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SABC's Soccerzone to be shown a red card

By Tiyani Mabasa | Jan 14, 2016 | COMMENTS [ 52 ]

SABC Sport is headed for major changes in the coming weeks and Monday night highlights show Soccerzone is set to become the biggest casualty.

SoccerZone is said to be haemorrhaging viewers at an alarming rate and the public broadcaster is planning to pull the plug as the show does not generate much income.

Insiders say the magazine show will be replaced by a 30-minute highlights show that will dispense with presenters entirely, leaving current hosts Thomas Mlambo and Minnie Dlamini on the sidelines.

"The new show is apparently going to be at 10pm on Mondays and will not have a presenter," the insider said.

"The review show will have highlights from the weekend matches. That's the way forward for now, but things change."

The insider said a meeting was held on Tuesday and staff were informed that the once-popular football show is in its last month.

"The story is Thomas and Minnie Dlamini have failed in terms of improving viewership, but to be fair things have never been the same since Robert Marawa left the show [in 2006]. They have tried Walter Mokoena, Tshepo Mabona and even Kwena Moabelo.

"Things have never been the same since Robert left and when they hired Thomas, they thought he could steady the whole thing but even his arrival did little to change things around. Even the introduction of Minnie didn't help, because she doesn't know anything about football," the source continued.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago insisted that changes don't only affect SABC Sport, but their entire television offering and there was no final decision on any of their shows.

"Television is making the changes in their schedule. Sport doesn't have a channel, so already the person who was telling you this is not telling the truth because sport doesn't have a channel like SABC1, 2 or 3. All I'm saying is that changes will happen and once everybody is ready, then the communication will happen. It is a change of schedule," he said.

Part of the changes will see the introduction of a talk show on Tuesday night while Soccer 411 will move from 2pm on Saturdays to Thursday nights.

The widely popular Sport @10, hosted by Mlambo, will remain in its current slot on Wednesday nights. All sport shows will now start at 10pm.

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TheNextPresidentOfSA

"Things have never been the same since Robert left and when they hired Thomas, they thought he could steady the whole thing but even his arrival did little to change things around. Even the introduction of Minnie didn't help, because she doesn't know anything about football," the source continued. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I think now the Sports Manager in SABC is seeing the light. If the Manager can see Minnie is clueless about soccer i guess in time the manager will also realize that,Papi kgomane, McCarthy, Phumuzo, together with that lady who sometimes anchors the show are clueless. Papi,Phumudzo, McCarthy are best suited as touchline commentators.

Jan 14, 2016 8:37 | 1 replies

zazezi

They should at least hired someone from Banyana banyama, not that Minnie copper!

Jan 14, 2016 11:44 | 1 replies

TheNextPresidentOfSA

True, she only knows how to read soccer from a page.

Jan 14, 2016 12:25 | 0 replies

Laliking

I feel for Thomas because he knows his sports and he is a good sports host with that airhead Minnie I dont know wether SABC thought hiring a hot clueless girl about sports would do any good and it did not. SABC is a crap stop like its father the ANC

Jan 14, 2016 8:47 | 1 replies
Jan 14, 2016 9:33 | 1 replies

Maluleke110

They should should have just tried some unknown girl from varsity soccer> Most of them know soccer a lot, and the scrutiny will be minimal on them!

Jan 14, 2016 9:40 | 1 replies

Gentile

Romie Titus

Jan 14, 2016 10:35 | 1 replies

Annaliza

Romie and Carol Manana

Jan 14, 2016 11:55 | 0 replies

Shredder

Ao? Backpages ele teng ko SS4 and you expect me to watch SoccerZone? Come on! Please!! **Jacob Zuma's voice**

Jan 14, 2016 8:52 | 0 replies

mynameismadubula

don't know why they thought this show can compete with Marawa's at SS4, I know this one starts 30min later I think but come on SABC, you gave Marawa to SS, and now you made to pay, but Minnie doing sports show was a pantypreneurs' decision.

