Sredojevic: 'Let things get calm down'

Former Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic says he will comment on his sudden departure from the Soweto club when "things calm down".

The 49-year-old Serbian announced his resignation last Friday, citing his sick mother as a key factor in his decision to move on.

Sredojevic's decision caught many in the lcoal football fraternity by surprise, but the former Uganda and Rwanda head coach is not yet ready to speak about his time with Pirates.

"It will be disrespectful for me to speak and Orlando Pirates are out of the cup [MTN8]," he said as quoted by KickOff.com.

"Let things get calm down and after that we can talk later."

Sredojevic was also asked for his thoughts on Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane's recent words of praise for him, and he responded in kind.

He said: "I got the message and was it very touching, having special value and specific value and specific weight when it comes from such a football gentleman and coaching legend like Pitso.

"We shall still keep the friendship and love of the game."

Bernard Parker hails Chiefs 'fighting spirit'

Kaizer Chiefs skipper Bernard Parker has praised his side's "fighting spirit" ahead of what promises to be an intriguing clash with SuperSport United on Saturday evening.

Parker has donned the captain's armband in the first two games of the Premiership campaign, and Amakhosi have started well, claiming maximum points to put themselves in the mix at the top of the table at this early stage of the campaign.

Speaking to the club's official website, kaizerchiefs.com, Parker explained: "We have started off with six points which is something good and a positive beginning for us.

"We had a good fighting spirit in both of our games so far. We have continued to put in the work by fighting for one another in training and has shown and will show in our performances.

"In the first game against Highlands our fighting spirit was good we came back from a goal down to win and against Leopards we continued in the same way.

"We played well created chances won the games and importantly collected three points."

When asked what kind of input Parker's team-mates were receiving from him, he added: "I try to encourage the guys in a positive way.

"Also getting the guys to focus on ourselves and trying and build on ways that we can complement one another, always trying to build the confidence of the guys and between them building trust so that we can build the belief in our abilities."

Saturday's clash with SuperSport will be a good test of Chiefs' progress, as their opponents have recorded back-to-back 3-0 wins, against Pirates and Wits.

And with the international break looming closer, Parker says Chiefs must aim to collect another six points from their next two games.

"We must win our next two games against SuperSport and Cape Town City so that we are able to be at the summit of the log before the break," he concluded.

Agent - 'Best for both sides' that Mustafi leaves

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi looks destined to depart the Emirates, with his agent and father suggesting that it would be "best for both sides to work on a transfer".

The centre-back has been with Arsenal since making a £35million move from Valencia in 2016.

However, the German international has been a huge disappointment and has often been criticised for his performances during his time with the Gunners, as they have not progressed since his move.

He has yet to feature in Arsenal's two Premier League games so far this season, against Newcastle and Burnley, with the Gunners starting the season in fine form with victories in both.

Boss Unai Emery has already indicated that Mustafi and midfielder Mohamed Elneny should leave the club before the end of the European transfer window on September 2.

And, his father Kujtim, who also acts as his agent, agrees with Emery, saying a departure would be for the best.

A statement read: "Shkodran had a great time with Arsenal. We still have a contract for two years and can imagine staying in London.

"However the best for both sides is probably to work on a transfer. But for that it also needs market-driven transfer-fees."

Mustafi was signed from Valencia in August 2016 and was seen by Arsene Wenger as someone who could help strengthen their defence after they finished second to Leicester in 2016.

He had experience of winning the World Cup two years previously with Germany but never replicated the same form at Arsenal.

His lack of pace was exposed by many opponents and, despite making 30 Premier League appearances and scoring three goals last season, he has been deemed surplus to requirements by Emery, despite Arsenal also having lost Laurent Koscielny to Bordeaux this summer.

Emery has summer signing David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos at his disposal, while Rob Holding is close to returning to fitness and Calum Chambers is back in the fold after returning from his season long loan at Fulham.

However, there appears to be little interest in the 27-year-old Mustafi due to his high wages at the Emirates Stadium.

Roma have been linked with a loan deal but Arsenal would prefer to do a permanent switch.

