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Posted: 21 December 2018 Time: 12:00
The latest edition of KICK OFF Magazine (Issue 501) has hit the shelves, and provides the perfect holiday reading for all PSL supporters over the festive season break.
Percy Tau is in red-hot form and a lively topic of debate amongst many South African supporters, as we engage with experts who played in Belgium who give their knowledgeable opinions about the league he is playing in, is how his talent compares to the domestic scene and what his future may hold.
We then bring you a comprehensive breakdown on the situation at Kaizer Chiefs, analysing where it all went wrong for sacked coach Giovanni Solinas while scrutinising the thoughts of both Bobby Motaung and new coach Ernst Middendorp, discussing whether or not Amakhosi got it right with the German tactician’s appointment.
Thembinkosi Lorch has been in stellar form for Orlando Pirates despite a forgettable Telkom Knockout final, as he gives us the inside track to the ongoings at training, the technical team’s influence on his game and what goal he is aiming for in future.
Mamelodi Sundowns defender Mosa Lebusa then speaks about his move and integration to life in Gauteng; Bidvest Wits striker Simon Murray reveals how he used to be a plumber while Collins Mbesuma makes a bold statement about being the PSL’s top-scorer once more, and why it’s not an unrealistic goal.
We then pay homage to the history-making feat achieved by Banyana Banyana in qualifying for the World Cup for the first time, as well as revelling in the celebrations of Baroka who earned their first-ever top-flight trophy, and the first for the province of Limpopo.
All this, and plenty more, including Paulus Masehe’s big regret, Keaghan Jacobs’ fairy tale rise from the fourth to the top tier in Scotland, Goodman Mazibuko’s hard-hitting words as well as a spread of the best images from 2018.
Happy festive season reading to you!
“The only thing that will make him successful is his willingness to learn.”
The South African star has taken the Belgian second-tier by storm, yet a number of South Africans with experience in the European country share their concerns over the forward’s current situation.
“To be honest, I did not want to return to Pirates when they said I should go back.”
Having now become an integral part of the Orlando Pirates team, the in-form winger discusses what has been going right as he reveals his dream for the next stage of his career.
“You have a squad that hasn’t really shown its potential, but I’m aware of what the players can do.”
We analyse where Giovanni Solinas got it wrong, with Ernst Middendorp fully aware of the task at hand in his second spell with Amakhosi.
Telkom Knockout Final
“We have to show the big clubs that we are equal to them.”
We speak to the cup-winning history-makers at Baroka FC, who became the first club from Limpopo to win a top-flight trophy as they now set their sights on even greater heights.
“Maybe when we play afternoon games I might have to ask the coach to keep me on the bench.”
The former plumber-turned-striker reveals how he landed up in South Africa as he compares football played in Scotland to that of the PSL following his first half-season at Bidvest Wits.
“I want to play my heart out for Sundowns.”
The Mamelodi Sundowns defender talks about integrating himself into his new team, the emotion of leaving Ajax Cape Town and why he chose the Brazilians over other suitors.
My Dream Team
Nigerian superstar Jay-Jay Okocha shares with us his star-studded dream team of world-renowned footballers he was privileged to share the pitch with.
A pull-out poster of Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphelele Ntshangase.
“This is a challenge I needed because some people thought Mbesuma was gone, but I’m back now.”
The burly striker speaks of his resurgence in the National First Division, before declaring his ambition to claim the PSL’s Golden Boot for the third time.
“This obsession with age has to come to an end. The South African mentality is disappointing at times.”
Some of the league’s oldest stalwarts shoot down the notion of judging a player based on age as they continue to prove themselves at the highest level despite reaching the age of 30.
“I have seen a lot of players not being able to recover from the situation I went through at Pirates.”
The Free State Stars veteran reflects on 17 years in the PSL, missing out on national team representation and his regret at starting out as a striker.
2018 in pictures
We look back on a memorable 2018, with images from some of the most iconic moments of the past year.
“This guy doesn’t know how to speak English – he is the worst of them all.”
Jean Munganga gives behind-the-scenes insight into the Black Leopards squad as he reveals some of the dressing room shenanigans of the Limpopo-based side.
“I didn’t expect it all to happen at once, but it’s been an unbelievable year.”
The history-making South African reveals the barely believable fairytale story of his journey from the dark depths of the fourth-tier to Scotland’s top-flight.
“We have shown at Afcon what we can do and now we need to improve.”
The South African senior national women’s team made history by qualifying for the Fifa World Cup for the first time, as Desiree Ellis and Leandra Smeda reflect on their impressive journey while previewing the task ahead.
“This thing hurt me so much and led to me losing interest in watching football on television, not to even mention going to the stadium.”
The retired Moroka Swallows midfielder explains why he labels all football people as “crooks” after a difficult end to his distinguished career in Dobsonville.
And lots, lots more! Get your copy now!
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