Local News - Issue 276

Benni Confirms Coaching Job At Belgian Side Sint-Truidense

Bafana Bafana legend Benni McCarthy has confirmed that he has been appointed assistant coach of Belgian topflight side Sint-Truidense. “Yes it's official; I’m joining the STVV family. Look forward to achieving memorable things here. Thanks everyone,” McCarthy tweeted. The 37-year-old, who is still completing his UEFA A licence,  was unveiled alongside the club’s new head coach Chris O’Loughlin on Tuesday. McCarthy, Bafana's record scorer with 32 goals, won the European Champions League with FC Porto in 2004, while he also featured for Ajax Amsterdam, Celta Vigo, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United. McCarthy retired from playing two years ago following a stint with Orlando Pirates.

Ajax Cape Town striker Noah Sadaoui will be moving out in January, most likely on loan, after the club decided not to register him this season.
Sadaoui has already been informed that he is not part of the plans for this season but remains at the club due to the fact that he still has a running contract. Gary Cassisa of Mede8 Sports, who represents the Morocco-born striker, confirms that his client remains at Ajax even though he will not play for them during the current campaign. Sadaoui arrived at Ajax at the beginning of last season but struggled for game-time, managing just three substitute appearances and playing most of his football in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge. Meanwhile, ex-Ajax midfielder Brent Carelse is due to start training with another former club, Hellenic, as he continues his long career. Hellenic now play in the Western Cape ABC Motsepe League. The 34-year-old started his career at Hellenic in the late 90s after graduating from the School of Excellence.

South African export Tefu Mashamaite put in a commanding display on his official Allsvenskan debut in Hacken’s 4-1 win over Matthew Rusike's Halmstads on Monday evening.
Mashamaite, who warmed up for the game with a friendly start against Roberto Carlos’ Delhi Dynamos on Saturday, slotted seamlessly into coach Peter Gerhardsson's side and hardly put a foot wrong. Hacken were in need of a leader at the back and quickly signed the PSL Footballer of the Season once he became available following his trial at New York City FC. The technical team has been impressed by the centre-back’s defensive and attacking prowess and had no second thoughts about throwing him straight into the starting eleven against Halmstads. Mashamaite played the full 90 minutes of the game and managed to keep out former Amakhosi teammate Rusike, who was booked in the 35th minute. Rusike had already scored four goals in five games for Halmstads this season prior to the League defeat to Hacken.

Zambian defender Davies Nkausu has taken legal action against Bloemfontein Celtic after the club decided not to pay him for the past three months.
Nkausu says that he didn’t agree to the terms of termination tabled by Celtic when they proposed to cancel his contract. “I haven’t been paid by Celtic for the past three months and I have now taken legal action. This matter is now being handled by the lawyers,” Nkausu reveals. “They wanted to terminate my contract but I didn’t agree to the terms. Their reason for terminating my contract was poor performance yet I spent the past six months away on loan at Tuks and also played at the 2015 Afcon finals against better players. “At the beginning of last season I was injured and then when I recovered I then played three games and then afterwards went to the Afcon finals, after which when I returned I was told that I have been loaned to Tuks. So this poor performance is just an excuse,” says Nkausu. The 29-year-old is now training with BidVest Wits. “I am here at Wits just for the purpose of training to keep fit,” he adds.

Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siyabonga Nkosi could re-unite with his former coach Ernst Middendorp at Free State Stars this season. Nkosi is currently a free agent after parting ways with Kaizer Chiefs at the end of last season. The Newcastle-born playmaker worked with Middendorp at both Amakhosi and Arminia Bielefeld in Germany a few years ago. Middendorp has started well with Ea Lla Koto after registering a win in first game in charge of the side on Saturday – the team’s first League victory this season. According to a source close to Stars, Nkosi has been invited to Bethlehem to train with the team with the view to earning a deal.

South Africa U-23 coach Owen da Gama had little issue with his team being drawn alongside hosts Senegal, Zambia and Tunisia for the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations.
Da Gama's charges were placed in Group A following a draw in Cairo, Egypt on Monday morning. Group B consists of Egypt, Algeria, Mali and Nigeria. The top two teams from each pool will advance to the semi-finals of the competition, which will run from November 28 to December 12 in Dakar and M’Bour. The three medal winners at the continental tournament will qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Bloemfontein Celtic CEO Khumbulani Konco says the club has accepted Camaldine Abraw can currently play for Kaizer Chiefs as the PSL deliberates over the striker's future. Abraw made his Chiefs debut in a 4-1 win over SuperSport United on Saturday, providing two assists for the champions at Peter Mokaba Stadium. The League recently granted Abraw permission to feature for Amakhosi despite Celtic's contesting claims of ownership on the former Free State Stars man. Phunya Sele Sele initially acted with outrage at the PSL's decision, but have seemingly since moved on. Abraw signed contracts with both clubs, with the PSL yet to provide a date of when they will rule on his rightful employer.

