SportsLIVE with BBK

TimesLIVE Podcasts

Get behind the biggest sporting stories and hear from the sporting world's biggest names, with the weekly SportsLIVE Podcast.

Renowned Sunday Times sports editor Bareng-Batho Kortjaas (BBK) and his revolving door of sporting experts, take you through the stories behind the scoreboard.

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Jesse Donn, the 22-year-old SuperSport United central defensive midfielder tells me about quietly establishing himself in the Matsatsantsa engine room, banging on the Bafana door, learning from Teboho Mokoena and Thamsanqa Gabuza and gives thoughts on the absence of white players. It is all in SportsLIVE with BBK

Dec 2

30 min 55 sec

The man from Malawi who is behind the magic of Royal AM, John Maduka is your guest on SportsLive with BBK. Hear him on red hot striker Victor Letsoalo, boss lady MamMkhize, Max Tshabalala and the so far stunning season of the new kids on the PSL block.

Nov 11

31 min 53 sec

This is not a football podcast. It is the inspirational life story of Willard Katsande, Zimbabwean professional footballer, a former player of Premier Soccer League club Kaizer Chiefs and the Zimbabwe national team. It is a tale about getting out of the ghetto. Katsande says poverty is the best humility you can ever get.

Oct 29

30 min 14 sec

“I grew up supporting Kaizer Chiefs but I’ve fallen in love with Mamelodi Sundowns,” Teboho Mokoena, the in-demand SuperSport United and Bafana Bafana midfielder, tells me on SportsLive with BBK. He shares interesting insights on Bafana boss Hugo Broos, Sipho Mbule and SuperSport United.

Sep 23

24 min 22 sec

The swashbuckling Brazilian Skhomo and the stout-hearted Khosi Mkhu face-off on SportsLive with BBK as they run the rule on the upcoming mouthwatering Mamelodi Sundowns v Kaizer Chiefs clash.

Sep 10

33 min 51 sec

Colleague and senior journalist Mahlatse Mphahlele joins me as we sink our teeth into Bafana Bafana as they begin their gruelling qualifying campaign for 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar as the team builds anew yet again, this time under new boss Hugo Broos. Hopefullly the new Broom with sweep clean. Enjoy SportsLive with BBK.

Sep 3

32 min 28 sec

Listen to AmaZulu striker Lehlohonolo Majoro tell his story of how he retired from football in his teens, having the cushion of education, Caf Champions League campaign and working with Bhele and Benni. Enjoy SportsLIVE with BBK.

Aug 27

36 min 19 sec

On SportsLIVE with BBK, Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena shares his thoughts on the club's new signings, Caf Champions League, the strength and threat of Kaizer Chiefs and more.

Aug 20

34 min 14 sec

Managing partner at Playmakers Seishane Leshaba chats sponsorships, the impact of Covid-19 on the shrinking the sponsorship and sports revenue market and shirt merchandise, with our host BBK on this weeks episode of SportsLIVE with BBK.

Aug 13

29 min 33 sec

Happy Jele and Orlando Pirates have been tighter than tongue and saliva, together since 2006. Hear him out on his highs and lows at Bucs, recovering from suffering tennis score defeats, being sidelined for a year, signing a new contract and the influence on Mandla Ncikazi.

Aug 6

28 min 40 sec

Keagan Dolly is back in town and went one on one with BBK. He breathes fire about his new home Kaizer Chiefs, reuniting with the components of the CBD, rejecting offers from elsewhere and what he aims to do return glory days to Amakhosi.

Jul 30

27 min 48 sec

If you want loyalty get a dog, they say. If you want a one club man, SuperSport United goalkeeper Ronwen Williams is your go to guy. He arrived at the club as a kid and is living his dream as number one goalkeeper for club and country. On SportsLive with BBK Williams spoke to me about Mokoena, Mbule, following Tau's example, Hugo Broos and 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

May 14

42 min 25 sec

"If you are a player for AmaZulu FC you have to impress coach," says club president Sandile Zungu when asked about Siphiwe Tshabalala. He also shares his thoughts on coach Benni McCarthy, Moeneeb Josephs, Siyabonga Nomvethe and offers a view on Caf president Patrice Motsepe. Sengwayo also pays tribute to Isilo Samabandla. It is all in the latest installment of SportsLive with BBK.

