Dembele leaves Tottenham for Chinese Super League

England Premier league side Tottenham Hotspur have sold Mousa Dembele to Chinese Super League outfit Guangzhou R&F for a reported fee of £11m.

The midfielder was due to be out of contract at the end of the season but will seal a move after international clearance.

The Belgian international had flown to China to join Beijing Guoan but complications with the deal saw Guangzhou move for the 31-year-old.

Dembele said: "I go with an unbelievable feeling and a certain love for the club. It has been very special."

"Sometimes you separate in a bad way but I don't feel it in a bad way. Everyone has been positive with me and has wished me luck and happiness. "The club always treated me fairly.

"It has been an unbelievable experience for me and I will always remember it."

A large pay rise and playing in a less physical league are believed to be behind Dembele's decision to leave, while Tottenham are trying to trim the squad.

Dembele joined Spurs for £15m from Fulham in 2012 and made 250 appearances but found his playing time limited this season as he only played 13 times.

Giuseppe Rossi training with Manchester United

Former Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi is training with the Red Devils at the invitation of former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as the forward is seeking a new club.

The Italy forward started his career at Old Trafford in 2004 where he managed four goals in 14 appearances in all competitions.

He later also played for Newcastle United, Parma, Villarreal, Fiorentina, Levante, Celta Vigo and Genoa.

However, his career perhaps never hit the heights his talent deserved largely due to a number of major knee injuries which have required surgery.

Nonetheless, the forward has still managed a prolific 128 goals in 337 appearances for all the clubs he has played for. In addition, the 31-year-old managed seven strikes in 30 appearances for Italy.

Solskjaer explained to United's official website that there are no plans to sign Rossi, though he hoped another team would come in and make an offer.

He said: "We're not going to sign Giuseppe I think, no, but he's trained well with us.

"He looks sharp, he's looking for a club so Giuseppe is probably going to stay with us for another week, unless someone takes him.

"He scored a fantastic goal yesterday [Saturday] in training. The gaffer [Sir Alex Ferguson] turned around and said 'what about that son?'

"It's a bit of us helping him to get fit before his next move, so if there are any takers you should be quick!"

Horoya star vows to beat Orlando Pirates in CCL

Horoya midfielder Daouda Camara has vowed to do everything in his power to help his side defeat Orlando Pirates in Friday's CAF Champions League Group B tie.

Currently, Group B is neck-and-neck with Horoya, Sundowns, Esperance and FC Platinum all on one point-a-piece after their respective opening matches.

Nonetheless, Camara says he is committed to giving his all to beat the Sea Robbers at the Orlando Stadium on Friday. Kickoff is from 18:00.

The 21-year-old missed his team's opening draw with Esperance but is keen to make an impact against Bucs.

In Pirates' opening game on 12 January at the Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo, Milutin Sredojevic's men were held to a 0-0 draw by FC Platinum.

Speaking to his club's official website,Camara said: "Every player likes to play such [Champions League] games, but unfortunately I was injured on the first day, which is why I did not play against Esperance.

"I am very happy to be back in the group, I will fight hard to give the maximum of myself against Orlando Pirates.

"Currently the group is really at the top, since we are very united, [and] there is a total cohesion.

"That's why I promise to do everything possible to help this club to take the three points for the first time in South Africa."

Sherwood: Arsenal need Ozil on the pitch

Arsenal need playmaker Mesut Ozil on the field if they are going to be a top four contender in the Premier League, says Tim Sherwood.

The Gunners have notched up just one Premier League victory since Boxing Day and dropped crucial points against West Ham United on Saturday.

Ozil has been largely sidelined by boss Unai Emery of late and Sherwood believes this is a mistake. Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate, the former Aston Villa manager says Emery needs to lean on Ozil.

"Surely he has to get Ozil on side? He's one of his best players,” he said.

"You can't burn bridges with a player who is on £350,000 a week and is sitting there doing nothing. You have to get him on side and get him on the pitch and do his best to make the team better.

"Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira are good at what they do, but they cannot see the pass like Ozil.

"Get him on side again, talk to him, get your arm around tell, him he what he needs to be told, even if you mean it or you don't, you tell him and make him feel like he's the main man, because Ozil on form is better than anything than Arsenal have got.

"Not only that, he is eating away at that wage bill, it's wasted money if he's not on the pitch. Get him on the pitch. It might be against your principles, but if you want to get results you are better with him in the team than without him in the team."

Arsenal are currently fifth place on the table and host fourth place Chelsea at the Emirates on Saturday.

Milner: Consistency the next stage of Liverpool's evolution

Liverpool utility player James Milner believes that the Reds have improved in 2018/19 due to an ability to keep winning matches and maintaining clean sheets.

The club battled to a 1-0 victory over Brighton last Saturday which took the side's total to 57 points from 22 Premier League matches. Mohamed Salah's winner on the south coast proved to be the difference.

It is a mark which has only been bettered once since the inception of the Premier League in 1992.

The clean sheet against the Seagulls was the Reds' 13th of the current campaign and only on one other occasion has a team managed to concede fewer than 10 strikes after 22 games.

Milner told Liverpool's official magazine: "I'd certainly say it is a progression. You can see how the team's improved.

"Over the last few years you could see that on our day we could beat anyone but maybe we haven't had that consistency. Now you can see the consistency coming more and more.

"I think we have a good ability of being able to win games in different ways. If things aren't going well for us, we can grind it out, we can play in different styles and that's evidence of us developing as a team, which is important.

"It is a results business and in previous years we have not had that consistency. We have been able to play really well one week but then the next we wouldn't have looked like the same team.

"Gradually we've got better and better at finding that consistency. It starts with the base and the foundation that we have starting from the goalkeeper and the back four, but it's the full squad who have to buy into the defending and how we do that.

"The defensive record's been a base for us this season. In games where maybe we haven't played as well as we can, we've still been able to nick a 1-0 and stay solid at the back. That's so important if you want to be successful."

Liverpool are next in action in the EPL on Saturday when they take on Crystal Palace at Anfield. Currently, Jurgen Klopp's men enjoy a four point gap over Manchester City in second position.

Ertugral: 70% of Sundowns' possession comes through Kekana

Maritzburg United coach Muhsin Ertugral believes that Hlompho Kekana remains a critical part of Mamelodi Sundowns' side after seeing his team lose 1-0 on Wednesday night to the Brazilians.

Maritzburg put up a creditable fight in the Premiership contest but were eventually undone by a trademark thunderbolt strike by Kekana.

In addition, the Turk takes the view that the Team of Choice have to start taking their chances if they are to escape the relegation places.

Currently, United are in last position in the league and desperately need to start winning if they are avoid relegation in 2018/19.

He told SuperSport TV after the defeat at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria: "We played against Sundowns and if you have half a chance, first half I think (we) had three open shots and three open headers.

"We needed to take our chances. The longer the game went, the more possession went to Sundowns.

"There was some sort of naivety there with the traps of the third man running and (the) second man running, and we were found out many times in the second half.

"They had more of the ball and put more pressure on us. But we actually had good counters and then I think Kekana is a key player in this team and 70 per cent of the ball possession from the team comes through him and that was clearly mentioned and worked out.

"And then obviously the corner came, we should've been on it but we forgot it about that and came (to) a good punch and the goal and were then behind.

"I think the performance of the boys wasn't bad, but we can't buy anything at the moment for that - playing good football. We need to win."

Chippa decide against signing troubled Zulu

Chippa United Chief Executive Officer Morgan Mammila says the club are no longer interested in signing former Mamelodi Sundowns defender Siyabonga Zulu.

Earlier this week officials with the Chilli Boys revealed they were potentially looking to bring on board the troubled Zulu, just days after he was released by Sundowns for disciplinary reasons.

However, Mammila has since made it clear that the side won't bring in the player and there no chance of a deal going through.

