South Africa confirm friendly with Ghana in October
Sep 23, 2016 18:57:45
Bafana Bafana have confirmed an international friendly with the Black Stars for next month
South African Football Association has finally confirmed the friendly encounter with Ghana on October 11 in Durban after days of speculations in the local media.
The Black Stars will lock horns with Uganda in Group E opener of the 2018 Fifa World Cup final qualifying round on October 7 in Tamale, and will travel two days later to South Africa for the friendly.
“Bafana Bafana will face the Black Stars of Ghana on Tuesday, 11 October in an international friendly match that will be played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban,” a statement from Safa’s website read.
“Kickoff is at 19h00 and tickets are already on sale at R80 all round. They can be purchased at Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers,” the statement added.
Ghana coach Avram Grant aims to use the game as a dress rehearsal for the next qualifying game against Egypt in November, while South Africa will also hope to have a stiffer opposition as they prepare to lock horns with Senegal in Group D of the qualifiers.
‘Robben’s style to blame for his injuries’
Sep 24, 2016 11:51:17
The winger’s explosive nature on the pitch increases his risks but Bayern Munich are working to curb such incidents, says the club’s fitness coach
Bayern Munich fitness coach Giovanni Mauri believes Arjen Robben’s injury woes are the result of his style of play, but is confident they can keep the Dutchman fit with the right training regime.
The Netherlands international made his comeback after a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a series of injuries in Bayern’s 3-0 win over Hertha Berlin on Wednesday – scoring on his return.
Robben made just 22 appearances in all competitions last term, though the Bundesliga champions are determined to do everything within their power to keep the 32-year-old fit this time around.
“Arjen Robben’s characteristics make him a vulnerable player,” Mauri told TZ.
“His typical sprints and explosiveness are crucial to him. These characteristics always pose a certain injury risk, though.
“But you can significantly limit the risk with the right training regime. That is our goal right now.
“Arjen has left this difficult spell with injuries behind him. He will 100 per cent certain become the same player he was before his injuries again.
“It is now up to him, to us and to the right training regime to ensure he remains injury free.”
Messi injury does not matter to Barcelona – Aberlardo
Sep 24, 2016 11:18:29
The immense resources available to Luis Enrique means his side are unlikely to notice their talisman’s absence, says the ex-Blaugrana player
Lionel Messi’s absence through injury will not make a difference to Barcelona, according to Sporting Gijon boss Abelardo.
The Argentina star is set to miss three weeks of action with a groin strain he picked up during the 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou on Wednesday.
Messi is expected to sit out Saturday’s clash with Sporting, the Champions League t
But former Spain international Abelardo, twice a La Liga winner with Barca during his playing career, says the resources at Luis Enrique’s disposal mean that Messi will not be missed.
“It doesn’t matter if Messi plays or not, because Barcelona enjoy amazing resources and a great squad,” he said, speaking ahead of Sporting’s trip to Camp Nou on Saturday.
“Messi is a super-dominant player, but Barcelona have an extraordinary squad. Messi has been absent on other occasions and the result hasn’t changed.
“It’s a really beautiful game to play. They’re one of the best teams in the world, if not the best, and we’re going to give it a go without weapons.”