Local News - Issue 221

Chiefs Fail To Bring Musona Back
Knowledge Musona's proposed return to Kaizer Chiefs has officially been called off. It was reported that the loan deal from Hoffenheim was at risk of collapsing, with the striker eager to forge a career in Europe. Musona's agent Mike Makaab has now confirmed his client will not be returning to Naturena. Makaab, of Prosport International, released a statement, which said: “It is important for all parties involved that we put an end to the speculation surrounding the possible transfer of Knowledge Musona from Hoffenheim to Kaizer Chiefs. Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung explained further. “After a long, protracted negotiation with Hoffenheim for Knowledge Musona to come back to Kaizer Chiefs on loan for another season, we’d like to announce that the negotiations were not successful due to time constraints. We will however review the negotiations for the next window period.”Musona netted 16 goals in 25 starts for the Glamour Boys during a loan spell last season.

Quality Talent Sports CEO Tim Sukazi has finally filed papers in court that reveal that he’s suing Lehlohonolo Majoro for R1.8 million.
It was reported in June that Sukazi was going ahead with legal action against Majoro. And The Star now reports that Sukazi has filed the papers at the South Gauteng High Court. Sukazi is suing the Orlando Pirates striker for breach of contract following Majoro’s move from Kaizer Chiefs to Orlando Pirates earlier this year. Majoro signed a contract with Sukazi on August 12, 2010 for the company to oversee his career. The agreement stated that Sukazi’s company was to get a 10 percent cut of the gross annual remuneration Majoro was to get from any deals he signed, or 10 percent from transfer fees. The contract was terminated two years later in August 2012. However, Sukazi claims that the two parties then entered into a verbal agreement last January, on the same terms as the written agreement and as a result, Sukazi began negotiating with SuperSport United for Majoro to join the Tshwane club. Majoro, though, decided to join Pirates. Sukazi is, according to the report, aggrieved that at the time Majoro sealed the deal with Pirates, he was in the process of negotiating the footballer’s transfer from Kaizer Chiefs to SuperSport United – a R15 890 000 four-year contract. Sukazi claims in court papers filed that he’s entitled to R1 589 000 – the 10 percent commission he would have earned in terms of the multi-million-rand SuperSport deal that fell by the wayside. Sukazi is also claiming R225 000 he says he lent Majoro last November, placing his total claim against the star at R1 814 000. When contacted by the newspaper for comment, Majoro declined to do so. 

With the transfer window closing on Friday, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says his team is done with signing players. The Brazilians have been the busiest team in the transfer market bringing in eight new players during the current window period. They have brought in three more players that were signed during the January transfer window to bring the number of new signings at the club to 11. But Mosimane says he won't be bringing in anyone else before the window closes on Friday. Players expected to leave Sundowns are Bryce Moon, Edward Manqele and Rashid Sumaila, while others have been loaned out.

Vasco da Gama have completed the signing of veteran striker Aleni Lebyane while Samuel Julies has returned to the club from Mamelodi Sundowns. Lebyane has signed on a season-long deal with an option of another year, while the terms of Julies’ deal remain unspecified. The 33 year-old forward Lebyane has found no luck in the PSL since leaving Mpumalanga Black Aces with training stints at Chippa United and Moroka Swallows all ending in nothing. Vasco have also signed former Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Steven Hoffman, with Kenny Gertse, the general manager at Vasco, confirming the signing of all the new players. Vasco have also brought in Nicholas Mynhardt on loan from Kaizer Chiefs while Tumelo Mopedi has also joined after battling to break through at Aces last season.  The Cape Town club have thus added to the likes of Danleigh Borman, Sibusiso Mxoyana, Johannes Motlhaping, Tshowana Mokonyana and Sibusiso Mokoena, who have all been recruited for the 2014/15 season.

Veteran midfielder Marawaan Bantam will continue his career at Cape Town All Stars after helping the club gain promotion to the First Division. Bantam has now been handed another year extension to his contract and has been registered by the NFD newcomers. The 36-year-old joined the Cape Town club two years ago after leaving Mpumalanga Black Aces following a serious ankle injury that threatened to end his career. Bantam played PSL football for Santos and Bidvest Wits.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Bongani Khumalo will soon start full training again after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee injury. The 27-year-old ruptured his patella tendon in Bafana Bafana's 5-0 friendly loss to Brazil at Soccer City on March 5. However, Khumalo is on the way back, according to his agent Glyn Binkin.

