My Starter Pack

SL PODCAST  |  Podcast , ±7 min episodes every 3 weeks, 4 days  | 
From the player's first set of boots to their first paycheck, My Starter Pack is a show all about the firsts that mark a player's career.

In each episode, we speak to a footballer about their early career, such as what their first car was and how they got it, what their first paycheque was, how they spent and more. It goes beyond the football to show the human side of the soccer players.

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Barr Talks Chaotic PSL Debut, Clive Barker, and Mike Makaab!

South African goalkeeper Jethren Barr made history by becoming the youngest player to make his PSL debut. He was only 17 years old, and very inexperienced when he was called to come on against Orlando Pirates - a daunting task indeed. However, the youngster used this experience to make a name for himself in Europe! Barr talks about this debut and describes it as chaotic and incredible at the same time. He tells stories of how he and Clive Barker made headlines during that match!

On the latest episode of My Starter Pack, Bafana Bafana hopeful Jethren Barr tells tales of his first coach and how he and Mike Makaab got into business. The 26-year-old provides some background into his first paycheck and when he knew he made his momma proud!

Mashigo: Benni Is An Inspiration!

South African-born youngster Katlego Mashigo is quickly becoming a household name and since he last joined the SL Podcast, the 21-year-old represented Bafana Bafana at the recent COSAFA Cup, donning the number 10 jersey. Mashigo explains that this moment was one of the proudest for his family as his dad is his biggest fan and closest mentor. The Portadown FC midfield player tells tales of his first ever live match which was at the Orlando Stadium watching the Buccaneers. Katlego goes on to explain who his biggest idol growing up was, which is an interesting battle between two Stevens who have played in the English Premier League

In the latest episode of My Starter Pack, Bafana Bafana youngster Katlego Mashigo reveals which players he idolised when growing up and also speaks about Benni McCarthy and why the South African legend is such an inspiration!

Mashego: Why the Doc is not the GOAT…

Former TS Galaxy and current Cape Town City defender Terrence Mashego joins My Starter Pack to take us on a trip down memory lane. He tells us tales of his PSL debut and what it was like. The 24-year-old also elaborates on his upbringing in the beautiful game, from his first coach to his footballing mentor.

In the latest episode of My Starter Pack, Cape Town City defender Terrence Mashego reveals why Doctor Khumalo is not his Goat. The player also mentions which coach played the biggest role in his career, even being a father figure to him!

David Kannemeyer Reveals Who His GOAT Is!

Former Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs, and Mpumalanga Black Aces left-back David Kannemeyer joins the SL Podcast’s My Starter Pack and tells tales of his career firsts. The 44-year-old explains who his first coach was and why he didn't get an agent at the start of his career. David takes us on a trip down memory lane, from his PSL debut to his International. He explains who his GOATS are and reveals what his first ever paycheck was!

Former Pirates Midfielder Talks PSL Debut!

Former Orlando Pirates, Bidvest Wits and AmaZulu midfielder Michael Morton joins the SL Podcast for the latest episode of My Starter Pack to take a trip down memory lane. Morton spent 10 years in the PSL, playing over 50 times. Michael reveals how he scored his first goal in the PSL, his debut which comes as a major shock, and how he proposed to his wife!

On the latest episode of My Starter Pack, former Orlando Pirates, Bidvest Wits and AmaZulu midfielder Michael Morton reveals how he scored his first PSL goal and how it coincides with his proposal to his wife!

Tony Zwane's PSL dream

In the latest episode of the SL podcast's 'My Starter Pack' Richards bay youngster Tony Zwane joins the show to discuss his dreams of making it to the PSL.
The Young Left-back discusses life in the GladAfrica championship, and how he hopes to make it in the top flight of South African football.

Bhasera Reflects On Career Of Highs And Lows

Onismor Bhasera's career has seen him score a Goal-of-the-Season goal in England suffer an own goal and injury on the same day! From humble beginnings in Zimbabwe to the PSL and English League One, Bhasera gives us an inside view.

That Time Komphela Took Mothwa For Lunch

Veli Mothwa shares the first that mark his career, from his first live football match to his PSL Debut. He speaks about the progression for his career, who he looks up, and his experiences with his teammates.

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'We Were Like His Children'

Four-Time Absa Premiership champion Morgan Gould join the SL Podcast’s “My Starter Pack” to discuss his early life and career, during which he witnessed his father playing top-flight football, and later joined Jomo Cosmos’ youth setup. He would later feature for Jomo Cosmos’ senior team over the space of seven years before joining SuperSport United. Gould discussed how Jomo Sono treats his players like family.

“It’s a very good institution, it teaches you a lot of things. It was more like father and kids you know? We were his [children]. Helped us as if we were his kids. To the Sono family, big ups to them. They created so many [stars] before me, they continued to create stars after me. He’s got the knack for finding talent, identifying it and polishing a stone until it’s a diamond”, Gould stated in the interview.

The 37-Year-Old free agent also discusses his PSL debut, first professional paycheck and more.

Kuda Mahachi’s First Pay Check Was $20!

SuperSport United forward Kudakwache Mahachi’s first wage as a professional was surprisingly low. He joined Matsatsantsa in 2019 after stints at Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows. He has also represented Zimbabwe at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Speaking to SL Radio on the My Starter Pack podcast, the 26-year-old discusses his journey to the Premier Soccer League, as his footballing idols, and who he would pick for his ultimate 5-a-side team!

Since leaving Highlanders FC, Mahachi has enjoyed success in the PSL, having featured in over 100 fixtures and scoring 17 times. However, his first paycheque likely pales in comparison to his current contract. As discussed in the podcast, he earned only $20 in his first payment arrangement, before moving on to greener pastures.

Fielies Bought His First Car From Cape Rival!

Cape Town City defender Taariq Fielies joined SL Radio’s My Starter Pack podcast for a trip down memory lane, discussing some interesting facts about his early playing career. During the latest episode, the 28-Year-Old details his journey through the Ajax Cape Town ranks to his PSL debut and also reveals his first professional pay cheque amount along with which car he purchased to stop relying on taxis.

“I actually bought [my first car] from a teammate, because I was tired of stealing taxis so me and [him], at that time he was still Ajax, we came to an agreement. So I bought the car by him, it was a Polo GTI, it was black but as years went on it started to turn grey,” Fielies revealed. That player now plays Cape Town City’s local rivals, Stellenbosch FC.

'My Idol Was Ronaldo... The Real Ronaldo'

While he was growing up in the North-West, Maritzburg United star Daylon Claasen had no idea how much of a journey football would take him on, from his father’s team to the Netherlands & Germany. In some ways, his journey mirrors that of that his idol, Ronaldo De Lima. Not to be confused with Cristiano Ronaldo, De Lime - like Claasen - played for seven different teams on two continents. Claasen had high praise for the Brazilian legend when chatting on SL Radio’s My Starter Pack podcast.

“At that time, Beckham was still good, Zidane was also on the scene and [then it was] Ronaldo, the real Ronaldo. [I had to choose] between Ronaldo and Kaka,” Claasen stated. When asked who the greatest player of all time is, the 30-Year-Old forward stuck to his guns continuing, “Ronaldo, the real Ronaldo, in his prime before he injured his knee. Remember at the World Cup when everyone was around him? ’98 World Cup, 2002 World Cup, he is my all-time GOAT. If only people knew how good he was before he hurt his knee; that guy was unbelievable.”

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