Author: Craig Lewis

Bafana Bafana are set to head into action on Tuesday night in another all-important 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe, with Percy Tau expected to slot into the midfield. Tau has continued to be a polarising figure for many Bafana fans, who have at times grown frustrated with his inability to live up to admittedly high expectations. The playmaker endured a rather disappointing Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) campaign earlier this year, and came in for plenty of criticism. That was once again the case after a low-key performance recently in a qualifier against Nigeria, but Tau has continued…

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Orlando Pirates are already making big moves behind the scenes as they prepare for next season on the back of a memorable victory in the Nedbank Cup final. Notably, the player who was Man of the Match in the Nedbank Cup final Thalente Mbatha, is set to commit to Pirates in a move that will certainly please Buccanneers fans. Having initially arrived at Pirates on a six-month loan deal from SuperSport United, the 24-year-old quickly established himself as a regular member of the team. The Soweto giants have the first option to turn the loan into a permanent move, and…

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As widely reported on TheSouthAfrican, long-time target Nasreddine Nabi could finally be set to make the move to Kaizer Chiefs after a lengthy search for the club’s next head coach. Initially, Alexandre Santos was seen as the frontrunner, but leading football journalist Mazole Molefe has reported for SABC Sport that it’s now Nabi who is the ‘overwhelming favourite for the hot seat’. Amidst all of this, there are two important facts to note. In order to land such a ‘big fish, it appears Kaizer Chiefs have made a couple of key concessions that will be sure to hit the club…

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As previously reported on the South African website, there are whispers that Benni McCarthy could be on his way out of Manchester United, especially if the club decides to part ways with manager Erik ten Hag. However, with the Red Devils having just won the FA Cup, there is a possibility that the club may opt to stick with Ten Hag, and quite possibly this could lead to an extension for McCarthy. The Bafana Bafana legend was recruited as a first team coach at United in a blockbuster appointment in July 2022, and he has become a highly popular figure at…

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Just last week, Iqraam Rayners was named Footballer of the Year at the Stellenbosch FC end of year awards ceremony. The 28-year-old has enjoyed a stunning season, scoring 16 goals and providing eight assists in 38 games in all competitions. In the league, he finished with 15 league goals, one shy of Orlando Pirates star and imminent golden boot winner Tshegofatso Mabasa. Rayners has also been nominated in four categories at the PSL awards All considered, it’s no surprise that the standout star from this past season has – at the very least – caught the eye of Pirates and…

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Itumeleng Khune is expected to bid farewell to Kaizer Chiefs after this season, but that’s in a playing capacity. Khune is now 36 years old, and while he may still be harbouring hopes of being able to extend his career, all indications suggest that any continued role at the club will be in a different role. It shouldn’t be forgotten that last year there was already talk that Khune will be transitioning into a new coaching and ambassadorial role. His agent Thato Matuka even explained how this will play out. “It was agreed by two parties and he is now…

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According to a report in this week’s iDiski Times newspaper, Petro de Luanda head coach Alexandre Santos is the leading candidate to take over at the helm of Kaizer Chiefs. Santos is currently in line to claikm a third consecutive domestic league title with Petro and took the Angola giants to the semi-finals of the Caf Champions League in the 2021/22 season. On that occasion they claimed a memorable victory over Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarter-finals. This year, Petro also progressed to the Champions League quarter-finals, where they were beaten by TP Mazembe. Multiple publications have also reported that Amakhosi are interested…

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It still remains to be seen whether Itumeleng Khune will remain at Kaizer Chiefs beyond this season, but all indications suggest that his time at Naturena has run its course. In many ways, it would represent an ignominious end to his illustrious Kaizer Chiefs career considering how the last season has played out for the veteran keeper. Towards the end of last year, Kaizer Chiefs confirmed in a statement that Khune had been suspended for misconduct after apparently arriving at training under the influence of alcohol. Khune last featured for Chiefs on 11 November 2023, but after serving a suspension and fulfilling several conditions,…

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On Tuesday, Kaizer Chiefs were held to a 2-2 draw in their DStv Premiership encounter against TS Galaxy at the Peter Mokaba stadium. Once again, it was a case of what could have been after playing the majority of the match with 10 men, with captain Edmilson Dove sent from the field just before half-time after a second yellow card. Amakhosi twice squandered a lead, and missed several good opportunities, and the 2-2 draw leaves the club in eighth position in the DStv Premiership standings. Chiefs have just three matches remaining this season., and it’s quite shocking that only five log points actually separate them and 14th placed…

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Tshegofatso Mabasa returned to Orlando Pirates in January after a loan spell at Moroka Swallows, and he has been in top form ever since, scoring goals with accuracy and frequency. It’s this sort of form that not only attracted interest from Mamelodi Sundowns earlier this year, but now top overseas clubs are also said to have recognised his immense potential. Tshegofatso Mabasa has been at Pirates since 2019 Orlando Pirates recently exercised their option to extend his contract through to June 2026, which prevented a move to Sundowns, but they could now be willing to sell the leading striker. “FSCB (in…

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