Local News - Issue 268

Mashamaite’s Agent Clarifies New York Outcome

Tefu Mashamaite’s business manager Jazzman Mahlakgane has explained in detail how the governing body MLS rejected New York City FC’s request to sign the player. The former Kaizer Chiefs captain will not be signing for the MLS club despite being offered a deal, and Mahlakgane takes it further by explaining how it all went down. “The offer was given to us this past Monday by the club's sports director as unofficial until the MLS approves it. Both the club and I were comfortable to a point that his stay in New York was [would be] extended until December when the league goes on a break. I need to clarify to supporters and fans that Tefu wasn't unsuccessful as a result of what is termed ‘trials’ back home, but the cap system of MLS which controls the club's financials [and number of active players registered]. When the news broke in the early hours of this morning, we were both shocked as Tefu was already feeling at home and accepted by members of the NYCFC staff and players. On a positive note, one would like to thank NYCFC for showing faith in Skipper and going the extra mile to try and secure funds from the League to bring him on board. To the technical team lead by Jason Kreis, the GM [sporting director] Claudio Reyna and all the staff members one had the opportunity to interact with during Tefu's stay in NYC, I would like thank them. Tefu and I share the same sentiment of great appreciation and we wish the club all the best in their quest to play in the play-offs. I must also emphasise that the club was very warm to Tefu from the time of his arrival until last night when the team couldn't succeed in their request. It is a great experience for Skipper and he is taking this with him to the next journey. One urges the fans not to put pressure on any of us, especially Tefu, but allow God to take care of the situation. I must also thank the media guys who have been supportive to him during this process, my family, Masha's mother, Tefu's friends and all the prayers he received when we were in NY,” he adds.

Orlando Pirates have confirmed their CAF Confederation Cup clash with CS Sfaxien has been moved back a day to Sunday. The game will kick off at 20h15 (SA time: 21h15) at Taieb Mhiri Stadium in Sfax, Tunisia. The Sea Robbers went down 2-1 to Egyptian giants Zamalek in their Group B opener in Nelspruit on July 11.

New Maritzburg United coach Mandla Ncikazi is upbeat about his team's prospects for the UThukela Mayoral Cup in Ladysmith on Sunday.  United, who have just completed a two-week training camp, will compete in the annual event alongside PSL rivals Golden Arrows. “Impressive and encouraging. There are certain positions that we are still looking at reinforcing and we are engaging with the these potential players,” Ncikazi said of his club's preparations. “As a new coach at the helm, you want to win everything. As much as we are preparing, I am sure, looking at the positivity at training, we’re going to do well [at the Mayoral Cup],” he added. Ncikazi was unveiled as United's boss on July 2 following Steve Komphela's move to Kaizer Chiefs.

Zeca Marques will begin his tenure as the new coach of Santos on Wednesday following his resignation at fellow NFD club Black Leopards on Friday afternoon. Marques walked out of his job at Leopards after a training session at the back of a stretch of differences with club boss David Thidiela, leaving Joel Masutha to take charge of the team when they played against a Botswana first division side on Saturday in Polokwane. Marques has already signed an agreement to take over at Santos on a deal running up to the end of the season. The former Moroka Swallows mentor emerged top of the list of coaches that were being considered for the job at The People’s Team.  Though the 53-year-old had reported back for pre-season at Leopards he had not signed a new contract as yet. Marques did miraculously well for Leopards last season, taking the club from the bottom half of the table in December through to the Play-Offs where they came within touching distance of winning promotion. At Santos Marques replaces Farouk Abrahams who led the team last season.

Polokwane City will not be offering Katlego ‘Killer’ Mphela a deal after the striker trained with the Limpopo side. The former SuperSport United, Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs marksman recently trained with Rise and Shine and it was thought the team was keen on offering him a contract. However, City’s COO Tincy Tema says the club will not be signing Mphela. “Mphela is no longer training with us and we won’t be signing him,” he said. “There was a report that we are signing him, but I can confirm that he didn’t impress our technical team,” Tema adds. Killer also failed to get a deal with University of Pretoria after briefly training with them. AmaTuks coach Sammy Troughton was quoted as saying they didn’t agree terms.

