Borini to make shock Milan switch

29 /June 2017

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Borini to make shock Milan switch
The Sunderland striker will make the move after an agreement was reached between Milan and Sunderland, with official confirmation to come soon, Sky Sports reported. The Rossoneri, and Serie A rivals Roma, were said to be interested in signing the 26-year-old during the January transfer window, but Sunderland rebuffed their advances as they wanted to keep the player as they fought for Premier League survival. Borini started 19 Premier League games for the Black Cats last season, netting two goals and notching two assists. The one-cap Italy international joined Sunderland from Liverpool for £14m in the summer of 2014 after registering two goals in 25 appearances at Anfield. Borini’s departure would be the second high-profile transfer from relegated Sunderland after goalkeeper Jordan Pickford joined Everton last month for £30m. England international Jermain Defoe is also reported to be on the move, with Bournemouth and former club West Ham... Learn more
Skhwama set to face Chiefs

28 /June 2017

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Skhwama set to face Chiefs
READ: Teams gear up for Maize Cup After failing to impress in the Premier Soccer League in 2016/17, the skilful midfielder - who dazzled fans in the townships - is looking to make a name for himself in Botswana. Skhwama has a chance to reassert his value on familiar ground when Rollers take on the mighty Amakhosi on July 15 at James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney. “We’ve signed a South African player, Tshepo Matete. I know you guys here call him Skhwama,” Rollers secretary general Khumoyame Masonya tells KickOff.com. “He will be playing in the tournament. We’ve signed him for two years. He will assist the team. We believe that he will assist our team.” Masonya says they monitored Matete for some time before making a move for his services. “We see a lot of PSL games and we have envied his skills from a long time and when the opportunity came we took it. We know that he was a free agent and we tried our luck and we were lucky.” Meanwhile, Masonya insists his side are going for gold in the tournament after disappointing in their previous showing in the pre-season spectacle. “We want to win this tournament. We came here last time and we didn’t do well. We want to come here and prove ourselves. We are the champions in Botswana and we want to be the champions of this cup... the Maize Cup.”   ... Learn more
Baloyi grateful for Chiefs chapter

28 /June 2017

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Baloyi grateful for Chiefs chapter
Baloyi was recently released by Amakhosi - having initially penned a two-year extension at Naturena in February - along with the likes of Siphelele Mthembu, Enocent Mkhabela and Lewis Macha. The Limpopo-born player, who can also operate in defence, is currently back home in Mokopane awaiting feedback from his agent. Earlier this month KickOff.com established that Chippa United, Polokwane City, Baroka and Platinum Stars have shown interest in his services. "Not at all," says Baloyi when asked if he is bitter about his exit from the Glamour Boys. "I am grateful for the great opportunities that Chiefs gave me whilst I was still with the club. "It was a matter of game-time. This was the reason I went to Swallows last time for game-time [loan spell, 2014-2015]. I want to go to a team where I am going to get a chance to play." Baloyi is hopeful that he will remain in the PSL next season. "At the moment I am here at home in Mokopane. I am waiting for my manager to update me about any offers," he adds. Baloyi spent seven years with Chiefs, making 10 appearances in 2016/17. Let the breaking news come to you! Sign up for KICK OFF... Learn more
Sandilands set for Downs exit

28 /June 2017

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Sandilands set for Downs exit
Sundowns appear keen to sacrifice the services of Sandilands and recall Thela Ngobeni following his stellar season while on loan at Free State Stars. Get the latest Sundowns news sent to your phone! The former Bafana Bafana shotsopper has remained behind at home when The Brazilians departed to Ethiopia for their CAF Champions League match against Saint George on Saturday, with his contract set to run up on Friday. “His contract expires on Friday and we are still waiting for Sundowns to come back to us up to now, which they haven’t done," the players agent Glyn Binkin tells KickOff.com. "He didn’t travel with the team because he will be out of contract by the time they play.” READ: Brazilians look to tie down trio At this stage it appears the 33-year-old will be walking around as a free-agent by the weekend, joining Teko Modise through the exit door at Chloorkop. Sandilands featured in just eight games in all competitions last season, falling behind Kennedy Mweene and first choice Denis Onyango in the pecking... Learn more
Hunt to reach 20-year record in PSL

28 /June 2017

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Hunt to reach 20-year record in PSL
Hunt will reach the landmark as an Absa Premiership champion after guiding Wits to their maiden league title, and his fourth as a coach, in the recently-concluded campaign. READ: Monare lauds Kay Motsepe Cup The 52-year-old began his PSL coaching career on August 1, 1998 as the man in charge of Seven Stars, and since that day he has gone on to lead Hellenic, Black Leopards, Moroka Swallows and SuperSport United, with whom he won three consecutive league titles in a six-year spell with the Tshwane giants. He has only ever been fired twice, which was at the first two clubs he coached in the PSL - Seven Stars [1998/99 season] and Hellenic [2000/01] but such is his footprint in this league that he has been involved through all of the last 19 campaigns. His impressive record shows that he has finished in the top eight with all of the clubs that he has taken charge of for a full season, including at his boyhood club Hellenic. ALSO READ: Wits favourites to land Sangweni As the longest-serving coach through the PSL era, it is not surprising that he has also taken charge of the most PSL games through his time as an ever-present in top-flight football since June 2001 when he took over at Leopards. Through his time coaching in the PSL, Hunt has also won the 2004 ABSA Cup, 2012 Nedbank Cup and 2016 MTN8, while he has also been PSL Coach of the Year on four occasions. He has been nominated for the 2016/17 Absa Premiership Coach of the Season award, along with Eric Tinkler and Pitso Mosimane. Behind Hunt in the list of long-lasting men in the PSL is Gordon Igesund. Igesund had coached in the PSL for 16 years in a row when he was finally enticed to the Bafana Bafana job in 2012. He was then away from club football for 26 months before returning in September 2014 when he took over at SuperSport United. Igesund is currently out of a job after being sacked by Highlands in... Learn more
Masinga questions Vision 2022

