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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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

"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.”

The Rock Has A Warning For PSL Stars

It has become a recurring issue in local football that legends of the game and former PSL stars lose all of their hard-earned money within a few years of retirement. This can happen for many reasons including such as a lack of financial education and unnecessary luxury purchases, but sometimes PSL stars make the right investments and plan for life after football. One such case is former Kaizer Chiefs captain Howard “The Rock” Freese, who got his PhD after retiring from football and has continued working outside of soccer. Speaking on The Big Interview, Freese discussed how he always worried about life after retirement and gives a stern warning to current PSL stars.

“We had a saying at Kaizer Chiefs, that if you played for Chiefs, we’d say ‘Welcome to America’ because the lifestyle as a Chiefs player was very different from one of the smaller teams at the time. And so suddenly you’re taken through this whirlwind of fame, and very few people are able to handle it. So what happens is, when you do play for a team like Chiefs, you forget that there’s a life outside this bubble that you put yourselves in. You get so swept away with all the supporters, the winning of the trophies, the finances that come with it and suddenly you forget what’s happening, that is where the whole problem starts to arise.”

“Almost on a weekly basis, when you pick up the newspapers, whether it can be Sunday Sun or the Sunday World, you’ll read about how our soccer players’ careers have come to an end and they’re unable to cope. If you look at it, the research is telling us that the economic lifespan of a soccer player is only two years after [they retire]. That is bad, really bad because you’re only 30, 35 when your career comes to an end, so what do you do between 35 and say 50 or 60? You’ve got a whole 30 years to live, and then how do you cope with all that?”

Former Chiefs Star Starts UEFA Coaching Journey

Highlands Park midfielder & Premier Soccer League (PSL) veteran Reneilwe Letsholonyane is already planning for life after football and is preparing to start his UEFA B Coaching License through the Scottish Football Association. In doing so, the former Amakhosi star, nicknamed ‘Yeye,’ is following in the footsteps of fellow ex-Bafana Bafana stars Benni McCarthy and Steven Pienaar.

Speaking on SL Radio's 'The Big Interview,' Yeye explained his plans for the near future; “I’m now enrolled with the Scottish FA via an agency in Cape Town. I’ll be doing my online B license next month for five days. And then next year, obviously the days are not yet confirmed (due to the COVID-19 pandemic), [I’ll] finish off the license with the practicals.

"It’s one of those things that I’m doing as well to equip myself with knowledge so that when I decide to retire, I know that whatever position, whatever it is that I want to do, I qualify for that. Not because I played, but because I’ve also got the papers to back me up.”

Yeye discusses his business partnership with former Chiefs teammate Siphiwe Tshabalala, the PSL Restart & much more in his interview with host SL Radio's host, Sloo Phaho.

'I Had To Fight To Get Into Coaching'

Women’s football in South Africa has seen major breakthroughs in recent years, most recently with Banyana Banyana making their World Cup debut in France, but the road to glory has been treacherous.

Former Technical Director of Women's Football at the South African Football Association (SAFA) Fran Hilton-Smith has been the champion of the Women’s game for decades. She spoke to SL Radio about how she had to struggle to get into coaching and earn her coaching qualifications;

“When my playing career drew to an end, I realised there weren’t many [female] coaches. In fact, there were none. So I decided I [wanted] to be a coach. That took me on another very difficult journey because, of course, I was the only woman and the men were a bit averse to that, it was a boy’s club. So I had to fight my way into that as well.

"[I fought my way] into doing FIFA courses in ’93 and then we had a big CAF instructors course in ’94. With much pushing, shoving, jumping up and down and crying, I got into those courses."

The Former Banyana Banyana Coach also spoke to how she earned further respect as a coach; “Once I got in, the guys realised that I could play very well. I was a very fast left-footer, and so they accepted me because of my skill. [These] guys are now big boys, Trott Moloto, Shakes [Mashaba], Computer (Vusi Lamola), the late Ted [Dumitru] were there. That’s how I started coaching.”

'SAFA Has Some Tough Times Ahead' - Neil Tovey

This week South African soccer legend Neil 'Mokoko' Tovey officially left his position as South African Football Association's (SAFA) Technical Director. The National Soccer League (NSL)’s all-time leader in appearances will not be extending his contract, and will be heading home after 5 years in the post. There had been conflicting reports as to why he hasn’t extended, with SAFA spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi blaming Tovey’s health issues. Tovey has now cleared the air on SL Radio’s podcast, 'The Big Interview'.

In his interview, Tovey stated, “I had a five-year contract with SAFA [from] 2015 which ended [at the] end of June. SAFA did offer me a new contract but I felt that it was now time, I’ve been away from my family for five years, it’s now time to come back home and start a new chapter in my life.”

He also cleared the air regarding the rumoured financial issues at South Africa's football governing body, explaining, “Yes we all do know SAFA has some really, really tough times ahead with regards to their finances, but they were very very good to me, they’ve always been good to me and so I’d like to thank SAFA for that.”

“Various Clubs Have Lost Their Sponsors, Including Us” - SuperSport United CEO

As PSL teams prepare for a return to league action, the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt by many clubs across the country. The league itself lost its title sponsor when Absa announced the end of their 13-year partnership with the PSL. At club level, the situation is no different. SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews has confirmed that Engen has pulled out as their official sponsor.

“We’ve seen at club level, various clubs have lost their sponsors, including us. We had a six-year relationship with Engen, they’ve been our team sponsor and given us good funding and good support and all of a sudden we lost that and we haven’t been able to replace it. We’re one of a few clubs that have been hit quite negatively in terms of revenue,” Matthews told SL Radio.

“What that does is it puts a lot of stress in terms of your resources because it’s not possible to go and acquire players in a market where you’re actually required to sell players just to balance the books. There aren’t many sources of revenue open to clubs beyond sponsorship, grants [and] prize money, the rest is all expenses, it’s a tough business,” he continues. In the full interview, Matthews also discussing his team’s ambitions for the remainder of the season.

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