Local News - Issue 277

Chabangu Strikes A Deal With Chippa United

Lerato Chabangu has completed his move to Chippa United, signing a two-year deal.
The news broke last Wednesday that the midfielder was trying his luck with the Chilli Boys, having been released by Moroka Swallows following their relegation from the PSL last season. Chippa COO Lukhanyo Mzinzi confirmed the deal has been completed: “Yes, we have agreed on terms with the player and Chabangu has signed a two-year deal with the club." Chabangu also failed with trials at Bidvest Wits during the off-season.

South Africa coach Shakes Mashaba has named a strong squad for the international friendly matches against Costa Rica and Honduras.
Mabokgwane, Khune, Williams
Ngcongca, Matlaba, Mashaba, Mathoho, Daniels, Coetzee, Hlatshwayo, Nhlapo
Jali, Furman, Zungu, Manyisa, Shongwe, Lebese, Makola, Patosi, Masango
Serero, Vilakazi, Nxumalo, Gabuza, Rantie
Bafana Bafana – ranked 72 in the world – will take on 39th-ranked Costa Rica and 81st-ranked Honduras on October 8 and 13 (technically 9th and 14th due to the time difference with the Caribbean).

Ajax Cape Town defender Larry Cohen says the team is aiming to build on their recent MTN8 success, starting with the Q-innovation prize as well as the upcoming Telkom Knockout.
Speaking at the 2015 TKO launch, where the Urban Warriors have drawn Absa Premiership returnees Golden Arrows, Cohen says the belief in the camp is high enough for the team to challenge for more cup honours this season. Ajax are currently on a five-match winning streak following their 1-0 victory over Kaizer Chiefs in the Final on Saturday, and have also dispatched Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits along the way to add to their solid start to the 2015/16 season. Cohen has credited coaches Roger De Sa and Ian Taylor for the team’s early season success, and says they are now aiming at the R1.5-million up for grabs in the Q-innovation race, which Ajax are currently leading after four games.

South Africa’s Nations Cup-winning national coach, Clive Barker has confirmed the possibility of returning to the Absa Premiership as head coach of Maritzburg United.
Barker is currently engaged with Mpumalanga Black Aces as a scout, having previously been head coach, but Maritzburg see him as a replacement for Mandla Ncikazi, who was fired last week. Speaking in an interview with KickOff.com, Barker confirmed that he is talking to a “few PSL teams”, including Maritzburg, with the intention of returning to top-flight football this season. “I am talking to a few teams, that is the only thing can say for now,” Barker says. In the interim, Maritzburg have installed Fadlu Davids as stand-in coach.

AmaZulu have appointed Lunga Sokhela as the club's new general manager.
Sokhela has taken over the role from Peter O’Connor after previously working as a market manager at the NFD outfit. “I am delighted for the opportunity and I must first applaud Peter for the work he has done in the past,” said Sokhela on Usuthu's website.

Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo has started training with the team again as he makes his way back from a knee injury.
Mhlongo suffered an ACL tear during Pirates’ 1-0 Absa Premiership defeat to SuperSport United on August 11, for which he required surgery. The 24-year-old was initially expected to be out for up to 10 weeks, but he is recovering ahead of schedule. Meanwhile, fellow Buccaneers keeper Samora Motloung has resumed full training after shaking off a knee problem. Felipe Ovono, who stood in the 1-1 draw with Mpumalanga Black Aces last Friday, and Siyabonga Mpontshane have played in Mhlongo's absence.

Kaizer Chiefs left-back Simphiwe Mtsweni is close to completing his recovery from a foot injury.
The 21-year-old had been in a moon boot and crutches since the end of last season due to a foot injury, but is now back on the field in running shoes and is expected to resume full training within the next couple of days. Mtsweni, who started two games in the Nedbank Cup last season, is expected to mostly feature in Chiefs’ MultiChoice Diski Challenge team as the club already has Tsepo Masilela, Keegan Ritchie and Levy Mokgothu all lining up for a place at left-back. While his chances of game-time in the first team at Chiefs are slim, Mtsweni will definitely put his name up for consideration for the national Under-23 squad, which will play in the CAF Championships (which double up as 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers) in Senegal from November 28 to December 12. Mtsweni had been made available for a loan move at the beginning of the season but couldn’t move anywhere due to the injury.

