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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.

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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.

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“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.

“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.”

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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.”

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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Mamelodi Sundowns Coaches And Player Win PSL Monthly Awards

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The Mamelodi Sundowns coaching duo of Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena continued their dominance as they won their third consecutive coach of the month after claiming the December 2021 gong.

The Brazilians continued their form and now have a 14 point advantage at the top of the Premiership standings over second place Orlando Pirates.

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After inspiring a rejuvenation in Marumo Gallants, Dan Malesela was a close second in the Coach of the Month Award tussle.

The Sundowns coaches were not the only ones from their team to emerge victorious. Defensive star Andile Jali was named the player of the month, beating competition from Orlando Pirates’ Kwame Peprah, Chippa United’s Eva Nga and Royal AM striker Victor Letsoalo.

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“Jali was outstanding in December. He was a marvel to watch as he bossed the Sundowns’ midfield. His experience has been invaluable during a loaded period in December. The manner in which he broke down opponents’ attacks and in turn start build-ups to Sundowns attacks, which on some occasions led to goals has been very impressive,” commented the judging panel.

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Kaizer Chiefs’ Nkongiphile Ngcobo was awarded the goal of the month voted by the fans following his left foot curler against Maritzburg United.

All award winners receive a R7000 award.

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PSL Announces Initiative To Help Players Transition To Life After Football

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Irvin Khoza Set To Address The Football Nation Amidst A Pile Up Of Controversy

Premier Soccer League Chairman, Irvin Khoza together with members from Multichoice introduced the Player Transition Programme, an initiative aimed at assisting professional footballers after their retirement.

The Iron Duke underlined the consequence of detaching ex-footballers from the game and how it impacts their lives.

“The great majority of football players take up football as their one and only career from as early as the age of 8. The Player Transition Program aims to prepare professional players for life after 35 years of age and helps to keep them within football “

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Mbulelo ‘OJ’ Mabizela , Lerato Chabangu, Benedict Vilakazi and Jabu Mahlangu are some of the best players to have come out of South Africa but they’re also a part of a group talented individuals that had poor or no retirement plans at all which subsequently lead to their bankruptcy after football.

Head of Multichoice executive corporate affairs, Collen Dlamini outlined the importance of setting up players that are nearing their retirement age with necessary training and skills.

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“Since the inception of the Multichoice Diski Challenge, we have prided ourselves on providing development in our football on and off the pitch and today is testament to that”, he said.

“We are deepening our commitment to football with a multi-faceted approach to player life skills and educational programs. Today we have a lot of players who are playing in the premiership who have also been through these programmes and are testament to the good work done by the PSL,” he further explained.

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“The life of a football player is very short and at the age of 28, you’re confronted with questioning what is next when you’re done with football, so together with the PSL we will equip and empower players to continue to be successful and find a role in sports. “

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Irvin Khoza Set To Address The Football Nation Amidst A Pile Up Of Controversy

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Irvin Khoza Set To Address The Football Nation Amidst A Pile Up Of Controversy

Premier Soccer League Chairman, Irvin Khoza, is set to address the football community for the second time in the space of a month on Wednesday at 11am.

The press conference follows a period of elite administrative controversy within the South African football governing body in which numerous high profile cases have been left unresolved and a few of the most integral individuals handing in their resignation.

Khoza gathered all and sundry on the 10th December in a press conference expected to attend to the countless questions that flooded the PSL offices.

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Instead of issuing a statement that was to clear up the issues the body, Khoza and Co. introduced the DStv Comapct Cup, a tournament that is to be held during the Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) period in the weeks of the 22-29 of January.

Following this announcement, a few clubs were reported to not have been informed about the possibility of such a tournament, which in essence fuels this upcoming conference with intrigue.

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The Kaizer Chiefs saga continues to lead the contentious proceedings aligned with the PSL at the moment as they are set to lodge an appeal of the decision to not grant a postponement of their matches in December, citing well over 30 cases of positive Covid 19 results.

“Kaizer Chiefs is disappointed and taken aback by the contrasting lack of urgency from the PSL after having taken almost three weeks to address the matter” read the statement issued by the club.

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A number of clubs, journalists and fans are hoping the PSL’s latest address sheds light on the ongoing proceedings and issues progressive directive as we near the return of PSL action.

