The PSL has confirmed that the DStv Premiership match between TS Galaxy and Mamelodi Sundowns has been postponed. The decision comes after the Bus accident involving Galaxy in which a motorist died. 

Although no one from the Galaxy side was physically injured, the players are believed to have been traumatized.

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The clash was scheduled for 19:30 at the Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga. 

“The Premier Soccer League (PSL) hereby confirms the postponement of the DStv Premiership fixture between TS Galaxy FC and Mamelodi Sundowns scheduled for this evening, 06 March 2024, at Mbombela Stadium (19h30). The decision has been made in consideration of the extraordinary circumstances following an accident involving the TS Galaxy FC team bus and another motor vehicle on Tuesday afternoon,” the PSL said in a statement. 

The PSL has postponed the TS Galaxy and Mamelodi Sundowns match
TS Galaxy Bus damaged

TS GALAXY V MAMELODI SUNDOWNS MATCH HAS BEEN POSTPONED 

“The PSL extends its understanding and support to TS Galaxy FC during this challenging period. We also acknowledge the impact of this decision on all stakeholders and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

“Details regarding the rescheduled fixture will be communicated in due course.” Other DStv Premiership matches are scheduled to go ahead on Wednesday.

TS Galaxy head coach Sead Ramovic has responded to Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena for “making excuses” for not having all his players due to national duties.

The Rockets eliminated Sundowns in the Carling Knockout Cup last-16 round last month on penalties. After the defeat, Mokwena was disappointed with the fact that the match took place a day after the FIFA break.

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“Who cares that you play the day after and you tell me of any club in the world, any club, I’m waiting [that play] a day after the FIFA break,” said Mokwena during a post-match interview.

Nonetheless, Ramović was not happy with the comments Mokwena made about his seven players who were not available. He claims that Mokwena doesn’t respect his Sundowns players.

“I don’t want to find excuses like other coaches do, for example when we beat Sundowns, what were the excuses of our opponent?” says Ramovic during a media brief ahead of their encounter against AmaZulu.

“They said they didn’t play seven players (who were with Bafana). How is this respect for the players who played? You have a player you bought for R60 million, (Marcelo) Allende.

“Then you bought (Junior) Mendieta for R12 million, then you have (Bongani) Zungu and a lot of other national team players. And you come up with this excuse?” he asked.

SEAD RAMOVIC FEELS DISRESPECTED BY RULANI MOKWENA EXCUSES

“It disrespects my staff, my players, and myself. I think a strong coach does not find an excuse, he says ‘fantastic job, Galaxy, fantastic game plan, you beat us’ and he shows respect.

“He is also disrespecting his own team and his own players if he says he cannot win with the players he has. I think the team that played against us can win the league,” he added.

“They have top players… It means we did a fantastic job. I am very happy we beat Sundowns. The first time we beat them he (Mokwena) said we played catenaccio. I cannot understand what catenaccio is. I promise we will beat them again when we play them (next).”

TS Galaxy will visit AmaZulu in the Carling Knockout Cup semi-finals on Sunday at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

By Katleho Hlalele

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena broke his silence on reports linking Khuliso Mudau to English Premier League side, Burnley FC.

Mudau has recently emerged as a transfer target for England’s Burnley for this coming summer window period.

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“It’s a very difficult question you are asking me because the Sundowns coach says Sailor [Khuliso Mudau] is going nowhere because I’m very selfish,” Mokwena told the media.

“We need our best players, and we are not a selling club, and that’s very clear.

“But the human being understands that life is about growth and there is a target for players. It is the same way that I dealt with Cassius’ (Mailula) situation.

“As difficult as it was for us to let go of Cassius, but when there is a big opportunity and possibility for growth, and it makes sense to all parties, Sundowns included, then yeah.”

NO FORMAL BID FOR KHULISO MUDAU BESIDES BURNLEY FC LINKS

“But I can’t entertain it at the moment because it just talks and there’s nothing on the table at the moment.

“Sailer is an unbelievable player, he’s an incredible human being. He’s so kind-hearted. He’s a very, very important part of our team.

“So it’s difficult to entertain those types of talk because it is just talk. and there’s nothing to conclude.

“So if I answered it only as a Sundowns coach, I would say hands off. It’s very difficult. It’s the same way as you going to Manchester City and asking for Walker. So It’s very difficult.”

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena has been named the DStv Premiership Coach of the Month for August 2023. The 36-year-old coach had a perfect start to the 2023/24 DStv Premiership league season as he won his first six games.

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During this impressive run, Sundowns scored 13 goals and conceded only two goals as they took the top spot on the league table. The defending league champions stepped into the new season ready to carry on where they left off last season. They opened the league campaign by beating Sekhukhune United 2-1. Sundowns then dispatched Kaizer Chiefs, Lamontville Golden Arrows, Chippa United, Richards Bay and Polokwane City.

