Local News - Issue 179

Orlando Pirates duo Daine Klate and Senzo Meyiwa say the players are focused on winning the CAF Champions League rather than what they stand to gain financially. The Buccaneers meet Egyptian side Al Ahly on Saturday night in the first leg at Orlando Stadium, and Klate says bonuses are the last thing on their minds. “At this club, there is a culture. We know if we go hand over the trophy to the chairman, we know what’s going to happen afterwards. - Full Story via Kickoff 

Kaizer Chiefs and head coach Stuart Baxter have finally agreed terms on a new deal. The Englishman, who joined Chiefs on a two-year deal last year, is now in his last season as per the initial agreement. However, the two parties are on the same page with regards to a new deal. The club and Baxter agreed terms on Monday and it is now only a matter of time before the paperwork is signed and sealed. - Full Story via Kickoff

Mpumalanga Black Aces are still to make a decision on former Orlando Pirates defender Mbulelo ‘OJ’ Mabizela, who is currently on trial. Mabizela is without a club after leaving Chippa United at the end of last season. However, ‘OJ’ is now hoping to find new home with Amazayoni and relocate to Mpumalanga this season. Aces spokesperson Gordon Masondo says that his team is still waiting a report from coach Clive Barker. - Full Story via Kickoff

Tokelo Rantie was crowned a Swedish League champion on Monday night, two months after he left Malmo for English Championship side Bournemouth. Malmo beat defending champions Elfsborg 2-0 thanks to a double-strike from Guillermo Molins in stormy conditions that now gives them an unassailable five-point lead over second placed AIK with just a single game remaining. The Bafana Bafana striker can claim to have played a significant role in that title triumph, he made 17 League starts for the club in 2013 before departing for England, scoring seven goals in the process. - Full Story via Kickoff

Orlando Pirates’ magnificent run in the CAF Champions League has forced the PSL to wipe out all three of their league games in November. The Ghost will only see their team playing league football again almost six weeks from now. The PSL has confirmed that Pirates’ Premiership fixtures against Mpumalanga Black Aces (November 6), Moroka Swallows (November 10) and SuperSport United (November 24) have all been postponed to dates yet to be determined. - Full Story via Kickoff

Kaizer Chiefs and Platinum Stars will no longer play their Telkom Knockout semi-final this weekend, the Premier Soccer League have confirmed. The game, along with the other last-four tie between SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates, will now take place on November 23. - Full Story via Kickoff

Bafana Bafana will play world and European champions Spain in a friendly at Soccer City on November 19. The international friendly will kick off at 9pm in Johannesburg. South Africa had last played Spain during the 2009 Confederations Cup, which Spain won 3-2 in an exciting game for third spot. New SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan confirmed the fixture which is hoped to re-inspire local fans to follow the South African national team during a year with no competitive games. - Full Story via Goal

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter says the booing of Kingston Nkhatha by his own fans is “amateurish” and “madness”. The Zimbabwean forward has constantly been on the receiving end of jeers recently. After Chiefs’ Telkom Knockout clash against Free State Stars on October 21, which Amakhosi won on penalties, Baxter was compelled to come out in the media and condemn the section of fans that booed his striker. - Full Story via Kickoff

Ahead of their match against Orlando Pirates, Al Ahly goalkeeper Sherif Ekrami has been accused of faking an injury, after a 6-1 loss to Ghana on international duty with Egypt. The Pharoahs’ goalkeeper asked to be substituted after the fourth goal during Egypt’s humiliating defeat to Ghana in the first leg of the 2014 World Cup play-offs on October 15. - Full Story via Kickoff

Moroka Swallows have confirmed the passing away of their former star forward Andries Maseko who died last Saturday morning at the age of 58. Maseko was admitted to Chris Hani Hospital (Baragwanath) on the Thursday night, but the cause of his death is yet to be disclosed. 'Six Mabone', as he was affectionately known in his heyday, played for the Dube Birds from 1972 to 1983. He made history in 1976 when he netted a record eight NPSL goals for Swallows as they hammered Umlazi Citizens 13-0 in KwaThema, Springs. - Full Story via Kickoff

Goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini was hit in the face with missiles thrown by fans after AmaZulu’s 2-0 loss to Maritzburg United – and was left in tears. Usuthu fans made their feelings about the goalkeeper known throughout the match, with a group of fans causing havoc near the tunnel at Moses Mabhida Stadium. To be fair, Kapini could not have done much about the two goals he let in against the Team of Choice. - Full Story via Kickoff

SA Players Abroad Round-Up: Thulani Serero started for Ajax Amsterdam again, Darren Keet kept it clean, but Bongani Khumalo and Dean Furman experienced a drubbing in European action at the weekend. - Full Story via Kickoff