'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. 

‘Super Falcons comes first’ – Red-hot Oshoala unruffled over international goal drought

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Asisat Oshoala claims personal achievements are immaterial as long as the Nigerian women’s national team keep winning.

The Barcelona goal machine has been in grand form in the 2021-22 campaign – scoring nine times in her last eight fixtures for the Spaniards in all competition.

Despite her industry on the international scene, she has been unable to re-enact her Barcelona scoring form for the nine-time African champions, with her last Nigeria goals coming against Equatorial Guinea in February.

Against the Nzalang Femenino, Oshoala found the net on four occasions in the Super Falcons’ 9-0 in a Turkish Women’s Cup outing.

The 27-year-old’s inability to score against Ghana in Wednesday’s Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualification in Lagos extended her international drought to six games.

Regardless, the former Liverpool and Arsenal star states the goals would come, insisting that victory for Randy Waldrum’s squad supersedes her individual aspirations.

“To be honest, I understand the emotion and everything that come from the fans,” Oshoala told Goal.

“It’s a beautiful thing that women’s football today is getting more attention to the point that the fans are expecting certain things from certain players.

“I am really happy about that but also, I need everyone to understand that sometimes in football, the team comes first, and individual feat can come in later.

“What delights me is the fact that we defeated Ghana and the fact that we will play the return leg with more confidence. Who says I can’t score in Ghana?

“To my fans who expected me to score in the first leg, I am sorry I didn’t give you guys goals, but I still have many games to play for the Super Falcons.”

Uchenna Kanu’s brace powered Nigeria to a 2-0 win over the Black Queens at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos.

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Expectedly, Oshoala will shoulder the Falcons’ goalscoring responsibilities when they take on Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo’s women in the reverse fixture on Sunday.

The winners on aggregate will square up against Niger Republic or Cote d’Ivoire in the second round.

Morocco 2022 will be used to determine Africa’s qualifiers for the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup billed for Australia and New Zealand.

Caf Champions League: Mamelodi Sundowns' Lebusa wary of AS Maniema Union threat

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Mamelodi Sundowns defender Mosa Lebusa is confident they will rectify some of the mistakes they made against an unpredictable AS Maniema Union side when they clash again on Sunday.

The PSL champions will be hosting their counterparts from the Democratic Republic of Congo in the second leg of their Caf Champions League first-round clash at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria. 

In the first leg last week, the Congolese outfit twice came from behind through goals from Kitwa Kalowa and Tenda Mutuila while Themba Zwane scored a brace for Masandawana in the 2-2 draw.

We learnt our lesson

“We are a bit disappointed considering that we gave them two goals due to our silly mistakes that we made,” Lebusa said in a presser ahead of the game.

“Obviously, they are a good team… and they don’t give you a chance [easily] but come Sunday we have to give our best as a team to make it to the group stage.

“On Sunday we have to minimize our mistakes [since they cost us in the initial meeting] to stand a better chance of advancing. In the Caf Champions League, you rarely get away with a mistake; we learnt our lesson.

“Maniema have good players who are always on your neck, come straight to you, bring crosses and they play forward when in possession. 

“They mostly use crosses, and when they are not crossing they have good footwork as well. We are hosting them and it will be interesting to see if they stick to their game plan.

“But you cannot be sure, and the most important thing we should do is to win our game.”

Working hard for Bafana Bafana return

Recently, the 29-year-old has not been considered for international duty, but is doing his best to come into consideration for a future call-up by South Africa coach Hugo Broos.

“I am working hard at club level to see if I can make it back to try and win more caps for Bafana Bafana but the injuries have not been so nice to me,” Lebusa continued.

“The decision of getting back to the national team is beyond me but I am working hard to be considered. 

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“But right now my focus is on Sundowns as I aim at doing well and helping the team to perform well.

“However, I want to win more caps for my country and I am on the right track.”

The Brazilians prepared for Sunday’s game with a 1-0 win over Golden Arrows in the PSL on Wednesday.

