South Africa’s big three were involved in respective CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup matches this past weekend, with all three teams failing to register wins away from home.
Former CAF Champions League winners Mamelodi Sundowns began their champions league group stage campaign with a 2-1 away defeat to Nigeria’s Lobi Stars on Friday evening.
The Brazilians were first to open the scoring, seven minutes before the break through Anthony Laffor after he was beautifully set up by Gaston Sirino.
Sundowns’ lead was however short-lived as Lobi Stars equalized from the penalty spot before the break through Yaya Kone after he was brought down by Ricardo Nascimento.
The Ortom Boys came out guns blazing in the second stanza and went ahead seven minutes later via Mathias Martins.
The home side thwarted Sundowns’ chances of getting back into the game to hold on for a memorable win.
The Buccaneers made the short trip to face Zimbabwean outfit FC Platinum at Barbourfields Stadium in their opening Group B encounter on Saturday afternoon.
Both sides unfortunately failed to create enough chances to cancel each other out and settled for a share the spoils.
In the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup play-off tie, Amakhosi suffered a heavy 3-1 defeat to Zambian side Zesco United at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Sunday afternoon.
Lazarous Kambole opened the scoring for the hosts earlier on in the first half after being put through by Rahim Ousumanu.
They did not wait for long to double their lead after Teenage Hadebe brought down Jesse Were inside the penalty area in the 30th minute.
Khama Billiat pulled one back to give the visitors some hope but Were restored the two-goal cushion for Zegalacticos seven minutes into the second stanza to see them run out victors.
Chiefs will now have it all to do if they are to progress to the group stages of the CAF Confed Cup in the return leg on Saturday, 19 January.
Stuart Baxter Announces Bafana Bafana Squad For Crunch Libya Clash
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter announced his 24-man squad for the crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tie against Libya on March 24.
South Africa are in second place behind group leaders Nigeria and need just a point to all but secure qualification for the continental showpiece set for Egypt later this year.
Darren Keet, Ronwen Williams, Bruce Bvuma
Thulani Hlatshwayo, Innocent Maela, Sifiso Hlanti, Daniel Cardoso, Rivaldo Coetzee, Aubrey Modiba, Buhle Mkwanazi, Thamsanqa Mkhize
Bongani Zungu, Hlompho Kekana, Themba Zwane, Tiyani Mabunda, Dean Furman, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Thulani Serero, Thembinkosi Lorch
Percy Tau, Lars Veldwijk, Lebogang Mothiba, Lebogang Maboe, Keagan Dolly
Baxter’s charges will leave for Tunisia on Saturday, 16 March, in order to acclimatise to the conditions before the crunch tie.
Amajita Handed Tough U20 FIFA World Cup Draw
The national U20 side, Amajita, have been handed a daunting task of overcoming European and Asian heavyweights following the U20 FIFA World Cup draw on Sunday night.
Thabo Senong’s side has been pitted against Portugal, Korea Republic and Argentina in Group F at the FIFA World Cup in Poland.
Amajita sealed their second successive spot at this year’s junior global showpiece after finished third at the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Niger.
The last time Amajita played at the World Cup was in 2017 but they were knocked out in the first round and will be hoping to reach the knockout phase this time.
Other nations that will be representing Africa are Senegal, who are in Group A alongside hosts Poland, Colombia and Tahiti.
Nigeria are in Group D with Qatar, USA and Ukraine, while U20 AFCON winners Mali will take on Panama, France and Saudi Arabia in Group E.
The tournament will be held between 23 May and 15 June.
Amajita’s Group F schedule:
Argentina v South Africa – 25 May
South Africa v Korea – 28 May
South Africa v Portugal – 31 May
South African Players Based Abroad
After a difficult few past weeks for SA’s foreign contingency, it was business as usual once again.
Tau was in sublime form for Union Saint-Gilloise as he grabbed a brace in his side’s 5-0 thumping of Mechelen in the Belgian second division.
The Bafana Bafana speedster has now taken his tally to six league goals in the campaign, and 10 in all competitions.
Mokotjo scored his first league goal at home as Brentford FC rallied from a goal down to thump Hull City 5-1 in the English Championship.
The Bafana midfield man has now scored three goals for the Bees this season.
Patosi continued is impressive start to life in Iran following his big-money move from Cape Town City.
The former City man scored his second goal in two matches as Esteghal cruised past Zob Han with a 3-0 win on Sunday.
Veldwijk played 78 minutes and picked up an assist as Sparta Rotterdam thumped Go Ahead Eagles 6-1 in the Dutch Second Tier.
Phiri’s Guingamp returned to wnning ways after claiming a hard-fought 1-0 win over Angers in the French Ligue 1 to keep their survival hopes alive.
Mothiba saw little game time, coming on in the final 30 minutes as RC Strasbourg registered a 1-1 draw with second-placed Lille in French Ligue 1.
Sekgota featured for Vitoria Setubal in the first half as they played to a 1-1 draw with Vitória Guimarães.
Despite ending on the losing side, Foster continued his impressive form for AS Monaco reserves, scoring his second goal in as many matches in their 3-2 defeat to Annecy.