Pochettino won't rush new boy Lo Celso

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has ruled out a quick introduction to the Premier League for new signing Giovani Lo Celso as he feels the midfielder is not currently match fit.

Argentina international Lo Celso was heavily linked with a move to Spurs throughout the summer, but it wasn't until deadline day that he completed a season-long loan switch to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, while the deal also contains an option to make the transfer permanent.

Lo Celso did not feature in Spurs' opening match of the new season against Aston Villa, while his debut for the club against Manchester City last weekend was only a brief one, as he came on for the final five minutes.

Spurs supporters may have been hoping that they would get the first glimpse of their newest recruit in the starting line-up during Sunday's Premier League clash with Newcastle, but Poch appears to have poured cold water on those hopes.

Indeed, the Argentine coach has suggested that it will be some time before supporters are likely to see Lo Celso feature in the starting XI, as he is still working his way back to full fitness after a disrupted pre-season that was delayed from the off due to his involvement in the Copa America.

"I think Lo Celso is a situation that is not going to be easy," Pochettino said. "He was in extended holidays after the Copa America, he didn't have a proper pre-season and didn't train too much. Then signed for us after a week without training.

"He's training well but is still so far away from what we expect from him. We need to give him time. He was involved [on Saturday] and will maybe have the possibility to help the team in some points, but we won't expect too much from him."

Pochettino has also been commenting on the recent speculation linking out-of-favour midfielder Victor Wanyama with a move to Belgian giants Club Brugge.

Wanyama is yet to feature in the Premier League this season and Pochettino admits he does not know what the future holds for the Kenya international.

"I don't know," the former Southampton boss explained. "To be honest I can't say something that will or won't happen.

"Football is not about yesterday. It's about today and you need to show every day. Victor was injured and others stepped up.

"We are not a charity, not in this case about Victor, but we have a lot of options to play different players and sometimes players are lucky, some are unlucky."

Premier League preview: Manchester United v Crystal Palace

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed they will be without the services of Diogo Dalot when they face Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

The young Portuguese full-back will be out of action until after next month’s international break because of injury and joins the likes of Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah (both knee) on the sidelines.

Solskjaer otherwise has a fully-fit squad to choose from and may stick with the same team that drew with Wolves at Molineux on Monday in their last outing.

United failed to build on their opening-weekend Premier League win over Chelsea as they were held to a 1-1 draw in the West Midlands by Nuno Espirito Santos’ side.

However, the Red Devils are looking a much more settled team under the Norwegian tactician and they will be looking to maintain their perfect home record with the Eagles travel to Manchester on Saturday.

As for Palace, boss Roy Hodgson also has no new injuries for the trip to Old Trafford, as they go in search of their first win of the season after a draw with Everton and a defeat at Sheffield United.

The former England manager is contemplating giving summer signing Gary Cahill a debut in the heart of the Palace defence.

Cahill has been forced to be patient since completing his move to Selhurst Park, but, with plenty of training under his belt, the former Chelsea defender could be given the nod to take on the Red Devils on Saturday.

Centre-back James Tomkins continues his recovery from a groin problem sustained at the end of last season, while Mamadou Sakho (knee) also remains unavailable.

Palace managed to grind out a goalless draw on their last visit to Old Trafford last term but they have not won at the famous ground in the league since 1989 in the old Division One days.

The Eagles did manage to beat United at Old Trafford in the Carling Cup in 2011, with Darren Ambrose and Glenn Murray scoring the goals in an extra-time victory.

Premier League preview: Bournemouth v Man City

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe can expect a thorough test of his squad's depth and abilities when reigning champions Manchester City visit the the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Cherries were sluggish in their opening 1-1 draw at home to Sheffield United but bounced back with a 2-1 victory at Aston Villa.

Manager Eddie Howe has yet to field his best XI this season, with injuries infiltrating his squad. Midfielder Lewis Cook is still working his way back from a long-term knee issue and David Brooks, Arnaut Danjuma, Dan Gosling, Simon Francis, Lloyd Kelly and Junior Stanislas also remain absent.

