Banyana Banyana were held to a 1-1 draw by Burkina Faso in the first leg of the CAF 2024 WAFCON Qualifiers at the Charles Konan Banny Stadium on Thursday.

The two sides went to the break deadlocked at 0-0 after a physical first half that saw a Thembi Kgatlana goal being disallowed for an offside in the 38th minute.

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Janine Van Wyk started the match and captained the side for her 184th cap to level the African record set by Ahmed Hassan (Egypt).

Hildah Magaia, who had not registered her name on the scoresheet in a long time, broke the deadlock in the 56th minute to give Banyana a crucial away goal.

Banyana Banyana held to a draw by Burkina Faso
Noko Matlou in action for Banyana Banyana

BANYANA BANYANA SUFFERE A DRAW IN QUALIFIERS

However, the lead did not last long as Yasso Konate levelled matters for Burkina Faso in the 68th minute. Despite numerous attempts from coach Desiree Ellis’ side to get another goal and seal victory, it did not materialise and the teams eventually had to settle for a share of the spoils.

The second leg will be played on Monday, 4 December 2023 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium and will also be Live on SABC Sport.

Sports company PUMA and 13-time league champions Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club have launched the African Dawn kit. The team will use the kit in the inaugural CAF African Football League with matches starting this weekend.

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Mamelodi Sundowns kick off their campaign on Saturday, 21 October with a trip to Angola against Petro Luanda. The return leg will be played on Saturday the 24 October in Tshwane.

The two legged finals of the newly established competition will be played on 5 and 12 November 2023. The dark blue kit in PUMA Navy, inspired by the colour of the African sky at the dawning of a new day, features a Pele Yellow ribbed crewneck and yellow ribbed cuff.

The CAF Champions League Star appears above the club badge and the letters MSFC appear on the back of the neckline alongside a map of Africa.

Mamelodi Sundowns and Puma unveil African dawn kit
Mamelodi Sundowns new kit

MAMELODI SUNDOWNS UNVEIL NEW KIT

“With the team about to represent the Nation in the inaugural African Football League, we have designed this kit to honour Mamelodi Sundowns as they take their place amongst the others as giants of African football. A new League deserves a stylish and special kit for our Team,” said PUMA Marketing Director Brett Bellinger.

Technology in the player’s shirt ensures this is the lightest ever PUMA shirt, weighing just 72 grams. The material construction has a structured, 4-way stretch to reduce weight and friction. The trims use a new, lighter and more breathable print technique while the bonded seams create a comfortable, lightweight feel. Mamelodi Sundowns’ spokesperson, Tiyani “Shuga” Mabunda welcomed the initiative and said:

“It is an honour to be selected as one of the top teams on the continent to participate in this prestigious competition and we could not have chosen a more befitting time to launch this special kit for the Yellow Nation. We trust that the kit will propel our players to break new boundaries and reach new heights.”

The African Dawn shirt will be available on 16 October 2023. The match shirt with official heat press badge (R1499) will only be available on PUMA.com and the sundowns store.

Meanwhile, the Replica with official embroidery logo (R1099), will be available from the Sundowns store and PUMA, Sportsman Warehouse, Studio 88 and Totalsports.

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has named his final 23-member squad for the international friendly matches. They will play against Eswatini and Côte d’Ivoire this month.

Broos’ charges host Eswatini on 13 October 2023 at 18:00. They will then travel to West Africa to face next year’s CAF Africa Cup of Nations hosts Côte d’Ivoire on 17 October 2023.

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Broos says he continues to finetune his squad, the two matches this month will help him get even closer to the kind of team he has in mind for next year’s AFCON and the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers next month.

“We have again three injured players for the moment, players who played in the previous games. It’s a pity, but I think for 80-85% that the team is made (for AFCON),” Broos said on Thursday after announcing the squad.

“There can be changes, certainly there can be changes, but I’m very happy that we are already so far. With those two games now, Eswatini and Côte d’Ivoire, I can really make the choices next month for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Benin and Rwanda.”

