Athletics South Africa (ASA) has released a 38-member national Preparation Squad that will hit training in readiness for the upcoming  2018 IAAF World U-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.

Gold medallists Tshenolo Lemao (100m), Retshidisitswe Mlenga (200m), Sokwakhana Zazini (400m Hurdles), Breyton Poole (High Jump) and Zeney van der Walt (400m Hurdles), who earned medals at the IAAF World U-18 Championships in Nairobi feature in the squad.

2018 IAAF World U-20 Championships will take place from  10 July  to 15 July 2018.

SQUAD

100 m Men - Monareng Mthembu (AGN), Tsebo Matsoso (AFS), Dlodlo Thando (CGA), Mhlenga Retsiditswe (AGN), Tshenolo Lemao (AGN)

200 m Men - Monareng Mthembu (AGN), Tsebo Matsoso (AFS), Dlodlo Thando (CGA), Mhlenga Retsiditswe (AGN), Tshenolo Lemao (AGN)

400 m Men - Zazini Sokwakhana (AGN)

1500 m Men - Dais Malebane (AGN)

400 m Hurdles Men (91cm) - Maree Linford (BOLA), Steenkamp Lourens (LIMA), Zazini Sokwakhana (AGN)

3000 m Steeple Chase Men - De Villiers Robbert (ACNW)

High jump Men - Breyton Poole (WPA)

Pole vault Men - Van der Watt Ekhardt (BOLA), Van Wyk Valco (BOLA)

Shot put Men (6 kg) - Blignaut Kayle (CGA), De Lacey Jonathan (CGA)

Javelin throw Men (800 g) - Dames Werner (ANWN), Skinner Brendan (AGN), Schlebusch Johannes (AFS)

400 m Women - Vercuiel Juli (WPA), Viljoen Marlie (AGN), Van Der Walt Zeney (AGN)

800 m Women - Weitz Simonay (CGA), Muller Niene (AGN)

1500 m Women - Weitz Simonay (CGA), Belling Taylor (AFS)

100 Hurdles Women (84 cm) - Hendricks Welmien (CGA), Erhke Tanya (CGA)

400 Metres Hurdles Women - Vercuiel Juli (WPA), Van Der Walt Zeney (AGN), Joseph Rogail (BOLA)

Shot put Women (4 kg) - Strydom Mieke (SWD)

Discus throw Women (1 kg) - Van der Walt Tharina (AFS)

 

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hans hinted that Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz could feature in Tuesday's Champions League game against Feyenoord.

Stockport-born Foden, 17, won the Golden Ball for being the tournament's top goalscorer as England won the Under-17 World Cup in October, while Diaz, 18, has already broken through to Spain's Under-21 squad.

"They are two young players training this season. What I saw in the pre-season, the training, the World Cup, they are ready. Here in the high level we try and help the young players," Guardiola said ahead of Tuesday's Champions League Group E game against Feyenoord at the Etihad Stadium."They've shown me the same we saw when they played in the second and third team. The skills and quality are there. 

"We can help them with speed because the lack of time is higher so Phil has to fight duels against Kevin De Bruyne, against Fernandinho, against David Silva. Every day is a step to improve.

"Years ago, people had more time to think. Now it is reduced. Everything is quicker. The players are faster in all senses, physically and mentally. 

"I said in pre-season, those guys will train with us all season. They have to be ready. Sometimes the manager makes a surprise."

 

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Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is aware of the task that lies ahead of them when they take on Shakhtar Donetsk in a Champions League match on Tuesday November 21. Napoli, who have only won one of their four matches, sit third in Group F and trail second placed Donetsk by six points, with Manchester City nine points ahead of them at the top.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the match, Sarri acknowledged the importance of the tie and urged his players to play with heart and soul so that their dreams of advancing to the knockout stages remain alive.

"We are not guaranteed to advance the round. The situation in the table is tough, there is a small opportunity for us to go ahead, we need to jump in and get to it. This is not the time to make calculations but to play with heart and soul because we cannot risk leaving the Champions League without giving our all. The level of competition is very high, and with City it's even higher,'' he said.

"On average the games are higher scoring than in the league and tomorrow we will be missing Koulibaly, who is an important player, we need to make up for his absence. Tavecchio resigning? I don't love the politics in sport, I hope in time it will be more tolerable. A reform of the calendar is inevitable, to get rid of the international breaks and gathering the national teams at the end of the season," added Sarri.

The Seria A started their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 loss to Donetsk before recording their only win against Feyenoord. Two consecutive losses to Manchester City followed thereafter to condemn them to third place.

 

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The Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA)has received an enhancement of their upcoming 2017 COSAFA Under-20 Championships following the inclusion of Mopani Copper Mines as the Title sponsors for the tournament. The tourney is set to be held in Zambia between December 6 and December 16.

Mopani Mines is a Zambian registered company owned by Carlisa Investments Corporation produces and sells copper and cobalt to the international market, being one of the biggest mines and exporters in the world.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mopani Copper Mines as headline sponsors of the 2017 COSAFA Under-20 Championships and thank them for their valuable input into the development of youth football in the Southern African region. This Under-20 championship has been the launchpad for many successful careers for players from across the region and we are sure that a number of new gems will be unearthed this year as well,” says Timothy Shongwe, Chairman of COSAFA’s Competitions Committee.

Mopani Copper Mines sponsors two clubs in the Zambia Super Division League, Nkana FC and Mufulira Wanderers FC. Nkana FC’s home ground at Nkana Stadium will host matches during the MOPANI Copper Mines COSAFA Under-20 Championship.

“Mopani Copper Mines Plc is proud to be the Title sponsor for the COSAFA Under-20 Championship, during which part of the games will be played at our own Nkana Stadium in Kitwe,” says Acting Chief Executive Officer, Chris Vermeulen.

