Caf Confederation Cup: '10,000 fans allowed to watch Al-Al Ahly Merowe clash' – Gor Mahia

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Up to 10,000 fans will be allowed to attend the Caf Confederation Cup match between Gor Mahia and Al-Ahly Merowe on Sunday, the Football Kenya Federation Premier League side has announced.

It will be the first club game in Kenya that fans will be allowed to attend since they were banned from sporting facilities last year due to the Covid-19 protocols put in place by the state in order to mitigate the spread of the virus.

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“Up to 10,000 fans would be allowed to watch our second leg of the Caf match against Al-Ahly set for Sunday at Nyayo Stadium after the ministry of health accepted the club’s request and the federation also approved it,” Gor Mahia announced on Friday.

The green light to have the fans at the stadium has come just days after Gor Mahia engaged in their 90th Mashemeji Derby against AFC Leopards. K’Ogalo emerged winners – courtesy of a goal by Boniface Omondi – and registered their 31st Premier League derby win against the rivals.

Although on Tuesday, as Kenya celebrated its Mashujaa Day [the Heroes Day], President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the lifting of the nationwide curfew, but the Ministries of Health and Sports have not given a directive on whether they will soon allow fans to start attending all the matches.

The Premier League started on September 26 and three games have now been played and as was the case with the previous season, no fans have been allowed to watch those games.

Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, who have had to struggle with financial issues, have often been at the forefront calling for the stadium ban to be lifted as their fans’ contributions – via matchday tickets – is one of their major sources of money. 

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The 19-times Premier League winners – who were given a bye in the preliminary round will host Al-Ahly Merowe after picking up a 3-1 win in Cairo six days ago.

Samuel Onyango, Benson Omala and Jules Ulimwengu were K’Ogalo’s scorers in an encounter they had to fight back after going behind in the first half.

Tusker are Kenya’s representatives in the Caf Champions League and faced Egypt’s Premier League champions on October 16 without fans.

Ex-Man Utd star Evra reveals he was sexually abused as a child

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Former Manchester United star Patrice Evra has revealed that he was sexually abused in his youth.

The onetime Red Devils and France left-back reveals in his new autobiography that he was assaulted as a 13-year-old by his schoolteacher 

The 40-year-old admitted that he had yet to tell several of his family members and friends – but said that he has come forward now to help other young victims like himself.

What has been said?

“I’ll be honest with you, when I first did the book, I didn’t tell the whole story because I was still ashamed and scared about what people will think,” Evra told The Times.

“Now I want to say it because I don’t want kids to be in my situation and they are ashamed of themselves, thinking they are not brave, because it’s not about being brave, it’s about being mentally ready to talk about it.

“So I just want to make sure kids out there have the courage and do not blame themselves, because I always blamed myself. I’m not shy to say I felt like a coward for many years because I never speak up. It was something heavy in my chest. But I don’t do it for me, I do it for other children.”

Evra reflects on opening up

Elsewhere, the former Monaco man – who acknowledged he was approached by police during his time at the Ligue 1 club, aged 24, to discuss the matter – touched on the impact his revelation had on his mother.

“Of course, she was devastated,” he added. “It was a tough moment for me. I have still to tell a few of my brothers and sisters and close friends.

“I don’t want people to feel pity. It’s a difficult situation. A mother does not expect to hear this from their own child. She felt something [was wrong] and had asked me why I did not want to sleep in the teacher’s house.

“Only now when I am 40 years old do I tell her. The first thing my mum says is, ‘if you don’t sue him, I’ll sue him. If he’s still alive, I’m going to kill him.’

“There is a lot of rage. I know my mum and people from my family will do research and see if they can sue. But I buried this thing so deep I didn’t think about [prosecution].”

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Orlando Pirates coach Ncikazi joins Mamelodi Sundowns' Mokwena in questioning Bafana Bafana and Broos

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Orlando Pirates co-interim head coach Mandla Ncikazi says there is a communication problem between PSL coaches and the Bafana Bafana technical team.

