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Europa League Draw: Man Utd v AC Milan As Arsenal Face Olympiakos

Manchester United will face AC Milan in the Europa League last 16, while Arsenal renew their rivalry with Olympiacos.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side cruised into the draw with a 4-0 aggregate win over Real Sociedad on Thursday, while Arsenal were bailed out by captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a dramatic win against Benfica.

United vs Milan was once a Champions League semi-final in 2007, Kaka inspiring the Italian side into the final and to the trophy, but the clubs are in revival mode after slipping from their respective perches.

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It will also see Zlatan Ibrahimovic return to Old Trafford for the first time since his departure in 2018.

Meanwhile, Arsenal will be bidding for revenge after suffering extra-time heartbreak in the last 32 against Olympiacos last season.

The sides also met in the Champions League group stage in 2009-10, 2011-12 and 2012-13 and 2015-16.

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Tottenham have a favourable draw against Dinamo Zagreb while runaway Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers will face Slavia Prague.

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Spurs swept into the draw with an 8-1 aggregate win over Wolfsberger and Rangers progressed from a bonkers 14-goal tie with Royal Antwerp, winning 9-5 over two legs.

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The first legs will take place on March 11 before the return matches on March 18. The quarter-final draw is scheduled for March 19.

FULL DRAW:

  • Ajax v BSC Young Boys
  • Dynamo Kiev v Villarreal
  • Roma v Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Olympiacos v Arsenal
  • Dinamo Zagreb v Tottenham
  • Manchester United v AC Milan
  • Slavia Prague v Rangers
  • Granada v Molde

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Dylan Kerr Promises Shift After TTM Change Their Name

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Dylan Kerr Promises Shift After TTM Change Their Name

The coach of the renamed Marumo Gallants FC says they want to achieve the improbable by finishing in the top three in the Premiership next season, and they will not be in the Caf Confederation Cup just to make up the numbers.

Yesterday, top-flight outfit and Nedbank Cup champions Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila were officially renamed Marumo Gallants FC during an unveiling ceremony in Johannesburg.

The owner of Bahlabane ba Ntwa – their new official nickname – Abram Sello says the decision to rebrand the club was to commemorate the bravery of the players and technical team when they endured trying times in their maiden season in the top flight.

“The new name of the club is inspired by our journey together since February and the off season.

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It’s a journey that has been rough outside the field but it’s also a journey that has seen victory at the end – as you can see the trophy in front,” Sello explained.

“The name that you’ll see today is a tribute to the bravery of our soldiers, the players. I want to say to the players of last season and their technical team, ‘thank you very much for being courageous and writing a beautiful verse in the book of football in the country’.”

TTM punched above their weight last season as they avoided relegation and won the cup, despite the odds being stacked against them due to poor administration at the club.

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But with the team turning over a new leaf, coach Dylan Kerr has challenged his players.

“Every season you want to solidify a top-eight spot. But let’s forget about that: let’s finish in the top three,” Kerr said. “It can be done. This year AmaZulu and Golden Arrows have done it. You’ve got to believe that it can be done. Knock on the door, always, and believe.”

In recent seasons, it’s been tough to find any Limpopo-based side in the top eight as they are known to be relegation candidates. That’s why Kerr and his players will have to work hard if they are going to achieve their target.

The Polokwane team will be playing continental football a year after their inception. They qualified for the Confederation Cup after winning South Africa’s premier club knockout competition against Chippa United last month.

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“That’s (struggling in domestic football because of playing in a gruelling continental competition is) an excuse,” Kerr said. “You don’t hear European teams complaining when they have to compete in the two competitions. They have the players and a big squad.

“The advantage is that I’ve been in the two competitions, the Champions League and Confederation Cup, with Gor Mahia. I know what to expect. I know the trickery that they do in north, east and west Africa. I know what they do to try and upset teams that visit them.”

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PSL Appeal Postponement Of Promotion/Relegation Playoffs

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The Premier Soccer League (PSL) have appealed the decision taken by Judge Justice Nyathi from the Gauteng High Court to have the PSL relegation/promotion playoffs postponed.

The playoffs were set to get underway on Tuesday 15 June but were postponed after Royal AM boss Shauwn Mkhize succeeded in getting the games postponed after filing an urgent application to Gauteng deputy judge president Roland Sutherland.

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The situation is a messy one for the PSL. As it remains uncertain when the playoffs will actually be completed, there is a risk that the start of the 2021/22 DSTV Premiership season could be compromised.

“The PSL has been compelled to seek urgent relief as the last day of the official season is the 30th of June 2021. Many player contracts terminate on that date and any further delay in completing the play-offs places the start of the 2021/22 season at risk,” read the statement issued by the PSL.

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The situation remains messy and uncertain.

The situation is ever-changing and the public should be keeping up to date with the ongoing reports.

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Molefi Ntseki Backs Stuart Baxter To ‘Bring Back Glory Days’ To Kaizer Chiefs

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Molefi Ntseki backs Stuart Baxter to 'bring back glory days' to Kaizer Chiefs

New Kaizer Chiefs Head of Technical and Youth development Molefi Ntseki has backed Stuart Baxter to lead the DStv Premiership club back to the pinnacle of South African soccer.

While Amakhosi finished second in the 2019/20 campaign under Ernst Middendorp, they only managed an eighth-place finish this term under the recently departed Gavin Hunt.

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Baxter was the last coach to claim top honours with Chiefs, as he won the league twice as well as the Nedbank Cup and MTN8.

Ntseki said, as quoted by IOL: “He is very detailed to the technical and tactical aspects of the game.

“He is good in terms of man-management skills, and I think it’s a good addition to the club when you consider his achievements and experience. I’m looking forward to working with him to bring back the glory days.

