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M’bodji grabs dramatic win for Senegal

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Kara M’bodji scored in stoppage time to give already-qualified Senegal a flattering 2-1 win over South Africa in Dakar on Tuesday in a 2018 World Cup Group D eliminator.

Former France U-20 international Opa Nguette put the hosts ahead on 55 minutes and Themba Zwane missed a penalty for South Africa before Percy Tau levelled after 65 minutes.

M’bodji grabs dramatic win for Senegal

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Kara M’bodji scored in stoppage time to give already-qualified Senegal a flattering 2-1 win over South Africa in Dakar on Tuesday in a 2018 World Cup Group D eliminator.

Former France U-20 international Opa Nguette put the hosts ahead on 55 minutes and Themba Zwane missed a penalty for South Africa before Percy Tau levelled after 65 minutes.

Sakho, Mane star as Senegal book World Cup slot

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Polokwane (South Africa) (AFP) – English Premier League pair Diafra Sakho and Sadio Mane played key roles as Senegal defeated South Africa 2-0 in Polokwane Friday to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

West Ham striker Sakho opened the scoring off a pass from Liverpool attacker Mane and both were involved in the move that led to a Thamsanqa Mkhize own-goal before half-time.

Senegal pick injured Mane for World Cup ties

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Senegal chose Liverpool star Sadio Mane Wednesday for World Cup qualifiers against South Africa next month just eight days after his club said he could be sidelined for six weeks.

The striker was among 25 players named by coach Aliou Cisse for crucial back-to-back fixtures with South Africa.

Senegal pick injured Mane for World Cup ties

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Senegal chose Liverpool star Sadio Mane Wednesday for World Cup qualifiers against South Africa next month just eight days after his club said he could be sidelined for six weeks.

The striker was among 25 players named by coach Aliou Cisse for crucial back-to-back fixtures with South Africa.

South Africa may appeal FIFA replay order

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Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) – South Africa may appeal a FIFA decision ordering the replay of a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Senegal after the referee manipulated the result.

“The South African Football Association (SAFA) is studying the contents of the report and will issue a statement on intentions to challenge that decision,” the organisation said Thursday.

South Africa may appeal FIFA replay order

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Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) – South Africa may appeal a FIFA decision ordering the replay of a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Senegal after the referee manipulated the result.

“The South African Football Association (SAFA) is studying the contents of the report and will issue a statement on intentions to challenge that decision,” the organisation said Thursday.

FIFA orders SAfrica to replay Senegal WC qualifier

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Paris (AFP) – FIFA on Wednesday ordered a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal to be replayed after the referee was banned for match fixing.

The November 2016 tie, which will be restaged in November, was won by South Africa 2-1 after Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey awarded them a controversial penalty.

Nigeria set to qualify, Ghana, South Africa in trouble in World Cup qualifiers

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Nigeria hammered African champions Cameroon Friday to virtually seal a 2018 World Cup place, but Ghana drew and South Africa lost to suffer serious qualifying setbacks.

Current and former Chelsea midfielders Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel scored one goal and created another as Nigeria overwhelmed Cameroon 4-0 in southeast city Uyo.

Nigeria set to qualify, Ghana, South Africa in trouble in World Cup qualifiers

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Nigeria hammered African champions Cameroon Friday to virtually seal a 2018 World Cup place, but Ghana drew and South Africa lost to suffer serious qualifying setbacks.

Current and former Chelsea midfielders Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel scored one goal and created another as Nigeria overwhelmed Cameroon 4-0 in southeast city Uyo.

Gamal first Egyptian to join South African club

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Al Ahly striker Amr Gamal joined Wits on a one-year loan Tuesday and will become the first Egyptian to play top-flight football in South Africa.

Wits coach Gavin Hunt was impressed by the 25-year-old when the clubs met in a CAF Champions League qualifier this year and instigated lengthy negotiations.

Gamal first Egyptian to join South African club

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Al Ahly striker Amr Gamal joined Wits on a one-year loan Tuesday and will become the first Egyptian to play top-flight football in South Africa.

Wits coach Gavin Hunt was impressed by the 25-year-old when the clubs met in a CAF Champions League qualifier this year and instigated lengthy negotiations.

South Africa shock Nigeria in CAN qualifier

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Abuja (AFP) – South Africa recorded their first-ever competitive victory over Nigeria on Saturday, winning in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo 2-0.

Nigeria and South Africa had clashed 12 times before, during which time Bafana Bafana’s only victory was in a friendly 13 years ago.

South Africa shock Nigeria in CAN qualifier

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Abuja (AFP) – South Africa recorded their first-ever competitive victory over Nigeria on Saturday, winning in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo 2-0.

