My shoes did not die a natural death but were kicked to death on imaginary footballs like stones, coke cans and some more stones.’ – Sandile Dikeni
Lolade Adewuyi profiles one of the continent’s most successful football coaches – the Big Boss, as he is widely referred to – and considers the arguments for more faith, more respect and more investment in the abilities of home-grown trainers.
As footballers and coaches typically spiel, it’s a game of two halves. For the first 45-min, Shina Oludari gives a brief history of women’s football on the continent. After the half time entertainment, we hear from two Banyana Banyana stars with a match-winning photographic assist from Jabulani Dhlamini.
The line-up of football stories wouldn’t be complete without Simon Kuper. In a change of formation from his regular “Nothing But…” column, we pass back to Kaapstad for a beer-fuelled encounter with Mr Spaghetti Legs, Bruce Grobbelaar.
Shoeless and bible blacked, Sandile Dikeni recounts childhood kickabouts on uneven playing fields in the Karoo.
When not teaching white boy’s how to shuffle, acting Tuff, or fixing the jukebox at Slumberland, Paul Beatty shoots a mean jump shot. Quick, quick, the clock’s ticking.
Isn’t it time you learned to Say What You Mean? Vocabulary and translation, exercises, games — lessons — from Karen Press for you to get your head, mouth, and pen around.