SportsLIVE Podcast

Get behind the biggest sporting stories and hear from the sporting world's biggest names, with the weekly SportsLIVE Podcast.

Sports journalist Sibusiso Mjikeliso and his revolving door of sporting experts, take you through the stories behind the scoreboard.

SportsLIVE is a MultimediaLIVE production, a division of Tiso Blackstar Group.

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14
AUG

SportsLIVE Podcast | MB Lusaseni exclusive Part1: "I got paid R2K, others got R700 playing pro rugby"

Former Lions and Junior Springbok lock MB Lusaseni revealed how much he used to earn as an entry level rugby player from the Eastern Cape when he arrived at one of the biggest rugby academies in the country.

Moreover, he was playing for the Junior Springboks with the likes of Lionel Mapoe, which was coached by Eric Sauls. In this thrilling MB Lusaseni exclusive Part1, the East London-born lock also spoke about what part agents played in blindsiding some of the naiive young black rugby players who broke into the academy and tried to make a living for themselves. 

SportsLIVE podcast host Sbu Mjikeliso rates this candid interview as one of the Top 5 Best interviews he's had since he became a journalist in 2006. From a person who has interviewed the likes of Bryan Habana, Victor Matfied, Tiyani Mabunda and many others, this says a lot.

We also spoke to resident Man United fan and Sunday Times sports writer Khanyiso Tshwaku about United's flattering 4-0 win over Chelsea in the opening weekend of the English Premier League.

Plus: The return of King Siya Kolisi.

This episode is not to be missed!
07
AUG

SportsLIVE Podcast | Football Extravaganza: Chiefs, Pirates, Sundowns

The new Premier Soccer League season began with clinical performances from the traditional PSL Big Three – Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns – all began the season with impressive victories over Highlands Park, Bloemfontein Celtic and SuperSport United, respectively.

The Big Three laid the marker down early in the season. The opening weekend extravaganza also saw whimsical performances from former Absa Premiership Player-of-the-Year Lebogang Manyama, Bafana international Sibusiso Vilakazi, who christened the new season with a wonder left-foot strike from outside the box, and of course the eye-pleasing Buccaneers team.

This being sport after all, the football season did not begin without some madness on the national team front. Former Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter vacated his position in one of the most "picturesque resignations" in South African football history.

We have Tiso Blackstar's authority on football, Marc "Striker" Strydom to make sense of Baxter's rogue solo performance and what it means for the future of the national team.

Cricket South Africa also confirmed that Ottis Gibson would not continue as Proteas head coach but there was talk that he would have continued until 2021. So what happened to cut matters short between CSA and the West Indian? We hear from CSA CEO Thabang Moroe, who gave the lowdown on what happened behind the scenes.
31
JUL

SportsLIVE Podcast | Scorching Lorch, Hot Herschel & Phumelela Mbande

The football season that's about to begin could not as for a better appetizer than the Soweto Derby during the Carling Black Label Cup. But does it truly serve as a yardstick?

Thembinkosi Lorch, who scored another scorching goal – adding to his sizzling Bafana Bafana Africa Cup of Nations form – gives us a glimpse into what we should expect during this upcoming Premier Soccer League 2019/20 season.

Orlando Pirates got the better of their cross town rivals, Kaizer Chiefs, 2-0 in the pre-season derby. But is there cause for concern at Naturena so early in the season?

The Springboks burgled a 16-all draw in Wellington, making it one win, one defeat and one draw for coach Rassie Erasmus against the mighty All Blacks since he took over from Allister Coetzee as head coach.

Aside from going all googoo gaga over Herschel Jantjies, we look at what Erasmus has done right as opposed to what his predecessor did wrong, with relatively the same pool of rugby talent.

And our special guest is the acclaimed Proteas Hockey Women vice captain Phumelela Mbande, who opened up about her background, how she got into hockey, her early influences and the strangest of coincidences involving ex Proteas Hockey Women legend Sanani Mangisa – who was also a goalkeeper like Mbande.

