In anticipation of this week’s 1216th edition of Soccer Laduma, we preview some of the features included. The latest edition will be available at your nearest outlet tomorrow, Wednesday, March 24.
Mosa Lebusa Interview
Not given a chance to succeed by many when he joined Mamelodi Sundowns from the now renamed Ajax Cape Town, who had suffered relegation, Lebusa did not take long to show that he was ready to mix it with the big boys. Although he missed the first few games of this season, he has been almost ever-present since making the breakthrough, and has notably been lauded for his performances in the CAF Champions League, where he has featured in the Team of the Week twice already. What’s more, the left-footed central defender has been made Downs captain in recent times, a big achievement in the star-studded Brazilians side. What is his reaction to that and why did it catch him by surprise? How have they managed to come up with top displays despite losing two of their players in tragic fashion? What have Hlompho Kekana and Denis Onyango told him that he keeps in mind? Lebusa provides the answers to these and other questions in his interview with Soccer Laduma.
Soweto Derby Review
Current form means nothing in the Soweto Derby, so they say, and last Sunday, South African football lovers got to see just how true that statement is. Many would have put their money on Orlando Pirates to walk all over Kaizer Chiefs. After all, having won the previous three encounters between the two rivals, but it seems Gavin Hunt’s men had other ideas. Bucs were stifled and could not penetrate the Amakhosi defence as easily as they have done in the past, and Chiefs converted one of their chances and walked away victorious in the end. Not one of the best derbies in terms of the footballing display, but the Naturena-based side did what they felt had to be done and got the maximum points, which is a big boost in their efforts to move up the league table. For Pirates, the international break is an opportunity for some soul-searching and to regroup. Soccer Laduma got derby reactions from a whole host of people, and they all point out where it went wrong for the Buccaneers and what Chiefs did well on the day.
Kaizer Chiefs’ 10 Big Decisions
With Siphelele Ntshangase having become the first casualty of an overhaul at Kaizer Chiefs, more players are set to follow suit. Gavin Hunt has made it clear that changes are imminent as he gears up to dump several of the already out-of-contract stars and some who are surplus to requirements. Hunt’s own future has come under scrutiny too, with the Chiefs hierarchy closely watching whether results improve from here onwards after sources informed the Siya crew that the coach was told to aim for a Top 8 spot or possibly face the axe. There are some high-profile names who could be leaving Naturena too, in Khama Billiat, Lebogang Manyama, Willard Katsande and quite possibly Itumeleng Khune! In this week’s Siya Special, the crew unpacks the mass player exodus expected at the Soweto giants once the FIFA ban has been lifted in July.
Also in issue 1216…
David Mathebula Interview
It does not take a rocket scientist to realise that Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila’s fortunes have changed for the better since Dr Abram Sello came in as club boss, the loss to AmaZulu FC on the weekend notwithstanding. Such was their poor run prior to that, that coach Joel Masutha had to bite the bullet, allowing for David Mathebula and Mpho Maleka to come in as co-coaches in the interim. The duo has evidently struck up a good understanding with the players, who seem rejuvenated, what with salary non-payment issues being a thing of the past. Yet, in his interview with Soccer Laduma, “DVD”, as the former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder is fondly known in football circles, believes they should be in a much better position than they are in, with the quality at their disposal. He also talks about representing other young, up-and-coming coaches.
Pentjie Zulu Interview
Football indeed can be a strange game at times. How does a player who made a whopping 29 league starts the one season fall completely out of the picture the following campaign? In the case of Zulu, it seems the breakdown in talks for a new contract at Black Leopards cost him a place in the team, before he was eventually let go on mutual consent. The 30-year-old left back has just found a home at Sekhukhune United in the GladAfrica Champions, for whom he has signed until the end of the current season. In an interview with Soccer Laduma, he opens up about his money-related struggles at Lidoda Duvha, unfulfilled promises and missing out on the opportunity to join Mamelodi Sundowns, among other topics. He also reveals why he didn’t hesitate joining Sekhukhune.
This week, we hear from Cavin Johnson, Al Ahly assistant coach, on life at arguably the biggest club in Africa, how and Pitso Mosimane have managed to succeed in such a short space of time in a new country, and facing relentless criticism from Ahly legends.
In this week’s edition of the popular Siyagobhoza section, there is clarity on an Orlando Pirates star’s contract situation, a Swallows FC player who may be open to moving to Kaizer Chiefs player, a Mamelodi Sundowns man on contractual talks with the club, and more…
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