What’s inside KICK OFF February Edition


KICK OFF magazine celebrates 28 years of Soccer at its best since the publication and the birthday edition does not disappoint with in-depth features and fascinating interviews.

Such has been the form that Peter Shalulile has enjoyed since his arrival at Mamelodi Sundowns at the beginning of last season that it has become a huge part of what defines the club’s dominance. The rate at which the Namibian has been scoring goals is the reason why there is so much talk about The Brazilians winning their fifth consecutive league title. KICK OFF gives insight on the Namibian forward.

In Naturena, the Kaizer Chiefs trio of Samir Nurkovic, Leonardo Castro and Lazorous Kambole will see their contracts expire at the end of this season. Must the international trio be given a new deal or should the club let them go and invest that money elsewhere in the team? KICK OFF investigates.

Soweto giants Orlando Pirates will celebrate their 85th anniversary in 2022 and are among a handful of clubs who can lay claim to having been a rich thread in South African football tapestry from the very beginning of the game being organised

nationally. They were, for many, the original glamour club, who had the most eye-catching players, and while the emergence of Kaizer Chiefs, created by one of their own, and later Mamelodi Sundowns would lessen their impact to a degree, they remain a force in the local game. KICK OFF looks back at their rich history.

South African Football Association President Dr Danny Jordaan has been around the block and back again. He has served as a marketing expert for FIFA and was the face of the South African FIFA 2010 World Cup. While the winds of change have been blowing strongly across Africa, Jordaan has been one of the strongest proponents of a biennial FIFA World Cup. In Part 1 of this interview with KICK OFF, the SAFA president reveals

that an African Super League would benefit the continent even, though its European version was a total failure and collapsed before it took off the ground.


Kaizer Chiefs

“Kambole might be an asset to another team but maybe Chiefs is just too big for him.”

The AmaKhosi have three strikers coming to the end of their contracts in June this year. So, who should stay and who should go?


Orlando Pirates

We have an eight-page special feature that celebrates the 85th birthday of The Buccaneers.


Peter Shalulile

“Peter is worth R30 million”

The Namibian forward comes from humble beginnings, but

one thing has stayed constant for him – hard work.


Thamsanqa Gabuza

“We can win the league”

The SuperSport United striker is looking to get back to his best form and says Matsatsantsa can win the league this season.


Swallows FC

“We need an African footprint”

The Birds’ chairman David Mogoshoa is in the hotseat to talk about all the goings on at the Soweto club.


My Dream Team

Former Santos striker David Notoane selects his best-ever XI from past teammates.


Happy Birthday!

We celebrate 28 years of KICK OFF magazine and look at the changes that have occurred in South African football since the first edition in February 1994.


Danny Jordaan

“Super League will boost Africa”

Part 1 of our wide-ranging interview with the SAFA president.


Mamelodi Sundowns

Part 1 of our look back at the records of Mamelodi Sundowns

coaches since the start of the National Soccer League in 1985.


CAF Club Competitions

A look at the opponents for Mamelodi Sundowns, AmaZulu and

Orlando Pirates in the group stages of the CAF club competitions this season.


UEFA Champions League

A preview of the second round of the UEFA Champions League as Europe’s big guns collide.


FIFA Club World Cup

We preview the FIFA Club World Cup, where there will be plenty of South African interest.


Lebogang Mothibantwa

“I had bad luck at Pirates”

The former Orlando Pirates star on his playing career and how he suffered bad luck during his time with The Buccaneers.


Sergio Aguero

Some amazing facts on the recently retired Barcelona and Argentina forward.


Secret Footballer

This month’s Secret Footballer says Kaizer Chiefs must be careful who they buy in the future.

Story by: @Shaistah_K