The June edition of KICK OFF Magazine is on sale and the last edition before the end of the historic 25th PSL season. Our cover star is none other than Kaizer Chiefs forward Khama Billiat.
Everything that has happened with Billiat for most of the last three years at in Naturena just shows how badly calculated his move was. From a trophy winning team at Mamelodi Sundowns, the Zimbabwean international is now a struggling star on a huge salary, prone to injuries, thin on confidence and with his future hanging in doubt. KICK OFF’ looks at what has happened and what the future holds.
German coach Josef Zinnbauer’s first full season in charge at Orlando Pirates has delivered a trophy following a six-year wait, but failure to perform in the league has left fans with many questions.
With the signings that the club made at the beginning of the season, the belief is that the 51-year-old coach was provided with all the resources he needed to challenge Mamelodi Sundowns, but failed to live up to expectations.
KICK OFF investigates what went wrong.
When Rushine de Reuck returned from a stint in Portugal he found himself being turned down by clubs in the GladAfrica Championship and eventually had to settle for playing third-tier football, earning less than R5,000 per month.
Fast forward to just over five years later and he is now playing for champions Mamelodi Sundowns, and knocking ever so hard on the Bafana Bafana door. The 25-year-old spoke to KICK OFF about his trials and tribulations.
After failing to secure the services of Carlos Queiroz, Pitso Mosimane and Benni McCarthy, SAFA has turned to experienced Belgian tactician Hugo Broos to lead the side for the next five years. The 69-year-old comes with a good reputation and a recent Africa Cup of Nations winners medal under his belt, but just what can South African fans expect from the veteran tactician? KICK OFF investigates.
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“At Sundowns he was buzzing but he is not the same now because of the kind of players he has around him.”
Should the mis-firing striker be retained by Kaizer Chiefs at the end of the season?
“Pirates fans don’t have patience.”
The Orlando Pirates coach has received mixed reviews this campaign, so where does he need to improve if he is to stay on?
Rushine de Reuck
“I wanted to quit football.”
The young centre-back made a big move from Maritzburg United to Mamelodi Sundowns in January. Is this finally his time?
“The Pirates door will always be open.”
Chippa United midfielder Manyisa had endured a torrid time of late but is hoping he has turned over a new leaf with the Chilli Boyz.
“I didn’t care about the money because I was going to play for Pirates.”
Matlaba has been one of the key stars for high-flying Swallows FC this season and proves that age is just a number.
“We will do everything to qualify for the World Cup next year.”
What does the new Bafana Bafana coach bring to the national team and what are his past achievements?
“You shouldn’t be having discussions about money when you get to a tournament.”
The veteran SuperSport United defender recently made a remarkable return to international football and could be a key man against Bafana Bafana.
CAF president Patrice Motsepe brings South Africa full circle as one of the founding members of the Confederation of African Football.
“The first game will dictate how your tournament will go.”
The national Under-23 skipper on going to the Olympic Games in Tokyo and his new life in the Ukraine.
“I bring that creative flavour.”
There is a young South African winger that is making waves at Auckland City, a club that is no stranger to stars from Mzansi.
“I don’t want my kids to grow up facing the same predicaments that I had to deal with as a child.”
There is sure to be plenty of suitors for the Lamontville Golden Arrows defender at the end of the season as one of the hottest properties in the PSL.
“I would love to coach any of my former teams.”
The former Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns striker has begun his coaching journey and ill not rule out a return to the PSL.
Daniel ‘Sailor’ Tshabalala
“I was robbed”
The former Orlando Pirates midfielder was exciting with the ball at his feet before injury ended his career prematurely.
Secrets of the Stars
AmaZulu goalkeeper Veli Mothwa reveals some interesting facts about his life.
This month’s Secret Footballer believes that new Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos needs to deliver quickly, starting with qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.