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Tottenham Rally Back Against Ajax To Seal An All-English UCL Final

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A second-half hat-trick from Lucas Moura inspired Tottenham Hotspur to a come-from behind 3-2 win over Ajax Amsterdam in the second semi-final tie at the Amsterdam Arena on Wednesday night.

It’s almost as if Spurs were inspired by fellow English side Liverpool who also rallied back from a 3-0 first-leg deficit to advance past Barcelona with a 4-0 aggregate win.

Ajax came into the tie with a 1-0 scoreline they accumulated from the first leg in England, and picked up from where they left off when Jan De Ligt gave the hosts the lead as early as the 14th minute.

Hakim Ziyech, who has been one of Ajax’s star performers over both legs, doubled the hosts’ lead in the 36th minute to give his side a comfortable 3-0 aggregate score going into the halftime break.

Spurs came out firing in the second half and pulled a goal back through Moura 10 minutes after the interval following a great one-two play with Dele Alli. The Brazilian superstar then grabbed his second of the match in the 59th minute when the Ajax defence struggled to clear their lines after a goal-mouth scramble.

Erik Ten Hag’s charges had numerous chances to kill off the tie but Spurs stood resilient and  saw their efforts rewarded when Moura and Alli again linked up to see the former PSG attacker complete his hat-trick with a 96th minute winner, for the Lily Whites’ first-ever UEFA Champions League final.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side will now renew their rivalry against Jurgen Klopp’s troops in an all-English final (the first since Manchester United defeated Chelsea in 2008) 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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