This comes after Vincent Pule picked up an injury while on national duty for South Africa ahead of their two clashes against Ethiopia in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers earlier this month and the Pirates winger has since been ruled out of action to up to 12 weeks. 

While Bafana head coach Hugo Broos substituted Tshegofatso Mabasa just 35 minutes into their first match against Ethiopia in Bahir Dar as he felt that the Pirates striker was ineffective and he has since struggled to score goals for the Soweto giants. 

Ncikazi has joined Rhulani Mokwena in questioning Broos as the Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach blamed the national team after several Masandawana players picked up injuries while in the Bafana camp.

“The issue of communication with PSL coaches and national team, I don’t want to repeat what has been said by other coaches, but the fact that problems that other clubs are mentioning are also happening at our club just shows you that things are not done correctly,” Ncikazi told the media.

“I’ll give you an example of the previous coach where I was. I met him personally because he came to training to watch our team training session. He discussed things with the technical team and he addressed the players on his expectations.

“I would have expected that the same will continue, but to be honest it has never happened for whatever reason. It becomes very difficult, I have tried to communicate with some members but it should not be done that way.

“It should not be in isolation where a coach from one club must try and connect with the national coach because the structure must inform what are the expectations of the national coach from coaches.”

Ncikazi, who is working alongside fellow Pirates co-interim head coach Fadlu Davids, stressed that there should be a mutual understanding between Bafana and PSL clubs in order for players to avoid injuries.

“It is an area that needs to be ironed out because it will lessen the problems we have currently in terms of injuries of players,” he added. 

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“To give you an example, if we were having a loading session today and one of our players is selected to the national team tomorrow and they have a loading, already on that one, there is a risk of injuries.

“A better understanding and communication between the two parties will help the national team and will also help the clubs so that when our players come back from the national team they are still useful to the team. I think that is highly important but that’s not happening currently.”

Pirates are set to face Congo-Brazzaville side Diables Noirs in the Caf Confederation Cup second round second-leg clash on Sunday.

Orlando Pirates coach Ncikazi joins Mamelodi Sundowns' Mokwena in questioning Bafana Bafana and Broos

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Orlando Pirates co-interim head coach Mandla Ncikazi says there is a communication problem between PSL coaches and the Bafana Bafana technical team.

This comes after Vincent Pule picked up an injury while on national duty for South Africa ahead of their two clashes against Ethiopia in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers earlier this month and the Pirates winger has since been ruled out of action to up to 12 weeks. 

While Bafana head coach Hugo Broos substituted Tshegofatso Mabasa just 35 minutes into their first match against Ethiopia in Bahir Dar as he felt that the Pirates striker was ineffective and he has since struggled to score goals for the Soweto giants. 

Ncikazi has joined Rhulani Mokwena in questioning Broos as the Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach blamed the national team after several Masandawana players picked up injuries while in the Bafana camp.

“The issue of communication with PSL coaches and national team, I don’t want to repeat what has been said by other coaches, but the fact that problems that other clubs are mentioning are also happening at our club just shows you that things are not done correctly,” Ncikazi told the media.

“I’ll give you an example of the previous coach where I was. I met him personally because he came to training to watch our team training session. He discussed things with the technical team and he addressed the players on his expectations.

“I would have expected that the same will continue, but to be honest it has never happened for whatever reason. It becomes very difficult, I have tried to communicate with some members but it should not be done that way.

“It should not be in isolation where a coach from one club must try and connect with the national coach because the structure must inform what are the expectations of the national coach from coaches.”

Ncikazi, who is working alongside fellow Pirates co-interim head coach Fadlu Davids, stressed that there should be a mutual understanding between Bafana and PSL clubs in order for players to avoid injuries.

“It is an area that needs to be ironed out because it will lessen the problems we have currently in terms of injuries of players,” he added. 

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“To give you an example, if we were having a loading session today and one of our players is selected to the national team tomorrow and they have a loading, already on that one, there is a risk of injuries.

“A better understanding and communication between the two parties will help the national team and will also help the clubs so that when our players come back from the national team they are still useful to the team. I think that is highly important but that’s not happening currently.”

