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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12
MAY

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.
19
APR

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.
03
MAR

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.
24
FEB

"Gamildien Talks Kerr’s Swallows Transformation and How Sundowns Can Be Beaten!"

Having spent a decade representing clubs in the top flight of South African football, season veteran Ruzaigh Gamildien joins the SL Podcast’s Big Interview to discuss his career right from the beginning in 2010. Gamildien tells us his story from how he first fell in love with the beautiful game, to finding an agent to making his PSL Debut. The Swallows FC talisman takes the SL Podcast on a journey through his mind; he lets us know how he managed to stay in the top flight and constantly perform for close to 10 years. Ruzaigh also answers a few burning questions relating to the current DStv Premiership season and how league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns can be beaten. The 32-year-old also breaks down the changes that newly appointed Swallows coach Dylan Kerr has implemented.

On the latest episode of the Big Interview, Swallows FC and PSL Veteran striker Ruzaigh Gamildien joins the SL Podcast to discuss how his career started, to present, to his goals for the future. The 32-year-old gives his insight on how Dylan Kerr is changing things up at the club and the striker also explains that Mamelodi Sundowns can be beaten!
03
DEC
2021

Why Bafana Is Failing On The International Stage: Part 2

Following Part 1 of the Big Interview with the CEO and Director of Socca Dream, Aris and Sduduzo reunited with the SL Podcast team to dig deeper into the reasoning behind Bafana Bafana’s failure Internationally. It goes without saying the once novel Corona-Virus has affected teams and players around the continent as our beloved stadiums have sat ‘fan-less for 20 months [and counting]. When asked about it, CEO of Socca Dream, Aris Albetti says ‘we need to develop a better relationship with the fans.’ Aris Continues by saying ‘’We always speak about the team, players, and coaches, we need to re-establish a connection with the fans. The team plays on their own without the fans, we need to support the team more.’ Ultimately, the relationship between the fans, local clubs, the football federations, and Bafana Bafana needs to be greater. Director of Socca Dream, Sduduzo Masuku says “there hasn’t been an effective way that the fans, local clubs, federations and Bafafa Bafana have worked together.”

In part 2 of the Big Interview with Socca Dream, Aris Albetti discusses what Socca Dream philosophies could be used beneficially by Bafana Bafana and SAFA. Sduduzo (and Aris) speak about the best way that Bafana Bafana’s performances could be improved.
26
NOV
2021

Why Bafana Is Failing On The International Stage: Part 1

With SAFA disputing Bafana Bafana’s loss to Ghana earlier this month, questions are being asked about the team and why they are failing on the International stage. Although it does seem as though the referee played a major role in the failed qualification, why is it going to come down to a potential replay for Bafana Bafana to progress to the next round of qualifiers? International footballing scouting agency Socca Dream joins the SL Podcast to discuss the dynamics around Bafana and why they are failing on the International stage. CEO, Aris Albetti says “The talent is there, the skills are there, you won’t find raw talent anywhere else in the world, but something is always missing.” Aris also gets asked about why, as the years go by, fewer and fewer South Africans ‘make it’ in Europe and actually make the cut. He gets asked about who currently playing in the DStv Premiership is good enough to play in Europe.

On the latest episode of the Big Interview, CEO, Aris Albetti and Director Sduduzo Masuku from Socca Dream joins the SL Podcast to answer the telling questions about the local and international game we all love. Sduduzo talks about the ‘scouting process’ that Socca Dream follows, to allow young talent to head off overseas to follow a career in football.
12
NOV
2021

Alcoholism, Debt, and Distress: The Post-Career Struggles...

A former Orlando Pirates striker has reportedly lost all of his assets to his wife, who has also kicked him out of their home. This has come as a shock to the footballing world as we see yet another PSL player, not having the basic financial education needed to live life, post-career. This seems to be an ongoing trend that decimates players left, right, and center, leading them down dark paths which, as we’ve seen, is detrimental to their livelihoods. Former Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns goalie, Sean Roberts has been speaking about this issue for years, being an advocate for the PSL to offer financial education and structure to the players. As a former player, Roberts was fortunate enough to receive this education, allowing him to pass on his knowledge to other players with a business he started that is similar to those in Europe which allows players to put a certain percentage of their monthly salary into a fund that can only be accessed after retirement. This ultimately means that once a player has retired, they will still be able to be financially stable, just as they were when playing. Thomas Kewnaite brought up the following question: “What forces players to live flashy lives during their careers?” Roberts replied with “peer pressure, misinformation and ultimately, a lack of education”

On the latest episode of The Big Interview With Thomas Kwenaite, TK sits down with former Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns goalie, Sean Roberts to discuss the background of why players live like paupers post their career. The hard questions that need to be asked, get answered. Sound advice is given and evidently, something needs to change to prevent this painful trend from continuing.
30
SEP
2021

Teko: I’ve Never Told Anyone This…

The newest member of the Soccer Laduma team, Thomas Kwenaite joins the SL Podcast’s most analytic showcase, The Big Interview. TK is joined by former Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns, and Bafana Bafana legend, Teko ‘The General’ Modise to discuss his latest ambassadorial role. Teko reveals that his new position was going to be announced over a year ago, but due to the passing of former Sundowns player Motjeka Madisha, that announcement was delayed out of respect.

