My Starter Pack

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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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'Lorch Gave Me Nightmares' - Edmilson Dove

Edmilson Dove was given a trial by fire when he made his pre-season debut for Cape Town City FC in 2016 and had to defend one of the nation’s most talented wingers. Dove spoke on SL Radio’s 'My Starter Pack' about how he had to adjust to South Africa’s brand of football. In his interview, he details how Thembinkosi Lorch caused him problems in a friendly match before the start of the 2016/17 Absa Premiership season.

“I remember we had a friendly match before my PSL debut, [it was] against Chippa when Lorch was still playing there. I think that’s the guy that gave me nightmares in that friendly match, I said ‘alright, welcome to South Africa Edmilson Dove’. The tempo of the game was just insane, it was something that I wasn’t used to, you know? In my country, we don’t have as fast players as you have here in South Africa, and also the quality of the pitch allows the ball to travel [quickly].”

'You'll Never Guess Macheke’s First PSL Paycheck...'

Bidvest Wits defender Zitha Macheke journey in the PSL has been full of ups & downs, from his first full season in the PSL ending in Absa Premiership glory with Kaizer Chiefs to fighting for promotion with Thanda Royal Zulu (now Richards Bay FC) the very next season.

The 26-year-old defender is now aiming for Nedbank Cup with Wits and joined SL Radio’s My Starter Pack podcast to reminisce on his early days.

Discussing his first full contract, Macheke talks about graduating from Amakhosi’s development system and then going on to face his own team in his PSL debut! Before moving on from Chiefs, Macheke had the experience of seeing his team win the PSL title. “I think it was a great moment for me, being introduced into the big league and then all of a sudden, you’re part of a group who wins [the] championship,” Macheke recalls, “Even though I didn’t play, I learned a lot. It pushed in becoming a winner because when I was introduced in the game, I was introduced in a championship environment.”

In his interview, Macheke also speaks about his first car, his first agent and his pick for the 'Greatest Player of All Time'.

'I Was Praying To Get Silverware In SA'

SuperSport United forward Evans Rusike’s time in the PSL has been quite a journey. After transferring to Maritzburg United from Zimbabwe Saints in 2015, Rusike’s first full season in the Absa Premiership saw him face a relegation battle against the University of Pretoria & Jomo Cosmos. Needing a victory to guarantee survival, Rusike scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to save Maritzburg United’s top-flight status.

Three years later, the Zimbabwe international added MTN8 Champion to his list of achievements. “That was the highlight of the season for me, man. I always wanted to win something here in South Africa. I was just praying and pushing just to get some silverware here. I was so happy, I was over the moon that I won something in the PSL,” Rusike told SL Radio on the My Starter Pack Podcast.

The 30-Year-Old has always been one for the big occasion and spoke candidly about his perfect international debut: “I remember my first debut. It was at home when we were playing Comoros, it was a CHAN qualifier, and I managed to score in that game.”

From Bulawayo to TKO Champion - Chipezeze Looks Back

Baroka FC goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze spoke to SL Radio about getting scouted as a youngster and how it lead to him joining Bristol City Juniors in 2004. “I was playing in the school team, and there was this other guy who was coming to watch the football games" Chipezeze recalls, "[when] he saw me, he just told me straight up; ‘you must come and join my team.'"

“At first I didn’t take it seriously, I thought it was just fun, you know?” Chipezeze explains, “But, he convinced me, then I went and started playing and then another guy from Bristol City came and told me to join his team. You know as a youngster you just want to be seen. So I had to move from my first junior club to Bristol City.”

He also reveals how his move to the PSL came about. “After my second award for Goalkeeper of the Season in the Zimbabwean league, it came into my mind that I’ve been playing here for about 4-5 seasons, now I think I need a better challenge. I had to sit down with my agent, and that’s when the offer from Baroka came”. He would go on to win the Telkom Knockout title in his first season, the first major title in the Club’s history.

“They Told Me That I Was Too Skinny”

n the latest edition of My Starter Pack, SuperSport United Midfielder Teboho Mokoena recalls getting scouted as a youngster by primary school teacher Charles Molefe, and how he played every position before settling on central. “Actually I played every position, I was a striker, I was a center-back, I was a right-back, left-back, left-wing, I’ve played everywhere”, Mokoena reveals to SL Radio. He also dishes on his time at Harmony Sports Academy, which lead directly to him being scouted by SuperSport United.

