In anticipation of this week’s 1259th edition of Soccer Laduma, we preview some of the features included. The latest edition will be available at your nearest outlet tomorrow, Wednesday, February 2nd.
Orlando Pirates v AmaZulu FC Preview
Local football looks set to return with a bang, as the Nedbank Cup commences with some mouth-watering ties. One of the big ones to look forward to in the Last 32 is between Bucs and Usuthu. The two sides actually met in the league in their final match of 2021, and it was the Soweto giants who came out tops, winning it 2-1. Judging by how the two teams played that evening, there’s good reason to believe that the upcoming clash this weekend will be a cracker. It’s the last knockout competition of the season and no one wants to be booted out so early, which means both sides will go all out. In this preview, Soccer Laduma looks ahead to the match by visiting the different ingredients that have the potential to make this an exciting cup clash.
Dumisani Zuma Feature
As reports continue to circulate about an impending departure from Kaizer Chiefs for the hard-running attacker, would Amakhosi regret such a course of action? The versatile player is yet to feature in a single minute for the Naturena-based club this season amid off-field problems, which led to his suspension from all club affairs recently. He is now back on the training ground, although has been linked with an exit. So, what exactly does the 26-year-old bring to the table? Is he a player that the Soweto giants could still benefit from having as an option in an attack considering their relatively meagre 21 goals scored in 16 DStv Premiership matches this term? In this feature, Soccer Laduma digs deeper into the issue of Zuma’s spectacular fall from grace at Chiefs.
Danny Jordaan Interview
Nearly seven years ago, SAFA vowed to change the face of the sport in Mzansi with the launch of Vision 2022. At the heart of this project was getting Bafana Bafana, the flagbearers of the organisation, to the World Cup in Qatar this year. Thanks to a dubious penalty call and FIFA’s decision not to investigate the referee’s conduct in that qualifier against Ghana in November last year after a formal complaint, South Africa will not be part of the global showpiece. Naturally, questions are being asked of the direction football is taking in this country, especially given the frosty relationship between SAFA and the PSL – with particular reference to the alleged discord when it comes to the two long-standing top brass, Danny Jordaan and Irvin Khoza. Soccer Laduma sat down with Jordaan for this interview…
Also In Issue 1259…
Manqoba Ngwenya Interview
In his playing days, ‘Shakes’, as he was and still is affectionately known, had the supporters eating out of the palm of his hand with his trickery and guile on the ball. A brilliant left footer, with a penchant of creating something out of nothing in a game. Mamelodi Sundowns is where he won major trophies, but he was not able to reach his full potential for this reason and the other. Ngwenya was without a doubt one of the most talented players of his era, with two league titles to boast of, but the current generation of Sundowns player has taken things to a whole new level by completely dominating local football. In this interview with Soccer Laduma’s Tshepang Mailwane, Ngwenya speaks about the club’s dominance, the injuries which affected him while he was playing and what he has been up to since bringing an end to his career.
George Matlou Interview
Local footballers often have one goal in mind when they venture abroad: to follow greener pastures and forge a career in a foreign country, often to improve the quality of their lives and provide for their families. However, going to Europe can also have an ugly side, as seen in the case of Matlou, the Soweto-born midfielder who had to shockingly endure racist insults from a referee whilst plying his trade in Portugal. In his interview with Soccer Laduma this week, the 23-year-old, who is now a Swallows FC player, delves into the ugly incident and how he managed to overcome it, why he chose to return to the Birds’ Nest, why he celebrates his shibobos more than his goals … and so much more!
This week, we hear from well-travelled former goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters, who gives his thoughts on the happenings in the January transfer window that slammed shut on Monday, and reveals his shock at one of the departures from Swallows FC, among other topics.
In this week’s edition of the popular Siyagobhoza section, there is news on Orlando Pirates’ big decision on one of their key players, Kaizer Chiefs and another PSL side making enquiries about a former Bafana Bafana star, the Sipho Mbule-Mamelodi Sundowns saga now that the transfer window has slammed shut, and more…
Grab a copy of the latest edition of Soccer Laduma at your nearest outlet tomorrow. Don’t miss out!