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Masvingo Sports Club readies for life after debts

By Charles Lotara

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MASVINGO (ZIMBABWE)- The interim leadership of Masvingo Sports Club had reportedly trimmed staff members from 23 to 12 and came up with a payment plan to amortise arrears for Value Added Tax, and National Social Security Authority as the club readies for a debts free institution.

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Masvingo Golf Course

This came a few weeks after Masvingo City Council uplifted the water arrears which have ballooned to approximately $170,000, an amount the club struggled to clear since the dollarization era.

Erroc Edwards, who headed the delegation from the club in a meeting held on 29th November, 2017 explained that, the elected Sports Committee for Masvingo Sports Club stepped down in 2015 after accumulating in excess $170,000 in arrears for Municipal Bills.

 Edwards revealed that, a subcommittee consisting of former Presidents of the club on a voluntary basis to save it from total collapse adding that, there was need for City fathers to appreciate that to attain a City Status it was a prerequisite to have a Sports Club and Cathedral and as such there was need to preserve the institution.

The Club reportedly operating as a non-profit-making organization and in the event of failure to viably operate same, it would be handed over back to the Council as the custodian of public property.

The Council Minutes of the meeting held last month say, the main club required some renovations and Council could consider providing its labour for the works  as part of its contribution with kitchen and hall being sublet and membership recruitment drive to increase the revenue base ongoing.

Edwards however, dismissed the request made by the previous Club Committee to sell the Club Manager’s house to raise income stating that, the Interim Committee was not for this idea of selling the house and that it should be retained in anticipation of good times.

Town Clerk Adolf Gusha noted that, there was a standing Council Resolution on the membership of Councillors and Senior Management to the Sports Club but after their presentation, the Interim Committee was excused.

It was proposed and agreed that Council writes off the debt owed by the Sports Club to enable them start on a fresh page.

The debate ensued with the Committee highlighting that there is need for the Club to embark on a membership recruitment drive to increase its revenue base and utilise current sporting facilities.

 

ZIFA to honour Mnangagwa’s presidency

By Own Correspondent

HARARE (ZIMBABWE)- The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) is set to organize a celebratory international friendly match to show honour to the historic assumption of office by President Emerson Mnangagwa, the ZIFA chairman for Eastern Region Nobioth Magwizi confirmed the development.

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ZIFA President Phillip Chiangwa

Magwizi said, the match which will be played between the men’s senior soccer team of Zimbabwe and Zambia is scheduled for 23rd December, 2017 at the National Sports Stadium in Harare adding that, Zimbabwe and South Africa’s football legends will provide a pre-match entertainment as a curtain raiser on the same day.

According to a press statement issued by the ZIFA’s national office last week, sport in general and football in particular is a proven catalyst for unity, peace and social cohesion.

“As the custodians of the nation’s most popular sport code, ZIFA duly appreciates the sincere call by His Excellency for every citizen regardless of political orientation, tribe, gender, colour or creed to positively contribute towards the building of our nation.”

“We are confident that the new start that the nation has been granted in the hands of His Excellency Cde Mnangagwa will lead not only to the revival but flourishing success of sport. ZIFA once again takes this opportunity to congratulate Cde Mnangagwa on his elevation to the position of Head of State and government of Zimbabwe,” it added.

On a related story, Masvingo United has been promoted to Division One after beating Torkwe Mukosi 1-0 last week, ending their long stay out of the league.

Last year it was reported that the club was handed a two-year suspension by the regional football governing body for taking football matters to the courts of law but Magwizi who is the current ZIFA Chairman for Eastern Region downplayed the report and said, only an official was penalized.

Liverpool vs Sevilla: TV channel, kick-off time, live stream and team news for the Champions League clash

Everything you need to know ahead of the Reds’ European group stage opener at Anfield

LIVERPOOL their 2016 Europa League final conquerors Sevilla in the first Champions League match at Anfield for three years.

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Jurgen Klopp’s side face Sevilla in their first group game

Jurgen Klopp’s men were blitzed 3-1 in Basel 16 months ago but are now arguably in better shape than Spain’s fourth best side.

When is Liverpool vs Sevilla?

The Reds take on the La Liga outfit on Wednesday, September 13.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

The game will be played at Anfield.

