What’s inside the new KICK OFF magazine June edition


After a very fruitful start to life in KwaZulu-Natal in the 2020-21 season, it all came tumbling down as Benni McCarthy ended up parting ways with AmaZulu in March this year. The outspoken head coach has finally broken his silence on his time at the club and what he demands in his next role in management.

He spoke to KICK OFF in part one of our interview.

The DStv Premiership title this season always looked assured for Mamelodi Sundowns as they never faced no real threat of being dethroned as the kings of domestic football. KICK OFF delves deeper into their triumph in discussion with several players who have worn the famous yellow jersey.

Having masterminded Kaizer Chiefs’ last league triumph back in 2015, Stuart Baxter’s return to Naturena last year was hailed as the turning point in the club’s fortunes after more than half a decade of disappointment without silverware.

However, the former Bafana Bafana coach’s second coming proved to be a false dawn and an inconsistent run of form in the league and early exits in the domestic cup competitions resulted in Chiefs terminating his contract in April.

On the back of his departure, KICK OFF compares Baxter’s two spells at the helm of the Soweto giants with an eye on some of the figures that may have ultimately contributed to his sacking.

Grab the June edition of KICK OFF magazine on the newsstands and Magzter.com to read other great interviews and features.

Neo Maema
“It was very emotional for me to leave but I always knew the day would come.”
How the playmaker has fitted in so quickly at champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

Stuart Baxter
“I’m the only coach who has given this club any success in the last 20 years.”
Did the AmaKhosi pull the trigger too early on Stuart Baxter’s second coaching spell at the club?

Senzo Meyiwa
“We need closure.”
Almost eight years on, the impact of Meyiwa’s death is still being felt.

Best PSL signings
Who have been the best signings by DStv Premiership clubs in the 2021-22 season?

Mamelodi Sundowns
“Before next season’s title race has started, they have already won it.”
How The Brazilians breezed to an unprecedented fifth successive DStv Premiership title.

Jomo Cosmos
“If he had an opportunity to sit back and be a chairman, that might have been a better decision.”
The end of an era as Cosmos are relegated to the amateur ranks. How did it come to this?

My Dream Team
Former Jomo Cosmos striker Tico-Tico selects his best-ever XI from past teammates.

Howard Freese
“Chiefs has lost its identity.”
Part 2 of our interview with the former Kaizer Chiefs legend.

Washington Arubi
“Have you ever seen a player being happy to sit on the bench or in the stands?”
How the Zimbabwe international went from budding cricketer to professional footballer.

Benni McCarthy
“Players were fighting for money, and you have to now try to motivate them to try to perform…”
The former AmaZulu coach spills the beans on his time at Usuthu in Part 1 of our interview.

Emile Baron
“When that happened, I went into a really deep depression and just isolated myself.”
One of the best goalkeepers to play in the PSL, Baron reflects on a career blighted by injury.

Africa Cup of Nations
We preview the start of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in June.

Dino Ndlovu
“In my first season in China, I had a signing on fee of €300,000 (around R5-million).”
The Bafana Bafana forward on his lucrative time spent overseas.

Japhet Zwane
“Amazulu was a toxic environment.”
Former PSL star Zwane looks back on his career both at home and abroad.

Alisson Becker
Facts you may not know about the Liverpool and Brazil

Secret Footballer
This month’s Secret Footballer believes Arthur Zwane should be given the permanent coach role at Chiefs … if he can get the right support.