The boss could stick with a back four after trialling a three-man defence on the opening weekend but needs to upset the history books with his team's record against City woeful.

The Citizens are unbeaten in all 14 of the pair's meetings and have won all eight of their Premier League games, with an aggregate score of 25-3.

In fact, City have only failed to win on one of their eight visits to the Vitality Stadium, a goalless draw in 1999, while the Cherries have only scored once in that time.

Pep Guardiola's side will be looking to get back on the winning trail after falling foul of VAR last weekend. Gabriel Jesus appeared to have given them a dramatic 3-2 win against Tottenham, only for his goal to be ruled out for a handball in the build-up.

Jesus is again likely to start on the bench behind Sergio Aguero, while Oleksandr Zinchenko is expected to start despite suffering from cramp against Spurs.

The game will come too soon for John Stones who is recovering from a thigh problem and knee injuries mean both Leroy Sane and Benjamin Mendy remain sidelined.

Guardiola has also suggested that new boy Joao Cancelo is ready to play and the boss has clearly been pleased by his application since signing for the club from Juventus.

"He can play, he's ready," said Guardiola. "He sees what we want in training and analysis. He's paying attention, is a good professional and has quality."

Cancelo could play ahead of Kyle Walker at right-back but Raheem Sterling is the man in form for the Premier League champions. Sterling has netted in four consecutive club appearances and scored eight goals and provided two assists in his seven appearances against the Cherries.

Howe has acknowledged his impact, admitting: "He has done well against us in recent seasons, he's an outstanding talent."

Premier League preview: Liverpool v Arsenal

Liverpool will again have to do without first-choice goalkeeper Alisson for Saturday’s English Premier League clash with Arsenal at Anfield.

The Reds have seen off Norwich and Southampton, while Arsenal have picked up victories over Newcastle and Burnley.

Alisson sustained a calf injury in the 4-1 victory over the Canaries and will miss out again when Arsenal visit.

Summer arrival Adrian has deputised in his absence and is set to continue in goal when the North Londoners visit Anfield for the late kick off on Saturday.

Midfielder Naby Keita has been backed to make a big impact this season after struggling to really make his mark in his debut campaign with Liverpool but his only outing so far has been a 24-minute cameo in the Community Shield loss to Manchester City.

The former RB Leipzig man picked up the injury in the build up to the UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea and is set to miss out against Arsenal, but manager Jurgen Klopp says he isn’t too far away from making a return and expects to be without Keita for, at most, another “couple of weeks”.

Defender Nathaniel Clyne completes Liverpool’s absentee list as Dejan Lovren has recovered from illness.

The Croatian continues to be linked with a move away from Anfield as the European transfer window is open until September 2 but the latest speculation suggests Lovren’s wage demands have scuppered his chances of heading to Serie A, and he may well remain on Merseyside.

Arsenal smashed their club-record to land Nicolas Pepe from Lille in the summer but manager Unai Emery has used him sparingly so far, with the Ivorian playing 65 minutes of Premier League football across two games so far.

Pepe could be included in the starting line-up at Anfield and the man he replaced against Burnley, Reiss Nelson, looks the most likely candidate to make way.

Mesut Ozil could be involved in the squad after recovering from illness despite questions over his long-term future at the Emirates Stadium and combative midfielder Granit Xhaka faces a fitness test following injury.

 

 

 

Kaizer Chiefs confirm Dax exit

Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed that they have released Andriamirado ‘Dax’ Andrianarimanana from his contract, with the player expected to join Black Leopards.

Chiefs had reached their foreign quota and it has now been decided that they would release the Madagascar international from his contract.

A statement by Chiefs said: "The club has reached its foreign players quota as per the rules and as a result decided to release the Malagasy midfielder.

"The 28-year-old player joined Chiefs in 2018 from Fosa Juniors in Madagascar after a protracted transfer process.

"The release of Dax leaves Chiefs with five registered foreign players, namely: Daniel Akpeyi, James Kotei, Samir Nurković, Leonardo Castro and Lazarous Kambole."

The player is expected to join Lidoda Duvha in the next few days.