He beat out competition from Gavin Hunt of SuperSport United and for the award.

Lamontville Golden Arrows coach Mabhudi Khenyeza was voted the DStv Premiership Coach of the Month for September/October 2023, winning it for the first time in his coaching career. Khenyeza is the first Arrows coach to claim the prize since Clinton Larson last did so in September 2017.

RULANI MOKWENA AND MABHUDI KHENYEZA WIN DSTV PREMIERHSIP AWARDS 

The 41-year-old Khenyeza transformed Arrow’s fortunes by going on an impressive unbeaten run beating in September/October, beating Sekhukhune United, Kaizer Chiefs and Cape Town Spurs, scoring 4 goals and conceding only once, to get his side in the top 3 on the log standings. He won the award ahead of Cape Town City’s Eric Tinkler and Hunt.

Lucas Ribeiro Costa won the DStv Premiership Player of the Month award after impressing during the month of August, scoring four goals in 6 games, and providing one assist for his new, high-flying team. The Brazilian Costa beat his new teammate Ronwen Williams and Orlando Pirates’ Zakhele Lepasa to the award.

Bradely Grobler once again proved to be reliable for SuperSport United upfront, as he was voted as the DStv Premiership Player of the Month for September/October.

Pule Mmodi of Kaizer Chiefs won the DStv Premiership Goal of the Month award for his wonderful, long-distance strike from outside the 18-yard area when Amakhosi beat Stellenbosch FC at the Athlone stadium in August.

Last month, TS Galaxy forward Samir Nurkovic announced his arrival at the club in style as he was rewarded with the DStv Premiership Goal of the Month award for his superbly taken long-range goal in his side’s 2-0 win over Sekhukhune United.

For their recognition, all the winning coaches and players will each receive a trophy and R7, 000 courtesy of league sponsors, DStv.

Judges for August: Carol Tshabalala (SuperSport, convenor), Tshepang Mailwane (Soccer Laduma), Malibongwe Mdletshe (Isolezwe), Neville Khoza (Sowetan), Nkululeko Dladla (Ukhozi FM), Grant Bisset (SuperSport)

Judges for September/October: BBK Kortjaas (Sunday Times, convenor), Thabo Kofa (Lesedi FM), Bruno Letsogo (Motsweding FM), Xoli Zondo (SABC Sport), Lorenz Kohler (iDiski Times), Sthembiso Dindi (Times Live)

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.

The Premier Soccer League has confirmed the prize money, dates, venues and kick-off times for the upcoming Carling Knockout tournament.

The Carling Knockout which features all 16 Premier Division clubs, will kick-off on Wednesday, 18 October 2023. TS Galaxy and Mamelodi Sundowns open the proceedings at Mbombela Stadium.

CARLING KNOCKOUT PRIZE MONEY 

The Premier Soccer League has confirmed the prize money, dates, venues and kick-off times for the upcoming Carling Knockout tournament.
Carling knockout list

FIXTURES 

Wednesday, 18 October

TS Galaxy v Mamelodi Sundowns

Mbombela

19:30

Friday, 20 October

Orlando Pirates v Cape Town Spurs

Orlando Stadium 

19:30

Saturday, 21 October

Golden Arrows v Cape Town City

Mpumalanga Stadium

15:00

Chippa United v Stellenbosch

Nelson Mandela Bay

15:00

Kaizer Chiefs v AmaZulu FC

FNB Stadium

18:00

Sekhukhune United v Royal AM

New Peter Mokaba Stadium

20:15

Sunday, 22 October

Richards Bay v Moroka Swallows

King Zwelithini

15:00

SuperSport United v Polokwane City

TUT Stadium

18:00

Tickets for the 2023/24 MTN8 final between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns are officially SOLD OUT. The fans bought the tickets just 18 hours after tickets were made available to the public.

Match tickets went on sale at 15:00 on Thursday, 28 September 2023 and were sold out by 09:00 on Friday, 29 September 2023.

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The MTN8 final will be played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, 07 October 2023 (18h00). Gates will open at 14h00 and ticket holders are also requested to arrive early to ensure smooth entry.

MTN8 FINAL TICKETS SOLD OUT 

“The PSL is working closely with the South African Police Service and several other safety and security role players to ensure a safe and secure event. As part of the stringent security measures around the stadium, people engaging in illegal behaviour such as ticket peddling will face immediate arrest. There will also be no tickets sold at the stadium,” said the League. 

Members of the public who are interested in purchasing hospitality packages can contact Moses Mabhida Stadium via email on: Musawakhe.Cele@durban.gov.za

The match will be LIVE on the SuperSport PSL Channel (202) and SABC Sport and starts at 18:00.

