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5Killed in Capetown

Five killed in Cape storm
*Editor’s note: This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
JOHANNESBURG – Five people have died in the worst storm to hit the Western Cape in 30 years.
Western Cape Disaster Management urged residents to remain indoors as the storm was expected to increase in severity.
A family of four died in a fire caused by lightning Kraaifontein.
A 60-year-old man tragically died when an informal housing structure collapsed in Lavender Hill on Wednesday morning. Another man was seriously injured.
Western Cape Disaster Management spokesman James-Brent Styan said flying debris had caused many injuries.
Disaster management’s Styan said: “The forecasters are warning us of wave crests hitting 12 to 13 metres along the subcoastal areas of the Western Cape. This is unprecedented, we don’t really know what that impact might be on our coastal areas.
So we’re calling on people along the coast to take care, to avoid the beaches, stay away from beaches “please, stay indoors as far as possible at least until tomorrow afternoon [Thursday]. We expect the storm to start dying down by then.”

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KV Oostende star Jali consider offers from southafrica

KV OOSTENDE STAR JALI TO CONSIDER OFFERS FROM SOUTH AFRICA

The former Orlando Pirates midfield maestro is in the final 12 months of his contract at the Belgian club
KV Oostende midfielder Andile Jali will consider returning to the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
The 27-year-old player is expected to leave the Belgian First Division A side during the upcoming Transfer Window.
PSL giants Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs are both believed to be monitoring Jali’s situation at Oostende.
His agent Mike Makaab of Prosport International has revealed that the South Africa international has offers from Europe and South Africa.
“We are looking at a move for him‚” Makaab told
Times Media Digital.
“We have been contacted and there has been some interest from both Europe and South Africa,” he added.
“But if he does come back to South Africa it will have to be a lucrative deal for him‚ because he is now an experienced player who is a regular in the national team,” he concluded.
Jali, who made 21 appearances for Oostende during the 2016/17 season, was linked with a possible move to English Championship side Leeds United last year.
However, the move never materialized and the Eastern Cape-born player stayed for another season at the Ostend-based side.

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Zuma appoint s news acting police commissioner

Zuma appoints new acting police commissioner

JOHANNESBURG – President Jacob Zuma has appointed Lieutenant-General Lesetja Mothiba as the Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service with immediate effect.

The acting tenure of Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane came to an end today

 

 

 

 

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Chelsea moses Dropped

 

CHELSEA’S MOSES DROPPED FROM NIGERIA SQUAD FOR SOUTH AFRICA AFCON QUALIFIER

 

The red-hot Blues’ star has been excluded from Gernot Rohr’s squad for next month’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Bafana Bafana

Victor Moses has been dropped from Nigeria squad to face South Africa in June 10’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier billed for Uyo.

The winger played a crucial role in Antonio Conte’s men English Premier League triumph – though they bowed to Arsenal in the FA Cup final.

The Super Eagles will be hoping for a winning start in their quest to book a ticket for Cameroon 2019, after missing the last edition staged in Gabon.

Topping the list is Manchester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho alongside Arsenal young sensation Alex Iwobi and Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi.

Others include Kenneth Omeruo, Elderson Echiejile, Ogenyi Onazi, Simon Moses, Leon Balogun and Arsenal target Henry Onyekuru.

Zamalek defender Maroof Youssef was handed a surprise call-up with Dele Alampasu getting the nod owing to Carl Ikeme’s injury.

All invited players are expected in Abuja on Friday, June 2 before departing to Uyo on Tuesday.

FULL LIST

Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal)

Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); William Ekong (KAA Gent, Belgium); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal); Maroof Youssef (Zamalek FC, Egypt)

Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal, Portugal); Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United FC)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Henry Onyekuru (KAS Eupen, Belgium); Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg FC, Germany); Olanrewaju Kayode (FK Austria Wien, Austria)

 

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Car confederation cup

 

 

TSHABALALA ‘EMBARRASSED’ TO SAY HE DID WELL FOR KAIZER CHIEFS

 

Amakhosi have once again beared the brunt of their supporters after another season without silverware

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala is pleased with his contribution to the club, but he expressed his disappointment at their inability to win trophies this past season.

