THE VOICE OF SOUTH AFRICAN FOOTBALL!
DECEMBER 2019| ISSUE 04
APARTHEID'S BIGGEST SPORTING CRIME: ACE NTSOELENG OE ABSA PREMIERSHIP REVIEW:THE STATS FEATURE!
The History of The Coveted Ballon d'or.
SOUTH AFRICA'S GOLDEN UNDER23'S, OR ARE THEY?
EXCLUSIVE! 23 THE PAGE GIFT THAT KEEPS GIVING: GIFT LINKS
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EDITOR'S NOTE "If Ace was here now, he'd be spoken of in the same breath of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi," - Clive Barker. Welcome to Issue 4! The final issue of 2019, what a rollercoaster ride it's been! November seen the Soccerzela online community reach over 200 000 individuals and we are truly grateful for your ongoing support and hope for an even more prosperous relationship in 2020. Issue 4 is filled with unique content however the article which stood out for me personally is most definitely the one on 'the greatest player the world never got see.'. Ace Ntsoelengoe, in a modern age filled with video footage, many have heard this name before but are yet to familiarize themselves with the true mastery of the late Amakhosi superstar. Who is he and why did everyone who seen him play believe he was the best player they've ever seen? Well you're soon going to find out.
Zaahid Nanabhay Editor-in-chief
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THE VOICE OF SOUTH AFRICAN FOOTBALL
APARTHEID'S BIGGEST SPORTING CRIME EXCLUSIVE!
10 GIFT LINKS
THE HISTORY OF THE BALLON D'OR
19 STATS CORNER - ABSA PREMIERSHIP REVIEW
26 SOUTH AFRICA'S GOLDEN U23'S?
TELKOM KNOCKOUT 2019 FINAL DETAILS EVERYTHINGÂ THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT THE COVETED B D'OR
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS GIVING
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FAN VOICE - MID SEASON THOUGHTS
APARTHEID'S BIGGEST SPORTING CRIME: ACE NTSOELENGOE BY ZAAHID NANABHAY
Patrick Ntsoelengoe is one of the greatest-ever “lost talents” of the African game. Blossoming during a time when South Africa were banished from world football due to the cruel apartheid regime. 'Ace', as he was affectionately known as, paid the heavy price of not being allowed to showcase his talent to the world due to the political unrest in South Africa. PAGE 5 | SOCCERZELA
Early Life Ace's journey into football started at a young age when he joined an amateur coloured team called Powerlines FC at the age of 11 h o w e v e r a f t e r m o v i n g t o t h e W e st Rand of Johannesburg, he later joined Mohlakeng Home Stars where he rapidly started to gain popularity. It was at Home Stars where he caught the attention of the likes of Moroka Swallows, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs and at the age of 17, Ace finally signed for the Amakhosi
His Career His career ran from between 1971 to 1984. After beginning his career with Kaizer Chiefs, where he achieved idol status in the country, Ntsoelengoe moved to the United States, where he enjoyed a successful career at clubs such as Minnesota, Denver and Toronto. Ntsoelengoe spent almost his entire career with Kaizer Chiefs in South Africa. It was during the local off-season when Ace played in both America and Canada. Due to South Africa's banishment from International football during t h e A p r t h e i d e r a , A c e m a d e j u st a single appearance for Bafana B a f a n a . ( i n 1 9 7 7 v e r s u s R h o d e si a )
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" I f A c e w a s h e r e n o w , h e ' d b e sp o k e n of in the same breath as Fernando Torres, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi," former South Africa coach Clive Barker told BBC Sport. "When you write the book of South African football history, right up there at the very top would have to be the king himself, Ace." B a r k e r w a s t h e c o a c h o f C h i e f s' r i v a l s Amazulu when Ntsoelengoe was at his peak had nothing but praise for the Amakhosi star, "He was the type of player you could plan everything around - there was one cup final we played against the Chiefs where he managed to control the ball and produce such a stunning shot from a n a n g l e t h a t b e n t i n s i d e t h e f a r p o st that I actually stood up and applauded him." "At that stage, the USA looked like it was going to be the country that was going to evolve the most in football, with people like Franz Beckenbauer. So a lot of South African players t h o u g h t t h i s w a s t h e w a y t o g o ." Marks Maponyane was a Chiefs fan who went on to play for the club, and he says the return of the homecoming hero would always lift the team and the fans."I was a youngster admiring him when I was at school, so I couldn't believe I was playing alongside him." Maponyane.