She also tells us about the impact the Players For Transformation movement had on the sport of hockey since its founding in 2018 and delves into the important subject involving mental health and how she struggled to come to terms with South Africa's 4th place finish at the FIH Series Finals last month.
24
JUL

SportsLIVE Podcast | #BaxterIN, Frans Steyn & Mpho Mbiyozo

There's much ado about plenty since South Africa closed the chapter on its finest performance at the Africa Cup of Nations of the past decade in Egypt and plenty of it has to do with the future of Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter. We take a look at the implications of him remaining in his position and host Sbu Mjikeliso gives a rather unpopular, contrarian view, that Baxter must stay. What, exactly are the former Kick Off magazine editor's reasons? Listen to find out.

Before crossing the Indian Ocean to chat with a South African carving out a coaching career in New Zealand, we reflected on the Springboks' mouthwatering victory over the Wallabies at Ellis Park that set the marker for the international season ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Bok coach Rassie Erasmus reacted to the sterling performance shown by debutant scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies, who might have had a hat-trick, but ended with a sensational pair of tries that made the rugby world take notice of the Stormers No 9.

Erasmus' contemporary, Michael Cheika, had less than complimentary words to say about the refereeing decisions in the game – safe to say that New Zealand referee Paul Williams isn't getting a Christmas card from Cheika this year.

Frans Steyn got a good 20 minutes of action on the park but he saved his most charming performance for the press later on, as he went on a salvo about how "screw ups" are unavoidable in the game. You want to hear this.

And as mentioned earlier, we crossed to Christchurch to chat to former SA Sevens captain Mpho Mbiyozo about his journey to becoming the head coach at Belfast Rugby Club and learning from the greatest rugby institution in the whole world: the Crusaders.
17
JUL

SportsLIVE Podcast - Greatest Sports Day Ever & Rassie Erasmus plans

Sunday July 14 will not be a day that's easily forgotten. How can it? When it had the longest and possibly top two most thrilling Wimbledon men's final of all time, contested by the grass court king Roger Federer and modern great Novak Djokovic?

And what about the Cricket World Cup final between England and New Zealand that was tied after 50 overs had been bowled for either team? It then went to the super over and still nothing could separate the teams. And so England won by the most dubious of technicalities.

The was a glut of other sports on the go at the same time on the same Sunday as Lewis Hamilton made Formula One history and Dylan Frittelli stole the show at the John Deere Classic. And off course, the Africa Cup of Nations giants separated themselves in the semifinals as Nigeria lost to Algeria and Senegal ousted Tunisia.

It was a crazy day and one we look back on fondly,

We also capture the Springbok mood as the national men's rugby team begins its first steps towards the Rugby World Cup 2019 trophy in Japan, when they take on Australia at Ellis Park on Saturday. We hear from Bok head coach Rassie Erasmus about his plans to split the squads into the traveling and non-traveling contingent.

Plus we have a special guest from the Highveld Lions, who tells us the difference in coaching styles between Geoff Toyana and his successor Enoch Nkwe.
10
JUL

SportsLIVE - Bafana Tuck Egypt In & Rugby Future

Bafana Bafana crashed the party in Egypt. Not only did they cause mass depression for the Africa Cup of Nations hosts but they created a storm in the Egyptian FA, which led to the resignation of their president Hany Abo Rida.

Rida didn't go down alone. He fired the team's Mexican head coach Javier Aguirre and the rest of the Egypt technical staff, in an unprecedented mass sweep. There was heavy criticism for the reigning African Player-of-the-Year Mo Salah as well, in the aftermath.

Some say it's all an P.R. and publicity stunt and that Rida will slot straight back to his position when the heat on him and the team has cooled. We don't know for sure.

South Africa's 1-0 defeat of Egypt in the last 16 of Afcon was one of the shocks of this tournament – which has already seen an audacious Madagascar beat Nigeria in the pool stages and going on to knockout the DRC – but can it be billed as Bafana Bafana's greatest performance if coach Stuart Baxter's tenure?

There was so much to unpack from one of the most glorious days in South African football history: from Baxter's tactics, to Bongani Zungu's role and "Mr Tucked In", Lebo Mothiba playing the most underrated role in the success of the team.