He told the Sowetan: "It is common knowledge that we were interested in bringing him here to Port Elizabeth but after further consultations with the technical team, we have changed our minds and we are no longer interested in him.

"We have decided that we are going to give our younger players Phetso Maphanga, Nkosinathi Mthiyane and Tebogo Tlolane a chance to prove themselves.

"We also have senior guys like Mark Mayambela and Thabo Rakhale on the left side of the field who will guide them during for the rest of the season."

The CEO also confirmed to the publication that United have signed Guinean central defender Bangaly Keita from Free State Stars in a bid to bolster a struggling defence.

Kaizer Chiefs would sign Darren Keet in January

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp says the club would snap up Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Darren Keet in January should he be made available.

Wits coach Gavin Hunt recently revealed that the Glamour Boys were after the services of Keet, though did not give any timeline as to when he might leave the Clever Boys.

With that said, other reports have suggested the 29-year-old is keen on a move to Europe and has less interest in a move to another Premiership side.

Speaking to reporters, Middendorp said: "I heard Gavin Hunt was throwing Darren Keet on the market. If he wants to release him we can definitely take him."

However, the German mentor added that he felt comfortable having the likes of Virgil Vries and Bruce Bvuma in goal for AmaKhosi. Itumeleng Khune is injured and misses out the rest of the season.

He concluded: "We have quality keepers even in the development. We not planning to sign anyone, besides if there's any available.

"Why should we run around like headless chickens in this window period, we have good quality."

Meanwhile, in other team news, Ramahlwe Mphahlele could return in 10 days from injury whereas Mario Booysen and Lebogang Manyama are set to be assessed after picking up knocks in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over AmaZulu.

Report: Silva set to depart Sundowns for club in Egypt

Mamelodi Sundowns are reportedly set to allow Toni Silva to depart the club after an offer was received for his services from an unnamed Egyptian side.

Silva joined Sundowns at the start of the campaign and was widely heralded as a replacement for Khama Billiat, who left Downs to join Kaizer Chiefs.

The forward arrived with a big reputation having been in the junior ranks of both Chelsea and Liverpool as a youngster.

However, despite a promising start to life at Chloorkop, the player was never able to hit the heights and establish himself as a key performer.

During his brief stint with the Brazilians, Silva managed two goals in 11 appearances though has not featured in a Premiership contest since November.

As such, a source has told Kickoff that the Equatorial Guinea star is free to leave in the January transfer window.

The source told the publication: "Toni Silva is leaving Sundowns after he received an offer from Egypt."

Meanwhile, coach Pitso Mosimane has also revealed the player wants to leave following Wednesday's 1-0 victory over Maritzburg United.

Others that could exit Downs this month are Mogakolodi Ngele, Lucky Mohomi, George Lebese and Cuthbert Malajila. Siyabonga Zulu has already parted ways with the reigning Premiership champions.

Middendorp issues rallying cry to Kaizer Chiefs faithful

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has called on the club's supporters to come out in force for Saturday's CAF Confederations Cup playoff second leg against Zesco United.

Chiefs lost the first leg 3-1 in Zambia though Middendorp believes the Glamour Boys can bounce back in the second leg at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

Amakhosi go into the contest full of confidence having seen off AmaZulu 3-2 in a Premiership clash on Wednesday.

An own goal by Marc van Heerden, a second by Bernard Parker and a third from Willard Katsande secured the points at the King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium in Durban.

As such, the German believes the win can spur Chiefs on against Zesco. He told SuperSport TV: "Make it 4-1 or 5-1 we had the possibility not to make it so dramatic in the end. It's a huge compliment [the way we played].

"In one week, a huge competitive game with high concentration against Bidvest [Wits], then traveling to Zambia against a team with a lot of potential.

"We showed a decent performance unfortunately not brought anything out of it and today against AmaZulu very competitive. It's a competitive league, you have to be at your best to get the points.

"This is something in one week that shows the character of the players individually and the team in total. This is why I'm talking, hopefully with the support [of fans] and they come in numbers on Saturday evening. I'm quite confident that with this behavior, with this character we can make it on Saturday. That's our focus now.

