingles’, as Mosimane is affectionately known, had missed that name in his pre-match exploration, Walter Bwalya, his new Congolese recruit would have alerted him.

In all probability, Bwalya, who recently joined Al Ahly from El Gouna, associates ‘Triple C’ with heartbreak. Here’s the story – the date was December 24, 2018. The setting was the giant Benjamin Mkapa Stadium, a notorious fortress for the reigning Tanzania champions.

Bwalya, also known as Heriter Binene Sabwa, had put Zambia’s Nkana ahead and a quarter-final berth seemed so nigh. His 16th minute flashing header stretched their aggregate lead to 3-1. It looked all comfortable for the 13-time Zambia champions.

But Wekundu wa Msimbazi pulled two back in quick succession to level terms. That, Bwalya and his teammates could live with. Not until that sucker punch in the 89th minute that sealed the Tanzanians’ passage to the last eight of the prestigious tournament.

It slickly came from the blessed heel of Chama, with so much ease, style and panache the goalkeeper was understandably left a bemused man. In all its splendour, the goal boldly underlined Chama’s significance to the Kariakoo-based side.

“I can’t forget the game against Nkana at Mkapa Stadium, which saw Simba qualify for the quarter-finals of the Caf Champions League. There was also the one against AS Vita. In both games, he oddly scored in the 89th minute.

“It was not just ordinary goals, it was beautiful goals just to show how important he is to the club. In fact, he himself has actually said those two goals are some of his best in Simba colours,” Ramadhani Juma, a Dar es Salaam-based football journalist, tells FARPost.

There was no way the Lubumbashi-born Bwalya would have failed to recall that ‘Triple C’ defining moment.

True to Mosimane’s word, Chama and his Mozambican associate Miquissone were the chief architects of that shock 1-0 win over the African champions, Al Ahly.

Notably though, Tanzania’s 2019/20 Most Valuable Player and Midfielder of the Season’s form has not been a flash in the pan. Chama has been dependable and reliable since his days back in Zambia.

If you ask the police ladies’ team that often trained at the stadium right across his Kitwe home at the turn of the millennium in 2000, they will attest to that.

Every day, a diminutive nine-year-old Chama would faithfully stand behind the goal posts at Nkana Stadium – a facility famed for hosting a friendly between Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) and English side Bolton Wanderers in 1959 – as the ladies went through their paces just to pick stray balls.

There was little to do for him in the house and chasing after wandering balls off skewed efforts by the ladies became a pleasant pastime.

At the time, the football craze had not properly spellbound his young heart. It was perhaps the urge to help his ‘sisters’ while passing precious time.

It became a norm to do so. And so, one day it so happened that the ladies were ‘a man’ short. The little boy they had often seen picking balls was available to fill in the slot.

He did not hesitate when they asked him to step in. In any case, kicking the ball around against a group of ladies, some 10 years his senior, was actually better than chasing after stray balls.

“I was 9 when I started playing football,” he tells FARPost in an interview held at the Dar Freemarket Mall in Oyster Bay, an affluent neighbourhood in the Tanzanian capital known for its attractive beach.

“We were staying in Kitwe near Nkana Stadium and there was a ladies’ team that used to train there. I’d be picking balls as they were training behind the goal posts.

“One day they were nine [in-field players] and they needed one more person to join so they called me.

“I trained with them that day. Afterwards, I’d often play with them. It was a police team,” he recalls vividly.

It is while playing with the ladies that he realised the world’s most beautiful game was actually something he thoroughly enjoyed.

Two years later, he lifted his hand when the school team sought a talented young boy to wear the captain’s armband and steer the team to success.

Interestingly, while he captained the second team, his elder brother skippered the first team. “I was captain for the younger ones and my brother for the bigger ones.” Talk about football running in the family.

Soon enough, an academy came in for his services while he was doing his Grade Nine (junior secondary).

Those that followed his rise back in Zambia reveal how much of a breeze his development was. A stint in the second division side that was followed by another in the first division meant big teams would soon chase after his signature.