Telkom Knockout holders SuperSport United will meet Polokwane City, Kaizer Chiefs will face Platinum Stars, while Orlando Pirates will tackle University of Pretoria in the last-16 of the event. The Premier Soccer League decided the match-ups via a seeded draw at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg on Monday. PSL chief executive Brand de Villiers said: “In line with this year’s theme of the Telkom Knockout of igniting rivalry amongst the supporters of different clubs, we are hoping to see fans coming in numbers to support their clubs. “Together with our sponsors, Telkom, we would like to make this edition special for the supporters and thank them for their contribution to football. In our country, football remains the best vehicle for the corporate world to spread their message and, we would like to thank Telkom for showing faith in investing in domestic football. “Last year, the PSL generated about two billion worth of coverage, and from that Telkom enjoyed a very good share. We wish all the 16 clubs good luck.”

TKO last-16 draw results:

Maritzburg United vs Jomo Cosmos

Platinum Stars vs Kaizer Chiefs

Mamelodi Sundowns vs Chippa United

Bloemfontein Celtic vs Mpumalanga Black Aces

Free State Stars v Bidvest Wits

Polokwane City vs SuperSport United

Golden Arrows vs Ajax Cape Town

Orlando Pirates vs University of Pretoria

Mamelodi Sundowns have finalised the registration of Colombian striker Leonardo Castro and decided against signing trialist Giulio Giuricich.
Sundowns confirmed the capture of Castro on September 5, with the club now completing the relevant paperwork. Castro will compete for game-time with fellow recruit Fiston Abdul Razak, Cuthbert Malajila and veteran forward Katlego Mashego. Defender Giuricich had been training at Chloorkop following his departure from Moroka Swallows at the end of last season.

The South African Football Players Union has claimed another victory, this time against Chippa United after the PSL DRC ordered the club to pay out Lucky Khune. Khune took his case to SAFPU to claim unpaid wages after his contract was terminated by the Chilli Boys. SAFPU's first deputy president Tebogo Monyai confirmed United have been ordered to settle with Khune, who is the younger brother of Bafana Bafana captain Itumeleng. SAFPU also recently helped striker Roggert Nyundu secure his clearance from Polokwane City.

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Nigerian goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi has arrived at Chippa United with ‘minor paperwork’ needing to be sorted out with his previous club Warri Wolves before he becomes available for selection. Akpeyi signed for Chippa three months ago but has had his move delayed, forcing the club to turn to the inexperienced Daylan Hawes, Siliziwe Ayanda Masiko and Shandukani Mulovhedzi in a completely new goalkeeping department from last season. It has been reported that the 28-year-old already has his work-permit, but is merely waiting on Warri to issue his clearance that will then enable him to be registered with the PSL and become available for selection. Akpeyi is a 2005 Under-20 World Cup silver medallist who has been second choice to Vincent Enyeama in the Super Eagles. 

A second half penalty by Nathan Paulse saw Ajax Cape Town crowned MTN8 champions for the first time as they beat Kaizer Chiefs at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Urban Warriors were the better side for most of the match, especially in the opening exchanges, with the likes of Bantu Mzwakali, Cecil Lolo and Paulse too hot to handle for the Amakhosi defence.

Uzoenyi Ejike is trying to force his way out of Mamelodi Sundowns following the club’s decision not to register him with the PSL for this season due to an exhausted foreign quota. The Nigerian midfielder started just a single game and battled with injuries through his first year at Sundowns last season, and now finds himself in the surplus to requirements. The 23 year-old has made his displeasure known that he is not interested in being parked as an ‘extra’ at Chloorkop, earning a salary for doing nothing. It was reported that plans are already afloat to find means of getting Ejike out to another club, possibly on loan if he fails to get a permanent ticket out. Genuine concerns are that Ejike hasn’t played much football already over the past 18 months and he cannot afford to remain inactive any longer as his value will keep on dropping. However, the sticky point is the three years that Ejike has remaining on his contract at the moment.

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo is nearing a return to contention after resuming full training. Khuzwayo broke two bones in his hand on the eve of the Carling Black Label Cup loss to Orlando Pirates on August 1. Itumeleng Khune has since regained the number one jersey at Naturena, with Reyaad Pieterse currently providing cover for the Bafana Bafana captain. Meanwhile, centre-back Erick Mathoho will continue to be assessed ahead of Saturday's MTN8 Final with Ajax Cape Town in Port Elizabeth. 'Tower' hurt his shoulder in Bafana Bafana's 3-1 loss to Mauritania in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on September 5. David Zulu, Daniel Cardoso, Simphiwe Mtsweni and Philani Cele remain on the sidelines for the Soweto giants with their respective knocks.