28 /June 2017

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Masinga questions Vision 2022
Bafana are riding high after beating arch-rivals Nigeria 2-0 in their opening African Nations Cup qualifier in Uyo on June 10. And while SAFA president Danny Jordaan believes South African football is reaching a new dawn, Masinga has concerns. “They [Bafana] played well [against Nigeria], but I’m still worried that we not using younger players. That’s why we had problems in our Under-20 in the World Cup [in South Korea],” the former Leeds United striker tells KickOff.com. “Most of our players are not getting game-time at home. You look at Italy and England; and England didn’t even have [Marcus] Rashford, who was 19 years old and qualified to play, in the World Cup. “This is because of young players getting game-time in England and it was easier for them to compete at the highest level. So, our coaches should take risks now by using younger players in their games. “They [Bafana] had good players [when we played against Nigeria]. Most of them have done well last season [2016/17] like Lebogang Manyama from Cape Town City. “But how many caps is he having? Two or three? And how old is he, 28 or 29? Are we building for 2022? Is this giving us that vision of 2022? I don’t think so,” concludes... Learn more
Coach, how is your team shaping up?

28 /June 2017

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Coach, how is your team shaping up?
This year, the Carling Champion Cup has afforded Champion Coaches from Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates with an added responsibility of selecting their winning formations, which has been a fantastic new twist to the campaign. Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune looks set for his sixth Carling Black Label Champions Cup appearance as he leads the votes amongst the glovemen at Naturena. The backline, thus far will be protected by Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Eric Mathoho, Lorenzo Gordinho and Tsepo Masilela, however, still in the running are centre-back Daniel Cardoso, left-back Sibusiso Khumalo and right-back Kgotso Moleko. Champion Coaches who would like to see any of those three break into the starting line-up should get voting. Currently controlling the midfield is George Lebese, George Maluleka, Willard Katsande and Siphiwe Tshabalala, who are closely followed by playmaker Hendrick Ekstein as well as wingers William Twala and Joseph Molangoane AmaKhosi fans have entrusted the lethal striking force of goal poachers Gustavo Paez and Bernard Parker. The Orlando Pirates starting line-up is closely contested with Brighton Mhlongo leading amongst the goalkeepers. The backline is headed by Thabo Matlaba, Happy Jele, Ayanda Gcaba and Patrick Phungwayo, though things are far from decided with a number of players still in the reckoning. The midfield is pioneered by Oupa Manyisa and Mpho Makola, with Thabo Rakhale and Thabo Qalinge on the wings. Central midfielders Issa Sarr and Abbubaker Mobara are just outside of the starting line-up at the moment. The forwards selected so far are Tendai Ndoro and Thamsanqa Gabuza, but Thabiso Kutumela and Ayanda Nkosi are knocking on the door of the starting line-up. The selection of players will also be determined by the final formation that is decided upon by Champion Coaches. Potential Champion Coaches who are over the age of 18 can stand a chance of winning the Carling Black Label Champion Cup match day experience where two lucky fans will join their favourite team in training, sit in the pre-match briefing and be part of the technical set-up on match day. They can do so by purchasing a Carling Black Label beer and dialing *120*660*. They then enter their unique underliner code and then#. Entry is FREE on USSD or they can go to www.carlingblacklabel.co.za. Ticket sales for the 2017 showpiece have opened and are available at Computicket in Shoprite/Checkers stores countrywide, or at www.computicket.com. Unreserved seating on Level 5 at R70-00; Level 1 at R100-00 and reserved seating on Level 2 at R170-00. Amazing hospitality packages that will make it a truly unforgettable day out are also on sale through SAIL at... Learn more
Jordan closes in on Bafana record

28 /June 2017

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Jordan closes in on Bafana record
Jordan has already played at national Under-17 and Under-20 level, and represented the latter at the recent FIFA Under-20 World Cup in South Korea, when he looked neat and tidy on the ball. He is one of just two outright strikers called up by coach Stuart Baxter for the competition, with Cape Town City’s Judas Moseamedi the other. That means it is likely Jordan will get a full senior cap at some point, with a minimum of two matches to be played by Bafana, starting with their quarterfinal against the winner of Group A on Sunday. And if he does so, he will become the first son of a former Bafana Bafana international to represent the senior national team in the 25 years since readmission to the global game. Liam’s father is the late former SuperSport United, Manning Rangers and Moroka Swallows forward Keryn Jordan, who sadly passed away from cancer in October 2013 at the age of 37. Keryn was a prolific striker, particularly in his time at Rangers, so it is a surprise that he only ever won one international cap – in the COSAFA Castle Cup against Botswana in 1999. Liam was only seven months old at the time. Keryn did play in an age of top Bafana strikers, with an emerging Benni McCarthy, and stalwarts Shaun Bartlett and Phil Masinga already in place, and the likes of Sibusiso Zuma and Siyabonga Nomvethe to follow, which would explain him not adding to that cap. He would also go on to become a cult hero in New Zealand, where he turned out successfully for Auckland City, among others, and is still remembered fondly there... Learn more

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