What TV channel is showing Liverpool vs Sevilla?

The game will be shown live on BT Sport 2.

Coverage will begin at 7pm and the programme will finish at 10.15pm.

Alternatively, you can keep up to date on SunSport’s live blog

What is the latest team news for Liverpool vs Sevilla?

Despite being sent off against Manchester City, Sadio Mane will be available to play in the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana are both out of contention due to injury.

But Jurgen Klopp may choose to play Philippe Coutinho against Sevilla.

Fact me

    • Liverpool and Sevilla’s only previous encounter came in the final of the 2016 Europa League. The Andalucians won 3-1.
    • Liverpool have won one of their eight Champions League home games against Spanish opposition (D3 L4), it was versus Real Madrid in March 2009 (4-0). However, Sevilla have lost all three of their Champions League trips to England.
    • This is Liverpool’s 10th Champions League campaign, and only their second appearance in the group stages in the last eight seasons.
    • In fact, Liverpool haven’t reached the knockout stages of the Champions League since 2008/09, when they were knocked out by Chelsea in the quarter-finals.
    • Liverpool have won the European Cup/Champions League on five occasions, more than any other English side.
    • Liverpool have won their opening group game in each of their last three Champions League appearances. However, they have failed to win any of their last five group games in the competition (D2 L3).
    • Sevilla are taking part in their fifth Champions League campaign. They have gone past the group stages in three of their four previous appearances but never further than the round of 16.
    • Sevilla beat Istanbul Başakşehir 4-3 on aggregate to reach this season’s Champions League group stages.
    • Sevilla have only lost two of their last nine Champions League games (W5 D2).
    • Liverpool beat Hoffenheim 6-3 on aggregate to reach this season’s Champions League group stages.
    • Jürgen Klopp has reached the knockout stages in three of his four Champions League campaigns, all with Dortmund. He was beaten finalist in 2013.
    • Only Marco Verratti (479) completed more passes than Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi (459) in last season’s Champions League group stages.
    • This is Eduardo Berizzo’s first Champions League appearance as manager. He took Celta Vigo to the semi-finals of the Europa League last season in his only previous European campaign as head-coach.

Benni McCarthy: I’m still alive!

Cape Town – Bafana Bafana legend – and the nation’s highest current goalscorer – Benni McCarthy, is very much alive.

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Benni McCarthy

 

The former striker was reported to have committed suicide in London by elpais-tv.com.

However, this claim was found fortunately to be incorrect when the 39-year-old confirmed he was in fact still alive.

The publication said: “McCarthy has died aged 39. Best known for his international goals for South Africa, McCarthy was found dead in his car this morning in London by police. The cause of his death is believed to be self-inflicted gunshot wounds.”

Nonetheless, the Cape Town-born star later made light about the report on his Facebook account when he denied the story and said: “Meanwhile on Facebook, I’m a dead man.”

The lethal ex-hitman made 80 appearances for Bafana in his international career and banged in an impressive 32 goals over a 15 year period.

 

The above was originally published on News24

“I will defer if Chelsea win the premier league title”

Forget those who place thousands or even millions of cash on sport betting, a forth year student at Great Zimbabwe University sacrifices his academic future and reiterates his promise to defer only if Chelsea snatch away the Premier League title from their London rivals Tottenham at the end of the season.

By Lotara Charles

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Chelsea dropped three points last weekend to Manchester United, a result which closed the gap from seven points lead to just four points making the title race wide open, with both teams having five games to play before the dramatic 2016/17 premier league campaign comes to an end and the forth year first semester student who preferred to remain anonymous, is confident Antonio Conte’s men will lose the league.

“Look at how the gap is narrowing between Chelsea and Tottenham, from 15 points clear, to just 4 points. It’s game on! If Chelsea win the Premier League title I will defer my studies” said the 23 years old Man United – Tottenham turned fan.

It is however not surprising in the betting arena that some soccer fanatics especially the married ones, go as far as placing their spouses. It happened in Uganda in 2011 where a man optimistically put his wife as a bet when Manchester City and Man United headed for a crucial derby which would determine the fate of the title race. The case which controversially ended up in the court of law saw the man almost losing his wife, thanks to the Uganda’s Women’s Rights group that blocked the move.