Pirates are set to face Congo-Brazzaville side Diables Noirs in the Caf Confederation Cup second round second-leg clash on Sunday.

'SuperSport United have to go out there and dominate Kaizer Chiefs' – Williams

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SuperSport United captain Ronwen Williams says they aim to dominate their upcoming clash with Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday.

Matsatsantsa are set to welcome Amakhosi at Lucas Moripe Stadium as they look to maintain their unbeaten start to the current PSL campaign.

Chiefs have failed to defeat SuperSport in their last five meetings, but Willians insisted that previous results count for nothing. 

“The records don’t bother me at all. Every game is different – different players and approach,” Williams told the media. 

“But in saying that, it is our home game and we have done well. Last year we lost one game to Golden Arrows at home and we want to keep that going.

“We want to make it a fortress and this season we have kept that good momentum going at home, and that’s the main thing for us – to go out there and dominate.”

Amakhosi are coming into this clash oozing win confidence having thumped Chippa United 4-0 with Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly (brace) scoring for the Soweto giants.

Williams indicated that they have studied the Glamour Boys and that they need to find a way to keep Dolly and Khama Billiat quiet.

“Dolly and Billiat have come alive in the last few weeks, so it is not going to be easy but we are going out there to fight,” he said.

“We will stick to our game plan. We prepared well and we watched their game plan and analysed them. So it is going to be a tough one and a game of small margins.”

The accomplished goalkeeper lauded Chiefs mentor Stuart Baxter as a wonderful coach having worked with him at both SuperSport and Bafana Bafana.

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“It is always going to be a dangerous game. Chiefs are still one of the biggest teams in the country and have a wonderful coach,” he added. 

“I know him very well and it is not going to be easy. They are going to come out there and fight.”

SuperSport are currently placed second on the PSL standings – four points behind leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns, who will be in Caf Champions League action this weekend. 

Dominate Kaizer Chiefs, that's SuperSport United's target – Ronwen Williams

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SuperSport United captain Ronwen Williams says they aim to “dominate” their upcoming clash with Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday.

Matsatsantsa are set to welcome Amakhosi at Lucas Moripe Stadium as they look to maintain their unbeaten start to the current PSL campaign.

Chiefs have failed to defeat SuperSport in their last five meetings, but Willians insisted that previous results count for nothing. 

“The records don’t bother me at all. Every game is different – different players and approach,” Williams told the media. 

“But in saying that, it is our home game and we have done well. Last year we lost one game to Golden Arrows at home and we want to keep that going.

“We want to make it a fortress and this season we have kept that good momentum going at home, and that’s the main thing for us – to go out there and dominate.”

Amakhosi are coming into this clash oozing win confidence having thumped Chippa United 4-0 with Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly (brace) scoring for the Soweto giants.

Williams indicated that they have studied the Glamour Boys and that they need to find a way to keep Dolly and Khama Billiat quiet.

“Dolly and Billiat have come alive in the last few weeks, so it is not going to be easy but we are going out there to fight,” he said.

“We will stick to our game plan. We prepared well and we watched their game plan and analysed them. So it is going to be a tough one and a game of small margins.”

The accomplished goalkeeper lauded Chiefs mentor Stuart Baxter as a wonderful coach having worked with him at both SuperSport and Bafana Bafana.

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“It is always going to be a dangerous game. Chiefs are still one of the biggest teams in the country and have a wonderful coach,” he added. 

“I know him very well and it is not going to be easy. They are going to come out there and fight.”

SuperSport are currently placed second on the PSL standings – four points behind leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns, who will be in Caf Champions League action this weekend. 

Fernandes a doubt for Man Utd clash with Liverpool, says Solskjaer

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Bruno Fernandes could miss Manchester United’s Premier League match against Liverpool on Sunday.

The 27-year-old midfielder has picked up a knock this week after playing a starring role in United’s 3-2 win against Atalanta in the Champions League.

But Solskjaer is unsure if the Portugal international will be available to feature against the Reds at Old Trafford.

What has been said?

The coach said at a press conference: “It’s still just Friday, the game’s on Sunday, we’ll give everyone time. We might have the whole squad back fit, we might be two or three players down. Today we didn’t have everyone [in training]. Let’s see Sunday.

