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  • DiskiFan 13:02 on September 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: moroka swallows mtn8, mtn8 final, mtn8 final winner   

    Swallows win MTN8 final 

    Moroka Swallows (1) 2 SuperSport United (1) 1

    Coach Zeca Marques’ black designer jacket was back in the air as the Moroka Swallows coach ushered in a rare milestone in the club’s revival from being the sleeping giants of Soweto and South African football.

    The trademark celebration has been a common sight on the Swallows bench in the two months he had been in charge.

    The annexure of the MTN8 Cup last night completed a cycle of success founded by the now Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund in the last two seasons, in which Marques was his deputy.

    R8 million prize

    Last night’s delivery of the R8 million prize did not come easily for the side that picked up the runners-up medals in 2003 and 2010.

    Swallows were caught on what had been their weakness so far this season: their often indecisive defence that has conceded as much as the team has been scoring lately.

    They started well early on when winger Felix Obada was always a threat on the right flank with his darting runs and inviting crosses.

    But the hunter soon became the hunted when United broke the deadlock when some of the fans had hardly taken their seats.

    The opening goal was a combination of former Ajax Cape Town team-mates when Sameegh Doutie set up Franklin Cale to slot home from close range.

    However, Cale’s strike was soon to be cancelled by Giorgi Nergadze, whose thunderbolt completed what was a patient build-up initiated by Katlego Mashego.

    Uninspired midfield play

    But action from midfield was an eyesore for the 22 000-odd crowd as they witnessed just aimless kick-about in the centre of the immaculate park. The midfield play from the two sides was not convincing either as both teams resorted to playing high balls.

    Referee Lwandile Mfiki did not help the cause with some controversial decisions, including the moment when he denied Swallows a clear penalty after United’s Bevan Fransman had handled the ball in the defender’s bid to stop Bennett Chenene.

    Earlier on, Mfiki was spot on not to allow a goal after Swallows defender Ashraf Hendricks’ cheeky back heel was blocked by his United counterpart, Mor Diouf, when the full circumference of the ball had not rolled over the line.

    But Chenene was soon to bask in the spotlight with a clever lob over Rowen Fernandez in the United goal five minutes from regulation time to push Swallows to their first top eight since 1979

    As for United, Hunt was left to rue a missed opportunity of bagging his only second knockout trophy after he guided Matsatsantsa a Pitori to the Nedbank Cup at the Soweto venue in May.

    Marques, on the other hand, did not mind the champagne that later soaked up his jacket.

    Scorers: Franklin Cale 4th; Giorgi Nergadze 18th; Bennett Chenene 85th

    How the teams lined up

    Moroka Swallows:
    Greg Etafia – Shere Lekgothoane, Luvhengo Mungomeni, Ashraf Hendricks, Rudi Isaacs – Giorgi Nergadze, Lefa Tsutsulupa, Bennet Chenene (Macbeth Sibaya 90th), Lerato Chabangu (David Mathebula 88th), Felix Obada (Siyabonga Nomvethe 67th) – Katlego Mashego

    SuperSport United:
    Rowen Fernandez – Roscoe Petersen, Bevan Fransman, Mor Diouf, Davis Nkausu – Franklin Cale (Clifford Mulenga 88th), Edwin Gyimah, Mark Haskins (George Maluleka 61st), Sameegh Doutie, Mabhudi Khenyeza – Sibusiso Zuma (Kermit Erasmus 57th)

     
  • DiskiFan 19:33 on September 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Man u, , reds, rodgers, sir alex ferguson   

    Hopes for calm at the Man U vs Liverpool match 

    Manchester United vs Liverpool on Sunday

    Sir Alex Ferguson said the emotion of Manchester United’s visit to Liverpool on Sunday (8:30 a.m. ET) could have a negative effect on his players.

    “It’s a possibility, I don’t deny that,” said Ferguson of the match, the first for Liverpool at Anfield since the findings on the Hillsborough tragedy were announced by an independent panel last week.

    “Human nature can be that way. When we played Manchester City for the 50th anniversary of Munich the place was so flat in the dressing room before the game. I even felt it myself.

    “We just couldn’t perform and were glad to get it out the way. It was such an emotional day for us and it could be that way on Sunday.”

    Liverpool will mark the match with a number of significant gestures, including the formation of a mosaic across three sides of the stadium.

    Sir Alex has already appealed for calm from United fans in what is certain to be a tense atmosphere.

    Only time will tell whether Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra will shake hands before the match, if they both play.

    Quick stats for Liverpool and Man U

    • Liverpool: Unbeaten in last 4 home league matches vs Manchester U (3-0-1).
    • Liverpool: Winless in first four league matches in a season for first time since 1911-12.
    • Manchester United: Won last three matches after season opening 1-0 loss at Everton.

    • Manchester United: 17 league wins since start of 2012, most in Premier League (17-4-2).

    Liverpool desperate for points

    If the significance of the occasion cannot be understated, neither can Liverpool’s need for points.The team has yet to win since Brendan Rodgers’ arrival and remain precariously close to the relegation zone early in the season.