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"He used to come back to Soweto when the American season was over and he would always take the team a n d t h e f a n s o u t o f a n y d o l d r u m s. Ace was gifted but he was a grafter when you wanted him to come to the party he wouldn't disappoint. He u s e d t o p r o d u c e s t u n n i n g p a s se s when I see what Xavi does for Barcelona now and the passes he plays, it reminds me of Ace." "He was the reason we won so many competitions. We had many other q u a l i t y p l a y e r s , b u t w e w o u l d sw e e p t h e b o a r d w i t h h i m . A t C h i e f s, h e i s r e m e m b e r e d a s a p l a y e r w h o se brilliance made you think 'how on earth he did he do that?' "I don't think there is anyone today who is quite like him, because now they play too fast, and before you know it you have to play the ball A c e u s e d t o l i k e t o t a k e h i s t i m e ," " H i s n i c k n a m e w a s ' M a b h e k a P h a n si ' - the man who always looks down. Coaches always tell you to look up but he used to play with his head down, which baffled opponents as they thought he couldn't possibly know where his team-mates were. "But he'd already seen where they all were and would find them with his passes. In South Africa he's remembered as a gentleman of the game. And at Chiefs, he is r e m e m b e r e d a s a p l a y e r w h o se brilliance made you think 'how on earth did he do that?'."
After retiring in the mid-80s, Ntsoelengoe returned to his beloved Kaizer Chiefs and undertook a coaching role in their Youth Development academy, as well as being involved in South Africa's under-23 side. He passed-away of a heart attack in 2006, aged just the age of 50. He was a rightful recipient of the Order of Ikhamanga, South Africa's highest honour for citizens who have excelled in the arts, culture, literature and sport. Ace is the only South African in the American National Soccer Hall of Fame, and is remembered as one of the greatest talents Africa ever produced by fans and players on both sides of the Atlantic. He'll ultimately be remembered as one of Aparheid's biggest crimes towards the world. PAGE 9 | SOCCERZELA
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS GIVING By Mazibuko Am
Gift Links, 21-years-old, is a South African footballer who currently plays as a winger for Danish Superliga club Aarhus. Links' journey is of a unique kind starting with an Absa Premiership debut at just the age of 17 before a blockbuster move to the Egyptian Premier League before his eighteenth birthday (Yes, you read that correctly, Links was head hunted by Al Assiouty Sport - now know as Pyramids FC - at just the tender age of 17 before returning back home to shine for Cape Town City FC and then making the big move to Europe all before turning 21. We caught up with him regarding his rapid rise and here's what we found PAGE 10 | SOCCERZELA
SOCCERZELA: YOUR ROUTE TO PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL?
I was coming back from an Ankle injury so I wasn't playing much so I went to Maritzburg United for a few
Links: Yeah brother it was in 2006
weeks but then my agent called me
when I just started playing street
and said, 'boy you need to return
football with my friends and one
coach by the name of Shakes saw me playing and he came to me and
I was so disappointed because I
said that I should come train with
didn't know what was happening
his team and I said no problem. In
that time. I went back home and he
2008 I went on to play for Samba
called me after two days to tell me
Soccer which was under Royal
that I have an offer and If do I want
Bafokeng. So it was in 2010 when
to leave the country for Egypt and I
we played a friendly game at Royal
said, 'no ways I'm still young I'm not
Marang, I can't remember which
going anywhere' but then one guy
team we played but luckily coach
from Egypt (Mohammed) called me
Calvin Johnson and Mr. Sam Mbatha
and explained to me how serious
were there watching us play and I
Alassiouty wanted me.
was invited to the final trials later that year and that's how I joined
I then said okay I'll talk to my family
Platinum Stars in 2015.
about it and the sad thing is my family were not happy at all
IN 2018 YOU COMPLETE A BLOCKBUSTER MOVE TO EGYPT, HOW DID IT MATEREALIZE AND WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS AT THE TIME?
because they were saying the very same thing that I'm still young and I just completed matric so I cant be leaving but then I told them that this is an opportunity for me and that I should take it and at the end
Yeah it was later 2017 around
of the day we all agreed.
