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From a hard-hitting interview with George Maluleka to the heartbreaking story of former Kaizer Chiefs striker, Lekoane Lekoane, the March edition hits the newsstands.
 
Called a traitor over his decision to sign for Mamelodi Sundowns from Kaizer Chiefs, Maluleka has had to grow a thick skin in recent times. For all the talk that he joined The Brazilians for money, he tells KICK OFF that he is on a performance-based contract and opens up about life at Chloorkop.
 
Gavin Hunt’s appointment as successor to Ernst Middendorp was widely celebrated among Kaizer Chiefs fans but that enthusiasm was quickly subdued by a poor start to the 2020/21 season. Faced with an unprecedented two-window transfer ban, the 56-year-old has forgone the proverbial ‘honeymoon phase’ and immediately found the going considerably tough. KICK OFF looks at what lies ahead for the veteran coach.
 
Wayde Jooste’s game time at Highlands Park last season was so limited that he didn’t put in a single 90-minute shift, yet Orlando Pirates found reason to snap him up. The workaholic wingback hasn’t disappointed, fitting in well with The Buccaneers, and after winning the MTN8 he feels they must now be greedy and want it all. Jooste spoke to KICK OFF about being the son of an ex-professional footballer, failing to break through at BidVest Wits and finally living his dream of playing for one of the ‘Big Three’ after making a move that even surprised him.
 
Exclusive interview with Liverpool legend, John Barnes, Champions League preview and many more.
 
George Maluleka
“I was called a traitor”
After being called a traitor following his exit from Kaizer Chiefs, George Maluleka is only looking to the future at Mamelodi Sundowns.
 
Gavin Hunt
“Hunt will get it right”
Can Kaizer Chiefs coach turn things around at Naturena and how should he go about doing this?
 
Wayde Jooste
“I was surprised when Pirates signed me”
The full-back is settling in well at Orlando Pirates after even he admitted he was surprised when the club signed him.
 
Percy Tau
“I don’t think he can reach his full potential at Brighton.”
Bafana Bafana forward Percy Tau has begun life at Brighton & Hove Albion in England, but can he adapt to the hustle and bustle of the Premier League?

Mandla Ncikazi
“There is still racism in football”
Lamontville Golden arrows have been excellent in the first half of the 2020-21 DStv Premiership season, with coach Mandla Ncikazi leading the way.
 
Justin Shonga
“I was approached by a few teams, Baroka and Mamelodi Sundowns were two.”
After his time at Orlando Pirates ended in disappointment, Zambia international Justin Shonga is hoping for a fresh start with free-scoring Cape Town City.
 
Lux September
“Khoza’s face broke my heart”
From working at KICK OFF to a new life as the head of the CAF media office, Lux September has seen plenty in his journey through football.
 
CAF Champions League
We look at the opponents of Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns in their 2020-21 CAF Champions League group campaign.
 
Sphephelo Sithole
“The coach told me I would play for the first team but then boom, I got Covid.”
Sphephelo Sithole may not be well known to local audiences, but he is creating waves in the Portuguese top-flight with his performances for Belenenses.

Liverpool
Is the reported feud between Sadio Mane and Mo Salah real, or a work of the media’s imagination? Liverpool legend John Barnes provides his thoughts.
 
UEFA Champions League
We look ahead to the match-ups in the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League as we reach the business end of the competition.
 
Lekoane Lekoane
“These guys from Gauteng townships don’t see you as human enough.”
The former Kaizer Chiefs striker tells of the harsh treatment he received from teammates at Naturena during a tumultuous stay at the Soweto giants.
 
Secrets of the Stars
Swallows FC forward Ruzaigh Gamildien reveals some interesting facts about his life.
 
Secret Footballer
This month’s Secret Footballer talks about Tokelo Rantie’s return to football after over three years in the wilderness.

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