In anticipation of this week’s 1222nd edition of Soccer Laduma, we preview some of the features included. The latest edition will be available at your nearest outlet tomorrow, Wednesday, May 05.
Sphelele Mkhulise Interview
They say little dynamite comes in small packages, and Mkhulise is definite proof of this. Since being promoted to the Mamelodi Sundowns set-up in 2018, his game has grown in leaps and bounds, so much so that he is keeping some of the most established names in the star-studded team out of the line-up. Mkhulise has been especially instrumental this season as the Tshwane giants look on course to defending their league title and add another star to their badge by winning the CAF Champions League, where they have been pitted against Al Ahly in the quarterfinals. However, the midfielder has been part of this season’s disappointments too, such as being knocked out of the Nedbank Cup and losing their impressive 21-game unbeaten run to Kaizer Chiefs. In his interview with Soccer Laduma, the Pietermaritzburg-born star talks about all of this, as well as how his Downs journey began.
Nedbank Cup Final Preview
Anywhere in the world, a cup final between two unfancied sides tends to be an interesting for that very reason – that two such teams managed to make it all the way to that stage of the competition, oftentimes eclipsing the big guns along the way. One would say that was the case with Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, who count SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns as two among their list of victims, and now come up against a Chippa United side that is also looking to make history by winning their first piece of silverware. Another interesting aspect of this game is that the two sides are fighting for their lives in the league, being placed 15th and 14th respectively, so one wonders just what kind of approach both teams will employ come May 8. One thing’s for sure, though, a cup game, more so a final, is a smash-and-grab opportunity, and whoever makes mistakes could lose out on a cool R7 million! Soccer Laduma previews the game by talking to players from both camps, while previous Nedbank Cup winner Dan Malesela also chips in.
Kaizer Chiefs Feature
After a season which has seen just six wins in 25 league matches (prior to facing Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in a catch-up match on May 4), Chiefs are due a much-needed freshening up of their squad. For years, they have promised a clear-out after poor campaigns, only to release just a few squad players and keep the core of their underperforming team. With an old squad containing many players past their best, the Soweto giants need to turn to a new generation – both young players within the squad already and new signings – to give an injection of energy into the club. The signs are promising, though, with Gavin Hunt having given playing opportunities to the likes of Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Njabulo Blom and Happy Mashiane this season. Soccer Laduma looks at where and how Amakhosi are finding their next title-winning team.
Also in issue 1222…
Peter Leeuwenburgh Interview
They say time flies when you’re having fun, and Peter Leeuwenburgh will certainly feel that way, with his Cape Town City stint coming to an end at the end of the season following three years at the club. The Mother City has been good to him, he says, but now greener pastures await, as he has penned a deal with FC Groningen in the Eredivisie in the Netherlands. The understandably excited 27-year-old shot-stopper says he saw the move coming as the Dutch club has been closely monitoring him and had, at one stage, come to Cape Town to watch him in training and official matches. How does the towering keeper feel about the DStv Premiership and Mzansi as a country since arriving in 2018? What will he be telling people back home about South Africa? Don’t miss his interview with Soccer Laduma as he answers these and other questions.
Jose Mourinho Feature
Is there another manager who divides opinion like Jose Mourinho does? On the one side, he is one of the most charismatic and successful football managers in football history. On the other, he has fallen so far from grace that it almost feels as if he needs saving. After refusing to deviate from his usual methods, the 58-year-old was brutally fired from his job at Tottenham Hotspur a week before a crucial cup final, leaving many confused and curious as to what could have made club chairman Daniel Levy pull the trigger when he did. Tellingly, though, nobody questioned whether or not the Lilywhites had made the correct call in cutting ties with the two-time UEFA Champions League winner, who is now set to work as a pundit until at least the start of next season. Soccer Laduma analyses where it has gone wrong for the once-spellbinding Mourinho.
This week, we hear from former PSL striker Stanton Lewis as he gives his thoughts on a range of issues, including this weekend’s Nedbank Cup final, the title race, the rise of local coaches and more.
In this week’s edition of the popular Siyagobhoza section, there is news on the price tag bandied about for an Orlando Pirates target, the latest in Ruzaigh Gamildien’s move to Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns keeping tabs on a Chippa United man, and more…
Grab a copy of the latest edition of Soccer Laduma at your nearest outlet tomorrow. Don’t miss out!