This spawned speculations that went on for nearly a week, until Monday evening when the new host was unveiled.
And it’s none other than popular SABC Sports broadcaster Vaylen Kirtley, who has anchored a slew of sports TV shows.
She made her debut last night, and if social media reactions are anything to go by, fans welcomed her with warm and open arms.
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@vaylenkirtley great show indeed Nkosazana…uyancomeka umsebenzi wakho, unwele olude 🙂
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@Soccerzone4sho I’d like to congratulate the best sports woman presenter @VaylenKirtley for hosting the show. She’s the best of all time
@Soccerzone4sho I love @VaylenKirtley she’s a whole package. Big ups
@VaylenKirtley your presenting skills are out of dis world THUMBS UP sisters @Soccerzone4sho
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@VaylenKirtley is a perfect fit for @Soccerzone4sho with @thomasmlambo & @MkhonzaSphiwe. She’s a complete sport package & lovely to watch
After four years at the helm of SoccerZone, Minnie shocked fans when she announced that she would be leaving the show “grow” and “focus on other business ventures”.
“I have resigned from SABC Sport to focus on my other business ventures. I have loved my time with the SABC Sport family and will miss them dearly. It pains me to realize that I won’t be seeing my Thom Thom (Thomas Mlambo) and Dr Mnandi every Monday as they have become family,” Minnie said in a statement.
“I need to grow and explore various opportunities in entertainment and business. I’m super excited about 2017 and working very hard to make it a success.”