BAFANA BAFANA SQUAD ANNOUNCED BY HUGO BROOS 

GOALKEEPERS: Ronwen Williams [Mamelodi Sundowns], Veli Mothwa [AmaZulu FC], Ricardo Goss [SuperSport United]

DEFENDERS: Nyiko Mobbie [Sekhukhune United], Grant Kekana [Mamelodi Sundowns], Nkosinathi Sibisi [Orlando Pirates], Aubrey Modiba [Mamelodi Sundowns], Paseka Mako [Orlando Pirates] Mothobi Mvala [Mamelodi Sundowns], Siyanda Xulu [SuperSport United], Khuliso Mudau [Mamelodi Sundowns]

MIDFIELDERS: Njabulo Blom [Sr Louis FC], Teboho Mokoena [Mamelodi Sundowns], Sphephelo Sithole [C.D Tondela], Sibongiseni Mthethwa [Kaizer Chiefs]

FORWARDS: Mihlali Mayambela [Aris Limassol], Percy Tau [Al Ahly], Zakhele Lepasa [Orlando Pirates], Lyle Foster [Burnley], Lebo Mothiba [Strasbourg FC], Monnapule Saleng [Orlando Pirates], Bongokuhle Hlongwane [Minnesota], Themba Zwane [Mamelodi Sundowns].

Hugo Broos announce Bafana Bafana squad for eSwatini and Ivory Coast
Bafana Bafana squad

By Khotso Ramalatswa 

Africa’s football motherbody, CAF have revealed that they are conducting a probe into Samuel Eto’o’s conduct after a request from ‘stakeholders’ in Cameroon. Eto’o is the current president of Cameroon’s football federation [FECAFOOT]. He has been accused of misconduct in recent weeks.

These include accusations of match-fixing after the questionable promotion of Victoria United to the Cameroonian league. The Fecafoot president’s mandate under his rule has also been changed from four to seven years. It is viewed as both anti-statutory and illegal.

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There have also been questions about Eto’o’s decision to take an ambassadorial role with a sports betting company, which could be in violation of both Fifa and Fecafoot rules.

Fecafoot has signed a deal with the same betting company to sponsor both the men’s and women’s international teams.

Last week, Cameroon’s Amateur Clubs’ Association (ACFAC) voted 11-1 in favour of asking Eto’o to stand down.

CAF investigating improper conduct against Samuel Eto'o
Samuel Eto’o

CAF STATEMENT ON SAMUEL ETO’O IMPROPER CONDUCT PROBE

In a statement on Wednesday, CAF confirmed the investigations were underway.

“CAF has received written statements from several Cameroonian football stakeholders to look into and investigate certain alleged improper conduct by Mr. Samuel Eto’o who is President of the Fédération Camerounaise de Football (“FECAFOOT”),” read a statement.

“CAF is looking into these requests based on and in accordance with the CAF Statutes and Regulations.

“Whilst the allegations are prima facie serious, Mr. Samuel Eto’o is presumed to be innocent until an appropriate judicial body concludes otherwise,”

“CAF will make no further announcement while the investigations are ongoing. We will only make public statements when the proceedings have come to an end.”

CAF Africa Cup of Nations-winning and former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker has died  after a brave battle with Lewy Body Dementia (LBD).

The 78-year-old Barker led Bafana Bafana to the Afcon title in 1996. He also spearheaded the country’s first appearance at the FIFA World Cup in France in 1998.

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“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the medical professionals who cared for Clive over the past six months,” the Barker family said in a statement. “He fought a brave battle and we are relieved he is now at peace.

“Clive will be remembered by South Africans for his role in helping to bring a nation together around the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, but for us he was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and he will be dearly missed.

“We have been overwhelmed by the enormous outpouring of love and support for Clive since he was first diagnosed with LBD, and this is a testament to the coach, friend and mentor he was to not only several generations of footballers, but also anyone who crossed his path in the sport he so dearly loved.”

Former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker has died
Clive Barker with Bafana Bafana

COACH CLIVE BARKER HAS DIED 


SAFA President Dr. Danny Jordaan also sent his condolences to the Barker family.  “We are saddened by the passing of Clive Barker after a long illness,” said Jordaan.  

“Bafana Bafana winning the African Cup of Nations with a South African coach at the helm is still one of the standout moments in the history of African football. Clive Barker signaled the takeoff of Bafana Bafana to become the champion of Africa. He also celebrated continuously on the touchline, spreading out his wings.

“Barker has made a major contribution to South African football. He managed to build a strong administration for the team, the captains and the players of that side. It is no wonder that virtually every single one of those players was signed by the top clubs in Europe. This made him the only coach that had the entire Bafana Bafana team composed of foreign-based players, and playing in the best leagues in Europe. Clive has been a people’s person and may his soul rest in peace.”

