Local News - Issue 181

Former Orlando Pirates and AmaZulu midfielder Andile ‘Sguda’ Cele believes Mbulelo ‘OJ’ Mabizela is now a mature professional who should not be judged on past mistakes. Mabizela, a one-time Bafana Bafana and Pirates star, has been dogged by off-field issues throughout his career, and was released by Chippa United at the end of last season. - Full Story via Kickoff

Joseph Mkhonza will have to reapply for the Banyana Banyana job if he wants it, with Safa advertising the position along with a host of other coaching vacancies. Mkhonza, who helped the women's senior team qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games, and former national U-20 coach Solly Luvhengo ran the course of their contracts a few months ago, with Safa opting against a renewal. - Full Story via Kickoff

The PSL is going to study the match commissioner and referee’s report before deciding whether they take action against Kaizer Chiefs defender Morgan Gould. The 30-year-old defender appeared to punch Bidvest Wits striker Getaneh Kebede during their 2-1 victory on Saturday evening, but the referee didn’t take any action. - Full Story via Kickoff

Ghanaian international goalkeeper Fatau Dauda is not worried by his lack of game-time at Orlando Pirates, saying his time will come. The Black Stars first-choice goalie joined the Buccaneers at the start of the season from Ashanti Gold SC, but due to delays in his papers he was not registered for the CAF Champions League, while his League registration only happened after the August 31 deadline. - Full Story via Kickoff

Platinum Stars look set to be without their influential captain Vuyo Mere for the Telkom Knockout semi-final with Kaizer Chiefs on November 23. Mere is nursing a muscle complaint which forced him off the field during Stars' 2-1 win at Maritzburg United in the Premiership this past Friday. - Full Story via Kickoff

SuperSport United defender Mor Diouf is available for selection again after making peace with coach Cavin Johnson. The pair recently exchanged heated words at training, with Diouf unhappy with his lack of game-time this season. Diouf, who won the PSL's best goal award last term, was subsequently hauled before the club's disciplinary structures. - Full Story via Kickoff

Premier Soccer League CEO Brand de Villiers has commended Orlando Pirates' for their spirited efforts following their loss in the CAF Champions League Final. Bucs were beaten 3-1 on aggregate by Al Ahly, losing 2-0 in Cairo on Sunday night. De Villiers said: "Even though results didn’t go their way today, we would like to commend Orlando Pirates for their gallant performance and resilience throughout the CAF Champions League. - Full Story via Kickoff

Al Ahly coach Mohamed Youssef says beating Orlando Pirates in the CAF Champions League Final yesterday was step one – now they are targeting success at the Club World Cup. The Egyptians won their eighth title after beating the Buccaneers 2-0 at the Arab Contractors Stadium yesterday for a 3-1 aggregate win. Youssef praised his players for overcoming a tough Pirates side and says there focus now was to do the country proud in Morocco. - Full Story via Kickoff

Golden Arrows coach Mark Harrison blames the referee as part of the reason for their 3-1 League loss to SuperSport United on Saturday. Arrows, who are second bottom on the table with seven points after nine games, feel hard done by because when SuperSport goalkeeper Ronwen Williams committed a professional foul outside the area on Philani Shange after ten minutes he was only shown a yellow card instead of being sent off. - Full Story via Kickoff

Mamelodi Sundowns have extended their lead at the top of the League standings after a 3-1 win at University Of Pretoria on Saturday night. Goals from Cuthbert Malajila, Khama Billiat and Rodney Ramagalela helped the Brazilians take the honours in the first Tshwane derby of the season, while Grant Kekana replied with the only goal for AmaTuks. Sundowns opened the scoring in just the third minute when Malajila volleyed into the roof of the net from Billiat’s cross. - Full Story via Kickoff