    United have stabilized their campaign with three successive victories since an opening weekend loss at Everton, but they have failed to win any of their last five matches at Anfield — their worst return for two decades.

    “It’s similar to when I came down here,” said Ferguson.

    “We could beat Liverpool but we couldn’t win the league.

    “The motivation leans on the side of Liverpool, particularly at Anfield. The crowd get behind them and they make it a real competition in terms of challenges and tackles.

    “We know that will happen on Sunday.

    “Last season we handled them much better. It was 1-1 in the league and nothing between the teams, then we threw away the FA Cup tie.

    “We were by the far better team that day. If we get that performance on Sunday we will be okay.”

    Rodgers has built an impressive reputation through his time as a coach at Chelsea and excellent managerial stints at Watford and Swansea.

    Yet some are already starting to question whether the 39-year-old is the right man to occupy the role of Reds’ coach.

    Ferguson is reminded of the position Andre Villas-Boas found himself in at Chelsea. And that did not end well for the Portuguese.

    “Any young manager needs time but in the modern world you don’t get a lot of that,” said Ferguson.

    “Look at Villas-Boas at Chelsea last season. He was a young man who lasted about seven months.

    “We’re in an age where patience is not a realistic thing. It’s just not there.”

    Give Rodgers time?

    Ferguson accepts times have changed from his arrival at Old Trafford, where he was into his fourth year before he finally managed to secure some silverware.

    But the key to success remains the same. You have to win.

    “The only route for any manager is success,” he said.

    “It’s a results industry so winning matches is important.

    “It’s a different game from when I started. There was less pressure.

    “The world has changed. The press has changed. But I always felt I needed to win games.

    “That’s what you’re in it for. It doesn’t matter whether you’re managing Port Vale, Liverpool or Manchester United, you have to get results.”

     
  • DiskiFan 13:26 on September 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fifa 13, fifa 13 game, fifa 13 ps3, fifa 13 south africa, fifa 13 wii, fifa 13 xbox, fifa13, south africa fifa 13   

    FIFA 13 

    FIFA 13 for PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 and others

    On 25 September 2012, the latest edition of the FIFA series of games will be released – Fifa 13. It is already available with pre-order incentives here.

    With FIFA 13, no two matches are ever the same!

    New features include First Touch Control, Attacking Intelligence, Complete Dribbling, Ultimate Team and the better Career Mode.

    It can be ordered for the Sony Playstation consoles PS3, PS2, PSP; Nintendo Wii and DS; Xbox 360 and your PC.

     
  • DiskiFan 11:14 on September 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: national first division, national soccer league, nfd, premier soccer league,   

    NFD threatens PSL shutdown 

    National First Division threatens ‘havoc’


    National First Division (NFD) clubs have threatened to bring PSL fixtures to a complete standstill after accusing members of the premier league of reneging on agreements reached at a special annual general meeting on August 28.

    The 16 chairpersons of the PSL clubs and the equal number of NFD club chairpersons belong to a structure called the National Soccer League (NSL).

    The NSL also formed a six-member committee made up of Kaizer Motaung (Kaizer Chiefs), John Comitis (Ajax Cape Town), Mato Madlala (Golden Arrows), Jabu Khumalo (African Warriors), Pierre Delvaux (Thanda Royal Zulu) and Pat Malabela (Dynamos). Motaung, the PSL’s finance committee chairperson, is the convenor.

    At the NSL meeting, it was agreed the NFD would be a stand-alone league running its own affairs. It was also agreed a sum of R115 million, contained in the NSL’s Solidarity Fund, would be given to NFD clubs to run their own league. The development means the NFD has also obtained control over commercial and marketing activities that directly affect it, such as the power to obtain sponsorship and television coverage for the league.

    Following the meeting, the PSL issued a fixture list for the NFD’s kickoff this weekend after the kickoff date had been postponed indefinitely. However, this week, NFD clubs vowed that they will not honour these fixtures until the details contained in a “doctored” PSL statement were rectified.

    The multibillion-rand Premier Soccer League (PSL) is now facing its biggest revolt since its formation in 1996.

    Speaking on condition of anonymity, an NFD club official said: “The PSL went on to announce things that were not agreed upon. The issue of grants and prize monies were a total misrepresentation.”

    He alleged it was never agreed the R1-million first prize for the NFD winners was to be paid from the R115 million, but was to come from the PSL coffers.

    The league’s statement said there would also be a R250 000 prize for quarterly winners, also to come from the Solidarity Fund.

    This is in line with the Q-Innovation announced by the PSL two months ago in which PSL quarterly winners win R1.5 million and a journalist who correctly predicts the leader at the quarterly stage will pocket R500 000.

    Another agreement not disputed at this stage was the increase of NFD clubs’ monthly grants from R250 000 to R300 000.

    PSL clubs get R1.5 million per month.

    “We will cause havoc if they don’t rectify the current issues. They must be aware the Premiership cannot go ahead if there is no clear promotion and relegation policy. The current situation means there will be no relegation and promotion.