December when my agent told me that there's one team from Egypt that wanted to sign me but then before that I was writing my final exams (matric).
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"YOU KNOW LIFE IS VERY DIFFERENT THAT SIDE, THE CULTURE AND THE LANGUAGE. THE FOOD WAS NOT BAD AT ALL BUT COMMUNICATION WAS A BIG CHALLENGE FOR ME BECAUSE REMEMBER THEY SPEAK ARABIC AND IT'S ONLY A FEW THAT CAN SPEAK ENGLISH SO IT WAS A BIT TOUGH AND OBVIOUSLY BEING AWAY FROM HOME EY." LINKS. PAGE 25 | SOCCERZELA
YOU RETURN BACK TO SOUTH AFRICA TO CAPE TOWN CITY, 5 GOALS AND 3 ASSISTS IN 1 SEASON, TALK ME THROUGH IT?
AFTER YOUR STELLAR 2018/19 CAMPAIGN IN THE PSL, YOU MAKE A BIG-MONEY MOVE TO THE DANISH TOP FLIGHT, HOW ARE THINGS GOING THAT SIDE?
Yeah it's all about hard work my brother nothing more. I remember
Things are okay for now. I haven't
well that first half of the season I
played much but I know that I'll get
had no goals or assists and I wasn't
my chance to play. I'm not in any
happy about it so I just told myself
rush I know it will come.
that no man I can do better than this and coach,Benni, Basil and Ryaan they told me the very same thing so when we came back from the break (December holidays) and in the first game I got myself goals
YOU'RE JUST 21, YOU HOPEFULLY HAVE MANY YEARS OF FOOTBALL AHEAD OF YOU, WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FOOTBALL GOALS?
and that's how it started. I will just put it in a simple way that my short term goal is to see myself WHAT WAS IT LIKE WORKING UNDER COACH BENNI? You know it was great to be honest to be working under coach Benni because
moving to one of the best leagues in the world as soon as possibleÂ and my long term ambition is to see myself succeeding there and staying In the top flight for a long time.
remember I never ever thought that one day I would be coached by him. He is such a good person on and off the field, he always pushes his players and
YOUR FAVOURITE INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALLER?
to be honest when I joined Cape Town City he said to me my boy you have all
Haha its obviously the one and only
the qualities to go and play in Europe
you just need to be more direct and ruthless.
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"I will go with two players, Thabo Nodada and Thato Mokeke to be honest whenever I watch these two play I feel happy man and I'm so happy for Thabo because he just came back from the injury but then his back again to that level of scoring goals and assisting which is good." - Links on his favourite local footballers.
Football's most coveted trophy: The Ballon d'or 2019 Ballon d'or details: Date: 02 December 2019 Venue: Theatre du Chatelet in Paris Time: 21:30 Coverage: SuperSport 3
The Ballon d’or award is one of the most coveted individual honors in world football. There is no doubt that the players who step on a pitch yearn to be the very best, and this particular award is proof of all the hard work some of the best in the world have put in during their careers. To trace the origin of the prestigious award, we need to go back all the way to 1956, when it came into being. Before this, there was only an idea to crown the best player in the world, but a lack of technology and resources made life difficult for the powers that be. Between 1956 and 1995 the "Golden Ball" trophy was awarded to the best European player each year before a change of rules meant any footballer based in Europe was eligible.The award was then opened to players across the world in 2007 before being merged with the rival Fifa Player of the Year in 2010. PAGE 15 | SOCCERZELA
The two trophies went their separate ways again in 2016, with Fifa creating their own 'The Best' award, but the Ballon d'Or, voted on by journalists across the world, is still widely seen as the pinnacle. Stanley Matthews of Blackpool and England was the inaugural winner while Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United and Real Madrid have dominated the last decade, winning it five times each. Their 10-year stronghold over the famous Golden Ball however did come to an end last year with Croatia's Luka Modric being named as the recepient.