"We took it a little bit easy, 1-0. In the first half, we had four chances [or so] where we had three v one [situations] and we were not capable [to score]. That has to do with concentration. With all this traveling and playing games, nothing wrong with it, it happens.

"We took it a gear up after 1-1. That's the quality of a Bernard Parker for example, who hasn't played a lot and he came in to do the job in a fantastic way. I think compliment to each and everybody."

Chelsea reach Higuain loan deal with Juventus

A report has revealed that Chelsea has finally secured a loan deal with Juventus for Gonzalo Higuain.

According to Sky in Italy, the Blues are set to snap up the Argentine for the rest of the season, with the option to extend the loan for another 12 months.

Higuain is currently on loan at AC Milan - where he has been all season - and Milan has the offer to buy. But now, it appears Chelsea have intercepted Milan, as the deal gives them an option to by the wantaway striker for £32.5 million after the six month loan period.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has been eager to reunite with Higuain since being appointed at Stamford Bridge.

Pitso hails Nascimento but slams Laffor after Downs win

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane hailed Ricardo Nascimento's performance but slammed Anthony Laffor's display during Wednesday's 1-0 win over Maritzburg United.

Hlompho Kekana struck home a trademark thunderbolt to give his side all three points at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

However, the Team of Choice did provide Downs plenty of problems with Nascimento called upon to defend with composure on more than once occasion.

With that said, Laffor did not produce his best game of the season and appeared to make the wrong decision at key moments in attack.

Speaking to SuperSport TV after the Premiership clash, Mosimane said: "The game is also about results. I think it was a difficult game. As you could see they fought hard and as I said they were going to play out wide using the pace of (Keletso) Makgalwa and we dealt with it earlier.

"I think we need to give credit to Ricardo [Nascimento] with everybody saying he is slow. He is not the fastest, but he has got the brains also because you can be fast and not close down the angles.

"He dealt very well with Keletso, our player did very well. This is what we saw when our players are on-loan. He gave us a hard time. He wanted to score against us and you could see that.

"First half decision-making especially on Laffor, both repetitions were not falling more for him. He made the wrong decisions.

"Also, there was a little bit of rush because he knows he has to score and seal it and that's what killed us because we wanted to score early because he knows we are playing on the break."

Rabid City run riot in Cape Town

Cape Town City have jumped up to fourth in the Absa Premiership standings, following their 5-0 drubbing of a hapless Free State Stars on Wednesday night.


- Putsche scores in 37th minute
- Putsche converts penalty in 52nd minute
- Links nets in the 63rd minute
- Mthembu adds a fourth in 71st minute
- Links scores a second in the 88th
- Two red cards are issued


Extraordinarily, City are now just six points behind league leaders Bidvest Wits, following their third win in four Premiership matches.

The majority of the players at Free State Stars probably don't know much about a real Cape storm but they encountered its close relation in the second 45 minutes of their outing at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday.

City, who couldn't shut the door on Baroka FC at the weekend, attacked the Stars goal line like a pack of rabid dogs on Wednesday, unleashing the most vicious onslaught the football fraternity has seen in the Absa Premiership this season.

This fixture had it all - five goals, a penalty, two yellow cards and two red cards. Most of it happened in the second half.

Austrian Roland Putsche featured prominently for the hosts once again on Wednesday night, when he bagged a brace for himself and the team.

When he opened the City account in the first half, fans could have been forgiven for thinking Wednesday would be one of those Cape Town football nights, where the dominant team would walk away with little to show for it.

Even after Thami Mkhize was brought down in the box - and Putsche subsequently converted the penalty - there was still that dizzy feeling that the Gods would conspire against Benni McCarthy yet again this season.

What we did not know was that the floodgates were being opened... and boy did it flood, in every way imaginable. Sbusiso Hlubi received his marching orders shortly after City extended their lead. Mkhize was the man tackled yet again.

