In anticipation of this week’s 1224th edition of Soccer Laduma, we preview some of the features included. The latest edition will be available at your nearest outlet tomorrow, Wednesday, May 19.
Mamelodi Sundowns v Al Ahly Preview
They came, they didn’t conquer and they left… and now Mamelodi Sundowns are back in South Africa, preparing to overturn the 2-0 defeat they suffered at the hands of Al Ahly, who profited from sloppy defending to slot home both goals in Cairo. It’s a mountainous task for the Chloorkop-based outfit, but having beaten the Egyptian giants 5-0 in Pretoria before, they are well capable of staging a comeback. The key will be to get an early goal, needless to say. However, they are up against a mastermind in Pitso Mosimane, who knows all too well about the Mzansi giants, having turned them into ‘a monster’ during his time there, and his side will give as much as they get, which could prove challenging for Downs. How should the Brazilians approach this match? Are they still in it? What must the players keep in mind? In Soccer Laduma’s preview of this gigantic quarterfinal clash, we spoke to Teko Modise as he provides valuable advice and insight, having done it all in the game.
Simba SC v Kaizer Chiefs Preview
In August last year, Pitso Mosimane spoke about Chiefs as being a team whose strength is aerial balls, crosses and corner kicks and described Amakhosi as “traumatising” the whole of the PSL with this style of play. Things haven’t gone as well since then for the Naturena-based outfit as most teams know how to deal with those tactics now. However, Simba SC were not prepared for what Gavin Hunt’s side threw at them last Saturday in a fantastic 4-0 first leg win at FNB Stadium. Although the tie is far from over and Amakhosi have to negotiate an awkward and dangerous second leg in Dar es Salaam this Saturday, there is now a strong chance that they will make further history by playing in their first ever CAF Champions League semi-final. How did the Soweto giants achieve their 4-0 victory? What would a semi-final mean for their preparations for next season? Which key selections and tactics did Hunt get right? Soccer Laduma took a closer look!
Raja Casablanca v Orlando Pirates
The Buccaneers will be the first ones to admit that they didn’t do themselves any favours with the 1-1 draw against Raja Casablanca in the first leg of their quarterfinal clash. The away goal scored by the visitors gives them a big advantage going into their home fixture, and not Josef Zinnbauer’s men have a mountain to climb in Morocco. Last weekend’s encounter at Orlando Stadium had a couple of talking points, among them Deon Hotto failing to convert two chances, Orlando Pirates’ questionable defending for the goal they conceded, but the biggest concern among the fans seems to have been the starting line-up on the day. As has been the case in a number of games this season, the German mentor chose to start without an out-and-out striker, with Hotto leading the line ahead of Gabadinho Mhango, who was only introduced later. The general consensus is that this did not aid Bucs’ cause. In previewing the second leg, Soccer Laduma spoke to some of the Soweto giants’ supporters as they react to the first leg and issue advice for the upcoming clash.
Also in issue 1224…
Tebogo Motlanthe Interview
“Out of 54 countries, 24 countries have qualified and 30 have not. That does not mean there is a problem,” said the SAFA CEO following Bafana Bafana’s failure to qualify for the Afcon. Are we seeing the perpetuation of a culture of downplaying local football’s problems? In a no-holds-barred interview with Soccer Laduma, Motlanthe explains his position and discusses the appointment of Hugo Broos as head coach. He also sets the record straight on what really happened with Benni McCarthy, as well as on the demands he allegedly made for the Bafana job.
Zinedine Zidane Feature
In May 2018, Zidane shocked the footballing world when, after claiming a third consecutive UEFA Champions League title, he decided to resign as Real Madrid manager, saying, at least publicly, that he felt the team needed a different face with new ideas. It was later reported, however, that Zidane’s relationship with club president Florentino Perez had become strained, with the two stubborn men holding contrasting opinions on a number of crucial squad-related issues, and this could be the case once again. The Frenchman appears to be gearing up for yet another curious exit from Los Blancos, having reportedly already informed his players of his decision to pack it up at the end of the season, but who could replace him? Soccer Laduma discusses Zidane’s likely departure as well as who could succeed him ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
This week, we hear from TV pundit James Mayinga as he talks about the title race in the GladAfrica Championship, Royal AM’s amazing run up to this point as well as the relegation battle, which is just as heated.
In this week’s edition of the popular Siyagobhoza section, there is news on an imminent deal for a goalkeeper at Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns monitoring a key player from a Soweto side, a North African side set to launch a bid for a Kaizer Chiefs star, and more…
Grab a copy of the latest edition of Soccer Laduma at your nearest outlet tomorrow. Don’t miss out!