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.

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Rugby returns and magical soccer ahead

The focus is on rugby and soccer in your latest offering of SportsLIVE with BBK. There will be a lot of rusty bodies when rugby returns in SA. Loftus Versfeld will be the base for the Super Fan Saturday double header. The first game to get rugby action going again will see the Bulls battle the Sharks. That will be followed by a clash between the Stormers and the Lions to wrap up an action-packed day in the capital. The man we call Hurricane, Khanyiso Tshwaku, breaks down the latest on SA's rugby royalty.

There will be no Carling Black Label Cup. But there is something magical on the horizon. Arne Rust, the Carling Black Label director, gives the nitty gritty of the CBC Cup of Ages.

Kaizer Chiefs' head scout chats about player selection in SA

Walter Steenbok, the head of scouting at Kaizer Chiefs, a role he performed with distinction at Mamelodi Sundowns, is a well decorated scouting master.
The supremely qualified talent spotter has published a book titled The Football Scouting Bible. It offers a practical guide to scouting.
Such is his eye for talent, Steenbok brought Gastin Sirino and Ali Meza from Bolivia to the Brazilians of Mamelodi.
Listen to him talk to BBK on SportsLIVE with BBK about the state of scouting in SA soccer, why the book is a bible and, of course, the appointment of Gavin Hunt as the new head coach at Chiefs.

'My dream was to become a radio DJ' — Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana

From the dusty fields of Zebediela to scaling the heights of football success in SA and the continent. That is the story of Hlompho Kekana, the Mamelodi Sundowns captain as told to Bareng-Batho Kortjaas on SportsLIVE with BBK. The boy who harboured ambitions of becoming a DJ is a now a man with seven Premier Soccer League titles to his name. Still standing strong at 35, he believes he has enough in his reserves to go all the way to 42, like his hero, the late John “Shoes” Mosheou. My guest on this episode of SportsLIVE with BBK, ladies and gentlemen, Madalas and Madalaristas, I present to you, Hlompho Kekana.

Fan face-off part two: Chiefs vs Sundowns

In today's podcast we have part two of the fan face-off between Kaizer Chiefs fan Mkhuseli Ngcube and his opposite number from Mamelodi Sundowns, Sive Yekanye.

We are one match away from the curtain falling down on the 2019-20 Absa Premiership season.

The champions will be crowned on the final day of the season. We head to the finish line with Chiefs and Sundowns tied on 56 points. Amakhosi and Abafana Bes'tyle are hoping to be the first to get their hands on the R15m winner's cheque. Which coach will catch the bounty?

Will Ernst Middendorp win his first ever league title in his coaching career? Pitso Mosimane is looking to take Sundowns to their third successive championship. He will become the first coach to win five league titles in the PSL era, and is now tied on four with Gordon Igesund, who won it with Manning Rangers, Orlando Pirates, Santos and Sundowns. The late Ted Dumitru won two each with Sundowns and Chiefs. Gavin Hunt won three with SuperSport and one with Bidvest Wits. Mosimane has hopes of handing the Brazilians their 10th title, La Decima, in the Premier Soccer League era.

Can it not be Saturday already.

Kaitano Tembo watches with keen interest as Sundowns capitalise on Chiefs fumble

The 2019-20 Absa Premiership season is fast approaching the finish line. Although they lost 1-0 Mamelodi Sundowns on Thursday, Kaizer Chiefs are still at the summit of the standings by virtue of a superior goal difference.

Amakhosi and Abafana Bestyle are tied on 53 points going into weekend's action.

But today on SportsLive with BBK we have blackbone like me Kaitano Tembo, the coach of Supersport United, who have been one of the better performing teams of the bio bubble.

A man who has given a sterling 20 year service in various capacities at Matsatsantsa a Pitori is our main interview today. Come one, come all, Madalas.

FAN FACE-OFF | Chiefs vs.Sundowns

Fans are the fuel that fire up the beautiful game.

The footballers turn on the magic between the four white lines. The club bosses pay the bills. The sponsors funnel the funds that make the world go around. But soccer supporters, the football fans are the fuel behind it all.

They are the heart and soul of the sport. They bring colour to the game. They create the carnival atmosphere on the terraces, taverns, bars, shisanyamas. You name it, they are there. And have their finger on the pulse of the game of billions.

That’s why today, right here on SportsLive with BBK we have the Fan Face-Off, where two fans join me to run the rule on their teams in a no-holds barred conversation

Let’s get ready to rumble: In the gold and black corner, we have Mkhuseli Ngcube. He is bobbing and weaving as he prepares to trade blows with Mamelodi Sundowns counterpart Sive Yekanye who jumps into the ring Chris Eubank Style. On twitter you know these gentlemen as @mkhu and@skhomo.

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.

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