Mamelodi Sundowns striker Eleazar Rodgers is expected to conclude personal terms with Platinum Stars before the end of the week. Dikwena are bringing in Rodgers as part of the swap deal that saw Mogakolodi Ngele move to Chloorkop on a five-year contract. Ngele was loaned back to Stars but Rodgers remains at Sundowns while negotiating personal terms with Dikwena. Last season Stars won the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout. But this season with players like Issa Sarr, Lindokuhle Mbatha, Siphelele Mthembu and Benson Mhlongo having left, the club has yet to replace them. However, Nke says the club will sign three more players before the end of the transfer window.

Veteran striker Portia Modise struck a hat-trick as Banyana Banyana beat Zambia 4-0 in a friendly at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on Sunday. Modise, who plays her club football for Sasol League outfit Croesus, scored her treble after the break, with Shiwe Nongwanya getting the opener for Vera Pauw's side. This was the fifth match Banyana have played as part of their preparations for the African Women’s Championships that will be hosted by Namibia from 11-25 October. Banyana travel back to South Africa on Monday afternoon to continue with their camp ahead of their next assignment in Polokwane against Tanzania on 31 August.

Orlando Pirates have been drawn as the home team for the MTN8 Final against Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs on September 20, at a venue yet to be determined. The draw took place after Chiefs completed a 5-0 aggregate victory over last year's winners Platinum Stars with a 3-0 triumph at Soccer City on Sunday afternoon. As hosts, Pirates - who beat Bidvest Wits 5-1 in their semi-final, will have the choice of locker rooms, and also wear their home strip.

BidVest Wits have completed the loan deal that will take Botswana international Ofentse Nato to Spanish La Liga’s sister club Atletico de Kolkata. Atletico de Kolkata will play in the new Indian Premier League - due to run from next month up to the end of the year. Wits CEO Jose Ferreira confirmed that all paperwork has since been signed. Nato joined Wits two years ago but battled to establish himself at the club before he was then loaned out to Mpumalanga Black Aces last season where he managed to play regularly. Nato will join other former PSL stars Fikru Tefera Lemessa and Isaac Chansa in India. Meanwhile, Katlego Pule’s immediate future at the club remains uncertain though the club is keen to move him out on loan. Pule was recently with Ajax Cape Town but couldn’t iron out a deal there.

Edward Manqele is taking Mamelodi Sundowns to the League's Dispute Resolution Chamber in his bid to leave the club. Manqele, who recently turned down a loan move to Chippa United, was last month placed on a special training programme by Downs. The Brazilians claimed Manqele was overweight. However, the ex-Free State Stars striker says the move was orchestrated to derail his efforts to find another team. Manqele's agent, Josiah Mphono, says his client is now seeking a legal solution to his frustrations at Chloorkop.

The 2014 Nedbank Ke Yona Team which will face Nedbank Cup champions Orlando Pirates was revealed at a spectacular event attended by football dignitaries, celebrities, media as well as families and friends of the Nedbank Ke Yona players.
The second season of the Nedbank Ke Yona Team search saw footballers from across the country respond en masse. More than 43 000 total entries, and 30 000 unique entries were recorded during the national trials held earlier this year. In total 3 900 players were invited to the six regional trials and a select group of 48 players were chosen for the boot camps and various elimination rounds. Thereafter it has been months of rigorous training to prepare the final 18-man squad which was hand-picked by seasoned coaches Shakes Mashaba, Khabo Zondo, Owen da Gama and Mike Mangena. Coach Owen da Gama expressed his satisfaction on the selection of the team but also sent a warning to Pirates ahead of the match. The Ke Yona team have a friendly coming up again Pirates. Catch Ke Yona “Making the Team” show every Sunday on SABC 1 at 14h00 to see the journey of these young men from across the country moving from unknown faces to football stars of the future.

The 2014 Nedbank Ke Yona Team:
Luthando Sixhaso, Thabani Mpanza.
Surprise Mawela, Japhta Phokela, Sphamandla Mkhize, Tshiamo Modise, Maphosa Modiba.
Morgan van Rooyen, Khanya Gwala, Tsepo Dladla, Sandile Kubeka, Samuel Masina, Siyabulela Timbela, Teboho Lillane, Jacob Ntema.
Katlego Piana, Mahlatse Mogale, Sydney Masana.

