In the new KICK OFF Magazine
Posted: 23 March 2018 Time: 12:00
The April edition (Issue 492) of KICK OFF Magazine is now on shelf, and with a number of public holidays to look forward to over the next month, there’s loads of interesting and informative articles to keep your football knowledge up to date.
We chat exclusively to new Orlando Pirates striker Justin Shonga, who has high hopes to not only emulate but surpass Dennis Lota’s achievements at Mayfair, while then giving in-depth analysis on the Kaizer Chiefs defence, as Itumeleng Khune, Daniel Cardoso and Teenage Hadebe reveal the secrets behind their success as Amakhosi’s backline continue to stand firm.
We then bring you a deep and emotional one-on-one interview with Steve Pienaar, who holds nothing back in his farewell interview, revealing a number of untold stories across his illustrious career.
We also chat exclusively to Bafana Bafana star Bongani Zungu on life in France and how far he’s come; Ricardo Nascimento tells of his journey from almost leaving the club to becoming a key component in the starting line-up while Lerato Chabangu is frank about his past mistakes and his bumpy ride in getting his life back on track.
All this, and so much more! Here’s what’s on the menu for April:
- “We are not playing to win the league.”
The new Orlando Pirates hitman has set his sights high at Mayfair as he eyes his compatriot’s goal scoring record at the club, while at the same time insisting his side won’t win the league this season.
Kaizer Chiefs’ defence
- “It has been working for us and we just have to keep going.”
In a barren and gloomy period for the club, the Amakhosi backline prove there is something to smile about this season.
- “Everything I went through in Germany made me a tougher, stronger and better player.”
Uncut, un-rated and unashamed … one of South Africa’s best imports is straight up in this exclusive, frank and candid farewell interview.
- “It is normal to win here at Sundowns because we always play to become champions.”
The Brazilian defender is enjoying his revival at Mamelodi Sundowns as he eagerly awaits the club’s next trophy.
- “It’s demanding here, and the level is much higher than South Africa.”
The French-based Bafana Bafana star describes his experiences abroad so far, and reveals what it takes to make it in Europe.
My Dream Team
- “He has to be in this team because he didn’t give Diego Maradona a chance in the 1990 Fifa World Cup final.”
We chat exclusively with former German World Cup winner Lothar Matthäus, who places the best footballers he played alongside into a formidable Dream XI.
A pull-out poster of Montpellier and Bafana Bafana winger Keagan Dolly.
- “I want that player, get me that midfielder.”
We reminisce over a handful of up-and-coming prospects who made their name and shone to prominence after starring in South Africa’s prestigious cup competition.
- “I think it is definitely harder here than in the PSL.”
Last season’s disappointment could soon be forgotten as the Lions of the North look set for an immediate return to the big-time, as club officials, players and coach reveal the secrets to this season’s success.
Africa’s South African influence
- “Going to Ethiopia was like buying a lottery ticket.”
While the PSL may be a destination of choice for many on the continent, many South Africans have opposed the traffic and made a success of their time further north.
- “His English runs on airtime – if the airtime is up, he switches to Afrikaans!”
Vincent Kobola and Lyle Lakay introduce you to the comical characters present in the Cape Town City changeroom.
- “Sundowns look at European teams all the time and that is the difference.”
The on-loan Algerian describes his new experiences at Chippa United, but says he has unfinished business at Mamelodi Sundowns.
- “I cannot say I am addicted. I am not controlled by beer.”
An honest and open interview with the former Bafana Bafana international, who opens up about his family, drinking problems and how he’s getting his life back together again.
- “South Africa is not going to the World Cup to tick the box.”
South Africa’s only national team participating in a global tournament this year, Under-17 women’s coach Simphiwe Dladla outlines her team’s plans following qualification for this year’s World Cup.
World Cup favourites
- “Brazil remain the only team to have qualified for every World Cup since the inception of the tournament.”
We profile the top four teams heading into Russia 2018 as tournament favourites.
- “I didn’t know bribery works in the First Division.”
The former South African international talks about his famous assault incident, and how far he’s come since.
- “The club didn’t plan the next few seasons after they won the MTN8 in 2015.”
Ajax Cape Town’s current predicament is a result of their own doing, according to a former Urban Warrior.
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