    “How much will be left if we use this once-off payment (from the Solidarity Fund) for prize monies? The agreement was the money will be used to run the office and the prize money and grants will come from the PSL,” added the source.

    Dynamos owner Malabela said: “There are still outstanding issues between the NFD and PSL and the league would not kick off.”

    He continued “The matter has to be discussed first, then the PSL will issue a statement. I can’t confirm issues that were discussed in the meeting.”

    The NFD has been running with no sponsorship since 2007 when Mvelaphanda pulled out.

    PSL’s head of communications Connie Motshumi insisted that NFD league fixtures would kick off this weekend as planned.

    “We sent out fixtures and as far as we are concerned nothing has changed,” she insisted.

    However, none of the games scheduled for yesterday kicked off.

     
  • DiskiFan 21:07 on September 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , psl fixtures september   

    PSL fixtures – September 

    Absa Premiership PSL fixtures in September

    Friday, September 14, 2012
    20:00 Moroka Swallows v University of Pretoria Volkswagen Dobsonville Stadium SuperSport 4
    20:00 Maritzburg Utd v Free State Stars Harry Gwala Stadium SABC 1
    Saturday, September 15, 2012
    15:00 Platinum Stars v Orlando Pirates Royal Bafokeng Stadium SuperSport 4
    15:00 SuperSport United v AmaZulu Peter Mokaba Stadium SABC 1
    18:00 Golden Arrows v Mamelodi Sundowns Moses Mabhida Stadium SuperSport 4
    20:15 Kaizer Chiefs v Black Leopards Soccer City Complex SuperSport 4 SABC 1
    Sunday, September 16, 2012
    15:00 Bloem Celtic v Ajax Cape Town Free State Stadium SABC 1
    15:00 Chippa United v Bidvest Wits Athlone Stadium
    Tuesday, September 25, 2012
    19:30 Bidvest Wits v Kaizer Chiefs Bidvest Stadium SuperSport 4
    19:30 University of Pretoria v Platinum Stars Tuks Stadium
    19:30 Black Leopards v Maritzburg Utd Peter Mokaba Stadium
    Wednesday, September 26, 2012
    19:30 Free State Stars v Golden Arrows Charles Mopeli Stadium
    19:30 AmaZulu v Moroka Swallows Moses Mabhida Stadium SABC 1
    19:30 Orlando Pirates v Ajax Cape Town Orlando Stadium SuperSport 4
    19:30 Mamelodi Sundowns v SuperSport United Lucas Moripe Stadium SuperSport Blitz SABC 1
    19:30 Chippa United v Bloem Celtic Athlone Stadium
    Friday, September 28, 2012
    20:00 Maritzburg Utd v Bidvest Wits Harry Gwala Stadium SuperSport 4
    Saturday, September 29, 2012
    15:00 Platinum Stars v AmaZulu Royal Bafokeng Stadium SABC 1
    15:00 Ajax Cape Town v University of Pretoria Cape Town Stadium SuperSport 4
    18:00 Golden Arrows v Black Leopards Princess Magogo Stadium SuperSport 4
    20:15 SuperSport United v Free State Stars Lucas Moripe Stadium SABC 1
    20:15 Kaizer Chiefs v Chippa United Peter Mokaba Stadium SuperSport 4
    Sunday, September 30, 2012
    15:00 Moroka Swallows v Mamelodi Sundowns Volkswagen Dobsonville Stadium SABC 1
    15:00 Bloem Celtic v Orlando Pirates Free State Stadium SuperSport 4
     
  • DiskiFan 21:02 on September 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: barclays premier league, , epl september fixtures, september fixtures   

    English Premier League Fixtures – September 

    English Premier League Fixtures in September

    Saturday, September 1st, 2012

    Chelsea v Reading
    Liverpool v Arsenal
    Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers
    Newcastle United v Aston Villa
    Southampton v Manchester United
    Swansea City v Sunderland
    Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City
    West Bromwich Albion v Everton
    West Ham United v Fulham
    Wigan Athletic v Stoke City

    Saturday, September 15th, 2012

    Arsenal v Southampton
    Aston Villa v Swansea City
    Everton v Newcastle United
    Fulham v West Bromwich Albion
    Manchester United v Wigan Athletic
    Norwich City v West Ham United
    Queens Park Rangers v Chelsea
    Reading v Tottenham Hotspur
    Stoke City v Manchester City
    Sunderland v Liverpool

    Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

    Chelsea v Stoke City
    Liverpool v Manchester United
    Manchester City v Arsenal
    Newcastle United v Norwich City
    Southampton v Aston Villa
    Swansea City v  Everton
    Tottenham Hotspur v  Queens Park Rangers
    West Bromwich Albion v  Reading
    West Ham United v  Sunderland
    Wigan Athletic v  Fulham

    Saturday, September 29th, 2012

    Arsenal v Chelsea
    Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion
    Everton v Southampton
    Fulham v Manchester City
    Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
    Norwich City v Liverpool
    Queens Park Rangers v West Ham United
    Reading v Newcastle United
    Stoke City v Swansea City
    Sunderland v Wigan Athletic

     
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