In anticipation of this week’s 1199th edition of Soccer Laduma, we preview some of the features included. The latest edition will be available at your nearest outlet tomorrow, Wednesday, November 11.
Kaizer Chiefs Feature
By their very high standards, it’s been a very disappointing start to the new season for Kaizer Chiefs, getting knocked out of the MTN8 in humiliating fashion and having big problems both scoring goals and stopping opponents from scoring. Gavin Hunt has a lot of areas to work on. With a transfer ban in place for two recruitment windows, the four-time league winner has to work with what he’s got. Hunt has always been a coach who does not care if a player is 35 if they can still do the job he demands from them. It was, therefore, hoped that he could get some of the club’s older players to perform at their top form from yesteryear and get Amakhosi through this transfer ban. However, many of Chiefs’ older guard are already finding themselves losing the faith of the new coach and therefore their starting places. Is there still a big role to play for the stalwarts? Soccer Laduma investigates.
Pule Sithebe Interview
You won’t find a more heartwarming story. A little more than two decades ago, Pule Sithebe went for a trial at Orlando Pirates, but injury meant he was not signed. However, the club’s chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza, offered him a job as a kitman at the Soweto giants. It has been a labour of love for Sithebe since then, and 22 years later, he is still with the club. Throughout the years, Sithebe has seen it all in the Buccaneers dressing room, from coaches having a serious go at players, to players clashing heads, to famous victories, to agonizing defeats. You’ve probably seen him on the Bucs bench, or in social media videos singing with the players before games, or having a kickabout during warm-ups, and have wondered who he really is. Well, wonder no more. Soccer Laduma has an interview with him!
Siphiwe Tshabalala Interview
When AmaZulu FC unveiled their new players at a function in Durban ahead of the 2020/21 season, nobody would have thought that Siphiwe Tshabalala would be one of them. Chairman Sandile Zungu pretty much scooped everyone with the announcement, and the club believes the 36-year-old can still deliver in the elite division. Many had thought Shabba would be returning to Kaizer Chiefs upon his return from Turkey, where he was playing for BB Erzurumspor, but that never happened. Furthermore, a likely move to China at the beginning of this year was halted by the outbreak of COVID-19. The dreadlocked midfield maestro was still weighing his options when Zungu pounced, offering him a two-year deal. In an interview with Soccer Laduma, Shabba talks about his relationship with Zungu, why he did not return to Chiefs, and more.
Also in issue 1199…
Brilliant Khuzwayo Interview
Life is not always easy after hanging up one’s boots, but Brilliant Khuzwayo is trying to make something of it following his premature retirement from the game. The Umlazi-born former goalkeeper is currently running a business and working as an analyst on SABC 1, as he continues to live out his purpose after football and work towards his ultimate purpose, that of owning a professional football outfit. He also had the misfortune of being stabbed at a function held in a Durban university recently. Soccer Laduma got in touch with the 30-year-old ex-goalkeeper to talk about how he is doing after the ordeal and to find out what life post-retirement is like and. Khuzwayo also reveals what he told both Dr Irvin Khoza and Kaizer Motaung in conversations with the two supremos.
Erling Haaland Feature
The Norwegian striker has taken European football by storm. Despite his young age, he is already setting records on a weekly basis. Whether in the Bundesliga or UEFA Champions League, Erling Haaland is finding the back of the net. In addition, he also goes viral for his short and unusual post-match interviews, once calling his hat-trick balls his “girlfriends”. To get a better understanding football’s next big superstar, what makes him so strong, why he likes to challenge interviewers, and how he compares to the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimović, Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi, Soccer Laduma spoke to his countryman and former Bundesliga striker Jan Aage Fjortoft, who knows Erling’s father quite well.
This week, we hear from Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki as he talks about the upcoming back-to-back Afcon qualifiers against Sao Tome and Principe. He also gives more clarity on the replacements for the players who had to withdraw due to medical reasons and reveals why Itumeleng Khune is back in the squad.
In this week’s edition of the popular Siyagobhoza section, there is news about a Mamelodi Sundowns player set to be released, a decision to be made about an Orlando Pirates striker, Kaizer Chiefs possibly bringing back players out on loan, and more…
Grab a copy of the latest edition of Soccer Laduma at your nearest outlet tomorrow. Don’t miss out!