What’s inside the new KICK OFF magazine August edition


The new season is just a few weeks away and the August edition, on sale today, features the MTN8 preview, fascinating interviews and in-depth features.

The MTN8 quarterfinals will be staged on the weekend of August 12-14 in what will be an early test for some new-look sides in the South African topflight, not least Kaizer Chiefs who have made wholesale changes to their squad.

The teams are just four games away from not only a coveted trophy but also R8 million in prize money that will be a nice early Christmas present. KICK OFF looks ahead to the four quarterfinal matches.

From a distance, it appears a calculated risk worth taking by Chiefs after they chose to appoint Arthur Zwane as the head coach following seven years without a trophy.

We look into the appointment of the man who despite being new in leading the bench at this level, is very familiar with the club.

The ins and outs during the current transfer window have seen much change at Orlando Pirates.

The Buccaneers were in the final of the 2021/22 CAF Confederation Cup but were disappointing in the local league and this has forced them to reshuffle with Thulani Hlatshwayo, Kwanda Mngonyama, Abel Mabaso, Justice Chabalala, Elson Sithole, Wayne Sandilands and Thabang Monare making up the first group of players to leave.

Coming in has been six potential stars and KICK OFF provides analysis on what they might bring to the side.

Arthur Zwane
“When I arrived here 22 years ago this team taught me a lot of things about respect and humility.”
Can Kaizer Chiefs legend bring silverware back to Naturena?

Orlando Pirates
Who are the new sailors aboard The Buccaneers’ ship?

Kaizer Chiefs
The AmaKhosi have dipped extensively into the transfer market. Who are their new signings?

We preview the MTN8 quarterfinal matches with some huge clashes to kick off the competition.

Terrence Mashego
“We have to be honest that our market is not the biggest in the world.”
The Cape Town City left-back is looking to overcome injury quickly and help the team in their maiden CAF Champions League campaign.

Leonardo Castro
“PSL players need a mindset shift.”
The former Kaizer Chiefs forward on his time in South Africa as he assesses the good and the bad from his stay.

My Dream Team
Former Portugal youth international Zequinha selects his best-ever XI from past teammates, including a South African!

Ria Ledwaba
“You can’t tell a leader what to do, especially a leader who believes only in himself.”
She may have lost the race to become SAFA President, but
Lebwaba is not finished with local football.

Daniel Cardoso
“For me, the pressure and the criticism from fans was always a big plus.”
The new Sekhukhune United defender tells all about his time at Kaizer Chiefs.

A fascinating look at those with brief coaching stints who almost came into the job by accident.

Sphephelo Sithole
“I knuckled down and learned to speak Portuguese and everything started falling into place.”
The new Bafana Bafana star is on his journey to date and making his long-awaited national team bow.

SA Players Abroad
Which of South Africa’s overseas contingent stood out in the last season?

FIFA World Cup
Which global stars won’t be at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar?

Alex Bapela
“They beat me so I would play.”
The former Mamelodi Sundowns legend details his fascinating career and what he is up to now.

Son Heung-min
Facts you may not know about the Tottenham Hotspur forward.

Secret Footballer
This month’s Secret Footballer says pre-season is a crucial time for players and calls for the return of competitions to help teams prepare for the new campaign.