PSL Issues Deceased Polokwane City Player’s Names


The PSL has released the names of the four Polokwane City players who died on Sunday.

The crash occurred on the R71 near Polokwane, as City were returning from their match against FC AK.

A 36-year-old suspect has been arrested for drunken and reckless or negligent driving and he is expected to appear in the Mankweng Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

The names of the deceased players are Koketso Takalo, Robert Mphuti, Moeketsi Nthete and Silvester Mpaketsane.

Khomotso Sylvester Mpaketsane (13/4/85)

27-year-old striker who joined the club in January 2011 when it was still Bay United and based in Port Elizabeth from Winners Park.

During the last six months of that season he made three starts (with two subs) and scored once. Last season he made seven starts (with 10 subs) and scored twice.

Mojalefa Robert Mphuthi (31/8/91)

21-year-old striker, nicknamed ‘Small’, who joined the club last season after it had moved base from Port Elizabeth to Polokwane. Mphuthi made 26 starts (with two subs) and scored six times last season.

Koketso Isaiah Takalo (15/2/92)

20-year-old left-wing who joined the club last season at the same time as Mphuthi. Takalo, nicknamed ‘Kaiser’ or ‘KK’, made 21 starts (with one sub) and scored once last season.

Benjamin Moeketsi Nthete (22/2/89)

The 23-year-old attacker joined the club this season on loan from Orlando Pirates. They in turn had spotted Nthete, known as ‘Josta’, playing for Soshanguve Sunshine and signed him (and Patrick Mashele – on loan at United FC) soon after the 2012 Second Division National Play-offs held in Polokwane and Seshego.-KickOff Magazine

From Diski_Express we offer our deepest condolences to the families of the players


Banyana Crack Under Pressure





By Daniel Chokoe

Hosts Equatorial Guinea struck three times in the second half to beat South Africa 4-0 in the final of the African Women’s Championships in Malabo on Sunday evening.

Banyana Banyana, looking for their first continental title after reaching the final for the fourth time, managed to hold off the host nation for most of the first half.

Gloria Chinasa, however, netted with a close-range header in the 43rd minute to give Equatorial Guinea the lead at the interval, and they tore clear after the break.

Striker Tiga came on as a replacement in the 65th minute, and she scored from a volley a few seconds later to stretch the gap.

Geneveva Ayonman netted with less than 20 minutes left, and a minute later Chinasa bagged her brace as Banyana were left floundering.

The South Africans had lost only one other match in the tournament, having gone down to the hosts in the opening game.

Equatorial Guinea lifted the trophy for the second time in the last three editions of the continental showpiece.

Cameroon beat Nigeria 1-0 to win the third-place playoff. -Sapa
We are very proud of the team for claiming 2nd place in the continental championship; they played their hearts out and showed determination to succeed and now it is Bafana Bafana’s turn to claim glory on home soil in 2013.

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The Latest Transfer Rumour Mill on Thursday

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The football transfer window might be closed but the rumour mill rolls are on and they are as juicy as ever. Here’s the latest gossip and rumours from today’s papers and around the web.

Gossip from today’s Daily Mirror

Adel Taarabt is the shock name on Arsenal’s transfer hit-list for January. The Gunners will move for the QPR star if they cannot prize Wilfried Zaha away from Crystal Palace.

Chelsea are set to close a £5million deal for Brazilian wonderkid Wallace.

Everton are watching St Pat’s star Chris Forrester. He was scouted by Sunderland in recent weeks and now the Toffees have been alerted.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has insisted he will not be selling or loaning Emmanuel Adebayor and says the former Man City star is “one of the greatest strikers in the world”.

Stoke have offered Ryan Shawcross a six-year contract to ward off interest from a number of Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool.

Ali Al-Habsi played down talk of a move to Liverpool, insisting he is happy at Wigan.

Milan have denied they have met Pep Guardiola’s representatives to offer him the coach’s job at the Serie A club next season.

Transfer stories from other papers and websites

Liverpool are aiming to steal Heerenveen’s star attacking midfielder Filip Djuricic from under the noses of long-term suitors Manchester United. (Daily Star)

Roberto Mancini will ask Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain to sign Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi in January. City pursued the Italy star all last summer. (Daily Mail)

Juventus are ready to battle Newcastle United for the signature of highly-rated Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko. (talkSPORT)

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants to sign Reading defender Alex Pearce as a long-term replacement for Jamie Carragher. (Daily Mail)

Didier Drogba has ruled out a return to the Premier League after being nicknamed the ‘Devil Beast’ by Shenhua fans. (The Sun)

Aston Villa will make a January move for Porto defender Abdoulaye Ba after scouts watched him play against Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday night. (Daily Mail)

Former Southampton star James Beattie is in talks over a player-coach role at Accrington Stanley. Free agent Beattie, 34, could link up with former Blackburn team-mate Leam Richardson. (Daily Mail)


Banyana Banyana Are Through To The Final With A Win Over Nigeria


Janine van Wyk scored a first-half screamer as a the mighty Super Falcons team were defeated 1-0 by Banyana Banyana in the CAF African Women Championship semi-final on Wednesday.

