In anticipation of this week’s 1212th edition of Soccer Laduma, we preview some of the features included. The latest edition will be available at your nearest outlet tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24.
Rulani Mokwena Interview
It’s no exaggeration to say that when it comes to tactical analysis of the game, Mokwena comes second to none, and the young tactician’s role has been immense in Mamelodi Sundowns’ unbeaten record so far this season. He is the younger of the coaching trio that also includes co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi and senior coach Steve Komphela, but is an experienced head in his own right considering this is his second spell with the Tshwane giants, while he also spent some time at Orlando Pirates and, more recently, Chippa United. With a big squad and a number of new players added to an already star-studded team, the technical team that has come to be affectionately known as “Meshack, Shadrack and Abednego” is doing a stellar job in managing the team as they look to carry on from where Pitso Mosimane left off. In his interview with Soccer Laduma, Mokwena talks about life after Mosimane, his decision not to go to Al Ahly and why he is far from being a finished product as a coach.
Nedbank Cup Last 16 Preview
After Kaizer Chiefs were booted out of the competition by minnows Richards Bay FC in the previous, all eyes are on whether there will be another upset or two in the round of 16. Both Mamelodi Sundowns, the defending champions, and Orlando Pirates have tricky fixtures, against Polokwane City and Maritzburg United respectively, and will have to sweat blood to see themselves in the quarterfinals. But there are always other interesting fixtures, such as the Cape derby between GladAfrica Championship sides Cape Town All Stars and Cape Town Spurs, as well as Chippa United against Cape Town City, not to mention Swallows FC squaring up against the rejuvenated Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC. In the preview of these do-or-die clashes, we spoke to players from inside the different camps, and one thing’s for sure: Nedbank Cup weekend couldn’t come soon enough!
Lazarous Kambole Feature
It’s a common occurrence in football that a player will arrive at a club with high expectations placed on his shoulders, due to what he did at his previous club, only to become a complete shadow of himself. Kambole at Kaizer Chiefs is a case in point. The attacker was scoring goals like they were going out of fashion during his time at Zambian side ZESCO United, even in the CAF Champions League, but has found the going tough so far at Naturena. What could be the contributing factors to his poor form, which has led to the 27-year-old being completely out of the picture for the most part? Is there hope for the future o should Chiefs cut their losses? In a revealing, stats-heavy feature, Soccer Laduma puts the Zambian’s progress in Mzansi under the magnifying glass.
Also in issue 1212…
Thamsanqa Sangweni Interview
That a talent like Sangweni can be in football limbo for more than a year speaks to the unpredictability of football. One minute, you have the world at your feet, and then the next, you are going from training ground to training ground, begging for an opportunity to showcase your skills. It’s a situation that took a toll on the former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder, but still, he was able to pick himself up and join Mbabane Highlanders in neighbouring Eswatini. As fate would have it, however, he had to cut his stay there short, as a chance to link up with Chippa United again presented itself. Sangweni has since been signed, reuniting with coach Dan Malesela. In his interview with Soccer Laduma, the Dondotha-born star speaks about second chances, receiving support from family and friends during his darkest hour and what this new lease on life really means to him.
Thabo Mnyamane Interview
Mnyamane’s breakthrough to professional football, from the Varsity Cup, was met with a lot of fanfare and he has, by all accounts, acquitted himself well in the topflight. However, injuries have stalled his progress somewhat, and in recent times, he has been a forgotten man at SuperSport United. And with the likes of Bradley Grobler, Thamsanqa Gabuza and Ghampani Lungu doing well for Kaitano Tembo’s side, it was always going to be difficult for the Sebokeng-born player to walk straight back into the line-up. When it became clear towards the end of last season that his days at Matsatsantsa were numbered, he had to think about the future, and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC did not hesitate to snap him up. His impact has already been visible, as he has scored twice, in the Nedbank Cup and the league, contributing to vital wins. In an interview with Soccer Laduma, Mnyamane explains why he did a celebration after recently scoring against his former side and talks more about his recent struggles.
This week, we hear from Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC goalkeeper Washington Arubi, who talks about life under David Mathebula and Mpho Maleka, the team’s recent change in fortunes, and more.
In this week’s edition of the popular Siyagobhoza section, there is news about Khama Billiat, a Mamelodi Sundowns player fighting for his future, an Orlando Pirates loanee who could be making his way back to the Soweto giants, and more…
Grab a copy of the latest edition of Soccer Laduma at your nearest outlet tomorrow. Don’t miss out!