What's inside the August KICK OFF


The August edition of your favourite magazine is jam-packed with features, hard-hitting and fascinating interviews, and player profiles.

Our cover star Percy Tau sits down with Lorenz Kohler to talk about playing in the Belgian second tier, how he felt when he failed to secure a United Kingdom work permit, the recent Africa Cup of Nations and what the future holds.

A lot is expected of Kaizer Chiefs' new recruit Lazarous Kambole. Find out why the striker’s former coach says: "Kambole can only score 10 or 11 goals per season, which is not enough for a striker at Kaizer Chiefs..."

Banyana Banyana player Mpumi Nyandeni, who was dropped from the recent Women’s World Cup squad, doesn’t pull any punches when she says: "I think the coach [Desiree Ellis] has a grudge against me, what I did to her..."

Nyandeni, who served her country for 17 years, is doubtful she will ever get that one cap to reach 150. Read the full interview to find out what Nyandeni says about Banyana and the coaching staff.

In other interviews, Amakhosi and Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi opens about the disappointment of not reaching the Africa Cup of Nations final while Sibisiso Vilakazi reveals the details of what it meant to get selected for AFCON.

Our Rich Clubs feature looks at how much each PSL club made over the last five years in prize money. Find out who comes out on top.

And there’s plenty more:

Orlando Pirates
"If used properly he [Gabadinho Mhango] is the striker that will get you more than 15 goals in a season."
An in-depth look at all the new signings made by The Buccaneers ahead of the new season.

Percy Tau
"If I feel to be in South Africa then I’ll come back. If what matters to me is to stay in Europe, then I’ll do that."
Tau talks Europe, Bafana Bafana and what the future might hold for one of South Africa’s top talents.

Lazarous Kambole
"Kambole can only score 10 or 11 goals per season, which is not enough for a striker at Kaizer Chiefs."
Will the new Kaizer Chiefs striker cut it in the Premier Soccer League? Those that know him give their assessment.

Sibusiso Vilakazi
"I couldn’t miss the AFCON after rapturing my Achilles… I don’t think I could live with myself if I missed it."
How ‘Vila’ recovered from his long injury layoff, played at the Nations Cup and is now looking forward to the new season with Mamelodi Sundowns.

Stuart Baxter
"He should use the same team that was at AFCON. If he changes then that means he will have to start from scratch."
Have Bafana Bafana progressed or regressed under coach Baxter? Experts give us their view.

Daniel Akpeyi
"Whatever mistake that I make, I’m not the first player or the worst player that has made a mistake."
The Kaizer Chiefs and Nigeria goalkeeper comments on his Africa Cup of Nations performance and why fans seem to have it in for him.

Eric Tinkler
"What people don’t understand is that it takes time to develop, rebuild and get players to understand the philosophy."
Having steered Maritzburg United to relegation safety last season, coach Tinkler has his sights set on bigger things.

Ricardo Mannetti
"Do I feel like a failure? Not at all. I feel very proud and there are a lot of Namibians that feel the same way."
Mannetti led the Brave Warriors to a surprise place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and is proud of their showing in Egypt.

Fikru Teferra
"I’m a soldier who is never scared of dying in the war, so that is how I approach football."
The Ethiopian striker has had a journeyman career that has taken him all over the world, but he has no regrets as he seeks to keep playing.

Mpumi Nyandeni
"Desiree herself started playing for the national team when she was 30, so I don’t understand what she means when she says I’m old."
The Banyana Banyana midfielder says she was forced out of the side ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and has some strong words for coach Desiree Ellis.

JDR Stars
"We are not the type that kicks the ball and hopes for something to happen."
The newly-promoted National First Division side are coached by owner Nditsheni Nemasisi, who lays out his plans for the team.

Collins Chabalala
"Some guys from the township disappear to the suburbs when things are good and then become afraid to go back to the township when it gets tough."
The former Free State Stars and AmaZulu striker updates us on life after playing and his challenges following a career-threatening injury.

Cash-rich clubs
Mamelodi Sundowns made more than R274-million in prize money over last five years, SuperSport United R184-million. Find out what other PSL clubs have earned in the last five seasons, showing the disparity in wealth between them.

Absa Premiership
KICK OFF assesses the prospects of the 16 clubs for the 2019/20 Absa Premiership season and where they might end up.

Secrets of the Stars
Polokwane City midfielder Edgar Manaka reveals some interesting facts about his life.

Secret Footballer
The Secret Footballer gives us the inside scoop on the pay inequality between men and women in South Africa.