In anticipation of this week’s 1257th edition of Soccer Laduma, we preview some of the features included. The latest edition will be available at your nearest outlet tomorrow, Wednesday, January 19th.
Orlando Pirates Mid-Term Report
The Soweto giants may be sitting in second spot on the DStv Premiership standings currently, but their season has been far from perfect. Perhaps the fact that they trail log leaders by 14 points, with only 11 games remaining, says it all. Co-coaches Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids have had to deal with an injury crisis that saw the likes of top stars Thembinkosi Lorch, Tshegofatso Mabasa, Richard Ofori, Zakhele Lepasa, among others, being sidelined for extended periods. Until the last few weeks before the break, selecting a consistent starting XI had been a struggle. However, there now appears to be a glimmer of hope, with Kwame Peprah starting to live up to his promise and some players returning from injury. How much progress has been made by Pirates in the first round? Which players stood out? Who needs to improve? In this Soccer Laduma mid-term report for Bucs, there is no place to hide, as every member of the squad is rated on his contribution so far this season.
Gaston Sirino Feature
It’s been four years since the sometimes temperamental player linked up with Mamelodi Sundowns. He has enjoyed a lot of success with the club since then, winning games for them with his brilliance on the ball and ability to slice the tightest of defences open. However, it’s no secret that in recent times, Sirino has developed an itch to move for greener pastures, even telling Soccer Laduma some 14 months ago, “It is my intention (to leave). But it does not depend on me, but on Sundowns to accept the offer.” Al Ahly reportedly showed interest, but no move has materialised since then. This has seen the player’s form deteriorate as his focus is elsewhere. All things considered, the club hasn’t missed him as they’ve blown away the rest of the competition in the PSL in his absence from the line-up. In this feature, Soccer Laduma takes a look at the drop in the talented Uruguayan’s form.
Siya Special – Kaizer Chiefs Trio
If word going around the Glamour Boys’ corridors is anything to go by, the club’s long-term future appears to be centered around three of their youth academy graduates – Njabulo Blom, Happy Mashiane and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo. Among some of the players brought up from the club’s development structures since the 2016/17 season, there have been a few hits and misses, with some long offloaded by management. The abovementioned trio were all promoted to the senior team within this period, coming for praise under Steve Komphela and Ernst Middendorp. In fact, Gavin Hunt, during his eight months in charge, relied heavily on Blom, Mashiane and Ngcobo as a result of the transfer ban imposed on Amakhosi by FIFA last season… and they excelled. Talk about a breakthrough season for all three. In this week’s Siya Special, the Siya crew unpacks their futures at the club.
Also In Issue 1257…
Vuyo Mere Interview
It came as a shock when news surfaced that the defender had been suspended by Swallows FC, with rumours going around that he had been fingered as a “bad apple” in the camp, influencing his teammates in a negative way, much to the detriment of the team. Subsequently, the veteran campaigner parted ways with the team, strangely just after it had been confirmed by the club that he was back training and all was honky-dory. TS Galaxy have not wasted time in snapping up the former Mamelodi Sundowns man, who has bags of experience having made his PSL debut some 21 years ago. In a frank interview with Soccer Laduma, Mere spills the beans on what led to his Dube Birds departure, his advice to up-and-coming players and how the move to the Rockets materialised.
Luyolo Nomandela Interview
The attacker enjoyed a successful entry into pro football with two great seasons at Free State Stars between 2012 and 2014. Mamelodi Sundowns came calling, but he was never able to replicate those performances. Rather inevitably, loan spells to Moroka Swallows and Jomo Cosmos were organised, but still, injuries and lack of game-time continued to haunt him. His interview in this week’s Soccer Laduma puts things into perspective, in that Nomandela opens up about those struggles, as well as where he disappeared to after reaching those heights. More recently, Siviwe ‘Chippa’ Mpengesi gave him a kiss of life, signing him to Chippa United, but he was soon out the exit door. Hayibo! What happened? Get your copy…
This week, we hear from outspoken analyst Junior Khanye, as he comments on different issues, like the DStv Compact Cup, the ongoing Afcon in Cameroon, Siyethemba Sithebe’s rumoured ‘done deal’ to Kaizer Chiefs, and much more.
In this week’s edition of the popular Siyagobhoza section, there is news on Orlando Pirates exercise the option on the deal of one of their star players, the latest on the marathon race for Victor Letsoalo, Mamelodi Sundowns youngster to possibly go out on loan again, and more…
Grab a copy of the latest edition of Soccer Laduma at your nearest outlet tomorrow. Don’t miss out!