Kaizer Chiefs will be without club captain and influential goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune for the Carling Black Label Cup final against Orlando Pirates.
Khune missed much of last season with a serious shoulder injury after he was injured at training in a collision with Willard Katsande.
It was thought he was nearing full fitness however it appears the Glamour Boys are willing to err on the side of caution when it comes to his full recovery.
Chiefs' physio Dave Milner confirmed the 32-year-old will play no part in the Soweto derby, along with up-and-coming youngster Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, who is out with an achilles tendon injury.
Speaking to the side's official website, Milner said: "He has made considerable progress but we will only be able to ascertain his readiness to play at the beginning of August. A shoulder injury is sensitive and we have to make sure he is comfortable and ready to play. "Ngcobo will still need to go through a strengthening phase, he is doing well though considering that the Achilles normally can take a bit of time to recover. We are looking September to have him joining his teammates on the ball. "This means Khune and Ngcobo will not be available during the upcoming preseason friendly matches taking place this weekend in Botswana and next week's the much anticipated Carling Black Label Cup."
The Glamour Boys take on the Sea Robbers on 27 July at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. The encounter is already sold out.
Mike Makaab, the agent to former Kaizer Chiefs defender Teenage Hadebe, has revealed he joined Yeni Malatyaspor as it was a good deal for all parties involved.
Hadebe didn't win great acclaim for his performances at Naturena with some supporters at times accusing him of being clumsy and reckless in the tackle.
As such, the Zimbabwe international has departed the Glamour Boys and will now play his football for Malatyaspor in Turkey's top flight.
The move means Chiefs still have one too many foreigners though Leonardo Castro is expected to depart as he is transfer-listed.
Makaab told reporters: "It was a surprise to us as much as it was a surprise to a lot of people.
"But I have to be honest and say it was a really good offer. "Zimbabwe didn't cover themselves in glory, so I am not sure the offer had much to do with the AFCON. "But it was a fair offer and a good opportunity for the player. He had a long chat with the club and at the end of the day all parties were happy with the deal. I am told they were interested in Teenage before the tournament."
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says he is looking to recreate the much-vaunted 'CBD' attacking trident after securing the services of striker Mauricio Affonso.
The trio of Leonardo Castro, Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly took the Premiership by storm a few years ago, helping Downs claim plenty of silverware during a hugely successful spell.
However, with the trio having since moved on to new clubs, both locally and abroad, Mosimane is keen to create another devastating attacking trio, capable of striking fear into the hearts of opposition of defenders.
And, with the lanky Affonso now on the club's books, Mosimane has a real number nine to deploy, with Sundowns having played much of last season without an out-and-out striker.
"We had a number nine before, Leonardo Castro. He adapted well. I think you remember the CBD," Mosimane is quoted as saying by The Citizen.
"I want to go and try to revisit the same strategy and find out if he can help us. We won the league with 71 points plus 51 or 53 goals [using that system]. "We won the CAF Champions League, we won the Telkom Knockout Cup, the team went to the [FIFA Club] World Cup. Hopefully we can get the same."
He added: "We don't have a player of his style and ability. I believe it is important for the Champions League. "The important thing is to see how he will fit in the style and the way we play because Sundowns is a complex team. Sundowns can play the whole season without a striker and still play. "We brought him as a number nine."
Baroka FC’s Mduduzi Mdantsane is happy at his club but would consider a move to Kaizer Chiefs.
The midfielder featured for Amakhosi as a teenager, but signed with Bakgaga in 2016 and has never looked back, notching up 61 appearances. Mdantsane helped Baroka to their maiden title in top flight football when they defeated Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Knockout final in December.
"I'm hearing talks about Chiefs, I don't know if it's true or not, I'm waiting for my agent to confirm, because no one has spoken to me personally," the 25-year-old told KickOff. "So I don't know, my focus is to play football. If that's true then Baroka will be the one deciding because I'm still contracted with them and we all have to respect that. "Yeah I grew up at Naturena, but sometimes you have to face challenges until you reach your dream. If it's meant to be I will return, but as I said it’s up to the club I represent now and we have to respect that."
Full-back Kieran Trippier has paid tribute to Tottenham supporters after sealing a switch to LaLiga outfit Atletico Madrid on Wednesday evening.
Trippier completed his move from Tottenham to Atletico, with the England right-back passing his medical for his £21m move to the Spanish La Liga side.
