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Sunday, July 5, 2015

South Africa Men's National Soccer Team News

July 5, 2015 - Mandla Masango & Wandisile Letlabika score in win over Mauritius

"Second-half goals from Mandla Masango and Wandisile Letlabika gave South Africa a 5-0 aggregate victory over Mauritius in Africa Nations Championship qualifying on Sunday.
Mashaba Shakes' men led 3-0 going into the second leg at the Anjalay Stadium and were initially frustrated in their attempts to extend their advantage.... After the break, experienced Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was called on to deny Yannick Dig-Dig before Masango registered the opener. The midfielder - whose club contract with Kaizer Chiefs expired last week - angled home a free-kick 68 minutes in to extend his side's lead in the tie. Defender Letlabika made it two six minutes from time with a low strike inside the area as South Africa recorded a third straight win following disappointing Africa Cup of Nations and COSAFA Cup campaigns." - FourFourTwo

June 20, 2015 - Siphelele Ntshangase scores brace in win over Mauritius
"South Africa eased to a 3-0 win over Mauritius in the first leg of their preliminary round tie in the qualifiers for the 2016 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Soweto on Saturday afternoon. Bafana Bafana comfortably dominated the clash and should have won by a more convincing margin, going goalless in the second half after establishing a 3-0 lead in the first 45 minutes. The home side opened the scoring in the 26th minute, with a corner kick routine seeing Marc Van Heerden’s cross turned home by Thamsanqa Gabuza at the far post for his second goal in as many games. Two minutes later it was 2-0, with Gabuza and Mandla Masango combining beautifully to set up Siphelele Ntshangase, who fired a shot between the legs of Mauritian goalkeeper Kevin Jean-Louis. Ntshangase scored his second on the stroke of half-time, showing some neat skills in the penalty area to make space for a shot, which he duly rifled past the goalkeeper’s right hand to complete the scoring." - African Football

June 16, 2015 - Thamsanqa Gabuza & Ayanda Patosi score in win over Angola
"Thamsanqa Gabuza and Ayanda Patosi helped South Africa recover from a goal down to end a run of six straight draws with Tuesday's 2-1 friendly win over Angola....  Alexander Christovao opened the scoring in Cape Town. Angola put four past Central African Republic in their AFCON qualification opener at the weekend, but Gabuza and Patosi ensured Romeu Filemon's men were denied another success. Following Christovao's long-range opener, Gabuza ended South Africa's luckless spell in front of goal towards the end of the first half - registering Bafana Bafana's first goal in four matches. Patosi then enjoyed a slice of luck as his effort cannoned off the crossbar and in off Filipe Malanda 22 minutes from time, ensuring a morale-boosting win for Shakes Mashaba's side ahead of Thursday's qualifier with Mauritius." - Soccerway

May 22, 2015 - Tlou Segolela & Phumelele Bhengu score in win over Malawi
Bafana Bafana beat Malawi 2-1 in a practice game at the Mogwase Stadium on Friday afternoon, ahead of their COSAFA Cup quarter-final on Sunday.... Having only just been drafted in the team, Segolela made an immediate impression, putting Bafana 1-0 up in the fifteenth minute, finishing off after a set-piece shot from Marc Van Heerden wasn't held by Charles Swini. Ten minutes later and it was 2-0, as Ace Bhengu, who just signed for SuperSport United, doubled Bafana’s lead with a powerful effort, after a defensive mix up at the back by the Flames." - Soccer Laduma 

March 25, 2015 - Hlatshwayo, Mnyamane & Masango score in win over Swaziland
"South Africa got back to winning ways on Wednesday with a comfortable 3-1 away triumph over Swaziland....   defender Thulani Hlatshwayo opening the scoring in the 51st minute with a header from a free-kick. Thabo Mnyamane doubled the advantage a minute later with a goal on his debut following a fine pass from Thulani Serero. Felix Badenhorst pulled one back in the 65th minute, only for midfielder Mandla Masango to make sure of victory for the visitors four mintues from time." - Sportal

March 18, 2015 - roster named for Swaziland & Nigeria friendlies
  • Goalkeepers: Jackson Mabokgwane (Mpumalanga Black Aces), Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Brilliant Khuzwayo (Kaizer Chiefs)
  • Defenders: Anele Ngcongca (Racing Genk FC, Belgium), Siyabonga Nhlapho (Bidvest Wits), Thabo Matlaba (Orlando Pirates), Thapelo Morena (Bloemfontein Celtic), Erick Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Rivaldo Coetzee (Ajax Cape Town), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits), Sibusiso Khumalo (SuperSport United), Daniel Cardoso (Free State Stars)
  • Midfielders: Lebogang Phiri (Brondby FC, Denmark), Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates), Andile Jali (KV Oostende FC, Belgium), Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers FC, England), Mandla Masango (Kaizer Chiefs), Cole Alexander (Polokwane City), Thuso Phala (SuperSport United), Jabulani Shongwe (Bidvest Wits FC), May Mahlangu (Konyaspor FC, Turkey), Thulani Serero (Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands), Ayanda Patosi (Lokeren FC, Belgium), Bongani Zungu (Mamelodi Sundowns), Kamohelo Mokotjo (FC Twente, Netherlands)
  • Strikers: Tokelo Rantie (AFC Bournemouth, England), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits), Thabo Mnyamane (University of Pretoria), Lehlohonolo Majoro (Orlando Pirates), Siphelele Ntshangase (Black Leopards)
January 14, 2015 - Hlatshwayo, Vilakazi & Furman score in win over Mali
"South Africa extended their unbeaten run to 12 matches with a 3-0 rout of fancied Mali in an African Nations Cup warm-up match in Gabon on Wednesday. Goals from Thulani Hlatshwayo, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Dean Furman set up the morale-boosting victory for Bafana Bafana ahead of Saturday's start of the continental championship. Both sides fielded strong lineups in their last game before travelling to Equatorial Guinea and it was South Africa, after weathering early pressure, who created the better openings." - SBS

January 4, 2015 - Thuso Phala scores in win over Zambia
"The winger struck in the second half to ensure the home side continue their good run of form ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations. Thuso Phala kept South Africa's winning run going ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations with the only goal in a 1-0 win over Zambia on Sunday." - Goal