Sameehg Doutie has completed his move to Bidvest Wits from SuperSport United. As reported on Thursday, Wits have released Ryan Chapman to SuperSport and Doutie’s deal was yet to be finalised. However, Wits CEO Jose Ferreira has confirmed that Doutie now belongs to Wits.

New Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba has named his squad to play Sudan and Nigeria in 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers early next month. South Africa take on Sudan in Khartoum on September 5 before hosting the Super Eagles five days later in Cape Town. Mashaba, who has recruited Owen da Gama to serve as his assistant, has handed call-ups to youngsters such as SuperSport United goalkeeper Dumisani Msibi and Ajax Cape Town's Ayabulela Magqwaka and Rivaldo Coetzee. Notable exclusions include Europe-based stars Thulani Serero and May Mahlangu, as well as established Absa Premiership performers such as Tsepo Masilela, Tefu Mashamaite and Teko Modise. Mashaba, who is starting his fourth spell with the national side, was named as Gordon Igesund's successor on July 26.

Bafana squad
Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Senzo Meyiwa (Orlando Pirates) and Dumisani Msibi (SuperSport United)
Defenders: Anele Ngcongca (Racing Genk), Aya Magqwaka (Ajax CT), Sibusiso Khumalo (SuperSport United), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Wits), Buhle Mkhwanazi (Wits), Eric Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Rivaldo Coetzee (Ajax CT), Thabo Matlaba (Orlando Pirates) and Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Sundowns)
Midfielders: Themba Zwane (Sundowns), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Wits), Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates), Andile Jali (KV Oostende), Dean Furman (Doncaster), Ayanda Patosi (FC Lokeren), Keagan Dolly (Ajax CT), Mandla Masango (Kaizer Chiefs) and Kamo Mokotjo (FC Twente)
Forwards: Tokelo Rantie (AFC Bournemouth), Bongani Ndulula (Amazulu), Bonginkosi Ntuli (Sundowns) and David Zulu (Chippa United)
Bafana reserves: Darren Keet, Ronwen Williams, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Bongani Zungu, George Lebese, Percy Tau, Nhlakanipho Ntuli, Siyanda Ngubo.

Mpumalanga Black Aces have signed Ghana international Kwabena Adusei on a long-term contract - as well as James Bell and Darren Lurie. Adusei, who was formerly at Asante Kotoko in his homeland, caught AmaZayoni's eye with his displays at the African Nations Championship, staged in South Africa earlier this year. The 27-year-old defender has been training with Aces but is still waiting on his work permit, the club revealed on their official website. Meanwhile, Bell, 21, has been on the books of Ajax Cape Town, Thanda Royal Zulu, Chippa United, FC Cape Town and Golden Arrows, while fellow attacker Lurie was at Moroka Swallows last season. Both players have penned two-year deals with Clive Barker's side.

Chippa United are chasing the signature of defender Thabo September from SuperSport United. September, who has since been demoted as captain at United, may well be looking to going back to the same province in the Eastern Cape where he made his name at Umtata Bush Bucks. The Matsatsantsa defender is leading the list of players that the Chilli Boys’ chairman Chippa Mpengesi is looking to bring to their new base in Port Elizabeth, before the close of the transfer period at the end of August. According to a source close to the club, Chippa have already approached SuperSport over the services of the defender from Knysna. The 31-year-old has been at the Pretoria-side since 2006 and has three league titles, as well as the 2012 Nedbank Cup to his name.

Ajax Cape Town coach Roger de Sa expects George Akpabio to join Chippa United before the transfer window closes at the end of the month. The clubs have held lengthy talks over a deal after Akpabio finished top scorer at the Chilli Boys during a loan spell at Philippi Stadium last season. And De Sa doubts the Nigerian striker will stay at Ikamva.

