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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Downs Dynasty plus Am & Mapimpi's roots (feat Elliot Fana)

There’s trouble in paradise, if reports are to be believed, at Mamelodi Sundowns with an alleged rift between head coach Pitso Mosimane and Alex Shakoane.

Allegations are that a campaign to oust the multiple league winning and CAF Champions League winning coach, Mosimane, has resumed in earnest. Are we seeing the end of the Downs Dynasty?

And we are joined on the line from Alice, in the Eastern Cape, by former Border Bulldogs coach Elliot Fana, who mentored Rugby World Cup winning Springboks Lukhanyo Am as well as Makazole Mapimpi.

Fana gives the background to their rise to prominence in the sport and also runs the rule on how rugby can develop more young, black talents like the duo, in a province that’s perennially stricken with strife.

Special | "Ndlozi is not a God of sport" - Holomisa

Leader of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) General Bantu Holomisa responded to EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi's comments that the Springboks "entrenched white supremacy in the South African society".

Holomisa, who was a right wing in his rugby playing days, said the black players in the World Cup-winning Springbok team were there on merit and that the coaching staff the coaching staff assembled a good squad and that they "deserved a Bell's."

Give Chiefs the league title now (feat. Mark Haskins)

The AmaKhosi runaway train seems to have suffered brake failure because it is not showing any signs of stopping any time soon.

Kaizer Chiefs are enjoying one of their best starts to an Absa Premiership campaign ever, having won nine out of their 11 matches played so far and losing just once.

They won another hotly contested Soweto Derby last weekend, beating rivals Orlando Pirates 3-2 in a much-talked about game that had the spectacular goals and controversial decisions in abundance.

With Chiefs having opened up a whooping 10 point gap at the top of the log – mind you they are still in the Telkom Knockout semifinals – over second place Mamelodi Sundowns, whom they also defeated a couple of weeks ago, does this mean they have an insurmountable lead?

We speak to ex Jomo Cosmos and Bidvest Wits midfielder Mark Haskins and Sowetan's Sihle Ndebele to unpack their season.

Boks Are World Champions (feat. Whiteley & Kankowski)

The Springboks arrived in the country to heroes welcome at OR Tambo International Airport, where scores of fans sang songs of jubilation, displaying an utterly joyous side of South Africa.

We hear directly from the leaders of the pack that made history by delivering the third Rugby World Cup to these shores, Siyamthanda Kolisi and Rassie Erasmus.

The SportLIVE podcast also caught up with former Springboks Warren Whiteley and Ryan Kankowski, who gave immediate insight as to how the 32-12 victory over England at Yokohama Stadium last Saturday was masterminded.

Bakkies Botha: "Siya Will Lift the Trophy"

SportsLIVE caught up with 2007 Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok Bakkies Botha ahead of the 2019 final between the Springboks and England. Bakkies faced England in the '07 final and gave his views on the big clash, England coach Eddie Jones's influence on him and his teammates, plus his prediction that captain Siya Kolisi will lift the trophy come full-time in Yokohama.

THE SHOWDOWN: what to expect from the 2019 RWC final

Not many predicted that the Springboks would face England in the Rugby World Cup final in Japan this year but, according to Sunday Times UK rugby writer, Stephen Jones, these are the two best teams of the tournament and they face of in a final for the ages.

It's a contrast of two playing style and managerial methods between what Jones describes as the "clear-thinking" Rassie Erasmus versus the "loose canon" Eddie Jones.

Host Sbu Mjikeliso chats with Jones, who is in Tokyo and will be at the final at Yokohama Stadium, about stand-out topic leading up to the South Africa versus England final, including two pertinent questions for Erasmus: will there be a cost to sticking with Willie le Roux at fullback and should he find a way for Francois Louw in the starting lineup.

Tim Sukazi: "TS Galaxy are the Barcelona of Africa"

TS Galaxy founder Tim Sukazi is known as a straight-talking, shrewd football and legal mind. The former player agent visited the Tiso Blackstar Multimedia studios to chat about what went into his thoughts in founding TS Galaxy, the GladAfrica Championship club that made history by beating Kaizer Chiefs and winning the Nedbank Cup final last season.

In typical Sukazi fashion, he spoke candidly about those moments leading up to the David versus Goliath clash at Moses Mabhida Stadium that ended 1-0 to the club that was barely a year into existence on the 18th of May this year. In this exclusive chat with SportsLIVE podcast host Sbu Mjikeliso, he reveals how he and head coach Dan "Dance" Malesela were certain they were going to be AmaKhosi that day.

The historical feat also saw TS Galaxy participate in this year's CAF Confederation Cup, where they will face Nigerian giants and two-time CAF Champions League and Super Cup winners, Enyimba. Enyimba are also eight-time Nigerian champions but Sukazi says they are up for the challenge – they have already surprised many, who is to say they won't shock the Nigerians?

