In anticipation of this week’s 1197th edition of Soccer Laduma, we preview some of the features included. The latest edition will be available at your nearest outlet tomorrow, Wednesday, October 28.
Soweto Derby Preview
In what will surely be a battle of wits between Josef Zinnbauer and Gavin Hunt, Orlando Pirates welcome arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs to Orlando Stadium for the first leg of the MTN8 semi-final, with both Soweto giants eyeing a place in the final. With or without the fans in the stadium, the Soweto Derby will always attract the interest of football followers locally and from around the continent, and this promises to be an entertaining affair even as both sides have had a stuttering start to the 2020/21 season. There are just so many questions that this game poses for both the Buccaneers and Amakhosi, and come Saturday at 15h00, those question will be answered. Don’t miss this preview where we talk to various people in the football fraternity, including those who’ve worn the jersey of both clubs, to share their thoughts on and give their predictions for this weekend’s spectacle.
SuperSport United v Bloemfontein Celtic Preview
While all eyes will be on the Soweto Derby, there is the not-so-small matter of the first leg MTN8 semi-final fixture between SuperSport United and Bloemfontein Celtic, who will be fighting hard for a spot in the final. While Matsatsantsa have established a reputation as South Africa’s cup kings in recent days, Siwelele will be wanting to get a taste of cup final action yet again, having been beaten by Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup final only last month. These are two formidable sides who are dangerous on the attack and goals are expected when they clash. In our preview of the first leg, we caught up with Bongani Khumalo and Jackson Mabokgwane as they reveal what they think of opposition, how their teams have prepared, and much more…
Tebogo Tlolane Interview
In what came as somewhat of a strange development, Orlando Pirates have sent Tebogo Tlolane back to Maritzburg United, on loan, for the second successive season, this after the left back featured for Bucs in the season-opening win over Cape Town City in the MTN8. Some had thought he had done enough at the Team of Choice last season to be brought back and fight for a place in the team with the likes of Innocent Maela, Paseka Mako and Bongani Sam, but he will be spending another season in Pietermaritzburg. How did he find out about it? What are his feelings on the matter? Is it a case of running away from competition? The 24-year-old answers these and other questions in a frank interview with Soccer Laduma.
Also in issue 1197…
Nicholus Lukhubeni Interview
He was thrown in at the deep end by Pitso Mosimane last season and did not disappoint in the few games he managed to play for Mamelodi Sundowns, but Nicholus Lukhubeni has now made the switch to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC on loan, where he will be hoping to cement his place and come back to Chloorkop an even more mature, better and wiser player. In this interview, the lanky right back speaks about his football background, how he almost joined Kaizer Chiefs, the interesting experience that was his first training session with the Tshwane giants. Lukhubeni also talks about, among other things, the start they have had to life in the big league.
Eden Hazard Feature
Eden Hazard is Real Madrid’s most expensive signing in history, but has largely failed to live up to expectations since his €115 million (R2.2 billion) transfer. The Belgium international was supposed to be Los Blancos’ new superstar, but has spent more time in the treatment room than on the pitch. Hazard wanted Real, Real wanted Hazard – it was supposed to be a match made in heaven! So far, though, it seems to be more of a nightmare. The 29-year-old has scored just one goal and had hardly any impact in any important game. He has taken over Cristiano Ronaldo’s iconic No. 7 shirt, but has not managed to step out of Real’s all-time record goalscorer’s shadow. In this week’s international feature, Soccer Laduma looks into the mystery around Hazard’s stint at Los Blancos so far.
This week, we get the views of Mamelodi Sundowns legend, the one and only Roger “The General” Feutmba. He comments on the recent developments at the league defending champions, especially with regards to having joint coaches in charge, as well as on the signings made. Interestingly, Feutmba also reveals who he thought would be given the job as the sole head coach.
In this week’s edition of the popular Siyagobhoza section, there is news about a Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder who is on the fringes, the player identified as a back-up by Kaizer Chiefs should Samir Nurkovic leave, Cape Town City being adamant of keeping their star player amid a lot of interest from the bigger teams, and more…
Grab a copy of the latest edition of Soccer Laduma at your nearest outlet tomorrow. Don’t miss out!