Lev Yashin, the Russian goalkeeper who is famous for revoluntionising the art of goalkeeping is the only goalkeeper to date to have won the coveted Ballon d'or award since its inception. PAGE 16 | SOCCERZELA
Here's the full list of winners from 1956 to the present day: 1956:Â Stanley MatthewsÂ (Blackpool) 1957: Alfredo Di Stefano (Real Madrid) 1958: Raymond Kopa (Real Madrid) 1959: Alfredo Di Stefano (Real Madrid) 1960: Luis Suarez (Barcelona) 1961: Omar Sivori (Juventus) 1962: Josef Masopust (Dukla Prague) 1963: Lev Yashin (Dynamo Moscow)
1964: Denis Law (Manchester United) 1965: Eusebio (Benfica) 1966: Bobby Charlton (Manchester United) 1967: Florian Albert (Ferencvaros) 1968: George Best (Manchester United) 1969: Gianni Rivera (AC Milan) 1970: Gerd Muller (Bayern Munich) 1971: Johan Cruyff (Ajax) 1972: Franz Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich) 1973: Johan Cruyff (Barcelona) 1974: Johan Cruyff (Barcelona) 1975: Oleg Blokhin (Dynamo Kyiv)
Fabio Cannavaro, Franz Beckenbauer and Matthias Sammer are the only defenders to have ever won the coveted Ballon d'or Award to date with attackers dominating the winners list since its inception
Real Madrid and Barcelona have the most number of Ballon d'or winners by club (11) while Germany, Netherlands and Portugal have the most number of Ballon d'or winners by couuntry (7)
1976: Franz Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich) 1977: Allan Simonsen (Borussia Monchengladbach) 1978: Kevin Keegan (Hamburg) 1979: Kevin Keegan (Hamburg) 1980: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Bayern Munich) 1981: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Bayern Munich) 1982: Paolo Rossi (Juventus) 1983: Michel Platini (Juventus) 1984: Michel Platini (Juventus)
1985: Michel Platini (Juventus)
2002: Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
1986: Igor Belanov (Dynamo Kyiv)
2003: Pavel Nedved (Juventus)
1987: Ruud Gullit (AC Milan) 1988: Marco van Basten (AC Milan)
2004: Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan) 2005: Ronaldinho (Barcelona)
1989: Marco van Basten (AC Milan) 2006: Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid) 1990: Lothar Matthaus (Internazionale) 2007: Kaka (Milan) 1991: Jean-Pierre Papin (Marseille) 2008: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) 1992: Marco van Basten (AC Milan) 2009: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 1993: Roberto Baggio (Juventus) 2010: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 1994: Hristo Stoichkov (Barcelona) 2011: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 1995: George Weah (AC Milan) 2012: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 1996: Matthias Sammer (Borussia Dortmund) 2013: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 1997: Ronaldo (Internazionale) 2014: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 1998: Zinedine Zidane (Juventus) 2015: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 1999: Rivaldo (Barcelona) 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 2000: Luis Figo (Real Madrid) 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 2001: Michael Owen (Liverpool) 2018: Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Liberia's George Weah is the only African to have won the Ballon d'or trophy
'STATS' CORNER ABSA PREMIERSHIP - December Review
As we approach the midway mark of the 2019/20 Absa Premiership campaign, the Soccerzela team reviewed each team's season up till December and here are all the interesting statistics we've found:
Absa Premiership Standings
