The May edition of KICK OFF Magazine is on sale!
Posted: 20 April 2018 Time: 12:45
The May edition (Issue 493) of KICK OFF Magazine has just hit the shelves, with a number of high-profile players gracing the pages of this bumper edition.
We chat exclusively to this season’s star performer, Mamelodi Sundowns forward Percy Tau, who gives a frank review of his season, what he does with all his personal accolades, and what he sees as the next step.
Orlando Pirates’ Musa Nyatama tells us about his transformation in his first season as a Buccaneer, while Al Ahly’s Phakamani Mahlambi tells us about life in Egypt and his ambitions with the national team.
Kaizer Chiefs is set for an overhaul next season as we take a look at who’s headed for the Naturena exit door, while we also take a look at the influence manager Booby Motaung has had at the Soweto giants, as former players and club stalwarts have their say.
There’s also a heart-wrenching interview with banned former Orlando Pirates player Thandani Ntshumayelo; Andile Jali speaks about his time in Belgium and why he’s decided to return to South Africa while Manqoba Mngqithi insists he’s not a mere “number two” at Mamelodi Sundowns.
This, and so much more, here’s what you can feast on this month:
“I don’t think much about personal awards.”
The Mamelodi Sundowns forward reveals why his personal trophy cabinet is empty while insisting there is always room for improvement as he gives an honest assessment of his stellar season, while hinting at what’s in store.
Kaizer Chiefs exodus
“He must make peace with the fact that he has to move.”
We analyse which members of the Amakhosi squad are headed for the exit door at Naturena following their less-than-impressive campaigns.
“Playing football is not about chasing the fame.”
The in-form Orlando Pirates man talks about taking his game to the next level in his first season with the Soweto giants.
“Things went horribly wrong.”
The Safa president gives his frank overview of the performances of all the country’s national teams, while divulging a number of eagerly-anticipated plans for the future.
“If I am not honest with Pitso, I am also not honest with myself.”
The Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach insists he’s not out to displace Pitso Mosimane, but reminds us that he doesn’t plan on being second-in-command forever.
“Chiefs always had top class players everywhere, which I don’t really see now.”
We take a look at the good, bad and ugly that has stemmed from the Kaizer Chiefs general manager’s reign.
“I was a cow at Pirates.”
The Bafana Bafana star reveals why he has chosen a return to the Premier Soccer League while hinting at what he wants to achieve at his next destination.
A pull-out poster of Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Hendrick Ekstein.
“Egypt is a stepping stone to Europe.”
The former Bidvest Wits starlet describes his first season in Egypt, as he sets his sights on greater goals.
Nedbank Cup giant killers
“I had a young team made up mostly of schoolboys that year.”
We take a trip down memory lane and re-live the biggest upsets in the history of the Nedbank Cup.
KO Footballer of the Season
“The pacey forward has been nothing short of brilliant this season.”
We profile the top eight candidates in line for the prestigious 2017/18 KICK OFF Footballer of the Season award.
“When he tries to dance, eish, that’s a big problem.”
Thuso Phala is unafraid to dish the dirt out on his SuperSport United teammates as he describes each individual in the Pretoria club’s squad.
“I’m now playing against some of the guys I used to pick up balls for.”
The Maritzburg United centre-back reflects on his lengthy career, his spells overseas and the Team of Choice’s impressive run this season.
“I cried every day for six months.”
Two years after being banned from the beautiful game for substance abuse, the former Orlando Pirates midfielder opens up about the challenges he has endured as he looks to get his life back on track.
World Cup dark horses
“Belgium are sure to provide a threat to any opponent.”
We profile four teams looking to spring a surprise at Russia 2018.
“The transition from playing to being a normal guy on the streets is tough.”
The former Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic goalkeeper acknowledges the challenges of life after football.
“Clubs always wait until the last minute before coming to the negotiation table.”
Nearing the expiry of your contract at this stage of the season often becomes a professional footballer’s worst nightmare …
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