On Sunday, Angola was crowned the Under-17 Cosafa champions in the regional tournament in South Africa to register their place at Under-17 Africa Cup Nations that is scheduled for next year in Tanzania. In the final, it was the Palancas Negras who won the Cosafa crown and they registered the victory of 1-0 in South Africa. The match held in Port Louis, Mauritius, on a cloudy afternoon.
The only and the crucial goal happened in the fifth minute. The goal became possible when Osvaldo Capemba beat Bontle Molefe. The goal was done from close range and this earned them their title. This is their first title in this age-group. Zito Luvumbu of Angola, who tormented the Amajimbos’ Defense, got the title of the tournament’s best player.
Continue reading “Angola Crowned Cosafa Event And Earned Place At U-17 Nations Cup 2019”
Jeffrey Schlupp, who is a Ghana International, has set an infamous record with his club, Crystal Palace as they became the first club in top-flight history to lose their opening five games without scoring as Roy Hodgson’s first match as manager ended in defeat by Southampton. The Eagles paid for slack defending in just the sixth minute when a Dusan Tadic cross-shot was parried to the feet of Steven Davis, who side-footed home from 10 yards.
Palace’s direct approach was contained for the most part, though Saints keeper Fraser Forster did have to make point-blank saves to deny Christian Benteke and Jason Puncheon either side of half-time. His resistance meant the hosts set a new top-flight record as they surpassed the 438 minutes Newcastle United went without a goal at the start of the 2005-06 season. Continue reading “Schlupp’s Crystal Palace Set Unwanted Record”
The South African national football team failed to qualify for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup after finishing at the last position of Group D which consisted of: Cape Verde, Burkina Faso and Senegal.
During this qualification phase which concluded on 2017, South Africa had to settle with only 1 victory out of the 6 matches that they played and were ultimately knocked out of having any chance on representing the South African nation for the approaching FIFA World Cup. Continue reading “Baxter remains safe in South Africa hotseat”
The world would gather in Russia next summer for the 2018 World Cup. Preparations are in top gear, teams have qualified and all obstacles have given way. Thirty two teams would feature in the event.
The hosts Russia, and group winners France, Germany, England, Belgium, Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, and Spain are representing the European contingent. Playoff winners Croatia, Denmark, Switzerland and Sweden would also feature.
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The South African national side has recently been struggling in their attempts to qualify for big tournaments after failing to qualifyfor the 2017 editionof the Africa Cup ofNations.
They also could not compete in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and are now currently attempting to turn things around by snatching a qualification spot in the upcoming 2017 FIFA World Cup.
In ordertostartbuilding a better squad, one of the things that the head coach Stuart Baxter did wastoappointQuintonFortune as oneofhisassistant managers.
Fortune is a former footballer who used to perform with: Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers as well as many other clubs. He alsomade 46 appearancesfor South Africa at the internationalstage.
The 40 year old retiree recently talked about this new appointment and task that he has with South Africa as QuintonFortunesaid: Continue reading “South Africa has a new assistant coach with Quinton Fortune”
Stuart Baxter is the head coach of the South African national football team and he has recently revealed his desire as well as plans to keep on promoting and giving the chance for his youngsters to prove their worth in the 1st team.
The South African national side recently claimed a 2-0 triumph over Botswana as they played their 1st
leg of the 2018 African Nations Championship qualifier. The goals were scored by Ryan Moon who is only 20 years old and Gift Motupa who is also on the younger side with 22 years of age.
It appears like the youngsters are indeed repaying Stuart Baxter for his trust in the youth as South Africa kicked off their 2018 African Nations Championship qualifying journey in a positive way.
The 63 year old English manager has talked about his managerial decisions as well as his squad choices for this recently concluded match as Stuart Baxter said: Continue reading “Stuart Baxter says that he will continue focusing on the youth”
The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set to face the BafanaBafana of South Africa in a 2019 AFCON qualifier.
Ahead of the match the captain of the team OgenyiOnazi claimed that the match was a chance for the team to redeem its image when they clash at the GodswillAkpabio Stadium in AkwaIbom.
Onazi told reporters that the team was taking the game with all seriousness after they lost the opportunity to play in AFCON 2015 when they played a draw with South Africa. The skipper said the team had not forgotten the disappointment they caused the nation after that game. Onazi asked for the support of the whole country with prayers as they approach the game.
With the influx of new names in the team, the player said they had adjusted well as they were professionals. The coach Gerot Rohr has said that the South Africans were the most difficult side he has had to face because of their record. Continue reading “ONAZI: SOUTH AFRICA GAME IS A REDEEMER”
South Africa interim coach Owen Da Gama has stated that he is prepared to manage the national team on a permanent basis.
The South African football federation is still searching for a permanent coach following the sacking of Shakes Mashaba, and Da Gama believes that he has what it takes to manage the team on a permanent basis.
Da Gama told journalists that it has always been his dream to manage his national team and that so far he has not done a bad work. He said that there is a good spirit in the team and that the players respect him and that it would be great if he could continue his work on a permanent basis. Continue reading “Da Gama wants to coach South Africa”
During the final weeks of 2016, Ephraim Mashaba was fired from his managerial position of the South African national football team.
This occurred after a disciplinary hearing and this decision was made due to the 66 year old South African manager had insulted the head of the country’s soccer federation.
According to rumors, it’s believed that Mashaba had been involved with an altercation with the chief executive of the South African Football Association Dennis Mumble and Mashaba had also insulted the media which also affected his credibility and was eventually fired.
“It is regrettable that we had to face the events of the past month at a time when the national team is experiencing a resurgence in its quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup,” said Dennis Mumble, chief executive of the South African Football Association
That was the statement released by Dennis Mumble as he said that having to remove Ephraim Mashaba from his managerial position is a forgettable event to have done and especially after South Africa was going through such a positive period of time as they had overcame Senegal on November 12 in a match that was a 2018 World Cup qualification. Continue reading “The future of South Africa is bright despite the expulsion of Mashaba”
Danny Jordaan is the president of the South African Football Association (SAFA) and Jordaan has been pressuring the head coach Ephraim Mashaba to search for South African that might be good enough to be called up and perform at the international stage and he wants to make this exploration to be a worldwide thing.
In order for any national football team to get the best possible squad with the most skilled players, it’s much more beneficial for managers and scouters to take a global look around football even in nations or leagues that aren’t so well-known or highly rated and this is what Danny Jordaan wants Ephraim Mashaba to do with the South African national team as they are currently attempting to qualify for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup.
“Well, I think Mashaba understands the task of visiting all overseas-based players but If he doesn’t understand it and he doesn’t carry it out, then I do not think that I can be to blame for what happens next’’
“We have a high number of players playing around the world. Mashabae must go visit and see all the players. He must talk to them, engage them, he must go and then make up his mind about the squad that will face the next challenges next year.”
It’s believed that this worldwide search for South African players that can be eligible to perform for the national side.
This order from Danny Jordaan might turn things slightly complicated for Ephraim Mashaba as he will have to meet up with Kamohelo Mokotjo and this 25 year old defensive midfielder who is currently performing for the Dutch club FC Twente has had issues with the head coach
Ephraim Mashaba in the past.
Kamohelo Mokojo has stated that he does not want to perform with the South African national football team if Ephraim Mashaba remains in charge.