In the new KICK OFF Magazine!
Posted: 24 August 2018 Time: 11:30
The September edition of KICK OFF Magazine is now on shelves, and our 497th issue is another quality read filled with exclusive interviews, analysis and insight on your favourite stars!
We chat one-on-one with Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele, who is on the verge of making history with the Soweto giants, as he talks about blooding the new generation while sharing his views on returning to the continent’s premier club competition.
We also chat with Mamelodi Sundowns’ in-form midfielder Gaston Sirino, who talks about his experiences settling in at Chloorkop and his following back home in Uruguay, while teammate Lebohang Maboe explains why it was the right time to leave Maritzburg United and test himself with the PSL giants.
We then dive deep into matters surrounding new Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas as we uncover his past, his character traits and philosophies, and get expert opinion on whether or not he is the right man to help stop Amakhosi’s barren three-year run.
This, along with an analysis of Bafana Bafana’s upcoming opponents Libya, interesting viewpoints from coaches Fadlu Davids and Wedson Nyirenda as well as stalwart Reneilwe Letsholonyane talking about his 13 years in the PSL, is just a taste of what you can find in this edition.
Here’s the full menu:
“It is normal that this was going to happen because in the country where I come from, nobody speaks English.”
Despite struggling with English, the Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder has far from struggled on the pitch as he looks set to take this season by storm.
“I had to involve my parents.”
The new Sundowns starlet reveals how a phone call to his father sealed the deal in his decision to leave Maritzburg United.
“The CAF Champions League is the only major trophy I haven’t won.”
The experienced Orlando Pirates skipper is keen to add more silverware to his personal cabinet as he eyes his former mentor’s trophy haul.
“He is definitely going to bring a bit more structure to the way Chiefs play.”
Despite not being the club’s preferred choice as head coach, can the Italian solve Kaizer Chiefs’ problems of last season and put a halt to their barren run?
“To be honest, I wasn’t interested in Mamelodi Sundowns at all.”
Sundowns’ latest import holds nothing in back in explaining why he failed to make the grade in Europe as the journeyman targets success in another new league.
“I need to be able to balance the life of Reneilwe Letsholonyane and the life of 'Yeye'.”
South Africa’s loyal servant is into his 13th year in the PSL as he reflects on his journey so far, and what lies ahead.
“This is probably one of our most important games in a long time.”
The national team heads into unknown territory as they prepare to face Libya in a crucial 2019 Nations Cup qualifier.
A pull-out poster of new Kaizer Chiefs signing Khama Billiat.
“To say we aim to improve our league position is the wrong wording.”
The Maritzburg United tactician reflects on his side’s historic 2017/18 season while spelling out what he envisages in the future for the Team of Choice.
Ubuntu Cape Town
“As a club we want to be known for doing things differently.”
The unique First Division side who turned heads last season say football is not their main focus, proving they’re more than just a professional football club.
South American invasion
“South Americans tend to have a similar flair to what South Africans have.”
A look at the number of South Americans who have made the PSL home over the years, and why the gateway to South Africa remains a popular route.
Hamilton Football Academy
“In this country we have some of the most talented players in the world.”
Former national team coach Gordon Igesund has launched his own academy as he looks to give back and fix what he feels is a major problem in South African football.
“I don’t tolerate interference.”
The Baroka FC coach says he has unfinished business in South Africa as he looks to change the fortunes of the usual relegation candidates.
“I want to make my mark in the history of Juventus.”
We analyse the impact, both on and off the pitch, following the Portuguese megastar’s surprise move to Serie A giants Juventus.
Uefa Nations League
“The idea is to have fewer friendly matches and competitive matches against a high level of opposition.”
A brand new tournament is about to kick off in Europe, as we break down how the complicated format will unfold and what impact it will have in future.
“People were shocked at how I was performing and that made them look at me differently.”
The former Bafana Bafana midfielder reflects on the ups and downs of his playing and coaching career, and where he feels Safa has dropped the ball.
And lots, lots more! Get your copy now!
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