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December’s 500th edition of KICK OFF Magazine is now on sale!

Posted: 23 November 2018 Time: 11:30

KICK OFF Magazine reaches a milestone this month as our 500th edition goes on sale, with this special issue, as always, filled with features, analysis and memories from the game’s biggest names.

We delve into the impact made by Kaizer Chiefs star Khama Billiat, and look at whether or not he will be the man to lead Amakhosi back to glory, while also discussing whether he can still make it abroad.

We than chat one-on-one with Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana, who gives his frank assessment of his team’s relatively slow start to the campaign, while also touching on his personal growth as well as regrets, and why he’d be willing to sacrifice his CAF Super Cup medal.

Orlando Pirates midfielder Ben Motshwari speaks about growing from strength to strength in his debut season with The Buccaneers as he finally made the move across Johannesburg, while the always straight-talking Gavin Hunt doesn’t hold back in airing his views on “soft” South African players, while revealing what has kept him going for 17 consecutive years in the PSL.

To commemorate 500 editions of KICK OFF, we take a trip down memory lane by re-living every single trophy won by the PSL’s Big Three in the PSL era, before picking the best players to have graced KICK OFF Magazine pages since our first edition in 1994.

SuperSport United’s Evans Rusike chats to us about his resurgence, Neil Tovey discusses his role as Safa Technical Director while weighing in on Bafana Bafana’s perennial problem, while Belgium-born Andre Fileccia opens up about his chances of one day playing for the South African national team.

All this, and loads more, for your December reading:

Khama Billiat
“It is of no use for Khama to be on top of his game when the rest of the team is making mistakes.”
Experts, and the Kaizer Chiefs star himself, reflect on the weight of expectation on the Zimbabwean’s shoulders at Naturena, and his chances of ever making it to Europe.

Hlompho Kekana
“I wanted to play overseas so badly.”
Despite this season’s early struggles, the Mamelodi Sundowns captain insists his side are still on course for league glory as he discusses his individual contribution and personal regrets.

Ben Motshwari
“I never thought I would be playing in one of the biggest games in the country.”
The in-form Orlando Pirates midfielder speaks of his delayed arrival to Soweto, the telling influence of his mother and finally realising his Soweto Derby dream.

Gavin Hunt
“These boys are a little bit fragile and it is because modern day society is more fragile – a much more ‘give up’ society, a complaining society.”
The straight-talking Bidvest Wits coach holds nothing back in discussing what is wrong in the South African game, and how he has kept going for an impressive 17 consecutive years in the PSL.

The Big Three’s trophy haul
“Beating Chiefs was like winning the World Cup because of the fresh air we got in the streets after that.”
We re-live every trophy won by Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns over the 500 editions since KICK OFF Magazine’s inception.

My Dream Team
Retired forward Sibusiso Zuma selects a star-studded dream team comprising of teammates he played alongside in the PSL, Europe and Bafana Bafana.

Poster Power
A pull-out poster of Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Themba Zwane.

The Best of the Best
There have been a number of immensely talented footballers to grace the pages of KICK OFF Magazine over the past 500 editions, as we hand pick the very best who have shone in the PSL.

Evans Rusike
“Playing football has changed my family’s life a lot.”
The SuperSport United striker is coming good after a tough first six months at his new club, as he discusses his new position, his teammates and the impact football has made in his life.

Neil Tovey
“The players must realise the reason why they don’t have nicknames is because of how their game is.”
We pick the brains of Safa’s Technical Director who describes the good work being done across the board by the association while noting areas where many current national team stars are lacking.

Andrea Fileccia
“He just didn’t want to use me, so much so that even at training I was sitting out.”
The Belgium-born striker recounts his challenging journey to his current destination in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, while discussing his prospects of one day playing for Bafana Bafana.

Andre Coetzee
“I went to Ajax Cape Town, only to find out I was not in their plans, but they also didn’t want to give me my clearance.”
Meet the man who pioneered the need for free agents, with the former midfielder’s court battle changing the landscape of PSL football forever.

European returnees
“In the PSL, players want to live like superstars, but don’t want to put in the work.”
We delve into the reasons why a host of South African exports have decided to return home, and why many then struggle to adapt to PSL football.

LaLiga
“We are surrounded by mountains, but also by monsters.”
We visit the Basque Country in northern Spain and reveal a number of untold stories from the region’s four top-flight clubs, proving that Spanish club football involves a whole lot more than just El Clasico.

Robson Muchichwa
“I had just worn the Chiefs jersey for the first time the previous day, and all of a sudden, I am a piece of scrap.”
The former Kaizer Chiefs fan-favourite speaks honestly about his experiences in the beautiful game while making a bold statement about how he would fare if he was still playing.

And lots, lots more! Get your copy now!

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