“As title sponsors, we believe this tournament will be successful and will inspire football players, especially the youth, to aim higher in life. It will also contribute to sport development in our country.

“Mopani Copper Mines Plc has a long history of supporting sports development, and football in particular, in Zambia.

“We are the proud major sponsors of the two most-decorated Super Division League football clubs, Nkana FC and Mufulira Wanderers FC and our company continues to invest in football infrastructure development at the two clubs to bring them to acceptable standards in the world. This has helped in boosting morale and performance at the two sponsored teams,” added Vermeulen.

“Mopani also sponsors a youth academy, Young Nkana FC, which contributed three players to last year’s Zambian Under-20 national team – the double winners of the African Youth Championships and COSAFA Under-20 Championships.

“The future of the sport lies in the youth, hence our decision to partner with COSAFA in sponsoring this year’s tournament.”

 

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Uganda national U20 coach Matia Lule is self-assured that his boys will put up a good fight in the upcoming 2017 COSAFA Under-20 Championships which are scheduled to take place in Zambia from 6th to 16th  December.

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Familiar trio Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa have booked their places for the final round of the African qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018.

 Convincing home wins for Nigeria and South Africa was enough for them to confirm their spot at the final hurdle joining Cameroon in the battle for the two African representatives at next year’s finals.  

 Carrying a comfortable 2-0 lead from the first leg, Burundi were shocked by a ruthless South Africa side that returned to winning ways with a 5-0 victory in Johannesburg on Saturday to advance to the next round 5-2 on aggregate.

 A brace by skipper, Linda Motlhalo and goals apiece by Lelona Daweti, Khanya Xesi and Gabriela Salgado ensured Basetsana move closer to their dream of qualifying for their first ever World Cup competition.

 Debutant Xesi found the opener in the ninth minute after a well threaded ball by Motlhalo to give the host the lead.

 The hosts continued piling on the pressure with the trio of Motlhalo, Daweti and Salgado terrorising the East Africans.

 A good interchange of passes between Xesi and Motlhalo concluded with a fine finish from close range by Daweti to make it 2-0 on 23 minutes. From then on, there was no coming back for Burundi who struggled to deal with the pace and pressure from their hosts.

 Motlhalo’s brace made it 4-0 before the break to put the game beyond reach for the visitors before Salgado fired the final nail in the East Africans’ coffin after the break to complete the rout.

 Speaking after the match, Basetsana coach, Maud Khumalo said their plan was to go for the kill but remain compact at the back to avoid conceading on the counter.

 “Even though we had some of our players back, we had to remain disciplined in our attack because we knew they would want to catch us on the counter. We identified their strong points in the first leg and had a plan for them here at home. We are now a step closer to going to the World Cup but the final round will not be easy and we need to work extra hard to earn our place in France,” said Khumalo

 Elsewhere, South Africa’s opponent at the final round, Nigeria, overcame Morocco 5-1 in Benin City also on Saturday and progress 6-2 on aggregate. Playmaker Rasheedat Ajibade and Nyakno Monday gave the Falconets an early two-goal lead before Fatima Tagnaout pulled one back for the visitors before the break.

 Charity Reuben scored twice in the second half before Ajibade put the icing on the cake with her seventh goal of the campaign on the stroke of full time.

 Ghana striker Princella Adubea was yet again at her best scoring a brace as the Princesses downed Kenya 5-1 away in Machakos near Nairobi on Sunday to complete a double and march on 10-1 on aggregate.

 Adubea who scored four goals in the 5-0 win in the first leg a fortnight ago took her tally to seven in the campaign as the Ghanaians set a date with familiar foes, Cameroon.

 After eight minutes, Ghana led 2-0 thanks to a brace from Olivia Anokye before Adubea made it 3-0 four minutes after the break. Substitute Ernestina Abambila scored the fourth on 76 minutes before Adubea completed her brace three minutes from time.

Rachael Otolo grabbed a consolation for the Kenyans in stoppage time.

 Two teams will emerge from the African qualifiers to represent the continent at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup scheduled for 5-24 August 2018 in France.

 

Results

18.11.2017    Johannesburg           South Africa 5-0 Burundi (0-2)

18.11.2017    Benin City                Nigeria 5-1 Morocco (1-1)

19.11.2017    Machakos                 Kenya 1-5 Ghana (0-5)

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Butali Sugar Warriors kept their title hopes alive this weekend with two precious victories in the Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League.

After humbling Nairobi Sikh Union 3-1 at the City Park on Saturday November 18, Butali continued with their impressive second leg displays with a 3-0 win over Chase Sailors at the same venue. Emmanuel Simiyu struck two quick goals in the 7th  and 11th minute respectively before Arif Shah's 29th minute effort gave the lakeside club three points and three goals.

The match was then followed by the one pitting league leaders Kenya Police against Parkroad Badgers where the law enforces strode to a comfortable 4-0 win.

Samuel Wokila, Amos Barkibir, Moses Cheplaiti and Calvins Kanu were all on target for the hosts in the victory which took their point tally to 58 from 20 games. They now leave second placed Butali Warriors with thirteen points, though the latter has played a game less.

In other matches, Nakuru Sports Club settled to a barren draw with bottom placed Technical University on Saturday as Bay Club suffered two straight defeats in the hands of Multimedia University and Wazalendo Youth.

 

 

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There were two Kenya Hockey Union Premier League matches played this weekend at the City Park Stadium, with Vikings forcing Sliders to a 2-2 draw as league leaders Telkom Orange held on firmly to secure a 3-2 win over a tactical Strathmore University side.

Telkom vs Strathmore

Despite leading 3-0, Telkom Orange had to hold on strong in the dying minutes as Strathmore, who had returned two goals, fought hard to find an equalizer but were unlucky to get one.