Mar 19

45 min 28 sec

He was so good they named him twice, Jay Jay Okocha. On SportsLive with BBK the Nigerian and African soccer legend chats about SA players being too comfortable, says Motsepe for Caf president and gives thoughts on Haaland, Mbappe and Sancho.

Mar 5

25 min 35 sec

The Cape Town City captain is not just a dynamite in a small package. He is actually a ball of fire. He shares his thoughts about the prospect of joining Kaizer Chiefs, Bafana beating Ghana, Bongani Zungu and Percy Tau and what he wants for himself. This is fire. You don't want to miss it.

Feb 26

53 min 9 sec

Head coach Mandla Ncikazi shares the secrets of Lamontville Golden Arrows' great start to the PSL season, how he discovered Fortune Makaringe and a long list of other players, his relationship with Steve Komphela and views on his boss Mato Madlala.

Feb 12

46 min 49 sec

Buhlebuyeza Mkhwanazi has not kicked a ball in anger in many months. The 2016 MTN8 winner, the 2017 Premier Soccer League and Telkom Knockout champion joins BBK on SportsLive with BBK to talk about his standoff with chaos club TTM, his next destination, turning down an offer from north Africa after the 2019 Afcon and his thoughts on Gavin Hunt and Kaizer Chiefs.

Jan 29

30 min 28 sec

What's popping in the ears of flying winger and Rugby World Cup hero Makazole Mapimpi when he prepares himself for the battle ahead? What sound moves the spirit of veteran footballer Reneilwe Letsholonyane as he plans and plots against the opponents before stepping on to the football field? I caught up with the superstars for the very first serving in 2021 of your favourite podcast, SportsLive with BBK.

Jan 22

41 min 12 sec

The captain of mellow yellow men from Chloorkop, the scorer of top drawer scorchers, Hlompho Kekana, has once again gained nomination for the Puskas goal of the year. He is the guest on SportsLive with BBK and they talk about Pitso Mosimane's Champions League hunt with Al Ahly, Themba Zwane's red hot form, the demise of Anele Ngcongca, working under the Meshack, Shadrack and Abednigo coaching team, Patrice Motsepe's nomination for Caf presidency and of course, that goal against Cape Town City which has given him the nod yet again for the Puskas award. Don't miss it.

Nov 2020

43 min 20 sec

Whoever came up with dynamite comes in small packages had my guest in mind. She is the mother of the nation of the many women who play football for the senior women's soccer national team Banyana Banyana. Her name is Desiree Ellis. She is the Alice in the Banyana wonderland. If boxing had the late Jacob "Baby Jake" Matlala, soccer has Desiree Ellis. Her Banyana have stormed into the final of the Cosafa Cup in sensational fashion, beating Malawi 6-2 to book a berth with Botswana in the final.

Nov 2020

31 min 28 sec

Today on SportsLive with BBK we travel all the way to east Africa. We stop in country called Tanzania. The reason we are in Tanzania today is because it has, for many years, been home to one South African, Senzo Mbatha, formerly known Mazingiza. The former Orlando Pirates, Platinum Stars and Bay United administrator holds the special honour of working for two of Tanzania's biggest clubs, Simba and Young Africans, who will clash in the Kariakoo Derby, one of the biggest contests on the continent.

Nov 2020

35 min 45 sec

Name: Dlamini, Ayanda "Cobra" Dlamini. Age: 36. Occupation:  Youngest coach in the Premier Soccer League. Discussion: Why I signed Augustine Mulenga. Why I went for experinced Alan Freese as assistant coach. Why I brought 36-year old Simphiwe Tshabalala. Catch Dlamini in his own words in this latest instalment of SportsLive with BBK. And oh, "bring on the Buccaneers," says Dlamini as he prepares to kick-off the DStv Premiership against Orlando Pirates.

Oct 2020

37 min 23 sec

"Kaizer Chiefs will be competitive. I will make them competitive." That is Gavin Hunt's pledge to the army of Amakhosi faithful as he begins his journey in gold and black. Catch his frank conversation with the Sunday Times sports editor Bareng-Batho Kortjaas on the SportsLIVE with BBK podcast.

