Local News - Issue 272

Masango Signs For Randers

Mandla Masango's lawyer says that his client turned down offers from countries like Turkey and France to join Randers FC in Denmark. The midfielder, who was released by Kaizer Chiefs upon the expiry of his contract in July, penned a three-year deal. Lawyer Maurizio Mariano says Masango can’t wait to get started. “There was interest from France, Turkey and even Austria,” he said. “However, Masango found the move to Randers the most attractive one. He is excited. He told me it has always been his dream to play overseas and now his dream has come true. It’s a good opportunity for him because Denmark also offers him a chance to market himself to bigger leagues.”

Kaizer Chiefs have registered Philani ‘Iniesta’ Cele for this season despite the club making no mention about his future during all player announcements. Cele spent the past season on loan at Moroka Swallows along with Lucky Baloyi and while the latter was presented before the media as part of the new players and handed the number 35 jersey, nothing was said about the former. It has now been established that – according to the latest list of confirmed PSL registrations – Cele makes up part of a 32-man squad that will do duty under Steve Komphela this season. The 23-year-old started just three games and came on as a substitute in another three matches while on loan at Swallows last season. The gifted midfielder made his PSL debut for Chiefs as a substitute against University of Pretoria in December 2013. He started one other match in the CAF Confederation Cup against ASEC Mimosas last year before he was loaned to the Dube Birds. Chiefs have also registered 22-year-old development goalkeeper Aubrey Mulovhedzi.

South African national Under-17 coach Molefi Ntseki says he will not respond to Ajax Cape Town’s complaint that none of their players were selected for the FIFA World Cup squad. The Urban Warriors released a statement on Monday voicing their disappointment that despite their Under-17 team winning the regional Engen Knockout Tournament, there is not a single Ajax player in Ntseki’s preliminary 25-man squad. “Ajax Cape Town boasts some of the best youth talent in the country and having none of our players in the national U17 World Cup squad remains a mystery,” read the statement. But Ntseki has said that he will not respond and is disappointed at the manner in which the matter has been handled. Look, the matter wasn’t addressed directly to me, it was sent to the media,” Ntseki said. “It would have been different if it was sent directly to me or through the office of our technical director [Neil Tovey]. But I will not respond through the media. I’m sure the office of the technical director, if there is something to say, they will advise.” Amajimbos have been drawn in Group E of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup alongside Costa Rica, North Korea and Russia and will compete for international honours in Chile from October 19 this year.

National First Division club Royal Eagles have confirmed the signing of Siya Mngoma from AmaZulu, while handing their skipper Walter Maponyane an improved contract. Mngoma spent the past season at Usuthu, but played just a single game against Maritzburg United in December at the height of the club’s goalkeeping crisis. Eagles have also brought in Tanzanian striker Uhuru Selemani following the fall of his proposed move to Jomo Cosmos, while forward Madoda Motha – who has previously played for Mpumalanga Black Aces – is on trial. Eagles, who have also brought in Siyanda Ngubo, Letsie Koapeng and Maselaelo Seanego on loan from Orlando Pirates, face Highlands Park in their League opener this weekend.

Katlego Mphela and Lerato Chabangu are still training on their own as they await their next moves. ‘Killer’ was let go by Kaizer Chiefs at the end of the season and looked set to join Polokwane City, but the move never materialised. Chabangu trained with Bidvest Wits after the expiry of his Moroka Swallows contract, but the Students decided against signing him. The players’ agent, Glyn Binkin, says they are still on the lookout for new clubs. “They are still training on their own. There is nothing at the moment but we looking at different options,” Binkin said.

Roggert Nyundu and Siphelele Ntshangase look set to remain with Black Leopards this season after both players were registered with the PSL for this season. Leopards are set to start their campaign in the National First Division with a clash against Milano United at Thohoyandou Stadium next Saturday. Ntshangase has been granted extended leave from training after being involved with Bafana Bafana and the national Under-23 team during the off-season, while Nyundu is back with Lidoda Duvha after training with Bidvest Wits recently. Leopards spokesperson Barry Ramunenyiwa has confirmed that both players are registered with the club and ready for the new season. “They are Black Leopards players and are part of the team for this season,” Ramunenyiwa said. Leopards had actually signed the player on a pre-contract way back in February. He was recently released from a questionable deal at Polokwane City.