Telkom had gone into the match with a record of victories in all their opening 13 matches which they had not conceded even a single goal and looked on course to make light work of the Students, Jacqueline Mwangi opening account for them in the 7th minute after she had been spotted by Lilian Aura from long range.

Following the goal, the match's pace then slowed down as both sides sought to cut out the opposite's possession and passes especially on both wings, Gilly Okumu proving a constant nightmare to the Telkom defense with her beautiful runs and pace.

Barbara Simiyu however doubled the lead for the leaders in the 26th minute, smashing the ball into the net after being teed up by teammate Glen Namajole who had foiled Scorpions' pass in their own half.

Barely ten minutes later, Telkom were 3-0 up courtesy of Barbara Simiyu's second goal that opened a healthy lead for her side as the match went into the break.

On resumption, it was all a Strathmore affair as the Students sought to offer replies and were rewarded in the 44th minute, Okumu's shot hitting the post to find Dennise Bila who hurriedly slotted in amid an increasing Telkom defense. The goal was the first for Telkom to concede since 24th July 2016.

Barbra Atigo then further reduced the deficit eight minutes later with a goal that set up an exciting finish to the encounter. Luck was however not on the hosts' side as they failed to notch an equalizer despite frantic efforts, with the match ending 3-2 in favor of Telkom.

Vikings vs Sliders

In an earlier match at the same venue, Sliders and Vikings played out 2-2 draw in a match that was largely a balanced affair.

Charity Miller took Sliders ahead in the 12th minute but her goal was cancelled out by Grace Onimbo's strike fourteen minutes. Aurelia then took Vikings up for the first time in the match in 42nd minute and just as the game seemed to be going to their direction, Slider's substitute Christine Mmbone stroke late on to force a 2-2 draw between the two sides. 

 

Comment

Tony Pulis has been sacked by West Bromwich Albion.

Owner Guochuan Lai made the decision after witnessing West Brom lose 4-0 at home to Chelsea.

The febrile atmosphere among supporters, who chanted repeatedly for Pulis to go, was a contributing factor.

Sportsmail understands Pulis was given the news by chairman John Williams on the phone on Monday morning and West Brom will now begin the search for a successor.

Lai and Williams acted due to a run of two wins from 21 Premier League games that has plunged West Brom into relegation dangers. The club are only one place and one point above the drop zone.

Williams said: 'These decisions are never taken lightly but always in the interests of the club. 

'We are in a results business and over the back end of last season and this season to date, ours have been very disappointing.

'We would like to place on record our appreciation of Tony's contribution and hard work during a period of transition for the club which included a change of ownership. We wish him well in his future endeavours.'  

Pulis appeared to accept his fate during post-match media briefings on Saturday. 

The 59-year-old, who had dinner with Lai on Friday night, had said: 'The big thing is this is not about me, it's not about the chairman, the owners or anything else. It's about the football club and what is the right decision for the football club.'

Asked if the right decision would be for him to be relieved of his duties, Pulis said: 'I've been in the game long enough to know if you get bad runs that's what happens.'

West Brom have dismissed suggestions talks have taken place with Michael O'Neill but it is clear an fresh injection of ideas is required in the dugout.

Pulis's assistant Gary Megson will take charge of first-team affairs in the interim period, with his first match against title-chasing Tottenham on Saturday. 

Megson is a popular figure at the Hawthorns having led the club to two promotions from the Championship and was brought back by Pulis this summer to replace departing No 2 Dave Kemp. 

While no successor has been lined up by West Brom, the club are seeking a swift appointment and high among the list of candidate requirements is Premier league experience.

That would again bring Sam Allardyce into the reckoning, with Alan Pardew's name also being mentioned at the Hawthorns. 

 

PULIS' WEST BROM REIGN IN NUMBERS

37 - West Brom's average possession this season is the lowest in the Premier League.

22 - The Baggies had just 22 per cent of the ball in last month's 3-2 home loss to Manchester City.

1 - West Brom have had more possession than their opponent only once this term, at Brighton in a 3-1 defeat in September.

109 - goals scored by Pulis' side in 106 matches.

6 - number of clean sheets West Brom have kept this calendar year.

11 - games since West Brom last won.

2 - number of victories the Baggies have recorded in their last 21 Premier League fixtures, both of which came in August.

4 - the run of league defeats that signalled the end of Pulis' reign.

 

 

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Kenya Under 20 women’s national team failed to reach  the final stage if the FIFA Women's U-20 World Cup qualifiers, falling 5-1 to Ghana on Sunday November which saw the visitors advance to the next round on a 10-1 aggregate.

The junior Starlets, who had suffered a 5-0 loss in the first leg, needed a big miracle to proceed but were stunned with a first minute goal by Akokye Olivia before Adubea Princella added the second in the 8th minute.

Princella added her second of the afternoon just before the break to give Ghana a 3-0 lead into halftime. The visitors seemed not done with netting goals at the Machakos Stadium and in the 75th minute, Grace Acheampong found the back of the net before Princella completed her hat-trick in the 87th minute. Rachel Mwenda scored a consolation goal for Kenya to make the scores 5-1 on the final whistle.

Ghana will now take on Cameroon in the their final qualifying match that might see them make the grade for next year's World Cup to be played in France.

 

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Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez scored first-half goals for Arsenal in a 2-0 victory over Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday, as the Gunners looked to restore a sense of supremacy in north London after a disastrous campaign last season.

Mustafi’s header looped over the Spurs defence from a disputed free kick and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was unable to get anywhere near the ball as it pinged off the crossbar into the goal in the 36th minute.