Nigeria and South Africa had clashed 12 times before, during which time Bafana Bafana’s only victory was in a friendly 13 years ago.

New South Africa football coach Baxter resists shake-up

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Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) – A predicted shake-up by new South Africa coach Stuart Baxter did not materialise Thursday when the squad was named for a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Nigeria.

The 63-year-old Englishman had hinted in the media at a more physical approach for the June 10 clash in Uyo, but chose 25 players who featured under predecessor Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba.

New South Africa football coach Baxter resists shake-up

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Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) – A predicted shake-up by new South Africa coach Stuart Baxter did not materialise Thursday when the squad was named for a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Nigeria.

The 63-year-old Englishman had hinted in the media at a more physical approach for the June 10 clash in Uyo, but chose 25 players who featured under predecessor Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba.

Fourth-choice Baxter to coach South Africa again

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Johannesburg (AFP) – England-born Stuart Baxter was named South Africa coach Thursday for a second time after a saga in which three preferred candidates dropped out of contention.

Baxter, 63, who coaches Pretoria-based top-flight club SuperSport United, was hired when plans to lure Carlos Queiroz, Herve Renard or Hugo Broos failed to materialise.

Zuma not backing Hayatou – minister

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Johannesburg (AFP) – South Africa sports minister Fikile Mbalula Monday denied a Confederation of African Football statement that President Jacob Zuma was backing incumbent Issa Hayatou in the CAF leadership race.

A CAF statement made the claim after its president met Zuma at the weekend ahead of the African Super Cup match in Pretoria between Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Fans halt game as Pirates suffer 80-year low

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Pretoria (AFP) – Play was halted for an hour Saturday in a South African league match after Orlando Pirates supporters invaded the pitch when the team fell 6-0 behind against Mamelodi Sundowns.

As frustrated fans wearing Pirates’ colours raced on to the Loftus Versfeld stadium field in Pretoria after 82 minutes, the players and match officials darted unharmed to the dressing rooms.

Fans halt game as Pirates suffer 80-year low

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Pretoria (AFP) – Play was halted for an hour Saturday in a South African league match after Orlando Pirates supporters invaded the pitch when the team fell 6-0 behind against Mamelodi Sundowns.

As frustrated fans wearing Pirates’ colours raced on to the Loftus Versfeld stadium field in Pretoria after 82 minutes, the players and match officials darted unharmed to the dressing rooms.

Fans halt game as Pirates suffer 80-year low

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Pretoria (AFP) – Play was halted for an hour Saturday in a South African league match after Orlando Pirates supporters invaded the pitch when the team fell 6-0 behind against Mamelodi Sundowns.

As frustrated fans wearing Pirates’ colours raced on to the Loftus Versfeld stadium field in Pretoria after 82 minutes, the players and match officials darted unharmed to the dressing rooms.

Nigeria, South Africa in 2019 Africa Cup group

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Johannesburg (AFP) The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying draw made in Libreville Thursday pitted Nigeria against South Africa in one of the 12 groups and Tunisia against Egypt in another.

Nigeria and South Africa are in Group E with Libya and the Seychelles while Tunisia and Egypt are in Group J with Niger and Swaziland.

Nigeria, South Africa in 2019 Africa Cup group

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Johannesburg (AFP) The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying draw made in Libreville Thursday pitted Nigeria against South Africa in one of the 12 groups and Tunisia against Egypt in another.

Nigeria and South Africa are in Group E with Libya and the Seychelles while Tunisia and Egypt are in Group J with Niger and Swaziland.

South Africa sack football coach Mashaba over insults

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Johannesburg (AFP) South Africa coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba was fired Thursday for insulting top football officials last month, the national association said.

The sacking was expected after heated exchanges between the 66-year-old and South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan following a World Cup qualifier.

Coach-less South Africa stretch unbeaten run

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Johannesburg (AFP) Coach-less South Africa stretched an unbeaten record to 14 matches on Tuesday by drawing 1-1 away to Mozambique in an international friendly.

Clesio Bauque gave the Mambas a first-half lead in Maputo that was cancelled by Bafana Bafana substitute Bradley Grobler early in the second half.

Coach-less South Africa stretch unbeaten football run

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Johannesburg (AFP) Coach-less South Africa stretched an unbeaten record to 14 matches on Tuesday by drawing 1-1 away to Mozambique in an international friendly.

Clesio Bauque gave the Mambas a first-half lead in Maputo that was cancelled by Bafana Bafana substitute Bradley Grobler early in the second half.

