What’s in the November edition of KickOff


The November edition of KICK OFF magazine hits the newsstands today and is jam-packed with fascinating interviews and in-depth features.

The return of Leonardo Castro from injury towards the end of this year will finally bring back together with the once-famous ‘CBD’, a combination that terrorised opposition at Mamelodi Sundowns.

With Kaizer Chiefs having started the campaign in poor form, could this be what revives their campaign with Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly already showing glimpses of getting back to their best form? KICK OFF investigates.

The true value of Happy Jele’s contribution to Orlando Pirates has always been his reliability and presence in the dressing room. He has only ever worn one club jersey through his professional career, playing for over a dozen coaches and earning legendary status.

KICK OFF spoke to the veteran defender about how he has been able to keep going for over 15 years.

When Grant Kekana first heard of Mamelodi Sundowns’ interest in him, his immediate reaction was that of shock as he was in the process of negotiating an extension at Tshwane rivals SuperSport United.

Since his transfer, he has fitted in like hand-to-glove at Sundowns, playing either right-back or as a central defender. We sat down with the player to learn a little more about what makes him tick.

Can CBD fire again?
“The team has to be structured in such a way that it plays to their strengths.”
Can Khama Billiat, Leonardo Castro and Keagan Dolly rekindle their partnership and bring the glory days back to Kaizer Chiefs?

Happy Jele
“It was tough, I’m not going to lie.”
The Orlando Pirates captain is the rarest of breeds in modern football – a one-club man who is still going strong after 15 years.

Grant Kekana
“I’m living my dream.”
The Mamelodi Sundowns defender has made the switch from SuperSport United look seamless as he excels for The Brazilians.

Lehlogonolo Matlou
“We are playing to win the league.”
The midfielder on his time in Portugal and desire to get boyhood club Swallows FC flying again this season.

Victor Letsoalo
“I am doing what I know how to do, which is to score goals.”
The Royal AM striker on his improved strike-rate this campaign and dreaming of a World Cup appearance with Bafana Bafana.

Orlando Pirates
Part 2 of our historical series looks at the records of all Buccaneers coaches through the years.

Judas Moseamedi
“We want top five.”
The Stellenbosch FC forward on his red-hot early season form and what he hopes to achieve this campaign.

Limbikani Mzava
“Mane will know my name.”
The AmaZulu defender looks ahead to captaining Malawi at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon early in the New Year.

Assistant Coaches
What makes for a good assistant and how does their relationship with the head coach usually work?

Benjani Mwaruwari
“I want to coach in SA.”
The former Zimbabwe international star still has a soft spot for the Premier Soccer League and hopes to coach in South Africa one day.

Chiefs’ Invincibles
How the Kaizer Chiefs side of 1981 proved themselves to be invincible.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Age is just a number for the incredible Manchester United forward, who continues to set new records.

Tauya Mrewa
“When Tommy called everything was upfront and that is why I went to Supersport.”
The former SuperSport United star on his trials and tribulations in the PSL and what he is up to these days.

Robert Lewandowski
All the facts and figures around the Bayern Munich forward’s incredible goal-scoring exploits.

Secret Footballer
This month’s Secret Footballer talks about the practice of paying players in cash and says it is more common than you would think …