Sanchez’s goal came five minutes later after Alexandre Lacazette’s run down the right. The forward put in a crisp cross, which Sanchez had trouble controlling at first as it bounced down off his knee. But the Chilean composed himself at the near post to fire the ball over Lloris, who hesitated coming off his line to deal with the danger.

Just when Spurs fans thought the balance of power had irreversibly shifted in north London, Arsenal turned back the clock to offer a glimpse of its past dominance. There was slick passing, the three Arsenal forwards galloped past Spurs defenders with ease at times, and the usually shaky back line managed to hold its nerve this time.

Tottenham had come into this match on a high, sitting third three places above Arsenal in the league and finishing in front of the Gunners last season for the first time in more than two decades. Spurs are in the Champions League this season and Arsenal in the Europa League and impressed the football world with a shock win over Real Madrid in the group stage.

But Arsenal was the bigger side Saturday, managing to shut down star players Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen to claim bragging rights in north London. Eriksen looked nothing like the player who scored a hat-trick for Denmark against Ireland during the international break.

Before the match, many observers sniggered when Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claimed his side wasn’t the underdog going into this fixture. But it was Wenger who had the smug look on his face at the final whistle, while Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino appeared dejected after suffering his first Premier League defeat in a north London derby during his more than three-year tenure.

The only boos Wenger got Saturday was when he made a defensive substitution, taking off the prolific Lacazette for holding midfielder Francis Coquelin. There were even ironic cheers from Arsenal fans for Kane and Alli, when they were taken off with 15 minutes to go after a poor showing from both.

 

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The 2017 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season provided a perfect ending for both AFC Leopards and Ulinzi Stars, who reaped 4-1 and 4-0 wins against Muhoroni Youth and Tusker FC respectively.

Muhoroni Youth, who were long relegated, managed to hold Ingwe goalless for the entire first half but loosened their defense just one minute after the restart,  Whyvonne Isuza finding the back of the net from close range before Aziz Okaka doubled the scores five minutes later with a header. Having mastered the rhyme of the match, Leopards got a third one in the 63rd minute through Samuel Ndungu before Vincent Oburu making sure that he was in the score sheet with his side’s fourth in the 69th minute.

Hassan Kiyoyo netted a consolation goal for Muhoroni from the spot in the 73rd minute, buthis goal was not sufficient to have any influence on the match.

The win took Leopards’ point tally to 45 which propelled them to 8th place in the league table.

Tusker whipped

At the Afraha Stadium, defending champions Tusker FC were humbled 4-0 by Ulinzi Stars to condemn them to a sixth place finish this campaign.

The Brewers, who were eyeing the top three spots, started soaking in goals in the 15th minute after Stephen Waruru took the Soldiers ahead. Two Minutes later, Ulinzi got a second one through Elvis Nandwa before Waruru notching his second just past the half hour mark. Omar Mbongi  finally capped off the convincing 4-0 win with a goal in the 85th minute witch saw Ulinzi finish 7th with 48 points.

 

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It was a day of extreme action on Saturday November 18 as the season came to an end, with Western Stima being confirmed as the second team to be relegated despite a 1-0 win over Chemelil Sugar at the Chemelil Sports Complex.

Stima were hoping to notch a win and Thika to be beaten and seemed well on course after Wesley Kemboi's 62nd minute strike took the leading till the final whistle.
Luck was however not on their side as Shami Kibwana inspired Thika United to a 1-0 victory over Bandari FC at home with a beautiful fee kick that all but ensured their safety.

With both sides recording wins and tied on 38 points, Stima go down just by goal difference as they have -10 compared to Thika’s -9.

Mathare hold Posta

At the Camp Toyoyo, Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi was a happy man after seeing his side hold ten-man Posta Rangers to a 2-2 draw which saw them stay afloat.

Chris Ochiengvwas the man to open account for the Slum Boys just three minutes into the game, dispossessing  Charles Odete the ball to head on and beat Patrick Matasi in goal.

Mathare then went 2-0 up in the 31st minute following Chrispin Oduor’s goal which took his goal tally of the season to eleven.

Posta however replied with a goal shortly before the interval,  Joseph Mbugi successfully converting a penalty after John Nairuka had been fouled inside the danger area by keeper Mark Kioko.

Kennedy Agogo, being a substitute, salvaged atleast a point for the mailmen with barely eight minutes remaining on the clock, heading the ball home from Nairuka’s cross to force a 2-2 draw.

 

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A battling Simbas fell 40-30 in an entertaining match at the Hong Kong Football Club in Hong Kong on Saturday evening.

Conor Hartley’s third minute try put Hong Kong 5-0 up. Toby Fenn added a converted try four minutes later to see the hosts go 12-0 up.Roslee then added a penalty for 15-0, summing up a torrid opening quarter of an hour for the Simbas who had to deal with the ealry injury enforced loss of Peter Karia, Philip Ikambili making an early start off the replacements bench.

A Kenyan foray into HK territory saw them get a penalty,Mukidza’s with the successful goal attempt for a 15-3 score. A second Mukidza penalty brought the score to 15-6 before Lex Kalika’s converted try put HK 22-6 up.

The Simbas would get a try,Ikambili going over with Mukidza converting for 22-13, the Kenyans would end the half stronger, unable though to turn possession into points heading into half time.

A patient build up after the restar saw Sam Onsomu go over, Mukidza converting for a 22-20 score.

A Yiu Kam Shing try saw Hong Kong go 27-20 up before Vincent Mose was played in by Leo Owade to score and bring the Simbas to 27-25,two shy of Hong Kong.

Hartley landed his brace,Roslee converting o see HK go 34-25 up but Oliver Mang’eni responded straight from the restart,34-30 with little left on the clock. The hosts added two penalties at the death to hold a ten point cushion to full time.

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs have both released their matchday squads that will face off in a league match at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday November 18.