Kaizer Chiefs forward Ashley Du Preez is still disappointed from the MTN8 elimination against rivals Mamelodi Sundowns. Amakhosi lost 3-2 on aggregate, after the 2-1 win in the second leg on Saturday afternoon.

But the former Stellenbosch player is determined to improve his game going forward.

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When he was asked about improving in front of goals, Du Preez said: “I want to improve my game. I don’t want to repeat the chances I missed,” he told the club website.

“I have had a really good start to this season, but for a player like me who works so hard, when I get chances, I must be totally focused on improving my finishing. Sometimes, I feel I am trying so hard that when a chance comes I rush it, so I am working a lot on learning to be more composed.”

ASHLEY DU PREEZ LOOKING FORWARD TO SEKHUKHUNE MATCH

The Soweto giants will host Sekhukhune United in hopes of going back to winning ways after back-to-back defeats. Du Preez has indicated that they will not belittle the Limpopo side even though they need to get the three points.

“Sekhukhune are a tough team, they are physical and they can also play,” he stated.

“But from our side, coming off a setback, we can go into this game to get rid of our frustrations. We must go out there and get the three points.

“I will be determined to convert any chances that come my way. I think this is a game where we can show our will to win, our resilience, the hunger in the mentality of every player, and do the job.”

The two sides met on three occasions last season, with Kaizer Chiefs losing all the matches against Babina Noko.

By Katleho Hlalele

Mamelodi Sundowns captain Themba Zwane has given his thoughts on what could transpire when his side welcome Stellenbosch at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday.

Sundowns have already won the first Q-innovation with a game in hand.

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Nonetheless, Zwane is convinced their match against Stellenbosch won’t be an easy one because of the pace Stellies have in front.

“To be honest it’s going to be a difficult game. Is that game where Stellenbosch will be looking to use their pace in front,” he stated.

“They are going to sit back and try to catch us on a counter-attack. Obviously, as a team, we know what to do. Take care of the ball, try to manage the game very well, and take our chances.

THEMBA ZWANE WARY OF STELLIES QUALITY

Mshishi, as he is affectionately known, has insisted that Iqraam Rayners could cause damage upfront, and he describes him as Stellies main player currently. The 27-year-old scored 15 goals in all competitions for Stellies last season.

“They have the likes of Rayners up front. That’s the guy they use a lot, give him balls and try to use his pace. He’s got technique and he’s their main player now.”

Stellenbosch has already begun life after the departure of Sibongiseni Mthethwa who joined Kaizer Chiefs on a three-year deal. Mthethwa was one of the key players for Steve Barker at Stellies. However, Zwane believes the departure of Mthethwa won’t weaken Stellenbosch.

“If you check the way coach Steve Barker does things, he always has someone similar to the player that has left.

“I mean he has a lot of players that are quick and aggressive on the ball. That’s what makes it difficult to play against Stellenbosch,” said Zwane.

Masandawana are currently on top of DStv Premiership log standings meanwhile, Stellenbosch are in 13th position. Both teams have played seven matches.

By Katleho Hlalele

The Tickets for the MTN8 semi-final between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs at Lucas Moripe Stadium are officially sold out. The PSL announced on Friday. They also confirmed that the tickets for the semi-final between Orlando Pirates and Stellenbosch FC are selling fast.

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Gates will open at 11:00 and ticket holders are also requested to arrive early to ensure smooth entry to the match venue.

PSL ISSUE WARNING AS MTN8 SEMI-FINAL TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT

“The PSL is working closely with the South African Police Service and several other safety and security role players to ensure that the MTN8 semi-final fixtures are safe and secure. As part of the stringent security measures around the stadium, people engaging in illegal behaviour such as ticket peddling will face immediate arrest. There will be no tickets sold at the stadium,” the league said in a statement.

“Meanwhile, tickets for Sunday’s semifinal between Orlando Pirates and Stellenbosch FC at Orlando Stadium are selling at a rapid rate. spectators are urged to secure their tickets at Ticketpro Outlets promptly to avoid disappointment.”

KAIZER CHIEFS BATTLE IT OUT WITH MAMELODI SUNDOWNS FOR FINAL SPOT

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena is expecting Kaizer Chiefs to be a tough nut to crack. Sundowns also have an edge over Amakhosi after scoring away in the first leg at FNB Stadium.

 “It’s going to be a very difficult game because contrary to what the results suggest. We play against a very good side and a very improved Kaizer Chiefs team,” he said.

“I watched their Royal AM game and I watched their game against SuperSport last night. I saw a completely different side to the side that played against us at FNB. They are a good side and they’ve got some good players. They’ve improved, they create quite a lot more chances,” he added.

By Khotso Ramalatswa