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!

 

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)

 

Ronaldo wants Neymar to surpass his achievements

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Brazil legend Ronaldo believes Barcelona star Neymar is destined for greatness and can achieve even more success than him. The 23-year-old netted once in Barca’s 6-0 La Liga win over Getafe on Tuesday to equal Ronaldo’s figure of 47 goals for the Catalans and the two-time World Cup winner thinks his compatriot will only get better in the years to come.

“I sincerely hope that Neymar will surpass me in all aspects,” Ronaldo told ESPN Brasil.

“Neymar has a brilliant future ahead of him and is already performing marvellous at present.

“His performances will please the people of Brazil because he is a great idol.”

Neymar has scored 29 times in La Liga, 10 goals in the Champions League, seven in the Copa del Rey and once in the Supercopa de Espana.

Personally I believe, Neymar will somehow always be in the shadow of Messi he can never really be the main man for Barcelona. In terms of Achievements, he will definitely surpass Ronaldo who is the 5th alltime goal scorer for Brazil, Neymar is behind him by a mere 19 goals however I do not foresee him winning the world cup with Brazil.

By Daniel Chokoe