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Name: Kaizer Chiefs Position: 1st Points: 31 (2.58/game) Games played: 12 Wins: 10 (83%) Draws: 1 (8%) Losses: 1 (8%)
Goals scored: 23 Goals conceded: 7Â Longest Winning streak: 7 games Cleansheets: 8 Top Scorers: Samir Nurkovic (4) Dumisani Zuma (3), Daniel Cardoso (3) and Lebogang Manyama (3)
Name: SuperSport United Position: 2nd Points: 21 (1.62/game) Games played: 13 Wins: 5 (38%) Draws: 6 (46%) Losses: 2 (15%)
Goals scored: 18 Goals conceded: 13 Longest Winning streak: 2 games Cleansheets: 6 Top Scorers: Bradley Grobler (5) and Aubrey Modiba (4)
Name: Mamelodi Sundowns Position: 3rd Points: 21 (1.83/game) Games played: 11 Wins: 6 (52%) Draws: 3 (33%) Losses: 2 (16%)
Goals scored: 14 Goals conceded: 10 Longest Winning streak: 4 games Cleansheets: 4 Top Scorers: Themba Zwane (3)
Name: Golden Arrows Position: 3rd Points: 20 (1.42/game) Games played: 13 Wins: 5 (38%) Draws: 5 (38%) Losses: 3 (23%)
Goals scored: 14 Goals conceded: 17 Longest Winning streak: 2 games Cleansheets: 4 Top Scorers: Knox Mutizwa (8) and Nduduzi Sibiya (2)
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Name: Bloemfontein Celtic Points: 17 (1.42/game) Games played: 12 Wins: 4 (33%) Draws: 5 (42%) Losses: 3 (25%)
Goals scored: 11 Goals conceded: 16 Longest Winning streak: 1 game Cleansheets: 6 Top Scorers: Motebang Sera (4)
Name: Highlands Park Position: 6th Points: 21 (1.31/game) Games played: 13 Wins: 4 (31%) Draws: 5 (38%) Losses: 4 (31%)
Goals scored: 14 Goals conceded: 13 Longest Winning streak: 3 games Cleansheets: 4 Top Scorers: Peter Shalulile (8)
Name: Bidvest Wits Position: 7th Points: 16 (2/game) Games played: 8 Wins: 5 (62%) Draws: 1 (12%) Losses: 2 (25%)
Goals scored: 12 Goals conceded: 7 Longest Winning streak: 4 games Cleansheets: 3 Top Scorers: Deon Hotto (3) and Thulani Hlatshwayo (2)
Name: Orlando Pirates Position: 8th Points: 15 (1.33/game) Games played: 12 Wins: 4 (33%) Draws: 4 (33%) Losses: 4 (33%)
Goals scored: 17 Goals conceded: 18 Longest Winning streak: 1 game Cleansheets: 5 Top Scorers: Tshegofasto Mabasa (6) and Gabadinho Mhango (4)
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Name: Black Leopards Points: 15 (1.25/game) Games played: 12 Wins: 4 (33%) Draws: 3 (25%) Losses: 5 (42%)
Goals scored: 12 Goals conceded: 16 Longest Winning streak: 1 game Cleansheets: 2 Top Scorers: Lesedi Kaping (4), Robert Ngambi (2) and Mwape Musonda (2)
Name: Maritzburg United Position: 10th Points: 14 (1.18/game) Games played: 12 Wins: 3 (27%) Draws: 5 (41%) Losses: 4 (32%)
Goals scored: 7 Goals conceded: 9 Longest Winning streak: 3 games Cleansheets: 3 Top Scorers: Thabiso Kutumela (2)
Name: Cape Town City FC Position: 11th Points: 13 (1/game) Games played: 13 Wins: 2 (15%) Draws: 7 (54%) Losses: 4 (31%)
Goals scored: 19 Goals conceded: 20 Longest Winning streak: 1 game Cleansheets: 3 Top Scorers: Kermit Erasmus (7) and Thabo Nodada (3)
Name: Baroka FC Position: 12th Points: 13 (1/game) Games played: 13 Wins: 3 (23%) Draws: 4 (31%) Losses: 6 (46%)
Goals scored: 7 Goals conceded: 10 Longest Winning streak: 1 game Cleansheets: 6 Top Scorers: Tshidiso Patjie (2)
Name: Polokwane City Points: 13 (1/game) Games played: 13 Wins: 4 (30%) Draws: 1 (8%) Losses: 8 (62%)
Goals scored: 12 Goals conceded: 18 Longest Winning streak: 2 game Cleansheets: 4 Top Scorers: Charlton Mashumba (4)
Name: Stellenbosch FC Position: 14th Points: 12 (0.9/game) Games played: 13 Wins: 2 (15%) Draws: 6 (46%) Losses: 5 (38%)