Muhsin Ertugral believes Stuart Baxter has a tough task ahead of him as new coach of Turkish outfit Genclerbirligi. The English coach led Kaizer Chiefs to PSL glory last season before making the move to Europe, penning a one-year deal with the Super Lig side.  Yet current Mpumalanga Black Aces coach Ertugral, who was assistant coach at Genclerbirligi in the late 1990s, has warned Baxter of the difficult task ahead of him under club president ─░lhan Cavcav, who has been in charge since 1978. “He [Baxter] chose a club which, on average, generally changes two coaches per season,” Ertugral said. “The owner of the club is not very fond of coaches, and likes to get himself unnecessarily involved. I wish Stuart luck – I know he is a great coach who can adapt to the situation there because obviously the expectations are sometimes really over what an average club can achieve. The demands of this president are really ridiculous, and hopefully Baxter can stay until the end of the season – I wish him that.” The Turkish-born manager, who was also at the helm of Super Lig club Sivasspor in 2010, is however confident Baxter will do the job required of him, despite being the ninth coach to take charge of the club in the past five years. “I think he [Baxter] knows what to do – Turkish football is very demanding and I know he is a very good coach who will be able to adapt to the situation,” Ertugral adds. Baxter will take charge of Genclerbirligi – who finished ninth in the standings - in their first league encounter on 16 August against Rizespor, who ended just above the relegation zone in 15th place last season.

Former Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits defender Thomas Sweswe will resume his playing career back in his homeland with ZPC Kariba. The 33-year-old had been banned for life by the Zimbabwe Football Association for his alleged role in the ‘Asiagate’ match-fixing scandal, a sanction that was only implementable in his own country, but had that punishment lifted last month. He has not played a competitive topflight fixture since turning out for Wits at the end of the 2012/13 season, but did play four games for Black Leopards in the National First Division at the end of the last campaign. “That Asiagate issue did affect me a lot,” he said. “I had signed a good improved three-year contract with Chiefs [in 2012] but they had to terminate it because this thing was taking too long and they said it was affecting the name of the club and all that stuff.  But after that I managed to get a two-year contract at Bidvest Wits which wasn’t bad. I am just happy now that I have been cleared and they found that I am innocent because this Asiagate issue badly affected my reputation even though I knew that I was innocent,’’ Sweswe said. The defender will be reunited with coach Sunday Chidzambwa at ZPC Kariba, another individual implicated in the Asiagate scandal.

Jomo Cosmos boss Jomo Sono says he is still waiting for striker Siyabonga Nomvete to pitch up for training as he looks to secure his signature. Sono is interested in bringing Nomvete to the club ahead of the start of the new season to add experience in their first season back in the Premiership after a three-year absence. ‘Mjomane’ has met with the former Bafana Bafana striker’s agent and been told that the player has accepted their offer. “It’s up to him. We have made the offer. It’s up to him to accept,” says Sono. “His agent told me that the player has accepted the offer, but I don’t know. I want to see the player at training. If I don’t see him at training, it means he has not accepted the offer.”

Bloemfontein Celtic have completed the signing of Helder Pelembe and Mthokozisi Dube from Orlando Pirates. Both Pelembe and Dube have joined Celtic on a one-year loan deal. Phunya Sele Sele also announced the permanent signing of Musa Nyatama at the weekend.

University of Pretoria have completed the signing of Namibian defender Willem Mwedihanga. Mwedihanga has penned a three-year deal with AmaTuks. The 29-year-old was a free agent after his contract at AmaZulu expired at the end of June. Mwedihanga started 20 games for Usuthu last season. Tuks have been busy in the market of late, notably recruiting Thabiso Nkoana, Sibusiso Mthethwa, Vukile Mngqibisa, Kabelo Lichaba and Harry Edge. Sammy Troughton's side have also made an offer to ex-Orlando Pirates striker Lennox Bacela, while former Bloemfontein Celtic midfielder Joel Mogorosi is on trial with the Tshwane outfit.

It looks like Itumeleng Khune's wage demands might throw off any chances he has of moving to Mamelodi Sundowns. Khune was thought to be among the highest paid players in the league before his contract at Kaizer Chiefs ran out last month. His reported high demands could prove to be out of reach even for the big-spending Chloorkop side. Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane did not mince his words when asked if they are chasing the clubless keeper. "I believe Khune is the number one keeper in the country. It's not easy to sign a player. If you want to sign a player, you must also afford him," says the outspoken coach. “I'm not saying we can't afford him but it must be market related. Look at Elias Pelembe, he had to leave and take a pay cut at Bidvest Wits. I wish he could have taken the pay cut here. It's tough and this is to show that people must play for their money and it must be market related and South African players must understand that now. People are being given clearances at big teams and going to smaller teams for less money.” Mosimane added: "There's competition now, the young ones are pushing and if you don't play for your money, you find yourself with a big name but not having a team and you go to other teams and they can't afford you. It's a problem and our players must realise that there's no money in Europe and South Africa is affected now, so they must earn their money and enjoy it while they are still earning much."

Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung has expressed gratitude for the cow given to the club by Swazi king Mswati III. Amakhosi and Orlando Pirates played in the King Swazi Cup this past weekend at the Somhlolo Stadium. Both Soweto clubs were knocked out in the semi-finals, but it was still a worthwhile exercise with the 2015/16 kick-off just a few weeks away. “A gift of such as this one is very big in African culture and we appreciate it. We will share the gift with the rest of Amakhosi family when we get back home,” Motaung said on the club’s official website.

Following the successful launch of the power red away jersey in June, adidas was proud to unveil the new Orlando Pirates Football Club home kit for the upcoming 2015/16 season. The club has retained its iconic black strip, which made a dramatic return in 2013 with the highly successful Black is Back campaign. However, this year's jersey has lighter shading on the chest which gives it more depth and a striking, more modern look. We also see the return of the popular V-shaped neck, as well as the classic skull and crossbones embossed on the back of the jersey. The 3D badge which proudly adorns the heart of the jersey completes the design, which is on global par with adidas football giants Chelsea, Manchester United and Juventus.

Mamelodi Sundowns beat Ajax Cape Town 3-1 in the Final of the eTV Charity Showdown at the Lucas Moripe Stadium. Cuthbert Malajila was the hero for the Brazilians with two goals. Anthony Laffor got the other, while Mario Booysen got an own-goal for the Urban Warriors. Pitso Mosimane's side booked their spot in the final with a 2-0 win over the University of Pretoria, thanks to goals from Teko Modise and Khama Billiat. Ajax Cape Town, meanwhile, needed a brace from Bantu Mzwakali to secure a 2-0 win over Jomo Cosmos in the second semi-final.
Sundowns XI: Mweene, S Zwane, Langerman, Booysen, Arendse, Tau, Moriri, T Zwane, A.Laffor, Mokoena, Malajila
Ajax XI: Johnson, Kammies, Jacobs, Jenniker, Mendes, Phohlongo, Jacobs, Losper, Cale, Nguye, Sasman

South Africa's national Under-23s were held to a 1-1 draw by their Zimbabwean counterparts in an Olympic qualifier in Harare on Sunday afternoon. Keagan Dolly produced a moment of magic in the second half, dribbling past a number of defenders before slotting past the gaolkeeper.  The hosts were then awarded a questionable penalty in the 83rd minute when captain Kwanda Mngonyama was adjudged to have handled in the box, and Walter Musona scored from the resultant kick to make it 1-1.
South Africa U23: Goss, Macheke, Mngonyama, Rikhotso, Zulu, Mobara, Dolly, Modiba, Konqoba, Ntshangase, Kambule

Banyana Banyana managed a hard fought 1-0 win over the Harambe Starlets of Kenya in a 2016 Rio Olympic Games qualifier at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday. The match was the first leg of Round 3. MaIndies player, Lebohang Ramalepe scored the only goal of the match late in the second half. Banyana Banyana were missing USA-based striker Jermaine Seoposenwe and goalkeeper, Roxanne Barker who plays in Iceland. Banyana Banyana hold an advantage going into the second leg which will be played next weekend (Sunday, 2 August 2015) at the Machakos Stadium in the capital Nairobi.

Mbabane Swallows won the King’s Cup in Swaziland after beating Royal Leopards 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the final. Leopards and Swallows reached the final game after knocking out South African contingent Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs in their semi-finals. Swallows beat Chiefs 4-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw on Saturday morning while Leopards advanced 3-1 over Pirates in another shootout following a 1-1 draw. Swallows were awarded 600 000 Lilangeni (R600 245) for the win.