The sport world is filled with extraordinary obsession especially with the fans to the extent that they do whatever it takes to silence the odds.

‘He must work harder, I give nothing for free’ – Mou tells out-of-favour Shaw to learn from Mkhitaryan

The left-back should learn from his Old Trafford team-mate in his bid to start for the Red Devils, Jose Mourinho said.

'He must work harder, I give nothing for free' – Mou tells out-of-favour Shaw to learn from Mkhitaryan

Man United left back Luke Shaw

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho told Luke Shaw he would have to earn his chance, urging the full-back to learn from Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

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England international Shaw was left out of the United squad to face Saint-Etienne in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie.

Shaw, 21, has had limited opportunities this season, making just 14 appearances in all competitions.

And Mourinho said the left-back would be given nothing without earning it.

“He stayed behind in Manchester because I’m playing with Daley Blind, with Marcos Rojo, with Matteo Darmian, and all of them are playing the way I like a full-back to play,” he said.

“Luke has to wait for his chance and work better and better, knowing I give nothing for free.

“When I give something to the players, it’s expensive for them – it’s not cheap.

“They have to work hard every day, they have to play well, so he has to wait. And, at this moment, he’s behind the others.”

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Mourinho said Shaw could use team-mate Mkhitaryan as an example in his bid to break into the United side.

The former Borussia Dortmund attacker had to wait for his opportunity before taking it and becoming a crucial player at Old Trafford.

“Potentially, he [Shaw] has many things that I like but one thing is potentially, another thing is on the pitch to express all the qualities that I like a player to express,” Mourinho said.

“And he has to keep working, like Mkhitaryan did for a long time.”

Report: Everton join Manchester City in race to sign Arsenal winger

According to a report in the Daily Mirror, Everton are hoping to scupper Manchester City‘s attempts to sign Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain by tempting the winger to Goodison Park this summer.

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Alex Oxlade Chamberlain 

The Mirror reports that the 23-year-old will be out of contract at the end of next season and is planning to consider his options when the curtain comes down on this current campaign.

And it appears that he will not be short on potential opportunities away from the Emirates with the Mirror reporting that the Toffees are set to battle Pep Guardiola’s men for his signature.

However, Ronald Koeman may face an uphill battle trying to land the England international as the Mirror adds that City are in pole position to win the race and complete a deal.

But it would not be a surprise if Everton were ultimately able to surprise City, should the former Southampton man decide that he needs to move on and leave the Emirates.

After several years of struggling to really hold down a spot in Arsene Wenger’s team, Oxlade-Chamberlain may find it much easier to believe that he will enjoy a lot more first-team football at Goodison Park than he would in Manchester given the incredible depth that City have in attacking areas.

Everton appear to be a club moving in the right direction currently, so it would surely make sense for the youngster to consider taking one step back as it may see his career ultimately move to the level that he has only threatened to reach at Arsenal.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Real Madrid? Borussia Dortmund striker hints at possible transfer

The Gabon international has stated in the past that playing for Real Madrid was his dream and now his dream might just come true in the summer.

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Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hinted that he could be set to leave the German club in the summer in a bid to further his career with Real Madrid, his most likely destination.

In the past, Aubameyang has stated that he would love to move to Real Madrid in the future adding that it was his dream to play for the Spanish giants. The fact that he promised his late grandfather that he would play for them is another indication that he might be on the move.

In a recent interview, he stated that he has to leave Dortmund in the summer to take his career to the next level and said he will have an important choice to make in the coming few months.

“If I want to go to the next level, I need to leave in the summer. Real Madrid is still a dream, but there has been too much noise. I have an important choice to make. Many people would like to see me in England”.

“[The Premier League is] not necessarily the championship that attracts me the most. I like La Liga a lot. Paris is also an attraction. French is, of course, my first language. Real has a close connection with my family.

“The media is doing too much [speculation]. It’s a childhood dream. But, as I always said, I play at Dortmund and I’m glad to be there and it’s really good for me. And I don’t even know if Madrid really wants me. If Real comes one day, then that’s good. Otherwise, life goes on. This is not a problem” Goal.com quoted the Borussia Dortmund striker as saying.