And what's Baxter to do now that Themba Zwane is back to reclaim his place from the Bafana saviour, Thembinkosi Lorch? There's so much to go through.

And we have the best football mind in the country to unpack it all for us, Tiso Blackstar Digital Sports editor Mninawa Ntloko, who sat down with Sbu Mjikeliso to make sense of the wild ride Bafana has the taken the country on.

Sbu also caught up with SA Rugby president Mark Alexander and had an exclusive chat with the rugby boss about the future of the game, including the talent that leaking overseas at a very young age.
03
JUL

SportsLIVE Podcast | Proteas future & Baxter blunder

Cricket's future is on the line and some drastic decisions need to be made to turn the pathetic Proteas around and to get Cricket South Africa back on an even keel.

The Proteas lost to major tournament rivals England, India, New Zealand and Pakistan, not forgetting Bangladesh, in the Cricket World Cup tournament in the UK. By the time they faced and beat Sri Lanka, their final tournament matches (including their last game against Australia) had been rendered to friendlies.

While the Proteas scratch their heads trying to figure out who is going to coach the team next and who will replace the likes of JP Duminy, Imran Tahir and Dale Steyn, the SA Emerging team took on USSA and Sri Lanka Emerging in Pretoria.

SportsLIVE managed to catch up with some of the starts of the future Proteas, Thando Ntini and Sinethemba Qeshile (who has been capped internationally for the SA T20 team). They shared their views on their future prospects in the game as the probable next in line and how they deal with those kinds of pressures.

We also chatted to supreme cricket analyst and Sunday Times journalist Khanyiso Tshwaku about the puzzling Proteas. He gave his encyclopedic knowledge of cricket.

Marc "Striker" Strydom, our man in Egypt, told us what went wrong with Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter's tactics that led to defeat to Morocco and put South Africa in a perilous position at the Africa Cup of Nations.
26
JUN

SportsLIVE Podcast | Prisoners beat Police & Afcon Special

South African sports has gone through the most in the sporting world this month, can Bafana Bafana bring some respite? Their Africa Cup of Nations tournament did not get off to the best possible start, losing 1-0 to Ivory Coast on Monday but there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.

We chat to Tiso Blackstar's digital sports journalist Marc Strydom, who is in Egypt for the Afcon tournament, about South Africa's chances in the tournament. He gives us the lowdown and the rundown of Stuart Baxter's team.

South Africa came into the tournament packing quite some fire power in attack, with the likes of Percy Tau, Lebo Mothiba and Lars Veldwijk, plus a collective of creative midfielders such as Themba Zwane, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Lebogang Maboe.

They will face the likes of Wilfried Bony, Wilfried Zaha, Nicholas Pepe (all Ivory Coast) and Hakim Ziyech from Morocco as they try to navigate their way out of Group D.

Marc also give us an update from Egypt after the game and makes a grand prediction regarding Ronwen Williams possibly unseating Itumeleng Khune as "Mzansi's No 1". We will see if that pans out.

We also chat about the Marc Strydom story on the team of prisoners from Helderstroom Prison near Caldeon in the Western Cape and how in the world this happened. The team of prisoners won the Overberg Regional League, beating Police FC along the way. Apparently the team of prisoners were the best behaved in the entire league and had the best disciplinary record. Talk about rehabilitation!

Also, we look at the upcoming Craven Week starting in Bloemfontein on July 1st, profiling the surprised package from last year, Border.
26
JUN

SportsLIVE Podcast | Prisoners beat Police & Afcon Special

South African sports has gone through the most in the sporting world this month, can Bafana Bafana bring some respite? Their Africa Cup of Nations tournament did not get off to the best possible start, losing 1-0 to Ivory Coast on Monday but there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.

We chat to Tiso Blackstar's digital sports journalist Marc Strydom, who is in Egypt for the Afcon tournament, about South Africa's chances in the tournament. He gives us the lowdown and the rundown of Stuart Baxter's team.

