The Big Interview

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The SL Podcast brings you interviews with professional football stars, coaches and personalities. Catch our episodes weekly!

Each episode is focused on important issues and stories around the league. From breaking news to discussions with coaches, owners and senior players and even controversial, hard-hitting football news, we've got you covered.

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Do Local Teams and SAFA Believe In Youth?

What could be called a little know fact, is that there are over 100 players, globally who are eligible to repent Bafana Bafana from the youth level to the first team. These players range forage 9 ups until the early twenties. Many are playing for the best youth academies around the world such as Liverpool, Manchester City, Ajax Amsterdam, and many more. The question still remains, why does SAFA still not pay attention to these players?

These youngsters that are captaining sides abroad, are immensely talented, yet they seem to be overlooked and not recognized, how can this be changed? According to player monitor Prince Sobayeni, the best way forward is to have scouts and player monitors pay attention to these players abroad. They need to pay close attention and even go and watch the games - these monitors should be based abroad. Prince also suggests that Bafana Bafana and SAFA should set up academies to utilize the growth already applied by the foreign-based clubs.

On the latest episode of the Big Interview, player monitor and analyst Prince Sobayeni discusses his views on South African footballs playing abroad and how they could be included in SAFA and the Bafana setup.

"Pitso Knows What He Is Doing"

Pitso Mosimane is no stranger to challenges and it seems as if Jingles is facing his biggest challenge yet. The serial winner has joined Al Ahli Saudi FC and has recently been relegated from the Saudi Pro League, and the club hopes to be promoted. Al Ahli Saudi FC has lost plenty of finances after being relegated and has splashed the cash on Jingles. People may have questioned this move from Pitso's point of view, and according to football journalist Thomas 'TK' Kewnaite; Coach Pitso knows what he is doing. Pitso is an incredibly intelligent coach and we must back him fully.

The PSL Transfer window has been closed for a few days and the last-minute signings have made their debuts. Both former Mamelodi Sundowns Goalie Sean Roberts and SA footballing journalist Thomas Kwenatie give their two-sense on the latest and the greatest of these transfers. TK gives his top five transfers.

The gents also dive into the first leg round of the MTN8 semi-finals which saw some surprising results. 'It was shocking how Sundowns didn't manage a shot on target, but take nothing away from Pirates and how they played against Masandawana - TK. Chiefs could've won the game but they also could've lost the game and it is evident that Amakhosi arent where they want to be just yet.

"The Impact He Had Was Different From Others"

Mihlali Mayambela started his international journey in 2016 when he signed for Swedish first division club Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. At the time, Mihlali was only 20 years old and had left Cape Town All stars to take the world by the horns. Since his first transfer abroad, he has played for clubs in Portugal, Israel, and now his current club, Aris Limassol in Cyprus.
The midfielder takes us on a journey through his career, explaining the different cultural norms, and football styles the respective countries have and explains the challenges of adjusting!

Mihlali gets asked about which players he looked up to as a young baller, and although his answer may not be that surprising, the reasoning behind choosing this player will astound you! “The impact he had was different to others, I can compare him to prime Neymar,” says the 26-year-old

Speaking on the latest episode of the Big Interview, Aris Limassol FC playmaker Mihlali Mayamebela gives an insight into life abroad, and the struggles he’s had to overcome and compares a PSL legend to prime Neymar!

Lucky Lekgwathi: I was Questioned By Other Players…

Lucky Lekgwathi is most definitely a household name in the PSL and the former Orlando Pirates captain has joined the SL podcast’s Big Interview to discuss his career. Lucky begins his story by explaining how he started playing football “When I was 8 years old I went with my Uncle to the local pitch.” Lucky then goes on to explain how his professional career got underway, without signing into an academy. From the early day, Lucky was always a hard worker with immense determination. This is how he managed to sign his first contract with the Buccaneers. “We arrived in Soweto and the chairman gave me money to stay in a hotel, we took shifts watching the car because you know..” Lucky received a 3-year contract, which eventually turned into 12 years. He took over the captain's armband and Lekgwathi captained Pirates to two treble-winning seasons, thus making him the most decorated Bucs captain.

On the latest episode of The Big Interview, former Orlando Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi tells tales of his captaincy at Orlando Pirates and how he was questioned by other players when he first signed for the Buccaneers. Lucky explains the differences between the team he captained and the current Pirates team.

Coach Morena reveals his biggest challenge, future goals and PSL admission!

Morena Ramoreboli very quickly became a household name in 2021 when he led Bafana Bafana to their 5th COSAFA Cup victory, after stepping in as caretaker coach when Helman Mkhalele contracted the coronavirus. However Coach Morena didn't only make a name for himself then, he ‘first emerged’ onto the scene in 2013, when he led Maluti FET College to victory over Orlando Pirates in the 2012/13 Nedbank Cup.