Orlando Pirates are impressed with Ugandan trialist Yasser Mugerwa, who played for the club in the King's Super Cup in Swaziland on the weekend. Pirates coach Eric Tinkler handed a start to Mugerwa in Bucs' 3-1 loss on penalties to Royal Leopards at Somhlolo Stadium on Saturday. Mugerwa's compatriot Saidi Kyeyune, who is also being assessed in Mayfair, featured off the bench for the Buccaneers in Mbabane. "First half he played well, but I think second half his legs started going a little bit," Tinkler said. "I think the intensity of the game was high which he is not used to, plus the occasion. Saidi also came in. We have seen lot of good things at training and this was a good test to see if they got the character and ability to play for a big team like Orlando Pirates."

Combative midfielder Nhlanhla Shabalala has parted ways with NFD-bound AmaZulu. The 29-year-old, who joined Usuthu on a three-and-a-half-year deal in December 2013, leaves the Durban outfit after seeing limited game-time last season. Shabalala previously spent over a decade with Ajax Cape Town before suffering a fall out with then-Urban Warriors coach Muhsin Ertugral. Other players to have left Steve Barker's team in the off-season include Mbulelo Mabizela, Bongani Ndulula, Nkosinathi Mthiyane and Philani Shange, with the latter pair switching to Chippa United. Marc van Heerden and fellow left-back Sifiso Hlanti have also attracted interest from Absa Premiership sides.

Kagisho Dikgacoi made a successful return to playing this week when he turned out for 45 minutes for Cardiff City against Forest Green Rovers. The former Bafana Bafana regular received high praise for his performance, which comes just months after a serious knee injury that left him unable to move his leg. Dikgacoi has been on a boot camp, worked with a renowned boxing trainer and put in extra hours in the gym, and looks to be on course to resume his career with the English Championship side after an injury-plagued 2014/15 campaign. “Kagisho has dug deep and worked hard to get where he is now,” boxing trainer Darren Wilson, who has been helping Dikgacoi with his rehabilitation, told WalesOnline. “He wants to do it, he is keen to make progress. There were times last season when we worked together and he wasn’t able to move his feet because of a knee injury. Later we were able to add in more movement and he has kept working. We had a number of sessions together last season, he enjoys it and wants to get the gloves out a couple of times a week. Kagisho is a class player when he is at peak fitness and he will be a key man for Cardiff this season. The boy wants to get there and he’s putting in the effort.” Dikgacoi has not played competitive football in almost a year after choosing to move to Cardiff in the second tier on a three-year contract, rather than stay in the Premier League at Crystal Palace, who offered him just a one-year deal. 

Jomo Cosmos will play their home matches at Olen Park Stadium in Potchefstroom at least until November. Ezenkosi will use their alternate home venue, Olen Park, because their main home venue, the Fezile Dabi Stadium in the Free State, will not be ready until November as new turf is being put in. 

Morgan Gould says he is back doing light training following the Achilles tendon injury he sustained almost four months ago. The 32-year-old defender limped off just before halftime of the 2-0 CAF Champions League defeat to Raja Casablanca in April. He tells the club’s website that while he is not yet joining his teammates in full training, he is slowly but surely making his way back.  “I am still busy doing rehabilitation work. I am already working out on the pitch again, although not as yet with the team,” he says.

Ajax Cape Town have announce the signing of Prince Nxumalo and Thomas Chideu following their impressive training stints with the club. Nxumalo is no stranger to Cape Town as he spent some time with National First Division side, FC Cape Town, before SuperSport United signed the Durban-born player. Prince is a fantastic acquisition to the current squad, as he adds a terrific element by means of his pace, power and immense work ethic. Zimbabwean, Thomas Chideu also recently spent some time training with Roger De Sa and his technical team here at Ikamva and a decision was reached to offer him a contract with the first team, which he gladly accepted. Chideu joined Highlanders in January after spending the previous 12 months in England where he was involved in a schools exchange programme. He opted to pursue a move to Ajax Cape Town instead, which we are extremely pleased about. Fellow Zimbabwean, Milton Ncube, who also joined Ajax CT from Highlanders a few seasons ago, is another example of the talents and professional nature of the players Highlanders are producing.

Mamelodi Sundowns ended their pre-season tour of Zambia with a 1-1 draw against Nchanga Rangers in Ndola on last Thursday. Sundowns recorded 1-0 victories over Super Division champions Zesco United and Mufulira Wanderers in their previous two games on the trip. Pitso Mosimane's men will open their Absa Premiership campaign away to Platinum Stars on August 8.

