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Africa’s foremost broadcast organization DStv has been unveiled as the new headline sponsor of South Africa’s Premier Soccer League. MultiChoice and the Premier Soccer League announced on Thursday 24 September that DStv has signed a five-year deal to become the new title sponsor of the league. They replace South African banking giants ABSA who ended their 13-year sponsorship at the end of the 2019/20 season.

According to PSL chairman Dr. Irvin Khoza, the establishment of the DStv Premiership is a natural evolution to the relationship and will be a powerful synergy, in what it brings for the football supporters.

“As the PSL continues to innovate with a quest to improve its product, it will have a full backing of DStv, whose offering require an abundance of local content,” he said.

“There is no ‘them and us’. We are joined at the hip to produce enhanced consumption of the best product for our deserving supporters.”

“This affiliation is special because it is the only affiliation that is as appealing to the young as it is to the old. It is the only affiliation that cuts across race, gender, creed, culture and political affiliations in the manner that it does. It creates equal conversations between people irrespective of their educational backgrounds and social strata.

“Through the DStv Premiership, we are expanding football’s reach deeper and wider in partnership with the PSL. This league is for every South African and every community represented in our uniquely diverse nation.” Mawela emphasizes. “With more games televised than ever before, we are deliberately creating space for all South Africans to call this competition their own,” he concluded.

MultiChoice Group CEO, Calvo Mawela believes the deal between DStv and the Premier Soccer League speaks to the essence of who and what the two organizations represent.“The DStv Premiership is the coming together of two brands that connect South Africans emotionally”, says Mawela. “Whether you are watching the best of local football or the best local entertainment, the passion for both is unmatched.

“Over the years the PSL has created stars on the field of play that have brought joy to millions. So too has DStv, creating platforms for stars to flourish and entertain. Football and entertainment are entrenched in the South African experience.

“As part of this new chapter in South African football, the DStv Premiership strives to reach every community in South Africa, both existing PSL loyalists and emerging new groups. Babize Bonke is our call to all South Africans to come together in the experience of a common passion.”

With the new PSL season scheduled to begin in October, speculations continue to swirl around the future of SuperSport United. Matsatsantsa are owned by SuperSport which is a South African Pan-Africa group of television channels carried on the DStv satellite platform.

SuperSport United are one of the top teams in South African football having been originally known as Pretoria City. The club was purchased by SuperSport in 1994 and the club got approval from the National Soccer League (NSL) and the club was renamed.

The Tshwane giants became the second team after their city rivals Mamelodi Sundowns to win three successive PSL titles, between 2008 and 2010. They have also won Nedbank Cups, three MTN8 titles and one Telkom Knockout Cup. They are also the reigning MTN8 champions having defeated Highlands Park in last year’s final.

Reports say the club is considering selling their PSL status like Bidvest Wits and Highlands Park recently did, as the newly announced sponsorship between their parent company and the PSL will raise questions about the integrity of the competition.

However, SuperSport Utd management released a statement earlier in the week refuting any plans to sell the franchise.

“We have been made aware of the rumours and speculation regarding the potential sale of the club,” a club statement read.

“These are untrue. We can categorically state that there have been no such approaches and, more importantly, the club is not up for sale.”

Wits have been purchased by National First Division (NFD) side Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila and the club is set to relocate to Limpopo. Wits were due to celebrate their 100th anniversary next season having been founded in 1921, but instead, will now cease to exist.

On their part, Highlands Park sold their top-flight status to NFD outfit TS Galaxy and are expected to relocate to Mpumalanga.

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Akpeyi recalled by Nigeria for Sierra Leone games

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Akpeyi recalled by Nigeria for Sierra Leone games

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi has been recalled to the Nigeria national team for November’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying double-header against Sierra Leone.

Akpeyi’s last game for the Super Eagles of Nigeria was in November 17, 2019 against Lesotho at the Setsoto Satium, Maseru where Nigeria won by 4-2.

Injury to the Kaizer Chiefs shot-stopper led to his exclusion from the Nigerian squad that faced African Champions Algeria and later Tunisia in October’s international friendlies.