December 30, 2014 - AFCON roster named
"Shakes Mashaba has left Thulani Serero out of his final 23-man squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Equatorial Guinea. SuperSport United midfielder Thuso Phala and Chippa United midfielder Thamsanqa Sangweni are among surprise inclusions in the squad. Ayanda Patosi has also been left out by Mashaba." - The Citizen
  • Goalkeepers: Darren Keet, Brilliant Khuzwayo, Jackson Mabokgwane
  • Defenders: Anele Ngcongca, Eric Mathoho, Rivaldo Coetzee, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Patrick Phungwayo, Thabo Matlaba, Siyabonga Nhlapo
  • Midfielders: Andile Jali, Dean Furman, Mandla Masango, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Oupa Manyisa, Thuso Phala, Bongani Zungu, Themba Zwane, Thamsanqa Sangweni
  • Strikers: Tokelo Rantie, Bongani Ndulula, Bernard Parker, Sibusiso Vilakazi
November 30, 2014 - Bongani Zungu & David Zulu score in win over Ivory Coast
"Goals from Bongani Zungu and David Zulu handed Bafana Bafana a 2-0 win over Cote d'Ivoire in the Nelson Mandela Challenge at the Mbombela Stadium. Bafana started like a house on fire and dominated proceedings from the onset, while they had a goal disallowed, although replays suggest the Vuyisile Wana was onside. David Zulu looked lively in the early exchanges, and went close in the 12th minute as he curled a left-footed effort just wide of the upright. Bafana eventually took advantage of their dominance, as some good build-up play ended up with Patrick Phungwayo teeing up Zungu, who made no mistake from 12-yards out.... Bafana then doubled their lead seven minutes after the halftime break, as David Zulu pounced on a error from the Ivorian goalkeeper to score into an empty net from 20-yards out." - Soccer Laduma

November 15, 2014 - Thulani Serero & Tokelo Rantie score in win over Sudan
"South Africa have booked their place at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after beating Sudan 2-1 in their penultimate qualifier on Saturday. The victory secured one of the two automatic qualification spots in Group A for Bafana Bafana, who reach next year's event in Equatorial Guinea with a game to spare. Thulani Serero opened the scoring seven minutes before the interval - the goal helping to settle an emotional South Africa team, who were playing for the first time since the death of goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa.... Mid-way through the second half, Tokelo Rantie struck South Africa's second to give his side breathing space." - BBC 

November 7, 2014 - Fagrie Lakay called up again
"Bafana Bafana teenage sensation Fagrie Lakay has been called up to the national squad for a third time under coach Shakes Mashaba. The 17-year-old Santos player is hoping to get his first senior cap during the upcoming AFCON 2015 qualifiers against Sudan and Nigeria. 'It's every youngsters dream to play for Bafana Bafana. Just being 17 years old it’s a great achievement. Just being there being amongst the best players in the country, it's an achievement already but hopefully this time I want to go there and get the chance to play,' Lakay said." - eNews Channel Africa

October 11, 2014 - Bongani Ndulula & Tokelo Rantie score in win over Congo
"Bafana Bafana moved to the top of African Nations Cup qualifying Group A after a 2-0 victory over Congo in Pointe-Noire on Saturday. Bongani Ndulula's spectacular overhead-kick and another top finish from Tokelo Rantie was enough for South Africa to take all three points ahead of the return fixture on Polokwane on Wednesday.... It was the visitors who scored first as Ndulula showed perfect striker's instincts to get to Thulani Hlatshwayo's header from a Masango corner to try an overhead-kick with his back to goal, the ball cannoning in off a Congo defender to make it 1-0. It was a goal reminiscent of Thabo Mngomeni's bicycle-kick at the same venue against the same opposition back in 2004. Three minutes later Bafana twisted the knife when after a defensive error, Furman's disguised left-footed pass found Rantie's clever run into the area and the forward finished calmly with his left foot into the top-left corner to double South Africa's advantage." - Kickoff

October 8, 2014 - Fagrie Lakay
"Newly-called up striker into the Bafana Bafana squad, Fagrie Lakay, says while he in the national to learn, he will also raise his hand should he be asked to help the team. Lakay is one of the youngest player in the Bafana Bafana squad that will take on Congo in two matches in the CAF Orange Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2015 Qualifiers.... The striker has become a household name after his two goals helped Amajita, the South African Men’s U20 Team to qualify for the African Youth Championships that will be held in Niger from March next year." - SuperSport

October 7, 2014 - Siyabonga Nhlapo called up
"Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has called up Bidvest Wits' Siyabonga Nhlapo to replace  Anele Ngcongca. The twenty-five year old former Jomo Cosmos player, who can play in both midfield and defence, was named to replace Ngcongca, who withdrew after picking up an injury. He will join up with the team for the upcoming African Cup of Nations clashes with Congo." - Soccer Laduma 

September 5, 2014 - Sibusiso Vilakazi scores brace in win over Sudan
"South Africa opened their African Nations Cup qualifying campaign with a 3-0 rout of Sudan in Khartoum in Group A on Friday. Substitute Sibusiso Vilakazi opened the scoring on 55 minutes when his low shot at the back post evaded three defenders after Sudan's keeper fumbled a tame effort. He notched his second of the night six minutes later when he skipped past his challenger in the area and sent a right-foot shot that struck the keeper's hands and went in as Sudan's defence collapsed. Bongani Ndulula completed the rout with 11 minutes remaining with a simple tap-in at the far post following a low cross from the left." - Ahram

St Kilda FC Saints Kicking News

July 5, 2015 - Josh Bruce kicks five goals in win over Essendon
"St Kilda has put together the best win of Alan Richardson's coaching career, with its 110-point demolition of Essendon at Etihad Stadium on Sunday raising questions about James Hird's tenure with the Bombers. The brilliance of the Saints' fifth win for the season could easily be lost in the rapid fall of the Bombers, who barely fired a shot in captain Jobe Watson's 200th game to eventually lose 25.12 (162) to 8.4 (52).... The Saints had winners all over the ground, with Josh Bruce kicking five goals, veteran Leigh Montagna adding cream to the midfield with 31 possessions and two goals, and big man Billy Longer (35 hit-outs) taking the points in the ruck." - AFL

June 14, 2015 - Leigh Montagna kicks game winner over Melbourne
"St Kilda has inflicted more heartbreak on Melbourne, with a dramatic two-point loss on Sunday continuing the Dees’ painful history at Etihad Stadium. With the scores tied at three-quarter time, both sides endured an error-prone final term before a Leigh Montagna goal with 24 seconds remaining sealed a 12.13 (85) to 12.11 (83) win. Remarkably the first 19 minutes of the final quarter saw only five behinds scored before Jeremy Howe put the Demons four points ahead with 41 seconds remaining. Cue a brilliant Jack Steven centre clearance that ended with Montagna running onto a ball in the goalsquare and consigning the Demons to their 21st consecutive loss at the venue. It also marked their 11th loss in a row to the Saints." - AFL

April 11, 2015 - Josh Bruce kicks six goals in win over Gold Coast
"An outstanding six goal effort from former Giant Josh Bruce has led St Kilda to an impressive first win of the season, the Saints accounting for Gold Coast by 28 points at Metricon Stadium. Bruce left the Suns' defenders looking second-rate all night and was ably supported by Nick Riewoldt and Tim Membrey up forward as St Kilda effectively put the game to bed by half time with an eight-goal second quarter." - AFL

