In the new KICK OFF Magazine
Posted: 23 February 2018 Time: 10:00
The March edition (Issue 491) of KICK OFF Magazine is now on sale, and it’s a bumper edition filled with big names, old and new, with a lot of exciting stories to keep you enlightened and informed.
Cover stars Luvuyo Memela and Siphiwe Tshabalala tell us their stories and what they hope to achieve by May, with particular focus on the upcoming Soweto Derby, which could determine both teams’ fate in the eventual season-ending standings.
On the topic of the Derby, we have a special feature outlining some of the most memorable rivalries of the PSL’s headline fixture, with a number of both Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates legends talking us through their battles against rival players.
Thereafter, there’s interesting, emotive and a few shocking stories that will have you gripped, including Tendai Ndoro’s tough time in Saudi Arabia, Jeremy Brockie’s motives to join Mamelodi Sundowns, Gift Motupa’s resurgence at Baroka FC, and a scathing review of Steve Komphela’s time at Naturena.
All this, and so much more … here’s what’s in store:
– “I kept asking myself, ‘Am I going forward or backwards?’”
The Orlando Pirates midfielder comes close to tears in describing the agonising five-year wait he endured before returning to the big time, as he makes a number of promises to the Bucs faithful.
– “We still have a chance to bring in silverware.”
The Kaizer Chiefs veteran could be facing a barren end to his illustrious career at Naturena as he, and a number of club legends, have their say on the current state of affairs at the Soweto club.
Soweto Derby rivals
– “Sometimes it was Thabo Mooki, other times it was Tinashe Nengomasha.”
We rewind the clock and pick out the greatest on-field Soweto Derby rivalries of the past four decades ahead of the latest instalment of the PSL’s marquee fixture.
– “I honestly think Steve has had a fair crack at the whip, but has been disappointing.”
Should the under-fire Kaizer Chiefs coach stay or go? Amakhosi stalwarts, fans and coaches share their honest and sometimes scathing views.
– “I am still in good condition and have a lot of goals left in me.”
Mamelodi Sundowns’ star signing sets the bar high on what he hopes to achieve at his new club, while admitting it has been a step up.
– “I needed to go back and refresh my mind.”
The Orlando Pirates loanee is proving his worth at Baroka as he continues to find the back of the net, while setting his sights on a successful return to Soweto.
My Dream Team
– “He was one of the best finishers of my era.”
Former Bafana Bafana international Nasief Morris reveals who makes his Dream Starting XI following his memorable spells in Europe.
A pull-out poster of two Soweto giants favourites, Mpho Makola and Itumeleng Khune.
– “In the 24 hours in a day, I’d spend 21 hours indoors, doing nothing.”
The new Ajax Cape Town striker talks about his turbulent ride from Soweto to Cape Town, via Saudi Arabia.
– “I will return to Chiefs even stronger.”
The on-loan defender is up for the challenge at Bloemfontein Celtic, despite past Kaizer Chiefs players’ poor track record in the Free State.
– “I see you play football with a smile here.”
The Uruguayan is set on becoming the latest South American star to shine for Masandawana, as he talks about settling in at Chloorkop.
– “I think he admires my physique!”
Siyabonga Dube takes us through the diverse array of characters that make up the Golden Arrows squad.
– “They used to call me ‘six-to-six’.”
The SuperSport United youngster talks us through the journey that brought him where he is today, as he continue to impress in his breakthrough campaign.
– “Some of our teammates used to laugh at us and tell us we were wasting our time.”
The former University of Pretoria goalkeeper is an anomaly with two degrees to his name – and he’s not done yet.
– “You would call out to your teammates and they couldn’t hear you.”
An exclusive interview with Barcelona legend Carles Puyol and deadly Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes on their experiences of playing in one of the world’s biggest derbies.
Africa’s hopes in Russia
– “Egypt have conceded more than one goal in a match only twice in their last 33 matches.”
Could 2018 be the year an African country finally lifts the Fifa World Cup?
– “We need to take the players to task about this matter.”
The “Silver Fox” shares his view on the PSL’s goal scoring problems as he continues to inspire South Africa’s next generation.
– “Only a handful of players can make an impact immediately.”
Joining a new club in January and living up to expectation is a lot harder than it looks …
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