The Gunners hold the advantage in the head-to-head stats, with 80 victories compared to Tottenham’s 62, but Spurs are the team currently in the ascendancy with Mauricio Pochettino’s men three places above their rivals.

Arsenal, who have not won any of their last four meetings with Spurs, have won all five of their home league games this season – keeping three clean sheets during that run.

Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal; Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Ozil, Lacazette, Alexis

Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Wilshere, Iwobi, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin.

Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Trippier, Dier, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Davies, Dembele; Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele; Kane

Subs: Vorm, Son, Llorente, Foyth, Aurier, Winks, Walker-Peters.

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Nzoia United head coach Bernard Mwalala has unleashed his starting lineup that will be involved in their final match of the season against Kakamega Homeboyz on Saturday 18 November at Sudi Stadium in Bungoma.

Making his way back into the first eleven is keeper Mustapha Oduor who replaces the injured Benson Mangala. Oduor will do with help from the defensive quartet of  Festus Okiring, Hillary Wandera, Brian Otieno and Vincent Ngesa as Peter Gin, Lawrence Juma and Stephen Wakanya take up the midfield role. Luke Namanda and Victor Omondi are the strikers for Nzoia.

Starting XI: 23. Mustapha Oduor 26.Festus Okiring 16.Hillary Wandera 28.Brian Otieno 34. Vincent Ngesa (C) 22.Elvis Ronack 32.Victor Ogendo 04.Peter Gin 02. Stephen Wakanya 24.Lawrence Juma 12.Luke Namanda

Subs: 15.Humphrey Katasi 14. Edwin Wafula 25. Geoffrey Kariuki 17.Jonathan Lodaket 18.Patrick Kwitonda 06.Benjamin Muchuma 21.Brian Yakhama

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Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa has preserved a relatively regular starting lineup in his final matchday squad to clash with Zoo Kericho on Saturday November 18 at the Narok Stadium.

Sofapaka, who are second on the table, will be going for a win that will ensure a perfect ending to the season in the same position.

Club top scorer Umaru Kasumba starts upfront alongside Ezekiel Okare and the talented Mohammed Kilume while Michael Oduor and Humphrey Okoti handle midfield issues. An unchanged defense will be involved in Saturday’s game with Mathias Kigonya standing in goal.

Starting XI: Mathias Kigonya, Willis Ouma, Maurice Odipo, Kennedy Oduor, Rodgers Aloro, Mohamed Kilume, Michael Oduor, Humphrey Okoti, Umaru Kasumba, Ezekiel Okare.

Subs: George Opiyo, Edmond Kwanya, Samwel Mutiria, Hansel Ochieng,  Brian Magumba, Meshack Karani, Francis Ochola.

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Football Kenya Federation (FKF) have officially unveiled Belgian tactician Paul Put as the new Harambee Stars head coach, taking over from the embattled Stanley Okumbi.

Put, who has a long history in coaching African sides, will now take charge of the national team as they gear up for the upcoming CECAFA championships that are scheduled to start on December 6. Okumbi now steps a level down to the assistant coach’s role.

Put was manager of the Gambian national team between 2008 and 2011, before being appointed as manager of Burkina Faso in March 2012. He is famously known to have guided Burkina Faso to the 2013 Africa Nations Cup final where they narrowly lost to Nigeria.

The Belgian has also been in charge of Jordan and of Belgian sides Geel, Lokeren and Lierse. It is durinh his coaching spell in Belgium that he was banned by the Royal Belgium Football Association for his alleged involvement in the Ye Zheyun match-fixing scandal.

More to follow…

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SoNy Sugar have witnessed one returnee as they released their matchday squad to take on leaders Gor Mahia on Saturday November 18 at the Moi Stadium, Kisumu.

Tanzanian international Abdalla Hamisi makes the cut into the starting eleven after coming back from international duty and will partner with Benjamin Mosha and Amos Asembeka just behind George Abege, who is tasked with leading the tem upfront.

Starting XI

Kevin Omondi, Bernard Omondi, Dennis Junior, Alfred Onyango, Kevin Oluoch, Abdalla Hamisi, Benjamin Mosha, David Simiyu, George Abege, Amos Asembeka, Justin Monda

Subs

Kevin Otieno, Joseph Omweri, Samuel Olare, Nick Akoko, Tobias Otieno, Marwa Chamberi, Yema Mwana.

Match Officials

Referee: Davies Omweno

Assistant Referee 1: Caroline Kiles

Assistant Referee 2: Peter Sabatia

Fourth official: Isaac Memusi

Match commissioner: Edward Lumbugu

 

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Zoo Kericho have made known their starting lineup that will take on second placed Sofapaka in the last day of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) at the Narok Stadium from 14:00.

A strong defense of, Johnstone Ligare, Gedion Kibet, Stanlaus Akiya and Hillary Minishi will protect Vincent Misikhu in goal while Dennis Otieno, Geofrey Gichana and Michael Madoya man the midfield area. Kepha Ondati, Kelvin Oduor and Nicholas Kipkirui will be the forwards for the day.

Starting XI:

Vincent Misikhu, Johnstone Ligare, Gedion Kibet, Stanlaus Akiya, Hillary Minishi, Dennis Otieno, Geofrey Gichana, Michael Madoya, Kepha Ondati, Kelvin Oduor, Nicholas Kipkirui

Subs:

Samwel Koko, Isaac Kipyegon, Hamidu Kwizera, Danson Namasaka, Bernard Odhiambo, Leonard Mmata, Mangili Selenga.

Match officials

Referee: Moses Osano

Match commissioner: Peter Kiereini

Fourth official: Samuel Mwaura

Assistant Referee 2: Gilbert Cheruiyot

Assistant Referee 1: Michael Maru

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Regal Hotels Cup of Nations hosts Hong Kong have made known their squad that will tackle Kenya in the final round of the tournament slated for Saturday November 18 at 12pm EAT at the King’s Park Grounds.