Goals scored: 10 Goals conceded: 16 Longest Winning streak: 2 games Cleansheets: 5 Top Scorers: Waseem Isaacs (5) and Iqraam Rayners (3)
Name: AmaZulu Position: 15th Points: 12 (0.9/game) Games played: 13 Wins: 2 (15%) Draws: 6 (46%) Losses: 5 (38%)
Goals scored: 7 Goals conceded: 14 Longest Winning streak: 3 games Cleansheets: 2 Top Scorers: Bongi Ntuli (7)
Name: Chippa United Position: 16th Points: 11 (1.33/game) Games played: 13 Wins: 2 (33%) Draws: 6 (33%) Losses: 6 (33%)
Goals scored: 8 Goals conceded: 11 Longest Winning streak: 2 game Cleansheets: 6 Top Scorers: William Twala (3)Â
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'STATS' CORNER GladAfrica Championship - November 2019
Top Goal Scorers :
Gamildien (Steenberg United) - 8 Makhanya (JDR) -7 Nevhulamba (TTM) - 6 Chauke (TS Sporting) - 6 Mosiathlaga (Ajax) - 6 Aubaas (TS Galaxy) - 6 Ndwandwe (Uthongathi) - 5 Mahlatsi (TUKS) - 5 Rodgers (Ajax) - 5 Dlamini (Tuks) - 5
Buthelezi (Jomo Cosmos) - 5 Msibi (Richards Bay) - 4 Sangare (Uthongathi) - 4 Van Der Linde (Mbombela) - 4 Vries (Swallows) - 4 Reid (Steenberg) - 4
Most goals scored (team) JDR Stars - 24 Uthongathi - 19 Ajax Cape Town - 19 Pretoria University FC - 18
Most goals Conceded (team)
Royal Eagles - 21 Ajax - 19 TS Sporting - 17 Stenberg United - 17
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GLAD AFRICA CHAMPIONSHIP Standings
'STATS' CORNER English Premier League - November 2019
Top Goal Scorers :
Vardy (Leicester City) - 13
Abraham (Chelsea) - 10 Aubameyang (Arsenal) - 10 Aguero (Manchester City) - 9 Sterling (Manchester City) - 8 Mane (Liverpool) - 8 Pukki (Norwich) - 7 Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) - 7 Ings (Southampton) - 7
De Bruyne (Man City) - 9 Son (Tottenham) - 6 Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) - 5 Robertson (Liverpool) - 5 D. Silva (Man City) - 5
Schmeichel (Leicester City) - 6 Henderson (Sheffield United) - 5 Pope (Burnley) - 5 Ederson (Man City) - 5
Most goals scored (team)
Man City - 39 Liecester City - 33 Liverpool - 32 Chelsea - 28
Most goals Conceded (team)
Southampton - 32 Norwich - 30 Watford - 28
English Premier League Standings
THE GOLDEN BOYS. OR ARE THEY? PAGE 27 | SOCCERZELA
THE NEXT GENERATION OF BAFANA BAFANA STARS?
Notoane boasts an extremely talented squad, with some of his starlets plying their trade internationally while those that play locally form an integral part of their teams in the Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship. The Multichoice Diski Challenge must be
BY ZAAHID NANABHAY
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The South Africa’s U-23 national men’s football
Notoane's stars forming part and
team, Amaglug-glug, are going to next year’s
providing youngsters with many of parcel of the reserve league before
Olympic Games in Japan.
making the jump to the top flight.
The U-23's, coached by David Notoane, finished
He has at his disposal talents such as
third in the recently concluded U-23 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), beating Ghana 6-5 on penalties after a 2-2 stalemate at the end of 120 minutes in their do-or-die third and fourth place
Luther Singh, Lyle Foster, Teboho Mokoena, Sipho Mbule, Reeve Frosler, Grant Margeman, Kamohelo Mahlatsi, Athenkosi Dlala and the
player who made the team of the
They will be joined by the new Afcon champions,
Malepe however does their
Egypt, as well as the silver medallists, Ivory Coast with Africa's first Olympic medal in football hopes pinned on them.
tournament in Egypt, Tercious qualification mean the future of South African football is in the right hands?