‘Napoli very fortunate to have Osimhen’ – Spalletti praises star after Legia Warsaw win

‘Napoli very fortunate to have Osimhen’ – Spalletti praises star after Legia Warsaw win | Goal.com

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Napoli head coach Luciano Spalletti has described striker Victor Osimhen as “a great professional who is eager to learn” after the 3-0 Europa League win against Legia Warsaw on Thursday.

The Partenopei secured their first win in Group C after goals from Lorenzo Insigne, who broke the deadlock in the 76th minute, Nigeria’s Osimhen in the 80th minute, and Matteo Politano in stoppage time gave them the three points at Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.

The 22-year-old Nigeria international was introduced for Hirving Lozano, just before the hour-mark and he went on to score a goal in his third straight match in the competition so far in this campaign.

Spalletti has explained how he has worked to improve the talent of Osimhen, who has also scored five goals in Serie A for Napoli from seven appearances, and why they are very fortunate to have him in their ranks.

“He [Osimhen] is accustomed to galloping in wide-open spaces, so coming back to get the ball or support his teammate and then make the run are things he is still learning,” Spalletti said as quoted by Football Italia.

“He’s a great professional, a lovely guy who is eager to learn and improve.

“His teammates adore him, he wants to be with them all the time and we’re very fortunate to have him.

“When you have so many attacking players, we can seek variations and try new ways to break down the opposition. With Osimhen, Mertens, and Insigne on the field, it becomes easier to find that moment of magic.

“We maintained the balance anyway, Elmas worked so hard, and when you have this attitude in your players, it becomes simple for a coach.

“I am very happy, I think it’s difficult to play better than we did tonight. At least the players gave a response to anyone suggesting Napoli don’t care about the Europa League.”

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His sentiments were echoed by Napoli striker Dries Mertens, who praised Osimhen because he “wants to listen and learn.”

“Osimhen arrived last season and had a few difficulties settling, he also had injury problems, so I tried to help him. He’s a smart lad who wants to listen and learn. I give him all the love in the world!” Mertens said as quoted by Football Italia.

Napoli will shift their focus to Serie A where they set to face Roma at Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

Caf Champions League: AmaZulu will not give respect to TP Mazembe – Mulenga

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AmaZulu forward Augustine Mulenga has warned Tout Puissant Mazembe they will fight from the first whistle so as to get a positive result to take them to the group stage of the Caf Champions League.

Usuthu failed to take full advantage of playing at home heading into the return leg of their first-round fixture after they battled to a 0-0 draw at Moses Mabhida Stadium on October 15.

Ahead of their second meeting at Stade TP Mazembe on Saturday, the former Orlando Pirates and Zambia international insist they have what it takes to beat the Democratic Republic of Congo giants in their backyard.

‘We won’t give them respect’

“I think we can look back TP [Mazembe] is a big club with a big history in the African continent and on Saturday I am sure we will go there and fight,” Mulenga told Goal.

“We give them respect but this time we won’t give them respect because we also want to get a win and proceed to the group stage of the competition and I am sure the game is not going to be easy for us, it is going to be tough but we must work extra hard from the first whistle until the end.”

Mulenga also explained their recent 1-0 win against TS Galaxy in a Premier Soccer League fixture will boost their morale heading into the decisive match in DR Congo.

“I am sure the game we played on Tuesday gave us a bit of a boost for Saturday’s game because winning away from home is not easy,” Mulenga continued.

“We showed the character from the first whistle until the end and I am sure everyone who is here in Congo is looking forward to giving his best so that we can beat Mazembe on Saturday.”

‘We’ll focus on our game’

Ahead of the two team’s first meeting, AmaZulu head coach Benni McCarthy reiterated they will not be bothered by TP Mazembe’s history of success.

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“We couldn’t have asked for a more difficult opponent to face. They’re one of the powerhouses in Africa,” McCarthy said.

