South African and Al Ahly SC coach Pitso Mosimane was today insulted by fans of his former club Mamelodi Sundowns after he qualified to the semi finals of the CAF champions league ahead of them with a 3-1 aggregate scoreline.
Pitso’s Al ahly beat Sundowns 2-0 at home and drew 1-1 today in the second leg to secure a slot in the semi finals as they seek to win their 10th champions league title.
However after the match ended, a crowd of Mamelodi Sundowns fans carried placards written on them insults directed to their former coach.
The fans while displaying the placards towards the Al Ahly bus, they were heard cursing their former coach and called him all sorts of unpalatable names.
During the post match press conference , pitso wept and said he wonders what he could have done to earn respect from Mamelodi Sundowns despite everything he did for the club.
“I saw the placards outside and they stop the bus and all these people swearing at me, swearing at my mother. I said to myself, what else I should have done for this team to get the respect?
He said he knows the person behind everything and accused them of being bitter because he left Sundowns.
“But it’s football I understand and I know the person who did that. And I know the person who is behind that. Just bitter because I left, I had to move on with my life, there’s more, I don’t want to talk, the things that I’ve received before my match from South Africa, if I show you my phone, correspondence I’ve received, emails I’ve received, they just don’t let me go.” – an emotionally charged Pitso said.
Zambian rapid striker Fashion sakala scored a brace for Kv Oostende in his last home match at the club as he will be moving to Steven Gerrald’s Glasgow Rangers fc at the end of the season.
The 24-year-old Sakala scored his 16th goal of the season through a first half brace in a 2-2 draw with Kv Mechelen in the Belgian league, a thing which has excited Rangers fans who took to social media to shower the striker with praises.
Below are some of the comments by Rangers fans on Twitter monitored by A.F.G :
Fashion Sakala signed a four years pre-contract with Glasgow Rangers fc and he will be joining the Scottish club at the end of this season.
His new coach and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard described him as a talented player with so much skill and pace which he will need in his team as they prepare for the Uefa champions league next season.
A picture showing the Zambia football association-FAZ officials donned in a new Zambia national team KoPa jersey has caused a social media buzz.
The new jersey that has a touch of what looks like a depiction of the Zambian tradition fabric called ‘chitenge’ has received mixed reactions with many fans asking the FA if it’s the new 2021/22 jersey for the Zambia national teams.
The jersey has the Zambian flag on the middle of the collar and African fabric-like short sleeves.
The Zambian FA is among the very few FAs in Africa that dresses it’s own national teams with their locally owned brand called KoPa.
However, the leaked Jersey has caused a buzz on social media as questions have continued to rise as to whether it’s the new kit for the national teams or not.
Some have described it as a beautiful jersey that has recognized the Zambian traditional attires and brings out the national flag colours.
Another country that has adopted the addition of african fabric-like colours on their national team jersey is Ghana which recently released their 2020/21 season kit by puma.
The new Ghanian kits are steeped in tradition and engineered for sport inspired by the Ghanaian culture, a thing which the Zambian FA seem to have emulated in their leaked new kits.
The football association of Zambia-FAZ has rubbished reports that the Zambia national team coach , Milutin Sredojevic ‘MICHO’ has gone to Europe in search of players with Zambian roots.
The FA’s communication manager Sydney Mugala confirmed to African football Greats that it’s not true that the national team coach has travelled to Europe to monitor and woo players with Zambian origins.
“That’s not correct. The coach is around. Part of his duty is to track and scout players but he does not need to travel. It’s not true the coach is around.” He said.
Yesterday, a Zambian publication , Zamfoot, reported that Micho has gone to Europe to search for players with Zambian roots.
Earlier last month, the FA announced that they will embark on a program to assess and invite european born players that are willing to play for the Chipolopolo.
Zambia national team coach Milutin Sredojevic alas MICHO. has gone to Europe in search of players with Zambian origin, the Zamfoot has reported.
According to the Zambian sports publication ,Zamfoot, the Serbian gaffer has gone to Europe to check on players with Zambian roots to woo them to play for the Copper Bullets who are in dear need of a first world cup appearance.
After Zambia failed to qualify to the 2022 africa cup of nations for the third time consecutively, Micho promised to look for “the best of the best” defenders to play for Zambia as he noted that it was the weakest department in the national team.
The chipolopolo have majority of their dependable players based in Africa with only a few playing in Europe.
Among the players micho is expected to meet in Europe include Raith Rovers fc defender Frankie Musonda who is reportedly already working on his documents to switch his international allegiance to Zambia.
The English born defender has netted three goals in the Scottish Championship and has been named three times in the team of the week this season.
The world football governing body, FIFA has rejected the newly formed European super league but it’s in support of an African super league to be created.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino had proposed a 20 teams super league for Africa’s elite clubs which he said would be able to generate a whopping $200million every year, but surprisingly the same FIFA and it’s president are strongly against the creation of a European super league, a similarly league they proposed for Africa.