Mpumalanga Black Aces are set to host a pre-season tournament featuring Absa Premiership rivals University of Pretoria, Platinum Stars and Bidvest Wits on July 25. The competition will take place at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, with a draw taking place at the venue on July 21 to decide the match-ups. The first semi-final will start at 10h00, with the second semi at 12h00. The losers will play for third place before the Final at 17h00. According to Aces' website, tickets are available at Computicket and Shoprite at R40 for adults and R10 for U-18s. AmaZayoni and Dikwena recently contested the Maize Cup Final, with the latter winning 1-0.

Willard Katsande and Menzi Masuku have lost their starting places for Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in the latest Carling Black Label Cup teams. Line-ups as things stand:
Kaizer Chiefs: Khuzwayo, Masilela, Xulu, Moleko, Gaxa, Tshabalala, Letsholonyane, Maluleka, Lebese, Parker, Zulu
Orlando Pirates: Mhlongo, Matlaba, Sangweni, Mahamutsa, Jele, Myeni, Sarr, Manyisa, Rakhale, Erasmus, Majoro
With just over a week to go until the 2015 Carling Black Label Cup clash between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, time is running out for Champion Coaches to change their line-up. A new innovation this year, the Booster Votes, has shaken things up in the line-ups of both sides by giving winning fans the opportunity to add 50,000 votes to the total of their favourite players. That means that as of Thursday, George Maluleka has replaced Willard Katsande in the Kaizer Chiefs line-up, while Sifiso Myeni has come in for Menzi Masuku in the Orland Pirates team. But there is still time for plenty of change to what have otherwise looked like settled line-ups.

Orlando Pirates defender Mbongeni ‘Shoes’ Gumede is poised to join AmaZulu on loan. Usuthu said on their website the U-23 international will switch alliances provided he passes a medical in Durban. Meanwhile, Gumede and AmaZulu midfielder Tshepo Liphoko were involved in a car accident on Tuesday. The pair escaped injury, but Liphoko's car sustained damage, according to the NFD club's team manager Japhet Zwane. “They came out all right and are close friends having been together at Pirates. Both are in a positive frame of mind about it. Tshepo’s car will have to be fixed because it got knocked quite a bit.”

Jomo Cosmos are on the verge of signing Sipho Mngomezulu, who played for Moroka Swallows in the past season. The right-back will add to the eight new players that were announced by Ezenkosi last Thursday. “We are not finished signing new players. We are on the verge of signing Sipho Mngomezulu and the striker from Mozambique [Luis Miquissone], but he will come at a later stage,” Sono confirmed from the club’s press conference. Newly promoted Premier Soccer League side Jomo Cosmos have announced the signing of eight new players. Ezenkosi made the announcement  in Sandton, Johannesburg and the chairman and head coach of the club, Jomo Sono, says his team is not in the league to simply make up the numbers. The new signings include three foreign players including two Malawi internationals in Miciam Mhone and Mohammad Sulumba. List of new signings (previous club in brackets)
1. Mohammad Sulumba (Blantyre United, Malawi)
2. Miciam Mhone (Blue Eagles, Malawi)
3. Sibusiso Mdamba (African Warriors)
4. Pako Mahaabo (Maluti FET College)
5. Michael Gumede (Thanda Royal Zulu)
6. Uhuru Seleman (Simba, Tanzania)
7. Conrad Madolo (Garankuwa United)
8. Mxolisi Macuphu (Royal Eagles).
Sono says: “We have signed some very exciting players. Watch out.”

Maritzburg United coach Mandla Ncikazi is hopeful new signing Manti Moholo will add value in the middle of the park for his team. United announced the capture of Moholo on a three-year deal from Orlando Pirates. "I like him, I hope he will have a positive impact in the middle of the park when called upon to perform," Ncikazi told the club's website. Meanwhile, Moholo is pleased to have a permanent base following loan spells at Golden Arrows and Chippa United. The midfielder made 17 League starts for the Chilli Boys last season.

Ayanda Patosi scored one and created another as KSC Lokeren thumped Lille 4-1 in a pre-season friendly last Wednesday evening. The Bafana Bafana midfielder started the match against the French Ligue 1 side at Daknamstadion and found the back of the net in the 84th minute. Another African, Ghanaian midfielder Eugene Ansah, had made it 3-1 just minutes earlier. Lokeren are undefeated in five pre-season matches so far, having beaten Deinze (3-2), Lommel United (2-0) and Dessel Sport (3-0), while also drawing against Sint-Truiden (1-1).