“They have a history that you have to respect, but I don’t think there’s much for us to fear because we’ve passed that stage where we fear other teams. We respect them for what they’ve done, but to fear them is something different.

“We’ll just be focusing on our game and what we need to do and really not be bothered too much about the opposition and their history. Our goal is to get into the group stages where we can contest against the best and biggest teams in Africa.”

Gerrard to Aribo: 'You are better player when you play angry for Rangers'

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Rangers coach Steven Gerrard has lauded Nigeria international Joe Aribo for his display in the 2-0 win over Brondby in the Europa League at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow on Thursday night.

The hosts needed just 18 minutes to open the scoring through another Nigeria international Leon Balogun, who converted a precise James Tavernier corner-kick.

With 30 minutes on the clock, Kemar Roofe scored the second to ensure the Scottish champions won comfortably.

But it was Aribo’s performance that caught the eye of the Liverpool legend owing to his impact in the match.

“I never said stand up and be counted, I think he always gives you that. He is a great kid, he wants to learn, he wants to grow,” Gerrard told BT Sport as quoted by All Nigeria Soccer.

“What I have said to Joe [Aribo] is you are a much better player when you play angry in a nice way, flex your muscles. 

“I thought his first 45-minute performance [on Thursday night] was outstanding, that is probably the reason why he tired a little bit, but he has played a lot.”

In the previous week, the midfielder was part of the Super Eagles squad that played the Central African Republic in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

After a shock 1-0 loss at home, Nigeria went on to win the second meeting 2-0 to maintain Group C’s top spot.

Meanwhile, the Rangers manager believes it will be tough to continue having the player with that quality.

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“He has been away on international duty but if he can find that performance consistently over 90 minutes, we will be lucky to keep hold of him,” Gerrard concluded.

After their recent win, Rangers are now placed third in Group A with three points, six fewer than French heavyweights Lyon who have won all three their matches. 

Sparta Prague are second with four points after a win, draw and loss while Brondby are bottom of the table with just one point after a draw and two losses.

Kamaldeen: Stade Rennes boss Genesio wants Ghana sensation to find new 'weapons'

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Stade Rennes coach Bruno Genesio has urged the Ghana winger to vary his game in his quest to reach the top level.

The 19-year-old, who joined The Red and Blacks in July, has been in impressive form for his new club in the French Ligue 1, having netted four times in 10 appearances so far.

On Sunday, he made headlines one more time with a remarkable goal against Metz.

“We took the time to mature him because he came from a different championship to ours, with much more intense training than what he used to do in Denmark,” Genesio said.

“Today, he assumes and assimilates better and better with the training load, and to express in a match all his qualities of speed, technique and efficiency for which he was recruited.

“Obviously now it will be more expected. I talk to him almost every day, he’s someone who likes contact, needs it, and because he’s a young player who still needs advice, and listens to those who can give it.

“I’m happy because he’s a boy who wants to progress, to learn. He may have to find other weapons than one-on-ones or duels. I know he is capable of doing it.” 

Kamaldeen has also registered a goal for Rennes in the Europa Conference League.

The teenager joined the club in a five-year deal in July after being linked with famous teams across Europe.

“I chose Rennes because when I came for the visit, I spoke to coach [Bruno Genesio] and I spoke to [technical director] Florian [Maurice] and the project was very interesting and was good for me, and I felt here was the right place for me,” the winger said after his move in July.

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“With Rennes, I get to play in Ligue 1 which is one of the best leagues in the whole world, so that’s enough of my reason.

“And I think I chose here based on my playing time and I think there’s a better chance of me playing more here than any other place, and I’ll play against great teams here as well.”

Kamaldeen, who was in first half action for Rennes in Conference League action against Slovenian side Mura on Thursday, will look to continue his fine form against Strasbourg in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Kaizer Chiefs defender Dube lauds Baxter's new defensive set-up

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Kaizer Chiefs defender Austin Dube has lauded the new defensive arrangement by coach Stuart Baxter.

