Local News - Issue 182

Okwuosa free to leave Chippa: Chippa United James Okwuosa Nigeria defender. Chippa United say they will not stand in the way of James Okwuosa if there is interest in January. The Nigerian defender has reportedly attracted interest from Europe, though no official enquiry has come through. Okwusou, who was heavily linked with a move to Orlando Pirates during the off-season, joined the Chilli Boys at the start of the 2012/13 campaign.

First Division club Chippa United have parted ways with assistant coach Tony de Nobrega, bringing to an end a six-month stay at the club for the former Vasco da Gama coach. De Nobrega has immediately been replaced by Jerobeam Koert, who spent the past season as head coach at FC AK. Chippa CEO Peter Koutroulis explains that Koert has been brought in at the recommendation of head coach Ian Palmer. - Full Story via Kickoff

Santos recruit John Paintsil is still waiting for his work permit, having surprisingly signed for the National First Division club over a month ago. The former Ghana captain was previously on the books of Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv, while he has also played for Premier League pair Fulham and West Ham United. - Full Story via Kickoff

The Premier Soccer League has charged Kaizer Chiefs and their captain, Itumeleng Khune, for displaying a ‘religious slogan’ during the Soweto Derby. A statement reads: “The player and his club have been charged with contravening the FIFA Laws of the Game and NSL rules after Khune pulled up his jersey showing an undergarment with a religious slogan written on it in a fixture against Orlando Pirates at the FNB Stadium on 26 October 2013. - Full Story via Kickoff

Paintsil in no rush for Black Stars return: Former Ghana captain John Paintsil is in no rush to return to the Black Stars set-up, despite the team being on the brink of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The 32-year-old last played for his national team during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. - Full Story via Kickoff

Tug of war over Veli Mothwa: Polokwane City and Baroka FC are in tug of war over Veli Mothwa. It is alleged that the 22-year-old goalkeeper signed a contract with both clubs, and the PSL has since charged the player with breaching the rules. - Full Story via Kickoff

SuperSport United coach Cavin Johnson insists that word doing the rounds about Jabu Mahlangu's comeback is off the mark... For now, anyway. The 33-year-old was reportedly set to start training with the Tshwane side in an attempt to resurrect his career, but Johnson tells KickOff.com it is just a mere possibility and nothing guaranteed. - Full Story via Kickoff

Kaizer Chiefs have reported some mixed news on the injuries sustained by Tsepo Masilela, Lucky Baloyi and Knowledge Musona. The prognosis on the Zimbabwean striker was good, with team physio Dave Milner reporting that the player is ‘improving nicely’. - Full Story via Kickoff

The Premier Soccer League says there is no way people can say Mamelodi Sundowns have won the first quarter of Q-Innovation because so many matches are yet to be played. Many fans and media houses have proclaimed the Brazilians as Q-1 winners based on the fact that they were top of the log after eight matches, but PSL media spokesman Lux September says it’s not as simple as that. - Full Story via Kickoff

Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa says midfielder Manti Moholo "has been phenomenal in training" ahead of the Telkom Knockout semi-final with SuperSport United. Bucs visit Matsatsantsa at Lucas Moripe Stadium (kick-off at 15:00) on Saturday, while Kaizer Chiefs host Platinum Stars in the other last-four tie later that night. - Full Story via Kickoff