What's inside the new KICK OFF magazine


Interviews with Surprise Moriri, Bienvenu Eva Nga, Ethan Brooks as well as in-depth features on Orlando Pirates co-coaches and Financial Fairplay in the PSL are in the April edition on sale today.

The emergence of Mamelodi Sundowns as a dominant force, not only on the pitch but also in the transfer market, has turned the DStv Premiership into a one-horse race.

The Brazilians, bankrolled by mining magnate billionaire owner Patrice Motsepe, have continued to open the gap between them and the rest of the clubs in the PSL. But what does this say about the competition in the League? KICK OFF investigates.

So much has been asked about what informed Orlando Pirates’ decision to opt for a co-coaching arrangement in Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids following the expected departure of Josef Zinnbauer.

Was it a case of copying what Mamelodi Sundowns did? And what will happen at the end of the season considering some of the same struggles remain? KICK OFF seeks the answers.

Such has been Njabulo Ngcobo’s first season at Kaizer Chiefs that he has found himself having to adjust not only to the demands of being at the club but also dealing with the strain of not playing in his preferred central defender position.

Ngcobo was, after all, the best defender in this league last season while playing for Swallows FC. KICK OFF analyses the 27-year-old’s situation at Naturena.

Bafana Bafana will face Guinea and world champions France in friendly matches at the end of March. The fixture against the Frenchmen in Lille is a particularly intriguing one and a real acid test for coach Hugo Broos to see where his young side is in their development.

KICK OFF previews what is one of the toughest assignments in world football.

Financial Fair Play
“I don’t think there should be a cap.”
Will the rest of the PSL forever be in the shadow of Mamelodi
Sundowns if they can’t compete financially?

Orlando Pirates
“How do you even build when you are always chopping and changing?”
Is the decision to have co-coaches in Mandla Ncikazi and
Fadlu Davids working out at Pirates?

Njabulo Ngcobo
“Ngcobo is a centre-back.”
The Kaizer Chiefs defender/midfielder has had a tough time establishing himself at Naturena. Should he stick to one position?

Ethan Brooks
“We can beat the drop.”
The TS Galaxy and Bafana Bafana midfielder has had a remarkable rise in the last 12 months.

Richard Mbulu
“I scored eight goals in one game.”
The Baroka FC striker is a military man and hoping to go all
guns blazing for the rest of the season.

Surprise Moriri
“I decided to retire rather than overstay my welcome.”
One of the most gifted players of the PSL era shares his story.

Bienvenu Eva Nga
“I know I can score 15 goals.”
The Chippa United forward is hoping to fire his side to safety this season.

Dan Malesela
“Some people think they know better.”
The Marumo Gallants coach has steadied the ship at the club, but this is just the beginning.

Dylan Kerr
“I knew we would win without even saying anything to the players.”
Can the English coach perform another relegation rescue act, this time with Swallows FC.

Mamelodi Sundowns
Part 2 of our look at Mamelodi Sundowns’ coaches over the years.

Shaun Morgan
“I was thinking about my mom, she always tells me I must work hard and focus, and remember where I came from.”
The Stellenbosch FC youngster has a remarkable tale to tell.

Bafana Bafana
Bafana Bafana will take on world champions France in a prestige friendly in Lille.

Matthew Pattison
“They had no real intention of including any of us in the World Cup squad.”
The former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder on why he left the PSL at an early age to play non-league football in England.

Some amazing facts on the Paris Saint-Germain forward.

Secret Footballer
This month’s Secret Footballer says Andile Jali could still do a job for Bafana Bafana.