Central defender Janine van Wyk scored the all-important goal in the 23rd minute, after Nigeria failed to clear their lines from a South African corner, and Van Wyk was on hand to strike the ball from 25 metres out with her left foot, and watch as it dipped in off the underside of the crossbar past goalkeeper and captain Precious Dede.

Banyana Banyana will face Equatorial Guinea in the Final in Malabo on Sunday, November 11, after the hosts defeated Cameroon 2-0 in the first semi-final played earlier in the day.

The victory marked Banyana’s first ever triumph over Nigeria, the number-one ranked side in Africa, since their international debut in 1993.

In the second half, the Nigerians came to the fore with attacking play but Banyana keeper Thoko Mndaweni was not in a generous mood between the posts.

The Nigerian attacks were often neutralised by some fine defensive work, with centre-back Amanda Sister combining superbly with Van Wyk, aided well by fullbacks Gabisile Hlumbane Van Wyk’s clubmate Nothando Vilakazi.

With the speed of striker Jermaine Seoposenwe a major problem for the Nigerian rearguard, and with the experienced Portia Modise dominating the midfield tussles along with captain Amanda Dlamini and young tough-tackling Refiloe Jane, the South Africans saved their best performance at the tournament for the clash with the Nigerians.

Van Wyk is becoming a thorn in Nigeria’s flesh from a goal-scoring perspective, having netted with a superb free-kick against the Super Falcons at the 2012 CAF African Women Championship held in Ekurhuleni.

“I have been in the Banyana Banyana side since 2004 and we have tried for so long to beat the Nigerians but luck has never been on our side, but now we have proved that we can compete and beat of the best on the continent,” said Van Wyk, whose strike was her ninth in a Banyana Banyana jersey.

Speaking after the game, Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza said: “Seeing Banyana beat Nigeria for the first time in our team’s history has left us with an amazing sense of pride and confidence ahead of Sunday’s Final against the hosts Equatorial Guinea. All of our players need to be commended for their commitment and discipline shown.

“We had to pick ourselves up after the opening match defeat against Equatorial Guinea and have applied ourselves to beat Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo and now Nigeria.

“We have some homework to do before Sunday’s Final, knowing we will play in front of a large red-clad crowd in what is certain to be a packed Malabo Stadium, but we will be ready for the challenge,” added Mkhonza.


Neeskens Disappointed with Downs Defeat




Mamelodi Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens was left disappointed following a 3-1 home defeat to PSL champions Orlando Pirates on Wednesday evening.

The Brazilians, who are now at the bottom of the log, were undone by goals from Thulasizwe Mbuyane, Takesure Chinyama and Sifiso Myeni, while Edward Manqele netted a late consolation at Loftus Stadium.

Neeskens said, “I am disappointed, like them (the supporters), the club, the players…everybody is.

“Losing 3-1 at home is not good. We started well, a lot of movement and passing, playing forward. But in some parts of the game we were very naive.

“How we conceded the first goal, we were ball-watching. For the second one there was a moment in midfield, with two players going for the ball, we were too nice. You can’t always be nice. I don’t say you have to kick the guy, but when the ball is there, you must sometimes take the ball and the man.”


Question is : Can Mamelodi Sundowns bounce back from the seback and make it to the Top 8 by May 2013?

Man Utd to unveil Fergie’s statue

By Daniel Chokoe

Often when a person has achieved something he is rewarded and acknowledged for his achievement. In football there are a lot of accolades that are awarded to players, managers and even match officials but from all the awards nothing comes close to a statue being built in a stadium for you. In recent times we have seen players like Thierry Henry being rewarded for their legendary status and now Sir Alex Ferguson is set to be rewarded with a statue that is built at Old Trafford.

Manchester United will unveil a statue of manager Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford later this month, the English Premier League giants have announced.
Ferguson, who on Tuesday celebrated his 26th anniversary as United manager following a successful spell in charge of Scottish side Aberdeen, will see the 2.74-metre-high bronze work by sculptor Philip Jackson unveiled on Friday, November 23.
A United statement said: “It will be placed in a prominent position near the entrance to the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand – formerly the North Stand which was renamed in his honour last year.
“The club will also be unveiling new artwork and installations in the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand concourses which will illustrate the manager’s achievements throughout his United career.”
Jackson’s work will go on public display for the first time the day before Queens Park Rangers, Ferguson’s initial opponents in his maiden home match as United manager, visit Old Trafford.
Ferguson is widely regarded as one of British football’s greatest managers, having won 12 English titles and two Champions League trophies with United among a clutch of trophies in addition to the three Scottish championships and the European Cup Winners’ Cup he brought to Aberdeen.
He was knighted by the Queen in 1999 in recognition of his services to the game.
His statue will be the latest piece of sculpture at Old Trafford, with permanent statues of late United manager Matt Busby, who guided the club to their first European Cup title in 1968 and the “United Trinity” of 1960s stars George Best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton outside the ground.