Banyana Banyana missed out on a semi-final spot at the All Africa Games following a drawing of lots on Monday morning. Banyana lost out to Ghana, who they finished level with in Group B of the tournament in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. The countries played to a 1-1 stalemate yesterday. The Black Queens will take on fellow West Africans Ivory Coast in the last-four, while Group B winners Cameroon are up against Nigeria tomorrow. The Final is on Thursday.

Orlando Pirates were completely outplayed by a tactically superior Zamalek outfit as they went down 4-1 in their final CAF Confederations Cup group game. Goals from Ahmed Tawfik, Ahmed Mekki, Mostafa Fathi and Mahmoud Kahraba overshadowed Oupa Manyisa's goal in the first half to ensure Zamalek walk away with the three points in Cairo. The result sees Zamalek finish top of Group B with 15 points while Pirates remain second with 12 points. The South African side will now face Al Ahly in the two-legged semi-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup, with the first leg being at home.

Mpumalanga Black Aces have completed the signing of Liberian defender Dirkir Glay.
The Lone Stars international, who spent last season with Gor Mahia in Kenya, has penned a two-year contract with the log leaders after impressing on a trial. "It's a done deal," says an official at AmaZayoni. "He has signed for two years and the club is busy with his work permit." Glay has joined his compatriot Kpah Sherman at the Absa Premiership club. Aces recruited striker Sherman on a three-year deal in August.

The PSL has confirmed the registration of a further 11 players by Mamelodi Sundowns – including Katlego Mashego and Lindokuhle Mbatha – following the close of the transfer window last week.
Sundowns had initially registered 27 players just prior to the start of the season, but they have since added to the list of players eligible to play in official games. The registration of Mashego had been delayed as he had been heavily linked with a move to Bidvest Wits in a transfer that would have ‘creamed’ the Sibusiso Vilakazi deal. Mbatha was also due to leave Chloorkop after battling for game-time in his first season at Sundowns. The other new additions are Belgian keeper Glenn Verbauwhede, Bryce Moon, Motjeka Madisha, Mpho Mathekga, Rheece Evans, Samuel Julies, Tiyani Mabunda, Seun Ledwaba and Sibusiso Kumalo. All these players had evidently been out of the club’s plans for this season, but only Mashego appears likely to get game-time of the lot. Though the Brazilians now have 38 players registered with the PSL, they still have several other players who remain frozen at the club – players who still have running contracts but who are not registered – the likes of Kudakwashe Mahachi, Ejike Uzoenyi, Hichani Himoonde, Mukuka Mulenga and Nyasha Mushekwi. With Sundowns having already registered another three foreign players in Cuthbert Malajila, Fiston Abdul Razak and Mogakolodi Ngele, only two spaces remain in their foreign quota, with new Colombian striker Leonardo Castro and Ivorian defender Bangaly Soumahoro expected to fill those. Luyolo Nomandela is also still in the Sundowns, books though he is not registered. The PSL has no limit with regards to the number of players that can be registered by a club, though only five can be file their papers as foreigners.

Chippa United have re-hired Floyd Mogale to serve as an assistant coach to Roger Sikhakhane for the season.
Mogale aided Sikhakhane last season before leaving the club in January to join Free State Stars. However, Mogale was dismissed by Ea Lla Koto along with head coach Kinnah Phiri last month. Chippa chairman Chippa Mpengesi welcomed Mogale's return.  Mogale has previously worked with Bidvest Wits Youth Academy and Mamelodi Sundowns Youth Development.

Bloemfontein Celtic striker Gabadinho Mhango is nearing his return from a groin injury. The Malawian is yet to play this season but is expected to resume full training in two weeks. Mhango is aware he faces a battle for game-time given the recent signings of Helder Pelembe and Geofrey Massa. Fellow forward Vuyisile Wana and Alushavhiwi Marubin remain on the sidelines with knee injuries.