Former Bafana Bafana captain Mbulelo Mabizela has no plans to retire from football and still has what it takes to play at the highest level, according to his agent Mike Makaab. The 35-year-old impressed during a six-month spell at AmaZulu last season after leaving Mpumalanga Black Aces following a fall-out with AmaZayoni's management. However, Mabizela remains on the lookout for employment. Mabizela became Bafana's youngest skipper at the age of 20 and landed a dream move to Tottenham Hotspur in 2003. The defender, though, failed to make an impact at White Hart Lane due to off-field issues. The ex-Orlando Pirates star has also featured for Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits, Ajax Cape Town, Platinum Stars and Chippa United.

Maritzburg United have decided not to sign Abia Nale after he was handed a trial by the Team of Choice.
Maritzburg's former coach Mandla Ncikazi expressed hope the club would recruit Nale to replace Nhlanhla Vilakazi following a home loss to Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday. However, United's team manager Quintin Jettoo has ruled out a deal as the struggling outfit prioritises sourcing a successor for the fired Ncikazi. Nale, who has confirmed he is back home in Johannesburg, was released by Mpumalanga Black Aces last month. The winger previously played for Golden Arrows, Kaizer Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town.

Free State Stars striker Moeketsi Sekola is nearing a return to action after resuming training this week. The Golden Boot winner, who netted 14 PSL goals last term, is yet to play this season due to a ligament injury. Meanwhile, Da Costa Angula recently had surgery after sustaining an Achilles tendon tear. The defender is joined on the treatment table by Sydney Masana (groin), Thabo Moseki (knee ligament) and Sthembiso Ngcobo (hamstring), according to the club's website.

Mpumalanga Black Aces have confirmed they have added former Kaizer Chiefs defender David Kannemeyer to their coaching staff. Kannemeyer was poised to take charge of the Absa Premiership side's MultiChoice Diski Challenge team. The club have now released a statement, which said: "David Kannemeyer, who retired from professional football with Aces, has returned to the club to coach the PSL Reserve team.” Kannemeyer started his professional career at Cape Town Spurs and went on to play for Ajax, Chiefs, Sundowns and SuperSport United and received 15 Bafana Bafana caps. He last played for Mpumalanga Black Aces in the 2011/12 season, before starting his coaching career where he has obtained a CAF B license. "He will also be reuniting with Aces assistant coach Patrick Mabedi who he played with at Chiefs under coach Muhsin Ertugral." Kannemeyer played under AmaZayoni head coach Muhsin Ertugral at Chiefs, while he also represented Bafana Bafana, Aces, Ajax Cape Town, Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United before retiring in 2012.

Orlando Pirates will be without defenders Happy Jele and Siyabonga Sangweni for the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup semi-final with Al-Ahly next weekend. The pair are suspended for the tie at Orlando Stadium on September 26. Coach Eric Tinkler could turn to Ayanda Gcaba and Tshepo Gumede in the duo's absence. Meanwhile, holding midfielder Issa Sarr is doubtful for tomorrow's League clash with Mpumalanga Black Aces in Soweto.

Cape Town All Stars midfielder Mihlali Mayambela has agreed terms with Swedish club Djurgardens IF after passing trials. Mayambela junior is back in the country after a week-long assessment at Djurgardens, where he reportedly impressed the club's technical team. The younger brother of Chippa United midfielder Mark Mayambela is expected to join the club on a permanent basis next year January, as long as the two clubs agree to a transfer. Mihlali is set to follow in the footsteps of former Orlando Pirates favourite Mark, who made 19 league and cup appearances for Djurgardens in 2014. Efforts to get hold of All Stars for further confirmation proved unfruitful at the time of writing.

Mamelodi Sundowns are waiting on a scan to reveal the full extent of an injury sustained by attacking midfielder Khama Billiat. The Zimbabwean winger was taken off on a stretcher in the last minutes of added time in their 2-1 defeat to Golden Arrows at the weekend. Before sustaining what looked like a knee injury, the former Ajax Cape Town man created Themba Zwane’s goal after half-time with a delightful cross to the back-post. Club official Thulani Thuswa says the club is waiting for Billiat’s scan results and they don't know as yet the severity of the injury. Meanwhile, coach Pitso Mosimane was certainly not happy about the injury to one of the trusted figures in his starting line-up, especially after the Brazilians’ second League loss on the trot.

