In anticipation of this week’s 1201st edition of Soccer Laduma, we preview some of the features included. The latest edition will be available at your nearest outlet tomorrow, Wednesday, November 25.
Luvuyo Memela Interview
Understandably, Orlando Pirates and general Mzansi football supporters reacted with shock to the news that Luvuyo Memela would be leaving the club, shortly before this season commenced. This after protracted negotiations for a new contract failed to yield any positive results for either of the two parties, leading to the nimble-footed attacking midfielder landing a deal with AmaZulu, for whom he has scored three goals in four league games so far. Although the Soweto giants look balanced in all departments this season, it was thought that Memela still had a big role to play in the team, having proved himself to be a useful number 10 and one of the most important players in the line-up over the last few seasons. To get a better understanding of what exactly could have led to this severing of ties, Soccer Laduma had a conversation with the 33-year-old and he opens up about what happened.
Anele Ngcongca Tribute
Monday, 23 November 2020, was a dark day in South African football, following the news that a car accident in the early hours of the morning had claimed the life of Anele Ngcongca, who was set to be unveiled as an AmaZulu FC player for this season, on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns. The Gugulethu-born defender was a true servant of the game, who flew the South African flag high during his lengthy stint with Belgian side Genk, before returning to the PSL in 2016 to link up with the Tshwane giants, where he won several titles. Mzansi has reacted with shock and disbelief to the news, as Ngcongca was only 33 years of age and a lot was still expected of him, be it from a playing perspective or post-retirement. Having played in the 2010 World Cup on home soil, and rubbed shoulders with some of the top names in world football, his experience was vital in guiding the next generation of football, but sadly he is no more. Soccer Laduma pays a deserved tribute to the former defender by speaking to some of the people who had more than a nodding acquaintance with him.
CAF Champions League Final Preview
Despite there being no South Africa team in the final of this prestigious inter-club competition, Mzansi fans will no doubt be watching proceedings with a keen eye when Al Ahly take on Zamalek on Friday evening. That is obviously because the son of the soil, Pitso Mosimane, is steering the Red Devils ship, where he has had an incredible record of five victories and one draw in his six matches in charge so far. Al Ahly fans are pinning their hopes on “Jingles” masterminding a victory over their closest rivals, thus securing the club’s ninth CAF Champions League title. The Egyptian giants painfully lost at the final hurdle in both the 2017 and 2018 editions of the competition, and will be hoping that it is third time lucky this time around. Victory will be made sweeter by the fact that it would have been at the expense of their bitter rivals, and will earn the former Mamelodi Sundowns coach legendary status in African football. In previewing this titanic battle, Soccer Laduma spoke to one of Egypt’s renowned football journalists, Hady Elmady of Yallakora, as he previews key insights.
Also in issue 1201…
Lehlogonolo Masalesa Interview
The lanky midfielder isn’t one for PR, carefully-weighed responses to questions in interviews, and lives up to that reputation in this one. In a candid manner, Masalesa tells it like it is as to why he left Chippa United and what has made him return to Black Leopards after previously leaving the club. Furthermore, he reveals why he’s moved around quite a lot in his career and talks about what is about to be his 11th season in the elite division. Find out a whole lot more, including why he is grateful to the game and not staying longer in Europe when he went to play in Greece, by reading this interview.
Bradley Cross Interview
You’ve got to be something special to be handed the captaincy at a club like Newcastle United, even if at U23 level. That’s the fate that recently befell South African-born Cross, who is making steady progress in his career and is definitely one for the future. Some may not be aware, but he did turn out for Mpumalanga Black Aces and Bidvest Wits junior teams, and got called up to the national U17 squad at some stage. Soccer Laduma caught up with the 19-year-old as he talks about his ambitions for the future and whether he does have any hope of representing Mzansi at senior level.
This week, we hear from Aviwe Nyamende, defender for Bloemfontein Celtic, as he chats about the club’s upcoming trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo to face AS Maniema Union in the first preliminary round of the CAF Confederation Cup this weekend. He also speaks about their recent form in the league and football in COVID-19 times for a well-supported side like Siwelele.
In this week’s edition of the popular Siyagobhoza section, there is news about the latest on Bernard Parker’s Kaizer Chiefs future, Mamelodi Sundowns opening talks with one of their midfielders, Benni McCarthy’s link to AmaZulu FC, and more…
Grab a copy of the latest edition of Soccer Laduma at your nearest outlet tomorrow. Don’t miss out!