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In This Week's Edition of Soccer Laduma

In anticipation of this week's edition of Soccer Laduma, we preview some of the features included in issue number 912. The latest edition will be out on the shelves tomorrow, Wednesday, March 11.

Siphiwe Tshabalala - We take a trip down memory lane in this nostalgic interview with the man they call ‘Shabba’. 
 
Shabba emotionally describes his rise to fame and the difficult road he walked. A humble and religious man, he gives credit for his success to God and explains why he is grateful that he never had it easy growing up. 
 
He also talks about Chiefs’ current aspirations – reclaiming the league title, winning the Nedbank Cup and performing well in Africa. Now a veteran of the team, where to for a player that has achieved almost everything there is to in South African football? Shabba explains that he knows where his heart is and where his future lies in this heartfelt conversation with a living South African legend
 
Ayanda Gcaba – In an absorbing interview, the Port Shepstone-born Buccaneer speaks to Soccer Laduma about becoming a football pro. He explains that, at a younger age, soccer was never his first love and how he eventually grew to love the sport. He also talks about his recent call-up to Bafana Bafana and why he was favoured to fill the void left due to Patrick Phungwayo’s injury. 
 
The interview concludes with Gcaba detailing some of Bucs’ and his own aspirations for the remainder of the season, and also revealed why things were strained at Pirates under former coach, Vladimir Vermezovic.
 
Cuthbert Malajila – In this jam-packed interview, we chatted to Mamelodi Sundowns striking ace, Cuthbert Malajila. 
 
‘Mala’ explains what he believes makes Downs unpredictable, giving them an edge not only in the PSL but in Africa as a whole. He also speaks about the pressure on the team and the coach to produce magic and lay their hands on, at very least, one trophy this season. 
 
The Zimbabwean national also admits that he is pleased with his performances this season and, given his stats analysis, he should be. They indicate that he is perhaps the top striker in the PSL, no mean feat considering this season’s improved striker performances in the PSL.
 
Erwin Isaacs - Isaacs was once heralded as the next best thing in SA football, but since his move to Bidvest Wits, his career has somewhat fizzled. We chatted to him about the fickle nature of football – how you can be a star one day and fade into relative obscurity the next. 
 
The Lavender Hill-born forward explains what he found challenging about Johannesburg, but admits that the experience made him a stronger and more professional football player. He also explains what he is hoping for on his loan move to Ajax Cape Town.
 
Ricardo Nunes – Ricardo Nunes had a very brief stint in Bafana Bafana under Gordon Igesund and then was not heard from again. We spoke to the Jo’burg born fullback about his current club, Pogon Szczecin in Poland, and his aspirations to don the yellow and gold once again. 
 
Nunes, who says he will always be available to play for Bafana, believes he still has something to offer the national team.
 
Editorial column (We just don’t care about Africa!) – Soccer Laduma’s editor-in-chief, Clint Roper, believes that South Africans don’t care about African club competitions, and with a flurry of vital CAF matches approaching for South Africa’s three biggest teams, he feels that it is time that we give the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup the same recognition we give the UEFA Champions League. Check out Clint’s plea to South Africans to show more interest in our local continental competitions and help grow football on the continent.
 
The Nedbank Cup (Thabo Matlaba) – Matlaba was part of the Pirates team that claimed the Nedbank Cup in 2014. We spoke to him about just what it takes to win the Nedbank Cup, especially against lower league sides that tend to swarm in defence and in attack. ‘Festival’ goes on to explain that this year Bucs are aiming to win the cup for their late, well-loved captain, Senzo Meyiwa.
 
Catch all this week’s gripping Siya. Remember, where there is smoke…

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