“Thank you for the compliments, but for me it’s difficult to say that I had a great season, or so far I’ve achieved accolades whilst the team didn’t do well,” Tshabalala told the media on Wednesday.

“I’m even embarrassed to say that I did well. I’ve won goal of the month twice. We didn’t have a good season. That’s what overshadowed everything. That’s the biggest thing for me – to contribute and help the team win at least one trophy. I didn’t achieve that. So, I’m very disappointed about that,” Tshabalala said.

The Glamour Boys finished a position higher than the previous campaign, but they still didn’t do enough to take part in next year’s Caf Confederation Cup.

Earlier this week, legendary Chiefs midfielder Tinashe Nengomasha slammed underperforming players at the club, saying only Tshabalala and Willard Katsande were good enough to play for the team.

“I think obviously, playing for a team like Chiefs calibre expectations are higher. You are required to perform week in and week out for a team that is known for winning trophies,” Tshabalala said.

“And when we don’t win trophies, yes we will get criticized. And when we win games, we will still get criticized. And I think it’s how you take criticism. We have to thrive on criticism. Whenever you’re being criticized there are always positives to take out of that, and it builds you as a person. I personally think that we share it as a collective. It’s not tennis, it’s not golf, but football. So, it requires everybody’s effort and contribution to make it a success,” he continued.

“So, I cannot point out players and say, ‘Player 1 didn’t do well, Player 2 didn’t do well’… No, as a player, what I did do to help the other players? It was not enough. So, we didn’t do it as a collective, hence we have to take the punishment as a team,” Tshabalala concluded.

 

 

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Former security guard testifies in van Breda murder trial

 

Former security guard testifies in Van Breda murder trial

CAPE TOWN – A former security guard at the luxury De Zalze Estate says security at the upmarket complex was always up to scratch.

Lorenzo Afrika was testifying at the axe murder trial in the Western Cape High Court.

It’s day five of the trial in which Henri van Breda is

accused of murdering his parents and brother, and attempting to murder his sister.

Afrika says cameras were checked daily.

When he came on shift at 6pm the on 26 January 2015 — the night before the murders took place — the electric fences were functioning and there had been no alarm activations.

The next witness to take the stand will be the manager of the De Zalze Estate.

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Nigerian pastor charged with human trafficking in southafrica

Nigerian pastor charged with human trafficking

PORT ELIZABETH – A controversial Nigerian pastor has appeared in the Port Elizabeth magistrate’s court.

He has been charged with 22 counts of human trafficking and sexual assault.

His supporters have been demonstrating outside.

Police trying to control the congregants outside court, they believe their pastor is sure to get bail

 

The accused is facing sexual assault and human trafficking charges.

The case resumes on Thursday.

 

 

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Benghazi airport to reopen following improved security

 

Benghazi airport to reopen following improved security

JOHANNESBURG – Libya’s Benina Airport, in Benghazi in the east of the North African country, is due to open again on 16 May, on the third anniversary of its forced closure in 2014 following the country’s deteriorating security situation.

Security sources in the country told the Libya Herald on Tuesday that a slight improvement in the security situation made the reopening of the airport possible.

In February, the airport management asked the Libyan National Army (LNA) for permission to restart civil flights, saying that it was now safe to reopen.

Following the request, there were several one-off VIP flights to and from the airport.

This was followed by the civil aviation authorities granting permission for all cargo, air ambulance, humanitarian and VIP flights to resume at the beginning of April as the final step before fully reopening.

However, the fighting in the area has not stopped completely and it is thought that the resumption of commercial flights to and from Benghazi sends a powerful message to the militants that they are losing the war.

Meanwhile, Libya’s economy remains in crisis.

Members of Libya’s Presidency Council, including its head Fayez Serraj, and members of the Tripoli-based House of Representatives (HoR), met in the capital in an endeavour to discuss solutions to the current financial and economic problems facing the country.

Organisers reported that the meeting included the HoR Finance Committee, the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) Finance, Planning and Economy Ministries, the Tripoli-based Audit Bureau, the Tripoli-based Administrative Control Authority, the Economy Committee in the High State Council, the Economic Development Council and the General Union of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

However, the Central Bank of Libya failed to show.

