Leonardo Castro, Orlando Pirates’ own JZ – Josef Zinnabauer – Mamelodi Sundowns defence duo of Mosa Lebusa and Wayne Arendse are all featured in the March edition of KICK OFF magazine on sale.
Kaizer Chiefs’ title charge this season has rejuvenated the form of Leonardo Castro. The Colombian striker has been sending reminders that he is still as effective as he was when he first arrived in the country five years ago.
KICK OFF details the forward’s input and the role that he has been playing in easing some of the scoring responsibilities from Samir Nurkovic.
Their Nedbank Cup exit at the hands of Bidvest Wits aside, Orlando Pirates have seen a dramatic upswing in fortunes since the arrival of the German coach in December as a replacement for Rhulani Mokwena. So, what has been the secret to his success and what does the future look like for The Buccaneers under his stewardship? KICK OFF spoke to former Pirates players to give their view on the impact of ‘JZ’.
Lebusa might be thriving at Mamelodi Sundowns following his move from Ajax Cape Town at the beginning of last season but he had to deal with so much rejection in his teenage years that he almost quit this game. The very same Brazilians that he now does duty for were amongst the clubs that turned him down just over a decade ago for being too skinny. He and defence partner, Arendse spoke to KICK OFF in exclusive interviews.
With the 2022 World Cup qualifiers around the corner, we preview Bafana Bafana’s group. South Africa will face some familiar foes in their bid to qualify after they were drawn against Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Ethiopia in the group stage qualifying. They have a recent history with all of them…and Bafana Bafana have tended to come off second-best.
Dutch coach Jan Olde Riekerink arrived at Cape Town City with an impressive CV that includes spells with Ajax Amsterdam, FC Porto, and Galatasaray. He has helped to develop some of the leading players of the last 20 years and is now looking to bring success to The Citizens. He tells KICK OFF how he got into coaching, the best player he has ever worked with and what the secret is to the Netherlands’ conveyor-belt of talent.
“He is scoring goals from any angle at the moment… you give him two seconds you will see wonders from him.”
How the Kaizer Chiefs striker has seen his fortunes at Naturena rekindled after having seemingly been on his way out of the club.
“Maybe some players were going through the motions, knowing they would get picked every week.”
The Orlando Pirates coach has revived the club after a difficult first half of the season. So what has changed?
“As a teenager, I came here to Sundowns and was told that my body was too small because I was too thin.”
The Mamelodi Sundowns defender is now in what he sees as his favourite position and is looking forward to winning more trophies.
World Cup qualifiers
Who are in Bafana Bafana’s path in their bid to reach the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar?
Jan Olde Riekerink
“I could have been rich with all the coins [that were thrown by fans] lying on the ground around me.”
The Dutch coach who has helped develop some of the world’s top stars on how he got into the game.
“I’ve been overweight for two seasons and that was my downfall.”
Is this finally the season for the Maritzburg United striker to reach his full potential?
“Why should I want to even think about leaving when I am with a club that is always competing in the highest league.”
The Mamelodi Sundowns defender is still going strong as he reaches the twilight of his career.
A pull-out poster of Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Andile Jali.
My Dream Team
SuperSport United defender Bongani Khumalo picks his best-ever XI from past teammates.
10 Rising Stars
Who are 10 young stars who could become Bafana Bafana regulars over the next decade?
“I can eliminate opponents using my skill but when I must finish, I struggle.”
The Black Leopards playmaker has been making waves in the Premier Soccer League this season, and it has come as no surprise to many.
“He never phoned me after four and half years of service to say: ‘Peter, I don’t need you anymore.”
The former Mamelodi Sundowns and Chippa United administrator on his turbulent time in the PSL.
PSL Top Scorers
Have the goals really dried up in the PSL and if so, what is the reason behind it?
“If results are not coming it is normal that you will be fired.”
The Chippa United head coach with a gruff exterior on how he has changed the fortunes of the club.
Low-down on the best transfers of the January window.
Will this current generation of Liverpool stars go down as the best ever in the club’s history?
“The fact that I played football was mind-boggling for people when I arrived for interviews and I feel it scored some points for me.”
The former Orlando Pirates star has swapped his football boots for life in the office.
Secrets of the Stars
Baroka FC goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze reveals some interesting facts about his life.
The Secret Footballer details how difficult life is in the GladAfrica Championship.