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.

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.

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)

 

Bobby and uncommited Khune reportedly not on good terms

By Daniel Chokoe

Bobby Motaung and Itumeleng Khune's relationship has hit a low

Bobby Motaung and Itumeleng Khune’s relationship has reportedly hit a low

Itumeleng Khune seems to be ready to close Kaizer Chiefs as a chapter from his book, Bobby Motaung is very sour about the whole ordeal. The thought of losing Khune clearly brings a bitter taste to his taste buds as he has already started excluding him in team affiars.

According to Sunday World, Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung ordered security to block Khune from running onto the pitch to celebrate with the team after the final whistle.

“They blocked him before he could come out of the tunnel. They told him Bobby said he must not go anywhere near the pitch,” a Sunday World source said.

It is alleged that Motaung feels the 27-year-old goal-minder, who is yet to extend his Chiefs contract, is no longer committed to the club.

Chiefs and Khune’s representative Dan Lichman have yet to reach an agreement regarding the goalkeeper’s immediate future.

Bobby Motaung did however give clarity on the matter, stating that there is absolutely no beef between himself and Khune.

There was no celebration by players on the pitch as fans took over, in the dressing room players congratulated each other and the coach (Stuart Baxter) froze the celebration as the team has three more games to finish.

Khune is serving a red card suspension surely we all know he can’t enter the field as Premier Soccer League DC just found our coach guilty of invading the pitch while on suspension.

Shame on you Sunday World for making headlines with a complete fabrication.

Bafana Bafana squad has been announced

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Shakes Mashaba announced his Bafana Bafana squad for the upcoming friendlies against Swaziland and Nigeria.

Bafana Bafana will face Swaziland in Mbabane in March 25th, before returning to South Africa to play Nigeria on March 29th at Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers:
Jackson Mabokgwane, Itumeleng Khune, Brilliant Khuzwayo.

Defenders:
Anele Ngcongca, Siyabonga Nhlapo, Thabo Matlaba, Thapelo Morena, Erick Mathoho, Rivaldo Coetzee, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Sibusiso Khumalo, Daniel Cardoso.

Midfielders:
Lebogang Phiri, Oupa Manyisa, Andile Jali, Dean Furman, Mandla Masango, Cole Alexander, Thuso Phala, Jabulani Shongwe, Thulani Serero, Ayanda Patosi, Bongani Zungu, Kamohelo Mokotjo.

Strikers:
Tokelo Rantie, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Thabo Mnyamane, Lehlohonolo Majoro, Siphelele Ntshangase.

Daily Football Trick : Kaka

By Daniel Chokoe

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Everyday we will share a video of an amazing football trick we have witnessed, today we remember a Ballon do’r winner Kaka.

Kaka was at some point the most talented player on the planet, injuries hampered his chances of sustaining the form, however let us reminisce how skillful our football great is, view the video below:

What are your thoughts on the skill we featured today?