The Big Interview

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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20
JAN

"We're Not Worried About Sundowns"- Swallows FC Chairman

Swallows FC have made a record-shattering return to the top flight, with the ‘Dube Birds’ sitting just behind log-leaders Sundowns having remained unbeaten. In a rare statistic, Swallows’ unbeaten run in league competition stretches back to March 2020, when the side were still fighting for promotion in the GladAfrica Championship. This makes their approach to the rest of the season all the more interesting, and their chairman is wary of how difficult the second half of league campaigns can be, which he discussed in his latest interview with Soccer Laduma.

In the SL Podcast’s latest episode of the Big Interview, Swallows FC Chairman David Mogashoa joins the show to discuss his side’s ambitions for the rest of the season, how they will approach the Nedbank competition, and which opposition makes him the most nervous. When asked if he prefers so-called ‘big games’ or matches against opposition lower on the table, Mogashoa said he prefers the big game, stating “We’re not worried about Sundowns, we believe we can match them toe-to-toe, it’s the teams that are below us that we’re worried about, even in the GladAfrica Championship, that was our approach.”
06
JAN

The Problem With The 2022 World Cup (Podcast: Part 2)

In part one of the podcast, The SL Podcast welcomed guest Ella Knight- a campaigner for human rights at Amnesty International- joins the show to provide the latest details on Qatar’s controversial subjugation of migrant workers and repeated human rights offenses. In part two of the discussion, the focus turns to the promises Qatar have made to rectify the issues, and whether or not they are actually sorting out the issue.

Last year, Amnesty International released an in-depth report focusing on the matter titled “Qatar: Reality Check 2020: Countdown to the 2022 World Cup”, and with the tournament, less than two years away, the host nation, Qatar have given FIFA and human rights groups assurances that they will sort their issues out. The story goes beyond football, and the details are unbelievably heart-breaking. You don’t want to miss this explosive in-depth interview, use the player above to catch part one of the discussion
16
DEC
2020

The Problem With The 2022 World Cup (Podcast: Part 1)

10 years ago, when the twenty-two member FIFA Executive Committee convened in Zürich to select the hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, their decision to host the tournament in Qatar was graded as having "high operational risk". The choice generated criticism from media commentators and many fans of the sport, as Qatar was selected over countries such as Australia, Japan, and South Korea. Several factors have raised concern including the climate of the middle eastern country, which is so hot that the World Cup will now be hosted from November to December (the country’s winter season), and the human rights issues which have been exposed in the country, due to their treatment of migrant workers who have worked in Qatar doing construction work on stadiums and other tournament-related projects.

In the latest episode of The SL Podcast’s “The Big Interview”, Ella Knight- a campaigner for human rights at Amnesty International- joins the show to provide the latest details on Qatar’s controversial subjugation of migrant workers and repeated human rights offenses. Amnesty International have released an in-depth report focusing on the matter titled “Qatar: Reality Check 2020: Countdown to the 2022 World Cup”, and with the tournament just two years away, there are still large, unresolved issues which have led to migrant workers going unpaid, being abused by their employers and being unable to leave the country to return home. The story goes beyond football, and the details are unbelievably heart-breaking. You don’t want to miss this explosive in depth interview, use the player above to catch part one of the discussion.
06
OCT
2020

Margeman Ready To Fight For Spot At Downs

Grant Margeman is ready to fit for his spot in an already packed midfield at reigning champions Mamelodi Sundowns. He knew the signing was coming for a year, how did the young midfielder prepare for the move? All that and more in his in-studio interview.
26
SEP
2020

Junior Khanye vs. Chiefs Fans

In this episode of the Big Interview, we bring you something a little different; the outspoken Junior Khanye has a lot to say to football journalists and pundits, but what would he say in response to Fan questions? We decided to find out. In this episode, we field Junior questions from Kaizer Chiefs fans.
17
SEP
2020

Mogashoa On Swallows FC Academy Plans And More

Swallows FC Chairman David Mogashoa speaks to the SL Podcast about the return of The Dube Birds have returned to the top flight, their plans for making sure Swallows FC is not 'A Retirement Village' and an MEC's love of the game kept the dream alive.
09
SEP
2020

Stan Matthews Reviews SSU's Season

On the Big Interview, SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews joins us to review his club's performance over the wild ride that has been the 2019-20 ABSA Premiership.

He also discusses his expectations for the future and what we can expect in terms of player movements at SSU.

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27
AUG
2020

Roger Feutmba Picks His Combined Sundowns & Chiefs XI

In the latest episode of The Big Interview, Mamelodi Sundowns legend Roger Feutmba joins SL Radio to discuss who he would pick for a combined Kaizer Chiefs & Sundowns starting XI - if everyone was fit and available. Downs are chasing their 10th Premier Soccer League (PSL) title and 13th national title overall, with Feutmba having formed a crucial part of Masandawana’s first three PSL winning sides.

In the title race, both Sundowns and Chiefs have struggled for form recently, and the title race could go down to the final match. Feutmba discusses the reasons why the title-chasers have had a hard time in the bubble. Ahead of Thursday’s big game, the former Downs midfielder picks his preferred combined XI, position by position (See in the gallery above).

Also featured in this The Big Interview: former Sundowns coach Gordon Igesund.
19
AUG
2020

Somizi Spills The Beans… Chiefs or Pirates?

In the latest episode of The Big Interview, brought to you by DStv Compact, acclaimed choreographer & reality television star Somizi discusses who his favourite Premier Soccer League (PSL) team is. The iconic celebrity was born & raised in Soweto, home of Moroka Swallows, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

Somizi dishes on how he grew up around football lovers, and even attended multiple matches during his youth. Amakhosi and the Buccaneers are the two football clubs with two of the largest fan bases in the country. Tune in to the show to find out which side of Sowetan football Somizi’s heart lies. Is it the black & white of Pirates or the gold & black of Chiefs?

In the full podcast, Somizi also discusses growing up in Soweto, how he choreographed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and his latest project with DStv.
14
AUG
2020

"Chiefs & Pirates Would Add Value To Women’s Football”

In this episode The Big Interview, brought to you by Total, Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis breaks down how big PSL clubs like Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates could follow in the footsteps of Mamelodi Sundowns by introducing women’s teams to their structure.

The two-time CAF women’s coach of the year also compares the situation to European leagues, where large clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester United only recently introduced women’s football, but in doing so earned high praise.

“The top PSL clubs are a brand on their own, and what they’ll bring with them is more brands and women’s football needs more sponsorship. [Kaizer Chiefs] along with Orlando Pirates would really add value to the (SAFA Women’s) league itself but more importantly, I think everybody will get their game up and running. It will improve the brand of the league,” Ellis told SL Radio.

“[If] You look in Europe, Real Madrid were one of the last teams to get a women’s team, Manchester United were one of the last teams. But in the EPL (English Premier League) & La Liga, most of them have female teams and those leagues have really gone from strength to strength and you can see it in their national teams.”

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