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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.

Wasteful Pirates held by Chiefs in Soweto derby

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Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) Orlando Pirates had the better scoring chances during a 0-0 draw with Kaizer Chiefs Saturday in a lively first Soweto derby of the South African season.

Pirate Thabo Rankale was let down by his first touch midway through the opening half at a near-full Soccer City stadium, which accommodates 93,000 spectators.

Wasteful Pirates held by Chiefs in Soweto derby

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Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) Orlando Pirates had the better scoring chances during a 0-0 draw with Kaizer Chiefs Saturday in a lively first Soweto derby of the South African season.

Pirate Thabo Rankale was let down by his first touch midway through the opening half at a near-full Soccer City stadium, which accommodates 93,000 spectators.

Goal-shy South Africa pick Dutch-born striker

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Johannesburg (AFP) Goal-shy South Africa have turned to Netherlands-born striker Lars Veldwijk ahead of their African World Cup qualifying Group D clash at home to Senegal on November 12.

Bafana Bafana (The Boys) scored only eight goals during six matches in a failed 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign, and four of those came away to weak Gambia.

Football: Fairytale African triumph for Sundowns

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Alexandria (Egypt) (AFP) Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa won a fairytale first CAF Champions League title on Sunday despite a 1-0 second-leg loss to Zamalek of Egypt in Alexandria.

A Stanley Ohawuchi goal on 64 minutes was not enough for the home team as they trailed by three goals from the first leg in Pretoria last weekend and lost 3-1 on aggregate.

Football: Fairytale African triumph for Sundowns

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Alexandria (Egypt) (AFP) Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa won a fairytale first CAF Champions League title on Sunday despite a 1-0 second-leg loss to Zamalek of Egypt in Alexandria.

A Stanley Ohawuchi goal on 64 minutes was not enough for the home team as they trailed by three goals from the first leg in Pretoria last weekend and lost 3-1 on aggregate.

Fairytale African triumph for Sundowns

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Alexandria (Egypt) (AFP) Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa won a fairytale first CAF Champions League title on Sunday despite a 1-0 second-leg loss to Zamalek of Egypt in Alexandria.

A Stanley Ohawuchi goal on 64 minutes was not enough for the home team as they trailed by three goals from the first leg in Pretoria last weekend and lost 3-1 on aggregate.

Fairytale African triumph for Sundowns

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Alexandria (Egypt) (AFP) Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa won a fairytale first CAF Champions League title on Sunday despite a 1-0 second-leg loss to Zamalek of Egypt in Alexandria.

A Stanley Ohawuchi goal on 64 minutes was not enough for the home team as they trailed by three goals from the first leg in Pretoria last weekend and lost 3-1 on aggregate.

South African football icon Tovey ‘slightly improved’

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Johannesburg (AFP) South African football legend Neil Tovey was "slightly improved" Monday after suffering a heart attack the previous afternoon while training in Durban for a charity cycle race.

"Neil is slightly improved, but remains in a critical condition," said brother Mark, himself a former professional footballer.

South African football icon Tovey ‘slightly improved’

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Johannesburg (AFP) South African football legend Neil Tovey was "slightly improved" Monday after suffering a heart attack the previous afternoon while training in Durban for a charity cycle race.

"Neil is slightly improved, but remains in a critical condition," said brother Mark, himself a former professional footballer.

South Africa foootball icon Tovey suffers heart attack

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Johannesburg (AFP) South African Neil Tovey, the only white footballer to captain an Africa Cup of Nations-winning team, suffered a heart attack in Durban on Sunday, his brother said.

"Neil suffered a heart attack while training this afternoon and was rushed to hospital," former professional footballer Mark Tovey told reporters.

South Africa foootball icon Tovey suffers heart attack

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Johannesburg (AFP) South African Neil Tovey, the only white footballer to captain an Africa Cup of Nations-winning team, suffered a heart attack in Durban on Sunday, his brother said.

"Neil suffered a heart attack while training this afternoon and was rushed to hospital," former professional footballer Mark Tovey told reporters.

Ivorian goal blitz, drama as South Africa draw

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Johannesburg (AFP) A three-goal blitz enabled Ivory Coast to whip Mali 3-1 Saturday in World Cup qualifying while Burkina Faso snatched a dramatic 1-1 draw with South Africa after wasting two penalties.

Democratic Republic of Congo thrashed Libya 4-0, Senegal overcame Cape Verde 2-0 and Gabon and Morocco drew 0-0 in other matchday 1 African clashes.

Ivorian goal blitz, drama as South Africa draw

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Johannesburg (AFP) A three-goal blitz enabled Ivory Coast to whip Mali 3-1 Saturday in World Cup qualifying while Burkina Faso snatched a dramatic 1-1 draw with South Africa after wasting two penalties.

Democratic Republic of Congo thrashed Libya 4-0, Senegal overcame Cape Verde 2-0 and Gabon and Morocco drew 0-0 in other matchday 1 African clashes.

Win over Egypt may not save South Africa coach

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Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) South Africa defeated Egypt 1-0 Tuesday in the Nelson Mandela Challenge friendly match in Soweto, but the win may not save coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba from the axe.

There is strong media speculation that Mashaba will be fired this weekend after a disastrous 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign ended last Friday with a 1-1 home draw against minnows Mauritania.

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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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‘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.

Modern Football Is Rubbish: South African Players ‘Dab’ In The Middle Of A Match (Video)

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Just when you think football has reached it's vacuous nadir with the Wembley 'dab cam', you witness two players actually going out of their way to toss out a couple of 'dabs' mid-match not as goal celebrations, but during actual, proper open play.

Presumably passing for "skill" on the South African domestic scene, Free State Stars duo Langelihle Ndlovu and Pule Mmodi both performed the Paul Pogba-approved dance step in the latter stages of their recent Diski Challenge game againstPlatinum Stars.

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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 [.

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.

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 [...]