The Premier Soccer League today released dates for the country’s three cup competitions. The MTN8 will kick-start the season, with the quarter-finals taking place on August 5. The two-legged semi-finals will be played on August 15 and 29, with the final scheduled for September 19.
MTN8 quarter-finals match-ups:
Kaizer Chiefs vs Maritzburg United
Mamelodi Sundowns vs Bloemfontein Celtic
Bidvest Wits vs SuperSport United
Orlando Pirates vs Ajax Cape Town

The Telkom Knockout, which features all the top-flight teams, will start with the Last 16 on September 30 and the weekend of October 3. The quarter-finals are on October 24, the semifinals on November 7 and the final on December 16. The Nedbank Cup proper will start in the first week of March with the Last 32. The Last 16 follows in the first week in April, with the quarter-finals set for April 23. The semi-finals take place on May 14, with the season officially ending with the final two weeks later.

University of Pretoria have completed the signing of Thabiso Nkoana in a swap deal that sees Grant Kekana moving in the opposite direction to SuperSport United. Nkoana has agreed to a three-year deal with Tuks which also keeps him in his hometown. “Look, it was a swap that also involved money and it was complicated in the end. However, it is done now,” said coach Sammy Troughton. Nkoana, 22, scored eight goals in 15 starts last season while on loan at Ajax. Meanwhile, Tuks have parted ways with Siyabonga Shoyisa a month after surprisingly placing him on the transfer list. The club also confirmed that Junior Sibande, Sifiso Nzimande, Siphelele Luthuli, Dikgang Ngcobo and Alan Robertson have been placed in the shop window. Sibande has been linked with several clubs while Robertson is expected to move to AmaZulu, with Luthuli and Ngcobo also set for First Division clubs as they are still Under-23.

Kermit Erasmus’ agent Rob Moore confirms the striker was approached by an agent claiming to represent Zamalek and was even presented with an offer. However, he said he suspects it was a ‘fly-by-night’ agent hoping to make a quick buck. Erasmus had been offered a deal that would have seen him earn around R350 000 per month. Moore confirmed the offer, but believes it was a rogue agent.  “I’ve been in this game for 20 years and I have seen all these wannabe agents come-and-go,” Moore said. “Last night I spoke to Jesualdo Ferreira, the head coach of Zamalek. He was the Porto head coach just after Benni [McCarthy] left Porto, so we had a lot to talk about and have a laugh. He said that he knew nothing about any deal for Kermit and also, he confirmed that Zamalek already have three foreign players and cannot sign any more.” It seems Erasmus wasn’t the only one conned – a Pirates official said that the club had been offered an undisclosed fee for the player, believed to be in the region of R20-million. The Buccaneers this morning released a statement distancing themselves from the Erasmus rumours, saying “no official communication between the club and Zamalek” has taken place. An irate Moore says it’s not the first time something like this has happened with one of his players. “I, like many people in football, are sick and tired of these wannabe and fly-by-nighters trying to get into the game, when they have no idea of what they are doing and who they are dealing with,” he says. “Erasmus was approached by an agent claiming to represent Zamalek and he was shown a supposed offer on a Zamalek letterhead. Funny thing is that there is no Zamalek stamp or staff member’s name on the offer. When I spoke to another senior member of the Zamalek management last night – that was the first thing he pointed out to me, without me even mentioning it! These people are amateurs and are dangerous — they mislead players who often don’t know better. I had the same situation with May Mahlangu last year – when he received a supposed offer from Hull City, which was also on a Hull City ‘letterhead'. Problem is that that agent didn’t bargain on the fact that I have known Steve Bruce, the manager of Hull City, for many years, and I was able to immediately call Steve up and confirm that the offer was a fraud. In this game fans don’t realise the lengths that these Mickey Mouse agents will go to in order to get a slice of the cake. Often they don’t manage any players of their own and all they do is try jump in the middle of things by trying to muddy the waters and bamboozle players who may not be the wiser.” However, Moore has not completely ruled out the chance of something happening for Erasmus during this transfer window – provided all the parties are happy. “Kermit has one year left on his Pirates contract and all I want is for him to focus on delivering his best for Bucs for the next 12 months. If something otherwise happens this transfer window, that will only be because Pirates, Kermit and myself are happy with an alternative.”