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has noted media reports relating to the matter involving Camaldine Abraw and have released a statement. While the League does not want to enter the public debate on the matter, it is important for clarity purposes to make a few points: The matter between Bloemfontein Celtic, Kaizer Chiefs and Camaldine Abraw was heard by the Dispute Resolution Chambers (DRC) following a complaint by Bloemfontein Celtic that the player had signed a ‘pre-contract’ with the club and therefore could not join Kaizer Chiefs. Bloemfontein Celtic also made an application to interdict the player’s registration. The PSL DRC made the following Ruling:

• The application by Bloemfontein Celtic (to interdict the player registration) was dismissed
• The PSL must investigate, and if necessary, prosecute Mr Camaldine Abraw.
• The League is to investigate the conduct of Bloemfontein Celtic in not informing Free State Stars in writing that it intended to negotiate with Mr Abraw (while the player was still contracted to Free State Stars) and, if appropriate, take action.
• The League is to investigate the conduct of Kaizer Chiefs and, if necessary, take appropriate action.
The DRC ruling has been forwarded to the PSL Prosecutor for consideration. The PSL will make no further comment on this matter until we have new information for the media and public.

Mamelodi Sundowns winger Kudakwashe Mahachi is reportedly on the verge of joining Golden Arrows.
The Zimbabwean joined the Brazilians at the beginning of last season, but battled to break into the team and has not been registered for 2015/16. While away on national duty, Mahachi told the Zimbabwean media that he was temporarily quitting football to focus on his studies. But it is being reported that Sundowns are working hard behind the scenes to secure the player a move to Arrows outside the transfer window. That would mean handing Mahachi his clearance to move to KZN as a free agent on condition that he could return to Chloorkop next season. The club is currently busy ironing out some legalities before the move goes ahead.

Former Moroka Swallows defender Giulio Giuricich remains on trial at Mamelodi Sundowns 10 days since his arrival at the club. Giuricich spent the past season at Swallows, starting six games plus three substitute appearances, but then his one-year deal with The Birds was not renewed upon its expiry at the end of June. The 25-year-old had initially joined Swallows during the 2012-13 season but didn’t get to play due to injury before then returning back at the beginning of last season. He is now training with Sundowns in the hope of winning a deal that will have him provide options at left-back and in midfield. Word from Chloorkop is that he will be assessed for another couple of days before a conclusive decision is made. Giuricich has previously played in the Italian lower leagues.

SA players abroad
Anele Ngcongca endured defeat on his Troyes debut, Tefu Mashamaite suffered his first loss in Sweden, while Ayanda Patosi and Lebohang Phiri scored for their clubs in Europe on the weekend.
DAYLON CLAASEN - Claasen played the first 80 minutes as 1860 Munich drew 1-1 at home to Kaiserslautern in the German Bundesliga II.
KAGISHO DIKGACOI - ‘KG’ played for Cardiff City in their 2-1 loss at Rotherham United in the Championship.
ANDILE JALI - Jali, back from paternity leave, came on for the final 10 minutes as his Belgian side KV Oostende continued their excellent start to the new season with a 1-0 home win over Kortrijk.
DARREN KEET- Keet conceded his first goal in over five hours of football in the 1-0 loss for Kortrijk to Oostende.
TEFU MASHAMAITE - Mashamaite tasted defeat for the first time in Sweden when his Hacken side lost 2-1 to title-contenders AIK Stockholm.
 KAMOHELO MOKOTJO - Mokotjo played the full game for Dutch league strugglers FC Twente as they were held 0-0 by Cambuur.
DINO NDLOVU  - Ndlovu drew a blank as his Cypriot side Anorthosis Famagusta drew 0-0 at Omonia Nicosia to drop their first points of the season.
ANELE NGCONGCA - Ngcongca made his debut at right-back for French Ligue 1 side Troyes but it proved an unhappy occasion as they lost 1-0 at Angers.
AYANDA PATOSI - Patosi scored but could not help his Lokeren side win as they went down 2-1 at home to Mouscron-Péruwelz.
LEBOGANG PHIRI - Phiri scored a consolation goal, his second of the season, for Brondby as they were humbled 4-1 at Aalborg in Denmark.
TOKELO RANTIE - Still no place in the Premier League match-day squad for Rantie for Bournemouth.
THULANI SERERO - Serero was not in the match-day squad as Ajax Amsterdam won 2-0 at Excelsior Rotterdam.