The negative effects of the liquidity crisis and the fall in the value of the Libyan dinar on the economy, the standard of living on citizens and mechanisms to exit the crisis were discussed at length.

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Five shot died execution style in Eastern Cape,Southafrica

Southafrica

Five shot dead execution style in Eastern Cape

 

PORT ELIZABETH – Eastern Cape police on Monday appealed to communities in Port Elizabeth to assist with information after five people were shot and killed execution-style in the city’s northern areas.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu, said a group of friends were sitting in a shack on Saturday night when several armed men kicked down the door to gain entry to the premises in Mistletoe street, Extension 33, Bethelsdorp.

According to information given to police, the victims, four men aged between 22 and 32, were each asked their names before being shot in the head.

Naidu said a fifth victim who was in an adjacent shack was dragged outside and shot.

“Not all the victims are gang affiliates and the motive at this stage is unknown,” Naidu said.

Graphic pictures of the victims bodies have since circulated on social media.

The provincial Gang Investigation Unit is investigating a case of murder, No arrests have been made.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, the father of a gang member, who is currently in prison, was gunned down while parked in a driveway at house in Mistletoe street, the same street where the five men were killed just several hours before.

“[Klaas] Goliath was engaged in a conversation with someone from the house. Suddenly there were gunshots fired and Goliath was shot by an unknown person. Goliath got back into his vehicle and drove about 10 metres before crashing into a lamp post,” said Naidu.

Goliath, 52, sustained a gun shot wound to his arm and chest.

The provincial Gang Investigation Unit was also investigating the murder case.

Naidu could not confirm if Goliath’s killing was a retaliation shooting.

 

Southafrica

The army is in steady decline and nothing’s being done to fix it

The army is in steady decline and nothing’s being done to fix it

Southafrican army

Savo Heleta , Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is in a “critical state of decline” and is largely incapable of carrying out its constitutional duties.
This sobering fact is set out in the Defence Review , South Africa’s new defence policy finalised in March 2014. The Review noted that the army couldn’t afford its main operating systems, was unable to meet standing defence commitments, lacked critical mobility and was “too poorly equipped and funded to execute the widening spectrum of tasks to the desired level”. It concluded that:
Three years later the situation remains the same.
The South African constitution says that the SANDF’s primary function is to protect the country’s territorial integrity, provide border security and to support peacemaking operations in Africa.
Currently the army has about 80,000 active personnel. Global Firepower ranks the SANDF’s military capabilities and available firepower 5th in Africa and 46th in the world.
Over the past two decades the SANDF has been sent to
peacekeeping missions in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan. There was also the questionable deployment to the Central African Republic in 2013 where 15 soldiers lost their lives. In addition, the navy has been involved in protecting South Africa’s territorial waters and maritime interests as well as contributing to the fight against piracy.
Over the years thousands of soldiers have also been deployed to protect the country’s borders. And the army has taken part in the crime fighting Operation Fiela .
Under funded


