Mutasa: Dynamos out of title race

Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa says the 0-0 draw with Ngezi Platinum on the weekend has ruled his team out of contention for league title glory.

The stalemate means the Glamour Boys fell to fifth place in the standings, 11 points behind pace-setters Platinum FC.

With only nine games to go this season, Mutasa feels it’s highly unlikely that his team can challenge for honours in the league.

"We came here looking for three points and we had some chances but we could not score," Mutasa said after the match.

"If you don’t score, you don’t win matches and it disappoints. About the title, like I have always said that it’s no longer in our hands. We will however, have to keep on working hard and see where we can finish at the end of the season."

Ajax announce Mokoena capture

Ajax Cape Town have added one more new player to their ranks ahead of the transfer deadline with the signing of midfielder Lebohang Mokoena on a two-year-deal.

The former Orlando Pirates fan-favourite has ended speculation over his future after penning a contract with the Urban Warriors, having impressed the club's coaching staff whilst on trial at the Cape outfit.

"This has given me a totally different view to football. Ajax Cape Town are very professional in everything that they do, on and off the field," he told the club's official website.

"I was so impressed with the way the coaching staff and management handle things, they really made me feel like part of the team before we even.

"It's really great to see the amount of young players who are given a chance to play at Ajax Cape Town and I'm happy to be part of it.

"I want to thank the coach and management of the club for giving me this opportunity. I am very excited to wear the Ajax Cape Town jersey and I'm ready to give my all for the club," he concluded.

Mokoena becomes Ajax's second signing in two days, following he acquisition of Mark Mayambela.

Nasri joins Sevilla on loan

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has joined Europa League winners Sevilla on a season-long loan ahead of Wednesday evening's transfer deadline.

The France international, 29, follows fellow City outcasts Joe Hart and Wilfried Bony in leaving the club on Wednesday, on respective season-long loan agreements.

The Frenchman took to Twitter to send a message to the club's supporters.

"@ManCity it's been a pleasure thanks to everyone in the club and the fans for the 5 amazing years and wish you best of luck for the season," he wrote on the social networking platform.

Nasri, who missed out on France's Euro 2016 squad, made his first and only appearance of the season in City's 3-1 victory over West Ham United at the weekend.

Wits confirm Myeni signing

Bidvest Wits have confirmed the club have signed Sifiso Myeni from Orlando Pirates, with just hours left before the close of the August transfer window.

Pirates placed the 28-year-old on the transfer list in July, and the player was reportedly trying to negotiate his release from the club prior to the window slamming shut on Wednesday.

Myeni had been linked with a possible move to Ajax Cape Town and Wits earlier this season. However, it has since been confirmed that the Clever Boys have snapped up the attacking midfielder.

The player had made 98 appearances for Bucs since 2012/13 and scored 15 goals along the way. He was deemed surplus to requirements by Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral, and has now returned to the club where he started his professional career in 2008.

Wits confirmed Myeni's signing on the club's official Twitter account, saying: "Wits is pleased to announce the signing of Sifiso Myeni. Welcome back to the family."

August 31

Ndoro ready to switch focus for Zim

Orlando Pirates striker Tendai Ndoro is hoping to make maximum impact for Zimbabwe now that he is back in the national team frame following a prolonged absence.

Ndoro had been absent from Warriors setup for nearly three years, but recently returned for Zimbabwe's AFCON 2017 qualifier against Malawi, the 3-0 victory sealing the Warriors' place in next year's tournament.

Now possibly set to start in Sunday's final qualifying game against Guinea in Conakry due to Nyasha Mushekwi's unavailability, Ndoro is excited about being back in the mix, his recall earned by some scintillating form for his club, Orlando Pirates.

"I thank God for the opportunity to showcase my talent at national team and club level. I will have to switch the focus from club level to the national team so that we can finish the group stages on a high note.

"But it is not really about me, it is about team work, supporting one another and everything will go well for us," he was quoted as saying by the Herald.

While Sunday's match counts for little - Zimbabwe have already qualified, Ndoro says it’s important for his country to end their campaign on a winning note.

"We want to finish on a high note so that it boosts our confidence ahead of the next stage which is the AFCON finals," said Ndoro.

