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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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

“Khune’s Fight Is Mental” - Brian Baloyi

Former Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana, goalkeeper Brian Baloyi joins the SL Podcast team for The Big Interview. Spiderman retired in 2010 after an illustrious career, having made his professional debut in 1993, Baloyi knows a thing or two about goalkeeping and leadership.

In the SL Podcast’s latest episode of the Big Interview, Brain Baloyi speaks about current DStv Premiership goalkeepers and the futures that these goalkeepers have. He also speaks about Itumeleng Khune’s current form and says “Khune is putting too much pressure on himself.” Spiderman also talks about the current situation at Kaizer Chiefs, “The biggest disappointment there is leadership” says Baloyi. Baloyi mentions that the senior players at Kaizer Chiefs aren’t stepping up to the plate and when the youngsters play well, the seniors don’t like being benched.
Spiderman also talks about rumours of Ronwen Williams leaving the DStv Premiership to play abroad in America “ If he joins a second division team and not a team in the MLS, he should stay in South Africa.”

The Big Issue: Clubs Can't Balance The Books!

Every season we are reminded that football is a business, which means that there is always room for surprise transfers, shock team sales, and, rather unfortunately, the ever-present issue of player salaries & job security coming under threat when teams struggle to pay the bills. Protection for players and staff in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) for those involved in the leagues when it comes to earning their paycheck. It seems to be a point of repetition now that at some point in the season there will be some form of wage dispute at either a top-flight or lower division side, raising concerns about the overall financial situation at said Club.

This season is no different with DStv Premiership newbies TTM FC struggling to pay their players at various points of this campaign, and in the GladAfrica Championship, Real Kings had similar financial issues. In place of a big interview this week, the SL Podcast takes a look at the ongoing situation at both clubs to get a better understanding of where this all started, where they stand now, and what can be done to potentially prevent this in the future. Catch part one of The Big Issue: Clubs Can’t Balance Their Books, using the player above.

"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.”

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

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