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South Africa stun Egypt 3-1 in International Friendly

South Africa beat Egypt 3-1 in an entertaining friendly international match played at Dobsonville on Saturday afternoon, 22 October 2016. Goals from Mamello Makhabane, Refiloe Jane and substitute Shiwe Nogwanya ensured coach Desiree Ellis began her coaching tenure with an impressive result.

Yet, with good finishing, Banyana Banyana could easily have routed their North African opponents as they spent most of the afternoon camped in Egypt’s half but had a solitary goal to show for their effort in the first opening 45 minutes.


La Liga Preview: Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao

Real Madrid will take on Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Sunday in a football match where tired legs could be a deciding factor.

While Real Madrid have had five days to recover from a Champions League win at home against Legia Warsaw on Tuesday, Bilbao had to travel to face Belgian side Genk on Thursday, leaving them two days less to recover.


Zabivaka the Wolf chosen as Mascot of 2018 FIFA World Cup

A wolf has been chosen as mascot of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, according to the results of public voting announced live on a TV channel on Saturday. The wolf will be named Zabivaka.

Public voting was launched on September 23 on FIFA's official website and social networks and closed at 8.18 p.m. Moscow time on Thursday. On Friday, people could also cast their votes for a mascot on the Channel One's official website, reports Tass. The public voting was announced live in the "Vecherny Urgant" TV programme on Channel One.


Mourinho excited about Chelsea return

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has said memories of his time at Chelsea will not stop him doing his job on Sunday, when his side plays against his former employers for the first time.

Mourinho is the London club's most successful manager of all times, winning three Premier League titles over two spells in charge, and retains a good relationship with the Chelsea fans. But while he admits that he is not sure of the reception he will get from the Chelsea faithful, his main concern is to get the job done.


Key Leicester City star inks new 3 year contract

English football champions Leicester City announced that Austrian left-back Christian Fuchs' contract has been renewed for the next three seasons, until 2019. Fuchs, 30, arrived to Leicester in the summer of 2015 on a free transfer after the expiry of his contract with German outfit Schalke 04.

Fuchs was ever present in the Leicester City defence last season as the experienced full-back led the Foxes to their first ever Premier League title.


Messi returns to Argentina squad for Brazil clash, Rojo and Lamela axed

Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi was recalled to Argentina's football squad for its 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Brazil and Colombia next month. Messi has not played for the national team since scoring in the 1-0 home win over Uruguay on September 1. The 29-year-old returned from a groin injury last Saturday, scoring in Barcelona's 4-0 La Liga victory over Deportivo La Coruna at the Camp Nou.

He followed that performance with a sublime hat-trick as Barcelona routed Manchester City 4-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday. With these performances, he proved his fitness and was named in the squad declared on Friday.


Premier League quartet included in Brazilian squad for Argentina clash

The Liverpool duo of Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, Chelsea's Willian and Manchester City's Fernandinho have all been included in the Brazilian squad that will host Argentina in Belo Horizonte on November 10 before travelling to Lima for a clash against Peru five days later.

Injured Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro is also expected to be given until the last minute to prove his fitness for Brazil's 2018 football World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Peru next month. Casemiro was among 24 footballers named by Brazil coach Tite on Friday for the team's final appearances this year. The former Sao Paulo player has not played since fracturing a fibula in Real Madrid's 2-0 victory over Espanyol in La Liga last month.


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