In anticipation of this week’s 1298th edition of Soccer Laduma, we preview some of the features included. The latest edition will be available at your nearest outlet on Wednesday, November 2nd.
MTN8 Final Preview
It’s going down at Moses Mabhida Stadium this Saturday as Orlando Pirates and AmaZulu FC battle it out for top MTN8 honours after having beaten sides that were considered favourites in the semi-finals stage. The Buccaneers have only won two of the 11 cup finals they have been to in the last 10 years, adding to the element of unpredictability about this one, especially considering Usuthu have a couple of former Pirates players in their arsenal. Cup finals, by nature, are about who wants it the most and is willing to go that extra mile. Will AmaZulu claim the scalp of another Soweto giant or will it be a case of the Houghton-based side redeeming themselves after the derby loss? This Soccer Laduma preview covers all the angles!
Manqoba Mngqithi Siya Special
Mamelodi Sundowns announced a technical team restructure last week and while parts of the football fraternity were surprised by the move, insiders have suggested that the writing was on the wall. The restructure was announced shortly after the team’s MTN8 elimination at the hands of Orlando Pirates, which saw Manqoba Mngqithi, Rulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela all affected. The club indicated that the changes were necessitated by poor performances and unconvincing victories, though it seems as though Mngqithi has been most affected by the changes. The Siya crew looks into what the immediate future holds for the tactician…
Mandla Masango Interview
It’s been over five years since Masango last played a match as a professional player – a Nedbank Cup final played in the colours of SuperSport United in June 2017. Thereafter, he disappeared into football obscurity, with no indication on whether the dribbling wizard had called time on his career. He was 28 at the time. Now, the Kwaggafontein-born man has resurfaced as a Kaizer Chiefs ambassador for the Carling Black Label Cup. Soccer Laduma caught up with ‘Bullet’ as he talks about what he’s up to these days and compares the Chiefs of his time and the current one.
Also In Issue 1298…
Morgan Mammila Interview
Mammila has astounded critics by almost achieving the impossible, leading Chippa United to four our four victories. The triumph over Kaizer Chiefs in particular was sensational in its execution as Chippa played the brand of football that was not only pleasing to the eye, but out-played the famed Amakhosi in the process. Now Mammila is on a mission to qualify Chippa United for the top eight and, should the situation present itself, challenge for the top four even. In his interview with Soccer Laduma this week, he opens up on his philosophy as a coach and hits out at Walter Rautmann.
Messi & Ronaldo World Cup Feature
Football’s biggest sporting event will see two of the world’s most influential athletes for what is set to be the last time! Over the past 15 years, Messi and Ronaldo have revolutionised football, but the two greats will be heading into the World Cup in contrasting form, with the Argentina captain having been massively influential in Paris Saint-Germain’s so-far unbeaten run since the 2022/23 season began and the Portugal skipper having experienced a tumultuous start to the campaign with Manchester United. Will this impact how they perform in Qatar? In this feature, Soccer Laduma takes a look…
This week, we hear from in-form Richards Bay FC striker Somila Ntsundwana as he reflects on the season so far for the Natal Rich Boyz, how they have managed to surprise some of their more established opponents, and more.
In this week’s edition of the popular Siyagobhoza section, there is news on what the future may hold for Peter Shalulile at Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs leading the race for a midfielder’s signature, Orlando Pirates being open to offers for one of their star players, and more…
Grab a copy of the latest edition of Soccer Laduma at your nearest outlet tomorrow. Don’t miss out!