Amajita put Lesotho to the sword

South Africa's national U20 side comfortably beat Lesotho 3-0 in the second leg of their final qualifier for the African Youth Championship at the Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium.

Thabo Senong's side secured a 5-0 aggregate scoreline after three second-half goals from Bidvest Wits duo Liam Jordan, Sibongakonke Mbatha and Supersport United winger Zama Rambuwane.

Amajita dominated proceedings from the first whistle, but struggled to find composure in the final third as Mbatha and Jordan combined well up front for a few early chances.

However, in the second half Amajita capitalised on a some tired legs in the Lesotho defence to score two goals in quick succession.

Zama Rambuwane came on a late substitute for Senong to wrap up the scoring and hand the national U20 an emphatic win as they qualify for the 2017 African Youth Championship to be held in Zambia.

Amajita starting eleven: Mpoto, Mohamme, Malepe (C), Makumela, Frosler, Mtshweni, Mokoena, Kodisang, Mbatha, Makgalwa, Jordan

Substitutes: Johnson, Kammies, Saralina, Mbule, Rambuwane, Sithole, Mayo

Dikwena target top-six finish

Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson has revealed that they have set a target of finishing in the top six in the Absa Premiership in the upcoming season.

Dikwena enjoyed a successful 2015/16 campaign, securing a third-place finish with 47 points.

And, after bringing in 13 new signings during the off-season, Johnson is now setting his sights on improving on last season's showing.

"Last season we aimed for a top five finish. If we go back [three season ago], we lost the league by one point," Johnson told KickOff.

"If we take those stats and the way we work now, going forward [into the new season], realistically if we are in the top eight then we are doing well.

"We will be competing on the field because we're entertainers, and if we do that properly then we realistically say we should be in the top eight.

"As far as promoting players re concerned, progressively we've let 10 older players go and we've made our team younger with 17, 19 and 20-year-old players.

"Those are the plusses we look at in terms of our improvement as a team, but we will compete in the top eight and, going forward, our philosophy will be to never go out of the top eight."

Tuchel: Ginter is not for sale

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has issued a hands-off warning to English Premier League side Arsenal amidst reported interest in defender Matthias Ginter.

Ginter is set to become a permanent fixture in Dortmund's defence next season after the departure of captain Mats Hummels, and is said to be held in high regard by Tuchel.

The Germany international has played 60 games for BVB since his 10 million euro transfer from SC Freiburg in 2014, but has now been linked with a move to the Gunners as Arsene Wenger looks to the towering defender as a option to shore up his defence.

"With Ginter, I think everything is said," he told reporters. "German clubs wanted to sign him and now English clubs want to sign him.

"I don't know if everything is true or it is just rumours but we made our point clear - Matthias is our player and stays our player."

Report: Higuain poised for Juventus switch

Gonzalo Higuain has agreed personal terms with Serie A champions Juventus and is expected to complete the move from Napoli imminently.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the Bianconeri have activated the Argentina international's €94.7 million release clause after he underwent a medical on Friday.

Head coach Massimiliano Allegri reiterated that The Old Lady would invest significantly in the squad this off-season as they look to keep up their domination of the Italian top flight, with five successive Scudetto's and now a new target of UEFA Champions League glory.

Higuain is expected to form a deadly partnership with compatriot Paulo Dybala, who is widely considered as the best young forward in Europe after finishing second in the top scorers charts with 19 goals, while the 28-year-old set a league record with 36 goals.

If the move officially goes through, the former Real Madrid striker will be Allegri's fifth signing of the summer after Roma's Miralem Pjanic, Croatian forward Marko Pjaca and defenders Dani Alves and Medhi Benatia.

Scholes: Pogba not worth massive fee

Former Manchester United stalwart Paul Scholes believes that Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is not worth the massive transfer fee being quoted by several news sources.

Scholes, who played with the France international for a stint during their time together at Old Trafford, feels that 'for that sort of money you want someone who is going to score 50 goals a season.'

He cited Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as perfect examples of players who can command an eye-watering transfer fee..

"I just don't think he is worth £86m," Scholes was quoted as saying by Sports Witness.

"For that sort of money, you want someone who is going to score 50 goals a season like (Cristiano) Ronaldo or (Lionel) Messi."

"Pogba is nowhere worth that kind of money yet."

The 46-year-old, who has been plying his trade in the Indian Premier Futsal League for Bengaluru 5's, also shared his early memories of Pogba, whom he believes expected too much, too soon.

"He was a very talented young player, I played with him and I knew how good he was," he added.

"He played for the first team maybe once or twice, but from my understanding he was asking for too much money.

"For his age, he was asking for far too much money, that too for a player who hasn't played first team football.

"OK, he has gone on to great things. I think certainly there has been a lot of improvement. He needed to improve if he is going to be a player worth £86m," he concluded.