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“He previously coached the club between 2012-15; the club experienced dry seasons of not winning anything. After he arrived, he turned things around, and we are hopeful that things will turn around and the glory days will come back.

“From my interactions with him, he is excited.”

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The Premier Soccer League (PSL) have brought football into disrepute by undermining the independence of its own judicial tribunal when it challenged the decision to award Sekhukhune United three points after Polokwane City were found guilty of contravening the rules of the GladAfrica Championship.

Instead of accepting the outcome, the PSL executive decided to challenge the decision by saying “it is the view of the League that it is not correct”.

This bewildering statement raised eyebrows in the football fraternity.

The GladAfrica Championship ended just over a week ago, but the winners were not declared.

Initially, the PSL disciplinary committee found Polokwane had contravened the competition rules against Sekhukhune. Polokwane were found guilty. It did not award the match points to Sekhukhune, who later appealed.

The PSL turned to the South African Football Association to handle the appeal via arbitration.

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There is nothing difficult to understand about the decision to hand the points to Sekhukhune. In various sports codes, the team breaking the law forfeit points, and it is awarded to the opposing team.

The matter went before arbitrator Hilton Epstein who ruled that the PSL must award Sekhukhune three points.

The PSL did not object to the appeal going to the arbitrator. There was no reason to doubt that the correct decision would be made.

The National Soccer League, the umbrella body of PSL and NFD (National First Division) had updated the rules of competition with the advent of Covid-19. The rules spell out any issues that may arise because of Covid-19.

Polokwane had no difficulty accepting the decision until the PSL’s surprise reaction.

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Polokwane have curiously gone this route even though the outcome does not affect their log position.

The PSL responded to the outcome by saying that “It is the view of the League that it is not correct”. They point out that PSL’s Disciplinary Code is “silent” on the matter. The rules cover the full spectrum of the competition.

In terms of the PSL constitution, the arbitration ruling is final and binding (Rule 25.4).

The PSL also announced that “the arbitration ruling has created uncertainty about the discretion afforded to the PSL Disciplinary Committee to determine an appropriate sanction for acts of misconduct in each case”.

The PSL’s response raised suspicion that a person or persons on the executive may have vested interests. The National Soccer League’s Board of Governors also expressed their dismay. The Board of Governors are elected by the PSL and NFD.

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Later the PSL announced: “The Premier Soccer League has been threatened and served with court papers about an arbitration award handed down impacting the GladAfrica Championship table.”

The PSL did not name the club, but it has come to light that it is Polokwane.

Bizarrely, the PSL chose to remain ‘silent’ instead of advising Polokwane City that its 32 clubs may not approach the courts to seek recourse.

Rule 26 reads: “Any breach of this article will constitute misconduct which will be dealt with in terms of the League’s disciplinary procedures.”

Hopefully, the uncalled-for court action will take its course, and all will be resolved soon.

 

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Stuart Baxter Wants Kaizer Chiefs To ‘Rediscover Their Identity’

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Molefi Ntseki backs Stuart Baxter to 'bring back glory days' to Kaizer Chiefs

ONE of the key strengths of new Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter is his ability to galvanise players and fans with positive talk.

Soon after his return to Naturena was announced yesterday, Baxter was back at it as if sensing the negativity that has engulfed Chiefs for the past season.

His assessment: “It will take more than immediate results for the club to return to the top of South African football, as it will be important for Chiefs to find their identity by keeping their eyes on the pathway, not on the destination.

“When I was here the last time, I knew that Chiefs hadn’t won anything for quite a while. And so, when I came in, I knew that winning something was a priority for them. I didn’t look at only winning trophies but I was also trying to build the team.

“I was also trying to bind the supporters. I was trying to help us find an identity. I think that was the interesting part. And I think that will be the same for us again. If we can keep our eyes on the pathway, not on the destination, I think that will be important.”

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In his first stint at the Soweto club (from 2012-2015) Baxter won four trophies, including two Premiership titles. But since his departure, the team’s reputation has deteriorated as they have endured a six-year trophy drought. Four coaches have been hired and fired during this period.

In the recently-concluded season, their resurgent aspirations took a massive knock as they were handed a one year transfer ban by Fifa. This is despite their bold move to appoint Gavin Hunt, who is a highly-rated coach in the domestic game. Hunt’s gig followed the sacking of Ernst Middendorp who lost out on the league title on the last day of the 2019-20 season.

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Interim coaches Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard completed half of the task at hand, inspiring the team to a top-eight finish.

Yesterday, though, Amakhosi announced the return of Baxter to the club on a two-year deal, with the option to extend for a further two years.

“I think Kaizer Chiefs have moved forward a lot since I was here the last time. This time, there’ll be a lot of expectations and I’ll have to manage that,” Baxter said. “This time the league is tougher. It is, especially looking at the bottom teams.

“There are tight games. It will be different and the game has moved forward, and changed. I remember when I came the last time and spoke about transition, some people laughed. Now it’s an integral part of everyone’s game.”

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There’s an urge from Chiefs supporters to return to winning ways and compete among the best in South Africa and on the continent. In order to achieve that, and rediscover their identity, Baxter will still be assisted by the evergreen Zwane and Sheppard.

Furthermore, Chiefs are hoping there is synergy between the seniors and development structures as they have appointed Baxter’s former assistant and successor at Bafana Bafana Molefi Ntseki as the Head of Technical and Youth development academy.

“I think Kaizer Chiefs has been on a period of expansion for quite a few years. That probably started to pick up when I was here the last time,” Baxter said. “It’s great to see Molefi joining Chiefs. He’s a topclass football person. I am looking forward to working with him again.”

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