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With just 10 days until the new season kicks off with the MTN8, PSL.co.za brings you the latest news and events from the last few days…
Maritzburg United have added numbers to their defence, following the signing of Mamelodi Sundowns defender Abel Mabaso, who joins on a one-season loan. The Team of Choice already also have Downs defender Kwanda Mgonyama on board.
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has opened the door for striker Edward Manqele to challenge for his place in the Brazilians side:
“In my opinion yes he is still part of my plans…” Mosimane said after Downs’ Gauteng Cup match on Saturday. “You know that I give people chances. I need to give him a chance. If a boy makes a mistake and he apologises like that, you give him a chance.
“We gave him a program, and we are working very hard on the program. I worked on him a lot in Polokwane, I even asked the guys to support him and give him a break. All went well, but this is football. You got to understand some of the boys need guidance.”
Ajax Cape Town have confirmed the signing of winger Phathizwe Sacolo. The Johannesburg-born 22-year-old was formerly on the books of Bidvest Wits, later moving to America on a scholarship before heading to Europe where he played in Sweden’s second division, representing IFK Varnamo,
Bidvest Wits have snapped up Zambian international Christopher Katongo, the former Jomo Cosmos and Golden Arrows striker having featured for the Clever Boys in their defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic in last weekend’s Charity Showdown semi-final.
Phunya Sele Sele won the final, beating AmaZulu 2-0, thanks to goals from Vuyani Ntanga and Gabadinho Mhango.
Celtic meanwhile have added a striker to their squad, having drafted in 18-year-old Tshepo Chaine from amateur side Black Urbans.
“It has always been a dream of mine to play professional soccer and I will grab this opportunity with both hands,” the Botshabelo-born player said.
SuperSport United emerged victorious from the Gauteng Cup, beating Mamelodi Sundowns in a penalty shoot-out after the scores had been locked at 1-1 after full time (Katlego Mashego scoring for Downs, Thabo September for United). SuperSport keeper Boalefa Pule proved to be the difference in the penalty shootout.
Earlier in the competition, Sundowns had given Moroka Swallows a 5-0 hiding, while Matsatsantsa had squeezed past AmaTuks, also on penalties, after the game had ended 2-2.
The University of Pretoria have signed Zimbabwean midfielder Denver Mukamba on a a season-long loan from Bidvest Wits.
Meanwhile former AmaTuks defender Buhle Mkhwanazi is looking forward to new challenges at Bidvest Wits after signing for the Braamfontein-based team last week:
“This team is ambitious, you could see they did well last season,” he said. “They finished in the top three. It is a team that is hungry for success. I believe that I am really needed in this team that’s why I chose them over the other teams that wanted me. This is the right place for me and I will grow with this team.”
Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter was happy with his team’s workout after they beat Chippa United 4-2 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday, where 25 000 fans turned out for Chippa’s first home game in PE.
“It was a good workout, it was a good game of football, especially the first half,” said Baxter. “I think we got a bit stuck with the formation we played, the diamond midfield, it helped to stop them playing through us, but we lost a little bit of our width. We worked hard, showed some good signs, some things we have to correct.”
Chilli Boys coach Kosta Papic was also pleased with the performance his side gave him:
“We were not playing for result,“ said the Serbian. “We were playing for something else, and we shall see. Especially in the first half the team was looking more or less ready physically. Which means tactically we start next week. The team is going to be right, very promising.”
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