In anticipation of this week’s 1309th edition of Soccer Laduma, we preview some of the features included. The latest edition will be available at your nearest outlet on Wednesday, February 1st.
Pirates v Sundowns Preview
On Saturday afternoon, an in-form Bucs host the insatiable champions. With a newly found attacking output to their game, the home side will hope to end Downs’ incredible 14-match winning run. A 3-0 win for Pirates in the MTN8 semi-final in October triggered the promotion of Rhulani Mokwena to sole head coach and he now has a chance to further gain revenge for that defeat, against the club who didn’t have the patience to stick with him as their head coach. How will the teams line up? Which player match-ups are key? This Soccer Laduma big-game preview answers these and many other questions!
Jersey No.10 Series – Part 2
The first instalment of this series, which was an interview with Patson “Sparks” Banda where he pleaded with his former teammate Jomo Sono to give Orlando Pirates his blessings to use the retired jersey number 10, set tongues wagging. Over at Bucs’ archrivals Kaizer Chiefs, meanwhile, there seems to be a curse hanging over whoever decides to touch this jersey number, and the jury is out on whether Keagan Dolly has done it any justice since he joined the club at the beginning of last season. Hear the thoughts of a supporter and a legend as they share their views on the topic in this week’s edition of Soccer Laduma.
Pep Guardiola Feature
Like the monkey that was on Lionel Messi’s back before he won the FIFA World Cup last year, Pep Guardiola knows his time in England will ultimately be judged on whether or not he wins the UEFA Champions League with Manchester City. Despite a slight drop-off in form this season, the Spaniard still boasts one of the best squads assembled in Premier League history and will, perhaps now more than ever, be under pressure to deliver European club football’s biggest trophy after years of domestic dominance. Soccer Laduma looks at how the pressure is piling on Guardiola.
Also In Issue 1309…
Bradley Cross Interview
At just 22, Cross has enjoyed experiences many players dream of, among them training at St James’ Park with the Newcastle United first team. He spent two years with the Magpies’ reserves where his game grew exponentially. Now, the defender is ready to make the step up from a boy to a man and has chosen Maritzburg United as the club in which he will do so. His journey to the Team of Choice, however, came after two training stints first with SuperSport United and later Kaizer Chiefs. In his interview with Soccer Laduma this week, tells us a little bit more about his journey.
Vasili Manousakis Interview
When Richards Bay FC got promoted from the second tier, many predicted they would find life in the elite division difficult. However, the Natal Rich Boyz have done remarkably well, punching well above their weight, not to mention they’ve been the closes team to Mamelodi Sundowns in the title race throughout the season. In an interview in this week’s Soccer Laduma, coach Vasili Manousakis discusses the team’s amazing run, what he learnt from working with Benni McCarthy and what the secret is to his relationship with the players.
This week, we hear from Kaizer Chiefs legend Banks Setlhodi as he reacts to the team’s most recent win over hoodoo side Royal AM. The ex-goalkeeper, one of the best of his generation, also shares some words of wisdom with the current Amakhosi side and shares an incredible story from the people that will tug at your heartstrings.
In this week’s edition of the popular Siyagobhoza section, there is news on Kaizer Chiefs’ near ban by FIFA, the latest on Andile Jali amidst talk of a possible exit from Mamelodi Sundowns, how Orlando Pirates rejected a last-minute bid from their rivals for one of their key stars, and more…
Grab a copy of the latestedition of Soccer Laduma at your nearest outlet tomorrow. Don’t miss out!
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