Stuart Baxter is the new Bafana coach

By Daniel Chokoe

 

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SuperSport United head coach Stuart Baxter is set to be unveiled as the new head coach for the South African senior national team, Bafana Bafana.

Various reports emerged on Thursday morning that Baxter had put pen to paper with the South African Football Association (Safa) to fill the the vacancy left by Shakes Mashaba in December 2016.

The former was shown the exit door by SAFA after being found guilty of gross misconduct and insubordination among other charges.

According to Safa’s head of communications Dominic Chimhavi, the deal has been concluded and the official announcement will be made soon to the public.

“We’ve finalised everything and pen has been put to paper. The announcement could be tomorrow or anytime from now. It’s just a matter of calling you guys [the media] to the official announcement,” Chimhavi told Sowetan.

Ruud Krol has emerged as the man identified to replace the Englishman, however the former Orlando Pirates tactician would only be in charge of the team at the start of next season after the club made it clear that they will hold on to their head coach for the remainder of the current campaign.

Zlatan leaving Man Utd for USA

By Daniel Chokoe

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has agreed to sign for MLS side LA Galaxy in the summer, according to reports in America.

The Swede maestro’s future at Man United has yet to be determined and the 35-year-old however most people cannot judge his performance in the PL as failure, he has managed to adapt swiftly. Ibrahimovic has been in fine form since joining United in the summer making 41 appearances and scoring 26 goals.

Ibrahimovic has the option of a further 12-month contract after joining the Red Devils on a free from Paris Saint-Germain last summer and he hinted that he would stay, saying he “never leaves a job unfinished”.

However, there has been interest from Italy and the MLS and the most recent reports in America claim a deal for Ibrahimovic to move on to LA Galaxy has been agree.

Fox Sports tweeted: “Confirmed from Europe. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play for Galaxy.” It was accompanied by a mocked-up image of Ibrahimovic in an LA Galaxy shirt.

The associated news article said that the 35-year-old would be playing for the MLS side ‘soon’.

When asked last week about staying at Old Trafford he said he had not decided: “Let’s see what happens, we are talking.

“I have an option for another year, I want to do great as long as I’m here, so let us see, there is a lot of time.”

It would be sad to see him go, he clearly still has a lot to offer.

Instructions: Vote for Hlompho Kekana Puskas Award #Hlompho4Puskas

By Daniel Chokoe

Hlompho Kekana has been shortlisted for the Puskas Award courtesy of his goal against Cameroon during the CAF AFCON qualifiers.

Incase you forgot the masterpiece from the Mamelodi Sundowns Captain,below is the video of the goal:

 

To vote for Hlompho:

Step 1: Click on the below hyperlink:

http://www.fifa.com/the-best-fifa-football-awards/puskas-award/index.html

Step 2: Click on Hlompho Kekana’s picture to cast your vote, you will be required to enter verification numbers that appear on the screen after that. You will recieve the below confirmation letter.

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Vote! Vote! Vote!

 

Watch : Shakes Mashaba has been suspended

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Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba has been suspended with immediate effect after he disrespected his boss, SAFA president Danny Jordaan, in the full view of the television cameras in Polokwane on Saturday.

Mashaba who admitted that he was a dead man walking showed his discontent with his Boss, whom he accused of not being supportive.

The footage can be be seen below:

 

SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble released a statement to the Safa national executive committee members on Sunday, the Safa CEO said he had to institute disciplinary action against Mashaba after “the unpleasant events” that unfolded after the game.

“Following some unpleasant events after the match of the men’s senior national team (Bafana Bafana) at Peter Mokaba Stadium yesterday, I had to meet with head coach, Ephraim Mashaba today (Sunday) to commence disciplinary steps against him,” Mumble said in the statement.

“As a result of yesterday’s events, I was forced to place the head coach on suspension with immediate effect pending a full disciplinary hearing.

“As has been policy in matters involving staff discipline, we will not respond to media enquiries except for issuing a brief statement to alert the public to the absence of the head coach from the bench for Tuesday’s friendly match against the Mozambican men’s senior national team.

“This is necessary to safeguard the dignity of the head coach and the Association in this process.

