SportsLIVE with BBK

Get behind the biggest sporting stories and hear from the sporting world's biggest names, with the weekly SportsLIVE Podcast.

Renowned Sunday Times sports editor Bareng-Batho Kortjaas (BBK)
and his revolving door of sporting experts, take you through the stories behind the scoreboard.

SportsLIVE is a MultimediaLIVE production, a division of Arena Holdings.

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Geoffrey Toyana is ‘disappointed and disgusted’ by CSA president Chris Nenzani's comments

Today we shine the spotlight on Geoffrey Toyana, a top cricket coach who conducted a cleansweep in domestic cricket in 2017. On the back of the great work he did with Highveld Lions, the man was in line to graduate to Proteas coaching job. But Cricket South Africa appointed Barbadian Ottis Gibson.
CSA president Chris Nenzani told set tongues wagging on Robert Marawa's Marawa Sports Worldwide that not appointing Toyana was a missed opportunity. Duh! Toyana joins me to discuss that and more around the shenanigans at Circus South Africa.

Soccer is back: coaches comment on Nedbank Cup semifinals

Welcome to SportsLIVE with BBK. In our first episode today, we will shine the spotlight on the Nedbank Cup semifinals. Find out what the coaches of Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits, Baroka FC and Bloemfontein Celtic have up their sleeves as they go into battle in a double header at the spiritual home of South African soccer, Orlando Stadium, on Saturday.

Lebogang Manyama's Comeback Season

Kaizer Chiefs held pole position in the Absa Premiership before the Premier Soccer League was suspended due to the coronavirus lockdown. Prior to the recess, Lebogang Manyama was the attacking midfielder that propelled AmaKhosi to the top of the log.

His six goal contributions might not match Samir Nurkovic's (11) and Leonardo Castro's (nine) goal tallies but they have more often than not resulted in victories for the Glamour Boys. Such as when Chiefs faced Orlando Pirates in the second Soweto Derby of the season in February.

In this interview, recording just prior to then, Manyama speaks to SportsLIVE about returning to South Africa from Turkey, what happened overseas and how he became the fulcrum of the biggest club in the country.

Special thanks to Udo Carelse and Justus Kilian, who provided the studio for the interview with Lebogang Manyama, as well as talent manager Mpho Sekhoto. 

COVID-19, SPORT-0 (feat. Danny Jordaan & Irvin Khoza)

The Corona Virus has hit live sports for a six, it's put 19 past the net, it's stolen a march on every sporting event around the globe, it's hit sports for a knockout and fans as well as players and managers are feeling it.

In this episode, we put together what the federation bosses have to say regarding their sporting codes. Will some force the issue and go ahead behind closed doors or is everyone acting responsibly and shutting shop?

You'll hear from South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan as well as Premier Soccer League chairman Irvin Khoza, as they clear up the confusion regrading local PSL and GladAfrica Championship matches.

The story of the Malan brothers, Pieter, Andre & Janneman

Cricketer Andre Malan joined us on the SportsLIVE podcast to chat about his and his brothers' background and their make-up.

Andre, 28, plays for Western Province, while his siblings, Pieter and Janneman, graduated to the Test and ODI ranks this past summer cricket season.

Pieter, 30, made his debut in SA's closely fought second Test against England at Newlands. He made a gutsy 288-ball 84, spending 369 minutes in the middle and almost taking the Proteas to a draw.

Janneman, 23, overcame a historic golden duck (to Mitchell Starc in the first ball of the first ODI against Australia in Paarl) to score his maiden ODI century in Bloemfontein in the second ODI.

Andre takes us through growing up in Nelspruit and tells stories of how it was for his mom and dad to raise three cricket-mad boys. He also talks about the mental strength his Protea brothers possess.

RWC2019 Untold Stories (feat. Rassie Erasmus & Dr Jerome Mampane)

Yes, the 2019 Rugby World Cup is still on our minds and we relish the idea of peeling layers of the Springboks' third William Webb Ellis trophy.