Amakhosi have avoided defeat and conceded once in their last two Premier Soccer League games where Daniel Cardoso has been sacrificed. 

Dube has started in those two games, partnering Erick Mathoho at the heart of the defence in the 1-1 draw against AmaZulu, before Njabulo Ngcobo was added to form a three-man central defensive combination in the 4-0 victory over Chippa United last weekend.

Prior to those changes at the back, Chiefs had conceded seven goals in three games. 

“It has been a great experience playing alongside Tower [Mathoho]. With the experience that he has, he helps me a lot,” Dube told Chiefs’ media.

“All the centre-backs actually and the back four and all the defenders I work with, I learn a lot every day. So I think It has been a great partnership with Tower.

“So far I think everything is going very well, judging from the past two games we have played. We have been doing well, even at training. I think we are ready for this upcoming game against SuperSport.”

If Baxter continues with his new defensive set-up in their next league match, that arrangement will be facing arguably its biggest test so far.

Amakhosi visit SuperSport United on Sunday and they will be facing an unbeaten side which is second on the table.

“If we stick to our plan and our tactics I think we are going to do well. We just have to be us and play our normal football,” said Dube.

“Yes, I have watched them [SuperSport] play almost all their games this season. They have been doing well but I think if we can stick to our plan then anything is possible. 

“Taking it from the previous game against Chippa we did very well. I think we can still improve and do much better. So going into the weekend game in Pretoria we are going for a win and perform better than the previous game.”

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This is Dube’s maiden PSL season, having previously played National First Division football for five seasons with Witbank Spurs, TS Galaxy and Richards Bay.

The 28-year-old feels that since joining Chiefs, he has not been at his former best which saw him being called up for Bafana Bafana duty while still at Richards Bay towards the end of last season.

“No, I’m not yet there on the level I want. I will get there, I still need more games to get where I want to be or where I used to be. But I think up to now I have done well but I obviously need to improve,” Dube said.

'The goal is to take African football to the next level' – Barcelona's Oshoala reveals mission in Fifa technical advisory group

‘The goal is to take African football to the next level’ – Oshoala reveals mission in Fifa technical advisory group | Goal.com

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Asisat Oshoala’s ambition in the Fifa technical advisory group is to ensure that African football gets to the ‘next level’.

The Nigeria and Barcelona star headlines the list of heavyweights set up by the football ruling body concerning the growth of the women’s game globally.

Their discussions will include topics around competitive balance, increased opportunities for underserved nations, a Fifa Women’s Club World Cup, the Fifa international windows and the possibility of a biennial Fifa Women’s World Cup, which has generated contrasting arguments recently.

In a no holds barred chat with Goal, the four-time African Women’s Player of the Year gushes about her inclusion in the group that will be led by former two-time World Cup-winning coach Jill Ellis.

More importantly, she reveals what her roles would be and what she intends to achieve, having found a ‘bigger platform’ where her voice will be heard.

“As a young player growing up, I went through a lot of things because of my environment regarding women’s football,” the 27-year-old told Goal.

“I have always been a person who likes to make things right which was why I set up my foundation as well without being noticed.

“I am really happy to be a part of this technical group, I am really happy to share my ideas and what I feel is happening in Africa as it concerns football.

“At the end of the day, it is to bring forward the errors and what is making us stay back with the ambition of making things better. The goal is to make African football get to the next level.”

“When you stay in some certain communities, sometimes you need the bigger platform to raise your opinion, to lay your complaints so that people can actually come in and help you,” she continued.

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“I have a good relationship with Caf committees and all that, but I feel this Fifa [committee] is a bigger one.

“I didn’t ask for this neither did I apply, so for them to contact me to ask me to be a part of this, they would have seen a thing or two about me and what I have been doing so far.”

Most probably the greatest African women’s footballer of all time owing to her trophy-laden career, Oshoala who represented Liverpool and Arsenal, has been an exponent on empowering girls football in Africa.