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Fri 20 Nov by Mark Gleeson

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“It is important for us to understand the qualities of South African players, they are different from other countries. We have got the flair, skill and creativity, and if you profile our players properly, you will know we have to play the game that suits the qualities we have.”

Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki after his side struggled to beat minnows Sao Tome e Principe in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

"It was a very emotional night, it was tense and nervous, all the usual head coach emotions. For the players and the nation it was a magnificent night. We didn't have many hours sleep afterwards. We enjoyed ourselves, but after 22 years we deserved the moment.”

Steve Clarke after managing Scotland to a place in the 2020 European Championship finals, the first time they have qualified for the finals of a major tournament since 1998.

 

“Kane is not only Tottenham's best scorer, he's also their best creator. He's like two men rolled into one. The best compliment I can pay him is that if you wanted someone to take a shot to score from 25 yards to save your life, I'd pick Kane every single day.”

Ex-England striker Peter Crouch on the virtues of Tottenham and England captain Harry Kane.

"It is a difficult time for him; this is the worst thing you can experience as a football player. You go through hell. But I think he is very strong. We FaceTime every now and then and that is very nice."

Georginio Wijnaldum on his Liverpool and Netherlands colleague Virgil van Dijk, who is working his way back from surgery.

"When Ibra went to play in America I thought it was the final goodbye. Instead, he scored in so many games. Now he’s back in Italy, I thought it was the end and, once again, he scores every Sunday. Ask him if I wanted him at Napoli. He is immortal, like Cristiano Ronaldo. Continuing to play is easy, but they don’t just play, they always score and that's not easy."

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti talks about Zlatan Ibrahimovich, who is still banging in goals at AC Milan at the age of 39.