In anticipation of this week’s 1213th edition of Soccer Laduma, we preview some of the features included. The latest edition will be available at your nearest outlet tomorrow, Wednesday, March 03.
George Lebese Interview
The Mamelodi-born midfielder would have obviously been written off after his highly-publicised yet ill-fated move to Mamelodi Sundowns, but has made a spectacular comeback, even if playing in a league that is not followed much by a South African audience. Lebese has been making waves in the US, where he turns out for Colorado Springs Switchbacks, even scoring a strike that was selected as Goal of the Year for 2020. It’s been quite a turn of fortunes for a massively talented player who has failed to live up to the expectations since the heights he reached under Stuart Baxter at Kaizer Chiefs. Soccer Laduma catches up with “Milkshake”, as the 32-year-old is fondly known in local football circles, as he talks about how the move happened, following in the footsteps of the likes of Jomo Sono and Ace Ntsoelengoe and why he failed to become “the new Jabu Pule” under Muhsin Ertugral.
Josef Zinnbauer Feature
With the man popularly known as “JZ” closing in on 450 days in charge of one of the biggest teams on the African continent, Orlando Pirates, there have been mixed feeling about his progress. At times, the Buccaneers have been unplayable on the pitch, which is evidence of the quality they possess in playing personnel, but at times they have been uninspiring. But MTN8 success has definitely bought the German mentor more time at the Houghton-based club, where the pressure of the hotseat is known to be too high. What has Zinnbauer done right? Where can improvements be made? How have the Buccaneers changed this season after their flurry of transfer activity? Soccer Laduma takes an in-depth look in this feature…
Thabiso Malatsi Interview
During his playing days, “Skapie” was one of the most skilful players who was not scared to take players on. He epitomised the way South African football fans wanted and still want the game to be played – no wonder he was such a hit! The team that gave him his breakthrough, Kaizer Chiefs, however, is going through turbulent times, having just suffered a humiliating loss to Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League, in addition to being embarrassed by lower division side Richards Bay FC in the Nedbank Cup, plus their woeful form in the league. What is happening at Naturena? Who needs to take the blame? Malatsi, known as a very outspoken individual, lets loose and fires some shots at Kaizer Chiefs in his no-holds-barred interview with Soccer Laduma.
Also in issue 1213…
Bradley Ralani Interview
No two ways about it, Ralani has been Cape Town City’s go-to guy this season, scoring and assisting in equal measure. It comes as no surprise that he becomes the subject of special attention by the opposition teams, with some even deploying what could be termed unsportsmanlike tactics to keep him at bay. One of these ugly incidents happened in the Citizens’ game against Baroka FC, where Basil Mphahlele lunged into a silly tackle on the Galeshewe-born trickster, which sparked a mudslinging match between the two benches. In an interview with Soccer Laduma, Ralani, for the first time, reveals his true feelings on what happened on that fateful day and why he refused to entertain Mphahlele when he came to apologise at the end of the game. He also sheds light on his contract situation.
Evans Rusike Interview
Much against expectations, for a player of his quality, Rusike has failed to fire on all cylinders since joining SuperSport United from Maritzburg United. To be fair, a spell on the sidelines due to injury has played its part, but the pressure certainly is on for the Zimbabwean, who has his current expiring soon. There has been talk of a possible move back to the Team of Choice, while he has been linked to the likes of Kaizer Chiefs in the past. In this interview, the 30-year-old forward talks about the conversation he’s had with coach Kaitano Tembo, how Ernst Middendorp helped his game, and more.
This week, we catch up with Swallows FC Chairman David Mogashoa, who reacts to the club’s first loss of the season, talks about lack of sponsorship, transfer market activity and so on.
In this week’s edition of the popular Siyagobhoza section, there is news about the latest on Itumeleng Khune’s future at Kaizer Chiefs, an Ivorian striker on Orlando Pirates’ radar, a new role for a Mamelodi Sundowns coach, and more…
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