The army’s dire situation has arisen because the government hasn’t provided sufficient funds for the SANDF over the past two decades.
In 1994 the spending on defence was around 3 percent of the GDP. This declined steadily to 1.54 percent of the GDP in 2004–5 and around 1.2 percent of the GDP since 2014. The
minister of defence believes that a defence budget of about 2 percent of the GDP – in line with countries such as Turkey, France and United Kingdom – would help it rebuild its capacity.
South African soldiers on patrol in Bangui, Central African Republic in 2013. Reuters/Luc Gnago
The cost of the SANDF taking part in peace missions isn’t an issue as these are covered by funding from the National Treasury and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. The challenge is to fund “day-to-day maintenance” including equipment, infrastructure, training, administration and force preparation.
In particular, the SANDF’s infrastructure is falling apart. In March 2014, only 38 percent of the army’s facilities and only half of the soldiers’ living quarters were in decent conditions. Some of the bases are in such a poor state that they are “unsuitable for human habitation”.
The Defence Review stressed the need for immediate intervention to stop the critical decline and
In addition, it warned that “even with an immediate intervention, it could take at least five years to arrest the decline and another five years to develop a limited and sustainable defence capability.”
During the intervening three years the government has shown no urgency to help the SANDF develop into a capable force. There’s been no significant increase in funding for the army since 2014.
The writers of the Defence Review operated under instructions from then Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to “pursue a long-term framework” . This was based on the assumption the government would provide the necessary funds to implement the review’s recommendations. Since then Sisulu has been moved to another portfolio and the army’s budget has not gone up.
Today the SANDF “doesn’t have the money or manpower to step up security of the country’s porous borders.” According to the Minister of Defence, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
According to the latest budget figures, spending on Defence and State Security will amount to R54bn in 2017-18, up from R52bn in 2016. In 2018-19, spending is set to increase to R56bn and R60bn in 2019-20.
But these increases are not enough to arrest the decline, let alone rebuild the capacity of the SANDF and implement the review’s recommendations.
Recently, President Jacob Zuma, surprised to hear about the army’s financial woes, encouraged Mapisa-Nqakula to bring the issue up at a cabinet meeting.
This raises the question whether he even read the 341-page review document.
Neglect likely to continue
Lacklustre economic growth means that no significant budget increases are likely in the foreseeable future. In a challenging environment, the government and the Department of Defence have two options: find extra money or scale down. Both options are set out in the review:
Defence analyst John Stupart argues that South Africa doesn’t have a plan B. At the same time, the policy that exists is “simply unachievable”.
But something will have to change, and quickly. Stupart argues that South Africa’s strategic needs could be met by a smaller, well trained and highly capable defence force equipped with modern weapons and tactical know-how. The alternative is that a large, over-staffed and badly trained military slides “into decline and, ultimately, obsolescence”.
Savo Heleta , Manager, Internationalisation at Home and Research, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

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Sundowns, Celtic shoot blanks in Absa Premiership

Sundowns, Celtic shoot blanks in Absa Premiership

It’s back to the drawing board for Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane as the search for the elusive win continues.(SABC)
Mamelodi Sundowns stretched their winless streak in the Absa Premiership to five games as they played to a goalless draw with Bloemfontein Celtic at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on Wednesday night.
Patrick Tignyemb was the first to be tested by Hlompho Kekana’s long range effort.
Sundowns were lucky not to concede on the half-hour mark as Celtic put them under pressure.
Tignyemb denied Castro at point blank range before Zwane’s follow up was cleared away from the line by Ndengane.
The Brazillians had the ball in the back of the net but the flag was already up ruling Kekana offside.
For the second time in the match, Sundowns came close to taking the lead but Ricardo Nascimento’s effort was clear off the line.
Downs piled the pressure on Celtic and Khama Billiat glanced the ball onto the crossbar.
Sundowns were awarded a free-kick towards the end and Modise forced a save out of the keeper.

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BAFANA BAFANA SPECULATION IS TIRING, SAYS BIDVEST WITS COACH HUNtByOsward kayange

BAFANA BAFANA SPECULATION IS TIRING, SAYS BIDVEST WITS COACH HUNt

Bafanabafana

Hunt has been linked with the coaching job at Bafana Bafana, but he insists no one has contacted him from Safa, adding that the reports can be tiring
Bafana Bafana are still without a coach almost three months after Shakes Mashaba was sacked by the South African Football Associattion (Safa).
Carlos Queiroz and Herve Renard were the favourites to take over from Mashaba, while Gavin Hunt’s name has constantly been mentioned.
The 52-year-old is arguably one of South Africa’s most decorated coaches and many believe he deserves the nod.
However, Hunt has continued to downplay reports linking him to Bafana’s top job. He reiterated that he hasn’t spoken to anyone at Safa about the vacant position.
“It’s no distraction at all,” Hunt told the media.
“Obviously they (Safa) are going about things their own way,” Hunt said.
“No one has ever spoken to me about the job, so it not a distraction although the speculation can be tiring,” he added.
Stuart Baxter is reportedly Safa’s preferred candidate as they appear to have given up on both Queiroz and Renard, but the SuperSport United coach has distanced himself from the reports.

