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Record-breaker Bernard Parker Kaizer Chiefs’ Hero Against SuperSport United

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Record-breaker Bernard Parker Kaizer Chiefs’ Hero Against SuperSport United

The resurgent Kaizer Chiefs continued their improvement as a brace from veteran Bernard Parker earned them a hard-fought 2-1 win over SuperSport United at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville.

Parker, who became Chiefs’ all-time leading scorer in the PSL era with his brace, gave his side the lead in first-half stoppage time as he produced a calm finish beyond the reach of Ronwen Williams after being slipped through by team-mate Keagan Dolly.

SuperSport responded almost immediately, as Thamsanqa Gabuza got on the end of a Sipho Mbule free-kick with his head to equalize in what proved to be the final touches of the first half.

In almost identical circumstances to Chiefs’ first goal, Parker got his team’s second on the night as Dolly once again played him in early on in the second half.

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Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos was present in attendance watching the game and the inspiring recent form of Dolly both in terms of scoring and creating assists will surely put him on the national team radar for future selection.

The home started the game dominating possession. Kaitano Tembo’s side had their first good opportunity of the game after 12 minutes as Teboho Mokoena rose to meet a Mbule corner with his head but struck just wide.

Nine minutes later Mbule nearly came close to scoring for Matsatsantsa as his shot took a deflection which had Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi confused. Akpeyi was rather lucky that the shot was wide of his goal.

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With Chiefs starting to defend deeper after they took the lead for the second time early in the second half, SuperSport were consigned to some wasteful passages of play as Mokoena and Mbule tried long-range shots in quick succession which were wide instead of trying to craft out a clear-cut opportunity.

Parker was having a good day but things went pear-shaped for him mid-way through the second half as he was in pain with a hamstring injury. Unable to continue playing, Parker was replaced by Kearyn Baccus.

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Meanwhile, the loss for SuperSport means that they have suffered their first league defeat of the season. Mamelodi Sundowns are now the only team in the South African top-flight that has not yet tasted defeat this season.

Chiefs are now on a run of four league games without defeat and two consecutive wins, something that has been a rare run of form for them since the 2019/20 season.

Chiefs’ next game will be a home encounter against Stellenbosch FC in two weeks while SuperSport next travel to the Chatsworth Stadium to play against Royal AM, also in two weeks.

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It’s Difficult To Play Against 12 Men, Says Frustrated AmaZulu Coach Benni McCarthy

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It’s Difficult To Play Against 12 Men, Says Frustrated AmaZulu Coach Benni McCarthy

AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy was left in “a lot of frustration” after his troops played out to a 1-1 draw against Maritzburg United in the KwaZulu-Natal derby at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday evening.

Usuthu looked to be on course for victory after Luvuyo Memela gave them an 11th-minute lead but that was cancelled out towards the end of the game as Amadou Soukouna equalized for the Team of Choice in the 86th minute.

McCarthy also hinted that he was once again unhappy with the officiating in the game.

“We deserved better and more. We got a draw when we should have won the game. When you playing against 12 men, there is not much you can do. When everything goes in favour of the opposition and everything goes against you, you feel sorry for the players,” said McCarthy.

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The result was AmaZulu’s fourth draw in their last five league games and eighth overall. Their eight draws this season means that they have played out to the most draws out of all sides in the top-flight, ahead of Orlando Pirates, Stellenbosch FC and Golden Arrows (6).

“We dominated the game and we should have added to the one goal we had. We didn’t do that and the opposition always gets a chance to sneak one goal back and get their noses back into the game,” said McCarthy.

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“They scored a well-taken goal but they didn’t deserve it. We have to rue our misses. It’s three draws from our last three games and we now have to go back to the drawing board. Hopefully, we can get some recovered players back going forward.”

Moroka Swallows developed a reputation for being “draw specialists” last season after drawing 20 out of their 30 games and McCarthy admitted that he is starting to see similarities between his side and the Dube Birds side of last season.

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“We now have to pick up wins rather than draws. We are starting to look like the way Swallows played last season,” said McCarthy.

The result left AmaZulu eighth in the log with 17 points after 13 games.

AmaZulu’s next game is a home assignment against Royal AM at the Jonsson Kings Park Stadium on Saturday afternoon. It will be their first-ever top-flight Durban derby against Thwihli Thwahla who are currently in their first-ever season of Premiership football.

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Rhulani Mokwena Supports Denis Onyango After His Costly Blunders

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Rhulani Mokwena backs Denis Onyango after his costly blunders

Rulani Mokwena, Mamelodi Sundowns’ co-coach, has has thrown in his support for goalkeeper and captain Denis Onyango after his two blunders cost them maximum points against arch-rivals SuperSport United within the Tshwane derby on Wednesday night.

SuperSport started well at Loftus Versfeld, with Thamsanqa Gabuza rattling the crossbar as early because the first minute. But the Brazilians turned the sport on its tide as they dominated possession and commenced knocking on the visitors’ door.

They found the breakthrough via a pleasant long-range curler from Neo Maema on the stroke of half-time. But the 25-year-old attacker wasn’t done, fixing Peter Shalulile with a stunning chipped pass early within the second stanza.

However, from thereon, they put the foot off the gas, allowing SuperSport into the sport. Onyango came to their rescue initially, parrying away a high-flying Ghampani Lungu header. He would, however, soon turn from being a hero to villain.

Teboho Mokoena unleashed a long-range effort that Onyango didn’t handle because it bounced off his chest before Lungu capitalised on the rebound. And it wasn’t long before Mokoena drew his side level – punishing the sloppy Onyango.

The Bafana Bafana midfielder unleashed a long-range free-kick that sailed towards Onyango’s bottom corner but the previous Ugandan No. 1 missed his clearance, allowing the ball to bounce and go past him because the visitors drew level.