The match is a must win for both sides, Hong Kong having lost to Russia in the opening round before recording a win over Chile while Kenya have lost both of their matches to Chile and Russia respectively.

Below is how Hong Kong will line up for Saturday’s game:

HONG KONG

1 Dan Barlow, 2 Dayne Jans 3 Dylan Rogers, 4 James Cunningham, 5 Kyle Sullivan, 6 Nick Hewson O, 7 Tony Fenin, 8 Thomas Lamboley, 9Jamie Hood, 10 Matt Rosslee, 11 Conor Hartley, 12 Lex Kaleca, 13 Tyler Spitz,14 Yiu Kam Shing , 15 Jack Neville

Replacements: 16 Ben Roberts, 17 Benjamin Higgins, 18 Callum SmithAdam, 19 Adrian Griffiths, 20 Kane Boucaut, 21 Max Denmark, 22Cado Lee, 23 Ally Maclay

 

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Below are all weekend’s matches for the Kenya Hockey Union Premier League men, National League men and Premier League women:

Premier League Men

Saturday, November 18th

KU 14:00 KCAU CITY PARK (No assurances that it will be played, owing to the indefinite closure of Kenyatta University)

Jaguars 15:00 Waza KAKAMEGA

Butali 16:00 Sikh CITY PARK

Sunday, November 19th

Nakuru 09:00 TUK NAKURU

Butali 15:00 Chase CITY PARK

K.Police 17:00 Parkroad CITY PARK

National League Men

Saturday, November 18th

UON 12:00 MMU CITY PARK

Kabarak 14:00 Karate KABARAK

Youngstars 15:00 W.Youth KISUMU

Rovers 18:00 MSA West CITY PARK

Sunday, November 19th

Daystar 09:00 MSA West CITY PARK

Bay 09:00 W.Youth KISUMU

Premier League Women

Saturday, November 18th

KU 10:00 UON CITY PARK (No assurance that it will be played, owing to the indefinite closure of Kenyatta University)

Sunday, November 19th

Vikings 11:00 Sliders CITY PARK

Strathmore 13:00 Telkom CITY PARK

 

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Impala Saracens and KCB have both revealed their respective squads that will face off in the finals of this year’s Floodies, a match slated for Saturday November 18 at the Impala Club.

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Following a one-week FIFA international break, the Barclays Premier League resumes this weekend and a total of ten matches are on the cards.

After losing 3-1 to Manchester City in their last match, Arsenal have a difficult task in their quest to return back to winning ways when they host North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday November 18 in an early kick off from 14:30.

The match will then be followed by six games which all start at 17:00. Among them, Leicester City will be seeking to inflict a first loss to leaders Manchester City while

Liverpool hunt for their second successive victory when the tackle Southampton at home. The last match of Saturday will see Manchester United face Newcastle United at the Old Trafford.

Below are all weekend matches (All times are in EAT)

Saturday 18th November

Arsenal 14:30 Tottenham Hotspur

AFC Bournemouth 17:00 Huddersfield Town

Burnley 17:00 Swansea City

Crystal Palace 17:00 Everton

Leicester City 17:00 Manchester City

Liverpool 17:00 Southampton

West Bromwich Albion 17:00 Chelsea

Manchester United 19:30 Newcastle United

Sunday 19th November

Watford 18:00 West Ham United

Monday 20th November

Brighton & Hove Albion 20:00 Stoke City

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After a one-week FIFA international break, the Spanish Laliga resumes this weekend with a total of ten games scheduled to be played from Friday November 17 to Monday November 20.

The highlight of the weekend will however be between defending champions Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid which is slated for Saturday at 21:45 EAT. Real, who started the season on the wrong footing, are eager to catch up with leaders Barcelona who have distanced them with eight points. Ls Blancos are third while Atletico trail them closely in fourth.

Below are all Laliga weekend fixtures (All times are in EAT)

Friday 17th November

Girona 22:00 Real Sociedad

Saturday 18th November

Getafe 14:00 Alavés

Leganés 17:15 Barcelona

Sevilla 19:30 Celta Vigo

Atlético 21:45 Real Madrid

Sunday 19th November

Malaga 13:00 Deportivo La Coruña

Espanyol 17:15 Valencia

Las Palmas 19:30 Levante

Athletic Bilbao 21:45 Villarreal

Monday 20th November

Eibar 22:00 Real Betis

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The German Bundesliga makes a return following a one-week FIFA international break. Nine matches have been lined up for this weekend and will be played from Friday November 17 to Sunday November 19.

Below are all fixtures (All times are in EAT)

Friday 17th November
VfB Stuttgart 21:30 Borussia Dortmund

Saturday 18th November

Mainz 05 16:30 1. FC Köln

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 16:30 RB Leipzig

Bayern Munich 16:30 FC Augsburg

1899 Hoffenheim 16:30 Eintracht Frankfurt

VfL Wolfsburg 16:30 SC Freiburg

Hertha Berlin 19:30 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Sunday 19th November

FC Schalke 04 16:30 Hamburg SV

Werder Bremen 19:00 Hannover 96

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The 2017 season of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) finally comes to a wrap on Saturday November 18, with a total of nine matches expected to start at 14:00 in different venues across the country.

With the league long taken by Gor Mahia, action on the last day will mostly be concentrated on their coronation as well as the opposite end of the league where several team are battling survival from relegation.

Demotion battle

Mathare United, Thika United and Western Stima will all be giving out their best to make sure that they remain afloat in top flight football but one must surely go down at the end of the day.

Western Stima are the most endangered and will be hunting for a win when they face Chemelil Sugar at the Chemelil Sports Complex.