January 19, 2015 - Nick Riewoldt to be inducted as AFL Life Member
"The AFL Commission will induct 13 Life Members for service to the game at the 2015 AGM in March.... Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda) – 281 premiership games, 23 pre-season games, three international games. 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014 Best and Fairest. 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014 Leading Goal Kicker. 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009 (Captain), 2014 (Vice-Captain) All Australian. 2005, 2008-14 Club Captain. 2002 AFL Rising Star. 2004 AFLPA MVP." - Triple M

Saturday, July 4, 2015

England Women's National Soccer Team News

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July 4, 2015 - Fara Williams scores in win over Germany
"Fara Williams's extra-time penalty ensured England beat Germany for the first time in 31 years to finish third at the Women's World Cup. The performance was the second best by an England team following the 1966 win by the men's side and eclipsed the 1990 men's team, who finished fourth in Italy. The Lionesses had not beaten two-time World Cup winners Germany in 20 attempts but they more than matched their opponents and won the spot-kick in the second period of extra-time after substitute Lianne Sanderson was brought down by Tabea Kemme. Williams, who is England's record cap holder and was homeless at one point in her England career, beat retiring German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer for her third penalty of the tournament." - BBC

June 27, 2015 - Jodie Taylor & Lucy Bronze score in win over Canada
"England have reached a FIFA Women’s World Cup semi-final for the first time after an absorbing 2-1 win over host nation Canada in Vancouver. Two early goals laid the foundations for the historic win, first through Jodie Taylor and then Lucy Bronze as the Lionesses raced into the lead. Katie Chapman hit the bar before Canada captain Christine Sinclair halved the arrears just before half-time.... Taylor pounced when centre back Lauren Sesselmann slipped in possession midway inside her own half. The England striker picked up the ball, side-stepped the covering Allysha Chapman and drilled a low shot beyond Erin McLeod to give her side a dream opening. And it got even better just three minutes later when Bronze headed home Fara Williams’s free-kick to put the Lionesses in control with less than a quarter of an hour on the clock." - the FA

June 22, 2015 - Steph Houghton & Lucy Bronze score in 2-1 win over Norway
"Solveig Gulbrandsen nodded the Scandinavians ahead early in the second half, but Mark Sampson’s side responded with a header from captain Steph Houghton and a thunderous 25-yard effort by right-back Lucy Bronze. This was an historic victory for the Lionesses - their first-ever win in the knockout stages of the World Cup. And it means they will take on Canada, the host nation, in the last-eight in Vancouver on Saturday.... Sampson called Jill Scott from the bench in place of Kirby early in the second half in an attempt to firm up his midfield. But no sooner had the 28-year-old taken up her position at a Norway corner than Gulbrandsen's flick-on put her side ahead.The midfielder got in front of Williams at the near post and glanced the ball in off the bar. It was no more than her side had deserved given their level of control of the game.... Houghton showed her leadership qualities when they were needed most. Just a few minutes after England fell behind, the 27-year-old peeled off to the far post to get her head onto Williams’s corner and thump the ball into the far post to equalise.... Scott interchanged well with substitute Jodie Taylor on the right before the Portland Thorns striker laid the ball off invitingly for Bronze. The right-back hit a sumptuous angled first-time drive from 25 yards which Ingrid Hjelmseth got a hand to, but the shot had too much power and the keeper could only push it into the roof of the net." - the FA

June 17, 2015 - Karen Carney & Fara Williams score in win over Colombia
"England survived a dramatic finale as goals from Karen Carney and Fara Williams ensured victory over Colombia and a place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup. A 2-1 win at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium was enough to see Mark Sampson’s side into the next stage but France’s 5-0 win over Mexico ensured it would not be as Group F winners. Carney got the ball rolling after 15 minutes and Williams doubled the lead with a 38th-minute penalty only for Lady Andrade to raise tension with a skilful chip in stoppage time." - Guardian

June 13, 2015 - Fran Kirby & Karen Carney score in win over Mexico
"England beat Mexico in their second match at the Women's World Cup to put themselves in a strong position to qualify for the last 16. Fran Kirby, the 21-year-old striker who quit football four years ago after suffering from depression following the death of her mother, showed the composure England had been lacking in front of goal and poked home midway through the second half in her first start at a major tournament. After losing their opening game against France, it was a crucial intervention for England as they had already wasted several chances. As England relaxed they doubled the lead with 's late header and although there was a late scare when Fabiola Ibarra took advantage of Karen Bardsley's mistake, Mark Sampson's side held on." - BBC

May 11, 2015 - World Cup roster named
  • Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal), Carly Telford (Notts County)
  • Defenders: Laura Bassett (Notts County), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Alex Greenwood (Notts County), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Casey Stoney (Arsenal)
  • Midfielders: Katie Chapman (Chelsea), Jade Moore (Birmingham City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Birmingham City), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool)
  • Forwards: Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Reading), Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal), Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns), Ellen White (Notts County).
April 9, 2015 - Jodie Taylor & Fran Kirby score in win over China
"Goals from Jodie Taylor and Fran Kirby gave England a 2-1 win over China in their World Cup send-off in Manchester. The front two each netted inside the opening 10 minutes as Mark Sampson’s side flew out of the traps. Jade Moore then hit the post before Wang Shanshan pulled a goal back, but England held on comfortably in their final home match before the summer showpiece in Canada." - the FA

April 7, 2015 - roster named for China match
  • Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal), Carly Telford (Notts County)
  • Defenders: Anita Asante (FC Rosengard), Laura Bassett (Notts County), Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Alex Greenwood (Notts County), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Casey Stoney (Arsenal)
  • Midfielders: Katie Chapman (Chelsea), Jade Moore (Birmingham City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Birmingham City), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool)
  • Forwards: Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Gemma Davison (Chelsea), Natasha Dowie (Liverpool), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Reading), Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal), Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns), Ellen White (Notts County)
March 11, 2015 - Lianne Sanderson scores in win over Canada
"England won the Cyprus Cup final for the third time in six years as Lianne Sanderson's goal earned a 1-0 win against Canada. Sanderson scored from 15 yards after Jordan Nobbs's through ball.... Heavy rain greeted the start of the second half, not helping Sanderson as she scuffed a 56th minute shot on the increasingly slippery surface. But the striker had no such trouble 11 minutes later, racing on to Nobbs's through ball to coolly send a 15-yard shot past the advancing McLeod." - BBC