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‘UNSETTLED’ ORLANDO PIRATES FULL-BACK MATLABA LINKED WITH SUNDOWNS AND SUPERSPORT UNITED

Pirates

It is said that the Brazilians remain keen admirers of the experienced Bucs defender, who has struggled to regain his old form this season
Orlando Pirates full-back Thabo Matlaba has reportedly attracted interest from PSL sides Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United .
It has been reported that the 29-year-old defender is unsettled at the Houghton-based side, who have a new coach in Swedish tactician Kjell Jonevret.
Matlaba, who remains part of the Bafana Bafana squad, is said to be open to leaving Bucs having joined the club in January, 2012 from Free State Stars.
Pirates’ Gauteng rivals SuperSport and Sundowns are believed to be monitoring the two-footed player’s situation at the Soweto giants.
“Sundowns and SuperSport are very much keen to sign Matlaba, but they know that he has a contract with Pirates,” The Citizen source said.
“So they’re waiting for him to come out and say he wants to leave before entering any negotiations with Pirates,” the source concluded.
Matlaba, who has played 15 PSL games this season, was heavily linked with a move to Sundowns in 2014 and he was also said to be unhappy at Bucs at the time.
However, the Buccaneers moved swiftly to offer him a five-year contract which the versatile player signed and continued turning out for the team.
SuperSport coach Stuart Baxter is believed to be a huge fan of Matlaba, who made a substitute appearance during the 1-1 draw with Matsatsantsa in midweek.

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SCORES and fixtures for todayByOsward kayange⚽

SCORES and fixtures for today

 

Fixtures

Premier League
POS SOUTHAMPTON
MANCHESTER UNITED
18:00

LIVERPOOL
BURNLEY
CAF Champions League
15:00 FERROVIÁRIO BEIRA
BYC
15:30 AL AHLI TRIPOLI
FUS RABAT
15:30 TP MAZEMBE
CAPS UNITED
16:30 COTONSPORT
CNAPS SPORT
16:30 LÉOPARDS DE DOLISIÉ
KEDUS GIORGIS
17:00 RIVERS UNITED
AL MERREIKH
18:00 GPA
VITA CLUB
18:00 ZAMALEK
ENUGU RANGERS
19:00 AL HILAL OMDURMAN
ASPL 2000
19:00 ETOILE DU SAHEL
TANDA
Serie A
13:30 SASSUOLO
BOLOGNA
16:00 CHIEVO
EMPOLI
16:00 FIORENTINA
CAGLIARI
16:00 INTERNAZIONALE
ATALANTA
16:00 NAPOLI
CROTONE
16:00 PESCARA
UDINESE
21:45 PALERMO
ROMA
CAF Confederation Cup
17:00 CLUB AFRICAIN
RSLAF
18:00 ASEC MIMOSAS
APEJES ACADEMY
18:15 AZAM
MBABANE SWALLOWS
18:30 AL AHLY SHENDI
SUPERSPORT UNITED
19:00 DJOLIBA
AL MASRY
21:00 MAGHREB FÈS
SPORTING GAGNOA
Cup
15:00 ACORNBUSH UNITED
CAPE TOWN CITY
15:00 DAYS
MBOMBELA UNITED
15:00 EC BEES
ORLANDO PIRATES
15:00 GOLDEN ARROWS
MARITZBURG UNITED
FA Cup
16:00 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
MILLWALL
Bundesliga
16:30 SCHALKE 04
AUGSBURG
18:30 HAMBURGER SV
BORUSSIA M’GLADBACH
Eredivisie
13:30 WILLEM II
PEC ZWOLLE
15:30 FEYENOORD
AZ
15:30 RODA JC
GRONINGEN
17:45 AJAX
TWENTE
Primeira Liga
18:00 BOAVISTA
MARÍTIMO
20:00 RIO AVE
MOREIRENSE
22:15 VITÓRIA GUIMARÃES
ESTORIL
Ligue 1
16:00 SAINT-ÉTIENNE
METZ
18:00 OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS
TOULOUSE
22:00 LORIENT
PSG
Premiership
14:00 CELTIC
RANGERS
Segunda División
21′
0 ALMERÍA
0 HUESCA
17:00 SEVILLA II
GIMNÀSTIC TARRAGONA
19:00 CÁDIZ
RAYO VALLECANO
19:00 REUS DEPORTIU
GIRONA
21:30 GETAFE
TENERIFE
Primera División
23′
0 REAL SOCIEDAD
0 ATHLETIC CLUB
17:15 DEPORTIVO LA CORUÑA
BARCELONA
19:30 CELTA DE VIGO
VILLARREAL
21:45 REAL MADRID
REAL BETIS
Serie B
16:00 NOVARA
PRO VERCELLI
16:00 TERNANA
TRAPANI
18:30 VICENZA
PISA