“Football is a game of mistakes. Part to being the goalkeeper is the understanding that yours might be more costly than many others from the players on the pitch. But the reality is that Denis is a top, top goalkeeper,” Mokwena said.

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“But as they say, one swallow doesn’t make a summer. These are part of the game. He’s got our support. We’ll show the corrections and analyse the game as we always do. And even when we win, we try to get the lessons and improve.”

He added: “Today was a difficult moment. We’ll still do our corrections and analyse – not just Denis. I know the state of football says that when you make mistakes you have to become the scapegoat. But we have to refrain from that.”

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And those were the first goals that Sundowns conceded in the league in 11 matches since the start of the season, while they also extended their winless run to two matches – having drawn 0-0 with Cape Town City last weekend away.

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Penalty Controversy: Ghana FA Warns SAFA Boss Danny Jordaan Dragging CAF President Into The Matter

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Kurt Okraku, who is the president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), has said he does not expect CAF President, Patrice Motsepe, ‘to take sides’ in the impending match-fixing protest filed to FIFA by the South African Football Association (SAFA).

SAFA has lodged a complaint to FIFA accusing the Ghana FA of match-fixing and bribery following their 1-0 defeat to the Black Stars in the final round of the game of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

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In a press conference organised by SAFA on Wednesday, November 17, Danny Jordaan, who is the association president, stated they had consulted the CAF President after the Ghana game.

“Even though the CAF President is from South Africa, we don’t want to be opportunists and use him but of course we called him right after the game and he assisted us but we are not using him in all this,” he said.

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Speaking at the Women’s Super Cup launch on Thursday, Mr Okraku said that he expects Mr Motsepe not to take sides in the matter.

“I want to tell Danny Jordaan, that he cannot drag the president of the Confederation of African Football [Patrice Motsepe] into this. Motsepe is the president of CAF and not the president of SAFA. He doesn’t call the shots as SAFA – we voted for Motsepe to represent a truly democratic African Confederation Football and not to take sides.

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“And for Motsepe that I’ve known him he will never take sides, and I don’t expect him to take sides,” the GFA president added.

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WCQ against Ghana felt rehearsed – South Africa defender who conceded penalty reacts

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WCQ Against Ghana Felt Rehearsed – South Africa Defender Who Conceded Penalty Reacts

South Africa defender Rushine De Reuck claims he felt like their last game against Ghana in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers was rehearsed.

The Black Stars inflicted a 1-0 win over the Bafana Bafana at the Cape Coast Stadium to secure a playoff spot as the country aims to return to the Mundial, having missed out on the last edition in Russia.

Andre Ayew’s strike from the spot was enough for the West African powerhouse to book qualification to the final World Cup playoffs.

Bafana Bafana, however, needed a draw to reach the third and final round of African qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, but Ghana won with a controversial penalty.

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Rushine de Reuck, who conceded the penalty, speaking during a presser organized by the South African Football Association [SAF] on Wednesday , raised concerns over the legitimacy of the decision and the display of the officiating team from Senegal, headed by referee Maguette Ndiaye.

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He has insisted the referee and the ball boys had rehearsed on how to cheat the Bafana Bafana in the crucial game.

According to him, he felt the opportunity to get a good result against the Black Stars was taken away due to poor officiating.

“It’s been a tough few days, not only for myself but for everybody who is part of Bafana Bafana,” the Mamelodi Sundowns star told the media.

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“To go out in the way that we did was very painful. We put ourselves in a good situation and no one had given us a chance to do so well. It was very tough for us to go out the way we did.

“Obviously, it was a very big game, wanting to win for the country to qualify for the next round. We were all ready, we were all excited. You’re playing against top players who play in the Champions League and the Premier League.

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“This is what you want for yourself, to test yourself against the very best players in the world. We did that but it felt like the opportunity for us to get a result was taken away from us because of the decisions that were made against us.

“It was so obvious. It felt like the game was rehearsed. Everybody knew what was going on from the referees to the players, the Ghanaian players and the ball boys even. It was very tough for us to see what was happening.

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Royal AM Fined R1.65 Million After Handing Out Cash Bonuses To Players

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Royal AM have been fined R1.65 million as punishment for handing out cash bonuses to players following their game against Maritzburg United last month.

However, of the R1.65 million, R1.325 million is suspended following a plea agreement in front of a Premier Sopleaded guilty to attempting to pay football players in cash in front of the media, thereby bringing the league into disrepute – R500,000, with R250,000 suspended; pleaded guilty to failing to provide adequate security at the match (relating to having 10 more in their attendance party than the 60 allowed as per the PSL’s Covid-19 regulations) – R100,000, with R75,000 suspended;

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*Pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that their Covid-19 officer complied with his duties – R10,000;

*Pleaded guilty to not having their players follow the walk-on procedures, in that they left the changerooms four minutes late (even though the match kicked off on time) – R10,000;

*Pleaded guilty to only having 10 match balls as opposed to 11 – R5,000.

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The charge and fine for the second respondent, Royal AM Covid-19 officer Sthembiso Hlongwane, was:

-Admitted to not making sure all club officials and attendees wore face masks at all times – R10,000 (Hlongwane had a suspended sentence from previous club Real Kings last year for a similar offence, and also has to pay that further R180,000 previously suspended fine).

Third respondent, Mkhize’s, charges were:

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-Admitted she contravened rule 55.3.8 in that she was seen to be attempting to give rewards to players after the match – R500,000, all suspended;

Royal AM Chairman Andile Mpisane’s charges were:

*Pleaded guilty to attempting to reward players after the match – R500,000, all suspended;

Not wearing a mask – R7,500.soccer League disciplinary (DC) hearing.

Royal AM have had to pay the costs of the two DC hearings.

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