What’s in the October edition of KickOff


Al Ahly's new signing, Percy Tau, is our cover star for the October edition currently on sale.

Tau has returned to African football with record 10-time CAF Champions League winners, where he reunites with his former Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane. After three years in Europe, he made the decision to leave Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion in a deal worth a reported R30-million, signing a four-year contract with the Egyptian giants.

Now the question remains: can his reunion with his former coach revive his career? KICK OFF investigates.

In Naturena – with Itumeleng Khune no longer as convincing as he used to be, it appears Kaizer Chiefs will have a king-size headache in deciding who will be trusted as the first-choice goalkeeper this season.

Will rotation work or should there be a first choice for Stuart Baxter’s team? KICK OFF delves into this goalkeeping matter.

In Chloorkop, a cloud of uncertainty has been hanging over Hlompho Kekana, with Mamelodi Sundowns choosing not to field the midfielder so far this season, nor give any explanation as to why.

Could this mean that Kekana’s time at Sundowns has come to an end after his trophy-laden career with the club in which he was a major part of their success? KICK OFF looks into the matter.

Orlando Pirates are still waiting to make a permanent appointment after the departure of Joe Zinnbauer but whoever arrives to take over in charge of the Buccaneers must realise that he is taking on one of the toughest jobs in South African sport.

The Pirates hot seat has been too fiery for many to handle as the eclectic list of past coaches can attest to. KICK OFF’s Mark Gleeson examines all the men who have coached the club since the launch of the National Soccer League in 1985 in Part 1 of this historical feature.

Interviews with Willard Katsande, Hugo Broos, Evidence Makgopa… the October edition is jam-packed with fascinating interviews and in-depth features.

Hlompho Kekana
“The end for Hlompho?”
Has the Mamelodi Sundowns stalwart come to the end of his
stay at Chloorkop and what has been his impact on those who
worked with him.

Orlando Pirates
The departure of Josef Zinnbauer means yet another change in the hot-seat at Orlando Pirates. In Part 1 of this feature, we look at the club’s coaches since the start of the NSL.

Percy Tau
“They trust Pitso and the project he wants to create.”
There has been much said about Percy Tau’s decision to ditch the English Premier League for Egypt. So was it the right choice?

Kaizer Chiefs
Who should be the number one goalkeeper at Naturena, with so many strong options for coach Stuart Baxter to choose from? We investigate.

Bloemfontein Celtic
The people of the Free State have lost a historic institution with the sale and demise of Bloemfontein Celtic.

Willard Katsande
“Fans are too abusive.”
After a successful decade at Kaizer Chiefs, Katsande has started afresh with newly-promoted Sekhukhune United.

Evidence Makgopa
“I think being able to make peace with your mistakes is important, you can’t let them hold you back.”
The Baroka FC striker has become one of the standout
performers in the DStv Premiership and is now a national team star too.

PSL Club Sales
All the South African topflight clubs that have been sold down the years and what became of the new teams.

Marate Ndieguene
“Shalulile helped me a lot.”
The TS Galaxy youngster has a fascinating back-story and
is hoping to make it big in the DStv Premiership soon.

Hugo Broos
“I know what to do.”
The Bafana Bafana coach has made a good start to his
tenure as he looks to build a new, young side for the

Thibang Phete
“I see myself playing in UEFA Champions League or Europa League one day.”
After much injury woe in his career, the Belenenses utility
player is looking to make up for lost time.

“The sport has to continue but we have to balance it with the livelihood and wellbeing of players.”
How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the local South
African game and how do we move forward from here?

Charles Yohane
“Those days the boss would come with a briefcase and count the money for each of us from the back seat of his Toyota Cressida.”
The former BidVest Wits star gives details of his career and
what he has been up to since he hung up his boots.

Cristiano Ronaldo
All the facts and figures around the new Manchester
United forward’s incredible goal-scoring exploits.

Secret Footballer
This month’s Secret Footballer discusses an issue that is
often swept under the carpet – depression in football.