The 28-year-old was England's best player during their run to the World Cup semi-final last year, but that tournament may have taken a toll as he struggled for form and fitness for Spurs.
Trippier spent four years at Tottenham, with his last appearance for the club coming in the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool, and has thanked everyone for their support.
"THANK YOU. I've met some amazing people at @spursofficial many of whom I now call my friends," Trippier wrote on Instagram.
"To the Tottenham fans from around the world – you've been amazing. "The support you've shown me and the team took us to new heights, and with the new stadium I have no doubt that the team and fans have many exciting times ahead! "Wish everyone at the club nothing but the best. #spurs #thankyou."
Manchester United have reportedly been offered Brazil star Neymar by Paris Saint-Germain, with the French giants seeking a massive £200m transfer fee.
PSG sporting director Leonardo recently admitted that the club is prepared to sell Neymar after the forward failed to report for pre-season training.
Earlier this month, a club statement read: "PSG affirms that the player Neymar Jr was not present at the time and place required, without prior authorisation from the club.
"PSG regrets this situation and will take appropriate action."
Real Madrid and Barcelona have been heavily linked over a potential deal for the 27-year-old as they are likely to be the only realistic destinations for him.
However, Mundo Deportivo (via Daily Express) claim that PSG have made five clubs aware of Neymar's availability with Barcelona, Real Madrid, United, Bayern Munich and Juventus all given the opportunity to sign him.
The French side are reportedly looking to get back the £200m they paid to Barcelona for him back in 2017.
Orlando Pirates' hopes of signing Asante Kotoko striker Yacouba Songne appear to have been boosted with his club's general manager expecting him to leave.
The 27-year-old Burkina Faso international was spotted by Pirates in the CAF Confederations Cup, where he scored two goals and made five assists for the Ghanaian outfit.
And with Songne keen to leave the club, Asante general manager George Amoako says he won't keep a player at the club against his will.
“I have already said we should take our eyes off Yacouba, because we have spoken to him several times and he doesn’t want to stay,” Amoako told the media in Ghana. “We have received offers and we are still in negotiations. I once said supporters of the Club should just take their eyes off him.”
The 2019 COSAFA Women’s Championship will get under way in Nelson Mandela Bay in a little over two weeks’ time, where the 12 competing teams will battle it out for the coveted trophy.Fans will be able to watch the games for FREE,with details on where to collect tickets to be released shortlyThe tournament will get under way on July 31 when Zimbabwe tackle Angola at the Wolfson Stadium at 10h00, with three matches per day in the first round. That is until August 5, when Group A and C will conclude, and matches played simultaneously. The semifinals will take place on August 8, with the third-place play-off set for two days later and the final to be contested on August 11.South Africa will be the defending champions and coach Des Ellis says she expects all their first round opponents – Comoros Islands, Malawi and Madagascar – to try and make a statement by getting a win against the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup participants.“The expectation is always there, being Banyana and the defending champions. People will want to knock you off your perch, especially having been to the World Cup. But we have to show what we learnt at the World Cup and why we qualified to be there,” she said."We want to give the fans a taste of what we learnt at the World Cup, otherwise that experience counts for nothing. "It won't be easy, when you play the minnows they raise their game. No-one needs motivation to play a team that has come from the World Cup.”Ellis also expects the crowds to turn out again to support the side, just as they did in last year’s tournament, when Banyana defeated Cameroon in the final. “The fans were amazing last year, they gave us such great support and it makes a real difference to the players. It gives us such a lift. We hope to see them back again this year.”Running concurrently with the senior women’s championship will be the inaugural 2019 COSAFA Women’s Under-20 Championship from August 1-11, also to be staged in Nelson Mandela Bay.2019 COSAFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURE REMINDER DATE KO GRP FIXTURE VENUE 31/07 10h00 C Zimbabwe vs Angola Wolfson Stadium31/07 12h45 A Malawi vs Madagascar Wolfson Stadium31/07 