“SAFA would like to take this opportunity to convey our sincere condolences to his family and friends. May his departed soul rest in peace.”

The Barker family will provide details of the memorial service in the coming days. They have also asked their privacy to be respected at this very difficult time.

Three-time CAF Champions League winner Pitso Mosimane has praised the work done by Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro in his first season in the PSL.

Riveiro was appointed as Pirates head coach in June 2022 on a three-year deal. The appointment of the coach left people in a perplexed state—as many thought he lacked experience.

However, the Spanish coach has proven and enjoyed an excellent start to his debut in Mzansi’s football fraternity. He led Pirates to two cup titles (MTN8 and Nedbank Cup) in the 2022/2023 season.

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The Soweto giants have won two trophies under Riveiro, that is more than any other DStv Premiership side this past season. The 47-year-old mentor has also managed to finish in second position in the league. He has also qualified his team for the CAF Champions League.

Mosimane feels that the coach has changed the mood in the club. The Buccaneers have in the past seasons struggled to win more than one trophy in a season. They have won more than two official titles ten years ago in a year.

PITSO MOSIMANE HEAPS OF PRAISE ON JOSE RIVEIRO

While heaping praise on the coach, Mosimane has admitted the Spaniard has done a pretty impressive job in turning the Sea Robbers around.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns coach has hailed Riveiro as an exceptional “calm and humble” football facilitator.

“First, I must congratulate the Buccaneers (for winning two trophies),” Mosimane said on Power FM Sport Show.

Pitso Mosimane praises Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro
Pitso Mosimane with his entire technical staff 

“The coach, first year, two trophies. I am very much impressed. I have been listening to him about formations and tactics. He is very spot on.

“He knows his stuff, he is very calm and humble and he has also done very well.

“You know my opinion about European coaches in South Africa. This is what we want to see, this is value add, brilliant. This is what we need from European coaches in South Africa.”

By Clifton Mabasa

The draw for the HollywoodBets COSAFA Cup 2023 was conducted on Friday afternoon during the Annual General Meeting [AGM] in Johannesburg. CAF President, Dr Patrice Motsepe attended the meeting where he addressed the COSAFA members.

This year’s HollywoodBets COSAFA Cup is scheduled for 05-16 July in Durban. There will be 12 teams with three group stages. CAF President, Dr Patrice Motsepe was happy about the work which is done in the region to strengthen football and he also asked the governments to have a relationship with the region to strengthen the region’s football.

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“I will never accept, and I am from the nation that is represented here, that the ambition is not [to win the Africa Cup of Nations],” he said.

“Every leader in every COSAFA nation should have that clear objective goal. I know the enormous talent [in the region],” said the CAF president during the Annual General Meeting.

“The best way to market football in COSAFA is for the teams to be successful. A big football country is one that wins African competitions. We must tell the political leadership in the country that they should support football, and they should be proud also. There are times when we must talk nicely and make plans, but there are also times when we need to implement and get results.”

Draw for COSAFA Cup 2023 conducted
COSAFA Cup Draw

Group A will be made up of the hosts, South Africa together with the 2022 runner-up which is Namibia and others. Group B will have the defending champions, Zambia together with Malawi and others

The last group which is Group C will have Mozambique together with Angola and other nations. The HollywoodBets is still the sponsor of this competition. HollywoodBets will also sponsor the upcoming 2023 COSAFA Women’s Championship and 2023 COSAFA Women’s Champions League.

“We are delighted to be part of the HollywoodBets COSAFA Cup once again. Our partnership has grown since we first formed the relationship in 2019 and we hope to continue nurturing it,” the HollywoodBets Senior Football Sponsorship Coordinator, Indira Albuquerque said.

The winners in the group stages will advance to the Semi-Finals, while the best number two in the group stages will also advance to the group stages.

COSAFA CUP DRAW:

Group A 1. South Africa 2. Namibia 3. Eswatini 4. Botswana

Group B 1. Zambia  2. Malawi 3. Seychelles 4. Comoros

Group C 1. Mozambique 2. Angola 3. Mauritius 4. Lesotho

By Banele Hlakanyana

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has named a preliminary squad for the upcoming 2023 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. The two nations will; battle it out at FNB Stadium on Saturday, 17 June.

Both nations have already confirmed their qualification. Broos has now named a 34-member team which will be trimmed to 23 players next month. Coach Broos has also confirmed that there will be a camp for locally-based players and a few overseas players.

