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West Ham and West Brom lead the race for Smalling


West Ham and West Brom are leading the race to sign out of favour Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, reports the Sun.  Smalling has supposedly been told by manager Jose Mourinho that he has no future at Old Trafford with the England international falling way down the pecking order under the United boss. His possible availability has alerted a number of Premier League sides, who would be willing to sign the 27-year-old this summer. 

 

However, West Ham and West Brom are said to be fronting the queue to sign Smalling once the transfer window opens with both sides keen to bolster at the back.  West Ham secured the services of Jose Fonte in January, yet the Portuguese centre-back flattered to deceive at the London Stadium under Slaven Bilic, who is prepared to dip into the transfer market to bolster his defence.  West Ham boss Tony Pulis has made no secret of his desire to improve the Baggies’ defence, with the club also linked with a move for John Terry.  Smalling is hoping to be fit for tonight’s Europa League final, where United face Ajax, in what could be his final competitive game for the club.

24 May, 2017  tobi   Sport News |

Amajita coach Thabo Senong pins hopes on Reeve Frosler to shore up backline


The arrival of Reeve Frosler in the Amajita camp has given coach Thabo Senong a shot in the arm as he tries to strengthen his last line of defence against Italy. Amajita take on Italy in a crucial group encounter on Wednesday (10h00 SA time). Senong today announced two changes to his team. He has strengthened the defence with the impressive Frosler and brought in the pace and skill of one of the much-talked about talents in South Africa, Liam Jordan. In the context of the game, a lot is expected from Frosler to provide quick solutions at the back – an area that has proved to be problematic for South Africa’s U-20 side both at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations and recently at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.  “We are prepared, we have planned very well and we have analysed Italy. The boys are fully aware of the possibilities they are going to face, possible formations and key players of Italy,” Senong said.

Frosler has been a regular feature in the Bidvest Wits team that recently won the Absa Premiership title. He is one of the emerging young talents that has caught many pundits' attention and a crucial piece of the development puzzle that South Africa has been trying to piece together. Another player who arrived late and is expected to make a meaningful contribution is Teboho Mokoena from SuperSport United. Frosler has been in South Korea for four days now, trained twice with the team and has earned himself a starting berth for tomorrow's game against Italy. However, Senong is mindful of not putting too much pressure on the new arrivals: “We don’t want to put Frosler and Mokoena under pressure. They have just arrived in the team and it is important that they are used correctly. We believe in their quality and what they bring to the team. They are assets and in the right time, we will be able to use them in the team."

24 May, 2017  tobi   Sport News |

Ajax Cape Town defender Erick Chipeta promises more goals


Ajax Cape Town defender Erick Chipeta is confident that he has more stunning goals in his locker after scooping Goal of the Season at the club's awards. The 26-year-old netted an absolute pearler of a free-kick in a 2-1 defeat to Bidvest Wits last year and was acknowledged for his effort at Saturday's event. Chipeta admits that the goal he scored was a positive moment for him during an otherwise poor season in which he only made four league starts. “I will keep on pushing and hopefully next season I can help the team reach even greater heights," the Zimbabwean is reported as saying on the club's official website. “In modern football, the likes of Sergio Ramos and so on, you have to chip in with goals as defenders. Thulani Hlatshwayo of Bidvest Wits is another good example; he scores goals. You have to contribute in that regard to help your team. “It was not my first free-kick goal, I scored for Chippa United and it is something I have in my arsenal, I can take free-kicks and yes it wasn’t a first for me and hopefully not the last.”

24 May, 2017  tobi   Sport News |

Banyana Banyana announce squad for five-day training camp


Banyana Banyana will hold a training camp from 28 May to 1 June 2017. The aim of the camp is to have a closer look at some new players and to start preparations for qualification to the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations that will be held in Ghana, as well as the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup that will take place in France. Stand-in Banyana Banyana heach coach Desiree Ellis has called up several new faces and these are players she has been monitoring over the last few months – seven of them coming for the first time to the South African Senior Women’s National Team. The players are Koketso Tlailane (TUT-PTA), Nkoikoi Mabina (Kanatla Ladies), Kholosa Biyana (UKZN), Lucinda Croy (Santos FC), Thato Lesoso (UJ) , Zanele Nhlapo (Mamelodi Sundowns) and Philisa Mjambane (Red Roses). Other players will be making a return to the team after long absence. “For Banyana Banyana, this is a not a busy year in terms of competition so it was important that we call up players we would love to see up close. Some are impressive when they are at their clubs but it is important that we take opportunities like this to bring them to the national team  – as we won’t know how they will do until we see them in this environment” said Ellis. “We would have loved to call up more players but we are restricted in terms of numbers and those that did not make it this time around will surely get a chance next time as we are planning to conduct as many training camps as possible.

