In anticipation of this week’s 1268th edition of Soccer Laduma, we preview some of the features included. The latest edition will be available at your nearest outlet tomorrow, Wednesday, April 6th.
Keagan Dolly Interview
The Westbury-born attacker has exceeded expectations since he returned to South Africa to link with Kaizer Chiefs, following four-and-a-half seasons with Montpellier in France’s Ligue 1. There, he endured a bit of a tough time, with a regular run hard to come by and injuries not being kind to his cause. In him, Amakhosi found a marquee signing following a season where they almost finished outside the Top Eight bracket, not to mention that they had been banned for two transfer windows from adding players to their roster. True to the expectations placed on players wearing the number 10 jersey, Dolly has delivered with aplomb, even if he had a slow start due to having to shed some weight. The 29-year-old was recently part of the Bafana Bafana team that played friendlies against Guinea and France, and sat down with Soccer Laduma for an interview about some of the notable experiences in his career so far, including missing the 2019 Afcon, why he had to come back to Mzansi, and much more!
Lyle Lakay Interview
The former Cape Town City star has arguably been the best left back in the PSL this season thus far, helping Mamelodi Sundowns in both the domestic front and in the CAF Champions League, where they have made it to the quarterfinals. Among some of his best attributes as a player is the danger he poses from set-pieces, getting past his man in one-v-one situations and crossing ability, from which the likes of Peter Shalulile have profited. Such has been Lakay’s rise that he was finally recognised by Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos for the recent friendlies against Guinea and France. In an interview with Soccer Laduma, the 30-year-old talks at length about what it was like playing against France and responds to the brouhaha about some of the Bafana players seen taking selfies with the opposition on the field immediately after the game. The ex-Bloemfontein Celtic man also reveals his honest thoughts on his progress.
Saddam Maake Interview
The fans are back in the stands, albeit at 50% capacity, from this weekend following president Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on the relaxation of COVID-19 regulations, which resulted in PSL chairman Dr Irvin Khoza addressing the football fraternity and confirming the news. Talk about what the doctor ordered, for football supporters have had to endure watching their favourite sport and teams on television for over two years! To some, not being able to go to the stadium was a mere inconvenience, but it was a life-changing experience to those who only found joy at the stadiums. One of those is the legendary Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana supporter, who, in this interview, reacts to the decision to open the gates for the supporters. The literally well-travelled supporter also has a passionate plea to his peers.
Also In Issue 1268…
Knox Mutizwa Interview
The Golden Arrows striker’s consistency makes him a nuisance for opposition defenders. The Zimbabwean-born star has been playing regularly and scoring goals under almost all the coaches he has worked with at the club. He has already surpassed Mabhudi Khenyeza’s long-standing record of the highest number of goals scored by an Arrows player in the team’s history. Soccer Laduma caught up with ‘Sniper’, as he is affectionately called, to talk about his eye-catching performances, the recent morale-boosting victory against Kaizer Chiefs, why he didn’t get a chance to play under Gavin Hunt at Bidvest Wits. On a rather sad note, Mutizwa also reacts to the recent tragic passing of countryman Charles Yohane in Johannesburg.
Evans Rusike Interview
The six months that Evans Rusike spent on the sidelines, making a recovery after picking up an injury while on national team duty with Zimbabwe in the COSAFA Cup last year, must have felt like eternity for the player. By some strange twist of fate, he’d picked up the injury after his exit at SuperSport United had been confirmed at the end of last season and had already been signed by rookies Sekhukhune United. The news was kept hush-hush though, and it was when he finally recovered that the club announced him as their new player during the January transfer window. In his interview with Soccer Laduma, the former Maritzburg United player talks about his return to the pitch and reflects on his stint at Matsatsantsa, where he was unable to fulfil his potential.
This week, we hear from Cape Town City midfielder Mduduzi Mdantsane as he talks about their recent big win over Baroka FC, including the drama that surrounded it, not least his red card after scoring a brace. He also shares his thoughts on Bakgaga’s situation at the bottom of the log standings.
In this week’s edition of the popular Siyagobhoza section, there is news on a South African youngster based abroad being sounded out by Kaizer Chiefs, an Orlando Pirates player unlikely to be kept for next season, Flemming Berg’s contract length at Mamelodi Sundowns, and more…
Grab a copy of the latest edition of Soccer Laduma at your nearest outlet tomorrow. Don’t miss out!