Bafana Bafana's squad for Morocco announced
Hugo Broos

34-MEMBER BAFANA BAFANA SQUAD

GOALKEEPERS:

Ronwen Williams [Mamelodi Sundowns], Veli Mothwa [AmaZulu], Ricardo Goss [SuperSport United].

DEFENDERS:
Given Msimango [TS Galaxy], Nyiko Mobbie [Sekhukhune United], Innocent Maela, Nkosinathi Sibisi [both Orlando Pirates], Taariq Fielies [Cape Town City], Siyanda Xulu [Turan Tovuz].

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MIDFIELDERS:

Sphelele Mkhulise, Teboho Mokoena [Mamelodi Sundowns], Bathusi Aubaas [TS Galaxy], Thapelo Maseko, Grant Magerman [both SuperSport United], Njabulo Blom [St. Louis City], Miguel Timm [Orlando Pirates], Like Le Roux [Varbergs BoIS].

FORWARDS:
Monnapule Saleng [Orlando Pirates], Cassius Mailula, Themba Zwane [Mamelodi Sundowns], Zakhele Lepasa [SuperSport United], Khanyisa Mayo [Cape Town City], Kobamelo Kodisang [Moreirense], Mihlali Mayambela [Aris Limassol], Bongokuhle Hlongwane [Minnesota United], Percy Tau [Al Ahly], Pule Mmodi [Golden Arrows], Iqraam Rayners [Stellenbosch].

The CAF Executive Committee has approved the format and dates of the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers. The Executive Committee held a meeting on Thursday chaired by President Dr Patrice Motsepe, in Algeria.

The new format has been adapted in line with FIFA’s expanded FIFA World Cup format. It will involve all the 54 Member Associations of CAF who will be divided into nine (9) Groups.

Winners of each Group will also automatically qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2026. The four best runners-up (from the Groups) will play in Play-Off tournament.

The winner ( Play-Off tournament) will also play in the FIFA Play-off Tournament.

CAF World Cup qualifiers draw

The Executive Committee announced that the Official Draw of the FIFA World Cup 2026 African Qualifiers will be on Wednesday 12 July 2023 in Cotonou, Benin. The night before the 45th CAF Ordinary General Assembly.

CAF approves FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers calendar
CAF Meeting held in Algeria

AFCON PREPARATIONS PROGRESS

The Executive Committee also noted the progress that is being made in Cote d’Ivoire in preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations.

“President Motsepe expressed his gratitude to the Côte d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara and Prime Minister Patrick Achi for the cooperation and commitment to ensuring that the Africa Cup of Nations Côte d’Ivoire 2023 is world-class,” said CAF.

The Official Draw of the tournament will also be conducted on Thursday, 12 October 2023.

CAF Women’s Champions League 2023 Host

The Executive Committee announced Côte d’Ivoire as the next host country of the CAF Women’s Champions League 2023. The staging of the CAF Women’s Champions League 2023 will enable Côte d’Ivoire to test the facilities that will be used for next year’s TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Côte d’Ivoire 2023.

The dates will also be confirmed in due course.

EXCO was also updated about the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) between CAF and the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (“SAFF”) and is excited about the huge potential of the mutual benefits between the parties.

Limpopo side Marumo Gallants crashed out of the CAF Confederation Cup after a 2-1 defeat to Young Africans at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday night. 

The win saw the Tanzanian giants book their first-ever Confederations Cup final with a crushing 4-1 aggregate victory. Yanga beat Gallants 2-0 in Tanzania at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium last week. 

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It was a typical display of the kind of gritty defending and swift counter-attacking from both side with plenty of chances, but they could not convert early in the game. 

But just a minute before the break, a well-known striker, Fiston Mayele gave his side a lead after an error from Gallants’ defence. 

Marumo Gallants bow out of Confederations Cup 
Marumo Gallants against Yanga

MARUMO GALLANTS BOW OUT OF CONFEDERATION CUP

Raymond Mdaga’s boys were unable to create enough quality opportunities to score in the second half. Africans doubled their lead through Kennedy Musonda after he was well-placed by Mayele in the 62nd minute. 

It was too late in the 90th minute for the South African side when the scoring machine Ranga Chivaviro scored his sixth goal in the tournament. 

Gallants are left to focus on the DStv Premiership campaign. They face a real battle to survive relegation and also earn a place in next year’s campaign.

They will face Swallows in the final match on Saturday at Dobsonville Stadium at 15h00. 

By Clifton Mabasa