March 9, 2015 - Eniola Aluko scores equalizer in 1-1 draw with Netherlands
"Eniola Aluko scored a memorable goal to earn England a draw against Holland in the final group match at the Cyprus Cup. Mark Sampson’s side had already booked their place in the final of the annual friendly competition, courtesy of wins over Finland and Australia.... Then came Aluko’s wonder goal. The 28-year-old picked up Turner’s pass on the right and made her way across the pitch, slaloming past four Dutch defenders before finishing calmly past Geurts. It was her 19th strike in her last 27 internationals." -

March 6, 2015 - Jodie Taylor scores hat-trick in win over Australia
"A Jodie Taylor hat-trick helped England Women defeat Australia 3-0, a result which kept Mark Sampson’s side in the running for a shot at a third Cyprus Cup title.... Taylor, making just her fifth appearance, fired England ahead early on with her first international goal, a tremendous angled effort, before doubling the advantage on 17 minutes. She came close to her treble strike twice in the second half before finally claiming her hat-trick with a cool finish late on." - the FA

March 4, 2015 - Sanderson, Aluko & Clarke score in win over Finland
"England Women posted a comfortable 3-1 win over Finland in their opening match of the Cyprus Cup. Arsenal striker Lianne Sanderson headed the Three Lions into the lead midway through the first half. Eniola Aluko doubled the lead on 66 minutes, prodding home Jess Clarke’s pull back for an 18th goal in 26 internationals. Clarke added a third on 83 minutes, smashing home a loose ball from 10 yards out after Finland failed to clear Alex Scott’s cross." - the FA

February 20, 2015 - roster named for Cyprus Cup
  • Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal), Carly Telford (Notts County) 
  • Defenders: Laura Bassett (Notts County), Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Alex Greenwood (Notts County), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Casey Stoney (Arsenal) 
  • Midfielders: Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Katie Chapman (Chelsea), Jade Moore (Birmingham City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Birmingham City), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool) 
  • Forwards: Eni Aluko (Chelsea), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Fran Kirby (Reading), Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal), Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns) - 
February 4, 2015 - Katie Chapman & Anita Asante called up
Head coach Mark Sampson has recalled Katie Chapman and Anita Asante to the England Women’s squad for the upcoming match against USA. The Three Lions will entertain Jill Ellis's two-time World Cup winners at stadium:mk on Friday 13 February. Chelsea midfielder Chapman, who has earned 82 caps, last played for England in September 2010, in a World Cup play-off in Switzerland. Asante has represented England 70 times, the last occasion coming against France in last year’s Cyprus Cup. Meanwhile, Manchester City duo Toni Duggan and Lucy Bronze have been left out of the squad due to injury." - the FA

February 3, 2015 - Kelly Smith retires
England Women's all-time record goalscorer Kelly Smith is retiring from international football after a 20-year career. Smith, who has scored 46 goals for the Lionesses, will continue to play domestic football for Arsenal. Smith made her England debut against Italy in 1995. She scored her first goal against Croatia in the same year. During her career, Smith played in four European Championships and the 2007 and 2011 World Cups. She was also part of the Team GB squad at the 2012 London Olympics." - the FA

Chile Men's National Soccer Team News

July 4, 2015 - Chile wins Copa America on penalty kicks
"In front of their own fans, Chile wrap up their first ever Copa America title, after a 4-1 penalty shootout win over Argentina! It was 0-0 and even after extra time, but the hosts held their nerves during the shootout! Fernandez, Vidal, Aranguiz and Alexis all kept their cool to ensure that La Roja celebrate." - Copa America

June 29, 2015 - Eduardo Vargas scores brace in win over Peru
"Hosts Chile reached their first Copa America final in 28 years after seeing off the 10 men of Peru in a thrilling encounter in Santiago. Chile could have had midfielder Arturo Vidal sent off early on before Peru defender Carlos Zambrano was dismissed. Former QPR striker Eduardo Vargas then put Chile ahead after Alexis Sanchez had hit the post but Peru levelled through a Gary Medel own goal. But Chile deservedly won it when Vargas fired home a fine second from 25 yards.... Peru had deserved their equaliser but were behind again four minutes later when the busy Vargas lashed in a stunning second, dipping a shot beyond Pedro Gallese from 25 yards." - BBC

June 24, 2015 - Mauricio Isla scores in win over Uruguay
"Mauricio Isla was the unlikely hero for Chile as his late strike saw the tournament hosts edge out Uruguay 1-0 in Santiago, with the defending champions ending the match with nine men. The opening Copa América quarter-final looked destined to go to penalties until Isla fired in his third, and surely most important, international goal with just under 10 minutes to play.... It seemed a shoot-out would be required to settle the outcome until Isla was on hand to fire into the bottom corner of the net." - Copa America

June 19, 2015 - Charles Aránguiz scores brace in win over Bolivia
"Chile confirmed themselves as Group A winners in emphatic fashion, thrashing fellow qualifiers Bolivia 5-0 in Santiago. Charles Aránguiz grabbed a goal in each half, including breaking the deadlock in the third minute to set the tone for a dominant performance from the Copa América hosts. Alexis Sánchez, fit to start before being taken off at half time, and Gary Medel also scored as Chile made it seven successive wins over La Verde in competitive matches. The result also means they will remain in the capital city for their quarter-final. An own goal from captain Ronald Raldes, who turned Ángelo Henríquez's cross into the net in the closing minutes, completed a miserable night for Bolivia." - Copa America

June 11, 2015 - Arturo Vidal & Eduardo Vargas score in win over Ecuador
"Chile's bid to win a maiden Copa America title got off to the perfect start after the host nation powered past Group A rivals Ecuador 2-0 in Santiago. Arturo Vidal broke the deadlock via a 67th-minute penalty and substitute Eduardo Vargas sealed the points with six minutes remaining in the Copa opener at the Estadio Nacional on Thursday. Vidal stepped up and converted his own spot-kick after he was fouled by Ecuador forward Miller Bolanos, before Vargas came off the bench - replacing Jean Beausejour at half-time - and put the result beyond doubt late on in the Chilean capital." - Goal

June 6, 2015 - Jorge Valdivia scores in win over El Savador
"Palmeiras midfielder Jorge Valdivia scored the only goal of the game as Chile edged El Savador 1-0 in a friendly match at the Estadio El Teniente Codelco in Rancagua.
The 31-year-old reacted quickest in the box to convert Jean Beausejour's low driven cross from the left flank in the 14th minute." - Daily Mail

