In anticipation of this week’s 1235th edition of Soccer Laduma, we preview some of the features included. The latest edition will be available at your nearest outlet tomorrow, Wednesday, August 04th.
Aubrey Modiba Interview
Modiba’s first few months at Mamelodi Sundowns were no walk in the park. After joining from rivals SuperSport United, he had to settle in and wait for his time to finally get a turn to prove himself in the Sundowns starting line-up on a regular basis. When he finally did find his feet at Chloorkop, he started making an impact and played a part in the side winning a fourth consecutive Premiership title. Modiba played 30 matches in all competitions in his first season with the club and will definitely go into the upcoming campaign believing that he can get more game time after his strong finish as a regular in the team. Soccer Laduma spoke to the left back about his first season at Downs, why it took a while for him to fully settle in and the role played by the technical team to get his confidence back up.
EXCLUSIVE: Samuel Eto'o Interview
Many African footballers have made names for themselves in Europe, but none quite like Eto’o, still the only player in the history of the game to have won back-to-back major trebles. Starting his professional career at Real Madrid, the then-young striker understood the importance of regular first-team football and thus joined Mallorca on loan from Los Blancos before signing for the club permanently. There, Eto’o became the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, a record he remarkably still holds today. In 2004, after interest from many clubs, he took his career to Barcelona, where he blossomed into one of the greatest strikers in world football, joining forces with the "one and only " Ronaldinho. In an exclusive, Soccer Laduma recently sat down with the four-time African Player of the Year and three-time UEFA Champions League winner to discuss his early career, with the former Cameroon international sharing the crucial advice he once gave to a teenage Lionel Messi.
Kaizer Chiefs Signings Feature
After the end of their transfer ban, Kaizer Chiefs have gone on a major recruitment drive in the current transfer window, signing nine new players whilst also having recalled Given Thibedi to the squad. How much of an upgrade do these new additions represent? Many will expect a signing spree like this to lead to an immediate title challenge and therefore a massive improvement on last season’s eighth place finish. Where do these players fit into the plans, just how much pedigree do they bring and which current squad members could be the collateral damage in terms of game time? In an in-depth feature, Soccer Laduma provides analysis on each of the new faces at Naturena.
Also in issue 1235…
Reneilwe Letsholonyane Interview
During a time when there is a lockdown and no supporters at the stadium, there are some footballers who will not have the luxury of getting a retirement send-off in front of fans. Letsholonyane announced his retirement with a video on social media, dressed in jerseys from the different clubs he represented in his illustrious career. The midfielder certainly has seen and done it all in the game, with a World Cup appearance the feather in his cap. He lived his dream and now is now looking forward to the next step of his journey. In his interview with Soccer Laduma, "Yeye" reveals why he took the decision, living his dream of playing for boyhood club Kaizer Chiefs and what lies ahead.
Jermaine Seoposenwe Interview
South African women are making big moves in Europe, raising the flag high by holding their own in top leagues. For a long time, the country’s ladies have been waiting to get an opportunity to showcase their talent to the world in big European leagues and are now doing just that. The likes of Thembi Kgatlana, Noko Matlou, Linda Motlhalo, Janine van Wyk and Seoposenwe have been making an impact abroad, inspiring many other young players out there who also want to see themselves representing top teams. Seoposenwe joined Portuguese outfit SC Braga last year after a brief spell with Real Betis in Spain and has already lifted a major trophy in the Portuguese Cup, scoring two goals in the final to make history with the club. Soccer Laduma caught up with the Banyana Banyana attacker to talk about the last year with Braga, winning a title and the financial freedom players get when they move abroad.
This week, we hear from former Orlando Pirates winger and current football analyst Dikgang Mabalane as he shares his thoughts on the Carling Black Label Cup, where his ex-wife fell short against arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs.
In this week’s edition of the popular Siyagobhoza section, there is news on Keagan Dolly's actual contract length at Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns facing a hurdle in their chase of a foreign attacker, offers for Bongani Zungu, and more…
Grab a copy of the latest edition of Soccer Laduma at your nearest outlet tomorrow. Don’t miss out!