Mpumalanga Black Aces have lost out on signing Francis Kasonde after the Zambia international took up a one-year contract in India. The defender has teamed up with I-League side Salgaocar for the 2014/15 season. Kasonde, who was recently on the radar of Clive Barker's Aces, spent last term at Israeli club Hapoel Ra’anana and becomes the third Zambian player to head to India in the new campaign. The other two are ex-Orlando Pirates star Isaac Chansa and Kondwani Mtongo, who are both at Shillong Lajong FC.

Mamelodi Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe wants to take the team back to their spiritual home and stage games at HM Pitje Stadium.
The Brazilians have not played at the Mamelodi-based venue for many years, a fact that has not gone down well with many of the club's die-hard fans. Sundowns are currently using Loftus Stadium in Pretoria as their home ground, while their offices and training ground are based at Chloorkop in Midrand. Motsepe, though, is eager to bring Downs closer to their supporters in Mamelodi, as well as in Soshanguve. Meanwhile, the mining magnate conceded that he has little time to run the Premiership champions as he juggles his business interests with his outreach work.

SAFA met the Sports Portfolio Committee in Parliament today where it briefed MPs from various political parties on a variety of issues. Led by Dr Danny Jordaan, SAFA presented its financial turnaround strategy in which it has moved from the red to a projected considerable profit in the 2014 Financial Year. The Association also gave details of the new broadcast partner Siyaya TV to the House, explaining the tremendous opportunities in the broadcast environment which sports federations need to tap into. The broadcast deal between SAFA and Siyaya TV kicks in next year.

Black Leopards have completed the signing of Morgan Shivambu, while former skipper Mongezi Bobe has also returned following a difficult season away at Free State Stars. The two players have been training with the club since the start of pre-season and will both be available for selection when Leopards go back to their traditional home Thohoyandou Stadium to host Golden Arrows in the opening First Division match. Leopards have not used Thohoyandou for the past six years due to a lack of maintenance. Shivambu, an experienced midfielder, has recently battled in his career since being offloaded by Platinum Stars, but will be hoping to rekindle the good times he had at Moroka Swallows during his peak. Also signed is young defensive midfielder Kgotso ‘Jali’ Mogagabe on a five year deal. Mogagabe was previously at the School of Excellence. Staying put at the club is Zimbabwean striker Brian Amidu, who recently trained with Swallows in the hope of winning a move back to the PSL.

South African players abroad wrap
Kagisho Dikgacoi made his first appearance of the season at the weekend but could not help English Championship side Cardiff City avoid defeat as they went down 1-0 to Wolves.
Tokelo Rantie was again a second-half substitute for Bournemouth in the English Championship as they lost 3-2 at Blackburn Rovers, their fine start to the season eroded by back-to-back defeats.
Steven Pienaar was forced off in Everton’s 2-2 home draw with Arsenal after just 10 minutes through injury in a blow for his side who were further frustrated by letting in two late goals to allow the Gunners a point.
Dean Furman started for Doncaster Rovers in their 1-0 win at Colchester United in League One, but left-back Kgosi Ntlhe missed Peterborough United’s victory by the same margin at Bradford City through injury.
Thulani Serero again had to settle for a place on the bench, making a second half appearance as Ajax Amsterdam lost 3-1 at home to PSV Eindhoven. Serero has made just a single start so far in the campaign.
Anele Ngcongca was in the Genk side that won 3-2 at home to Gent on Friday night, along with the player he allegedly was involved in a drunken brawl with last weekend, Tornike Okriashvili. Both players were fined 10 000 euros for the incident that occurred in Ngcongca’s home and there would have been some awkwardness in the celebration for the Bafana right-back after Okriashvili scored the winning goal against Gent. From this week Ngcongca will also have a new coach as former Glasgow Rangers, Aston Villa and Scotland tactician Alex McLeish takes over the side. 
Andile Jali won his battle with compatriot Darren Keet as Oostende defeated Kortrijk in their Belgian league match. Both players started for their respective sides.
May Mahlangu was on target for Swedish side Goteborg as they won 2-1 at Falkenbergs, the midfielder netting his fifth goal of the season.
Daylon Claasen came off the bench to help his German Bundesliga II side 1860 Munich salvage a point in a 2-2 draw with Heidenheim, the club’s first of the season.
Tiya Shipalane scored an injury-time winner for his American second-tier side Carolina Railhawks as they won 1-0 at Tampa Bay Rowdies. It is a fourth of the season for the 28-year-old from Tzaneen.