June 1, 2015 - Copa America roster named
  • Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo (Barcelona), Paulo Garces (Colo-Colo), Johnny Herrera (Universidad de Chile)
  • Defenders: Miiko Albornoz (Hannover), Mauricio Isla (QPR), Gonzalo Jara (Mainz), Gary Medel (Inter), Eugenio Mena (Cruzeiro), Jose Rojas (Universidad de Chile)
  • Midfielders: Charles Aranguiz (Internacional), Jean Beausejour (Colo-Colo), Carlos Carmona (Atalanta), Marcelo Diaz (Hamburg), Matias Fernandez (Fiorentina), Felipe Gutierrez (Twente), Arturo Vidal (Juventus), David Pizarro (Fiorentina), Jorge Valdivia (Palmeiras)
  • Forwards: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Eduardo Vargas (QPR), Angelo Henriquez (Dinamo Zagreb), Mauricio Pinilla (Atalanta), Edson Puch (Huracan)
March 16, 2015 - roster updates
"Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli has named the foreign-based players in his squad for next month’s friendlies against Iran and Brazil. Sampaoli has called up a total of 20 players who ply their trade outside of Chile, including Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal of Juventus and Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. He will reveal which domestic-based players are to join the party in the days ahead. However, he has already been informed that one of the players included on his original 20-man list will be unavailable after Jorge Valdivia ruled himself out of the double-header at the end of the month. The Palmeiras playmaker is still feeling his way back to full fitness after a recent injury and has informed Sampaoli that he wants to remain with his Brazilian club to continue his rehabilitation." - Copa America

January 28, 2015 - Mark Gonzalez scores brace in win over USA
Chile took more control of the friendly international the longer it went on; eventually winning 3-2 after the USA twice took the lead in the first half. Mark Gonzalez struck in the 66th and 75th minutes as Chile kept the USA scoreless in the second 45 minutes at the Estadio El Teniente.... Chile's coach Sampaoli plumped for a 3-4-3 and it took just five minutes for the USA to exploit the space outside the home side's back three. Matt Besler clipped a ball over the top to the on-rushing Shea, who burst into the box and fired his shot past Herrera.... Chile equalised in the 10th minute when Gonzalez found space on the left and picked out Gutierrez, while Mix Diskerud got in behind Diego Valdes just after the half-hour mark to set-up Jozy Altidore with a cut-back.... Yedlin was left isolated by a one-two between Marco Medel and Gonzalez with 24 minutes remaining, with the latter sprinting into the area to finish from a tight angle. And the Universidad Catolica winger put the home side ahead with 15 minutes to go, volleying a rebound into the net after Rimando could only parry an earlier shot." -  Copa America 

January 26, 2015 - Cristián Suárez withdraws
"Universidad de Chile defender declares himself unfit to take part in Wednesday's fixture in Rancagua. Cristián Suárez will not feature in Chile’s friendly against the United States this week after pulling out of the squad. The 27-year-old defender, who has yet to win a full international cap for his country, was called up for Wednesday’s match in Rancagua. However, Suárez has declared that he is not fit to play, with Chile’s Football Association (ANFP) reporting that he withdrew from the squad having raised concerns over his fitness after undergoing tests at a private clinic." - Copa America

November 14, 2014 - Sanchez, Valdivia, Vargas, Rodrigo & Hernandez score in win over Venezuela
"Jorge Valdivia made an impressive international return as Chile cruised to a 5-0 win over Venezuela in a friendly on Friday. The 31-year-old attacking midfielder, who retired after the World Cup, marked his return with a goal at the Estadio CAP in Talcahuano. Alexis Sanchez and Valdivia scored in the first half and Eduardo Vargas, Rodrigo Millar and Pablo Hernandez netted in the second as Jorge Sampaoli's men eased to victory.... Chile enjoyed the majority of possession and took a deserved lead in the 17th minute. Arturo Vidal was released down the right and crossed to the back post, where Eugenio Mena squared with a volley. And the in-form Sanchez, who has scored regularly for Arsenal, was on hand to nod in from close range and make it 1-0.... Valdivia shot straight at Venezuela goalkeeper Daniel Hernandez before doubling Chile's lead in the first minute of additional time. The attacking midfielder was released down the left side of the area before his cross-cum-shot caught out Daniel Hernandez, hit the back post and crossed the line.... Chile did make it 3-0 in the 55th minute with a fine team move ending in Vargas scoring. Valdivia released Mauricio Isla with a wonderful pass and the full-back's cutback was put away into an open goal by Vargas. Vargas hammered a shot off the post in the 72nd minute before Chile scored again soon after....The rout was completed in the 93rd minute as Isla and Millar exchanged passes before the former crossed for Pablo Hernandez to head in." - Soccerway

October 10, 2014 - Eduardo Vargas scores brace in win over Peru
"Claudio Bravo's record-breaking Chile appearance was a successful one as his side claimed a 3-0 win over Peru on Friday. The Barcelona goalkeeper became the nation's most capped player with 85, and he kept a clean sheet at the Estadio Elias Figueroa Brander. Eduardo Vargas netted a brace for Jorge Sampaoli's impressive side, while Gary Medel was also on the scoresheet in Valparaiso.... Sanchez's lovely chipped pass found Vargas' run from deep and the Napoli forward, on loan at QPR, volleyed in as Fernandez advanced and despite the best efforts of a defender on the line. Medel doubled Chile's lead in the 34th minute, glancing a header into the bottom corner from Charles Aranguiz's set-piece.... Sanchez found the overlapping Mauricio Isla down the right and latter's cross found Vargas to volley in from inside the area." - Soccerway

October 7, 2014 - roster updates
"Striker Gustavo Canales was will not be with Chile when they face Peru and Bolivia through injury. His replacement is Angelo Henriquez, announced the Chilean National Football Association (ANFP) on Monday. Canales was released "because the player suffered a dislocated right shoulder" in the duel that his team played on Sunday in the local tournament.... Sampaoli had called-up Canales along with six other players who completed the list of 17 summoned who play overseas for the friendlies against Peru and Bolivia on October 10 and October 14 respectively. The last players to get the call-up were Johnny Herrera (U de Chile), Diego Sanchez (Unión Española), José Rojas (U. de Chile), Sebastián Martínez (U. de Chile), Jean Beausejour (Colo Colo) and Juan Delgado (Colo Colo)." - Boxscore News

September 9, 2014 - Juan Delgado scores in win over Haiti
"Making it worse for Haiti was nine of Chile's 11 starters Tuesday at Lockhart Stadium were on the teams World Cup roster. End result in the international friendly was a 1-0 victory in favor of Chile before a crowd of about 7,500 soccer fans.... Juan Delgado, just 21 years old, playing only his second game for the Chilean national team scored his first career goal for his country in the 21st minute. It was all Chile needed. His goal was set up when Mauricio Isla sent pass in the box from the right wing. Haiti keeper Johny Placido's attempt to prevent the ball from getting through was unsuccessful as it found the feet of Delgado." - Sun Sentinel