In this episode, we have another look behind the scenes, as we piece together how Siya Kolisi, Rassie Erasmus and Co. concocted the historic feat.

We hear from Springbok medical team doctor Dr Jerome Mampane about the intricate conversations that went into deciding some close medical calls, such as Cheslin Kolbe's fitness ahead of the Wales semifinal.

We also give massive kudos to the Proteas Women's cricket team that made the nation proud in Australia by qualifying for the T20 Women's World Cup semifinals.

What happened to Inny Radebe?

One of the most talked-about episodes in rugby last year happened when former Sharks flyhalf Inny Radebe released a "diss track" venting his frustrations with the South African rugby system.

In this episode, you can hear that track and hear from the man himself, Radebe, who details what his thought-process was when he recorded the song, which caused a social media storm. 

Should Temba replace Faf? (feat. Phila Sixaba)

Faf du Plessis announced that he was stepping down from the Proteas Test and T20 captaincy, making way for a new leader. Quinton de Kock has assumed the reins in the white-ball formats (ODI and T20) but should Temba Bavuma replace Du Plessis as Test captain?

Kaizer Chiefs 50th Anniversary Tribute (feat. Kaizer Motaung, Lebo Manyama)

Kaizer Chiefs celebrate their 50th birthday this year and as a tribute, SportsLIVE put together a wonderfully packaged scripted podcast -- the first for the award-winning podcast.

Narrated by SportsLIVE podcast host Sbu Mjikeliso, this is the story of Ewert "The Lip" Nene, the man who helped found Amakhosi. From his wild and enigmatic ways, to his confrontations with angry fans, mobs and dangerous missions to sign players.

The episode is an adaptation of Sam Mathe's beautiful eulogy to Nene, published in the Sowetan on January 10th, 2020. The link to that episode can be found here.

We also feature the great man himself, Kaizer Motaung senior, who spoke about the founding principles that went into making Chiefs not only one of the most accomplished football clubs in Africa but arguably the biggest brand in the country.

We also hear from the current generation, who are on a mission to add gloss to the celebrations by popping champagne at the end of the Absa Premiership season. Attacker Lebogang Manyama speaks about the meaning of being at the club in its 50th anniversary year and gives insight as to what the conversation have been like with the great Motaung himself.

Special thanks to:

SABC Sports journalists Velile Mbuli and Udo Carelse, as well as Justus Kilian, who provided the studio for the interview with Lebogang Manyama.

SportsLIVE is a MultimediaLIVE production.

PODCAST TRAILER | Kaizer Chiefs 50th Anniversary Tribute (feat. Lebogang Manyama)

The SportsLIVE podcast brings you a tribute episode to the 50th Anniversary of Kaizer Chiefs' formation. 

In the full episode, coming up next week, we visit the founding years of the club, from the Orlando Pirates breakaway to its inimitable PRO, Ewert "The Lip" Nene. We also chatted to one of the current Chiefs generation, Lebogang Manyama, who is part of the team looking to add to the Amakhosi legacy.

Temba Bavuma & the black batsman burden (feat. Daniel Gallan)

Temba Bavuma forced his way back into the Proteas Test team after scoring runs, 180 of them in one innings, for the Lions in the domestic 4-Day competition.

But his omission from the SA team that is locked in a four-Test battle with England caused a massive racial storm on social media and members of the public.

In this special episode, we look at the reasons why Temba Bavuma, the first black African batsman to score a hundred for South Africa, is still the only one shining the torch for black batsmen.

We also explore reasons why there aren't enough black batsmen at various levels of cricket.

Is it a burden to be a black batsman in this country? Has it all become too much for Bavuma to bear?

Listen to SportsLIVE podcast host Sbu Mjikeliso and sports writer Daniel Gallan, who've both written extensively on the subject, unpack these issues.

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