South Africa came into the tournament packing quite some fire power in attack, with the likes of Percy Tau, Lebo Mothiba and Lars Veldwijk, plus a collective of creative midfielders such as Themba Zwane, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Lebogang Maboe.

They will face the likes of Wilfried Bony, Wilfried Zaha, Nicholas Pepe (all Ivory Coast) and Hakim Ziyech from Morocco as they try to navigate their way out of Group D.

Marc also give us an update from Egypt after the game and makes a grand prediction regarding Ronwen Williams possibly unseating Itumeleng Khune as "Mzansi's No 1". We will see if that pans out.

We also chat about the Marc Strydom story on the team of prisoners from Helderstroom Prison near Caldeon in the Western Cape and how in the world this happened. The team of prisoners won the Overberg Regional League, beating Police FC along the way. Apparently the team of prisoners were the best behaved in the entire league and had the best disciplinary record. Talk about rehabilitation!

Also, we look at the upcoming Craven Week starting in Bloemfontein on July 1st, profiling the surprised package from last year, Border.
19
JUN

SportsLIVE Podcast: Sports Broadcasting: Irvin Khoza, Rambo & a New Player

Premier Soccer League chairman Dr Irvin Khoza spoke to SportsLIVE podcast host Sbu Mjikeliso about the ICASA public hearings into the draft sports broadcast regulations that threaten to shake up the broadcasting game.

Dr Khoza insists that there is no research proving that the "masses" are being deprived of local football, which is what the communications regulator is trying to address.

"Looking at research, there is none that says there is no access to the PSL property and that is why we demonstrated a balance between free-to-air and subscription services in our presentation," says Khoza.

"In fact, there's an over-supply of events and those are the creme de la creme."

ICASA want pay-channel SuperSport to be stripped of their exclusive rights to broadcast sporting events such as PSL football, Super Rugby and the Currie Cup as well as a host of other major events.

Using a three-tier category system, ICASA have dubbed the PSL, SAFA national teams, Springbok and Proteas games, among other, as being sports of national interest and therefore must be accessible to free-to-air television by law. The regulator believes that these sporting codes are accessible enough to previously disadvantaged communities.

Dr Khoza said the move would cost the PSL 80% of its revenue, which accounts to R2-billion over five years, while SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux says they stand to lose 60% of their income, estimated at over R650-million, over the same period.

Sbu roped in sports broadcast media guru Yannick Wombo, who worked on the deal to help Swiss Sports Media company InFront to acquire the English Premier League free-to-air rights in Sub-Saharan Africa, to speak on the hot topic.
12
JUN

SportsLIVE Podcast: Burger Hands, Miguel & the Proteas Soap Opera

In the second episode of the SportsLIVE Podcast Sbu Mjikeliso is again joined by sports journalist Daniel Gallan via Skype from the UK, who lifts the lid on the soapie kind of week that's unfolded since news leaked that AB de Villiers made a minibus taxi-style late U-Turn after asking to join the Proteas World Cup team.

Daniel reveals that as far back the Mzansi Super League in December, coach Ottis Gibson asked AB if he was "done with this retirement rubbish", to which AB responded by confirming his retirement from all forms of South African cricket.

We also chat to rugby skills guru Sino Ganto about the hotly contested Springbok No 13 position. Two players are favourites to don the jersey in Japan at the World Cup – Lukhanyo Am and Jesse Kriel. But, a new perspective has come to light, which suggests the two should play together in midfield. We also hear what Jesse Kriel himself thinks of this potential move.
05
JUN

SportsLIVE Podcast: Major Wonder – Mabunda’s Bushiri Complex

In the first episode of the SportsLIVE podcast we review the Proteas’ first two Cricket World Cup games and what went horribly wrong there. We chat to sports scribe Daniel Gallan, based in the UK and was at the massacre at the Oval where Bangladesh beat SA by 21 runs.

We also delve deep in to the subject of religion and sports – is there a line and can it be crossed?

Host Sbu Mjikeliso chats with sports journalist Mahlatse Mphahlele about the thorny subject and takes you inside the Prophet Bushiri’s Enlightened Christian Gathering church.

12 episodes