15h30 A South Africa vs Comoros Wolfson Stadium01/08 10h00 C Mozambique vs Eswatini Wolfson Stadium01/08 12h45 B Zambia vs Mauritius Wolfson Stadium01/08 15h30 B Namibia vs Botswana Wolfson Stadium02/08 10h00 A Comoros vs Madagascar Wolfson Stadium02/08 12h45 C Zimbabwe vs Mozambique Wolfson Stadium02/08 15h30 A South Africa vs Malawi Wolfson Stadium03/08 10h00 B Zambia vs Namibia Wolfson Stadium03/08 12h45 B Mauritius vs Botswana Wolfson Stadium03/08 15h30 C Angola vs Eswatini Wolfson Stadium05/08 12h45 A South Africa vs Madagascar Wolfson Stadium05/08 12h45 A Malawi vs Comoros Gelvandale Stadium05/08 15h30 C Zimbabwe vs Eswatini Wolfson Stadium05/08 15h30 C Mozambique vs Angola Gelvandale Stadium06/08 15h30 B Zambia vs Botswana Wolfson Stadium06/08 15h30 B Namibia vs Mauritius Gelvandale StadiumSEMI-FINALS08/08 12h30 19 Winner Grp B vs Best Runner-up Wolfson Stadium08/08 15h30 20 Winner Grp A vs Winner Grp C Wolfson StadiumTHIRD PLACE PLAY-OFF 10/08 15h00 21 Loser M19 vs Loser M20 Wolfson StadiumFINAL11/08 15h00 23 Winner M19 vs Winner M20 Wolfson Stadium
It’s all or nothing with the AFCON 2019 trophy up for grabs on Friday evening. Senegal and Algeria have been a cut above the rest, so it’s only fitting that that the African giants square off in the all-important final! It’s been an entertaining and exciting tournament to say the least, but there can only be winner, so let’s get to it! AFCON 2019 Final Friday 19 July Cairo International Stadium 21:00 To Win Senegal 33/20 Draw 37/20 Algeria 39/20 To Lift Cup Senegal 8/10 Algeria 1/1
Senegal and Algeria were both placed in Group C with the latter claiming top spot and the Lions of Taranga finishing as the runners-up. Despite Senegal dominating play, the Desert Warriors managed to earn a hard-fought 1-0 victory when the sides locked horns in the group stage.
The Round of 16 saw Senegal take on Uganda with Sadio Mane popping up in the 15th minute to give his team a 1-0 win. Their quarter-final clash against Benin produced another 1-0 victory for the Lions of Teranga before edging Tunisia 1-0 after extra-time in the semi-finals.
It goes to show how resolute their defence has been but their attacking players need to be at their best if they are going to see off Algeria. Mane is by far their biggest threat with three goals to his name so far. The 27-year-old is direct, quick and always full of energy.
Algeria were absolutely fire in the group stages as they remained unbeaten with three wins from three games, scoring six goals without conceding. And that form continued with the Desert Warriors thrashing Guinea 3-0 in the Round of 16.
They were pushed all the way in the quarter-finals, playing to a 1-1 draw with Ivory Coast but prevailing 4-3 after the penalty shoot-out. The semi-finals also proved to be a close call with Riyad Mahrez stepping up six minutes into added time with a breath-taking 20-yard free-kick into the top left-hand corner to send his nation through to the final.
Algeria have a plethora of quality in attack. Apart from Mahrez – who has been the creative fulcrum for his team – Sofiane Feghouli, Adam Ounas and Youcef Belaili are all very much capable of producing match-winning performances.
Prediction: Algeria to Lift the Cup (1/1) Senegal are gunning for their first ever AFCON title and should have learned from their mistakes in their 1-0 defeat to Algeria in the group stages. A cagey affair is on the cards so expect a cautious approach from both teams. This tournament has brought the best out of Mahrez and Mane. At 5/1, you can back them to both find the back of the net in the final. But if you looking for a winner, Algeria are tipped to remain unbeaten with another patient and solid performance. Written by Aaron Crowie
Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos is reportedly on the verge of joining Arsenal on a season-long loan agreement.
The 22-year-old has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium throughout the summer, but the situation looks like being resolved in the near future as the player is poised to return from an extended break after helping Spain's Under-21s win the European Championship in Italy.
Ceballos, who has scored five goals in 56 matches for Los Blancos after joining from La Liga rivals Real Betis in 2017, has also made six appearances for the Spanish senior squad in his career.
And reports in Spain claim he has decided to move to the Premier League ahead of next season and wants to link up with Gunners boss and compatriot Unai Emery in north London.
Ceballos, who has also been linked to Tottenham and AC Milan, looks set to join Arsenal on an initial season-long loan deal, but Real Madrid officials are thought to be keen on the move including an option to buy in 12 months.