I'm going to firmly state that the current crop of players are undoubtedly some of the finest talents the country has produced in recent years however the problem on hand is their transition to the senior mens team. From between the ages of 20 to 23, these fine young talents are supposed to have already been familiar with the senior team setup yet not a single Under 23 is a regular for Bafana Bafana.Â There was a similar burst of expectancy when the Amaglug-glug completed the same feat back in 2016 after qualifying for the Rio Olympics with a number of extremely talented youngsters in the ranks of at the time head coach Owen Da Gama but almost four years later, how many of those stars that held the Neymar captained Brazilians to a goalless draw have become a standard feature in the current Bafana Bafana squad?
South Africa' 2016 Rio Olympics squad: Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune* and Jody February Defenders: Kwanda Mngonyama, Rivaldo Coetzee, Abbubaker Mobara, Mothobi Mvala, Eric Mathoho*, Tebogo Moerane and Tercious Molepe Midfielders: Gift Motupa, Aubrey Modiba, Deolin Mekoa, Keagan Dolly and Phumlani Ntshangase Forwards: Tyroane Sandows, Lebo Mothiba, Tashreeq Morris and Menzi Masuku Despite a squad filled with immense talent, almost four years later, just three players have earned 10+ Bafana Bafana caps. Rivaldo Coetzee - 19 caps Lebo Mothiba - 15 caps Keagan Dolly - 13 caps If you look across the world of football, you'll notice many countries/teams are turning to youngsters. It's no longer a surprise to have a 19 or 20 year-old playing at a senior level both in Africa and out of Africa. For example, 21-year-old Zambian forward Patson Daka who featured at the recent U-23 Afcon also forms an integral part of the Zambian senior team. The question remains as to whether the current crop of Under-23's will form part of the Bafana Bafana squad in the near future however it must be said, they should have already been blooded into the Bafana Bafana setup by now. Only time will tell.
2019 TELKOM KNOCKOUT GUIDE 2019 Final Details Maritzburg United vs Mamelodi Sundowns Date: 14 December 2019 Time: 18:00 Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban Tickets available at Ticket Pro outlets and Sasol garages across the country. R40 per adult and R15 per child. PAGE 30 | SOCCERZELA
ROAD TO THE FINAL 2019 TKO: Last 16 Results M a r i t z b u r g U t d 1 ( 3 ) - ( 1 ) 1 B i d v e st W i t s ( K u t u m e l a - D z v u k a m a nj a ) Golden Arrows 1-0 Polokwane City (Motloung own goal) C a p e T o w n C i t y 1 ( 2 ) - ( 4 ) 1 K a i z e r C h i e f s ( E r a sm u s - N u r k o v i c ) O r l a n d o P i r a t e s 1 - 0 S t e l l e n b o sc h ( L o r c h ) S u p e r s p o r t U t d 1 ( 3 ) - ( 2 ) 1 F C B a r o k a ( G r o b l e r - M d a n t sa n e ) Highlands Park 0(6)-(5)0 Black Leopards M a m e l o d i S u n d o w n s 5 - 0 A m a Z u l u ( A f f o n so , M e z a , S i r i n o × 2 a n d a Booysen own goal) C h i p p a U t d 1 - 0 B l o e m C e l t i c ( M a sa l e sa )
Last 8 Results: M a r i t z b u r g U t d 1 ( 4 ) - ( 3 ) 1 H i g h l a n d s P a r k ( M b u n j a n a O w n g o a l - M sa ne ) K a i z e r C h i e f s 3 ( 4 ) - ( 2 ) 2 O r l a n d o P i r a t e s ( C a st r o , C a r d so - M a k a r i ng e , M ha ng o ) S u p e r s p o r t U t d 0 - 1 G o l d e n A r r o w s ( M t sh a l i ) C h i p p a U t d 2 ( 3 ) - ( 4 ) 2 M a m e l o d i S u n d o w n s ( K w e m , M a z i ya - S i r i no ×2 )
Last 4 Results: K a i z e r C h i e f s 1 - 2 M a r i t z b u r g U t d ( S a sm a n - M o se a m e d i × 2 ) G o l d e n A r r o w s 1 - 2 M a m e l o d i S u n d o w n s ( S i b i ya - K e k a n a , S i r i no ) PAGE 31 | SOCCERZELA
PREVIOUS WINNERS TELKOM KNOCKOUT CUP PREVIOUS WINNERS: 2006 - SILVER STARS 2007 - KAIZER CHIEFS 2008 - AJAX CAPE TOWN 2009 - KAIZER CHIEFS 2010 - KAIZER CHIEFS 2011 - ORLANDO PIRATES 2012 - BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC 2013 - PLATINUM STARS 2014 - SUPERSPORT UNITED F.C 2015 - MAMELODI SUNDOWNS 2016 - CAPE TOWN CITY 2017 - BIDVEST WITS 2018 - BAROKA PAGE 32 | SOCCERZELA
