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The new KICK OFF Magazine is out!

Posted: 20 July 2018 Time: 11:30

The August edition of KICK OFF Magazine is now on shelves, with the pages of our 496th issue jam-packed with exclusive interviews, superb insight and fact-filled gems.

Donned in the Mamelodi Sundowns kit, cover star Themba Zwane sat down with us to talk about the Spanish way of playing at Chloorkop, his need for consistency and the club’s infatuation with Africa, while laughing off any suggestions of fatigue.

We then break down Khama Billiat’s high-profile move from Sundowns to rivals Kaizer Chiefs, talking to those involved in the background of the transfer, while we also chat to Orlando Pirates’ influential defender Innocent Maela as he reflects on his debut campaign as the Bucs prepare to go one better, while also returning to Africa, this season.

Young star of the show last season, Maritzburg United’s Siphesihle Ndlovu, looks to continue his superb form; highly sought-after Talent Chawapihwa reveals his journey to the top as he lives out his dream in the PSL, while pained veteran Vuyo Mere talks openly about the demise of relegated club Platinum Stars.

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We also have an exclusive one-on-one with renowned referee Victor Gomes, a special tribute to women in football to celebrate Women’s Month, while we also uncover the extraordinary and heart-warming tale of Cape Town City’s popular ‘squad member’ Mateo Manousakis and his effect on the club and South African football as a whole.

This, and loads more, here’s what you can look forward to reading:

Themba Zwane
“Pitso always makes sure he watches when Barcelona or Real Madrid play.”
The Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder talks about playing the Spanish way at Chloorkop, what keeps him ticking and where he needs to raise his game.

Khama Billiat
“It was all about how Bobby handled the situation.”
The reasons behind the new Kaizer Chiefs man’s move to Naturena explained in detail by his closest advisors, who reveal why Soweto was the ideal destination.

Innocent Maela
“We must be arrogant enough to say that this is the level we should be at.”
The Orlando Pirates defender speaks about his maiden season with the Soweto giants, preparing for Africa and what needs to be done to topple Sundowns.

Thapelo Morena
“I was a little bit childish with the kind of football I was playing.”
Sundowns’ utility man talks about his personal growth since arriving at Chloorkop, his love for Bloemfontein Celtic and which rival club he’s keeping an eye on this season.

Siphesihle Ndlovu
“These are things that don’t bring pressure to me.”
The PSL’s best midfielder and young player of last season insists his destiny is in his own hands as he looks to continue his impressive upward trajectory.

Talent Chawapihwa
“It was difficult to play football when you come from a family that can’t buy you boots.”
The highly sought-after Zimbabwean winger is thrilled to be playing alongside his childhood heroes in the PSL, and is determined to take his game to the next level.

Poster Power
A pull-out poster of France’s 2018 FIFA World Cup starlet Kylian Mbappe.

Victor Gomes
“There will be those who like and those who dislike me.”
We chat one-on-one in a rare interview with the South African referee, who talks about the attention given to him, his recent award as well as the bribe he turned down in CAF.

Badri Ali Sangare
“I never gave a chance to another keeper to play ahead of me.”
Initially lambasted for his early performances after his arrival, the Free State Stars goalkeeper’s story is one of persistence and resilience as he reflects on a positive first season in the PSL.

Vuyo Mere
“Saying I am disappointed is an understatement. It’s heart-breaking.”
The pained Platinum Stars veteran feels the club’s demise and subsequent relegation did not solely stem from last season’s performance.

Mateo Manousakis
“I’m trying to learn all the words and Googling what they mean.”
The extraordinary tale of how the passionate seven-year-old internet sensation weaved his way into the hearts of PSL fans across the country, and the telling impact he’s made at Cape Town City.

Influential women
“We’ve not seen women come up in positions of power and there are plenty of us.”
To celebrate Women’s Month, we pay tribute to some of the most influential women in South African football.

World Cup 2018
Re-live the most riveting moments from the thrilling tournament in Russia.

Lebogang Moloto
“I just don’t think some people in South Africa take football in the USA seriously.”
The American-based midfielder shares his experiences from across the Atlantic Ocean, while dispelling age-old myths about soccer in the USA.

Mongi Rula
“It was our slaughterhouse.”
The former Umtata Bush Bucks star reveals what he’s been up to since hanging up his boots at the turn of the century.

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