“Games like Wednesday night are always going bring knocks and bruises and, yeah, we do have two or three carrying knocks from that game. I’ll give everyone time and hope I can pick from a fully fit squad, I might be without two or three. Yes, Bruno might be a doubt. But he’s doing everything he can to be ready.”

Who else could miss the match?

Goal‘s Manchester United correspondent Charlotte Duncker says: “The players who Solskjaer hinted at being doubts are Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Fred. All three of which you would ordinarily expect to start at Old Trafford on Sunday.

“The Norwegian is always keen to keep injury news and team news close to his chest and regularly responds in press conferences telling journalists he will not reveal his team. Which is why it wouldn’t be a surprise if all three were fit to play against Liverpool.

“Fernandes is a key player and fresh off the back off his man of the match performance on Wednesday will be desperate to feature. Rashford with two goals in two games since returning from injury will also be desperate to start and if he managed to play for a prolonged period with a range of injuries the hope will be that he would be able to shake off a dead leg by Sunday.”

How important has Fernandes been for Man Utd?

Fernandes is United’s joint-top scorer in the Premier League this season with four goals and two assists from eight appearances.

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United have taken one point from their last three games in the English top flight, most recently losing 4-2 to Leicester.

Solskjaer’s side currently sit sixth in the table, five points behind leaders Chelsea. Liverpool are second and trail the Blues by a point.

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Fernandes doubtful for Manchester United clash with Liverpool, says Solskjaer

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Bruno Fernandes could miss Manchester United’s Premier League match against Liverpool on Sunday.

The 27-year-old midfielder suffered a knock this week after playing a starring role in United’s 3-2 win against Atalanta in the Champions League.

And, as a result, Solskjaer is unsure if the Portugal international will be available to feature against Jurgen Klopp’s men at Old Trafford.

What has been said?

The United boss said at his pre-match press conference: “It’s still just Friday, the game’s on Sunday, we’ll give everyone time. We might have the whole squad back fit, we might be two or three players down. Today we didn’t have everyone [in training]. Let’s see Sunday.

“Games like Wednesday night are always going to bring knocks and bruises and we do have two or three carrying knocks from that game. I’ll give everyone time and hope I can pick from a fully fit squad, I might be without two or three. Yes, Bruno might be a doubt, but he’s doing everything he can to be ready.”

The Goal view | Manchester United correspondent Charlotte Duncker

Manchester United correspondent Charlotte Duncker says: “The players who Solskjaer hinted at being doubts are Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Fred. All three of whom you would ordinarily expect to start at Old Trafford on Sunday.

“The Norwegian is always keen to keep injury and team news close to his chest and regularly responds in press conferences by telling journalists he will not reveal his team. For that reason, it wouldn’t be a surprise if all three were fit to play against Liverpool.

“Fernandes is a key player and, following his man-of-the-match performance on Wednesday, will be hoping to feature. Rashford, with two goals in two games since returning from injury, will also be desperate to start – and, given he managed to play for a prolonged period with a range of niggling injuries, the hope will be that he would be able to shake off a dead leg by Sunday.”

Fernandes’ importance to Man Utd

Fernandes is United’s joint-top scorer in the Premier League this season with four goals and two assists from eight appearances.

Indeed, he has been arguably the Red Devils’ best player for the last two seasons, and will be pivotal to their hopes of a title challenge in the Premier League in the 2021-22 campaign.

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United have, however, taken just one point from their last three games in the English top flight, most recently losing 4-2 to Leicester. Solskjaer’s side currently sit sixth in the table, five points behind leaders Chelsea.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are second, trailing the Blues by a single point, and they will be confident of achieving a positive result at Old Trafford.

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‘Salah’s left foot is better, Ronaldo in the air’ – Klopp and Solskjaer compare Liverpool and Manchester United superstars

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Jurgen Klopp is reluctant to draw comparisons between Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo, but says the Liverpool man has a better left foot and the Manchester United star is stronger in the air – while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he will “always back” his man.

