What’s inside the new KICK OFF magazine


The May edition of KICK OFF magazine hits the newsstands and is jam-packed with fascinating interviews and great features.

In Naturena, Kaizer Chiefs will have plenty to ponder regarding their playing personnel come end of the season with Lebogang Manyama definite to come under scrutiny after four years at the club.

KICK OFF seeks to find the answers to what has gone right and wrong for the 31-year-old through his time at Naturena, and what will be the way forward.

Despite being on the bench for extended periods Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper, Kennedy Mweene, has been able to deliver top performances when called upon for duty this season, with an increased game load. We spoke to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations winner.

In an Orlando Pirates side that has battled with consistency this season, versatile player Bandile Shandu has stood head and shoulders above the rest with his impressive performances. His recent call-up to Bafana Bafana is a testament to the great season he is having.

The man who joined from Maritzburg United at the start of the campaign is proving to be an integral part of The Buccaneers. KICK OFF takes a look at his progress so far.

We also feature the eight candidates for KICK OFF Footballer of the Season.

Lebogang Manyama
“He has been on and off too much through his time at Chiefs.”
Has the Kaizer Chiefs playmaker lived up to his reputation while at Naturena?

Bandile Shandu
“Pirates has made him mature. There’s no one to cry to.”
The Orlando Pirates full-back has had an excellent season
since arriving from Maritzburg United.

Kennedy Mweene
“When you are a keeper you are lone in goals and when you make a mistake, there is only a net behind you.”
The Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper on his past exploits and immediate future.

KICK OFF Footballer of the Season
Who has been the best of the best this season? Meet our eight contenders!

Usuthu competed in the CAF Champions League for the first time. What have they learned and what now?

Abraham Majok
“Sometimes I had to play back-up striker but I’m not a natural number nine.”
The AmaZulu forward on adjusting to life in the PSL and
how he went from South Sudan to Australia.

Poster Power
A pull-out poster of Mamelodi Sundowns star Andile Jali.

My Dream Team
Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Valery Nahayo selects his best-ever XI from past teammates.

Ricardo Nascimento
“My departure from Sundowns was a scary experience.”
The former Mamelodi Sundowns defender has started a new life at Royal AM after a surprise exit from Chloorkop.

Darren Keet
“I still want to be the best.”
The Bafana Bafana goalkeeper is ready to win his place back in to the national side after an injury nightmare.

Howard Freese
“I continued teaching even though my salary was R313 and at Chiefs, I earned R1,500.”
The ex-Kaizer Chiefs star on life after football and how he made his name at Naturena.

Thembi Kgatlana
“I didn’t expect to win the African Women’s Footballer of the Year after less than five years with the national team.”
Her time in Spain and how she hopes to fire Banyana Banyana to the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Jethren Barr
“Why do you fetch a foreign goalkeeper when there are so many talented goalkeepers in the country?”
South African goalkeeper who is playing in Northern Ireland and determined to prove his worth.

FIFA World Cup 2022
Which stadiums will be used in Qatar and what fans should expect from them.

Lucky Qaba
“My character was such that people never wanted to share a room with me.”
The former Kaizer Chiefs player tells KICK OFF about his misfortune and what he has done post-retirement.

Erling Haaland
Facts you may not know about the Borussia Dortmund striker, one of the hottest properties in world football.

Secret Footballer
This month’s Secret Footballer talks about the impact supporters will have on their teams now that they are back at stadiums.