Thika meanwhile will be welcoming Bandari at the Thika Stadium while Mathare United take on third place Posta Rangers at the Camp Toyoyo Grounds.

Other matches

Sofapaka will be seeking to end the season on a high in second place when they host Zoo Kericho at the Narok Stadium while Kariobangi Sharks, whose forward Masoud Juma is the favorite for scooping the top scorer’s award, take on Nakumatt FC in Ruaraka. A top ten finish is at stake for Leopards as they tackle the relegated Muhoroni Youth as Nzoia Sugar lock horns with Kakamega Homeboyz in Sudi.

Below are all weekend matches:

Chemelil Sugar v Western Stima (Chemelil Sports Complex)

Gor Mahia v Sony Sugar (Moi Stadium, Kisumu)

Muhoroni Youth v AFC Leopards (Mumias Sports Complex)

Nakumatt v Kariobangi Sharks (Ruaraka Stadium)

Nzoia Sugar v Kakamega Homeboyz (Sudi Stadium)

Posta Rangers v Mathare United (Camp Toyoyo)

Thika United v Bandari (Thika Stadium)

Sofapaka v Zoo Kericho (Narok Stadium)

Ulinzi Stars v Tusker (Afraha Stadium)

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Simbas head coach Jerome Paarwater has ringed six changes in the side that lost to Russia ahead of their final fixture of the Regal Hotels Cup of Nations against Hong Kong set for Saturday 18 November at 12.00pm EAT (5.00pm HKT).

Sam Onsomu, Nato Simiyu, George Nyambua and David Ambunya, who all came in as substitutes in Tuesday’s 31-10 loss to Russia have been included in the starting lineup as Jacob Ojee and Tony Onyango join them.

Peter Kilonzo, Alex Olaba and Joshua Chisanga have been reposed for this final game.

Kenya's Squad

15. Tony Onyango, 14. Darwin Mukidza, 13. David Ambunya, 12. Leo Owade, 11. Jacob Ojee, 10. Nato Simiyu, 9. Samson Onsomu, 1. Oscar Simiyu, 2. Peter Karia, 3. Dennis Karani, 4. Wilson Kopondo (captain), 5. Oliver Mang’eni, 6. George Nyambua, 7. Davis Chenge, 8. Martin Owilah

REPLACEMENTS 16. Philip Ikambili, 17. Moses Amusala, 18. Curtis Lilako, 19. Eric Kerre, 20. Elkeans Musonye, 21. Lyle Asiligwa, 22. Biko Adema, 23. Vincent Mose

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On the coronation day of Gor Mahia as the official Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions, the leaders play against SoNy Sugar on Saturday November 18 afternoon and ticketing details for the match have been released.

The match starts at 14:00 as Kógalo hunts for their 23rd win of the season, which is nine more than any other team. The 16-time champions have also managed to score a total of 51 goals while conceding only 20 in the process.

Prices

For the match against SoNy, VIP tickets will retail at Kshs. 600 while those of the terraces go for Kshs. 300 and will be sold on matchday within the stadium.

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On Saturday November 18, 2017, AFC Leopards wrap up their season with an away match against relegated Muhoroni Youth at the Mumias Sports Complex and ticketing information for the game has been released.

Leopards, who are currently eleventh on the log with 42 points, will be almost assured of a top ten finish with a victory on Saturday, which would certify head coach Robert Matano’s targets for the club.

Ingwe have currently registered eleven wins, nine draws and thirteen losses.

Ticket prices

VIP tickets for the match will go for Kshs. 500 while those of the terrace areas retail at Kshs. 300 on matchday outside the stadium.

Kick off time is 15:00 EAT.

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A 30-man training squad for Namibia has been named to start preparations immediately in readiness for the upcoming 2017 COSAFA Under-20 Championships set to be held in Zambia from December 6-16.

The Young Brave Warriors have been selected from clubs across the country and beyond, with South Africa-based forward Leonard Tuhafeni, who plays for University of Pretoria, also called to the team.

Namibia have been drawn in Group C at the regional showpiece tournament along with Angola, Zimbabwe and Lesotho. Only the top team in each pool advances to the semifinals, along with the best runner-up.

Namibia begin their campaign with a fixture against the Angolans on December 6 at the Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe.
Namibia have a solid history in the competition and were in many ways the surprise-package of the 2010 COSAFA Under-20 Championships, making it all the way to the final before losing out to Zambia.

Namibia training squad:

Goalkeepers: Calvin Spiegel (Chief Santos) Josef Philipus (Otjiwarongo FC) and Vipua Tjimune (African Stars).

Defenders: Lubeni Haukongo and Aprocius Petrus (Eleven Arrows), Stanley Ndjavera (Tura Magic), Eric Naobeb (Eastern Chiefs), Ronny Hangala (Oshikoto region), Romario Hawiseb (Unam), Paul Kotjipati (Otjozondjupa), Migeri Hubert (Life Fighters), Peter Nampolo (Khomas), Johannes Hollambach (Chief Santos).

Midfielders: Venovineja Tjikundi and George Hummel (Unam), Anthony Kham, Marciano January and Rivaldo Festus (Eleven Arrows), Augustinus Hobexab (Eastern Chiefs), Jimmy Ulrich (Khomas), Ronaldo Zaahl (Kaizen Football Academy).

Forwards: Godwin Awaseb, Eldery Morgan and Enzo Mungendje (Tura Magic), Leonard Tuhafeni (University of Pretoria), Daniel Kamanya (Omusati) and Isaskar Gurirab (Eleven Arrows).

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Malawi coach Ronny Van Geneugden has named a total of 28 players as part an extended training squad that will hit training in preparation for the upcoming 2017 COSAFA Under-20 Championships to be held in Zambia from December 6 to December 16.

