Pirates get going in the new campaign minus long-serving defender Happy Jele, and with Oupa Manyisa having now left for Mamelodi Sundowns it means the armband will be worn by a different man for the game at Orlando Stadium.
“No decision has been but in the next 48 hours we are going in that direction to decide,” says new Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic.
“I will rather believe that there is a captain with an armband, but keeping in mind the position that we are in, our supporters are really eager and thirsty for a good performance by the team that every single player needs to take an invincible armband of being captain, leader and help the team to perform as best as possible to get results,” he notes, adding that he will be looking upon the senior players to lead regardless of who is wearing the armband.
Thabo Matlaba, who has previously worn the armband, and Ayanda Gcaba have all been mentioned as potential candidates to take over the captaincy but a fresh start might call for the armband to be handed to Abbubaker Mobara or new arrival Thamsanqa Sangweni.
“We are having a group of players who by virtue of their seniority are supposed to lead. In the next 24 hours we will decide who will wear the armband. Happy Jele will not be available to play the first match.
“However, I will like to have the captain and three deputies that could in each department take the responsibility of being the senior leader and backbone of the team that takes full responsibility of being an extended hand of the coach on the field of play. Therefore, you will be informed when the time comes,” explains...
The Serbian-born tactician has replaced Rowen Fernandez, who has parted ways with Pirates
Ivica, who worked for Buildcon FC in Zambia before coming to South Africa, has joined Milutin Sredojevic and Rulani Mokwena in the new-look Bucs technical team ahead of the new season.
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Bucs coach Sredojevic confirmed Fernandez’s departure from the club.
"He [Fernandez] is the only person gone, the rest is the same technical team with the new goalkeeper coach [Ivica],” Sredojevic tells KickOff.com
Orlando Pirates kick off the 2017/18 Absa Premiership campaign at home against Chippa United on Saturday evening [18h00 kickoff].
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Amakhosi will get their 2017/18 Absa Premiership campaign up and running away to Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday, with Meyiwa now part of the first team after earning promotion from the development squad.
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Looking back over their pre-season, where Chiefs won the Carling Black Label Champions Cup, Meyiwa told his club’s official website: “It wasn’t easy. It was hard and there was a lot of running. However, we are now all top fit and ready to go.”
When asked whether he is settling in with the Chiefs first team, Meyiwa said: “[Willard] Katsande talks a lot with me. For example, he tells me to never be scared when playing. He also advises me a lot about positioning, when to be where on the pitch, especially when we are defending.
“When I play with Katsande in the same team at training, everything becomes very easy. He’s always motivating me and giving tips on how to become a better player.”
Looking back at the Carling Cup win over Orlando Pirates, Meyiwa continued: “I have never seen such a big crowd [at the FNB Stadium]. It was truly amazing.
“I didn’t play. However, it was incredible to see how the supporters were even cheering players kicking the ball during the warm-up. Those small things, they are so motivational.”
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The Chilli Boys confirmed the deal on Thursday, with Umbro to produce training-wear and playing kits, as well as a wide range of merchandise for the East London-based club this term.
Chippa confirmed the news on their official Twitter account, posting:
Chippa United has confirmed @umbro as technical sponsor for the 2017/18 season Our replicas will soon be available for sale #SeasonOfVictory pic.twitter.com/yrGg8kIDNf
— Chippa United FC (@ChippaUnitedFC) August 17, 2017
A statement on Chippa United’s official website also read: ‘The Chilli Boys will sport the new jersey against Orlando Pirates on Saturday, 19 August. With light weight, breathable performance fabric and performance slim fit for the comfort of the players, this might just be a what the lads need for the season themed...
African richest man, Aliko Dangote, has revealed he would be in a position to offer the present management of Arsenal an offer they cannot refuse once the $11bn oil refinery in Lagos is completed. Speaking in a Bloomberg report, Dangote said he had coveted the club since 1980 when he became a fan. He said...
The striker was released by Ea Lla Koto after struggling with injury last season, but he has been given a chance to fulfil the potential he has shown on the pitch at the previous clubs he has played for, including Maritzburg United and University of Pretoria.
With Leonardo Castro out of form and the signing of Jeremy Brockie from SuperSport United proving to be a mission, African champions Sundowns were looking to add to their fire power upfront and Sekotlong will give coach Pitso Mosimane options in attack.
Sekotlong, who scored seven goals in all competitions last season, joins the Brazilians on a five-year deal, according to spokesperson Thulani Thuswa, after completed a two week trial at the club.
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KickOff.com’s Chad Klate feels the Tshwane derby between Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United provides all the action to keep supporters entertained, but Tshepang Mailwane argues that the rivalry between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates is still the derby which rules South African football due to the number of supporters it attracts.
So, which derby is the best?
Chad KlateThe Tshwane Derby has become the flagship derby in South African football in recent seasons, primarily due to its frequency of producing exciting results that have fans talking for days after the match.
To put it into perspective, Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United have amassed 20 goals in their last seven competitive fixtures since the start of the 2015/16 season. If you were to tally up 20 goals in previous Soweto Derbies, you’d have to go back as far as December 2012.
Sadly, there’s not much hype around the rivalry between the Brazilians and Matsatsantsa, but perhaps that could be one of the primary reasons that business is taken care of on the field of play.
The players and technical teams are afforded more time to adequately prepare themselves without the tedious media events and responsibilities in the build-up to the fixture, making for a crisp and entertaining on-pitch duel, with less yada-yada and more click-click–bang-bangs!
Tshepang MailwaneThe one thing the Tshwane derby cannot do is attract the amount of supporters that the Soweto derby does.
The atmosphere at FNB Stadium, no matter what form Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are in at the time, is out of this world, especially when one of the clubs score a goal.
I’ll admit that the action on the pitch is not always on point and the goals have dried up in this derby. But the history between the two clubs cannot be taken away and it’s always great to listen to supporters to talk about how Jerry Sikhosana and Brian Baloyi had a fierce battle, which makes for an interesting build up.
While I feel Soweto derby is still better than the Tshwane derby, Chiefs and Pirates really needs to improve to make sure that the guys in Pretoria do not take over.
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Amakhosi announced the news on their official Twitter account, posting:
Player Updates: Itumeleng Shopane and Sibongiseni Ngcobo have both been loaned to Cape Town All Stars FC #Amakhosi4Life
— Kaizer Chiefs (@KaizerChiefs) August 17, 2017
The news of Shopane’s move to All Stars comes as a surprise, with Richards Bay FC boss Sifiso Biyela claiming in July that they had secured the Amakhosi player’s services on loan.
However, that appears to been misinformation after Kaizer Chiefs made the announcement of his move to CT All Stars this...