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Scrutiny on coaches as Black Stars, Bafana Bafana open AFCON 2021 journey

Respective coaches James Kwesi Appiah and Molefi Ntseki will be under intense scrutiny when Ghana and South Africa open their Group C campaigns in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with a clash at the Cape Coast Stadium on Thursday.

The meeting of the Black Stars and Bafana Bafana is a renewal of a rivalry which dates back 25 years and has seen the teams clash four times in the AFCON finals, though this will be their first game in the qualifiers for the continental tournament.

The match in...

Africa Cup of Nations 2021 qualifiers: The road to Cameroon begins

Less than four months have passed since Baghdad Bounedjah's bizarre, looping second-minute effort secured the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations title for Algeria, yet the continent's major sides are resuming hostilities.

In October, the eight lowest-ranked nations in Africa played off for the privilege of rubbing shoulders with the big boys, but Wednesday's group stage openers mark the proper kickoff for the Cameroon 2021 campaign.

Defending champs get tricky start

Algeria begin their title defence against...

Africans Abroad: Salah and Mane star for Reds, Mothiba finds the net

Lebo Mothiba ended his five-and-a-half-month wait for a goal by scoring twice in Strasbourg's Ligue 1 victory over Nimes last weekend, while both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane starred as Liverpool defeated Manchester City in a potentially decisive clash at the top of the English Premier League.

South Africa's Mothiba hadn't scored since May when he took to the field at La Meinau on Saturday, enduring a goalless stint with South Africa at the Africa Cup of Nations before a sluggish start to the season...

Two sides to Schillo: Why South Africa legend Steven Pienaar will make a good coach

Former Everton and South Africa winger Steven Pienaar, one of the country's most successful exports to Europe, has made a move into coaching, which former team-mates and coaches feel is the perfect job for 'Schillo'.

Pienaar's stable temperament, his ability to remain competitive yet calm under pressure, is the trait everyone ESPN spoke to touted as the reason he'd be a great mentor, after gaining his UEFA A Diploma via the Irish Football Association in mid-September.

He is reportedly aiming to...

Bafana's Veldwijk at a career crossroads as Sparta face PSV

South Africa striker Lars Veldwijk finds himself at a career crossroads as Sparta Rotterdam prepare for a high-profile Eredivisie clash against PSV Eindhoven at the Sparta-Stadion Het Kasteel on Saturday night.

The lanky 28-year-old has scored three goals this season and appeared in 10 of Sparta's 11 league matches thus far. On paper that's a perfectly respectable return, but a closer look reveals that Veldwijk does not have the trust of manager Henk Fraser.

All of the striker's Eredivisie appearances...