In anticipation of this week’s 1200th edition of Soccer Laduma, we preview some of the features included. The latest edition will be available at your nearest outlet tomorrow, Wednesday, November 18.
Siphelele Mkhulise Feature
The Mamelodi Sundowns attacker has shown great progress, not to mention maturity beyond his years, since breaking through in the team. According to many observers, Mkhulise looks set to follow in the footsteps of Percy Tau, who is also of humble beginning and had to first go out on loan in the lower ranks before securing a spot in the star-studded side. What makes him stand out from most of his peers? What are some of the attributes of his game that make him a dangerous player going forward? Most importantly, has he got the right attitude, which would see him becoming a success in a top European league in future? Find out the answers to all these questions as the likes of Hlompho Kekana, David Notoane and Khabo Zondo speak about Mkhulise in this Soccer Laduma feature.
Kaizer Chiefs Transfers Feature
Since inception, Kaizer Chiefs have always been known to sign top-quality players to enhance the club’s reputation as one of the best not only in South Africa, but in Africa at large. However, in recent seasons, the Soweto giants have made a host of signings that just didn’t make it, which left the club’s supporters asking some questions about their transfer policy. As a matter of fact, Amakhosi have signed 23 players across the seven transfer windows prior to their ban by FIFA. Having been barred by the world football governing body from registering new players, it gives Soccer Laduma a chance to look at exactly how many of those players have met expectations and proven to a success, how many turned out to be surplus to requirements and how many are still trying to prove themselves. This is a quite revealing, if not shocking, review of Kaizer Chiefs’ recent transfer activity – don’t miss it!
Orlando Pirates Feature
At a club as big as Orlando Pirates, winning is a non-negotiable, be it a friendly game or a competitive outing or a championship race. However, the Soweto giants will be the first to admit that, by their very high standards, they have underachieved in recent seasons. Bucs’ trophy drought has extended to six years now, it’s not a laughing matter to the Ghost and this season’s squad is expected to deliver. Josef Zinnbauer’s men have started the campaign on a high note, reaching the final of the MTN8 and remaining unbeaten in the league after three rounds of action. So, is this the season where Pirates will shake off the pain, heartbreak and disappointment of the past and bring back glory to an institution that won the CAF Champions League back in 1995? Soccer Laduma seeks the comments of some of the club’s most famous legends, as well as analysts, to find out how they see Bucs faring this season.
Also in issue 1200…
Lucky Mohomi Interview
For a player born in Mamelodi, and based on that fact alone, a lot was expected of Lucky Mohomi when he joined Mamelodi Sundowns from Free State Stars. It was a well-deserved move. But as is often the case at a club like Downs where there’s high competition for places, some make it, and some don’t. Sadly, the central midfielder fell into the latter category, and could just not nail down a place in the team. He has since joined SuperSport United, looking to revive his career after spending most of him at the Tshwane giants on the bench and in the stands. What went wrong? What were his struggles? How was he feeling all along, going to training and knowing that he was almost guaranteed he was not going to feature in the next game? Soccer Laduma pinned “Fabregas”, as he is fondly known, down for a conversation on his situation then and his new lease on life.
Cristiano Ronaldo Feature
Having become the first-ever male European footballer to score 100 international goals, Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will have now set his sights on becoming the world’s all-time leading goalscorer in the coming months. Soccer Laduma’s Liam Bekker reflects on the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s remarkable journey to centurion status, and looks at how far he still needs to go in order to secure his place in history as the greatest-ever goalscorer on the international stage.
This week, we get the views of Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis as she reflects on the national team’s triumphant COSAFA Championship campaign. She lets us in habitual goalscorer Sibulele Holweni, who had an amazing tournament in terms of goals scored, and reveals what pleases her the most about her charges.
In this week’s edition of the popular Siyagobhoza section, there is new interest from overseas in one of Mamelodi Sundowns’ star players, a goalkeeper on the radar of Orlando Pirates, the latest on Kaizer Chiefs and Willard Katsande’s contract renewal talks, and more…
Grab a copy of the latest edition of Soccer Laduma at your nearest outlet tomorrow. Don’t miss out!