TK asks Teko to break down what it means to rejoin his former club and what roles are there to be played as an ambassador. Teko goes on to say that ‘Ambassadorial roles are fairly new in South Africa and we are wanting to open new doors with a Sundowns Series to explain the untold stories of this club.’ Another eye-catching question asked by TK was about the youth talent in this country, more specifically, why Teko was only scouted for the PSL when he was 24 years old. The General goes on to open up with never-heard-before information regarding his circumstances of ‘making it' in the PSL and why it never happened sooner. ‘I have never told anyone this’ says Teko before explaining.

Later in the show, TK gets Teko’s opinion on Bafana Bafana’s chances against Ethiopia and breaks down the upcoming fixtures and what Bafana needs to do to gain maximum points against Ethiopia in the back-to-back clashes.
12
MAY
2021

Steven Pienaar On Coaching Ambitions, 2010 WC Draw & More!

South African football legend Steven Pienaar's playing career was illustrious, having played in the Eredivisie, Bundesliga, Premier League & UEFA Champions League amongst others, but now the former Bafana Bafana star is on a new path as he discusses in the latest episode of The SL Podcast's "The Big Interview" (Proudly Brought To You By Heineken) in a career retrospective and in-depth interview you don't want to miss.

Pienaar has turned his attention to coaching and breaks down what he's learned so far from coaching both amateur and academy teams and discusses Benni McCarthy's impact at Amazulu, and the importance of giving young coaches more opportunities. In the full podcast, Pienaar also discusses his initial reaction to Bafana Bafana's 2010 FIFA World Cup group stage draw and makes his 2021 UCL final prediction.
28
APR
2021

Is This The End Of The Super League?

The past week has seen some of the most controversial news to ever come out of European football. The announcement of the European Super League was met with widespread disdain from fans and pundits alike, with some even going as far as saying it is a "war on football".

In the latest episode of The SL Podcast's "The Big Issue", Sloo is joined by Soccer Laduma's international news correspondent Kurt Buckerfield to discuss the story, and banter about whether the Super League is truly over, now that ten of the 12 founding clubs have pulled out.
10
MAR
2021

How Patrice Motsepe Can Usher In A New Era For African Football…

The race for the CAF presidency seems to be drawing to a close with South African billionaire and Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe looking all set to take the reigns of the controlling body for African association football unopposed on Friday. South African football fans are rightfully very excited about the news, but what does this mean for the local and continental football landscape? Local football supporters believe that the highly respected mining magnate can usher in a new era for African football, which has been negatively impacted by corruption and mismanagement for decades.

Last month, Motsepe presented his manifesto ahead of the CAF elective congress which included a ten-point action plan for improving CAF’s governance and attracting global interest in African football. This plan includes improve the efficiency and professionalism of CAF competitions and staff, Implementation and adherence to governance and auditing global best practices as well as investment in youth development and women’s football. Listen to the SL Podcast analysis and hear from supporters themselves about what they think he should do in this position.
03
MAR
2021

“Football Is Not A Super-Spreader”- SAFPU President Calls For Fans’ Return

Premier Soccer League (PSL) supporters have been barred from attending matches since the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals in the 2019/20 season, which took place just before President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ban on all events with 100 or more attendees, in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Under the adjusted ‘Level 1’ regulations, fans are still not allowed to attend matches, more than halfway through the current season. Many have called for a limited number of fans to be allowed back in stadiums, which has been done in the UK, USA & other countries in various sports.

South African Football Players’ Union President Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe has come out in agreement with these calls, arguing that it has already been proven to a viable solution for the league. He suggests, “The knowledge that we have about COVID is that it thrives in small spaces where there’s a lack of proper ventilation. We believe that fans can be allowed in stadiums, they are big, we can agree in terms of the numbers, we can keep socially distanced. We must not create a perception that says football is a spreader. How can football be a super-spreader? We are pushing for [the fan’s return].”

For the full podcast, in which Gaoshubelwe discusses SAFPU’s stand against discrimination, equal pay for women in football & more, use the player above or head over to slpodcast.co.za

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