Oct 2020

26 min 48 sec

Rhulani Mokwena shares his thoughts on the mark of the man that is Pitso Mosimane. The foundations of African football shook when Mosimane resigned from an eight year successful spell with Mamelodi Sundowns to team up with African Club of the Century and Egyptian giants Al Ahly. The Hurricane, Khanyiso Tshwaku runs the rule on the Springbok Showdown. Catch it all on your favourite sports podcast on a Friday, SportsLive with BBK.

Oct 2020

25 min 11 sec

The focus is on rugby and soccer in your latest offering of SportsLIVE with BBK. There will be a lot of rusty bodies when rugby returns in SA. Loftus Versfeld will be the base for the Super Fan Saturday double header. The first game to get rugby action going again will see the Bulls battle the Sharks. That will be followed by a clash between the Stormers and the Lions to wrap up an action-packed day in the capital. The man we call Hurricane, Khanyiso Tshwaku, breaks down the latest on SA's rugby royalty. There will be no Carling Black Label Cup. But there is something magical on the horizon. Arne Rust, the Carling Black Label director, gives the nitty gritty of the CBC Cup of Ages.

Sep 2020

26 min 30 sec

Walter Steenbok, the head of scouting at Kaizer Chiefs, a role he performed with distinction at Mamelodi Sundowns, is a well decorated scouting master. The supremely qualified talent spotter has published a book titled The Football Scouting Bible. It offers a practical guide to scouting. Such is his eye for talent, Steenbok brought Gastin Sirino and Ali Meza from Bolivia to the Brazilians of Mamelodi. Listen to him talk to BBK on SportsLIVE with BBK about the state of scouting in SA soccer, why the book is a bible and, of course, the appointment of Gavin Hunt as the new head coach at Chiefs.

Sep 2020

41 min 32 sec

From the dusty fields of Zebediela to scaling the heights of football success in SA and the continent. That is the story of Hlompho Kekana, the Mamelodi Sundowns captain as told to Bareng-Batho Kortjaas on SportsLIVE with BBK. The boy who harboured ambitions of becoming a DJ is a now a man with seven Premier Soccer League titles to his name. Still standing strong at 35, he believes he has enough in his reserves to go all the way to 42, like his hero, the late John “Shoes” Mosheou. My guest on this episode of SportsLIVE with BBK, ladies and gentlemen, Madalas and Madalaristas, I present to you, Hlompho Kekana.

Sep 2020

27 min 46 sec

In today's podcast we have part two of the fan face-off between Kaizer Chiefs fan Mkhuseli Ngcube and his opposite number from Mamelodi Sundowns, Sive Yekanye. We are one match away from the curtain falling down on the 2019-20 Absa Premiership season. The champions will be crowned on the final day of the season. We head to the finish line with Chiefs and Sundowns tied on 56 points. Amakhosi and Abafana Bes'tyle are hoping to be the first to get their hands on the R15m winner's cheque. Which coach will catch the bounty? Will Ernst Middendorp win his first ever league title in his coaching career? Pitso Mosimane is looking to take Sundowns to their third successive championship. He will become the first coach to win five league titles in the PSL era, and is now tied on four with Gordon Igesund, who won it with Manning Rangers, Orlando Pirates, Santos and Sundowns. The late Ted Dumitru won two each with Sundowns and Chiefs. Gavin Hunt won three with SuperSport and one with Bidvest Wits. Mosimane has hopes of handing the Brazilians their 10th title, La Decima, in the Premier Soccer League era. Can it not be Saturday already.

Sep 2020

41 min 10 sec

The 2019-20 Absa Premiership season is fast approaching the finish line. Although they lost 1-0 Mamelodi Sundowns on Thursday, Kaizer Chiefs are still at the summit of the standings by virtue of a superior goal difference. Amakhosi and Abafana Bestyle are tied on 53 points going into weekend's action. But today on SportsLive with BBK we have blackbone like me Kaitano Tembo, the coach of Supersport United, who have been one of the better performing teams of the bio bubble. A man who has given a sterling 20 year service in various capacities at Matsatsantsa a Pitori is our main interview today. Come one, come all, Madalas.