Real Madrid have been eyeing a move for the Gabon international for quite some time now and with Madrid keen to offload Karim Benzema, having offered him to Chelsea and Arsenal, and with Cristiano Ronaldo’s form dipping slowly, Aubameyang seems like the perfect player to take over.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is currently contracted with Borussia Dortmund until 2020 and if Real Madrid are to have any chance of signing him, they will have to pay in excess of around £65 million to secure his services.

Afcon 2017 semifinals schedule: Fixtures, TV listings, date, time venue

Egypt are two steps away from winning their eighth Africa Cup of Nations title, but they need to focus on beating Burkina Faso in the semifinals.

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Egypt players celebrating semi finals progress

The Africa Cup of Nations now involves the last four teams in the competition — Egypt, Cameroon, Ghana and Burkina Faso. All these teams are aware that they have to step up their game if they are to achieve their goal of lifting the Afcon title.

Egypt are a huge favourites to clinch the title, and they are set to face Burkina Faso in the semifinals. The seven-time Afcon champions should not have much trouble in progressing through to the finals if they can maintain the quality of their game.

Egypt are a disciplined unit, and have all their bases covered with the presence of some quality players in their team, including Mohamed Eleny and Mohamed Salah. However, it is their defence, which has been brilliant in Afcon 2017. They have not conceded a single goal in the competition so far, though Morocco did come close in their last match.

With Egypt in fine form, Burkina Faso will be the second favourites for the match. But they will play pressure-free football, which could bring the best out of them? Very few viewers would have predicted that they would reach so far, but they will also have a growing ambition after stunning Tunisia in the quarters. Can they create another upset, by defeating Egypt?

However, it is the other semifinal between Ghana and Cameroon, which is going to be a close encounter. Cameroon, who came to this competition without some of their key players, shocked Senegal in the quarterfinals, knocking them out of the Africa Cup of Nations. This win will give them the much-needed confidence when they come up against Ghana.

Ghana, with players like Asamoah Gyan and the Ayew brothers, are a huge threat while going forward, as they have shown in the competition. They have been one of the best teams to watch and if their big players fire, Cameroon might have a long day at the office.

If Egypt and Ghana can play to their full potential, then we will have a huge finals match to look forward to, with the two teams battling it out for the title. Egypt and Ghana were involved in the group stages as well, with the former emerging victorious.

Afrcon 2017 semifinals schedule

Egypt vs Burkina Faso

Date: 1 February

Time: 8 pm local time, 12.30am IST, 7pm GMT, 2 pm ET

Venue: Stade de L’Amitie, Libreville

Cameroon vs Ghana

Date: 2 February

Time: 8 pm local time, 12.30am IST, 7pm GMT, 2 pm ET

Venue: Stade de Franceville, Franceville

TV listings: India: No live coverage. Africa: TV: SuperSport6 Africa. UK: TV: EuroSport 1 UK. Australia, US: TV: Bein Sports.

Source: International Business Times

Ayew brothers eliminate DRC

The goals from Jordan and Andre Ayew turned the dream of the Democratic Republic of Congo into a nightmare as the two goals finally sent them out of the Africa Cup of Nations being played in Gabon.

By Lotara Charles

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Jordan (L) and Andre Ayew (Centre) in an emotional goal celebration

When talking African football, Ghana are undoubtedly one the countries which do not let their fans down and last night, they proved it once more.

The black stars opened the score on the 65th minute with Jordan Ayew’s volley from the edge of eighteen yard putting the black stars a goal ahead before it was cancelled by Paul – Jose Mpoku on the 68th minute to make it 1 – 1.

Christian Atsu dribbled past the Congolese defenders to find the scoring opportunity but he was brought down in the 16 yard box. Andre Ayew did not make a mistake by converting it from the penalty spot to put the boys of Avram Grant back in the lead on the 79th minute.

Junior Kabananga, a Congolese prolific goal scorer neither found the back of the net nor dominated the game as he used to do in other previous games.

Meanwhile, the English premier league side West Ham United took to their official twitter account to congratulate Ghana for successfully reaching to semis where they will face either Burkina Faso or Cameroon.

It’s team spirit, commitment and being focused that makes up a team, not big names. Ghana have always been delivering to their best in the absence of big names like Essien and Asamoah Gyan.

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