June 18, 2014 - Eduardo Vargas & Charles Aranguiz score in win over Spain
"Holders Spain, who first showed signs of vulnerability at the Maracana a year ago, were eliminated from the World Cup on Wednesday when a 2-0 Group B defeat by Chile at the same stadium ended one of the greatest dynasties of the modern game.... The Chileans swept into the lead after 20 minutes following a counter-attack on the right which set up Aranguiz to provide the cross for Vargas who danced around Casillas before firing home. Casillas, who had a poor game against the Dutch, was at fault again for the second goal, punching an Alexis Sanchez free kick straight back to Aranguiz who swept the ball past Casillas with a spinning shot with the outside of his right foot.... Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli made one change to the team that beat Australia 3-1 on Friday, with Osasuna midfielder Francisco Silva coming in for Palmeiras playmaker Jorge Valdivia." - Emirates 247

June 13, 2014 - Sanchez, Valdivia & Beausejour score in 3-1 win over Australia
Alexis Sanchez inspired Chile to a winning start at the World Cup - but they were forced to work hard by an Australia team who looked early on as if they would be utterly humiliated. Living up to their 'dark horses' tag, Chile raced into a two-goal lead inside 16 minutes as Barcelona star Sanchez scored one and created another for Jorge Valdivia. But the South Americans couldn't convert their possession into further goals and were caught cold when Tim Cahill headed Australia back into contention before half-time.... And in the end, it needed a stoppage time strike from Wigan’s Jean Beausejour to make absolutely sure of Chile’s opening night success." - Daily Mail

June 10, 2014 - Arturo Vidal out for World Cup opener
"Chile star Arturo Vidal won’t play against Australia in Cuiaba on Saturday (AEST) and there are doubts he will feature at all in the World Cup due to a lingering knee injury. La Roja’s key midfielder made a token appearance at training today at the Toca da Raposa II complex, sending Chilean photographers and camera crews into a frenzy as he emerged during the 15 minutes media were permitted to watch the session. Some of the media core are convinced that Vidal will play no part in the tournament, believing he made a mistake in rushing back from knee surgery to play for a quarter of an hour in a friendly against Northern Ireland last week. Vidal aggravated the injury and has been in cotton wool ever since." - Daily Telegraph

June 4, 2014 - Vargas & Pinilla score in win over Northern Ireland
"Two late goals saw Northern Ireland lose to World Cup-bound Chile in a friendly in Valparaiso. Michael O'Neill's side held their own for 79 minutes but saw their resistance broken by substitutes Eduardo Vargas and Mauricio Pinilla. Vargas headed the opener, before Pinilla raced through to shoot low past Northern Ireland keeper Roy Carroll.... Goalscorers Vargas and Pinilla started on the bench, along with Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez, but Chile needed all three to ensure they completed their World Cup preparations with a victory." - BBC 

June 1 - World Cup roster named
  • Claudio Bravo (Real Sociedad)
  • Johnny Herrera (Universidad de Chile)
  • Cristopher Toselli (Universidad Catolica)
  • Miiko Albornoz (Malmo)
  • Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest)
  • Gary Medel (Cardiff City)
  • Eugenio Mena (Santos)
  • Jose Rojas (Universidad de Chile)
  • Charles Aranguiz (Internacional)
  • Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic),
  • arlos Carmona (Atalanta)
  • Marcelo Diaz (Basel)
  • Jose Pedro Fuenzalida (Colo Colo)
  • Felipe Gutierrez (Twente)
  • Mauricio Isla (Juventus)
  • Francisco Silva (Osasuna)
  • Jorge Valdivia (Palmeiras)
  • Arturo Vidal (Juventus)
  • Fabian Orellana (Celta)
  • Esteban Paredes (Colo Colo)
  • Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari)
  • Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona)
  • Eduardo Vargas (Valencia)
May 30, 2014 - Alexis Sanchez sets up friendly win over Egypt
"Alexis Sanchez inspired Chile to a come from behind 3-2 friendly win over Egypt in Santiago on Friday.... The Barcelona attacker set up all three goals for Jorge Sampaoli's men, whose high line had been exposed by Mohamed Salah and Khaled Kamar in the first half.... Alexis helped his side back into the game by setting up Diaz to make it 2-1 in the 26th minute. His run down the right led to him squaring for the Basel midfielder, whose first touch bounced up and allowed him to volley into the bottom corner and in off the post.... On the hour-mark, more genius from Alexis saw Chile level. From the right, he picked out the deep run of Vargas, who finished first time past substitute goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary. The Barcelona forward was at it again to set up what proved to be the winner in the 78th minute. Receiving a pass with his back to goal and just inside the attacking half, he lost his marker before picking out Vargas through the centre of a big hole in the middle of Egypt's defence." - Goal

May 25, 2014 - injuries deplete provisional World Cup roster
"Chile's provisional World Cup squad was cut to 24 on Sunday (AEST) with the withdrawal of midfielder Pablo Hernandez who has failed to recover from a leg muscle injury. The O'Higgins player is the sixth to pull out of the 30-man provisional squad coach that Jorge Sampaoli named last week after midfielder Matias Fernandez, keeper Paulo Garces, forwards Esteban Paredes and Gustavo Canales and defender Enzo Andia. 'The ANFP communications management reports that the Chilean national team coaching staff released player Pablo Hernandez', the Chilean FA said in a statement. Fiorentina's Fernandez, who requires surgery on an ankle injury, is the most serious loss for Sampaoli, who must discard one more player before naming his 23-man squad by June 2." - ABC

Senegal Men's National Soccer Team News

July 4, 2015 - Mohamed Ndoye scores in win over Gambia
"Senegal enjoyed a 1-0 win against Gambia in Bakau on Saturday, in the return leg of their 2016 African Nations Championship qualifying tie. The Teranga Lions sealed a 4-1 aggregate victory over the Scorpions to extend their continental journey, following their 3-1 win in Dakar in the first leg. Stade de M’Bour striker Mohamed Ndoye gave the visitors the lead after ten minutes of play, with the locals unable to register a reply to the match opener." - African Football

June 20, 2015 - Mamadou Niang & Abdoulaye Ba score in win over Gambia
"Senegal secured a 3-1 home win against Gambia in Dakar on Saturday, in their zone West A opener of the 2016 CHAN qualifiers. Niary-Tally striker Mamadou Niang put the Lions ahead after just 9 minutes of play at Stade Demba Diop, but the Scorpions levelled matters two minutes later through Salif Krubally. However, 22-year-old playmaker Abdoulaye Ba found the back of the net on the stroke of half time, to send the locals with a narrow lead into the break. Moustapha Seck’s protégés managed to hold onto their advantage in the second half, adding to Gambia’s misery in stoppage time thanks to another goal from Mamadou Niang." - African Football