According to a joint statement released yesterday by the european clubs involved in the creation of the super league, twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs agreed to establish a new mid-week competition, called Super League, governed by its Founding Clubs.
AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, FC Internazionale Milano, Juventus FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid CF and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as Founding Clubs.
It is anticipated that a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence as soon as practicable.
The clubs said “the formation of the Super League comes at a time when the global pandemic has accelerated the instability in the existing European football economic model. Further, for a number of years, the Founding Clubs have had the objective of improving the quality and intensity of existing European competitions throughout each season, and of creating a format for top clubs and players to compete on a regular basis.”
“The pandemic has shown that a strategic vision and a sustainable commercial approach are required to enhance value and support for the benefit of the entire European football pyramid. In recent months extensive dialogue has taken place with football stakeholders regarding the future format of European competitions. The Founding Clubs believe the solutions proposed following these talks do not solve fundamental issues, including the need to provide higher-quality matches and additional financial resources for the overall football pyramid” read the official statement.
In the same statement below is what they explained on how the super league would run:
20 participating clubs with 15 Founding Clubs and a qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season.
Midweek fixtures with all participating clubs continuing to compete in their respective national leagues, preserving the traditional domestic match calendar which remains at the heart of the club game.
An August start with clubs participating in two groups of ten, playing home and away fixtures, with the top three in each group automatically qualifying for the quarter finals. Teams finishing fourth and fifth will then compete in a two-legged play-off for the remaining quarter-final positions. A two-leg knockout format will be used to reach the final at the end of May, which will be staged as a single fixture at a neutral venue.
The statement also read, “going forward, the Founding Clubs look forward to holding discussions with UEFA and FIFA to work together in partnership to deliver the best outcomes for the new League and for football as a whole.”
However, FIFA and UEFA have strongly rejected the creation of the European super league and have threatened to ban the clubs involved from participating in the UEFA champions league and their players from taking part in international fixtures for their countries.
Should Africans accept Infantino’s ‘AFRICAN SUPER LEAGUE’ ?
After making their debut at the Africa cup of nations in 1965 Senegal has come close to winning the trophy twice but all failed attempts.
The highest FIFA ranked national team in Africa has never won the prestigious Africa cup of nations, they were defeated finalists in 2002 and 2019.
The Diofu generation failed, the Demba Ba generation failed but can the Sadio mane generation break this curse?
Who will break their 56-years Afcon drought ?
The Terrenga lions have arguably the most quality players and Africa’s most valuable squad with their players dotted across europe’s top leagues.
With the likes of Sadio mané , their star man in his prime, the Senegalese will hope that he wins the Afcon trophy for them before retiring.
Mané has been a very consistent key player in the Senegal squad and also Liverpool football club, it’s hopeful that he will finally help his country win their first Afcon silverware which they long to see after failing in the previous edition where he helped them reach the finals.
Eduard Mendy is another player Senegalese are looking up to, to help the nation win their first Afcon trophy.
Mendy who plays for English premier league side, Chelsea fc , has kept 20 cleansheets this season and he is being described as one of the best shot stoppers in Europe currently.
He has played eight(8) games for Senegal and out of which he has kept seven(7) cleansheets and only Conceded one(1) goal. Something that has made many fans believe he could be the man to guide the Terranga lions to their afcon glory in Cameroon next year.
Reims striker Boulaye Dia is also one player that people will be hoping to see perform at next year’s Afcon.
He has scored thirteen(13) goals this season in the french ligue 1 to become the highest african goal scorer in the top french league.
He is a very clinical striker and Senegal will also look up to him during their campaign for their first Afcon trophy in Cameroon.
22-years old Kreppin DIATTA is definitely the future for the Terranga , at that age he is already making waves in Europe having impressed in Belgium with Club Brugge, the youngster moved to french side Monaco where he has already scored a goal for them in the french ligue 1.
A machine as he is refered to by his coach at PSG, Idrissa Gueye is another quality player that will be key in Senegal’s squad for the afcon next year.
Having helped PSG qualify to the semi finals of the Uefa champions league , Gueye would be motivated to replicate the same form to his national team and make his country proud by winning the nations cup.
Koulibaly is one of the most valuable African defenders in Europe. He has been consistent with the Italian Serie-A side Napoli and will be a key figure for Senegal at next year’s Afcon.
Diallo who recently switched his international allegiance to Senegal from France, will be a huge boost to the Terrenga lions squad at the back and his patnership with Koulibaly will be one to look out for at next year’s Cameroon afcon.
These are just but a few senegelese stars among the many that are making waves in Europe and across the world.
This a team that have given their everything to
Will Senegal finally win the Africa cup of nations next year in Cameroon?