We also did a round up of the Telkom Knockout results from the past weekend, as well as look ahead to the Rugby World Cup semifinals that will see the Springboks face Wales and the All Blacks taking on England.

Team SA: Despair in Doha (feat. Peter Stemmet)

Team South Africa came back from the IAAF Athletics Championships in Doha last week without a single medal, which was in stark contrast to the 2017 performance in London, where the team finished third in the medal standings?

What in heaven's name happened? We have Al Jazeera sports journalist, Peter Stemmet, who is based in Doha and was at the athletics meet, to unpack the entire shambolic Team SA display for us.

There were a few close shaves, such as Akani Simbine and Stephen Moroka, who narrowly missed out on podium places in their 100m and marathon disciplines respectively. But in the end, the absentees, Wayde van Niekerk and Caster Semenya, were badly missed.

How does this bode for South Africa's medal chances ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games? Well, considering the last time South Africa returned zero medals at the event was in Osaka in 2007, on the eve of the 2008 Beijing Games, where Team SA only came back with a lowly silver medal, the signs are ominous.

We also look ahead to the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals where the Springboks are due to play Japan, All Blacks play Ireland, Wales face France and England face Australia.

Plus, new Bafana Bafana coach Molefe Ntseki started his coaching reign with a bang when his team beat Mali 2-1 to scoop the Nelson Mandela Challenge title. All this and more on the latest episode of the SportsLIVE podcast.

Becoming an award-winning sports Journalist feat. Junia Stainbank

For this episode we were joined in studio by accomplished multiple award-winning sports journalist Junia Stainbank, who spoke to SportsLIVE podcast host Sbu Mjikeliso on what it takes to become a top sports journalist.

Stainbank won a hat-trick of SAB Sports Media Awards television sports journalist-of-the-year awards in his career plus a multitude of other accolade, which saw him grab the honor of covering the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

For those who have been intrigued by the art of sports journalism, this is a conversation not to be missed. Sbu Mjikeliso chimed in on his experiences, including the highlight of having authored the first biography of an African black Springbok, Being A Blacks Springbok: The Thando Manana Story.

We also spoke briefly to Springbok legend Breyton Paulse about the impact Springbok winger Cheslin Kolbe has had on South African rugby as well as the team's performances at the Rugby World Cup that is currently on the go.

Sbu also gives his views on the Makazole Mapimpi online controversy and the so-called "racist" video following South Africa's win over Italy and the "Bomb Squad" issue.

If you've not done so already, please listen to our special episode on the Etzebeth saga that featured the leader of the Khoisan Defiance Campaign, Sammy Claassen, as well as Peter de Villiers' representative Pablo Urayayi.

"Mark Alexander must step down" over Etzebeth - Claassen

The leader of the Khoisan Defiance Campaign, Sammy Claassen, whose organisation laid the complaint regarding Eben Etzebeth's alleged racial assault in Langebaan with the SA Human Rights Commission, called on SA Rugby president Mark Alexander to step down.

This after Alexander stood in support of Etzebeth, who is facing mounting calls from the public and the community of Langebaan to be recalled from the Springbok Rugby World Cup squad. SA Rugby said they would launch an internal investigation into the matter.

More than Rugby Part 2: The Nkosi & Nomlomo journey

While Springbok captain Siya Kolisi leads the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup, becoming the first black African to do so, the #SportsLIVE podcast charts the journey of players that come from places like Zwide, where Kolisi is from, and other rural Eastern Cape locations.

What does it take for an underprivileged kid to make it in South African rugby? What do they do when they get to the lofty surrounds of Loftus, Ellis Park and Kings Park?

More than Rugby - Part 1

SportsLIVE podcast host Sbu Mjikeliso spent a week in Japan where he witnessed the Springboks lose to the All Blacks in a game that the South Africans controlled and bossed for large chunks.

But they were hit by two All Black counter-punches from which they could never recover, although they made a valiant effort through Cheslin Kolbe's second half performance.

What was it like to witness Japan hostile first Rugby World Cup – the first one ever held in Asia – and the magic of the Yokohama Stadium that held the clash between the Boks and All Blacks, as well as Ireland and Scotland.

Sbu bumped into plenty Irish fans who wondered exactly why it's so important to have a black African Springbok captain for the World Cup.

And to really do so, SportsLIVE had to step back in time to a conversation at Grey College (Bloemfontein) between SA Schools coaches Mziwakhe Nkosi and Phiwe Nomlomo, as well as former Bulls lock and now SuperSport commentator Fudge Mabeta.

The conversation chronicles the stories of the rise of two most promising young coaches in the system and how SA Rugby helped place them where they can have the most impact – at schoolboy level.

Anyone listening to part one of this episode might watch the World Cup with different eyes.

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