Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Saturday, September 22.
International and European club football
Pep Guardiola believes physical tiredness had nothing to do with Manchester City’s Champions League defeat at home to Lyon on Wednesday; Phillip Cocu has apologised to Fenerbahce’s supporters after their 4-1 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League; and Barcelona forward Malcom got his first Brazil call-up on Friday in a largely familiar squad to face Saudi Arabia and Argentina in October friendlies.
Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership
Former Crystal Palace player Glenn Murray says Ivory Coast star Wilfried Zaha would now be one of Manchester United’s best players if former manager Sir Alex Ferguson had not retired; Rotherham United manager Paul Warne has warned his side over the threat of Nottingham Forest striker Lewis Grabban as the two clubs are set to meet at the City Ground this weekend; and St Mirren midfielder Ryan Flynn admits he and his teammates need to ensure they maintain their work-rate against Hamilton to continue the feelgood factor following Oran Kearney's positive start as manager.
Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS
South African forward Lebohang Manyama has described Turkish football as ‘very tough’ and wishes he had played in the Super Lig at an earlier age; Libya are reportedly hoping to convince PSV Eindhoven star Zakaria Aboukhlal to switch international allegiance and turn out for the North African country against Nigeria next month; and star defender Thiago Silva may not renew his contract with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, sparking speculation of a move to AC Milan.
Transfer rumours & gossip
Young Sunderland goalkeeper Max Stryjek has joined Eastleigh on a one-month loan; Gary Cahill has admitted he may have to leave Chelsea after failing to play a single minute of first-team football this season so far; Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has signed a new four-year contract to remain in charge of the national side; and Man Utd and Arsenal are both eyeing up Hertha Berlin midfielder Arne Maier, according to reports in SportBild.