Mamelodi Sundowns are planning one last bid for Sibusiso Vilakazi. The Bidvest Wits midfielder and 2013/14 Footballer of the Season remains hot property, with the likes of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates also credited with interest. The Students have so far refused all offers for their star man, insisting they will only be tempted into selling him to an overseas club. But Sundowns, backed by owner Patrice Motsepe’s billions, could test Wits’ resolve with one final big-money bid according to a source close to Sundowns.

The assault case against Kaizer Chiefs midfielder George Lebese has reportedly been withdrawn by the public prosecutor, according to Eyewitness News. Lebese was facing charges of assault and malicious damage to property after being arrested in February for allegedly attacking his girlfriend and damaging her car. The case previously saw several postponements at the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court. The 26-year-old Lebese penned a contract extension with the Glamour Boys last month.

South African striker Tokelo Rantie scored and provided an assist in AFC Bournemouth's 4-1 pre-season friendly win over MLS side Philadelphia Union. The Cherries are currently in the US preparing for their maiden Premier League campaign. Rantie, who came on after the break, set up Marc Pugh in the 62nd minute before converting a penalty with five minutes remaining. The Bafana Bafana international will be under pressure to perform in the new season, having scored five goals and provided five assists in 41 outings for his team in the Championship. Rantie joined Bournemouth for a club-record fee of £2.5 million from Swedish outfit Malmo FF nearly two years ago. Bournemouth have scheduled six more friendlies before opening their League account against visiting Aston Villa on August 8.

The dates for the two Soweto Derbies of the 2015/16 Absa Premiership season has been revealed. The headline fixture in South African football involving Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates takes place on October 31 and January 30, with both matches at FNB Stadium.

Zimbabwean PSL side Hwange are demanding R2 million for the signature of striker Evans Rusike, who seems to have made a positive impression on trial at Maritzburg United. The 23-year-old – who turned out for The Warriors at the COSAFA Cup and also scored against Comoros in a CHAN qualifier in May – is being considered as a potential replacement for his compatriot Terrence Mandaza, who recently left the Team of Choice. Maritzburg are now set to decide whether or not they will part ways with the money to secure the services of Rusike, who has also been on the radar of three local clubs.

Nyasha Mushekwi’s agent Ralph Nkomo says the player prefers to stay in Europe beyond November when his loan with Swedish club Djurgardens comes to an end. The Zimbabwean forward is attracting huge interest from clubs in Germany, France and Holland following an impressive spell that has seen him shooting to top of the Swedish Allsvenskan scoring charts with 10 goals. However, while Nkomo confirms the interest, he is quick to point out that Mamelodi Sundowns hold all the aces regarding the immediate future of the 27-year-old. Mushekwi is contracted to Sundowns until next year and this means that any club wishing to enlist his services would have to reach an agreement with the Chloorkop-based club. “Nyasha’s heart is in Europe, there is no doubt about that. He has settled in very well in Sweden and is enjoying his football more than ever,” Nkomo said. “Ideally, he would like to stay in Europe but all this depends on Sundowns. Yes, there is interest from a number of clubs but this is not the time to be talking about the actual teams that have enquired about him. Everything will become clear soon after the Swedish season ends but it is really up to Sundowns to decide whether or not they will consider offers from other clubs,” Nkomo added.

SuperSport United striker Jeremy Brockie is excited about the different dimension new Australian signing Isaka Cernak will bring to the potential title challengers. The attacking midfielder, who can play centrally or on the left-wing, has joined Matsatsantsa on a three-year deal to add to the Australasian quota at the club. Brockie knows a thing or two about Gordon Igesund’s new addition having played with him at A-League club Wellington Phoenix. “I played with him for three or four months at my previous club. He's a direct winger who likes the ball at his feet and he's got a lot of pace and has an eye for goal. He's another good addition to the team,” says Brockie. “He brings something different. We have Thuso Phala on one side who is very powerful and skilful. Isaka loves getting the ball at his feet and taking on players and has a good passing game on him too.” SuperSport have also added New Zealand international defender Michael Boxall to their squad as they prepare for an Absa Premiership title challenge next season.

SuperSport United have handed out-of-favour midfielder Benett Chenene his clearance. Chenene has been training with United’s reserve team since the start of pre-season after club CEO Stan Mathews announced that he was not in the coach’s plans for next season. The former Orlando Pirates midfielder was initially offered to Polokwane City but turned down the offer to move down to Limpopo. “Chenene has been given his clearance and is free to move to any team of his choice,” confirmed a Matsatsantsa official.