Aug 2020

25 min 59 sec

Fans are the fuel that fire up the beautiful game. The footballers turn on the magic between the four white lines. The club bosses pay the bills. The sponsors funnel the funds that make the world go around. But soccer supporters, the football fans are the fuel behind it all. They are the heart and soul of the sport. They bring colour to the game. They create the carnival atmosphere on the terraces, taverns, bars, shisanyamas. You name it, they are there. And have their finger on the pulse of the game of billions. That’s why today, right here on SportsLive with BBK we have the Fan Face-Off, where two fans join me to run the rule on their teams in a no-holds barred conversation Let’s get ready to rumble: In the gold and black corner, we have Mkhuseli Ngcube. He is bobbing and weaving as he prepares to trade blows with Mamelodi Sundowns counterpart Sive Yekanye who jumps into the ring Chris Eubank Style. On twitter you know these gentlemen as @mkhu and@skhomo.

Aug 2020

40 min 35 sec

Today we shine the spotlight on Geoffrey Toyana, a top cricket coach who conducted a cleansweep in domestic cricket in 2017. On the back of the great work he did with Highveld Lions, the man was in line to graduate to Proteas coaching job. But Cricket South Africa appointed Barbadian Ottis Gibson. CSA president Chris Nenzani told set tongues wagging on Robert Marawa's Marawa Sports Worldwide that not appointing Toyana was a missed opportunity. Duh! Toyana joins me to discuss that and more around the shenanigans at Circus South Africa.

Aug 2020

33 min 20 sec

Welcome to SportsLIVE with BBK. In our first episode today, we will shine the spotlight on the Nedbank Cup semifinals. Find out what the coaches of Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits, Baroka FC and Bloemfontein Celtic have up their sleeves as they go into battle in a double header at the spiritual home of South African soccer, Orlando Stadium, on Saturday.

Aug 2020

34 min 2 sec

Kaizer Chiefs held pole position in the Absa Premiership before the Premier Soccer League was suspended due to the coronavirus lockdown. Prior to the recess, Lebogang Manyama was the attacking midfielder that propelled AmaKhosi to the top of the log. His six goal contributions might not match Samir Nurkovic's (11) and Leonardo Castro's (nine) goal tallies but they have more often than not resulted in victories for the Glamour Boys. Such as when Chiefs faced Orlando Pirates in the second Soweto Derby of the season in February. In this interview, recording just prior to then, Manyama speaks to SportsLIVE about returning to South Africa from Turkey, what happened overseas and how he became the fulcrum of the biggest club in the country. Special thanks to Udo Carelse and Justus Kilian, who provided the studio for the interview with Lebogang Manyama, as well as talent manager Mpho Sekhoto. 

Mar 2020

35 min 17 sec

The Corona Virus has hit live sports for a six, it's put 19 past the net, it's stolen a march on every sporting event around the globe, it's hit sports for a knockout and fans as well as players and managers are feeling it. In this episode, we put together what the federation bosses have to say regarding their sporting codes. Will some force the issue and go ahead behind closed doors or is everyone acting responsibly and shutting shop? You'll hear from South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan as well as Premier Soccer League chairman Irvin Khoza, as they clear up the confusion regrading local PSL and GladAfrica Championship matches.

Mar 2020

25 min 30 sec

Cricketer Andre Malan joined us on the SportsLIVE podcast to chat about his and his brothers' background and their make-up. Andre, 28, plays for Western Province, while his siblings, Pieter and Janneman, graduated to the Test and ODI ranks this past summer cricket season. Pieter, 30, made his debut in SA's closely fought second Test against England at Newlands. He made a gutsy 288-ball 84, spending 369 minutes in the middle and almost taking the Proteas to a draw. Janneman, 23, overcame a historic golden duck (to Mitchell Starc in the first ball of the first ODI against Australia in Paarl) to score his maiden ODI century in Bloemfontein in the second ODI. Andre takes us through growing up in Nelspruit and tells stories of how it was for his mom and dad to raise three cricket-mad boys. He also talks about the mental strength his Protea brothers possess.