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Improving Kaizer Chiefs Brush Toothless Maritzburg United Aside At FNB Stadium

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Improving Kaizer Chiefs brush toothless Maritzburg United aside at FNB Stadium

Khama Billiat and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo scored in either half as Kaizer Chiefs brushed aside Maritzburg United 2-0 at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday evening and signed off for the year in good fashion.

Billiat was back in the starting line-up and back on the scorecard as he gave Chiefs the lead in the 35th minute.

Njabulo Blom and Keagan Dolly combined well on the wing with the former driving into the opposition box and finding Khama in the box, the striker’s first time shot nestled in the bottom right corner of the Maritzburg goal.

Ngcobo came off the bench to grab a second goal for the home side in the 81st minute. After being assisted by Billiat, the youngster remained composed as he shifted the ball onto his left foot and curled one into the top corner from inside the box.

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Arthur Zwane filled in for the absent Stuart Baxter again on the bench with Chiefs still licking their wounds after an unpleasant trip to Kwazulu-Natal that ended in defeat.

Chiefs made four changes to the side that went down 1-0 to Royal AM in Durban with Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Khama Billiat, Phathutshedzo Nange and Njabulo Ngcobo all featuring from the starting line up this time around.

The Team of Choice had managed just one victory in their last ten matches and started the game in 12th place, three points off the relegation zone as their struggle for form continued..

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The side from Pietermaritzburg had somewhat closed the gap in dominance between the two clubs over the years with both teams managing two victories each in all competitions in the last five games and with one match ending in a 1-1 stalemate at the Harry Gwala Stadium.

The opening half an hour was nowhere near a good advert for local football as both teams played the match at a low tempo, gave the ball away most of the time and reverted to low defensive blocks when out of possession with boths goalkeepers untroubled.

Siphosakhe Ntiya Ntiya wasted a glorious chance after being picked out by Dolly in the 40th minute. The flying left wing back ballooned his shot over the bar after his run was spotted by Dolly who put the ball on the platter for him but his finish left a lot to be desired.

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Maritzburg started the second half better and should’ve been level a minute after the restart.

Daniel Cardoso hesitantly played a ball back towards Daniel Akpeyi but it was short and was latched onto by Bongokuhle Hlongwane, the Bafana Bafana youngster audaciously tried to chip the Chiefs goalie but instead stuck it into Akpeyi’s grateful gloves.

Coach Ernst Middendorp’s charges continued to pile on the pressure on Chiefs with numerous shots from outside the box and looked even more dangerous at set-piece time but tried as they did, Chiefs proved too strong and closed off the year in style.

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AmaZulu Backs Benni McCarthy To Deliver Despite All The Draws

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AmaZulu Backs Benni McCarthy To Deliver Despite All The Draws

There is no doubt that AmaZulu’s current form has been be very embarrassing to watch for coach Benni McCarthy.

Usuthu are currently on a run of seven consecutive draws. They have drawn 12 games so far this season which is the most out of any side in the South African top-flight.

They are unlikely to be given an easy time in their upcoming clash against resurgent Marumo Gallants at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

The Limpopo-based side started the season in poor form but their results have improved since the appointment of Dan Malesela as coach.

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Gallants are unbeaten in their last five league games, having won three in the process.

Despite their several draws this season, the one positive that AmaZulu can draw upon is that their team is still showing a lot of character as they did last season.

The Durban-based side recently clutched a valuable point from the jaws of defeat against Chippa United earlier this week. After being 2-0 down at half-time against the Chilli Boys, Luvuyo Memela inspired a heroic comeback for Usuthu as his second-half brace earned them a share of the spoils.

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Meanwhile, AmaZulu club spokesman Phumlani Dube has reiterated that the club maintains its faith in coach McCarthy amidst the current challenging times within the team.

“We inspire and motivate our team to get as many points as we possibly can. We know that the results will come but we will turn the corner, it’s only a matter of time,” said Dube.

Dube maintained that the club’s management feels that the quality of play that it is playing is good. They feel that it is only a matter of time before the draws start being converted to wins.

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“We have a great squad – we play good quality football, the effort is there, the commitment and the will to win is there and undoubtedly. To get a point here and it is not bad for us, but we have to get back into our winning form” said Dube.

The game against Gallants will be AmaZulu’s penultimate of the year. They will end 2021 with an away clash against Orlando Pirates at the Orlando Stadium on Monday afternoon.

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