SL Podcast The Big Issue

The Big Issue

The Big Issue takes a deep dive into the world of South African soccer, asking the tough questions.
Weekly English South Africa Sports
25 Episodes
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Pitso's Domination And Motale's Plea To Bucs Chairman

Mamelodi Sundowns were crowned nine-times PSL Champions this past weekend, making them South Africa's most successful side in the PSL era. We hear from Eric Ramasike on why he believes Pitso Mosimane will continue to dominate the PSL in the season to come. We also had a chat with former…
15 May 2019 20 min

'We Should Celebrate Semenya, Not Condemn Her'

Last week, Caster Semenya, South Africa's 800m Champion, lost her court case against the IAAF ruling that will force her to regulate her testosterone levels. In this Big Issue, we speak to Thembi Kgatlana and hear from the Department of Sports and Recreation on what the future may hold. Listen…
8 May 2019 12 min


In part two of the Workers' Day special, we hear from SAFPU President Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe, on the role that SAFPU plays within the beautiful game and what it does for players.
2 May 2019 26 min

WORKERS DAY SPECIAL: Furman Recommends PSL to Players Abroad

In this workers day special, we hear from SuperSport's Dean Furman. What is it like being a player in the PSL, and what does he tell his friends back home? We'll have those answers in the show. Later in the show, we speak to Thandi Merafe about what it's like…
1 May 2019 25 min

Siwelele: The Story Behind The Violence

On Sunday, an Absa Premiership encounter between Bloemfontein Celtic and Cape Town City was called off due to fan violence. The PSL sent out a strong statement condemning the violence that played out and advised that action will be taken in due course. In this episode of The Big Issue,…
23 Apr 2019 28 min

The Big Issue - Are Clubs Responsible For Players' Social Lives?

The sudden passing of yet another PSL player on the roads in early hours of the morning has once again raised questions on how players manage themselves off-field. Should clubs do more to occupy the ample time that players have on their hands? How can players better take care of…
3 Apr 2019 31 min

The Big Issue - Giggs On Solksjaer, Bale & Champions League Winner

In this episode of The Big Issue, Former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs makes a surprise pick on the team he thinks will win the Uefa Champions League. The legend also touched on the future of his fellow Welshman Gareth Bale at Real Madrid. We also have Milutin Sredojevic and…
6 Mar 2019 13 min

The Big Issue - Will CAF Ruin Bucs & Downs In Title Race?

The race to be the kings of the Absa Premiership is quickly reaching its conclusion, with more than four clubs mathematically in with a chance to win it. In this week’s episode of The Big Issue, Eric Ramasike, Zola Doda and Xola Magwaza choose the favourites to win the league…
27 Feb 2019 30 min

Shocking Truth About Empty Stadiums - Part 2

The Absa Premiership has a reputation of being one of the best leagues on the African continent, yet is plagued by the problem of poor stadium attendance. In this episode of The Big Issue, we speak to Black Leopards, through their Media Officer Berry Ramunenyiwa to find out how they…
20 Feb 2019 28 min

Shocking Truth About Empty Stadiums

The Absa premiership has a reputation of being one of the best leagues in the African continent, yet the league is plagued by the problem of poor stadium attendance. In this episode of The Big Issue, we interrogate why Mzansi football fans don’t attend matches anymore. We speak to Botha…
13 Feb 2019 37 min

The Big Issue - Nomvethe & Sebola Predict Derby Draw

Fans will once again congregate in numbers on Saturday for yet another Soweto as Kaizer Chiefs host Orlando Pirates. In this episode of The Big Issue, Siyabonga Nomvethe and Andries Sebola give their predictions for the upcoming derby. The two legends also share their thoughts on whether the derby is…
6 Feb 2019 13 min

The Big Issue - The Solksjaer Debate: Is He What Man United Need?

Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has enjoyed excellent results since joining the Red Devils as an interim manager. In this episode of the Big Issue, International Editor David Kappel and Journalist Kurt Buckerfield debate whether Solskjaer is the right man for Man United. We also hear from the Chairman…
31 Jan 2019 28 min

The Big Issue - Amakhosi Keeper Crisis: Is Khune Irreplaceable?

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to Injury. This injury has left the glamour boys with only one experienced goalkeeper in Virgil Vries, who has committed some costly mistakes recently. In this episode of the Big Issue, we chat to…
23 Jan 2019 22 min

The Big Issue - Can Middendorp Bring Back The Glory Days?

Ernst Middendorp was announced last week as the new Kaizer Chiefs coach alongside Shaun Bartlett as his Assistant. In this episode of the Big Issue, we speak to former players Rowen Fernandez and Sibusiso Zuma about Middendorp and whether he can win trophies for Amakhosi. Former Bafana Bafana and Chiefs…
12 Dec 2018 33 min

The Big Issue - The Giant Slayer's Appointment With An Unfriendly Ghost

Baroka have qualified for their first ever major cup final; securing a tough meeting against the mighty Orlando Pirates in the TKO Final. In this episode of the Big Issue, we analyze whether the David that is Baroka can topple a Goliath as huge as Orlando Pirates. Ruud Krol and…
5 Dec 2018 28 min

Solinas Facing A Bleak Future At Chiefs?

Having been under immense pressure since losing to Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Knockout, Giovanni Solinas is walking on a tightrope. In this episode of the Big Issue, Marks Maponyane, Farouk Khan and Danny Venter analyze whether it’s time for Kaizer Chiefs to change coaches. We also get some strong…
28 Nov 2018 37 min

Will Solinas Get Derby Revenge Over Micho?

It is Soweto derby time once more! In this episode of the Big Issue, we feature fans and former players from both Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs to find out if Giovanni Solinas can outsmart Milutin Sredojevic. A surprise prediction comes from a former Pirates goalkeeper who reckons that his…
21 Nov 2018 21 min

Doc: Solinas Has Learnt From The Previous Derby

In this month’s Sit Down With Doctor Khumalo, brought to you by SportPesa, Doc makes a rallying call for the national team as they line up against Nigeria. He shares some words that former President Nelson Mandela told his team mates whilst he was still playing for Bafana Bafana. We…
20 Nov 2018 29 min

Was Baxter Forced To Select Serero?

In this episode of the Big Issue, we investigate whether Coach Stuart Baxter was forced to call up Thulani Serero back to the national team. We speak to SAFA’s Acting CEO Russel Paul to find out about the Serero issue and whether the Bafana Bafana match against Nigeria will be…
14 Nov 2018 33 min
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