In anticipation of this week’s 1271st edition of Soccer Laduma, we preview some of the features included. The latest edition will be available at your nearest outlet on Thursday, April 28th, owing to Wednesday being a public holiday.
Stuart Baxter Feature
A certain section of Kaizer Chiefs supporters had been calling for it, but still, Stuart Baxter leaving the club came as a bit of a surprise when it did happen, more because of the timing more than anything else. Not many teams are known to be willing to take the ‘risk’ of getting rid of their head coach with just a few games remaining until the day of the season. But it appears that in the 68-year-old coach’s case, something had to give! He had been in charge of the Soweto giants for just 316 days. As the last coach to win silverware for Amakhosi, it was hoped that Baxter would bring an end to that trophy drought. Instead, he had a mixed spell in charge, achieving good results in patches, with some notable questionable decisions in the mix. In a Soccer Laduma feature this week, we look at some of the factors that may have led to Amakhosi management’s decision.
Joseph Makhanya Interview
Orlando Pirates may have earned a passage into the semi-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup after beating Simba in a tense penalty shootout at Orlando Stadium last weekend, but everyone associated with the club will not that it has been a very challenging season. The co-coaching arrangement, even as it is seemingly on a caretaker basis, has come in for some stick, and injuries to key players at crucial stages of the season have not helped Bucs’ cause, while technical team’s decisions have come under a lot of scrutiny, including leaving Gabadinho Mhango out of the team for the better part of this season. What does Joseph Makhanya think about it all? The man nicknamed “Duku-Duku”, who was a fan-favourite at the club, was only too willing to oblige when Soccer Laduma gave him a call, and the result was a forthright interview where he speaks his mind openly about some of the goings-on at the Soweto giants. Do not miss it!
Nedbank Cup Semi-finals Preview
Soccer fanatics are surely in for yet a bumper weekend with two mouth-watering fixtures taking place. The first semis encounter sees a Limpopo Derby, with Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila hosting Marumo Gallants on Friday evening. With all the ingredients of a heated top class tie, this could well be a fixture that determines the “real defending champions" of this tournament. Gallants clinched last year's final by beating Chippa United 1-0, at a time they were still called TTM. The second semi-final promises just as much nail-biting action when this season's DStv Premiership high-flyers Mamelodi and Royal AM lock horns on Saturday night. Masandawana's eyes are undoubtedly set on a domestic clean sweep. They, however, know they won't have it easy against ‘Thwihli Thwahla’. Soccer Laduma previews the two games!
Also In Issue 1271…
Siyanda Xulu Interview
It takes some guts for a player currently out of contract to set a bench mark for his next destination as high up as playing in Europe. But that level of confidence is just some of the traits Siyanda Xulu has. The ex-Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs defender mutually terminated the remaining few months of his agreement with Israel outfit Hapoel Tel Aviv two months ago to take a stand against poor treatment, details of which Xulu says he will address when the time is right. In the meantime, his focus is to get back to playing regularly again and hold on to his place in coach Hugo Broos’ Bafana Bafana side after he was omitted by the Belgian mentor’s predecessors over the last two years. But Broos has one condition: Xulu must find a club pronto, or risk watching the upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers from home. The 30-year-old centre back tells Soccer Laduma why he is on the same page with the coach, but isn’t yet prepared to return to the Premier Soccer League.
Thamsanqa Mkhize Interview
As one of the longest serving members of the current Cape Town City squad, Mkhize is going strong. At the beginning of the year, the defender was rewarded with a new two-year contract by the Mother City outfit as a sign of appreciation for his dedication and commitment. So, could this be his last topflight deal as he will be approaching his 36th birthday by the time it expires? In an interview with Soccer Laduma, the Durban-born man discusses this and other matters, such as the Citizens’ impressive turnaround in fortunes. He also reveals what it is like being under the guidance of Eric Tinkler, and goes on to talk about the side’s ambitions. Mkhize also sends a special message to the supporters who have been behind him since his move to the Mother City in 2016.
This week, we gather the thoughts of Tyren Arendse, who played for both Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates, as he reflects on how the two clubs have fared in African competition, with Downs having been knocked out of the CAF Champions League and Bucs progressing to the semi-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup.
In this week’s edition of the popular Siyagobhoza section, there is news on a former Orlando Pirates man landing a new job, the latest on Sipho Mbule’s situation at SuperSport United, Pitso Mosimane casting his eye over a top player plying his trade in the PSL, and more…
Grab a copy of the latest edition of Soccer Laduma at your nearest outlet tomorrow. Don’t miss out!