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Manchester City Pip Liverpool To Be Crowned EPL Champions

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Manchester City hammered Brighton and Hove Albion 4-1 on the final day of the 2018/19 league campaign to be crowned back-to-back English Premier League champions.

Pep Guardiola’s charges came into the final day of the season needing maximum points with rivals Liverpool just a single point behind them.

There were early panics when the home side drew first blood but the Citizens were at their usual best as they came out guns blazing in the second period netting all four goals through Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, Riyaad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan, to all but successfully defend their title (their sixth overall).

Liverpool on the other hand beat Wolves 2-0 at Anfield, courtesy of goals by African duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. The pair also finished as the league’s top goalscorers on 22 goals alongside another African Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Reds had a few more individual awards as Allison Becker won the Golden Glove Award, Trent Alexander-Arnold won award for most assists by a defender (13) while Virgil Van Dyk won the coveted Player of the Season accolade.

Despite falling short of their first league title in 30 years, Liverpool have a chance to salvage their impressive season when they take on Tottenham Hotspur in the final of the UEFA Champions League in Madrid on June 1.

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Thembinkosi Lorch Sweeps Clean At Glittering PSL Awards

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Orlando Pirates midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch was the biggest winner at the 2018/19 Absa PSL Awards held at the Durban Convention Centre on Sunday night.
Lorch walked away with the Footballer of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season accolades, seeing off Mamelodi Sundowns duo Hlompho Kekana And Themba Zwane.
The 25-year-old helped the Buccaneers to a second-place finish behind eventual champions Sundowns, contributing with 13 goals and 10 assists across all competitions during the 2018/19 campaign.
All PSL Awards Recipients:
Footballer of the Season: Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates)
Players’ Player of the Season: Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates)
Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season: Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United)
Absa Premiership Defender of the Season: Ricardo Nascimento (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Absa Premiership Midfielder of the Season: Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Absa Premiership Young Player of the Season: Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United)
Absa Premiership Coach of the Season: Pitso Mosimane (Mamelodi Sundowns)
MTN8 Last Man Standing: Peter Leeuwenburg (Cape Town City)
Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament: Elvis Chipezeze (Baroka FC)
Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament: Zakhele Lepasa (TS Galaxy)
Nedbank Cup Most Promising Player: Terrence Mashego (TS Galaxy)
MultiChoice Diski Challenge Player of the Tournament: Sipho Chaine (Bloemfontein Celtic)
Diski Shield Player of the Tournament: Siboniso Conco (Golden Arrows)
Absa Premiership Goal of the Season: Vincent Pule (Orlando Pirates)
Referee of the Season: Abongile Tom
Assistant Referee of the Season: Emmanuel de Sani

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Provisional Bafana Bafana Squad For AFCON Showpiece Announced

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Following his announcement of the COSAFA Cup squad, head coach Stuart Baxter has announced a provisional 28-man Bafana Bafana side for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Goalkeepers:

Darren Keet (Bidvest Wits ), Rowen Williams (SuperSport United), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs)

Defenders:

Daniel Cardoso (Kaizer Chiefs), Rivaldo Coetzee (Mamelodi Sundowns), Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Kaizer Chiefs), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), S’Fiso Hlanti (Bidvest Wits ), Buhle Mkhawanazi (Bidvest Wits), Thamsanqa Mkhize (Cape Town City)

Midfielders:

Bongani Zungu (Amiens), Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Downs), Dean Furman (SuperSport United), Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford FC), Tiyani Mabunda (Mamelodi Downs), Thulani Serero (Vitesse Arnhem FC), Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Fortune Makaringe (Maritzburg United), Ben Motshwari (Orlando Pirates), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier)

Strikers:

Lebo Mothiba (RC Strasbourg), Percy Tau (Royal St Union), Lars Veldwijk (Sparta Rotterdam), Lebogang Maboe (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Kermit Erasmus (Cape Town City)

Bafana Bafana have been pitted in Group F alongside Ivory Coast, Namibia and Morocco.

They open their Afcon account against the Elephants on June 18.

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Stuart Baxter Announces Bafana Bafana Squad For COSAFA Cup

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Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter has announced his 23-man squad for the upcoming COSAFA Cup and Africa Cup of Nations in Durban next month.
COSAFA Cup Squad:
Goalkeepers:

Mondli Mpoto (Bloemfontein Celtic), Darren Johnson (Ajax Cape Town), Reyaad Pieterse (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Defenders:

Thendo Mukumela (Ajax Cape Town),  Keanu Cupido (Cape Town City), Reeve Frosler (Kaizer Chiefs), Tercious Malepe (Chippa United), Katlego Mohamme (SuperSport United), Bongani Sam (Bloemfontein Celtic), Sandie Mthethwa (Richards Bay United)

Midfielders:

Teboho Mokoena (Supersport United), Athenkosi Dlala (Supersport United), Kegan Dolly (Montpellier), Sipho Mbule (SuperSport United), Kamohelo Mahlatsi (SuperSport United), Grant Margeman (Ajax Cape Town), Jamie Webber (SuperSport United), Kgaogelo Sekgota (Vitoria Setubal, (Portugal).

Strikers:

Phakamani Mahlambi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lerato Lepasa (TS Galaxy), Jemondre Dickens (Baroka FC), Luther Singh GD Chaves, Portugal), Liam Jordan (Koge FC, Denmark)

National U23 head coach David Notoane will take charge of the COSAFA Squad for the SADC regional tournament which starts on Saturday, 25 June.

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