Malawi have been drawn in Group A at this year’s regional showpiece competition along with hosts Zambia, Swaziland and East African guest nation Uganda.

They will play the opening game of the competition against the Swazis on December 6 at the Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe. Malawi finished a credible fourth in the COSAFA Under-20 Championships tournament in Botswana in 2011 having not played in the previous two installments of the competition, and then did not appear again in 2013.


Malawi training squad:

Goalkeepers: Charles Thom (Dwangwa United FC), Christopher Mikuwa (Blantyre United FC), Hastings Banda (Fish Eagles FC), Patrick Njolomole (Silver Strikers FC)
Defenders: Nixon Nyasulu (NMC Big Bullets Reserve FC), Kondwani Mwaila (Silver Strikers FC), Ben Manyozo (Dwangwa United FC), Haji Wali (Silver Strikers FC), Timothy Silwimba (Mzuni FC), Precious Sambani (Be Forward Wanderers FC), Kelvin Kadzinje (Premier Bet Wizards FC), Sydney Chambulika (Premier Bet Wizards FC), Charles Petro (Premier Bet Wizards FC)

Midfielders and Strikers: Gregory Machipo (Blue Eagles FC), Chimwemwe Idana (NMC Big Bullets Reserve FC), Mike Mkwate (NMC Big Bullets FC), Frank Mulimanjara (Premier Bet Wizards FC), Misheck Botomani (Premier Bet Wizards FC), Patrick Phiri (Premier Bet Wizards FC), Peter Banda (Griffin Young Stars FC), Francisco Madinga (Be Forward Wanderers), Levison Maganizo (Silver Strikers FC), Abel Mwakilama (Chitipa United FC), Ronald Pangani (Silver Strikers FC), Maxwell Daud (Griffin Young Stars FC), Aziel Johnson (St Benedicts, USA), Ernest Petro (NMC Big Bullets), Clement Bindula (Masters Security Services Reserve)

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Hosts and holders Zambia will have to contend with a tricky first round group at the 2017 COSAFA Under-20 Championships after the draw for the pool stage was conducted in Johannesburg on Thursday November 9, 2017

African champions Zambia will take on Swaziland, East African guest nation Uganda and Malawi, with just the top team assured of a place in the semifinals.

The Young Chipolopolo will meet the Ugandans in their tournament opener at the Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe on December 6.

The regional showpiece competition will get under way earlier in the day when Swaziland take on Malawi.

The Group of Death in this year’s tournament appears to be Group B as last year’s runners-up South Africa must contend with North African guests Egypt, Mozambique and Mauritius.

Group C will also be a tough one to call with Angola, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe vying for top spot.

The top teams in each pool advance to the semifinals along with the best-placed runner-up.

Matches will be played at the Arthur Davies and Nkana stadiums in Kitwe. Angola will also be in action on the opening day against Namibia.

The group stage will be completed on December 12, followed by a rest day, with the semifinals to be staged at the Arthur Davies Stadium on December 14.

The third-place play-off and the final will move to the Levy Mwanawasa in Ndola on December 16.


 2017 COSAFA UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIPS DRAW

Group A
 Zambia
 Swaziland
 Uganda
 Malawi

Group B
 South Africa
 Egypt
 Mozambique
 Mauritius

Group C
 Angola
 Lesotho
 Namibia
 Zimbabwe

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Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Ruben Loftus-Cheek is suffering from a back spasm but said Crystal Palace could welcome Christian Benteke back from injury in time to face Everton this weekend.

Loftus-Cheek was forced off in the 35th minute of England's friendly against Brazil on Tuesday with a back injury, days after he put in a man of the match performance on his Three Lions debut against Germany at Wembley.

The 21-year-old midfielder subsequently missed training on Thursday as he recovered from his back injury by exercising in the pool, and will continue to be assessed to determine whether he can play any part in Palace's home clash with Everton on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Hodgson said: "We're assessing Ruben, that's the main thing. He didn't train today. But it's a back spasm - so there's a hope that will get better."

Hodgson, meanwhile, revealed that striker Benteke has returned to training and could play against the Toffees at Selhurst Park.

The Belgian has been sidelined with ligament damage since the 5-0 loss away to league leaders Manchester City on 23 September, but Hodgson said: "Christian Benteke trained in the week.

"I don't think it'll be a risk playing Christian [against Everton]."

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After two big score-line results, Kariobangi Sharks head coach Willima Muluya has restated their intentions of finishing the season with the same pace on the final day.

Current league top scorer Maoud Juma played an integral part as Sharks walloped relegated Muhoroni Youth 7-0 before posting a 4-1 win over SoNy Sugar a week later.

Ahead of their final match of the campaign against Nakumatt FC slated for Saturday November 18, Muluya is confident that they can replicate the performances for a perfect ending to the season which saw them miss out the Gotv Shield by a whisker.

“We would like to finish it in a style regardless of who we face last. Nakumatt is a very good side and being the last match, it can go either way but the boys are in good spirits now, two big-scoring wins on the trot is awesome before we see off the season,” he said.

Sharks are currently fifth on the log with 49 points while Nakumatt sit 14th with ten points less.

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Western Stima coach Richard Makumi has reiterated that he and his team are willing to do anything possible to stay afloat in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) as the season fades fast.

Stima, who are the most endangered by relegation, got a major enhancement on Saturday in their quest of surviving following a precious 1-0 victory over third placed Posta Rangers.

“It is the best results of the season since it gives the team a chance to survive. We are determined to win all our remaining matches and stay in the league. We are motivated and ready to put everything on the line,” said Makumi.

Stima come up against Chemelil Sugar in their last match of the season and will be pursuing nothing short of a win, while also keeping fingers crossed that Bandari FC smash Thika United on the same day.

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