The new KICK OFF Magazine is out!

Mamelodi Sundowns starlet Phakamani Mahlambi gives his honest and open assessment of his time in Egypt and the difficulties he faced in North Africa, before explaining why he should not be considered the new Percy Tau.

Kaizer Chiefs’ Lebogang Manyama tells us about his ‘delayed’ arrival at Naturena, what he learnt from his stint in Turkey and how he has integrated himself among the strong strike-force at his new club.

We also chat exclusively to in-form Orlando Pirates midfielder Vincent Pule, who describes his adjustment to the Buccaneers’ set-up, the Thamsanqa Gabuza incident and his maiden Bafana Bafana appearance.

Cape Town City playmaker Ayanda Patosi speaks of his past troubles and future aims, Bidvest Wits forward Mxolisi Macuphu shares his inspirational story in getting to the top, while Emiliano Tade reveals his incredible journey from Argentina to KwaZulu-Natal, via New Zealand.

We also chat one-on-one with Nigeria’s coach Gernot Rohr ahead of Bafana Bafana’s clash with the Super Eagles, Dan Malesela speaks about his love-hate relationship with Chippa United, Kaitano Tembo shares his thoughts on finally landing the SuperSport United head-coaching job full-time, while history-making Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk gives us unique insight into her Cosafa Cup-winning squad.

Further afield, we get to know Portugal-based South African midfielder Sergio Marakis, and also analyse the best-performing African footballers in Europe.

There’s definitely something for everyone, grab your copy now!

Lebogang Manyama
“When we have the ball we are probably one of the best teams in the country.”
The South African forward reveals why he did not remain abroad while detailing his role and ambitions at new club Kaizer Chiefs.

Phakamani Mahlambi
“Those who make noise about South African players going and coming back don’t really understand what is happening abroad.”
The talented youngster talks frankly about the challenges in Egypt and the weight of expectation on his shoulders at PSL giants Mamelodi Sundowns.

Vincent Pule
“There is no such thing as doing enough to remain in the team.”
The in-form Orlando Pirates midfielder speaks about his integration into the Bucs team, the differences from his previous club and his prospects with Bafana Bafana.

Patrick Tignyemb
“Those people who put me on transfer said my level wasn’t up to PSL standards.”
The Bloemfontein Celtic record-breaker talks of a time he almost left the club while insisting he could never wear the jersey of a rival PSL club.

Ayanda Patosi
“Last season I had issues with the coach.”
The skilled playmaker says he’s put his shaky Cape Town City start behind him as he eyes a swift return to Europe.

Kaitano Tembo
“I really did earn it because it was a long journey.”
The SuperSport United coach takes us through his laborious route to the top, having finally been appointed first team coach after an almost 20-year association with the Pretoria club.

My Dream Team
Former Bafana Bafana international Stanton Fredericks handpicks the best teammates he played alongside across various clubs in Europe and the national team.

Poster Power
A pull-out poster of Orlando Pirates midfielder Xola Mlambo.

Mxolisi Macuphu
“I can’t even describe it; I felt so blessed – that felt like the beginning of my career.”
The talented forward shares the story of how he rose from the depths of the First Division to current top-flight club Bidvest Wits before earning a maiden Bafana Bafana call-up.

Emiliano Tade
“I did work in cleaning services, washing, construction, painting, waitering and whatever else I could find.”
The Argentine striker shares the astounding story of how he initially gave up his football career, but then went on to break scoring records in New Zealand before ending up in the PSL.

Dan Malesela
“I don’t want to be living worried about some gun I cannot see.”
The three-time former Chippa United coach details the plans for his new project in the First Division while opening up about his relationship with former boss Siviwe Mpengesi.

My Teammates
“She always has blood-red lipstick on, even when she is about to go to bed!”
Skipper Janine van Wyk gives us behind-the-scenes insight into the Cosafa Women’s Championship-winning Banyana Banyana squad.

Gernot Rohr
“We are in a good moment and our confidence is back, which means South Africa will face a strong Nigerian team.”
We chat exclusively with Nigeria’s head coach ahead of their high-profile Nations Cup qualifying clash against Bafana Bafana.

Sergio Marakis
“I often found myself crying to my parents, saying I wanted to go back home.”
The South African midfielder’s career is back on track after a tumultuous ride, as the Portugal-based talent seeks to set his name in lights once more.

African Watch
We take a look at the continent’s best-performing stars in Europe, where a number of Africans are staking their claim amongst the world’s best.

Gary Goldstone
“I used to take my textbooks into camp and study downstairs in the boardrooms.”
The former Kaizer Chiefs defender shares his story as one of the lucky few to have walked straight into a job after hanging up his boots.

And lots, lots more! Get your copy now!

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