Mar 2020

43 min 28 sec

Yes, the 2019 Rugby World Cup is still on our minds and we relish the idea of peeling layers of the Springboks' third William Webb Ellis trophy. In this episode, we have another look behind the scenes, as we piece together how Siya Kolisi, Rassie Erasmus and Co. concocted the historic feat. We hear from Springbok medical team doctor Dr Jerome Mampane about the intricate conversations that went into deciding some close medical calls, such as Cheslin Kolbe's fitness ahead of the Wales semifinal. We also give massive kudos to the Proteas Women's cricket team that made the nation proud in Australia by qualifying for the T20 Women's World Cup semifinals.

Mar 2020

32 min 26 sec

One of the most talked-about episodes in rugby last year happened when former Sharks flyhalf Inny Radebe released a "diss track" venting his frustrations with the South African rugby system. In this episode, you can hear that track and hear from the man himself, Radebe, who details what his thought-process was when he recorded the song, which caused a social media storm. 

Feb 2020

29 min 57 sec

Faf du Plessis announced that he was stepping down from the Proteas Test and T20 captaincy, making way for a new leader. Quinton de Kock has assumed the reins in the white-ball formats (ODI and T20) but should Temba Bavuma replace Du Plessis as Test captain?

Feb 2020

33 min 8 sec

Without Wayde van Niekerk or Caster Semenya, two great medal hopes, Team South Africa came back from the World Athletics Championships in Doha without a single medal -- an ominous sign before the Tokyo Olympic games this year.

Feb 2020

33 min 10 sec

Kaizer Chiefs celebrate their 50th birthday this year and as a tribute, SportsLIVE put together a wonderfully packaged scripted podcast -- the first for the award-winning podcast. Narrated by SportsLIVE podcast host Sbu Mjikeliso, this is the story of Ewert "The Lip" Nene, the man who helped found Amakhosi. From his wild and enigmatic ways, to his confrontations with angry fans, mobs and dangerous missions to sign players. The episode is an adaptation of Sam Mathe's beautiful eulogy to Nene, published in the Sowetan on January 10th, 2020. The link to that episode can be found here. We also feature the great man himself, Kaizer Motaung senior, who spoke about the founding principles that went into making Chiefs not only one of the most accomplished football clubs in Africa but arguably the biggest brand in the country. We also hear from the current generation, who are on a mission to add gloss to the celebrations by popping champagne at the end of the Absa Premiership season. Attacker Lebogang Manyama speaks about the meaning of being at the club in its 50th anniversary year and gives insight as to what the conversation have been like with the great Motaung himself. Special thanks to: SABC Sports journalists Velile Mbuli and Udo Carelse, as well as Justus Kilian, who provided the studio for the interview with Lebogang Manyama. SportsLIVE is a MultimediaLIVE production.

Feb 2020

29 min 5 sec

The SportsLIVE podcast brings you a tribute episode to the 50th Anniversary of Kaizer Chiefs' formation.  In the full episode, coming up next week, we visit the founding years of the club, from the Orlando Pirates breakaway to its inimitable PRO, Ewert "The Lip" Nene. We also chatted to one of the current Chiefs generation, Lebogang Manyama, who is part of the team looking to add to the Amakhosi legacy.

Jan 2020

5 min 10 sec

Temba Bavuma forced his way back into the Proteas Test team after scoring runs, 180 of them in one innings, for the Lions in the domestic 4-Day competition. But his omission from the SA team that is locked in a four-Test battle with England caused a massive racial storm on social media and members of the public. In this special episode, we look at the reasons why Temba Bavuma, the first black African batsman to score a hundred for South Africa, is still the only one shining the torch for black batsmen. We also explore reasons why there aren't enough black batsmen at various levels of cricket. Is it a burden to be a black batsman in this country? Has it all become too much for Bavuma to bear? Listen to SportsLIVE podcast host Sbu Mjikeliso and sports writer Daniel Gallan, who've both written extensively on the subject, unpack these issues.

Jan 2020

29 min 53 sec

After England took an assailable 2-1 lead in the four-Test series against South Africa, we looked at the cause of the malaise the national South African men's cricket team is under. We hear from paceman Kagiso Rabada, who is suspended for the fourth and final Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. He talks about growing his game, learning a few lessons along the way and how the demerits and suspensions due to his aggressive celebrations "can't keep happening". We are joined in studio by cricket analyst Lunga Kupiso, who tries to make sense of the collapse-prone batting order and recommends the kinds of remedies that will get the Proteas firing again.