Jan 14, 2016 9:0 | 1 replies

zazezi

more like breastpreneur

Jan 14, 2016 11:45 | 0 replies

Dkok

how I so much wish the show got red carded during Marawa's time, he made the show about Chiefs. I also wish they can do away with match commentator William Shongwe and his friends, they even say we when referring to Chiefs, they fail to play playbacks when ambiguouse decitions go Chiefs way, but quick to find the ref wrong when a

Jan 14, 2016 9:3 | 3 replies

Dkok

when a decisions is against Chiefs. They are negative when commentating games of Sundowns and Pirates

Jan 14, 2016 9:4 | 1 replies

Kgonyoh

it's boring , a commentator is supposed to be neutral and not take sides, I hear it a lot with makhaya ntini on criket, its boring

Jan 14, 2016 9:35 | 0 replies

Shredder

Wena wa polotika fela man! Ga gona qiniso ya lutho mo nthong e we buwang.

Jan 14, 2016 9:6 | 1 replies

Dkok

LOLO, phela wena u wont notice anything since u r a Chiefs fan

Jan 14, 2016 9:22 | 0 replies

mynameismadubula

I have never watched the show since Marawa left, attempted to after they hire Minnie just wanted to see her that's all, wasn't impressed, there was Mike Mangena and David Kekane think Marks too, the 3 made me to hate SABC sports commentary, now even if Chief and Pirates can play on SABC only I don't watch, rather watch House Hunters International.

Jan 14, 2016 10:59 | 0 replies

Dompass

Mxim no man Dkok. This show was not about you or a club that you love. It is sad that the show will be taken off air. Your hatred for Chiefs should not cloud everything good about he show. Tjoo

Jan 14, 2016 9:11 | 1 replies

Dkok

I don't hate the show, but how it is hijacked by the presenters to push their own propagandas. I am in support of the show if a neutral and professional presenter runs it, we have 16 teams in the PSL who should be treated equaly

Jan 14, 2016 9:22 | 1 replies
Jan 14, 2016 9:36 | 0 replies

Kgonyoh

I feel sorry for mini

Jan 14, 2016 9:29 | 1 replies

Jabz

where to from there?

Jan 14, 2016 9:40 | 1 replies

Kgonyoh

back to acting maybe

Jan 14, 2016 10:30 | 0 replies

letahwa

That show was still on tv? And what is the mini chick doing on a sports show? I bet she knows nothing about football.

Jan 14, 2016 9:40 | 0 replies

MabhebezaEC___69!!!

Who still watches SABC? Stone age channel, nothing beats Supersport!!!!

Jan 14, 2016 9:46 | 0 replies

VENDALIOUS

All SABC channels are kak boring....Even DSTV now is becoming irrelevant with their tendencies of repeating Movies and shows. There is nothing left to watch on TV nowadays

Jan 14, 2016 9:48 | 2 replies

tpaz

try Netflix

Jan 14, 2016 10:5 | 1 replies

mlg

Which Signal Distributor is that ?. Has it got a platform or coverage or license to broadcast in SA ?.

Jan 14, 2016 10:15 | 0 replies

mlg

Strue Vendalious. Even Dstv is k@k boring now. One month last year I tried Premium from Compact bouquet. Man! I noticed no much difference I just cursed myself for wasting the money and went back to Compact.

Jan 14, 2016 10:10 | 1 replies

VENDALIOUS

Very useless....Mara @least your sister is still around to entertain me

Jan 14, 2016 10:13 | 1 replies

mlg

Uyanya sonny boy.

Jan 14, 2016 10:19 | 0 replies

VENDALIOUS

How did Minnie end up co hosting the soccer show?

Jan 14, 2016 9:49 | 2 replies

zazezi

Because she was a girlfriend of a goalkeeper, they thought he also gives lessons about soccer in bed.

Jan 14, 2016 11:48 | 1 replies

TshepoDlokweni

Lol lol lessons in bed kwaaaaa......

Jan 14, 2016 1:26 | 0 replies

Annaliza

I wonder because she doesn't know anything about the sport.

Jan 14, 2016 11:56 | 0 replies