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The February edition of your favourite magazine hits the newsstands and is filled with jampacked features, and fascinating interviews and player profiles.

Having already banked the MTN8 title after ending a frustrating six-year wait to land a trophy, Orlando Pirates will be confident they can claim more silverware this season. The Nedbank Cup will be an aim, but the question is also whether The Buccaneers can dislodge Mamelodi Sundowns from their DStv Premiership throne. KICK OFF investigates.

To some he might still be a rising star who is yet to establish himself at Mamelodi Sundowns, but Siphelele Mkhulise insists he is no youngster and is fighting for his place in the team just like any other player. He tells KICK OFF that he is destined for greater things with the European stage his ultimate target.

The effects of their transfer ban have left Kaizer Chiefs with no choice but to take players from their Multichoice Diski Challenge team. Though some were promoted before the ban came into effect, the reality is that AmaKhosi have been tapping into their feeder team more often than they would have done under normal circumstances and the Diski graduates have embraced the challenge. KICK OFF looks at the players that have come through the ranks in recent times.

A lot was expected from SuperSport United midfielder Sipho Mbule since he made his debut, but it is fair to say his journey to the top has been a rollercoaster ride. But last season he finally broke through and started 35 matches in all competitions. He speaks to KICK OFF about his progress and what lies ahead.

Pitso Mosimane took just seven games to ensure he became the best coach that South Africa has ever exported when Al Ahly won the ACF Champions League in November, just a fortnight after sewing up the league title. His success opens the door for other South African coaches to make an impact beyond our borders, which is an exciting prospect. But while Mosimane is the most successful, he was not the first as there have been a handful previously to go overseas and make their mark, reports Mark Gleeson.

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Orlando Pirates
“With the squad that they have, there shouldn’t be any doubts about winning the league.”
The Buccaneers have a squad packed with talent, but the question of the lips of The Ghost is, can they topple Mamelodi Sundowns this season?

Siphelele Mkhulise
“I will play in Europe”
The Mamelodi Sundowns forward is certainly no longer considered a youngster and must make the next step in his career.

Chiefs next generations
Who are the ‘young guns’ at Naturena that have been tasked with refreshing the side following their transfer ban?

Sipho Mbule
“I should score more goals”
The SuperSport United midfielder needs to make up for lost time after his initial promise took some time to flourish.
Virgil Vries
“Some keepers are protected”
After the disappointment of his exit from Kaizer Chiefs, the Swallows FC goalkeeper is determined to prove his critics wrong.

Chippa United
“They thought we were drug dealers”
Chippa’s foreign striker imports Bienvenu Eva Nga and Augustine Chidi Kwem are looking to make their name in the PSL after difficult journeys to reach South Africa.

SA coaches abroad
“It was easy to coach Pele”
Pitso Mosimane is the most high-profile South African coach currently plying their trade abroad, but there are others … both past and present.

Kennedy Mweene
“I can’t quit now”
The Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper is not yet ready to hang up his gloves and still has much he wants to achieve with The Brazilians.

GladAfrica Championship
Who are the contenders for promotion from the GladAfrica Championship this season? We run our eye over all 16 clubs to assess their potential.

Lucas Moripe
“Most players conspired not pass me the ball even when I was in a better position”
He is one of the greatest players ever to feature in South African domestic football … the amazing story of ‘Masterpieces’.
Ricardo Schutte
“I want to play for South Africa”
The South African-born striker making waves in Spain, who has his heart set on representing Bafana Bafana.

Marcelo Bielsa
How the ‘oddball’ Argentine coach has transformed Leeds United with his unique style of play.

Where are they now? Avril Phali
“I was excited to be earning R3 800”
The former Jomo Cosmos and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper spills the beans on his time in the PSL and reveals what he is up to now.

Secrets of the Stars
Baroka FC forward Evidence Makgopa reveals some interesting facts about his life.

Secret Footballer
This month’s Secret Footballer says South African fans must be patient with Percy Tau after his return to Brighton & Hove Albion.

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