In the new KICK OFF Magazine


Kaizer Chiefs defender Siyabonga Ngezana tells of how he had to sacrifice playing for his country to finish his exams, before describing his journey to Amakhosi, his relationship with Steve Komphela and what will change at the club next season.

Staying in Soweto, we give you the lowdown on Orlando Pirates’ new signing Meshack Maphangule, telling his incredible journey so far as he reveals what the Pirates faithful should expect from him.

We then organised a one-on-one with high-profile Mamelodi Sundowns signing Andile Jali, who gives the untold truths regarding his move to Chloorkop and why he insists he won’t be a flop.

We also give you unique insight into the thoughts and philosophies of Rhulani Mokwena, picking his brains about a number of topics including his personal future as a promising coach.

From Edward Manqele talking candidly about his weight issues and Gavin Hunt’s frank assessment of the season to James Okwuosa revealing what went wrong at Pirates and Keagan Dolly describing his progress in France, it’s truly a jam-packed edition that will help ease the long wait for PSL action to resume.

Here’s the full menu of what you can feast on this edition:

Andile Jali
“It was stressful, but the stress is all gone now.”
The star Mamelodi Sundowns man gives us the lowdown on his move to Chloorkop, the challenges he will face and why he feels South African players don’t need to play in Europe.

Rhulani Mokwena
“I have offers and know that it is not far off until I become a head coach.”
The Orlando Pirates assistant coach reveals the after-hours work, motivation, sacrifices and philosophies that have made him one of South Africa’s brightest coaching prospects.

Siyabonga Ngezana
“I was scared, but at the same time excited to sign for Chiefs.”
The Kaizer Chiefs defender describes his journey to Naturena and his contribution so far, while insisting there is a lot more to come.

Meshack Maphangule
“Chiefs was late because Bobby only called me during the play-offs, but by then I had already signed.”
Getting to know the new Orlando Pirates signing, who reveals his arduous journey from a Limpopo village to one of South Africa’s biggest clubs.

Season statistics
“It is not always just the coach at fault.”
A number of interesting facts and figures as we review the 2017/18 Premier Soccer League season.

Gavin Hunt
“One team buys the best, the rest get mediocrity.”
The Bidvest Wits coach holds nothing back in reflecting on what went wrong in a disappointing season for the Clever Boys.

Cuthbert Malajila
“It is a big achievement to have won as much as I have.”
As one of the PSL’s most decorated footballers, the Mamelodi Sundowns forward is proud after adding more silverware to his bulging cabinet.

Poster Power
A pull out poster of World Cup stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

My Teammates
“I really don’t know why he wears dark clothes because he knows we can’t see him.”
Thabiso Semenya doesn’t hold back in unveiling the truth behind all his teammates’ antics in the Polokwane City dressing room.

James Okwuosa
“If you take it personally, then you are being stupid.”
The Nigerian speaks about his loyalty to Chippa United and boss Siviwe Mpengesi, while revealing what happened at his failed stint with Orlando Pirates.

Edward Manqele
“It was disappointing to read about myself in that way because it ruined my reputation.”
The Chippa United striker is honest in reflecting upon his weight issues, his time at Kaizer Chiefs and where he needs to improve.

PSL Play-offs
“The play-offs are a stress.”
Stakeholders scrutinise the current promotion/relegation play-offs format, which for many has become more of a hindrance than a spectacle.

Peter Shalulile
“Records are there to be broken.”
The First Division’s top scorer reflects on Highlands Park’s successful campaign, and what needs to be done to avoid becoming the next yo-yo team in South African football.

World Cup 2018
A number of lesser-known facts and figures as football’s biggest spectacle unfolds in Russia.

Keagan Dolly
“When Pitso said I wasn’t ready for Europe, I didn’t take it to heart.”
The Montpellier winger reflects on his first full season in Europe as his star continues to rise in France.

Vasili Sofiadelis
“They are skilled family people who were forced to leave their country because if they didn’t, they would die.”
The inspirational tale of how the former Bloemfontein Celtic striker left a lucrative accounting job to become a humanitarian in Greece.

Secret Footballer
“You must be mentally strong to survive; you must have big balls and a big heart.”
With the transfer window in full swing, this month’s Secret Footballer shares what needs to be done to ensure your place in the team after joining a new club.

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