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Teko Modise scores on debut as Cape Town City cruise past Platinum Stars


Teko Modise during the Absa Premiership match between Cape Town City FC and Platinum Stars at Cape Town Stadium on August 23, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Cape Town City maintained their 100 percent start to the new season with a comprehensive 3-1 Absa Premiership victory over Platinum Stars at a wet Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday night that included a goal on debut for Teko Modise. A penalty from Letsie Koapeng and a fine second by Ayanda Patosi had City in command before Modise was handed the simplest of tap-ins for the most popular goal of the night. Robert Ng’ambi pulled one back late on for Stars, the first goal City have conceded this season, but it proved scant consolation for a side well beaten. City have now won all three matches they have played this campaign under new coach Benni McCarthy and were full value for this latest victory. McCarthy was also able to bring on Modise in the second half after the veteran midfielder had missed the opening two games with a hamstring injury and he immediately showed his quality.  City made six changes to their starting line-up from the side that defeated BidVest Wits in their league opener on Friday, handing a first start to former Ajax Cape Town youth product Taariq Fielies in central defence. With the rain pouring down at the start of the game, the players battled to get to grips with the pace of the ball off the surface and there was little to enthuse over in the opening 25 minutes. Patosi saw a free-kick from the edge of the box go narrowly over the crossbar, before he headed wide off goal from Vincent Kobola’s cross from the right.

But the opening goal came shortly afterwards when Lebogang Manyama was needlessly brought down by Stars goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela when well away from danger. Manyama sought the contact and Mzimela obliged as he clattered into him and referee Victor Gomes pointed to the spot. Koapeng had no trouble in converting the spot-kick as he sent Mzimela the wrong way.

It was his first goal for the club since he netted on debut against Highlands Park in early February.

Manyama was withdrawn at halftime to be replaced by Sibusiso Masina, but City continued to look dangerous on the break and they doubled their lead just past the hour-mark. The excellent Patosi twisted and turned on the edge of the box, working some space for a shot and blasting the ball past Mzimela. Modise was introduced minutes later to thunderous applause from the sparse crowd, his every touch cheered enthusiastically. And they were on their feet minutes later when Modise scored. After Lyle Lakay beat the offside trap, his square-ball to the veteran midfielder provided the easiest of tap-ins. Stars kept plugging away and they got reward when Ng’ambi headed home after Gift Sithole had steered the ball into his path from a set-piece chance. Next up for City is an MTN8 semifinal, first leg, against BidVest Wits at the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday. Stars are not in action again until an away league match at SuperSport United on September 13.

 – TimesLIVE 

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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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