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SIPHIWE TSHABALALA SCORES 50TH GOAL FOR KAIZER CHIEFsByOsward kayange

SIPHIWE TSHABALALA SCORES 50TH GOAL FOR KAIZER CHIEFs

 

Siphiwe

The diminutive winger achieved the feat in the second half of his side’s 3-0 win over Stellenbosch FC at the Athlone Stadium
Siphiwe Tshabalala scored his 50th official goal for Kaizer Chiefs against Stellenbosch FC on Saturday night.
The 32-year-old drilled home from outside the box as Amakhosi booked their place in the Last 16 of the Nedbank Cip with a 3-0 win over the National First Division (NFD) side in Cape Town.
Shabba, who is celebrating 10 years at the club, scored his debut goal for Chiefs in the 4-2 win over Golden Arrows on December 12, 2007.
The former Bafana Bafana star is not a regular goalscorer, but he has been chipping in with important goals in the past 10 years.
In addition to his incredible milestone, Tshabalala has amassed close to 80 assists in all competitions for the Glamour Boys.
He is also the only player to have featured in 29 consecutive Soweto Derby matches against Orlando Pirates in the PSL era.
Having already extended his contract with Chiefs until June 2018, Shabba will be expected to break more records at the Soweto club.

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UNITING AFRICA IN FOOTBALL: Q & A WITH KHAMA BILLIATBy osward kayange⚽

UNITING AFRICA IN FOOTBALL: Q & A WITH KHAMA BILLIAT

 


Following the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, we spoke to the PSL Player of the Year, Billiat about his life away from Zimbabwe and in SA
Goal spoke to Mamelodi Sundowns talisman Khama Billiat. The 26-year-old shared his experiences as a Zimbabwean living in South Africa and expressed how the Premier Soccer League (PSL) has played such an important role in his development.
Goal: What impact has moving to South Africa had on your football career?
Billiat: I think it has had a huge impact on my career because I have been recognised here and enjoy my football. Also it has brought the best out of myself and (I have) been able to experience the (Caf) Champions League with different clubs in Africa. It has really done a lot.
Goal: Which South African experienced players inspired and developed your game?
Billiat: There are a couple of them, players such as Surprise Moriri, Esrom Nyandoro, (Thembinkosi) Terror Fanteni. I played with Matthew Booth and Brent Carelse. All those people played a huge role in my career.
Goal: Were you a fan of the PSL from childhood, and why did you want to move to SA?
Billiat: Firstly, I was a fan of the PSL. When I was at home or at the clubhouse with the team I was playing for back home (in Zimbabwe) we used to watch the PSL. Certain teams we used to support, I remember Knowledge Musona playing and I supported Bloemfontein Celtic. We grew up looking up to the PSL and it was a dream for us coming this side.
Goal: What do you think of the stadiums, soccer facilities and infrastructure here?
Billiat: It’s really good, looking from where we come from it’s something different. The atmosphere going to the game, it’s all different. The games are televised and it’s another motivation on its own. So you live a professional life towards your potential than just being in a disadvantaged league by not getting to experience a lot. But you get to explore when you come here and get to live a professional life. It’s really good for our career.
Goal: How is the quality of life in South Africa for yourself, your family and children?
Billiat: It’s another level, you always grow up, you always looking forward to the best and you try by all means to live the best life you can lead for yourself and your family. Everything is just on a different level.
Goal: Besides your home nation, are there any other countries in Africa you’d like to play club football in?
Billiat: I’m not really sure when I’ll leave but for now I am enjoying football in South Africa. I don’t know about other leagues. For now, I am enjoying South Africa and I would only want to play overseas right now.
Goal: What is your opinion of the xenophobic attacks in SA?
Billiat: I just think in Africa we are one nation. I don’t think it is great what is happening. South Africa has been best to me and it has been home to me. It’s really sad to see our fellow brothers becoming something like that and forgetting we are one family. No one is here to harm anyone, we are just here to be happy and together. It is really sad when people start fighting over something that people are not there for. I just believe it is not good but I don’t want to believe this will happen again. I just wish that everyone would just realise that we are one people who come from the same land.
Goal: Have you experienced discrimination on the account of being a foreigner in SA or anywhere else?
Billiat: Personally, I’ve never experienced that. I’ve been welcomed everywhere I go and people have been so nice to me. I want to believe that everyone is treated the same and feels at home.
Goal: How welcome have you felt at the club and amongst all soccer followers in SA?
Billiat: I’ve been treated like a local guy and I’ve never seen discrimination from anyone that has been around me. It’s just amazing, I feel so welcomed and people are so nice everywhere I go. At Ajax Cape Town they welcomed me and here at Mamelodi Sundowns it has been the same. So I believe it’s happening everywhere and not happening only to me.
Goal: What message do you have for the South African public and soccer fans to unite all people in this continent?
Billiat: I just want to say, we thank God with the talent he gave us and we want to believe that we are making football better every time. We want to believe we make them happy. Football is just a game where it brings everyone together and to enjoy. That is all about football, to enjoy, to have fun and to bring everyone together. It is the best sport ever I want to believe. We must come together and be a family and enjoy football at its best, as long as we become united, football will always grow and take us to another level.