June 13, 2015 - Moussa Konaté, Mame Biram Diouf & Sadio Mané score in win over Burundi
"Senegal enjoyed a 3-1 home win over Burundi in Dakar on Saturday, as the two sides launched their 2017 AFCON qualifying campaign in Group K. Moussa Konaté, Mame Biram Diouf and Sadio Mané were on target for the Teranga Lions, with a successful effort from Fiston Abdoul Razak as the only answer from the visitors. Konaté gave the locals the lead at Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor from the spot in the 15th minute, after being fouled inside the box. The Senegalese took the narrow advantage into halftime, before conceding an equaliser through Fiston Abdoul at the hour mark. However, Stoke City striker Mame Biram Diouf restored the Lions’ one-goal lead four minutes later, with Southampton ace Sadio Mané sealing the victory in stoppage time." - African Football

January 23, 2015 - Serigne Mbodji scores equalizer in draw with South Africa
"Senegal came back for a 1-1 draw with South Africa to move top of Group C at the African Cup of Nations on Friday. Defender Serigne Mbodji equalized with a thumping header in the 61st minute after Senegal had fallen behind to Oupa Manyisa’s goal early in the second half." - Washington Times

January 19, 2015 - Mame Biram Diouf & Moussa Sow score in win over Ghana
"Moussa Sow struck late in injury time to earn Senegal victory over Ghana. The substitute scored with virtually the last kick of the game, slotting in from the edge of the box to snatch all three point for the Teranga Lions. Ghana's Andrew Ayew scored a first-half penalty after Everton winger Christian Atsu had been fouled. But Senegal roared back and hit the bar through Kara Mbodj, before Stoke striker Mame Biram Diouf nodded in an equaliser and Sow wrapped up the win." - BBC

January 13, 2015 - Dame N'Doye scores brace in win over Guinea
"Senegal wrapped up their Africa Cup of Nations preparations with a 5-2 demolition of Guinea on Tuesday.... Dame N'Doye set the ball rolling with a first-half brace and Kara Mbodj made it 3-0 shortly after 57 minutes. A fourth from Alfred N'Diaye appeared to put the result beyond doubt, but Guinea hit back through Kevin Constant. Moussa Konate re-established the four-goal cushion, meaning a late strike for Guinea proved little more than a consolation." - FourFourTwo

January 9, 2015 - Moussa Sow scores in win over Gabon
"Senegal continued their Afcon 2015 preparations with a 1-0 win over Gabon in Casablanca on Friday evening. Alain Giresse decided to start with Pappis Cisse, Mame Birame Diouf and Moussa Sow on the bench, while West Ham United's Cheikhou Kouyate was handed a start. The game's deciding goal arrived in the 64th minute, Biram Diouf was brought down in the box and Fenerbahce striker Sow stepped up and converted from the penalty spot." - Soccer Laduma

January 4, 2015 - Sadio Mane out
"Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says Senegal striker Sadio Mane will miss the African Cup of Nations because of a calf injury. Koeman says Sunday that he predicted Mane would be sidelined for four to six weeks and there has been contact with Senegal's football federation. Koeman says 'maybe they will call the player to have a test or to see what exactly happened, but they have to know it because the contact and the scans - they received everything'." - NBC Sports

December 26, 2014 - no Demba Ba
"There was no place for former Chelsea and Newcastle striker Demba Ba when Senegal coach Alain Giresse made public a preliminary squad of 28 players for the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday. The French-born 29-year-old has been on great form for his club side Besiktas in both the Turkish league and the Europa League and took part in the 2012 Nations Cup, playing all three games as Lions of Teranga fell at the first round. Ba’s former teammate, Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse, is the side’s star player with 16 goals from 31 international starts. Giresse, at the helm of the Lions since January 2013, named just one home-based player, the Diambars ‘keeper Ousmane Mane." - Vanguard

November 19, 2014 - Mbodj, Cisse & Sow score in win over Botswana
Senegal were too strong for Botswana in their final 2015 Africa Nations Cup Qualifier in Dakar and ran out 3-0 winners.... Halfway through the first half and Kara Mbodj had already put Senegal ahead on with a header off a corner kick by Pape Kouly Diop. Then Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse doubled their advantage after 26 minutes off a cross from Moussa Sow from the right flank. And in the 72nd minute, Sow put himself on the scoresheet for goal No 3, thanks to another assist by Pape Kouly Diop to wrap up a perfect night for Senegal." - SuperSport

November 15, 2014 - Mame Diouf scores in win over Egypt
"Egypt continues to make history in all the wrong ways during its 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign, as it lost its crunch showdown with Senegal 1-0 in Cairo on Saturday. An early mistake from goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shennawy was the difference, as his failure to punch-clear on a high free kick handed Senegal’s Mame Diouf an easy headed goal on seven minutes.... The result was enough to see Senegal through to next year’s finals in Equatorial Guinea and leaves Egypt all but out of contention." - King Fut

November 5, 2014 - roster updates
"Senegal head coach Alain Giresse announced his squad for their upcoming 2015 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt on 15 November and Botswana four days later. West Ham United's in-form striker Diafra Sakho, Southampton's Sadio Mane, Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse and Stoke City's Mame Dirame Diouf were all named to the squad. Hull City midfielder Mohamed Diame was also named to the squad." - FIFA

September 10, 2014 - Mane & N’Doye  score in win over Botswana
"Senegal maintained their place at the top of Group G when they defeated Botswana 2-0 in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Botswana National Stadium on Wednesday night. Sadio Mane opened the scoring late in the first half before Dame N’Doye doubled the lead late in the second half to secure the three points.... Senegal did eventually take the lead in the 33rd minute as N’Doye released Mane through the centre, who then slotted the ball past the goalkeeper from inside the box.... Alain Giresse’s men made the result safe in the 84th minute when N’Doye fired past the goalkeeper from the centre of the box after controlling a cross from the right flank." - SuperSport

September 5, 2014 - Diouf & Mane score in win over Eygpt
"First half goals from Mame Biram Diouf and Sadio Mane saw Senegal secure a comfortable 2-0 win over Egypt in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar. Senegal started with few of their European based players, although Mohammed Diame and Moussa Sow had to settle for a place on the bench. Mame Diouf opened the scoring in the 17th minute, the Stoke City latched onto a through ball before slotting the ball under the Egyptian goalkeeper.... Mane doubled the the home side's lead just before the hallftime break, as new Southampton signing, Sadio Mané, got beyond the Egyptian defence to slot home into the bottom corner." - Soccer Laduma

Angola Men's National Soccer Team News

July 4, 2015 - Gelson scores brace in win over Swaziland
"Angola ended Swaziland's dreams in the 2016 CHAN qualifying race on Saturday after a 2-0 home win at Estádio 11 de Novembro in Luanda. Palanca Negras' win saw them advance to this October’s final qualifying stage 4-2 on aggregate. The two sides played out to a 2-2 draw in the first leg a fortnight ago in Swaziland. Gelson scored a brace for the 2011 CHAN runners-up with goals in each half in the 31st and 86th minutes to end Swaziland’s hopes of a debut CHAN appearance." - African Football

