In anticipation of this week’s 1234th edition of Soccer Laduma, we preview some of the features included. The latest edition will be available at your nearest outlet tomorrow, Wednesday, July 28th.
Carling Black Label Cup Preview
The adage, "When two bulls fight, the grass suffers," is so true in the case of Orlando Pirates v Kaizer Chiefs, for whenever these two Soweto giants meet, there is nothing ever 'friendly' about it. This coming Sunday's match may be billed as a pre-season friendly encounter where nothing more than just bragging rights is at stake, but rest assured that both sets of players will leave everything on the Orlando Stadium turf. What makes this encounter so special is that the team selections have been made by the fans, the very people who have kept the tradition of the Soweto derby and rivalry alive for 51 years, and therefore the players wouldn't want to disappoint them. In Soccer Laduma's wide-ranging preview of this fixture, we speak to previous Champion Coaches, zoom in on Itumeleng Khune and Happy Jele, speak to the fans, and more. Don't miss it!
Thabo Rakhale Interview
Having spent a considerable time away since leaving Orlando Pirates in 2018, Rakhale is back in Gauteng for the upcoming campaign, linking up with Sekhukhune United. The dribbling wizard says being away from the glittering lights of Johannesburg helped him revive his fortunes, having struggled for regular game time at Pirates towards the end of his stay. Jomo, as Rakhale is affectionately known, is hoping to carry on from where he left off last season when he won the Nedbank Cup with Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila. In his interview with Soccer Laduma, the former Bucs star opens up on how his Pirates spell ended, what influenced his decision to move to Chippa United and how he found life there. The Sebokeng-born player also discusses the latest move in his career.
Morena Ramoreboli Interview
Ramoreboli has achieved a rare feat of winning back-to-back COSAFA Cup titles with two different teams, firstly with the South African U17 team in 2020, as well as with Bafana Bafana recently. The coach is grateful for the opportunity after he found himself leading Bafana throughout the tournament even though he had joined the team as assistant coach to Helman Mkhalele, who unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the team’s opening match. Prior to surfacing at Bafana, some in the fraternity didn’t know who the man leading Bafana was as he has been coaching in the lower divisions for the better part of his career, though he had a stint with Bloemfontein Celtic in 2016 as Serame Letsoaka’s assistant. In an interview, Ramoreboli lets Soccer Laduma in on his background. The 40-year-old mentor also speaks about how he discovered Thembinkosi Lorch as a young boy and how he ensured that he’s properly guided.
Also in issue 1234…
Riyaad Norodien Interview
The then Ajax Cape Town (now Cape Town Spurs) youth system is responsible for producing some of the best talent Mzansi has ever seen, with silky attacker Riyaad Norodien one in a long list. Having graduated to the senior side in 2015, the stocky winger was touted for big things following his breakout maiden season with the Urban Warriors. Soon after attracting interest from Gauteng’s big hitters, Norodien found himself on the books of Orlando Pirates, where things did not quite work out despite a stellar debut season with the Soweto giants. Now, the 26-year-old finds himself clubless after parting ways with Cape Town Spurs in the second tier. In an interview with Soccer Laduma, Norodien makes some serious allegations against Spurs regarding his failure to move overseas before he joined Pirates. The club hits back in a Soccer Laduma Fair Play response.
Friday Roberts Interview
Not many will remember him, most certainly the younger generation, but Roberts escaped war-ravaged Liberia to ply his trade with Bloemfontein Celtic, the land of milk and honey, what with the last kicks of a dying horse in the apartheid system being there for all to see. This was early '90s. Because the National Professional Soccer League had begun introducing restrictions on the number of foreigners a team was allowed to have on their books, some club bosses sought loopholes in the system, and poor (literally speaking) Roberts found himself smack-bang in the middle of a sticky situation. And that's how Friday Williams was born. In a deeply nostalgic interview, the former striker recalls how his web of lies was discovered by a journalist and also talks about receiving a call from... Dr. Irvin Khoza!
This week, we gather the thoughts of former Orlandi Pirates and national U23 fan-favourite Steve Lekoelea, part of the side that famously beat Brazil in Sydney at the turn of the millennium, as he shares his honest reflections on Amaglug-glug's Olympic Games campaign so far, pinpointing where he thinks the problem is with South African football in general.
In this week’s edition of the popular Siyagobhoza section, there is news on Hlompho Kekana's situation at Mamelodi Sundowns, a new addition earning big at Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates' succession plan on the coaching front, and more…
Grab a copy of the latest edition of Soccer Laduma at your nearest outlet tomorrow. Don’t miss out!