"We don't want to lose the match just because we have already qualified, so we are not going there to relax, but we are going to fight, focused like it is a decider for us and I am sure if we do that we will come out victorious."

He may have ended last season, and began this one, in blistering club form - Ndoro scored a hat-trick in Pirates' opening league game - but he is not setting himself any lofty goal targets.

"At club level, I want to help the club win trophies. Even though we lost one on Saturday [in the MTN8], there is still more to play for and we hope to continue winning and maybe get something," he explained.

"I don't want to set targets for myself, as long as the team is winning it is okay for me and I am happy."

Ziyech thrilled with Ajax move

New Ajax Amsterdam playmaker Hakim Ziyech has spoken of his delight at joining the Eredivisie giants on Tuesday.

Ziyech penned a five-year deal with Peter Bosz's side after the financially stricken Twente accepted an €11 million offer for the 23-year-old - and he admits he immediately made up his mind once they enquired about his availability.

"I really wanted to play for Ajax during the previous weeks when I thought that a transfer might be possible," he told NOS. 

"I always stated that I would only go to a team that have a good manager and that is the case with Peter Bosz and the way he has of playing and I want to be a part of that.

"I hope to develop as a player here at Ajax and I can assure everyone that I plan on doing my very best for the club."

The Morocco international is widely regarded as the one of the best playmakers in Dutch football and despite the Tukkers' off-the-field issues last season, he managed to score 17 goals and register 12 assists in 33 league games.

Sredojevic targets AFCON spot after Kenya draw

Uganda Cranes coach Milutin Sredojevic was optimistic that his teams will clinch Africa Cup of Nations qualification after their draw against Kenya on Tuesday.

The Harambee Stars held Uganda to a goalless draw in the friendly in Kampala.

The Ugandans could book an AFCON spot for the first time in 38 years with a win over Comoros on Sunday. The team are on equal points with Burkina Faso at the top of Group D.

"This international friendly was a good platform to see the players I have in camp," Sredojevic told Soka.

"We might not be satisfied with the result but it's better having such than just training five times or so. It was a bridge between when we last played competitively and the upcoming game against Comoros.

"It was also an avenue to see who can be of great value on Sunday and who cannot rather than experimenting on the material day.

"Come Sunday, we have to rectify defensive and attacking strategies; we have to avoid losing possession in dangerous situations and also ensure we create as many scoring chances as possible."

Bony joins Stoke on loan from Citizens

Stoke City have announced the signing of Ivory Coast international Wilfried Bony on a one-year loan deal from Premier League rivals Manchester City.

The forward has made just 15 Premier League starts for City since joining the club from Swansea City in a £28 million deal in January 2015.

The Ivory Coast international had not featured at all under City manager Pep Guardiola, and has now joined the Potters on loan for 2016/17.

The 27-year-old scored just six league goals for the Citizens and will no doubt hope to be more prolific for Stoke.

Bony is a proven goalscorer in the English top flight, having hit 26 goals in 54 appearances for Swansea over the course of two seasons. Nonetheless, Stoke boss Mark Hughes believes the player has strengths that can only benefit his side.

He told the club's official website: "Bringing Wilfried in was a no-brainer for us. He has power, speed and very good physical attributes." 

The Bingerville-born star has three years left on his contract at the Etihad Stadium, and it's not known if Stoke have the option to make his move permanent at the end of the current campaign.

Chelsea loan Omeruo to Alanyaspor

Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo has joined Turkish outfit Alanyaspor on a season-long loan after penning a new three-year contract with the London club.

The Nigeria international has made the switch to the Turkish Super Lig after being deemed surplus to requirements by newly-appointed Blues boss Antonio Conte.

This will be the 22-year-old's fourth loan spell away from Stamford Bridge, following stints with ADO Den Haag, Middlesbrough and Kasimpasa in Turkey.

Commenting on his move to Alanyaspor, Omeruo told BBC Sport: "The focus right now is to play regularly and establish myself here.

"I know what to expect joining a team with big ambitions - it means the bar has been raised even higher.

"I don't want to enjoy the tag of being a Chelsea player always going out on loan without regular football.

"My desire is to prove myself a worthy addition to Alanyaspor, make a significant contribution in all competitions and take it from there.

"I don't want to get ahead of myself but everybody wants to be settled at a place and play regularly - I am no different."