Akpeyi has now been invited to the Super Eagles squad and is set to compete for a starters spot when Nigeria faces Sierra Leone in the 2022 AFCON qualifier.

“Daniel Akpeyi returns to the Nigerian team for their upcoming Group L home and away games against Sierra Leone,” a statement from Chiefs read.

“Akpeyi who has already played in the Super Eagles’ opening two games of the qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho, will face Sierra Leone at home in Benin City on 13 November and in Free Town on 17 November.”

The shot-stopper missed out on Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 defeat by Mamelodi Sundowns, but made a return to the team when his side got a 1-0 away victory against Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Sierra Leone are looking to qualify for the AFCON tournament for the third time, but the are at the bottom of Group L having started their qualification campaign poorly.

The first leg of the double-header will be played on November 13 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Nigeria, while the return leg will be held four days later at the National Stadium, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have featured at the biennial showpiece 17 times, emerging victorious on three occasions, finishing as runners-up four times and third for a record eight times.

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Harambee Stars defender Mandela joins Sundowns

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Brian Mandela joins Sundowns

Harambee Stars of Kenya defender Brian Mandela Onyango has joined South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

Mandela was confirmed as a Sundwons player after signing a three-year deal with the Brazilians. Sundowns also have an option to extend the deal after the initial term expires.

“Brian Onyango has joined Mamelodi Sundowns on a three-year deal with a two-year option to extend,” Mamelodi confirmed on their official website.

“The centre-back comes with a wealth of international and local experience as he has played for Santos, the Team of Choice, and his national side. Onyango first moved to South Africa in 2012 to join the now ABC Motsepe based Santos.

“The Kenyan International joins Masandawana as a free agent, he last turned out for Maritzburg United.

“Welcome to Masandawana Brian Onyango.”

Mandela started his career with Posta Rangers in 2010, a year later, he made the move to 11-time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Tusker FC where he played for two years, before his move to South Africa.

Mandela’s first club in South Africa was Santos, where he made 48 appearances, and scored three goals in three seasons.

He then made a move to Maritzburg United where he made 77 appearances. His contract with Maritzburg expired in 2019, and has been a free agent since then.

Mandela will be part of the Mamelodi Sundowns team for the new 2020/2021 season. The defending champions are currently second on the PSL table with four points from two games played so far this season.

The defender was part of the Harambee Stars side that beat Zambia 2-1 in an international friendly match played at the Nyayo Stadium. Mandela started at the center of the defense, but was later substituted for Wazito FC defender Johnstone Omurwa.

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Hunt reacts to Kaizer Chiefs failed CAS appeal

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Hunt reacts to failed appeal

Head coach of Kaizer Chiefs Gavin Hunt reacts to failed appeal of his club to overturn a FIFA transfer ban.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed Chiefs appeal against a two-window transfer ban.

The Glamour Boys inability to register new players for two consecutive transfer windows has affected Hunt’s plans in his first season in charge of the club.

In the post-match press conference after Amakhosi’s 1-0 victory over Chippa United, Hunt reacts to failed appeal as he talked about the transfer ban.

“I’ve been working here for the last month under the illusion that it was not going to get turned over, and it didn’t, so I’ve got to make it better,” Hunt said.

“I’m going to try and improve the team by trying to improve the players.”

Chiefs were found guilty when they signed Andriamirado “Dax” Andrianarimanana in 2018. Andriamirado’s former club, Fosa Juniors lodged an official complaint to FIFA stating that Chiefs did not compensate them justifiably for the transfer of the player.

Hunt stated that he has no choice, but to work with the players he has at his disposal and get on with the job.

“I mean, obviously, we know there are certain players in certain positions where we lack, but it is what it is and I must just get on with it,” Hunt added.

“So, one step forward, we try and mould players the way I’m thinking and according to what I’m trying to do, and we’ll go from there.”

With the transfer ban upheld, Chiefs who have former Wits duo of Sifiso Hlanti and Phathutshedzo Nange training with the team, it remains to be seen if both players will continue training with the team.

Amakhosi are said to be interested in former Wits free agent, goalkeeper Brandon Peterson. Chiefs were also been linked with Thabang Monare and Deon Hotto, who have both joined Orlando Pirates.

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