Mamelodi Sundowns captain Ramahlwe Mphahlele has been offered a R30 000 less monthly salary by his own club than a rival offer by Kaizer Chiefs.

This is believed to be the stumbling block in the right-back putting pen to paper on a new contract at Sundowns‚ and the reason Mphahlele did not make the trip with the squad that left on Tuesday to play ES Setif in Algeria in Sundowns’ first Caf Champions League group stage match on Saturday.

Times Media has learnt that Mphahlele has been

CAMEROONIAN and Dinamo Bucharest midfielder Patrick Ekeng has died in hospital, after collapsing on the pitch during a match against Viitorul Constanta last night.

According to The Guardian, the 26 year old was only on the pitch for seven minutes in the second half substitute when he fell to the floor in the 70th minute.

The match, televised live in Romania was tied at 3-3.

Local reports say that Ekeng suffered a heart attack.

A Statement released  on Dinamo's

Allister Coetzee was named South Africa’s new rugby coach on Tuesday, four months after the departure of Heyneke Meyer and two months before a three-test series against Ireland.

Coetzee is expected to find a winning formula after the Springbok failed to win five of 11 Tests last year and were beaten by New Zealand in the 2015 World Cup semi-finals.

"Allister’s appointment marks the changing of the guard at the top of Springbok rugby and is an exciting new departure for SA Rugby‚"

BENNI McCarthy will be looking for a new job next season after Belgian side Sint Truiden confirmed he would leave his post as assistant coach at the end of the current campaign.

McCarthy follows head coach Chris O'Loughlin out the door as the Belgians look to put a new technical team in place having narrowly avoided relegation this season.
"Sint Truiden and Benni McCarthy have mutually agreed not to continue their collaboration. McCarthy will remain with us until the end of the

YET another high-profile player at ambitious KZN-based National First Division side, Royal Eagles, is being accused of misconduct.

Former Bafana Bafana captain Mbulelo “OJ” Mabizela is set to be hauled before Eagles’ disciplinary committee for alleged misdemeanours.
The highly-rated yet ill-disciplined defender joined Eagles in October last year after AmaZulu, who were relegated to the NFD, did not renew his contract.

At Eagles he has seen little regular action, having arrived

The Democratic Alliance has accused South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan of being “missing in action” again – this time by not attending the FIFA elective congress in Zurich.

DA spokesman on sports and recreation Solly Malatsi said the party was deeply concerned that Jordaan was shunning his responsibilities as SAFA president.
“His failure to represent SAFA at one of the most important congresses in the sport’s history raises serious questions in the

Steve Komphela has shot a warning across the bow of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by stressing mental strength will be the key to championship success following the league leaders dropping of points on Saturday.

The mind games have truly begun after Sundowns were held at home by Golden Arrows, followed immediately by a hard-fought - not to mention a touch fortunate - triumph for Kaizer Chiefs over SuperSport United in Cape Town.
Goals from George Maluleka and Willam Twala helped

Tokelo Rantie is mulling over a number of options as he chooses the next step in his career, but his long-term future may still lie at English Premier League side Bournemouth.
The Bafana Bafana striker has not been registered for the second half of the Premier League season by the South Coast club.
Currently back in South Africa receiving treatment for a bone injury in his leg picked up in an FA Cup tie against Birmingham City early last month, he faces more time on the sidelines

FORMER SuperSport United and Polokwane City midfielder Jabu Maluleke is accused of wrecking another man's marriage.
The wayward soccer player was allegedly caught after sending raunchy WhatsApp messages to S'busiso Nkosi's wife Puleng, detailing their alleged sexcapades.
It is understood the chats put a strain on the couple's struggling marriage.
More to follow .....

SABC Sport is headed for major changes in the coming weeks and Monday night highlights show Soccerzone is set to become the biggest casualty.

SoccerZone is said to be haemorrhaging viewers at an alarming rate and the public broadcaster is planning to pull the plug as the show does not generate much income.
Insiders say the magazine show will be replaced by a 30-minute highlights show that will dispense with presenters entirely, leaving current hosts Thomas Mlambo and Minnie Dlamini

Temba Bavuma‘s maiden Test century stole the show on a special day at Newlands on Tuesday.
Bavuma was 102* when captain Hashim Amla somewhat surprisingly declared the South African innings on 627/7 – two runs short of England’s first innings total of 629/6.
It was a scenario that seemed highly unlikely when England declared at 14:22 on Sunday.
England were made to bat for just under half an hour before the close, and they will go into Wednesday’s
The Teletubbies drama between Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane and sports anchor Robert Marawa played itself out this week.
Sunday World learned Mosimane rejected Marawa's invite for an interview on Metro FM sports show 083 Sports@6 with Robert Marawa on Thursday night.
That's because the coach was retaliating against Marawa for snubbing him at the Telkom Knockout final post-match interview at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday night.
MAMELODI Sundowns ended 2015 on a BIG high!
They finished 2015 on top of the Absa Premiership after they dumped Orlando Pirates 2-0 at a sweltering Loftus Stadium yesterday to move to 26 points from 12 matches – the same as Bidvest Wits but the Brazilians have a better goal difference.
Downs were in a class of their own against a Pirates side that looked liked a shipwreck.
Yesterday’s win put the cherry on top of a brilliant week for Downs head coach Pitso
2015 Telkom Knockout Champions Mamelodi Sundowns will take a time off ahead of their busy schedule to attend a Christmas party in Moretele Park on Saturday.
The club has announced in a press statement that players would be attending the Motsepe Foundation Christmas event despite their much anticipated clash with Orlando Pirates on Sunday.
Pitso’s side will take on Eric Tinkler’s troops at the Loftus Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
"The concert
Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo came out unscathed after he being involved in a car accident in Randburg, north of Johannesburg on Thursday.
The club’s official Floyd Mbele confirmed to KickOff on Friday that the 24-year-old keeper’s car was written off but he is “fine and okay.”
Mhlongo was apparently on his way to attend a sports show with SuperSport at the at their headquarters in Randburg at the time of the accident.
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