The training camp is basically to broaden our base and we must use it wisely so that when competition starts, we know exactly where we stand.” Ellis adds that she had to mix the players around so there is balance in the squad. “We could have easily called up a totally new group of players but what good would that have been? They have to learn from the experienced players that we have in the squad so they know the culture and philosophy of the team. I am glad to see that wherever we have been, monitoring these players, they have raised their hands to say we are ready. It is only fair that we give them that chance and see what they bring to the table. But it doesn’t mean the door is closed on anyone – this is a long-term process,” added Ellis. “I do not work alone, because we have a vast country we need all the help we can get. We are fortunate that we have 28 CAF A license coaches assisting in the scouting of players around the country and they have been of great help.”

Banyana Banyana hasn’t played a match since they faced France in an international friendly clash in Saint-Dennis, Reunion Islands earlier this year (Sunday, 22 January). Ellis says it is important to qualify for the Women’s AWCON as it will serve as a qualifier for the World Cup. “This exercise will become more important when we get closer to the qualifiers because we need a strong team to play the AWCON qualifiers and finish in the top three at the 2018 AWCON so we can go to France, we can’t wait until the year of competition and start preparations as it will be too late. We narrowly missed out on the last World Cup tournament in Canada, so it will be crucial that we qualify for this one – the idea is to be at the 2018 AWCON, move to the 2019 World Cup and also be at the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo, but the plan starts now,” said Ellis. The 2018  AWCON will be held from 17 November to 1 December.  

Banyana Banyana Training Camp:

28th May – 1st June 2017

GOALKEEPERS
1. ANDILE DLAMINI     Mamelodi Sundowns FC     Johannesburg
2. YOLULA TSAWE     JVW FC     Johannesburg
3. ROXANNE BARKER     Cape Town Roses     Cape Town
 
DEFENDERS
 
1. NOTHANDO VILAKAZI     Palace Super Falcons FC     Johannesburg
2. KOKETSO TLAILANE     TUT-PTA     Pretoria
3. NOKO ALICE MATLOU     Ma -Indies FC     Polokwane
4. BAMBANANI NOLUFEFE MBANE     Bloemfontein Celtic     Bloemfontein
5. THATO LETSOSO     University of Johannesburg     Johannesburg
6. LEBOHANG ESTER RAMALEPE     Ma-Indies     Polokwane
7. REGINA MOGOLOLA     Tuks     Pretoria
8. ZANELE NHLAPO     Mamelodi  Sundowns     johannesburg
 
MIDFIELDERS
 
1. NOMPUMELELO NYANDENI     JVW FC     Johannesburg
2. LEANDRA WILOMA SMEDA     UWC Ladies     Cape Town
3. NKOIKOI  MABINA     Kanatla Ladies     Polokwane
4. REFILOE JANE     TUT-PTA     Johannesburg
5. RACHEL SEBATI     TUT -PTA     Pretoria
6. CHUENE MORIFI     Mamelodi Sundowns     Johannesburg
7. KHOLOSA BIYANA     UKZN     Durban
8. CHRESTINAH THEMBI KGATLANA     UWC Ladies     Cape Town
 
 
FORWARDS/STRIKERS
 
1. RHODA MULAUDZI     Mamelodi Sundowns FC     Johannesburg
2. LUCINDA CROY     Santos FC     Cape Town
3. NWABISA KOLISI     City Lads     Port Elizabeth
4. ELIZABETH BONTLE MASHILO     TUT-Pretoria     Pretoria
5. PHILISA MJAMBANE     Red Roses     Mthatha



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