Coach Morena joins the SL Podcast for the latest edition of the Big Interview to tell tales of his career, right from where it all started. “I watched my late brothers coach and that inspired me” Morena continues by saying “I never played professional football, so I had to choose, either continue playing or become a coach.” “I then headed to Bloemfontein where everything started to fall into place.” After joining Bafana and winning the COSAFA Cup, Ramoreboli headed to Botswana where he joined Jwaneng Galaxy FC as head coach and led them to their first-ever CAF Champions League group qualification.

On the latest episode of the Big Interview, former Bafana Bafana coach Morena Ramoreboli tells tales of his career, from beating Orlando Pirates, to winning the 2021 COSAFA Cup. Coach also explains his current and future goals in Botswana!

Clayton Daniels: What Makes Pitso Different...

In this Big Interview with Clayton Daniels, the 37-year-old speaks about how his career has gone 360 having now recently signed for Cape Town Spurs (formally Ajax Cape Town). Daniels started his professional career with Ajax Cape Town where he was offered his PSL debut and managed to score his first PSL goal in only his second game! Clayton explains the emotion behind making his PSL debut and what it meant to him personally. Since rejoicing with the Mother City, Clayton is making it a goal of his to inspire the younger generation by showing them that anything is possible. “I am so grateful to be where I am considering the circumstances I grew up with,” says Daniels on the SL Podcast. Another goal Daniels is setting for himself is to help Cape Town Spurs challenge for promotion!

Daniels played a good chunk of his career under Pitso Mosimane at Mamelodi Sundowns when he joined Masanadawana in 2011. Daniels was then able to listen to Jingles himself and get first-hand experience working under one of the best coaches on the continent. “Pitso is local and knows the culture of South African Football, his analyzing style separates him from other coaches.” Daniels goes on to say that Pitso has gained invaluable experience coaching internationally (Al Ahly) and now he has more knowledge. “Pitso has opened the door for other coaches.”

On the latest episode of the Big Interview, PSL legend Clayton Daniels tells tales of his career right from the very beginning, all the way to the present day since joining Cape Town Spurs. Daniels tells us what it was like to work under Pitso and explains what makes Pitso different from other coaches!

It’s Time For Chiefs To Be Brave!

Kaizer Chiefs have been hitting the news headlines in recent weeks, for a few different reasons; but all relating to a possible rebuild after a few disappointing seasons. It all started with Arthur Zwane being appointed as permanent coach and Dillon Sheppard being assistant. Then the mass exodus came along which saw chiefs get rid of a whopping eleven players, opening up squad space for new recruits. So far the transfer window has treated the Glamour Boys well after Dillon Solomons was announced as a Chiefs player; the 5th new player to the team. Zwane is a big talking point and high hopes have been placed on the former Chiefs player because he knows the culture and what is expected of players and Dillon Sheppard isn’t far behind.

AmaZulu have been in the transfer news as well after announcing a few massive signings. Gabadinho Mhango from Pirates and Zuma from Chiefs to name a few, to put it bluntly, AmaZulu means business this year!

Transfer Business and Financial status are all the talk as former Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town goalie Sean Roberts sits down with Thomas ‘TK’ Kwenaite to discuss all of the latest transfers and which players are set to leave their mark on the league. Questions about the financial implications get answered and disputes are made; Should there be any form of financial fair play in South Africa?

Why Players Fear Their Teams, The Owners And The League...

During the course of the last 10 days, close to 50 players in the PSL have been released by their clubs which opens up plenty of space in these organisations for new signings. Amazulu have announced that 15 players won’t be continuing with Usuthu and the Glamour Boys have chosen to release players and not renew contracts. These are only two of the many clubs that have taken a similar decision rendering these players jobless and in many cases, hopeless. Where will these players go and how will they support their families if they cannot find a team? These are the hard questions that need answers.

Speaking on the SL Podcast’s The Big Issue, Thomas Kwenaite mentions that this number could increase to over 100 players if something isn’t done. This matter goes deeper than what is currently portrayed on the surface; how does all of this affect the mental health of the players and even their families? What about the livelihoods of the people who rely on these players to bring home the bacon? This leaves a sour taste in many peoples’ mouths

In the latest episode of the Big Issue, former PSL star Sean Roberts explains what he went through as a player and how making a stable switch from career to post-career is so important. Thomas ‘TK’ Kwenaite asks hard questions about the PSL and the clubs.

Mbazo - Why I Didn't Celebrate With The Team…

Former Bafana Bafana captain Aaron ‘Mbazo’ Mokoena joins the SL Podcast for the latest episode of the Big Interview. Being the most capped Bafana Bafana player is no easy task and Mbazo goes on to explain how he managed to accomplish that feat. He tells tales of what it was like to take over the captaincy armband from Bafana Bafana legend Lucas Radebe and what he spoke to Lucas about! Mbazo starts by explaining how European leagues and clubs have a higher level/standard of professionalism than South African teams.