Jan 2020

42 min 30 sec

Hard enduro biker Kirsten Landman made history in the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia by becoming one of the first African women, alongside Taye Perry from East London, to ride the toughest motorsport race in the world. Her journey to the Dakar, however, was paved with challenges, some near-fatal. Her 2013 crash in Botswana, where she suffered a lacerated spleen, severed pancreas and ripped small intestine, still rings in her mind.She revealed in New Frame that she battled to cope with the mental challenges that came with riding her enduro bike again, but part of the journey to recovery was to “get back on the saddle”.This is the full interview, with award-winning sports journalist and SportsLIVE podcast host Sbu Mjikeliso, recorded on the eve of the Dakar Rally.

Jan 2020

33 min 21 sec

In the first episode of 2020 for this award-winning podcast, we went to the East London 10's tournament where we caught up with some of the chief organisers of what was a groundbreaking event for the province. The popular Old Boys 10's tournaments have, through the course of history, made their way to Brisbane, Hong Kong, Manila, Cape Town, Jo'burg and Pretoria. Finally, the Eastern Cape, the province that produced Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, has its own tournament and it was a resounding success.

Jan 2020

42 min 15 sec

In Part 2 of our beautifully insightful conversation with Rassie Erasmus's lieutenant, performance analyst Lindsay Weyer, our last special guest for 2019 breaks down how the Springboks dismantled England. They had plenty of help, of course, coming in the form of consultant Felix Jones, who joined the Springbok management team after Swys de Bruin pulled out on the eve of the tournament. Many questioned Jones' appointment but Erasmus knew what they were getting from his mate from Munster and Weyer gets into detail about how Jones gave them the blueprint on all the England players, which influenced the power scrum that South Africa had as well as the key moments, such as the Cheslin Kolbe try and Damian de Allende's running lines. He describes how they identified that the two England play-makers, George Ford and Owena Farrell, were actually poor defenders. The coaching staff commanded their ball-carriers to have a go at them. The result was spectacular. Weyer also goes into detail about his history in the game, which is a great "origin" story of one of the most influential hidden figures of the Rugby World Cup-winning team.

Dec 2019

37 min 34 sec

Performance analyst Lindsay Weyer sat next to Springbok head coach Rassie Erasmus and he got the best seat in the house as South Africa's messiah led the Boks to their third Rugby World Cup title, beating England in the final in Japan. No, we are not over the victory yet. And so, we caught up with Weyer to find out how Erasmus put together the biggest World Cup heist in the game's history this year. Weyer, who along with Mzwandile Stick as part of Erasmus's most trusted assistants, took us through the journey that started with the one-off Test against Wales in Washington in 2018. He broke down the importance of the 2018 victory over the All Blacks in Wellington and how it was the foundation of the success achieved in Japan.

Dec 2019

34 min 48 sec

In this new episode of the award-winning SportsLIVE podcast, we cross the oceans to Brisbane, Australia, to chat to one of the most fascinating characters sport has ever seen. This is the full conversation of the story that was first published on New Frame, which captured former Zimbabwean international cricketer Henry Olonga's life in exile after he took on Robert Mugabe's regime in 2003. Olonga played in the 2003 Cricket World Cup that South Africa co-hosted with Zimbabwe. But a seemingly innocuous arm-band protest, dubbed "Death of Democracy", against Mugabe's tyrannical rule, put him in grave danger. He was forced to flee his homeland and head for the UK, where his career as a cricketer all but ended. In this conversation, we pick things up with Olonga from that fateful protest all the way to the events of this year, where Mugabe died at the age of 95 in Singapore.

Dec 2019

23 min 8 sec

The SportsLIVE Podcast was the only podcast to feature at this years SAB Sports Media Awards, winning the audio categories Newcomer of the Year award. Our host Sbu, explains what the win means to him.

Dec 2019

2 min 16 sec

Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis paid a special visit to the SportsLIVE podcast to detail the whimsical year 2019 has been for the South African National Women's team, as well as women's football as a whole. She took us through the journey of guiding Banyana to their first Fifa Women's World Cup in France earlier this year and what lessons they had learnt from the experience of facing some of the world's best teams. The National Women's League was also launched this year. What does this spell for t

Nov 2019

46 min 5 sec