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South Africa qualify for CAF champs in Zambia

The South African u20 national team Amajita qualified for the 20th Edition of the u20 Africa Cup of Nations tournament which will take place in Zambia after walloping Lesotho 3-0 in the second leg played at Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium on Saturday to complete a 5-0 aggregate win.

After winning the first 2-0 in Lesotho, it was always going to take a monumental collapse by South Africa for Lesotho to overturn the first leg deficit and although the visitors sporadically threatened in the first half, it was the home side that could have gone to the break leading by at least three goals.


Man United legend blasts Pogba's transfer fee

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes that the English football club will be paying over the odds if they sign French midfield sensation Paul Pogba from Juventus for a proposed world record transfer fee of around $130 million.

Scholes is a fan of Pogba's abilities but said such a hefty price tag would suggest he is at the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and he does not believe the 23-year-old former Manchester United player can be considered as good as the Barcelona and Real Madrid stars just yet.


Ronaldo to miss 2016 UEFA Super Cup

Real Madrid's Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed on Saturday that he will return to training with his Spanish football club on August 10, so he will miss the UEFA Super Cup tie against Sevilla on August 9.

The Portuguese player, who is on a visit to his hometown Funchal, told reporters that the last season was the most important throughout his career, as he won the European championship title with his national team and the UEFA Champions League trophy with Real Madrid.


Sam Allardyce hoping to create world class backroom staff for England

Newly-appointed England chief coach Sam Allardyce said that he wants to harness the "bitter experience" of the European Championship to motivate his footballers on the road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Allardyce was confirmed as Roy Hodgson's successor on Friday after compensation was agreed with Sunderland.

Hodgson's England won just one of their four matches in France and were eliminated by Iceland in the last-16, but 61-year-old Allardyce has vowed to bring a sense of pride back to the nation and he wants this summer's disappointment as motivation.


Gonzalo Higuain undergoes medical ahead of switch

Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain has reportedly undergone a medical in Madrid ahead of his potential switch to Italian football champions Juventus, who are willing to pay the Argentine's buy-out clause of 94.7 million euros ($104.8 million).

According to Sky Sport Italia on Saturday, the 28-year-old underwent medical tests with Juventus in a Madrid clinic with the presence of the Turin club's general manager Giuseppe Marotta and sporting director Fabio Paratici. Paratici also discussed personal terms with the player and his agent and brother, Nicolas.


Fiorentina sign Argentine sensation Hernan Toledo

Andrea Della Valle, president of Fiorentina, confirmed on Saturday that the Italian football club has reached an agreement with Velez Sarsfield to sign Argentine midfielder Hernan Toledo.

Della Valle told the Italian club's official website that Toledo, 20, is "a great deal" for Fiorentina.


Wenger already impressed by new signing

Arsenal's top signing of the summer thus far, midfielder Granit Xhaka, made his first appearance at London Colney this week, and Manager Arsene Wenger has been impressed by what he has seen of the Swiss midfielder thus far.

Wenger spoke about Xhaka in glowing terms, telling the club's official website, "His passing ability to play through the lines from deep positions, his work rate, and he’s good in the air."


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