The 41-year-old answers telling questions about why local representation in Europe is so weak compared to when he was there. He says “My generation, Fish, Radebe, and the late Philemon Masinga, mentally we were strong. This generation isn’t and they are lost.” Mbazo also says that right now, “looking at the current crop of players, nobody is good enough to play for clubs, like Ajax or Blackburn, the clubs I played for.”

In the latest episode of The Big Interview, former Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena discusses his life's journey from the day he left the country. The Axe explains the difference between development structures in South Africa compared to that in Europe. Mbazo describes the opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup and why he chose not to celebrate after Siphiwe Tshabalala's incredible goal.

Dino Ndlovu On Dominant Sundowns, Broos' Future And Life's Struggles

Dino Ndlovu is no small name in South African football and neither is the striker’s story. The 32-year-old forward joins the SL Podcast to share his career story, starting right where it all began. Dino tells stories about how he and his first agent joined forces against his club's ruling and how that club allegedly wanted to confiscate his passport. Dino shares his opinion on the current state of affairs in the Bafana Bafana camp. Dino poses the question “are the people running Bafana Bafana the right people?” He also suggests that the legends of the game, such as Benni McCarthy and Doctor Khumalo, should be given a role to play.

Dino shares personal experiences that he has endured throughout his career, providing never heard before information as to what has been the biggest struggle he’s had during the course of him playing his football overseas. “the hardest part of being a professional athlete, is that you cannot be yourself, you have to live according to how people portray you” Dino continues by saying “Luckily that was only during the early stages of my career.”

Later in the show, Dino gives an insight as to how and why Mamelodi Sundowns rose to power, stating that it didn’t happen overnight. Risk and investment had to be taken and now the rewards are being reaped by the Brazilians.

In the latest episode of The Big Interview, Dino Ndlovu shares his story of his career, starting right at the very beginning. Dino also provides his opinion on the current state of affairs in the Bafana camp, the management that goes along with it, and how Mamelodi Sundowns rose to the top. Dino also shares personal stories about the struggles he has faced over his years of playing abroad.

One African Youngster’s European Dream!

It is every young footballer’s dream to make it big in Europe and all it takes is one opportunity; that’s exactly what came the way of 21-year-old Kaylen Henwood. The Eswatini-born youngster has recently made his way to Italy thanks to the fine work of Socca Dream. Henwood is set to trial for Serie D clubs Seravezza Pozzi Calcio and US Massese 1919. Speaking on the SL podcast, Henwood says that this has been his lifelong dream since he was six years old.

Henwood started off playing soccer on the wing, with the option to play as a striker and as he developed and matured as a player, he shifted into a holding midfielder, having the ability to control the game with his accurate passing and laser-like vision. Kaylen has been training in the meantime to keep fit before his trials commence in a few weeks.

On the latest episode of the Big Interview, Eswatini-born youngster Kaylen Henwood joins the SL Podcast to discuss the trials he is set to have for Italian clubs Seravezza Pozzi Calcio and US Massese 1919. Kaylen speaks about how this opportunity is once in a lifetime.

How Have Russia Affected World Football?

Towards the end of February 2022, Vladimir Putin and his Russian armed forces began their invasion of the bordering country Ukraine, starting the biggest European state on state conflict since World War 2. This has taken the world by complete shock, causing sanctions and a severe sense of condemnation from all angels. It goes without saying that humanitarian issues are extremely important, however on the latest episode of the SL Podcast, we wanted to look into the effects this war has on football around the world. Throughout the last 10 days, news circulating this issue has been rife, with current (soon to be former) owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich set to sell the club after rumours emerged of the Russian having ties with Putin himself. Although the 55-year-old businessman is denying a few of these claims, he is stepping down ‘in the best interest of the club and fans.’

Another big talking point is that not only Ukrainian civilians, but also high profile celebrities have taken up arms to fight for their country and unfortunately many have lost their lives, including 2 professional footballers; The names of the two players who passed away are Vitalii Sapylo and Dmytro Martynenko. While the latter represented Karpaty Lviv's youth team, Martynenko played for FC Gostomel. Thousands of other sportsmen and footballers are taking a no-nonsense stand towards Vladimir Putin and clubs all around the world are joining forces in a band of unity to boycott, sanction, and condemn Russia in every way possible

On the latest episode of the SL Podcast’s Big Issue, former Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town goalie Sean Roberts sits down with international football expert Kurt Buckerfied to discuss how Ukraine being invaded by Russia has affected world football. The gents discuss the upcoming sale of Chelsea FC, what clubs have done to their Ukrainian stars and how the world has reacted to this monstrosity.

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