Excitement abounds among Kaizer Chiefs supporters in the Western Cape as the club eagerly awaits the final approval to play three of this season’s home fixtures in Cape Town. In recent years, Amakhosi have used the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane as an alternative home venue. This season, however, Chiefs hopes to host Bidvest Wits on 19 December 2015, Platinum Stars on 24 January 2016 and SuperSport United on 20 February 2016 at the iconic Cape Town Stadium pending final approval by the City of Cape Town Council. In recent years, Amakhosi have used the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane as an alternative home venue. This season, however, Chiefs hopes to host Bidvest Wits on 19 December 2015, Platinum Stars on 24 January 2016 and SuperSport United on 20 February 2016 at the iconic Cape Town Stadium pending final approval by the City of Cape Town Council. The plan forms part of the club’s strategy to bring the team closer to its loyal supporters and to grow its national fan base.

Ajax Cape Town striker Prince Nxumalo is well on his way back to full recovery following his epilepsy scare last month. The former SuperSport United frontman suffered an epileptic fit on the eve of his side’s MTN8 semi-final clash two weeks ago, and was rushed to ICU, before being discharged a few days later. Urban Warriors’ head coach Roger De Sa says the forward, who was awarded the Absa Premiership player of the Month award for August, is recovering well. Nxumalo has already returned to light training with the side, yet De Sa emphasised that his return to the first team will not be rushed.

Three former national team players, including Helman Mkhalele, have left the country for Germany to enhance their coaching credentials. Former Banyana Banyana captain and current assistant coach Desiree Ellis together with former midfielder Maud Khumalo – who both have CAF A Licence badges – flew to Germany in the company of ex-Bafana Bafana winger Mkhalele for a three-week, high-level coaching course with the German Football Association (DFB). The trio will spend the three weeks studying modern trends in football.

Moroka Swallows have snapped up exciting midfielder Phetolo ‘Ace’ Lebepe as they continue beefing up their squad in a bid to win immediate promotion back to the PSL. Lebepe has been brought in at the recommendation of head coach Ian Gorowa, who is quietly knitting up a relatively new squad following the dismantlement of the team that Swallows had last season. The 24-year-old is the latest addition to the Swallows squad after sealing his move to the club. Lebepe has previously played for Mamelodi Sundowns’ feeder team ALS PUK Tawana, North West Shining Stars, FC Cape Town and was in the squad that won promotion at Mpumalanga Black Aces two years ago.

Royal Eagles are preparing to take Chippa United to the PSL Dispute Resolution Chamber for breach of contract regarding midfielder Siphesihle Ntuli. United loaned Ntuli to the NFD club at the beginning of the season but the Chilli Boys have since recalled the player to Port Elizabeth, where he is expected to feature in their MultiChoice Diski Challenge team. However, Eagles are spitting fire and preparing to take Chippa to the DRC for what club general manager Richard Makhoba termed “unprofessional conduct” by the PSL team. Chippa United boss Chippa Mpengesi has refused to comment.

Kaizer Chiefs have added a fourth goalkeeper to their first team squad for this season with the promotion of Luthando Sixhaso from the development ranks. Sixhaso was a member of the Nedbank Ke Yona Team in 2014 and performed outstandingly as the side lost 2-0 to Orlando Pirates. That prompted Chiefs to bring him into their development structures and with Brilliant Khuzwayo facing some time on the sidelines with broken bones in his hand, the young stopper will provide cover for Itumeleng Khune and Reyaad Pieterse. The 21-year-old hails from Cape Town, where he played for amateur side Barcelona in Khayelitsha before being spotted by the Ke Yona Team selectors.

Ajax Cape Town have confirmed the signing of former Bidvest Wits midfielder Erwin Isaacs. “Ajax Cape Town is delighted to announce the signing of attacking midfielder, Erwin Isaacs, on a 2 year deal,” read a statement on the club’s website.The 28-year-old spent last season on loan with the Urban Warriors, helping them to a fifth place finish in the Absa Premiership and a runners-up spot in the Nedbank Cup, yet was released by mother club Wits on his return to Gauteng. Ajax Cape Town CEO Ari Efstathiou revealed his delight in signing the midfielder, who had previously worked under head coach Roger De Sa at Santos. Isaacs will don the number 7 jersey at Ajax and should be available for selection against Polokwane City this weekend.