Gift Links, who then extended the lead to three, almost ripped the net apart with his powerful finish - sending a strong message that the Stars would not be aligned for Free State on Wednesday.

The chaos continued in the 71st minute when Siphelele Mthembu extended the lead to four, before Links scored his brace for the evening with just two minutes to play.

Taariq Fielies was not to be left out of the action though and received marching orders of his own in injury time.

Kekana cracker seals victory for Downs

Mamelodi Sundowns returned to winning ways when they beat Maritzburg United 1-0 at Loftus on Wednesday night.


- Kekana scores winning goal ten minutes into second stanza
- Sundowns enter top three in league standings


Hlompho Kekana, who has this uncanny ability to breach opposition defences when Sundowns need him most, scored the only goal of this fixture on the 56 minute mark.

In true Kekana fashion the goal was scored from long range and boy was it a rocket.

Ghanaian goalkeeper Richard Ofori had no chance. As it so happens, chances were few and far between for the visiting United on Wednesday night - such has been the nature of their Absa Premiership campaign.

The appointment of Muhsin Ertugral has done nothing to stem the tide for the Team of Choice, which has now conceded 15 goals this season. Wednesday's was the club's eighth defeat of the season - only Chippa United and Free State Stars have lost more matches.

Critically though, United have only won once.

The Sundowns narrative is quite the opposite, as they remain the only team undefeated this campaign. Wednesday's win takes Pitso Mosimane's team to third in the Absa Premiership standings. However, they do have three games in hand.

Mosimane himself has warned in the past that games in hand mean nothing but it is fact that will worry Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates more than it worries the Pretoria-based outfit.

Kekana's goal was the only shot that breached the United defence on Wednesday but it was just one of many that Ofori had to negotiate on what was a nightmare of an evening.

Thapelo Morena, who came on as a substitute had a go himself in the 76th minute, forcing Ofori to make a diving save off his line.

Gaston Serino, who is often in the mix, had a long range effort himself just moments after the goal was scored. Ofori nudged that shot over the bar for a corner.

Lebohang Maboe joined in the action with a snapshot of his own in the 69th. The United keeper was again forced to earn his salary. Anthony Laffor and Themba Zwane were also included in the party and every time but that once, Ofori rose to the occasion.

Sadly, valiant saves don't win you matches...they only keep you in the contest. United couldn't go beyond that on Wednesday.

Kaizer Chiefs prove too strong for plucky AmaZulu

Kaizer Chiefs made it two wins on the bounce in the absa Premiership as they came out on top against AmaZulu in a 3-2 win at King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Chiefs went into the half-time break with a slender lead thanks to Marc van Heerden's first-minute own goal. AmaZulu rallied from behind in the second stanza as Ovidy Karuru scored against his former club, but Amakhosi were quick to reclaim the lead through Bernard Parker's thunderbolt a few minutes later. Willard Katsande added a third with 11 minutes remaining, before Van Heerden reduced the deficit in the injury time.

The first half started with a bang as the visitors claimed the lead inside the first minute of play.

After just 30 seconds, Leonardo Castro pounced on an attempted clearance by AmaZulu keeper Siyabonga Mbatha before steadying himself to strike the ball from a tight angle. Castro's shot came back off the post, though, before hitting Marc van Heerden and nestling in the back of the net.

It was certainly the kind of start the visitors had been hoping for, but they were unable to inflict further damage in a first half short on clear-cut chances.

Chiefs should have doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Lebogang Manyama got into a great position in the 25th minute, but his lobbed effort flew wide of the mark and into the side netting.

AmaZulu grew in confidence as the half wore on, with Siyethemba Sithebe firing high and wide on the volley in the 28th minute before Bongi Ntuli headed wide of the right-hand post four minutes later.

Amakhosi had two more chances to double their advantage, but Mbatha was alert to the danger and did well to keep out Castro's curling shot on 39 minutes before Kgotso Moleko failed to find the mark with a right-footed effort.

The last noteworthy chance of the half fell to Sithebe in the 41st minute, but he showed a real lack of composure, lashing a powerful shot high and wide.