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MATHE: KATSANDE’S NEW DEAL SHOWS KAIZER CHIEFS HAVE LEARNED FROM PAST MISTAKESByOsward kayange⚽

MATHE: KATSANDE’S NEW DEAL SHOWS KAIZER CHIEFS HAVE LEARNED FROM PAST MISTAKES


The Zimbabwean midfielder was handed a new three-year deal this week, and Mathe is pleased that Chiefs managed to retain his services
Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Brian Mathe tells Goal the fact that Willard Katsande has penned a new deal with the club is a sign that they have learnt from their past mistakes.
Amakhosi lost a few of their key players, including Mandla Masango, Tefu Mashamaite and Reneilwe Letsholonyane after failing to agree terms with them on new contracts.
“As much as he is a defensive midfielder, he’s been the one that has been getting goals for them. So, to be the top goalscorer in the team says a lot based on how he plays, but also the commitment,” Mathe told Goal .
Katsande has chipped in with a few important goals this season, none more than the winner from outside the box at home to Polokwane City in December.
“I also think he falls within the plans of rebuilding Kaizer Chiefs. They are rebuilding Kaizer Chiefs until they find someone who can play in that position,” he said.
“I know there’s (Daniel) Cardoso, (Lorenzo) Gordinho and (Lucky) Baloyi. So, I think so far they have shown intent to keep their best players,” Mathe concluded.
Katsande confirmed soon putting pen to paper with Chiefs that he had offers from other teams.
Recent reports suggest that the 31-year-old turned down an offer from an unknown club in Dubai.

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OFFICIAL: MALULEKA PENS NEW KAIZER CHIEFS DEAL


The 28-year-old has put pen to paper on a new three-year deal after weeks of speculation over his future
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder George Maluleka has officially signed a new three-year deal, the Soweto giants confirmed on Thursday.
Maluleka’s previous deal was set to expire at the end of the current season, but after weeks of negotiations with the club, he has decided to commit his future to Amakhosi.
The former SuperSport United star told Goal in February that he wasn’t concerned about his future at the club .
Chiefs took to social media to announce Maluleka’s deal.
Contract Updates: George Maluleka has signed a 3 year contract extension with the Club

The 28-year-old had a slow start to his Amakhosi career three years ago, but he has since become an integral part of the club’s midfield alongside Willard Katsande.
He helped Amakhosi win the 2014/15 league title as well as the MTN8 trophy under Stuart Baxter.
Maluleka’s deal would excite Amakhosi fans more, especially as there were reports that he could return to Tshwane to link up with Baxter.
He follows in the footsteps of Katsande, Erick Mathoho, Lorenzo Gordinho, Tsepo Masilela and Kgotso Moleko, who all recently extended their contracts with the Glamour Boys.

