What’s in the July KICK OFF magazine

Premiership

The July edition of KICK OFF Magazine is on the newsstands and the readers have spoken… Mamelodi Sundowns forward Peter Shalulile is this season’s KICK OFF Footballer of the Season.

From making a move that was greeted with raised eye-brows at the beginning of the season, despite having been the joint league top-scorer in the previous campaign, Shalulile has turned the tables on his critics. KICK OFF looks at how the Namibian beat the odds.

Orlando Pirates ended their six-year trophy drought this past season, but sections of The Ghost remain unconvinced about the way coach Josef Zinnbauer has used the players at his disposal. There is a school of thought that says Pirates had a strong enough squad to wrestle the league title away from Mamelodi Sundowns, only for them to finish third. So, who did Zinnbauer use and what did he get out of them? KICK OFF investigates.

Stuart Baxter has returned for a second spell in charge of Kaizer Chiefs following his highly-successful first stint from 2012-15 in which he earned the club two league titles, the MTN8 and the Nedbank Cup. The AmaKhosi faithful can only dream of that type of success now after six long years without a trophy – their barren run ironically starting after Baxter picked up the second of those DStv Premiership wins and then left the club. We take a look back at the Englishman’s first stay at Naturena and what it might mean for the team going forward.
 
Peter Shalulile
How the Mamelodi Sundowns forward romped to the KICK OFF
Footballer of the Season award.
 
Orlando Pirates
The Buccaneers achieved the bare minimum of their ambitions
this season and we provide a report card on their squad.
 
Kaizer Chiefs
It was a year to forget for the AmaKhosi, but where does the
2020-21 campaign rank among all their previous top-flight
seasons?
 
Aubrey Modiba
“People only remember winners.”
It took him a while to settle in at Chloorkop, but the winger
showed in the second half of the season that he will be a valuable asset for Mamelodi Sundowns.
 
Ronwen Williams
“It might be time to leave.”
The SuperSport United goalkeeper has challenged the
club to return to yesteryear, when they were among the
genuine title contenders.
 
Stuart Baxter
“There will be a lot of expectation, I will have to manage that.”
Baxter has returned for a second spell at Kaizer Chiefs, but what clues does his first stint hold as to the club’s future now?
 
DStv Premiership
Who did the most, the least or was bang average in the DStv
Premiership this past season? We have all the numbers!
 
Peter Leeuwenburgh
“The PSL helped me grow.”
The goalkeeper reflects on his three successful seasons in the
DStv Premiership with Cape Town City and provides insight into how South Africa changed him.
 
Stanley Dimgba
“PSL is top three in Africa.”
The Nigerian forward was a shining light in an otherwise
disappointing season for Stellenbosch FC.
 
Wandisile Letlabika
“I thought I was gone.”
The incredible tale of the Swallows FC defender and how
he believed he was about to die on the pitch.
 
Tashreeq Matthews
“I would like to see myself in one of the top five Leagues in Europe.”
The attacking midfielder is one of five South Africans at Swedish top-flight side Varbergs, but has arguably been the stand-out performer at the start of their 2021 campaign.
 
Dino Ndlovu
“I know what I am worth.”
What now for the much-travelled forward, who has just left his
Chinese second-tier side and is looking for his next opportunity.
 
Victor dos Santos
“Pirates rejected me.”
The former Mamelodi Sundowns forward on his time at Chloorkop and what he is up to now.

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