“Coach Mashaba has however asked that we convey to the NEC, and the president of the Association, in particular, his sincerest apologies if he has offended anyone and he unreservedly asked for forgiveness for (Saturday’s actions.”

Will we ever see Shakes on Bafana bench? That remains to be seen.

Breaking News: Former Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi Dies

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Stephen Keshi passed away  in Benin City, Edo state

The football fraternity woke up to sad news that former Nigerian football coach and legend Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi has died in the early hours of Wednesday.

The 54 year old mentor was scheduled to return to the United States on Wednesday evening before he suffered cardiac arrest. Keshi was tipped to replace Eric Tinkler as Orlando Pirates coach in the upcoming season.

“Stephen Keshi CON has gone to be with his wife”

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Meanwhile, the family has released a statement announcing his passing.

The statement signed by Emmanuel Ado was titled: “Stephen Keshi CON has gone to be with his wife”.

“With thanksgiving to God, the Ogbuenyi Fredrick Keshi family of Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, announces the death of Mr. Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi,” Ado wrote.

“Our son, brother, father, father-in-law,brother-in-law, has gone to be with his wife of 35 years (Nkem), Mrs. Kate Keshi, who passed on on the 9th December 2015.

“Since her death, Keshi has been in mourning. He came back to Nigeria to be with her. He had planned to fly back today Wednesday, before he suffered a cardiac arrest. He has found rest.

“We thank God for his life.

“We want to ask for understanding in this very difficult time for the family.”

 

 

 

Video: UCL Wrap – Real Madrid and Manchester City through to the semifinals

Article by Daniel Chokoe

Real Madrid and Manchester City have booked their places in the semi-finals with both teams winning their quarterfinal clashes respectively.

Real Madrid vs Wolfsburg ( 0-2 first leg)

Los Blancos were faced with the toughest task to overturn a two nil aggregate score against the Germans, with the large crowd of Santiago Bernabeu behind them they did the unthinkable. Talisman Cristiano Ronaldo was on song as he scored a hatrick walking away with the match ball and winning the tie 3-2 for Madrid. A bitter pill to swallow for Wolfsburg who were tipped to course an upset. It was his 16th goal in 10 games, his recent form looks to rejuvinate Madrid’s hope of silverware this season.

Final Result : Real Madrid vs Wolfsburg ( 3-2 Aggregate score)

Manchester City vs PSG (2-2 first leg)

The Citizens positioned themselves better having secured an impressive two all draw in Paris, PSG knew that they had to be on their A-game if they were to proceed to the semis however Kevin De Bruyne had other ideas as his 76th minute goal won the game for Manchester City and booked their first ever Semi final place.

Final Result : Manchester City vs PSG (3-2 Aggregate score)

 

All to Play for in the second leg of Mtn8

By Tebogo Molekoa

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The first leg of the mtn8 semi finals produced 1 all draws both in Cape atown and and Bloemfontein leaving the spots for the final wide open.

On Saturday 15-08-2015 Ajax welcomed Bidvest Wits to the venue they last used in 2009, it wasn’t the hospitality that the visitors enjoyed as it was raining and the field didn’t have to drainage system and the day before the venue was used for athletics, the game went on and against the run of play the home side were the first to take the lead in the first stanza only for the Students to equalise late in the second half to end the game in a 1 all draw.

On Sunday 16-08-2015 Siwelele Sama Sele welcomed Amakhosi to the Free State Stadium after they knocked out Sundowns in the quarter finals on penalties. Both teams went to the game coming from disappointing results in their first league games, Celtics were the first to break the deadlock from a wonderful strike of the foot of Helder Pelembe to beat khune hands down giving the home side a lead, few minutes later chiefs was awarded a penalty after Bevan Fransman softly pulled Siphelele Mthembu and he went down in the box then Parker stepped forward only to scoop the ball over Tingyemb’s goalposts, second half chiefs were fighting hard for an equaliser and it paid off 15 minutes into the half from another beautiful same time strike from Parker outside the box shooting the ball to the roof of the net leaving Celtics keeper down, the game produced attacks from then however it all ended in those beautiful goals that might even be goals of the tournament. Jo’burg will host the 2nd leg on the 29 and 30 august, and its all to play for however goalless draws from both games gives wits n chiefs a win via the away goal rule. It’s all to play for in Wafa Wafa