Is YayaToure on the verge of a new Manchester City contract?

YayaToure has a contract with Manchester City which extends until the end of the current season and with only a few months left before expiring, questions are emerging surrounding the future of the veteran player.

Pep Guardiola’s relationship with YayaToure started off in a difficult way as the Spanish manager opted to leave Toure on the sidelines during 3 opening months of the 2016-17 English Premier League season.

The current 2016-17 English Premier League season, initiated on August 13 of 2016 but it wasn’t until November 19 when YayaToure made his 1st appearance against Crystal Palace in a match that resulted in a 2-1 triumph for Manchester City with both of those goals arriving from YayaToure himself.

From there on out, the Ivorian player has turned into a consistent starter and rumors have been emerging claiming that he is about to sign a 1 year contract extension with the Premier League club. (more…)

Callisto Pasuwa confident on his Team for Castle Cup

Zimbabwe coach Callisto Pasuwa claims that he is wary of the expectations over his team ahead of the 2016 COSAFA Castle Cup, which begins in a few weeks.

Zimbabwe head into the tournament looking to win the title for a record fifth time. The nation’s is the most successful in this competition after having won it four times – a record shared with Zambia. The other most successful teams in the competition are South Africa and Angola – both have won the title three times. Zimbabwe, though, will be looking to overcome the memories of last season’s tournament, which was very poor on all fronts.

Zimbabwe failed to get past the first round of the tournament and suffered a 4-1 loss to Namibia, which led to a second-place finish in the group. This time around, the nation will be up against the likes of Swaziland, Madagascar, and Seychelles in the group stages. The other group will feature teams like Angola, Mauritius, Malawi, and Lesotho. Pasuwa dismissed claims that Zimbabwe are overwhelming favourites to get a win. He says that there are no big and small teams when it comes to a tournament, as each team have come to the stage on merit. Zimbabwe’s last match ended in a 4-0 win over Swaziland and it will give them much-needed confidence. (more…)

Zimbabwe coach Callisto Pasuwa has warned his players against complacency

Zimbabwe coach Callisto Pasuwa has warned his players against complacency when they take on Comoros in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. After having recently achieved a 2-1 win over Malawi, the team will be feeling confident ahead of this home clash.

Comoros are rated as one of the minnows in African football, butPasuwa states that this game could be a potential banana skin for the home team. Zimbabwe have been on a roll in recent months after achieving numerous victories. The 4-1 defeat against Namibia stands out as the only disappointing return in the last couple of months.

Zimbabwe were in the same group along with Swaziland, Guinea, and Malawi. After this positive result in the opening match, the national team will feel confident about their chances of reaching the 2016 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.Pasuwa has managed to achieve this result by introducing a lot of freshness into the national team. There are some players who are part of the under 23 team, while the remaining have made up of the domestic top names. The two have combined extremely well and the tactics ofPasuwa cannot be better at the moment.Pasuwa was appointed as the coach only in April 2015 and he has since suffered only one defeat. (more…)