The May edition of KICK OFF Magazine hits the newsstands today and is jampacked with great interviews and features.
League titles, CAF Champions League and domestic cup competition medals, an appearance at the FIFA Club World Cup and individual awards – Mamelodi Sundowns forward Themba Zwane has achieved it all in his illustrious career, which kicked off 10 years ago.
If Sundowns wins the league title this season, it will be his fourth victory in a row and fifth overall. The 31-year-old sat down with KICK OFF to talk about his achievements, failing to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations, as well as what it would be like to take on Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly in the Champions League.
From being a part-time groundsman while still at school to working as an electrician, Deon Hotto has never lost the appetite for football. And that is evident in the way he has been performing at Orlando Pirates this season.
In this interview, the former Kaizer Chiefs fan reveals that it was the gravitas of Dr Irvin Khoza that won him over to join The Buccaneers, rather than a big-money move to Turkish giants Besiktas.
Happy Mashiane’s value is now worth more than the gold colour that Kaizer Chiefs wear as he navigates his way towards establishing himself in the first team into his third year at the club. And his contribution has been one of the few positives through the recent slump that Chiefs have gone through.
KICK OFF travelled to Tembisa to see where it all began for the 23-year-old AmaKhosi star.
Molefi Ntseki sat in the Bafana Bafana hot seat for nearly two years but continually faced derision from supporters and critics for his seemingly timid persona and apparent lack of experience before his unceremonious sacking.
The 51-year-old tactician opens up to KICK OFF to reveal everything that took place during his ill-fated stint in the build-up and aftermath of the team’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying failure.
Interviews with Benni McCarthy, Victor Wanyama and many more. It’s also your chance, as a reader to vote for the KICK OFF footballer of the Year.
“We can go pound-to-pound with Al Ahly”
The Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder is confident the side can conquer Africa again.
“You must know that when Dr Irvin Khoza comes around things change.”
The Namibia international has been a revelation since joining Orlando Pirates at the start of the season.
“Everyone wants your job when you are at Chiefs.”
The young wing-back is among the hottest prospects at Kaizer Chiefs following an excellent season at Naturena.
“I’m sure there are a lot of clubs that also think they can knock Sundowns off their perch.”
In Part 2 of our interview with the AmaZulu coach, where he reveals his future plans for the side and the role of the stalwart members of his squad.
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“Nobody has what he has.”
The young winger has shown his impressive quality at Swallows FC this season after spending time away in Portugal.
Bafana Bafana goals
Which have been the 10 most important goals in the history of the South African national team?
“I’d choose Sundowns.”
The SuperSport United midfielder has had a solid season and is now looking to take the next step in his career.
“You have to sleep on the floor because no arrangements were made.”
What went wrong for the ex-Bafana Bafana coach following the team’s failure to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals?
HM Pitje Stadium
“It has remained as an expensive white elephant and has been extensively vandalized.”
Once the pride of Mamelodi, the HM Pitje Stadium now stands in ruin and is a den for drug dealers and criminals.
“Most of the current first-team players have been on this same path.”
One of South Africa’s top young talents has been showing his quality in the Israeli second tier this season.
“I want to follow in Benni’s footsteps.”
The Kenya international tells KICK OFF about his disappointment at Tottenham Hotspur and his new challenge in Montreal.
“People who say I was rough are Kaizer Chiefs fans because I frustrated their players.”
The former Jomo Cosmos defender on his feared reputation that led to the nickname ‘Jaws of Life’ and what he is up to now.
This month’s Secret Footballer says the Chippa United players were shocked when Luc Eymael left the club after only one day.