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Disappointing weekend for Bafana’s overseas-based stars

Playmaker Thulani Serero was not selected for Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem after pulling up with a hamstring injury last week. File photo.



It was a mostly disappointing weekend of club action for South Africa’s Bafana Bafana-bound overseas stars as they head for national team duty in the FIFA World Cup qualifier double-header against Cape Verde starting on Friday.

There will be an immediate concern over the fitness of playmaker Thulani Serero‚ who was not selected for Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem after pulling up with a hamstring injury last week.

Serero sat in the stands and will have to be assessed by the Bafana Bafana medical staff as to his availability for Friday’s away clash in Praia.

Striker Tokelo Rantie picked up a straight red card three minutes before halftime for Turkish outfit Genclerbirligi‚ the first sending off of his career‚ and just his second booking of any kind in almost four years.

Rantie was punished for a swinging elbow into the face of Fenerbahce defender Hasan Kaldırım as the latter pulled him to the floor in a tussle for the ball.

Bongani Zungu did not make it off the bench for Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes as his difficult start to the new campaign continued.

Zungu was subbed before the hour-mark of the 5-0 loss to Sporting Lisbon on August 19 and relegated to the bench by coach Pedro Martins for this weekend.

There is also still the possibility he could leave Vitoria before the close of the transfer window on Thursday‚ though any move will now be complicated by his presence in West Africa with the national team.

Andile Jali played for 83 minutes as his Belgian side KV Oostende suffered a fifth straight league defeat this season when they went down 4-3 to Antwerp. It has been a horror start to the campaign for them.

Striker Kermit Erasmus was again left out of the match-day squad by French Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes and has not played a single minutes this season.

His last competitive football was on loan at Lens at the end of last season on May 19.

Whether that has an effect on his sharpness in front of goal remains to be seen.

Keagan Dolly did make his first start of the campaign when he played 76 minutes for French side Montpellier as they lost 2-1 at Dijon.

And Kamohelo Mokotjo played 65 minutes for English Championship side Brentford as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Wolves. Brentford are still looking for a first league win of the campaign.

Ironically‚ outside of those players picked for national team duty‚ there were some fine performances by overseas-based players.

Lebogang Phiri put in a good shift as French Ligue 1 side Guingamp won 2-0 at home to Strasbourg‚ while in Ligue 2 Lebo Mothiba was on target for Valenciennes as they won 4-1 at home to Niort.

May Mahlangu also had a fine game as Romanian side Dinamo Bucharest won 3-1 at FC Voluntari.

Thabo Cele made his debut for Benfica B as they suffered a 1-0 loss at Acádemico de Viseu in the country’s second-tier‚ while Joel Untersee was a late sub for Empoli as he debuted for the Serie B side in their 1-1 draw at Ternana.

Lars Veldwijk came on for the final 15 minutes for Dutch side Groningen as they won 2-1 at home to Utrecht.

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Jordan Ayew tops English Premier League sprint chart after 16 matches



Ghana forward Jordan Ayew has been rated as the player with most sprints in the English Premier League after 16 round of games.

The Swansea City attacker has always been faced with criticisms for his lack of work ethos when playing for the Ghana’s senior national team.

But the former Olympique Marseille man appears to have had the best statistics in arguably the world’s best championship in terms of a player that has made the most sprints in the league after 16 matches

The 25-year-old heads the list of the 10 players ahead of speedsters including Hector Bellerin of Arsenal, Delle Alli of Tottenham and Richarlison of Watford.

According to the, with their high intensity and counter-attacking football, Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints so far this season with a whopping 6198.

However, relegation-threatened West Ham have managed a measly 4942.

Surprisingly, Manchester United only have the 15th highest amount of sprints with 5210.

Even though Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints as a team, no individual star of Pep Guardiola’s side makes the top 10.

So which Premier League ace has sprinted the most times?

1. Jordan Ayew (Swansea) – 796 sprints

2. Delle Alli (Tottenham) – 742 sprints

3. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) – 715 sprints

4. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)- 695 sprints

5. Tom Cleverley (Watford) – 695 sprints

6. Tom Ince (Huddersfield) – 683 sprints

7. Abdoulaye Doucore (Watford) – 682 sprints

8. Richarlison (Watford) – 677 sprints

9. Erik Pieters (Stoke) – 669 sprints

10. Pascal Gross (Brighton) – 662 sprints

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Pots announced for Final Draw



With Peru completing the line-up of 32 teams for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, we now know the seeding pots for the Final Draw on 1 December.

It was confirmed in September, by the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions, that all teams will be allocated to (eight-team) pots 1 to 4 based on sporting principles. The October 2017 edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be used to allocate all qualified teams to the four pots according to their ranking in descending order, after hosts Russia who take the top seeding spot.

With those factors in mind, here are the final pots for the Final Draw:

POT 1 Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France
POT 2 Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia
POT 3 Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran
POT 4 Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia

It is worth remembering that the principle of drawing the teams into the groups will remain unchanged. This means that no teams from the same confederation, with the exception of UEFA, which could have up to two teams in the same group, will be drawn into the same group.

The Final Draw will take place on Friday 1 December at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.

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« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »



Real Madrid are in a bad situation in the league, the club of Casa Blanca is currently third in Liga behind Valencia and Barça, the Catalans have taken a big lead, and this could definitely make them lose the championship in the winter. And a Madrid club player is highlighted in these poor results.

101 million euros for his transfer, 23 injuries since, 73 matches missed or 55% of the matches of his team. Statistics that would drive any coach and / or leaders crazy. You have it ?

These are the figures of Gareth Bale since his arrival at Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 from Tottenham. Whoever has played only nine games in the year 2017/2018 seems to have seriously undermined the patience of its leaders. Just back from a calf injury, he was summoned by the Welsh side to face France in a friendly last Friday, but made the choice to stay in Madrid to prepare for the derby against Atletico Madrid. But, the blow, the Welsh injured during training last Thursday and will be absent about a month.

What continue to fuel the rumors of transfers but especially what cause irritation of the board leader. The latter, tired of not being able to align their triplet « BBC », have made a decision that should be irrevocable, according to the Madrid newspaper AS: It must leave this summer. And the Spanish media also explains that the president of the Madrilenian club, Florentino Perez, added:

« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »
Yet strongly criticized last season, Bale had managed to avoid a departure last summer, claiming to want to win at Real Madrid. This year, his start to the season does not plead in his favor and he seems to have exhausted all his jokers in the Spanish capital. The departure of the Welsh international therefore seems to have been recorded.

The rumor of a return to the Premier League, Manchester United in particular, has been reactivated but the number of contenders could quickly evolve in view of the quality of the player. Be careful though, the Welsh is signed until 2022, and Florentino Perez is determined not to sell his player.

Unless a return to its best level, it is difficult to see how the Welsh international could reverse the situation. Zinedine Zidane even found his replacement for 100 million euros.

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