Golden Arrows v Chippa United

Golden Arrows will hope to bounce back from a humiliating defeat when they host Chippa United at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Saturday.

Abafana Bes'thende suffered a 5-0 hammering at the hands of Bloemfontein Celtic last week and they would want to make amends in front of their own fans this weekend.

It has not been all doom and gloom for Steve Komphela and charges this season though as they have a win under their belts after seeing off KZN rivals Maritzburg United in the first game of the season.

Chippa, by contrast, have made a solid start to the season - without being spectacular.

The Chilli Boys started their campaign with goalless draw against newly-promoted Stellenbosch FC and then scored late to force a 1-1 stalemate against defending champions Sundowns.

The game will kick off at 15:00 at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.

Napoli secure Lozano signature

Napoli have confirmed the capture of Mexico international Hirving Lozano from PSV Eindhoven for €42million as they look to challenge Juventus for the Serie A title.

The length of the contract signed by the 24-year-old has not been disclosed, but he becomes Napoli’s ninth major signing of the summer, joining the likes of Kostas Manolas and Alex Meret in arriving at the Stadio San Paolo.

Lozano has joined Napoli following three successful seasons with PSV, where he scored 45 goals in 83 games, while he has also netted nine times for Mexico at international level and represented his country at last year’s World Cup.

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis confirmed the transfer on social media before the club released a statement welcoming their newest recruit to the club.

“​Napoli makes the definitive purchase of Hirving Lozano from PSV Eindhoven. Lozano was born on 30 July 1995 in Mexico City,” the statement read.

The frontman could now make his Napoli debut when the Partenopei get their Serie A campaign up and running with an away trip to the Stadio Artemio Franchi to take on Fiorentina on Saturday.

Baroka v Bloem Celtic

Baroka FC will be looking maintain their unbeaten start to the Premiership campaign when they welcome Bloemfontein Celtic to Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Bakgaga have made an impressive start to their campaign, starting the season with a credible 2-2 draw against Benni McCarthy's Cape Town City before clinching a surprise 1-0 victory over Bidvest Wits.

Celtic, meanwhile, have experienced mixed fortunes thus far. Their season began with a 3-1 defeat to Orlando Pirates but they bounced back in emphatic fashion, romping to a 5-0 victory over Steve Komphela's Golden Arrows.

But they were brought back down to earth in the MTN8 quarter-finals as they were defeated 3-1 by reigning Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

Baroka will not have assistant coach Bushy Moloi on the touchline this Sunday as he has not been offered a new deal.

Speaking to KickOff.com, Baroka manager Richard Mashabane confirmed the news: "He is no longer with us, his contract was not renewed."

The last meeting between these two sides at Peter Mokaba Stadium - on 10 February 2019 - resulted in a 2-2 draw.

Tshegofatso Mabasa scored a brace on that day, but has since moved on to Orlando Pirates.

However, Celtic have a capable goalscorer in Ndumiso Mabena and he has already got two goals to his name this season, having scored in the 5-0 trouncing of Arrows in the Premiership and the defeat to Sundowns in the MTN8.

Centre-back Mzwanele Mahashe has also shown his scoring threat, netting in their first two games of the season.

Black Leopards v Highlands Park

Black Leopards and Highlands Park will both be aiming to notch up their first three points of the season when they clash in an Absa Premiership encounter on Saturday.

Lidoda Duvha have lost their first two games of the season, although they have been unlucky on both occasions as they went down by the odd goal.

The Limpopo outfit went down 1-0 to Polokwane City in a provincial derby and then fell to the same scoreline against Kaizer Chiefs.

Highlands have not done much better as they have picked up one point from their opening two encounters in the league.

The Lions of the North conceded a late goal to go down 3-2 to Kaizer Chiefs and then scored late  themselves to salvage a 1-1 draw against Maritzburg United.

The visitors will come into the game with confidence though as they knocked Orlando Pirates out of the MTN8 last weekend.

Both games between the sides ended in draws last season, 2-2 at the Makhulong Stadium in August 2018 and scoreless stalemate in February this year.