Two world-class performers are set to lock horns on Sunday at Old Trafford.

The eyes of the world will be on the Premier League battle, but Klopp is wary of picking sides when it comes to performers that boast such obvious qualities.

What has been said?

Asked about the similarities between Salah and Ronaldo, Liverpool boss Klopp said: “Why should we compare? Both are world-class. I would say Mo’s left foot is better, Cristiano may be better in the air and with his right foot. Speed-wise, both are quick and desperate to score goals but I’m not too interested in comparing, sorry.”

Salah has scored 12 goals in 11 appearances for Liverpool this season, with a couple of stunning solo efforts leading some to bill him as the best player on the planet.

Ronaldo has enjoyed that standing in the past as a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, and has six efforts to his name for United in 2021-22 – including the dramatic Champions League winner against Atalanta last time out.

What about Solskjaer?

The Man Utd was also asked how he compares Salah and Ronaldo at his press conference, and said: “I’ll always back Cristiano in any competition. He’s unique and his goal scoring record is fantastic. That being said, Salah is on fire at the moment and when you see some of the goals he has scored lately, we know we have to be at our best to defend against him.

“Players like this don’t come around very often and we’ve got to enjoy them when we watch them from afar, but not on Sunday, that’s too close for me.

“We’ve got to do a good job, not just against him. I’m a big admirer of the front line they’ve had for many years now with Mane and Firmino and maybe Jota will play, who knows. They are players you have to focus on and have to be nailed on for 95 mins to keep a clean sheet.”

Who are favourites?

While Ronaldo helped get United over the line in their latest European outing, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side did fall two goals behind on home soil and Red Devils legend Paul Scholes has claimed Klopp would have been “rubbing his hands” together.

“I was watching game and there was not one second where I was rubbing my hands together,” Klopp said. “Even in the first half, United had three clear-cut chances. Second half was demonstration of United going for it, which can cause problems.”

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More penalty drama?

Both sides will be hoping to avoid any controversial moments in Manchester this weekend, but sparks tends to fly. Klopp incurred the wrath of Solskjaer last season when discussing United’s penalty record, leading the United boss to suggest that referees were being impacted by such comments.

The Liverpool manager is eager to move on from that debate, saying: “We cannot influence refs with things like that. They are good, they go in the box, have these situations, but so do we and didn’t have even a similar number [of penalties].”

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Haaland facing ‘a few weeks’ out in injury blow for Borussia Dortmund as striker vows to return ‘stronger’

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Erling Haaland is facing up to a “few weeks” out with a hip injury, Borussia Dortmund boss Marco Rose has revealed, but the prolific striker is already vowing to return “stronger”.

The talented 21-year-old has only recently returned to action after missing three games with a muscular complaint.

He now finds himself back on the sidelines, with Dortmund having to make do without their most potent attacking weapon.

What has been said?

Rose has told reporters when asked for a fitness update ahead of a Bundesliga clash with Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday: “Thomas Meunier will not be able to play, Nico Schulz has a torn muscle fibre and Erling Haaland will not play and will be absent for a few weeks with a hip flexor injury.”

When will Haaland be back?

No definitive timescale has been put on Haaland’s recovery, but a rehabilitation programme is already underway.

The exciting frontman, who has hit 13 goals through 10 appearances in all competitions this season, is confident that he will be bounce back better than ever.

Haaland has posted on social media: “Time to focus on my recovery, I’ll be back stronger.”

What does Dortmund’s fixture list look like?

Rose’s side currently sit second in the Bundesliga table, just one point back on reigning champions Bayern Munich.

Efforts to overhaul arch-rivals will be severely hindered by Haaland’s absence, but Dortmund will hope to welcome him back before too long.

After facing Arminia, BVB have a DFB-Pokal date with Ingolstadt to take in a home date with Koln in the German top-flight.

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They also have key clashes with RB Leipzig and Stuttgart fast approaching, along with Champions League group stage outings against Ajax and Sporting – with another international break being sandwiched between those.

Dortmund will be hoping that Haaland has returned to full match sharpness by the time they play host to Bayern on December 4.

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