As they had done in the first half, Chiefs came flying out of the traps after the half-time break as Castro fired wide of the target in the 48th minute.

However, AmaZulu began to impose themselves on proceedings and gave Chiefs a warning of what was to come as Sithebe dragged a left-footed shot wide of the mark on the hour mark.

And, just one minute later, AmaZulu drew level through former Chiefs player Karuru, who tapped home from close range after a brilliant ball into the box by Emiliano Tade.

The hosts' celebrations were short-lived, however, as Chiefs hit back just three minutes later to reclaim the lead. A deep cross was sent in towards the right-hand side of the box, and AmaZulu failed to clear the danger, allowing Parker to nip in and fire powerful effort into the roof of the net from a tight angle.

Chiefs stretched further ahead in the 79th minute, Willard Katsande finding the back of the net with a sliding shot while under pressure from two defenders.

Katsande's goal proved to be crucial, though, as AmaZulu again pulled one back in the third minute of injury time, Van Heerden slotting home from close range to setup a tense finish to the Absa Premiership encounter.

Matlaba yet to learn what Orlando Pirates future holds

Abbie Rasimphi, the agent to Orlando Pirates defender, Thabo Matlaba, has revealed the player does not know if he has a future with the Sea Robbers.

Matlaba's contract with Bucs expires in June this year and with the 31-year-old last appearing for the side in October 2018, it seems his eight year stay at Mayfair could be coming to an end.

It appears the writing may be on the wall for the once first team regular as he was not included in Pirates' CAF Champions League squad for 2018/19.

As such, Rasimphi told Goal that if the club are not going to communicate their intentions, it might be that he has to start searching for a new team in the near future.

He said: "Right now, they [Pirates] haven't said anything. His contract is expiring in June.

"What's supposed to be happening is to be hunting [for a new club] because the boy wants to play football.

"We will wait and hear what they say before we can start looking for a team for him."

Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United have reportedly been monitoring his situation though at this stage it's unclear whether either side will make a bid for his services.

Gattuso: 'Higuain has never told me he wants to leave'

AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso insists striker Gonzalo Higuain has not expressed a desire to leave the Italian club, despite rumours of an imminent transfer bid from Chelsea.

The Argentina international, 31, is reportedly being lined up as a replacement for the out-of-favour Alvaro Morata, who appears to be heading for the Stamford Bridge exit.

And, with Higuain having played under Sarri during their time together at Napoli, bookmakers in England have slashed the odds on the former Real Madrid frontman making a move to London in January.

Gattuso has not implicitly ruled out a move for Higuain, and admits the striker "has to decide what to do".

"At this moment, I have to repeat the same words: there are many rumours, but Higuain is training well, working with everyone just fine and is at our disposal," Gattuso told reporters.

"We'll see whether he plays or not. He has to decide what to do, how to resolve this issue, but right now he is training with great professionalism. We'll see.

"If he plays, it's because I see him in good shape and relaxed. I agree that after the missed penalty and red card against Juventus, something happened in his head.

"We'll see. As I said, it's not easy for a coach to change the idea of a player, so I have to concentrate on putting out the best line-up for the situation and getting the best out of every player.

"I want to reiterate that Higuain has never told me he wants to leave. I am waiting for that.

"I am not upset. I too was a player for many years, I realise there are moments when we all see things differently and cannot judge how someone else thinks.

"If the glass is half-full or half-empty, it remains the same glass. We'll see what happens. I want to see this Supercoppa, I hope it is a great game for us, but I won't be upset or let down if he goes."

Higuain is currently on loan at Milan until the end of the current campaign, and his parent club, Juventus, are said to be open to a permanent transfer deal.

However, Chelsea may have to adopt the terms of his current deal, which entails an initial fee of £16million and a further £32m upon the completion of the transfer.

Chiefs wary of Ntuli and Vilakazi threat

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp says his players have to be aware of the elusiveness of stars Bongi Ntuli and Nhlanhla Vilakazi against AmaZulu.

