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Pitso Mosimane likely to rotate his star-studded squad against Polokwane City


Mamelodi Sundowns players Khama Billiat and Oupa Manyisa during the Absa Premiership match between SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Pretoria.

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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is likely to rotate his squad again for the home Absa Premiership clash with Polokwane City at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Tuesday night.

The arrival of players such as Oupa Manyisa‚ George Lebese and Thokozani Sekotlong have provided extra competition for places‚ something Mosimane feels was needed.

Sundowns have had a large squad in recent seasons‚ but not necessarily the fringe players who Mosimane felt he could throw into the fray.

The arrival of the trio of new names changes that though‚ and Mosimane will hope it will keep the intensity high against what is a difficult home clash against an organised and energetic Polokwane side.

Manyisa and Lebese started in the 2-0 Tshwane Derby win over SuperSport United on Saturday‚ which had followed a disappointing 1-0 loss to Maritzburg United in the MTN8 quarterfinals the week before.

“They were better than last week‚ they worked harder‚” Mosimane admitted.

“You saw that Sbu Vilakazi was not in the team this week‚ that is the competition we want. Places are up for grabs and there is a lot of talent in the squad.”

Mosimane made four changes between his team’s first two matches of the new season and could make at least as many again for the arrival of Polokwane‚ which is‚ quite remarkably for them‚ their last fixture until after the FIFA international break when they travel to Free State Stars on September 12.

Polokwane were held to a 0-0 draw by Baroka FC in their league opener‚ which had followed a 1-0 MTN8 quarterfinal loss to Cape Town City the week before.

Another blank in front of goal is a worry for coach Bernard Molekwa.

“Unfortunately goals did not come. In terms of the performance‚ it was not good but I think we had the better chances of winning the game. We will go back to the drawing board and work harder‚” he said.

Molekwa’s first game in charge of Polokwane after the exit from the club of Belgian coach Luc Eymael in March was a 0-0 draw at Sundowns in the previous meeting between the two clubs.

City also grabbed a 0-0 draw at Sundowns in 2015‚ but between those two results lost all three of the other matches played.

The Brazilians will be heavy favourites to make it back-to-back league wins‚ but don’t discount the fighting spirit of City and the fact that some Sundowns players may already be looking ahead to the crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier double-header against Cape Verde in the coming weeks. – TimesLIVE

Source: TMG Digital.

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Jordan Ayew tops English Premier League sprint chart after 16 matches

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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 Express.co.uk, 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

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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 »

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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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