Hlatswayo: No excuses this season

Thulani Hlatswayo has highlighted the importance of pre-season training, whilst also highlighting that Bidvest Wits have to challenge for honours.

Speaking to his club's official website, the player, known as 'Tyson' in the football fraternity, spoke of the importance of pre-season training for everybody at the club.

"Pre-season has been great so far and everyone is working hard," he said.

"As a footballer, you can't miss pre-season. Even if you are injured there are parts of training you have to participate in and complete the pre-season along side your team mates."

The former Ajax Cape Town man also said that he is 'ready to start the new season' after suffering an injury to his hip, which has sidelined hime since the beginning of March.

"Everything is looking good. After a good break in Malaysia, I'm ready to start the new season," the 26-year-old added.

"I am happy to be here with the team, knowing that I got injured at the end of the season and missed some vital games. It's something that did not sit well with me and as the captain of the team, I felt I was absent when the team needed me the most."

The Bafana Bafana defender concluded by saying that Gavin Hunt's men 'don't have any excuses to try and not challenge for any trophy,' after missing out on the Absa Premiership trophy for the last two seasons.

"Obviously, as a team we would like to do better than last season.

"Two seasons ago we finished third last season we finished second, and now all that's left to do is win. This season we don't have any excuses to try and not challenge for any trophy."

Christensen dismisses Barca links

Denmark international Andreas Christensen has dismissed reports linking him with a move to Barcelona, insisting he is happy at Borussia Mönchengladbach.

The 20-year-old defender, who is on loan from English Premier League side Chelsea, is looking forward to a second consecutive season in the Bundesliga.

And, amidst rumours of an imminent bid from Barca, Chelsea made it know they were not interested in releasing Christensen on a permanent basis after rejecting a £14.5million offer from Die Fohlen on Tuesday.

The towering defender says he just wants to continue playing first-team football.

"The main thing is to play. That's the main thing that I want for my future," he told Goal.

"It is all about playing football and that's it. [Playing at Chelsea] is an ambition of mine, to play over there in the first team - but right now I am not thinking about the future.

"I am not thinking about Chelsea and what they are doing and what I am doing.

"I am focusing on what Borussia is doing. I am just really looking forward to playing games and hopefully qualifying for the group stages of the Champions League."

Christensen scored three goals in 31 games last season, helping Mönchengladbach to a fourth-place finish.

Downs cruising on last season's momentum

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says his side is riding the crest of the wave of their good form from last season.

The Brazilians are going through a transition between two seasons without a break due to their CAF Champions League commitments.

Having won the Premiership and Telkom Knockout last season, Sundowns have transferred their good form into the continental competition.

Sundowns are one point away from qualifying for the semi-finals after wins over Enyimba and Zamalek (both 2-1).

"I guess we're riding on the momentum of the league, you know. We're just flowing with happened in the league," Mosimane told KickOff.

"I think after the Jomo Cosmos and Polokwane City games we went to Ajax Cape Town, which was very tough for us and it didn't look good - we settled for a point.

"Since then we haven't stopped, even after Tuks, the league was wrapped up but we kept going. We went to Wits and kept on with the momentum.

"We are just in that beautiful whirlpool, where we just keep going. It's a very good dream and I hope we don't wake up. Let's keep dreaming."

Sundowns will host Zamalek in their Group B return leg at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday.

Real Madrid loan Mayoral to Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg have announced the signing of Real Madrid forward Borja Mayoral on a one year loan deal.

The Bundesliga side will have an option to extend the temporary move by a further year for the teenage striker, who is delighted to have secured a deal to Germany.

"Wolfsburg are a big name in German football and in the Bundesliga," Mayoral said after the move was confirmed. "I'm very happy and excited about the new chapter which lies ahead."

"We want to qualify for the UEFA Champions League again. The team certainly has the potential to do that. From the first moment, I had a great feeling at Wolfsburg."

Wolves head coach Dieter Hecking has backed the 19-year-old to do well once he has adapted to the league and his new surroundings.

"He's a technically good striker who has already proven his eye for goal," Hecking said. 

"We'll obviously give him the time he needs to get used to his new surroundings in the Bundesliga, and to integrate into the team."

Mangena backs Chiefs new recruits

Kaizer Chiefs legend Mike Mangena believes the new signings will rise to the occasion at the Soweto club after eight new players were unveiled earlier in the month.

Amakhosi made eight signings earlier in the month after placing some 20 players on the exit list.

After a barren last season, Chiefs will be desperate for silverware in the upcoming season.

Mangena trusts that Chiefs will come out a much-improved outfit in Steve Komphela's second season at Naturena.

"If there's one thing that Kaizer Chiefs have never disappointed in, it's signing players," Mangena told Soccer Laduma.

"During my days at Kaizer Chiefs, we always signed the kind of players that suited the 'Chiefs style'.

"With the poor display last year, I'm sure the management sat down and made sure that whoever comes in is quality."