Chiefs are set to take on Usuthu in a Premiership clash at the King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium in Durban on Wednesday night. Kickoff is 19:30.

Ntuli is in the race for the PSL's Golden Boot award on five strikes whereas Vilakazi is his team's captain and an influential performer.  

The Glamour Boys have a lengthy injury list going into the contest with Lorenzo Gordinho, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Joseph Molangoane, Itumeleng Khune, Philani Zulu and Mulomowandau Mathoho all out of action.

However, they do welcome back George Maluleka who missed his side's 3-1 defeat to Zesco United in a CAF Confederations Cup playoff first leg clash last Sunday.

In addition, Amakhosi have not been beaten by the home outfit since 2007 indicating that fortune is on their side in the contest.

Middendorp told the club's official website: "We are here to play a very tricky AmaZulu team. It's going to be an intense game, but we are focused and ready for them. We are looking for maximum points in every match we play.

"We looked at AmaZulu especially their recent games at home. They have key players to watch. We have to watch (Bongi) Ntuli and (Nhlanhla) Vilakazi because they can be dangerous if not marked. We are looking forward to playing good football and get a result.

"We are seeing lots of improvement in our game. The players are getting the message of what we want to achieve. It's a matter of time that we start seeing a steady but upward movement in our trajectory."

Leeds United unveil plaque to honour SA football legend

Leeds United have unveiled a plaque to honour South African winger Albert Johanneson, who made 200 appearances for the club between 1961 and 1969.

Johanneson was one of the earliest SA exports to Europe and he was something of a trailblazer to others who followed in his path.

Lucas Radebe later famously joined the English giants and went on to become a club legend, whereas the late Phil Masinga also enjoyed a shorter spell with United.

However, the Germiston-born star, who passed away in 1995, also had to endure a hefty amount of racial abuse during his time in England.

With that said, he let his football do the talking and managed 67 goals during his time at United.

In addition, he was the first black African to play in an FA Cup final when he was in the Leeds side that lost to Liverpool in 1965.

Chief Executive Officer Angus Kinnear said of Johanneson: "Albert is a massive part of the history of Leeds United Football Club.

"He was a trailblazer and paved the way for other black players to make their mark on the sport, this is a fantastic occasion for the club as we enter our centenary year.

"We should feel extremely proud that Albert wore the famous jersey of Leeds United and for his part in the club's rise under the great Don Revie.

"Not only did Albert play for Leeds at a time when there was very few black players playing professionally in the top flight of English football, he also holds the accolade of being the first black player in 1965 to play in an FA Cup final.

"The impact of both these feats and the inspiration it would have given to so many people should never be forgotten or underestimated.

"There is no doubt that Albert's accomplishments also played an important role in helping to pave the way for future generations of black footballers from across the globe to come to play in England as he once did from South Africa, and this alone is a truly wonderful legacy.

"A blue plaque at Elland Road in recognition of Albert and all that he achieved is the least that he deserves."

Former Chiefs star puts pen to paper with ABC team

Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Tefu Mashamaite has put pen to paper on a contract to play for Baberwa in the ABC Motsepe League.

Mashamaite, who spent four successful seasons with Chiefs from 2011 until 2015, has been clubless since parting ways with SuperSport United at the end of last season.

'Masha' ended 2018 training with Baberwa which is an ABC team based in Gauteng, with the view to hopefully winning a deal with the side.

The 34-year-old had been hopeful of being snapped up by a Premiership outfit however interest from Baroka and Chippa United never lead to a deal.

Nonetheless, he will now resume his career in South Africa's third tier although the length of his deal with his new team has not been disclosed.

The ambitious promotion-chasing club already boast a galaxy of former PSL stars which includes the likes of Khethokwakhe Masuku, Bheki Nzunga, Linda Shiba, Lucky Khune and Mthokhozisi Yende, amongst others.

Ex-Mamelodi Sundowns winger Luyolo Nomandela is another in the ranks as well as former Black Leopards midfielder Tumisang Matlholwa.