Mpumalanga Black Aces newcomer Lebogang Manyama says he was eager to join the club following a conversation with coach Muhsin Ertugral. Manyama, who has been allocated the No 21 jersey at Aces, penned a one-year loan deal with the team from SuperSport United. The attacking midfielder made his PSL breakthrough under Ertugral at Ajax Cape Town in November 2011. "It's great to reunite with Muhsin Ertugral who mentored me at Ajax Cape Town and I have to credit him for grooming my style of play," Manyama told AmaZayoni's website. "I told my agent after speaking to Muhsin that I wanted to play at Aces because I know the brand of football the coach expects, and it suits my style. I really enjoyed today's session and the players and technical team immediately made me feel at home. There's a nice energy in this club and I really hope to be successful here. Both club bosses, Mario and George Morfou, are also really nice and understand the game and after meeting them I made my mind up that I had to join AmaZayoni." He added: "Obviously I need to try and establish myself in the team and am very impressed with the quality of players and 'yes' I think we are going to be strong this season." Manyama scored five goals in 22 appearances for Matsatsantsa in 2014/15.

AmaZulu have confirmed the departure of Ghanaian midfielder John Arwuah. Arwuah was released before the end of his contract following the club's relegation to the National First Division. “Yes, that is how football is and especially relegation. For now, I am not sure where I will go,” Arwuah told Usuthu's website. Arwuah joined the Durban-based outfit in January 2014 from Bloemfontein Celtic. He previously had spells at Maritzburg United and SuperSport United.

SuperSport United unveiled Bafana Bafana captain Dean Furman as the club’s marquee signing on Tuesday evening in Johannesburg. Furman joins Matsatsantsa on a three-year contract (initially two years with a one year renewal option) as a free agent after failing to secure a move to Blackburn Rovers having decided against signing a new deal with Doncaster Rovers. The 27-year-old has 28 Bafana caps and captained the country in six matches scoring a total of two goals. He made 261 league and cup appearances for Doncaster with 16 goals and 19 assists to his credit. At SuperSport United, he will link up with former Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund, the man who gave the Cape Town-born star his first SA cap. Furman was introduced to the SA public for the first time as a replacement to May Mahlangu in the international friendly match against Brazil in Sao Paulo on September 7, 2012. Once in the development structures of English Premier League club, Furman moved to Glasgow Rangers in 2006 and made a single senior team appearance before heading to Bradford City two years later. Then he was snapped up by Oldham Athletic in 2009 and was named captain of the club in their League One campaign in 2011/2012 season. From then he moved to Doncaster Rovers.

Bidvest Wits will not be signing Aristide Bance, who had been training with them for a couple of weeks. The Burkina Faso striker looked to be at the centre of a storm earlier this week when Chippa United claimed he was their player, having reportedly signed with them a while back. Wits CEO Jose Ferreira laughed off the claims, but has now said that Bance will not be signing as he failed trials.  “We are not signing him; he did not make it,” Ferreira says. “He has gone back to Burkina Faso.” Meanwhile, Chilli Boys boss Chippa Mpengesi confirms that Bance will be rejoining his team next week. “He is our player. He has gone back home but will be returning to the club next week."

Roger Da Costa has left Mpumalanga Black Aces to join Aris Limassol of Cyprus on a one-year deal. The defender was on trial at the club, and has signed on a one-year deal. Aris Limassol, who were promoted to the First Division recently, are coached by ex-Bloemfontein Celtic and Aces mentor Aki Agiomamitis.

Santos reserve goalkeeper Chad Pottier was shot in an attempted armed robbery this past weekend. The 23-year-old was alone at his family home in Baron Grove, Durban when three men jumped over the wall. During a scuffle, Pottier was shot in the foot, while one of the assailants were also wounded before they fled. “They pounced on him before he could get into the house,” his dad, Mike Pottier said. “Chad wrestled with one of the armed men. A shot went off and the bullet went through his right foot. He was taken to hospital and was discharged on Sunday.” A case of armed robbery and attempted murder has been laid, but no arrests have been made.

Mamelodi Sundowns striker Mame Niang has confirmed he is leaving the Brazilians to join a Cypriot team. Niang will join AEL Limassol on a one-year loan deal. “Yes, that’s true. I’m joining them on loan for the season. The name of the team is AEL Limassol and I will leave sometime during the week,” Niang said. South African defender Roger da Costa and striker Dino Ndlovu also recently secured moves to the Cypriot topflight from the ABSA Premiership. Da Costa has linked up with Aris Limassol, while Ndlovu is at Anorthosis Famagusta.

Mamelodi Sundowns have registered Zimbabwean midfielder Khama Billiat as a local, freeing up one more space for a foreigner. Billiat started his PSL career in 2010 after joining Ajax Cape Town from CAPS United. After five years in South Africa he has now qualified for citizenship. Sundowns have so far registered three foreigners - out of the permitted five - for the season. They are Cuthbert Malajila and new signings Mogakolodi Ngele and Fiston Abdul Razak. Nigeria international Ejike Uzoenyi and Zimbabwean Kudakwashe Mahachi have yet to be registered as both players have been linked with a move away from Chloorkop. Mame Niang, who was also registered as a foreigner last season, has joined Cypriot side AEL Limassol on a one-year loan deal.