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#ZelaFanVoice Mid-season reviews:
Goïtsēonē Mokgösï - My team so far played 12 games. Won 10, lost 1 and drew 1 and sits on position 1 with 31 points. Huge improvement from last season where we had 39 points with 30 games played. So I'm happy. People are also breathing through the wound because of my team. We need to sign only a midfielder and a striker then we'll be fine. One thing that irritates me is our style of play but it is bringing results ey. Azishe
ManPaul SA - Well, I didn't expect my team to be where it is this season. The departure of Coach Micho Disrupted the team in a massive way but so far we showing good character, we creating opportunities even though we miss most of the opportunities. But defensively we not as good as last season so we need to make a few signings. I think Orlando Pirates need tall Centre Backs Who Can Deal With Set Pieces And Be Ball Players at the Same time. I can't be specific who they must sign but we need someone who can fit in Rhulani's Philosophy, and I Think Orlando Pirates Should Bring In Richard Ofori, Since Mpontshane Is Leaving In The January Transfer Window. We Also Need To Give Players Like Bongani Sam, Lepasa, Chabalala, And Tlolane A Chance. We Also Need Mulenga In The Starting Line Up, And Rest Lorch Abit... Use Him As A Super Sub
Lebron Gustavo Mnini James - My team was fighting relegation last season and I was dead sure they'll go down. Look at us, won the playoffs, we're in the final of the Telkom Knockout and we not doing bad in the league, It MUST be said, Eric Tinkler is a fine coach that those Mayfair Hooligans failed to appreciate, Second trophy for him coming up and Pitso will not be able to stop us at Mabhida. As for Judas, I won't saying anything futher. He'll give some people nightmares if I continue. As for signings I think we need some attackers for now as Brockie hasn't found his feet yet, not many goals but its all good,
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#ZelaFanVoice Mid-season reviews: Pokane Rantsane - As a Sundowns fan am content with wt we hv accomplished so far. We are on the Telkom Cup finals, leading our CAF Champions league group. On top of that we still on the respectable position on the log. We good #kby
Cyaa Phiri - The mighty bucs has recently gained their mojo back in recent past weeks, ,,well we are on fire comes the second leg of our league
Nonsebenzo Mchunu - I Am so proud of our Glamour Boys this season everyone was expecting them to be on position 7/9 but no they surprised everyone even pitso was like"the only team that will give us competition is orlando pirats"am so happy one thing i need from them now is to take the lig they have a great chance of winning it and speedy recovery to billiat.â?¤
Martin Sfisher - My team pirates played so far so good in terms of attacking ,thy scored lot of goals ,btyfl ftbl the only prblm dat we have is 2 defend ,goalkeeper n coach wch he don't use defenders lyk Sam, chabalala n mbekile wch r good In defence so we nid 2 add a goalkeeper lyk chipezeze,Ofori n defenders lyk hlatswayo,DE reuck ,fielies n nodada at the middle 2 avoid relegation
Rethabile Angelina Sterling - There's only one team dat benefitted from referees, fake penalties nd offside goals they're sitting comfortably on top with em and we're keeping quiet
Asemahle Jae Ngqithi - As for Sundowns, I think we need a right center back to replace Arense coz he may retire anytime soon, Mokoena also remains a target to keep presure on improving A.Jali as we see Kekana is also losing it (age) Nascimento is back. We have Zwane Sirino Mahlambi Villa Mkhulise Makgalwa.. in attack I think we're fine
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