The game kicks off at 15:00 on Saturday at the Thohoyandou Stadium.

Zidane counting on 'important' Navas

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane says he will not contemplate the possibility of Keylor Navas leaving the club, and insists the goalkeeper is "an important player".

The Costa Rica international has slipped down the pecking order at the Bernabeu following the arrival of Thibaut Courtois last summer and he is reportedly keen to secure a move away from the club so he can gain regular first-team football elsewhere.

Paris Saint-Germain are the side that have been most heavily linked with making a move for Navas, but Zidane insists he has no plans to sell the 32-year-old.

"I cannot imagine the team without Keylor Navas, I don't contemplate his exit," Zidane was quoted as saying by Marca.

Zidane has also dismissed talk that Navas has requested a transfer and he expects the former Levante star to seriously challenge for the number one jersey this season.

"He has always been an important player for us. Keylor hasn't told me he wants to leave. He is here and the outside is something which he cannot control," Zidane added.

"He is happy here and wants to show that he can play here. He is a professional and I will count on him.

"Until matchday two he will talk a lot, but I know that Keylor is going to bring us a lot this season."

Ntseki sheds light on surprise Bafana call-ups

Bafana Bafana caretaker coach Molefi Ntseki gave insight in to some of his selections after naming a 23-man squad to face Zambia next month.

Bafana will play COSAFA champions Chipololo in Lusaka on September 7 and Ntseki, who took over the reins after Stuart Baxter resigned last month, unveiled his squad on Friday.

Of the players who didn't go to the Africa Cup of Nations, Kaizer Chiefs defender Erick Mathoho, Mamelodi Sundowns full-back Thapelo Morena, Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Brandon Petersen, Cape Town City midfielder Thato Mokeke, Sundowns utility player Rivaldo Coetzee, Guingamp midfielder Lebo Phiri, Supersport United striker Bradley Grobler and Cape Town City striker Kermit Erasmus were all included.

And Ntseki explained his reasons for selecting each one of the eight.

“Petersen is 24-years-old and has been with Bafana Bafana before; he has worked with coach Andre Arendse before but he’s a new face in the team,” explained Ntseki.

“All young South African goalkeepers are injured, so we could not get any younger ones into this position. We felt with the profile of Brandon that he would be the one to come in.

“Mathoho has done very well for Bafana Bafana in the past; we felt coming back from an injury and having looked at him in the pre-season and during the past matches he’s played [with Chiefs], he did very well so he deserves to be back.

“Morena has been doing well for Sundowns at right-wing back, so we felt we need to give him a chance and have a look at how best he can help us going forward.

“I had a chat with Coach Benni on Tuesday when we met after their game against Sundowns and I made it clear to him why I have Thato Mokeke as a defender, even though he has been doing well as a midfielder.

“Mokeke has been in the game for very long, played at left-back for Ajax Cape Town and then SuperSport United, and now he’s doing very well for Cape Town City as a midfielder, so he’s a very gifted left-footed player.”

Rivaldo Coetzee was set to be named in the AFCON squad that went to Egypt but was a late withdrawal as the Mamelodi Sundowns utility player was tending to his gravely ill mother.

“Rivaldo, towards the end of last year, we profiled him and wanted to bring him into Bafana Bafana as a defender, but for the past matches he’s done well as a midfielder. I was also impressed with the way he played against Cape Town City on Tuesday,” added Ntseki.

“Lebo Phiri – we have been following him since the beginning of the season and he has been doing well for his team in France.

“Grobler is one of the proven goal scorers in this country, he’s vey technically sound when it comes to goal scoring, while Kermit Erasmus did very well towards the end of the season, since he joined Cape Town City.

“He has also been doing very well since the start of this season. He was part of us before we went to Egypt but he could not make the cut, so we felt we should bring him in because he’s got qualities that can help take the team to the next level.

Premier League preview: Norwich v Chelsea

Frank Lampard's Chelsea will look to secure their first Premier League win of the season when they visit Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Lampard could be tempted to make changes to his defence as Antonio Rudiger is now fit.

Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma have been the opening partnership in the heart of defence in the first two games of the season, with the latter looking the most vulnerable should the Blues manager decide to bring Rudiger back into the starting XI.

Brazilian forward Willian is pushing for a recall after making an appearance as a substitute in the draw with Leicester last weekend.

If Willian does feature he will be making his 200th Premier League appearance.

Lampard remains without England international Callum Hudson-Odoi due to an Achilles tendon injury.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek also has an Achilles injury and isn’t expected to make a return until November, with reports this week indicating Lampard intends to use him as a striker when he does make a return to action.

Chelsea lost the UEFA Super Cup final to Liverpool and have just one point to show from two games so far, meaning Lampard could become the first Chelsea manager since Bobby Campbell in 1988 to fail to win any of his first four competitive games in charge if they fail to take all three points on Saturday.

As for Norwich, summer signing Ibrahim Amadou could make his debut against the Blues.

The Canaries snapped up the midfielder on a season-long loan deal on transfer deadline day from Spanish side Sevilla but he has yet to be included in a match-day squad.

The Cameroon-born Frenchman may be in line to feature against Chelsea in the early kick off on Saturday but he will probably have to settle for a place among the substitutes after Norwich picked up a first win of the season over Newcastle last time out, as boss Daniel Farke will be reluctant to change a winning team.

Norwich have the option to buy Amadou outright at the end of the season.

The Canaries will be hoping fellow summer recruit Josip Drmic can ease the scoring burden on Teemu Pukki in the weeks ahead but the Switzerland international remains unavailable with a thigh injury.

Timm Klose and Christoph Zimmermann are likely to miss out again for the hosts with respective groin and knee injuries.

SABC's PSL blackout finally comes to an end

Football fans around South Africa can rejoice after the SABC finally secured the rights to air Premier Soccer League matches.

The announcement came in the form of a joint statement from all affected parties: the PSL, the SABC, SuperSport and the Department of Sports and Recreation.

The deal is in place for five years and includes live radio coverage.

"The Minister of Sports‚ Arts and Culture‚ Minister Nathi Mthethwa‚ in consultation with the Minister of Communication and Digital Technologies‚ the Honourable Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams‚ is pleased to announce that MultiChoice’s SuperSport has concluded an agreement on commercial terms with the South African Broadcasting Corporation," read the statement.

"This will allow the SABC to broadcast Premier Soccer League matches on television. The deal was announced following constructive negotiations between the parties facilitated by Minister Mthethwa.

"The agreement between SuperSport and the SABC is for five years and recognises the need to ensure the sustainability of the PSL."

PSL chairman Dr Irvan Khoza was overjoyed that an agreement had been reached.

"We welcome the sports ministers' intervention and his willingness to facilitate a commercial agreement with the SABC‚" The Sowetan quotes the Iron Duke as saying.

"We are committed to bringing as much access to South African football as is possible to the football-loving public‚ in a manner that ensures the sustainability of the PSL as one of the top ten football leagues in the world."

Mzansi citizens without access to paid satellite television missed the opening weeks of the Premier Soccer League after negotiations between the SABC and SuperSport broke down.

Akpeyi - 'There is no way I can push Khune aside'

Daniel Akpeyi says there is no chance of him becoming Kaizer Chiefs' number one because of Itumeleng Khune's legendary status at the club.

Akpeyi was signed in January to provide cover in the absence of the injured Khune as Bruce Bvuma and Virgil Vries struggled for form before the latter was eventually released for his below-par displays.

Khune is back in training and will soon be available for selection. And Akpeyi is under no illusions that he remains very much a back-up to Khune at the Glamour Boys.

“Sometimes this game can be tricky but when you have someone who understands the dynamics of this game, who understands how things run (it’s better). I am in a team where I will not be playing 100 percent of games,” Akpeyi said.

“That should be understood because there is no way that I can push Khune aside no matter if he is on form or not, he has this background that it would be difficult for you to push him out, I am just being honest about it.”

 

Dortmund director can't guarantee Guerreiro stay

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says the club is still locked in talks with Raphael Guerreiro and admits he cannot give "any indication right now" on whether the full-back will stay.

