What's in the November KICK OFF


The November edition of KICK OFF magazine has big interviews galore: Gaston Sirino, Kearyn Baccus, Siphesihle Ndlovu, Benni McCarthy, Hendrick Ekstein, Thabo Qalinge, Daniel Cardoso, Bongani Sam and Leicester City player Khanya Leshabela to mention just a few.

Since joining Mamelodi Sundowns last season, Sirino has set the PSL alight with crucial goals and mesmerising skills. The Uruguayan sat down with KICK OFF to explain why he owes Pitso Mosimane for the faith the coach has shown in him, while revealing that the CAF Champions League is the priority for Sundowns this season.

From being viewed as a suspect footballer upon his signing, Kearyn Baccus has quickly settled in at Kaizer Chiefs, becoming a celebrated figure overnight. His cause was helped by the fact that there were limited expectations on his shoulders. He talks about his experience in the PSL so far and why he thinks Australian football is not as direct as in the PSL.

After choosing not to join Sundowns last year for fear of not playing regularly, Siphesihle Ndlovu thinks he made the right decision in signing for Orlando Pirates.

We begin a new series on coaches and coaching, delving deep into the minds of those at the helm of the top-flight clubs in South Africa. What is their philosophy? What makes them tick? Where do they draw inspiration from and what do they think about the game? We start with Benni McCarthy and the ex-Cape Town City coach doesn’t hold back.

2021 African Nations Cup preview, pull out poster of Barcelona teen sensation, Ansu Fati and great features: it’s all in the November edition of your favourite soccer magazine.

Kearyn Baccus

“In Australia the football is not as direct as South Africa.”

How the Kaizer Chiefs midfielder has fitted into life at Naturena with ease and his big ambitions for the future. 

Siphesihle Ndlovu

“When Micho left there was nothing to worry about.”

The Orlando Pirates midfielder has to start all over again to prove his worth in a new environment. 

Gaston Sirino

“Moving from Bolivia to South Africa was a step up because the league is better here, and this is a better country as well.”

Uruguayan midfielder Sirino is growing in stature at Mamelodi Sundowns and reveals just what makes him tick. 

Benni McCarthy

“Sometimes I can cry with frustrations or just scream at the top of my lungs and throw stuff at something.”

The Cape Town City coach like you have never heard him before on his philosophy on the game and who influenced his move into coaching.

Daniel Cardoso

“Last season I finished on four goals and this season I want to set a target of 10 if I can.”

The Kaizer Chiefs defender is determined to take his chance and become a fixture in the back-four.

Mohammed Anas

“Going back to Ghana was never an option for me because I am from a poor family that depends on me.”

The Ghanaian striker is firing for Polokwane City as they continue to make waves in the Absa Premiership.

Bongani Sam

“I’m very much aware that what I visualise also calls for me to put in the effort because talent alone won’t get you anywhere.”

From Nedbank Ke Yona Team graduate to Orlando Pirates, the remarkable journey of one of the country’s top rising stars. 

Tumelo Nhlapo

“I think refusing to sign the contract extension that Celtic offered me was a mistake brought about by the results of fame.”

The sad story of the former Bafana Bafana and Bloemfontein Celtic defender, who went from hero to zero in three short years.

Thabo Qalinge

“Micho and Rhulani got to Pirates when we were not even in the top eight, so they changed things around.”

The winger is back to his roots at SuperSport United and determined to make the most of it.

Hendrick Ekstein

“My coach when I got here was similar to Ernst, he told me to keep to the basics but also show heart and not be afraid to be direct.”

After initially being scared to move abroad, the former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder is making the most of his time in Azerbaijan. 

Khanya Leshabela

“At Leicester I’m just trying to push and hopefully I will make my breakthrough.”

The national under-23 star is rubbing shoulders with top players at Leicester City and looking to make his first-team breakthrough soon.

Michel Babale

“Even as old as I am now, I can still come and compete with the other keepers in professional football.”

A league winner with Orlando Pirates, the former DR Congo goalkeeper updates KICK OFF readers on life after football. 

My Dream Team

Former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Esrom Nyandoro selects his best XI from his playing days. 

Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

The low-down on all the groups and competing teams in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that kick off in November.

UEFA Champions League

Part 2 of our series looking at all the South African players who have featured in the UEFA Champions League in its current form.

Secrets of the Stars

Maritzburg United defender Rushine de Reuck reveals some interesting facts about his life.

Secret Footballer

The Secret Footballer gives us the inside scoop on what it is like to travel with TS Galaxy into Africa to play in the CAF Confederation Cup.