Former Bloemfontein Celtic midfielder Joel Mogorosi has re-signed for Botswana Premiership side Township Rollers, ending his three-year stay in the South African Premier Soccer League. The 31-year-old was released at the end of last season by Celtic and had hoped to remain in the PSL. He had trials with a number of clubs, including University of Pretoria, but in the end could not win a contract. He now re-joins former Celtic teammate Mogogi Gabonamong at Rollers in what is his third spell at the club.

Nigerian attacking midfielder Felix Obada has signed for Free State Stars following his return from trials in Norway. Obada secretly flew out for trials in Norway last month, but returned last week without having secured a deal and has since joined Ea Lla Koto. The 25-year-old signed with Stars on what is believed to be a two-year deal with an option of a third year. Obada’s contract with Moroka Swallows expired last month and he joins Stars as a free agent. Despite Swallows’ relegation from the PSL last season, Obada put in a solid shift in attack, finishing the season with four goals in 16 league starts after battling with injury early on in the campaign. Stars will register him as a non-foreigner as he already holds permanent residency, having been in the country since January 2008.

AmaZulu have completed the signing of Ajax Cape Town defender Ayabulela Konqobe (Magqwaka) on a season-long loan deal. The 19-year-old, who has changed his surname from Magqwaka, impressed the Usuthu technical team while on trial and will finally look to get some game-time under his belt. The former national Under-20 captain and current Under-23 defender was loaned to SuperSport United last season but made just two appearances, while the season before he didn’t play at all due to various disputes with the Urban Warriors.

Former Ajax Cape Town attacker Clifford Mulenga has joined Zambian champions Zesco United. Mulenga met his new teammates this morning after arriving in Ndola on Monday. The Chipolopolo international left Ajax in June when his contract expired at Ikamva. Mulenga also had stints at Mpumalanga Black Aces, SuperSport United and Bloemfontein Celtic.  

Bidvest Wits have announced the signing of Portuguese striker Joaquim Lupeta. The 22-year-old was previously on the books of Vitoria Setubal and is a former U-18 international, according to the Clever Boys. Wits said on their website: "Bidvest Wits is pleased to announce the signing of Portuguese striker Joaquim Lupeta. Lupeta is a former U18 Portuguese international having last played for Portuguese premier league club V. Setubal. He was also at the world renowned FC Porto Academy where he played youth football for six years. Lupeta is 22 years old and was born in Portugal, although he is of Congolese descent, his parents having been born in the former Republic of Zaire. We are excited to have Lupeta join the Bidvest Wits family, and wish him a successful career at our club."

Camaldine Abraw has been banned from football for the next six months after signing two contracts with Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic. “He has been banned for six months for signing the two contracts, so he will be back in January. A decision was also taken that the player belongs to Kaizer Chiefs,” a source said. As for which team owns the player, the rules state that the contract lodged with the PSL first will be accepted unless compelling evidence is led which causes the DRC to come to a different conclusion. However, Chiefs and Celtic are yet to comment on the outcome.

SA Players abroad round-up
Ayanda Patosi was named Man of the Match, Lebogang Phiri scored, Andile Jali was benched, while Thulani Serero and Anele Ngcongca again missed out for their European clubs on the weekend.

KAGISHO DIKGACOI - Dikgacoi continued his comeback from injury with another solid display as English Championship side Cardiff City rescued a 2-2 draw at Queens Park Rangers.
ANDILE JALI - Jali started on the bench for KV Oostende but played the final 13 minutes as his side grabbed an excellent 3-1 victory over fancied Anderlecht to move to the top of the table in Belgium.
DARREN KEET - Goalkeeper Keet played for Kortrijk as they conceded deep into injury time to lose 2-1 to champions Club Brugge in Belgium.
KAMOHELO MOKOTJO - A tough afternoon for Mokotjo and FC Twente as he played in the 4-1 home loss to ADO Den Haag on Saturday.
ANELE NGCONGCA - Ngcongca was again an unused substitute for Genk in their 2-1 win over Westerlo.
AYANDA NKILI - Nkili was on the bench for Swedish topflight strugglers Orebro as they lost 1-0 at GIF Sundsvall.
KGOSI NTLHE - Ntlhe played for League One Peterborough United as they collected a first win of the league season with a 2-1 win over Colchester United.
AYANDA PATOSI - Patosi won Man of the Match after helping his Belgian side Lokeren to their first win of the league season with a 2-0 victory over Mechelen. It was a continuation of his fine form this season.
LEBOGANG PHIRI - Phiri scored his first goal of the season as Brondby thumped Viborg 4-0 away from home, also their first win of the new campaign.
BRADLEY RALANI - Ralani played the final half-hour as Danish second-tier side Lyngby lost their first game of the season 2-1 at Vendsyssel.
THULANI SERERO - Serero was again missing for Ajax Amsterdam with an ankle injury in their 3-0 win over Willem II.