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KATSANDE SIGNS NEW KAIZER CHIEFS DEAL👉By osward kayange🌍

KATSANDE SIGNS NEW KAIZER CHIEFS DEAL

 

 

The 31-year-old has agreed a new three-year extension as a reward for his consistent performances which have seen him become a regular at Amakhosi
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande has signed a new contract with the club that will see him remain at Naturena until June 2020.
There were reports that the Zimbabwe international could leave Amakhosi at the end of the season, with SuperSport United tipped as favourites to land his signature.
However, he has now put the reports to bed by committing his future to the club he joined in 2011 as a relatively unknown player.
Goal reported in February that Chiefs had resumed talks with Katsande, and that they were confident of extending the midfielder’s stay beyond June 2017 .
Now, Chiefs have released an official statement confirming the news.
“Midfielder Willard Katsande has put pen to paper to confirm his stay at Naturena for another three seasons. The Zimbabwe international’s signature comes amidst much speculation about his future,” reads the statement on the Amakhosi website.
“Katsande’s new deal will run from 1 July 2017 until 30 June 2020. The hard-tackling midfielder possesses a South African permanent residence status,” the statement said.
Katsande has been an integral member of the Amakhosi squad for the past four seasons, and he continues to command a regular place in Steve Komphela’s team.
He helped the Glamour Boys win two league titles under former coach Stuart Baxter between 2013 and 2015, and since then, Katsande has hardly put his foot off the pedal.

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Malawi has made a cut into the top ten countries that have seen an incessant rise in life expectancy since the year 2000.

Malawi has made a cut into the top ten countries that have seen an incessant rise in life expectancy since the year 2000.

This is according to a recent report on life expectancy by medical journal The Lancet in its study which looks at changes in bad health years since 2000 to see where people are living a longer, healthier life.
‘’When we deduct healthy life expectancy from actual life expectancy, we see the average amount of years someone can expect to live in bad health – or ‘Bad Health Years,’’ reads an introduction of the report.
Bad Health Years emanate from subtracting from the life expectancy.
Malawi has one of the biggest increasing life expectancy levels.
Interestingly, all the ten nations are found in Africa.
Malawi is on the list alongside Niger, Ethiopia, Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana.
“This is as a result of ‘great progress in health and development since the turn of the century,” the report says.
The report however notes that nearly every country on the planet has seen an increase in life expectancy since the beginning of the 21st century.
Only two nations did not register an improvement in life expectancy: Iraq and Syria. Life expectancy in Iraq stagnated, while in Syria it has decreased by 3 years.
In the study, the journal makes mention that life expectancy is used to measure the number of years a person can expect to live in good health, taking social and economic factors into account alongside disease and disability rates.
Swift internet searches reveal that life expectancy in Africa has increased by 9.4 years since 2000 due to several factors, including improvements in child survival, progress in malaria control and expanded access to antiretroviral treatment.
Malawi’s levels go up to +15 with Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, and Uganda all squaring up for 18.
Niger and Congo are at +12 while Tanzania is at +13 and Zimbabwe at 14.
There have been -9 Bad Health Years in Malawi since the year 2000, according to the report.
By 2012, internet results show that life expectancy in Malawi was at 54.72 years.
According to the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) data published in 2015, life expectancy in Malawi is: male 56.7, female 59.9 and total life expectancy is 58.3 which gives Malawi a World Life Expectancy ranking of 165.
A report published by the Financial Times in 2016 said that Malawi had been on the lead in Africa with life expectancy.
It indicated that life expectancy at birth rose 42 per cent from 44.1 years in 2000 to 62.7 in 2014, according to data from the World Bank.
Malawi’s top 50 causes of death, according to worldlifeexpectancy.com are HIV/AIDS – which places Malawi on position 8 on world rankings for causes of deaths; Stroke, Influenza and Pneumonia, Coronary Heart Disease, Diarrhoeal diseases, Malaria, Cervical Cancer, Malnutrition among others.
HIV/AIDS for example causes up to 29.32% of deaths in Malawi while Malaria accounts for 6.81% of deaths.