“[When] I got scouted, we were playing at the Coca Cola [initiative] I think in 2012, in Bloemfontein” explains Mokoena, “When I got there I was too skinny, even the guys were laughing at me, they said ‘Ay Bra, you’re too skinny but you’ve got a big foot’”. The 23-Year-Old also dishes on his relationship with former Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter, who is responsible for handing Mokoena both his PSL & international debuts.

Richard Ofori “I Used To Steal My Mom’s Money…”

In the latest edition of My Starter Pack on SL Radio, Maritzburg United Goalkeeper Richard Ofori reminisces about stealing his mom’s money so that he could travel with local football teams in Ghana. He also recalls his debut for the Ghana u20 national team. He details his first start for “The Black Satellites” which came in the 3rd/4th place off match in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and how he managed to keep Ghana’s first clean sheet of the tournament in a 3-0 victory over Iraq.

“I was just thinking ‘God Help Me’” says Ofori, as he only found out about his selection in the side four hours before kick-off. His performance was a sign of things to come, as the shot-stopper has gone on to feature in 2 Africa Cup Of Nations tournaments for the senior team, and has now been their preferred number 1 for three years.

The 26 Year Old also describes life growing up in Ghana and how he became interested in playing football at a young age.

“My Debut In Sweden Was Against Jabu Pule!”- Surprise Ralani

In the latest edition of My Starter Pack on SL Radio, Cape Town City forward Bradley “Surprise” Ralani details his remarkable debut in the Superettan. He reveals that his full debut in Sweden for Landskrona BoIS happened to be against Osters IF, which at the time was home to former Kaizer Chiefs star Jabu Mahlangu (also known as Jabu Pule), a player who Ralani idolized growing up.

According to records, the story gets even stranger, as Mahlangu happened to be substituted off the pitch five minutes before Ralani was introduced onto the field of play. Luckily, Ralani would get the chance to face the Amakhosi legend again later in the season, starting and scoring once in a 4-0 victory during the reverse fixture.

The 32 Year Old Citizens star also details his experience of being coached by Swedish Legend Henrik Larsson, as well as his time at Stars of Africa, where he was mentored by Farouk Khan.

My Starter Pack Highlights: Mayambela’s First Phone Stolen, Ronwen’s First Landlord & More!

In the latest edition of My Starter Pack, the show where players take us down memory lane, we look back at highlights from old episodes as we reminisce on the suspended season. In today’s throwback episode, we feature SuperSport United stars Ronwen Williams and Thabo Mnyamane, Sundowns stars Lyle Lakay & Riyaad Pieterse, as well as former Cape Town City midfielder Mark Mayambela.

Bongani Kumalo on his 2010 World Cup Goal, Premier League Transfer & More

In the latest edition of My Starter Pack , the show where players take us down memory lane, we chat to SuperSport United defender Bongani Khumalo who recalls his goal at the 2010 FIFA World Cup against France. He also recalls his time working under Gavin Hunt and winning the Absa Premiership title three years in a row. The veteran also reveals the first academy which they joined at junior level and the position he played when he started playing football as a youngster.

'Which Coaches Gave PSL Players Their First Start?'

In the latest edition of My Starter Pack, the show where players take us down memory lane, we chat with various PSL players about the coach that gave them their first opportunities as professional footballers. They dish on how their first coaches helped them as youngsters in the league, and what their relationships were like. Some footballers featured here also reveal the first academy which they joined at junior level.

'PSL Players Reveal Their First Salaries!'

In the latest edition of My Starter Pack (brought to you by DStv Compact), the show where players take us down memory lane, we chat to various PSL players about the very first paychecks they received as professional footballers. They dish on how much the total was, and many of the amounts may come as a surprise to fans. Some footballers featured here also reveal the first big purchase they made with the money received.

'Mpho Makola Discusses How Pirates Beat Chiefs To His Signature'

In the latest edition of My Starter Pack brought to you by DStv Compact, the show where players take us down memory lane, we chat with Cape Town City Midfielder Mpho Makola. He dishes on his first football idol, and his pick for the greatest PSL player of all time, and how Orlando Pirates beat Kaizer Chiefs to his signature. He also recalls his time as a youth player and how he started as a striker before moving to midfield.

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