SOUTH Africa is reviewing the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP) to decide the fate of about 200 000 Zimbabwean immigrants whose permits expire in December.
In an interview yesterday, South Africa’s Home Affairs Department spokesperson Mr Mayihlome Tshwete said Minister Malusi Gigaba was applying his mind to the issue.
“The Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba is applying his mind on the matter and has two options whether to renew or not. When he finally makes up his mind, he will announce the final verdict and we will communicate with everyone,” said Mr Tshwete.
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane scored as Senegal beat Zimbabwe to become the first team to reach the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.
Mane tapped in the opener from close range in the ninth minute from Lazio forward Keita Balde Diao’s low cross.
Henri Saivet, on loan at St Etienne from Newcastle, then struck home a brilliant 20 yard free-kick four minutes later. Mane also had a lob cleared off the line by Costa Nhamoinesu.
Stoke’s Mame Biram Diouf should have increased Senegal’s advantage, but blazed his left-foot shot over the crossbar. Read more
WARRIORS coach, Kalisto Pasuwa has picked the Warriors as one of the two football teams that would force their way out of Group B, widely regarded as the Group of Death at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).
Pasuwa said confidence was flowing in his camp and they were looking forward to winning against a Senegalese side featuring stars plying their trade in some of Europe’s top leagues.
“If a coach goes into battle telling his players that he fears Senegal, that means you are defeated already,” he told reporters at a Press conference yesterday.
“We have the confidence. I have told the boys that we are going to be on top and that is what we will do. We are still the favourites of this group.”
Zimbabwe let off Algeria in a lively 2-2 draw in the opening group match on Sunday, in a performance that surprised and also won the hearts of many. Read more
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has turned down a £430,000-a-week offer from China.
Toure, 33, was the subject of interest from the Chinese Super League last summer.
He decided against moving then and gave the same response when he was contacted again to say the offer remained open during the current transfer window, which closes on 31 January. Read more
Manchester United have confirmed a clause has been triggered to extend Antonio Valencia’s contract by one year, keeping the experienced Ecuadorian at Old Trafford until at least June 2018.
Valencia has made 271 appearances, scored 21 goals and won six trophies since joining from Wigan Athletic in 2009. He also claimed a hat-trick of individual awards in the 2011/12 season when voted the Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Year, while also winning the club’s Goal of the Season prize. Read more
Barcelona, seriously struggling with debt and a huge salary outlay, is set to be tested with a £100m bid from Man City for star player Lionel Messi according to reports from The Sun.
Messi is in the last 18 months of his contract at Barca, and following recent comments by some club directors, Messi could be sold if the right financial offer comes in.
The player has been linked with a move to Man City, PSG, and Man U and according to the new report, Messi could join Man City as he holds manager Pep Guardiola in high esteem and misses playing for him. Read more
Ghanaian football legend Samuel Kuffour has hailed Khama Billiat as a an amazing talent that needs to be playing at a higher level.
Billiat had a stunning game against Algeria as the Warriors opened their AFCON campaign with a 2-2 draw.
Algeria keeper Rais M’Bolhi denied Billiat on a number of occasions while the Sundowns forward also struck the bar with a dazzling volley.
Speaking on Supersport as an analyst Kuffor said:
‘I think he is one the best African talents I have seen in a long time. This guy can be on another level because he has everything. I think you have to move him to Europe.
Pop singer, Shakira wants her partner and father of two kids, Gerard Pique to leave Barcelona as soon as possible and join a London club, preferably Chelsea or Arsenal.
According to Spanish website, Don Balon, the player could leave Barcelona after damaging his reputation among Spanish supporters who dislike him because of his vocal support for Catalonia- a region in northeastern Spain seeking independence from Spain.
Pique, 29, has been in Barcelona since leaving Manchester United in 2008, winning 26 major trophies for club and country, but his vocal criticism of Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo and the Spanish state has landed him in hot water, and Shakira, his partner since 2010 is tired of the whole drama. Read more
The Ivorian international striker Didier Drogba, 38, is in advanced talks for a move to the Brazilian club of Corinthians Paulista, Jeune Afrique reports.
Drogba has not been affiliated to a club since December when he left Canadian side Impact de Montreal. Now, he could be donning a Corinthians Paulista’s jersey for the 2017 season.
The Ivorian had preferred a return to Olympique de Marseille where he rose to stardom during the 2003-2004 season, but coach Rudi Garcia did not welcome the prospect, the newspaper says. Read more
It is rumoured that coach Antonio Conte was involved in a furious bust up with his star player, Diego Costa. Word had it that the player complained of a back injury but the club’s medical team was not convinced and Conte backed them.
He was said to have screamed at Costa telling him to ‘Go to China’, the player was left out of the squad that went on to record an impressive 3-0 victory away at reigning champions, Leicester City. Read more