In the new KICK OFF Magazine
Posted: 25 May 2018 Time: 12:08 pm
The June edition (Issue 494) of KICK OFF Magazine is now on sale, with this month’s edition filled with stories of your favourite South African stars across the globe!
We have a one-on-one chat with Mamelodi Sundowns’ championship-winning coach Pitso Mosimane, who shares many interesting views and opinions as he reflects on the past season, his personal journey and temptations, and what the future holds.
The experts then dissect Steve Komphela's reign as Kaizer Chiefs coach and the impact he may have had on the position he vacated going forward, while on the other side of Soweto, Augustine Mulenga describes his journey from Zambia to Orlando, and what he hopes to achieve with Pirates next season.
Our Nedbank Cup special includes images from this year’s final as Free State Stars claimed the last trophy on offer in the 2017/18 season; Sinethemba Jantjie takes us through his stellar season and discusses his prospects, while we also take a trip down memory lane and re-live some of the most memorable domestic cup finals of the PSL era.
From one side of the planet to the other, Dino Ndlovu discusses life in China and why he chose East Asia while Banyana Banyana star Thembi Kgatlana reveals how her football journey, with all its challenges and rewards, helped her land a first professional contract in the USA.
All this, and loads more, here’s what you can look forward to reading in the off-season break:
“It is like being married to your woman and then you start thinking about pursuing another woman.”
Mamelodi Sundowns’ title-winning coach speaks openly about dominating the domestic scene, entertaining other offers and why he feels he is a nobody in football.
“You travel to Cairo where they point lasers at you, while in South Africa they just blow a vuvuzela.”
The Liberian forward reveals why he feels he’s not a bit-part player as he discusses his roller-coaster ride in the PSL, playing in the Champions League, his legendary status back home and why he will be forever indebted to Jomo Sono.
“Chiefs is in a bad space now and they need someone to take them out of there.”
The experts give their opinion on Steve Komphela’s impact at Kaizer Chiefs, where he went wrong and whether or not his position should be filled by a foreign or local coach.
“A big team must stay only one or two years, and not this long, without a trophy.”
The Orlando Pirates striker describes his journey to Johannesburg, how he has settled in and what the Soweto giants are aiming for next season.
“In the beginning, I used to think he didn’t like me, as he was killing me!”
Despite the numerous challenges faced in South Africa, the Ivorian has fought back each time as he strives to live up to his high expectations in the PSL.
The best shots of the historic season-ending showdown between Maritzburg United and Free State Stars at the iconic Cape Town Stadium.
KICK OFF Footballer of the Season
“He has been absolutely amazing this season and has proven his growth.”
We evaluate Percy Tau’s sensational attributes after his swashbuckling campaign, as described by his championship-winning teammates.
A keepsake pull-out poster of Mamelodi Sundowns’ memorable title-winning celebrations.
“If a future move can happen, I would not deny myself the opportunity.”
The Free State Stars winger has enjoyed a solid season for Ea Lla Koto as he talks about his performance and what the future holds.
“We had guys who literally took their boots off after the game and declared they couldn’t kick a ball anymore.”
Filled with delays, replays and hefty paydays, we take a trip down memory lane and pick out the most memorable Nedbank Cup finals over the PSL era.
“I’ve never seen someone who is as forgetful as this guy!”
Goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela describes the comical characteristics of his Platinum Stars teammates.
“Never ever should any other player go through the horrifying experience I had to put up with.”
The once-banned defender, who endured an ugly fallout with representative Alex Bondarenko, reveals what really happened, as he vows to never hire an agent again.
“You have to work extra hours, sometimes three different jobs to sustain yourself.”
The Banyana Banyana star is slowly establishing herself at Houston Dash as she speaks about her journey to the USA, and the hardships faced in a male-dominated sport.
“The fear of failure is the worst thing you can ever have.”
The Cape Town City striker says he’s undecided as to which country he may one day represent, while giving his candid take on the PSL’s perennial goal-scoring problem.
“It kills me that my daughter asks me very day when I’m going to come back.”
The South African striker has been an instant hit in China as he reveals his reasons for dropping the Uefa Champions League for West Asia, and the hardships he’s endured so far.
“When I signalled for a corner, Roberto Carlos kicked the flag!”
Meet the only South African to have ever featured in a Fifa World Cup final.
“When we have all this money coming in and long-term contracts to look forward to, it creates a false sense of security.”
Reckless spending has always been a problem amongst PSL players, with this month’s Secret Footballer explaining why.
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