Coach-less South Africa stretch unbeaten football run

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Johannesburg (AFP) Coach-less South Africa stretched an unbeaten record to 14 matches on Tuesday by drawing 1-1 away to Mozambique in an international friendly.

Clesio Bauque gave the Mambas a first-half lead in Maputo that was cancelled by Bafana Bafana substitute Bradley Grobler early in the second half.

South Africa suspend coach Mashaba

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Johannesburg (AFP) South Africa suspended coach Ephraim Mashaba on Sunday after "a regrettable incident", a day after he guided the team to a 2-1 World Cup qualifying home victory over Senegal.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) gave no reason for the suspension, but media speculation said that the 66-year-old argued with officials from the national body after the match in Polokwane.

Lucky penalty helps South Africa beat Senegal

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Johannesburg (AFP) South Africa converted a penalty that should not have been awarded as they beat Senegal 2-1 Saturday to boost their chances of reaching the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

It was a must-win matchday 2 qualifier for the hosts in northern city Polokwane and they survived a late onslaught from the visitors to collect maximum points and top Group D.

Lucky penalty helps South Africa beat Senegal

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Johannesburg (AFP) South Africa converted a penalty that should not have been awarded as they beat Senegal 2-1 Saturday to boost their chances of reaching the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

It was a must-win matchday 2 qualifier for the hosts in northern city Polokwane and they survived a late onslaught from the visitors to collect maximum points and top Group D.

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South Africa: Kaizer Chief Fan Keeps Himself Amused By Going Through Full Warm-Up Drill Alongside Players (Video)

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In all honesty, it's all been a little bit slow today in the wake of last night's Champions League blow-out, so feel free to enjoy this 'ere video of a Kaizer Chiefs fan while we continue to scrounge about for more meaty fodder.

The Chiefs took on Polokwane City in South Africa's Premier Soccer League on Tuesday evening, duelling their way to a goalless draw.

‘I Call My Daughter My Girlfriend’ – Mohammed Anas Successfully Explains Post-Match Interview Blunder

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Move over Gordon Banks, for your acrobatic denial ofPele at the 1970 World Cup has been usurped as the greatest last-gasp save of all time.

Mohammed Anas now claims that title, after conjuring up the mother of all excuses for thanking both his wife and his girlfriend during a recent post-match interview.

FAIL: Ghanaian Footballer Accidentally Thanks Wife And Girlfriend During Same Post-Match Interview (Video)

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Mohammed Anas scored twice in Free State Stars' 2-2 draw against Ajax Cape Town and as such landed the Man of the Match award.

Unfortunately, the Ghanaian striker wasn't quite so deft while picking up his award on live television after the final whistle.

During his acceptance speech, Anas accidentally thanked the two women in his life, instantly realised he'd made the blunder and desperately tried to rectify it:

Thank you for this, I appreciate my fans.

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Where to find South Africa vs. Burkina Faso World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch South Africa vs. Burkina Faso in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

After a decision was made to annul the result of South Africa’s win against Senegal in November, South Africa still has a lot of work to do if they want to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Where to find South Africa vs. Burkina Faso World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch South Africa vs. Burkina Faso in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

After a decision was made to annul the result of South Africa’s win against Senegal in November, South Africa still has a lot of work to do if they want to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Updated Standings, Results and Talking Points

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The calendar year 2016’s last international break provided the setting for the latest stop in the long road to qualification for the 2018 World Cup. 63 matches were played across six continents, as the qualification picture for the finals in Russia became clearer after the latest round of matches.

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13 talented African footballers who could move this summer transfer window

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Arsenal: Several ‘Wenger Out’ Banners Spotted At Anti-Government Protest March In South Africa (Photos)

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From dance musical festivals in Miami to New Zealand to bloody Wrestlemania, the 'Wenger Out' campaign has truly taken on global meme appeal.

The latest instance of anti-Wenger sentiment popping up in unlikely environs has come during today's nationwide protests against incumbent South African president Jacob Zuma.

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Mamelodi Sundowns PUMA 2017/18 Step Out Kit

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Underthe sunset of the Chloorkop stadium, PUMA has unveiled STEP OUT, a 2017/18 third kit for Mamelodi Sundowns the reigning Champions of Africa. Cutting through the darkness the striking STEP OUT kit looks fearsome. It's technically advanced design with unique detailing inspired by The Brazilians home ground Chloorkop, will enable the team to take their [.

South Africa 2016/17 Nike Home and and Away Kits

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Nike and SAFA today unveiled the South Africa 2016/2017 Nike home and away kits. The [...]