Local News - Issue 174

Lennox Bacela steered Orlando Pirates to the MTN8 final with a penalty that ended Kaizer Chiefs' dream of winning a third successive title. Bucs will meet Platinum Stars in the final after Dikwena toughed out a 2-1 win over Bidvest Wits in last night's semi-final second leg, for a 6-3 aggregate victory. - Full Story via Sport Live

Former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates winger Helman Mkhalele is concerned that if left unchecked, age-cheating will continue to have a negative effect on the development of local football.  Mkhalele was speaking on the sidelines of an Under-15 provincial schools tournament held in Rustenburg this past weekend. Motsaalore School, one of the four participating teams, was disqualified over allegations of age-cheating. - Full Story via KickOff

SAFA have confirmed that Bafana Bafana will play Morocco in an international friendly on October 11. The clash with the Atlas Lions will take place at Agadir New Stadium in Agadir City, southwest of Morocco. The match is one of two between the two nations – with the return leg to be hosted by South Africa in 2014. - Full Story via AllAfrica.com

Orlando Pirates are through to the CAF Champions League semi-finals after drawing 0-0 with Al Ahly at Orlando Stadium. The draw was enough to take Bucs through, after Zamalek beat AC Leopards 4-1 in El Gouna, Egypt. Pirates will meet Tunisian giants Esperance on October 4-6 in the semi-final, first leg, while Al Ahly are up against Coton Sport of Cameroon.

Orlando Pirates star Andile Jali faces up to five more weeks on the sidelines with a shoulder injury. The ex-University of Pretoria man tore a muscle in Pirates' 1-0 victory over Polokwane City in the Premiership on Wednesday night. Club doctor Thabiso Mmoledi has confirmed Jali will need surgery after the player underwent a scan on Friday. - via KickOff

Crystal Palace midfielder and Bafana Bafana international Kagisho Dikgacoi has set up a charitable foundation to provide South African youngsters with opportunities for better life chances through education and sport. The Kagisho Dikgacoi Foundation (KDF) will be unveiled at a gala dinner on October 26 at The Guoman Tower Hotel in London. Using sport as its draw card, the foundation aims to address social ills affecting young people, such as homelessness, and promote access to education, community building and social inclusion. - Full Story via KickOff

The Premier Soccer League have confirmed the dates and venues for the Telkom Knockout. Orlando Pirates will open the competition with Mpumalanga Black Aces at Mbombela Stadium on October 2, while holders Bloemfontein Celtic start their defence against Mamelodi Sundowns at Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium four days later.

Dates and venues:
Wednesday, 02 October 2013
MP Black Aces vs Orlando Pirates, Mbombela Stadium, 19h30

Friday, 04 October 
Bidvest Wits vs Golden Arrows, Bidvest Stadium, 20h00

Saturday, 05 October 
Free State Stars vs AmaZulu, Goble Park, 15h00
SuperSport United vs Ajax Cape Town, Lucas Moripe Stadium, 15h00
Moroka Swallows vs University of Pretoria, Dobsonville Stadium, 20h15
Polokwane City vs Kaizer Chiefs, Peter Mokaba Stadium, 20h15

Sunday, 06 October 
Bloemfontein Celtic vs Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium, 15h00
Platinum Stars vs Maritzburg United, Moruleng Stadium, 15h00