BVB are reported to have offered the Portuguese full-back a new extended deal to keep him at Signal Iduna Park, but there is no sign of him putting pen-to-paper just yet.

Guerreiro is out of contract this time next year and there is a chance he could leave on a free transfer if a deal cannot be hammered out in time.

The deal on the table is said to be for three years and worth 5million euros a year, but Zorc was not giving too much away when quizzed by the press today.

"We are still in talks," Zorc said. "I cannot give you any indication right now. We have to wait, we're not the only ones who decide."

When quizzed about possible changes to the squad during what is left of the transfer window, Zorc was just as vague.

"It's just over a week's time," he added. "There may be something else happening, but I cannot promise that."

Kaizer Chiefs v Supersport United

Kaizer Chiefs will be looking to maintain their winning streak when they host high-flying Supersport United at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Chiefs are the only team in the Absa Premiership with a one-hundred percent winning record. Ernst Middendorp's men secured a 3-2 victory over Highlands Park at Makhulong Stadium on the opening day of the new season before overcoming Black Leopards 1-0 a week later at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

As a result, the Glamour Boys occupy second position with six points - the same number of points as Bidvest Wits - having played a game less.

But it won't be easy for the Amakhosi to make it three from three as they come up against a Supersport side that have cruised to 3-0 victories over title challengers Orlando Pirates and Wits (MTN8 quarter-final) in their last two games.

Bradley Grobler and new signing Thamsanqa Gabuza have formed a lethal combination up front and are both in red-hot form as the former has three from two and the latter two from two.

Sipho Mbule has been the find of the season so far, picking up the man-of-the-match award in the success over Wits and received praise from Grobler after the game. Mbule's talent has never been in doubt but it was his 'lack of focus', according to coach Kaitano Tembo, that saw him making just four appearances last season.

"Special mention to Sipho Mbule," said Grobler.

"He’s coming [in] at a difficult time. He’s been outstanding at training. I think he showed tonight why he’s in the team. Well done to him."

Meanwhile, Chiefs will be delighted with the form of centre-back Erick 'Tower' Mathoho, who has scored two crucial goals in two appearances, and been rewarded with a call-up to the Bafana Bafana squad for the first time in two years.

It remains unclear whether Khama Billiat will make his long-awaited return to action against Matsatsantsa as he is still recovering from a knock sustained in the Africa Cup of Nations with Zimbabwe, while there is a cloud of uncertainty over his future at Naturena as he has been heavily linked with a return to Mamelodi Sundowns.

Either way, Middendorp is likely to persist with a front three of impressive new signing Samir Nurkovic, Lazarous Kambole and Lebohang Manyama, with Leonardo Castro an outsider to start.

Bernard Parker, who is set to line up behind the front three, says Chiefs have set themselves the goal of claiming maximum points from their next two matches against Supersport and Cape Town City on Tuesday evening so as to ensure they sit top of the log going in to the international break.

“We must win our next two games against SuperSport and Cape Town City so that we are able to be at the summit of the log before the break," said Parker.

The sides met five times last season. Supersport came out on top in the two-legged MTN8 semi-final, whilst Chiefs won the teams' Telkom Knockout knockout quarter-final. Amakhosi won the opening league encounter, before the sides played to a 1-1 draw in the return fixture.

Bayern's Sanches poised for Lille switch

Wantaway Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches is finally closing on a move away from the Bavarian giants, with French outfit Lille reported to be preparing a transfer offer.

Sanches has hit out at Bayern in recent weeks, claiming they have blocked him from leaving the Allianz Arena, something that has been dismissed by the powers that be.

Either way, the 22-year-old is now heading for the exit door after Lille agreed to pay Bayern a fee that could rise to 25million euros depending on adds on.

He is said to have arrived in Lille to undergo a medical before agreeing terms on a five-year deal.

Sanches arrived at Bayern Munich from Benfica in 2016 with high expectations but failed to live up to them and now looks set for a fresh start and attempt to get his career back on track.

Loan moves at the likes of Swansea have not helped either and permanent move away could be just what he needs.