Cape Town All Stars midfielder Mihlali Mayambela look set to realise his dream of playing in Europe after impressing during recent trials with Swedish side Djurgardens IF. The younger brother of Mark Mayambela left the country last week for a week’s assessment with Djurgardens, who currently lie sixth in the Swedish League with eight games to go. The 19-year-old returns back to South Africa on Friday, having given a good account of himself during his trials, which may earn him a contract. Should he sign, Mayambela will follow in the footsteps of his older brother, who also enjoyed a stint with Djurgardens last year.

Chairman Siviwe 'Chippa' Mpengesi has produced Aristide Bance’s PSL registration card to prove that the player is contracted to Chippa United, and remains adamant they do not owe him any money. Bance claimed yesterday that Chippa had not met a clause in the contract he signed back in July, which allegedly states that the club had to pay his signing-on fee before July 16 for the deal to come into effect. The Burkina Faso striker then jetted off to France saying that he will be considering other offers, while also revealing that he is still willing to come back and play in South Africa. However, Mpengesi has rubbished the player’s claim about unpaid money and says Bance left the country because he had to get some of his belongings before returning to club duty for Chippa United. Mpengesi also dismissed Bance’s claim that there is an unpaid signing-on fee due to the player, and suggests there may be other influences trying to secure the player a deal with another club.

Orlando Pirates have appointed Rowen Fernandez as the club's new goalkeeper coach. Fernandez - a former Bafana Bafana international - was released by Bidvest Wits at the end of last season after providing cover to first-choice keeper Moeneeb Josephs. “Firstly I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for me. Dr. [Irvin] Khoza has shown tremendous faith and confidence in my abilities by giving me a chance to be a keeper coach for a major team like Orlando Pirates," Fernandez told Bucs' website. “It’s my first official technical role in a club. I think for this season I am being registered as a player coach but focusing more on the coaching aspect of things and I have joined Orlando Pirates." The 37-year-old added: "I’m hoping to draw from the experiences of having worked with Rainer Dinkelacker and Thomas Schlieck. They have been the two most highly respected goal keeper coaches in the world and I hope to draw back from the experiences of having worked with them and using the training that they gave me to impart my knowledge and experiences to up and coming goal keepers."

SA players abroad: Kagisho Dikgacoi was named Man of the Match, Darren Keet collected another clean-sheet, Dino Ndlovu scored again, while Mandla Masango featured off the bench in European action on the weekend.
DAYLON CLAASEN - Claasen was replaced early in the second half as 1860 Munich slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Fortuna Dusseldorf.
KAGISHO DIKGACOI - Dikgacoi’s excellent start to the 2015/16 English Championship season continued with a man-of-the-match display as Cardiff City moved into second with a 2-0 home win over Huddersfield Town.
ANDILE JALI - Jali was on paternity leave in South Africa but will be delighted with a 5-1 win for his Belgian side KV Oostende that moved them back to the top of the league.
DARREN KEET - Keet kept his fourth clean-sheet in five games as Kortrijk played to a 0-0 draw with OH Leuven.
MANDLA MASANGO - Masango came off the bench for the final 30 minutes as Randers moved up to second in Denmark with a 1-0 home win over SønderjyskE.
KAMOHELO MOKOTJO - Mokotjo played for FC Twente as they let a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2 with Ajax Amsterdam.
DINO NDLOVU - Ndlovu scored his fifth goal in three starts for Cypriot side Anorthosis Famagusta as they moved to the top of the league with a 3-0 home win over Ethnikos Achna.
ANELE NGCONGCA - Ngcongca was an unused substitute for French Ligue 1 side Troyes as they lost 3-1 at home to Caen.
AYANDA PATOSI - Patosi played the first 70 minutes for Lokeren as they claimed a fine 1-0 away win at struggling giants Standard Liege in Belgium.
LEBOGANG PHIRI  - Phiri played in Sunday’s 0-0 home draw with Midtjylland in Denmark.
TOKELO RANTIE - Rantie was not in the match-day squad for Bournemouth as they lost 3-1 at Norwich City.
THULANI SERERO - Thulani Serero did not feature in the match-day squad for Ajax Amsterdam in their 2-2 draw at FC Twente.
LUTHER SINGH & PULE MARAISANE - Young winger Singh played the entire match as Swedish second-tier side GAIS were held to a 0-0 home draw by Frej. Maraisane came off the bench for the final 15 minutes.