June 13, 2015 - Gerson, Gelson, Gilberto & Menga score in win over Central African Republic
"Angola thumped Central African Republic 4-0 courtesy of goals from Gerson, Dolly Menga, Gelson and Gilberto." - Kick Off

October 15, 2014 - Bastos, Papel & Cabungula score in win over Lesotho
"Angola revived their chances of qualifying for the 2015 CAF Africa Cup of Nations when they defeated Lesotho 4-0 in their Group C encounter at the Estádio 11 de Novembro in Luanda on Wednesday night. Bastos opened the scoring early in the first half and Ary Papel added a second just after the hour mark, while the other goals came early in the second half through an own-goal and a fourth from Love Cabungula. The Palancas Negras needed maximum points to resurrect their hopes of finishing in the top of half of the table and made their intentions clear in the 2nd minute when FC Rostov defender Bastos broke the deadlock. The hosts dominated possession and played attacking football and were eventually rewarded in the 33rd minute when Papel doubled the lead following some good work from Gilberto. Angola started the second half as they had done the first, applying pressure on the visiting side, and were eventually rewarded in the 47th minute when miscommunication between the goalkeeper and a defender led to an own-goal. The result was put beyond doubt ten minutes later when Love added the fourth goal to send Angola up to third place with four points from as many matches, two ahead of Lesotho, who drop to last place." - Super Sport

Zambia Men's National Soccer Team News

July 4, 2015 - Zambia advances over Namibia on penalty kicks
"Zambia worked hard to get some justice against Namibia after eliminating the Brave Warriors on post-match penalties from the 2016 CHAN qualifiers. Chipolopolo beat Namibia 6-5 in a penalty shoot at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka. This follows a 2-1 home win by Zambia on Saturday to see the first round qualified tied 3-3 on aggregate.... Striker Winston Kalengo scored the winning goal in the second half to keep Zambia in contention before also converting the sudden-death spot-kick clincher. Kondwani Mtonga, Moses Phiri, Benedict Chepeshi, Buchizya Mfune and Christopher Munthali all converted for Zambia after Joseph Zimba had missed the hosts second spot-kick. Namibia Captain Heinrich Isaacks missed the first spot-kick and Denzil Haoseb The Brave Warriors final kick while in-between Denis Tjetjinda, Joslin Kamatuka, Itamunua Keimuine, Ananias Gebhardt and Absalom Iimondi successfully beat Zambia goalkeeper Daniel Munyau. Meanwhile in regulation time, Zambia took the lead in the 30th minute through Festus Mbewe but Benjamin Nenavu equalised in the 45th minute. Kalengo scored the winning goal in the 75th minute on their way to a post-match penalty win." - African Football

May 10, 2015 - Munthali & Mtonga score in win over Malawi
First half goals from Christopher Munthali and Kondwani Mtonga gave Zambia a 2-0 friendly win over Malawi. - FAZ

March 29, 2015 - Rainford Kalaba & Alan Mukuka score in win over Rwanda
"Zambia beat Rwanda 2-0 at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on Sunday in what was probably Honour Janza’s swan song as Chipolopolo coach.... Meanwhile, second half goals from Rainford Kalaba and veteran winger Alan Mukuka sealed Zambia’s first win in 2015 after picking up two draws and as many defeats this year. Kalaba scored the first goal in the 60th minute from close range to calm Zambia’s nerves after failing to breakdown Rwanda’s defence in the opening hour in which they came under-pressure from some very expectant home fans. Mukuka sealed the victory in the 80th minute with a fine volley to end his six year exile from the Zambia fold following his last call-up in 2009." - Lusaka Times

January 7, 2015 - AFCON roster named
  • Goalkeepers: Daniel Munyau (Red Arrows), Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns), Joshua Titima (Power Dynamos)
  • Defenders: Aaron Katebe (FC Platinum), Donashano Malama (Nkana FC), Emmanuel Mbola (Hapoel Ra'anana), Christopher Munthali (Nkana FC), Davies Nkausu (Bloemfontein Celtic), Stopilla Sunzu (Shanghai Shenhua)
  • Midfielders: Roderick Kabwe (Zanaco), Rainford Kalaba (TP Mazembe Englebert), Chisamba Lungu (Ural Yekaterinenburg), Kondwani Mtonga (Zesco United), Mukuka Mulenga (Bloemfontein Celtic), Bruce Musakanya (Red Arrows), Lubambo Musonda (FC Ulisses), Spencer Sautu (Green Eagles), Nathan Sinkala (Grasshoppers Zurich)
  • Forwards: Ronald Kampamba (Nkana), Evans Kangwa (Hapoel Ra'anana), Emmanuel Mayuka (Southampton), Jackson Mwanza (Zesco United), Given Singuluma (TP Mazembe Englebert)
November 19, 2014 - Roland Kampamba scores in win over Cape Verde
"Zambia confirmed qualification for next year's Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea with a 1-0 win over Group F winners, Cape Verde Islands at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Wednesday afternoon. Roland Kampamba's 77th minute strike proved decisive for Chipolopolo whose qualification hopes laid by a thread until last Saturday's convincing win in Mozambique as the 2012 champions sealed second place on 11 points." - AllSports

November 15, 2014 - Given Singuluma scores in win over Mozambique
"Zambia beat Mozambique 1-0 away on Saturday in Maputo in their penultimate Group F qualifier to edge closer to 2015 Africa Cup qualification.... A sign that Zambia's fortunes would change in the second half came within the opening ten minutes of the second half. Emmanuel Mayuka firstly saw his 53rd minute shot come off the woodwork and a minute later Kalaba too missed in exact fashion. Mozambique then won a dubious penalty in the 59th minute when Kito's shot came off Emmanuel Mbola leg but the referee saw otherwise and pointed to the spot. Man of the match Pelembe though failed to beat Mweene who saved Zambia from an injustice with his legs. Chipolopolo then punished Mozambique in the 66th when Kalaba sent the ball into Given Singuluma path who fired in the ball from close range to finally beat Campos to hand Zambia their first Group F away win." - SuperSport 

October 14, 2015 - Kalaba, Mayuka & Mweene score in win over Niger
"Emmanuel Mayuka scored for Zambia as they beat Niger 3-0 in this evening’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. Having appeared as a substitute when the two countries drew in Niamey on Saturday, the Saints striker was drafted into the starting line-up for this evening’s rematch.... After a goalless first half, Rainford Kalaba gave Zambia a 58th-minute lead before Mayuka netted their second with a quarter-hour remaining. Kennedy Mweene then wrapped up the win two minutes from time, converting from the penalty spot." - Saints FC