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SABC's Soccerzone to be shown a red card

By Tiyani Mabasa | 2016-01-14 06:41:29.0 | 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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"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.

2016-01-14 08:37:44.0 | 1 replies


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

2016-01-14 11:44:34.0 | 1 replies


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

2016-01-14 12:25:49.0 | 0 replies


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

2016-01-14 08:47:16.0 | 1 replies
2016-01-14 09:33:52.0 | 1 replies


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!

2016-01-14 09:40:01.0 | 1 replies


Romie Titus

2016-01-14 10:35:44.0 | 1 replies


Romie and Carol Manana

2016-01-14 11:55:23.0 | 0 replies


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

2016-01-14 08:52:15.0 | 0 replies


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.

2016-01-14 09:00:50.0 | 1 replies


more like breastpreneur

2016-01-14 11:45:55.0 | 0 replies


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

2016-01-14 09:03:29.0 | 3 replies


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

2016-01-14 09:04:22.0 | 1 replies


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

2016-01-14 09:35:55.0 | 0 replies


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

2016-01-14 09:06:49.0 | 1 replies


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

2016-01-14 09:22:56.0 | 0 replies


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.

2016-01-14 10:59:34.0 | 0 replies


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

2016-01-14 09:11:14.0 | 1 replies


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

2016-01-14 09:22:09.0 | 1 replies
2016-01-14 09:36:35.0 | 0 replies


I feel sorry for mini

2016-01-14 09:29:59.0 | 1 replies


where to from there?

2016-01-14 09:40:41.0 | 1 replies


back to acting maybe

2016-01-14 10:30:45.0 | 0 replies


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

2016-01-14 09:40:29.0 | 0 replies


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

2016-01-14 09:46:38.0 | 0 replies


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

2016-01-14 09:48:53.0 | 2 replies


try Netflix

2016-01-14 10:05:59.0 | 1 replies


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

2016-01-14 10:15:56.0 | 0 replies


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.

2016-01-14 10:10:23.0 | 1 replies


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

2016-01-14 10:13:04.0 | 1 replies


Uyanya sonny boy.

2016-01-14 10:19:10.0 | 0 replies


How did Minnie end up co hosting the soccer show?

2016-01-14 09:49:48.0 | 2 replies


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

2016-01-14 11:48:56.0 | 1 replies


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

2016-01-14 13:26:48.0 | 0 replies


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

2016-01-14 11:56:56.0 | 0 replies