His first notable dance with professional football was at Nchanga Rangers, a stint which preceded a lengthy stay at Zesco, the eight-time League title winners.

Former Zesco fullback Zimiseleni Moyo recalls the day 22-year-old Chama walked into Team Ya Ziko.

“He joined us when we were doing really well,” says the man popularly known as Nduna (Ndebele word for chief).

“He was quite young at the time and it was rare for any new player to walk into that team and have a permanent position. But the boy was talented.”

But as prominent American leadership author John C Maxwell would allude: ‘talent is never enough’, one needed bravery.

“Clatous was daring. In slang we’d say ‘he had heart’. He fought to break into the team and I remember each time he was given a chance he grabbed it with both hands,” Moyo tells FARPost from his Lusaka base.

During his time at the Ndola-based side, they won back-to-back league titles in 2014 and 2015. His Chipolopolo maiden appearance deservedly came the following year.

“He proved to be the best passer of the ball in Zambia, often giving our strikers some good through passes,” says Moyo, who was part of the championship-winning team.

Chama helped the club reach the semi-finals of the Caf Champions League in 2016, also establishing himself as assist king. He scored four goals during that campaign.

“When he started he made lots of assists but his game developed and he added goals to it,” adds the Zimbabwean fullback.

In 2017, he took his talents to North Africa where he joined Egyptian side El Ittihad on a three-year deal that later went south. He could not be registered after a contractual rift between the two parties barely three months after agreeing terms with the Alexandria club.

In February 2017, he left the club before making an official appearance. “Egypt was crazy, I signed a pre-contract and I got the money though it was difficult to get it. Just before the season started, they didn’t want to give me the official contract so I told them I would not play any game until I got the official contract.

“They thought I was joking and the deadline for registration of foreign players arrived. They went behind my back to ask for my ITC (clearance), but I wrote to FAZ (Football Association of Zambia) to hold onto it until I cleared them. I stayed in Egypt for two weeks in the house without going anywhere,” he says.

It took some high-level government intervention for him to finally leave Egypt. Upon his return to Zambia, he joined Lusaka Dynamos.

“When he came back from Egypt, he joined Lusaka Dynamos and immediately became captain,” Moyo recalls. A leader had been born.

“He was really influential at Dynamos because when he joined them they were a relegation team and he lifted them that very season.”

Interestingly, after only 18 months he put the North Africa nightmare behind him and moved to East Africa to join Simba.

“It showed how determined and brave he was,” Moyo says of the 2018 move.

By his own admission, Chama was impressed by the revolution that continues to transform football in the country that is home to the highest single free-standing mountain – Mount Kilimanjaro.

“I feel the League is growing and I decided to stay and be a part of it,” he says.

Of course, being in a foreign land comes with its own challenges. But Triple C takes it all in his stride.

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Nedbank Cup quarterfinals draw

Orlando Pirates will be sweating as they await their Nedbank Cup quarterfinals opponents.

Bucs have been drawn to face the winner between Mamelodi Sundowns and Polokwane City, in a match to be played on March 10.

Pirates have always battled against Sundowns, who are likely to beat Polokwane City and advance to the last eight.

NEDBANK QFs DRAW

Leopards v Tshakhuma
Chippa Utd v Richards Bay
CT All Stars v PTA Callies
Sundowns/PLK City v Pirates

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa 

Chiefs suffer defeat against Wydad

Kaizer Chiefs suffered their first defeat of the 2021 Caf Champions League campaign as they went down 4-0 against Wydad Casablanca in a lacklustre performance at 4 August Stadium in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

‘The Glamour Boys’ were under pressure within the first 10 minutes of their Group C encounter with the visitors leading 1-0 after only seven minutes thanks to a goal by Mohammad Ounnajem.

Ayoub El Kaabi made it 2-0 on the stroke of halftime to put Wydad in control of the match.

Late in the second half, Simon Msuva put one more and there was another at the death.

By FARPost Reporter