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Football: Close Cup shaves for Chiefs, Pirates

South African football superpowers Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates squeezed into the last-16 of the South African FA Cup this weekend. Title-holders Chiefs needed an extra-time goal from Zimbabwean Knowledge Musona to see off second-tier Black Leopards 1-0 in northern city Polokwane. And Pirates had an even closer first-round call, pipping second-division Thanda Royal Zulu on penalties after a 3-3 thriller in Indian Ocean town Richards Bay.

Football: Serb Vermezovic to coach Orlando Pirates

Serb Vladimir Vermezovic was named coach of high-profile South African football club Orlando Pirates Friday two years after quitting arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs. The outspoken 50-year-old native of Belgrade succeeds Mozambique-born Roger de Sa, who quit last month citing exhaustion after 18 months at the helm. Under former South Africa goalkeeper De Sa, Pirates reached the 2013 CAF Champions League final, losing 3-1 over two legs to Egyptian giants Al-Ahly.

Football: South African Premiership results

South African Premiership results this weekend: Free State Stars 0 Kaizer Chiefs 2 (Nkosi 38, Tshabalala 90+1) Golden Arrows 1 (Nene 35) Platinum Stars 2 (Mbatha 47, Ng'ambi 55) Mamelodi Sundowns 2 (Mashego 43, 60) Moroka Swallows 1 (Chabangu 88) Orlando Pirates 2 (Bacela 55, Jali 90+2-pen) Bloemfontein Celtic 3 (Ntanga 39, Nthethe 65, Nyatama 89-pen) Pretoria University 2 (Zwane 25, Kekana 46) AmaZulu 0 Midweek AmaZulu 2 (G. Dlamini 8, 90+4) Platinum 0

Football: Pirates reach final, but Chiefs miss out

Popular hopes of a 'dream' South African League Cup final between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates were dashed by Platinum Stars this weekend. Party-poopers Platinum upset Chiefs 1-0 in the semi-finals after Pirates came from behind to eliminate SuperSport United 2-1 following extra time. Soweto-based Chiefs and Pirates are by far the most popular football clubs in the republic with fixtures between them sold out weeks in advance.

Pirates hope to raise flag for South Africa

By Mark Gleeson CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The Orlando Pirates will be bidding to bring South Africa some rare international soccer success when they take on African Champions League holders Al Ahli of Egypt in the final over the next two weekends. The Pirates are hosting the first leg in Soweto on Saturday, followed by the return in Cairo on November 10, where Al Ahli will be seeking to extend their record-breaking number of victories in the continent's leading competition to eight.

Football: S. Africa ref faces perjury, corruption charges

South African referee Clifford Malgas appeared in a Soweto court Thursday charged with perjury and corruption related to lower-league promotion play-offs. Malgas last year testified against former national team assistant coach Phil Setshedi, who was jailed for 36 months. But crack crime unit the Hawks allege Malgas lied in court and was involved with Setshedi in unsuccessfully trying to fix play-offs. Setshedi, who also coached at famous Soweto club Orlando Pirates, was trapped in a restaurant 'sting' with a policeman posing as a referee.

Hollande extols Mandela's fight for equality in S.Africa visit

French President Francois Hollande hailed anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela's struggle for equality and forgiveness Tuesday as he wrapped up a state visit to South Africa. Hollande spent the morning in the formerly blacks-only Soweto township southwest of Johannesburg, a hotbed for resistance against the white supremacist apartheid regime which ended 19 years ago. "Even today, there are battles to be fought so we can live together, to avoid racism and xenophobia," said Hollande after an emotional tour of Mandela's former house and archives.

Football: South Africa 8 Cup result

South African 8 Cup semi-final first-leg result Sunday: At Rustenburg Platinum Stars 4 (Mthembu 56, 71, Ngele 63, Botes 74) Wits University 2 (Chapman 48, Kebede 83) Saturday At Soweto Kaizer Chiefs 0 Orlando Pirates 1 (Klate 12) Note: Return matches on Sept 24 and final on Sept 28 afp

Football: Klate gives Pirates advantage over Chiefs

An early Daine Klate goal earned Orlando Pirates a 1-0 first-leg win over arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs Saturday in a South African 8 Cup semi-final. Klate, 28, struck on 12 minutes, lifting a free-kick from just outside the box over the 'wall' and into the net off a hand of goalkeeper and captain Itumeleng Khune. It was a fitting reward for the Buccaneers, who dominated the early exchanges at Soccer City stadium in Soweto on the western outskirts of South African economic hub Johannesburg.

Football: South Africa 8 Cup result

South African 8 Cup semi-final first leg result at Soccer City stadium in Soweto Saturday: Kaizer Chiefs 0 Orlando Pirates 1 (Klate 12) Sunday At Rustenburg Platinum Stars v Wits University 1300GMT Note: Return matches on Sept 24 afp
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