What's in the January KICK OFF magazine


South Africa’s most successful club, Kaizer Chiefs, turned 50 in January and it is a reminder of how, over the years, Amakhosi have provided so many magical moments, great players, epic matches and plenty of history to be woven into South African football folklore.

To honour the club’s milestone, KICK OFF turned back the hands of time and selected their five greatest Chiefs teams since 1970.

On other side of Soweto, Tshegofatso Mabasa has been effectively going about his job at Orlando Pirates since arriving from Bloemfontein Celtic at the beginning of the season and appears on course to reach double figures for goals this term.

KICK OFF’s Lovemore Moyo investigates what makes the 23-year-old consistent despite his club’s struggles.

In Tshwane, following a disappointing first season with Mamelodi Sundowns, the writing was on the wall for striker Jose Ali Meza. He did leave during pre-season, spending just four days with Maritzburg United, but was soon back at Chloorkop, keen to show coach Pitso Mosimane how much he wants to play and score.

The bubbly Venezuelan spoke to KICK OFF about life in South Africa so far and explains why he believes the Brazilians can close the gap opened by pace setters Kaizer Chiefs.

In Durban, after leaving Kaizer Chiefs at the end of the 2017/18, Tsepo Masilela recently joined the third Premier Soccer League club of his career – AmaZulu.

Now 34 years old, the left-back may now be fighting relegation, but there is no doubt that he has had an illustrious career.

He took time to talk to KICK OFF about his new club and a career that started at Benoni Premier United.

Also included is Part 2 of the most in-depth interview with Bidvest Wits Gavin Hunt has ever given, a one-on-one with SuperSport United’s Ronwen Williams and an exclusive interview with Rafael van der Vaart.

The January edition is jam-packed with great interviews and well-researched features.

Kaizer Chiefs
We celebrate 50 years of Kaizer Chiefs by selecting our five best Amakhosi teams of the last five decades.

Tshegofatso Mabasa
“He is not a player that you will notice until he scores a goal because he is a silent assassin who is not visible in a lot of areas on the field.”
The Orlando Pirates striker has found his scoring form this season, but can he keep it up under new coach Josef Zinnbauer?

Jose Ali Meza
“I must keep believing that the next game will be better for me in terms of goals.”
The Venezuelan forward has seen an upturn in fortunes at Mamelodi Sundowns after he came close to the exit door.

Tsepo Masilela
“It’s not like I was rejecting trials or opportunities from other clubs.”
The former Kaizer Chiefs left-back is looking to reignite his career following a move to AmaZulu.

Gavin Hunt
“He couldn’t speak English, in the first week I was swearing at him in training and all he kept saying to me was, ‘thank you coach’.”
This is Part 2 of the most in-depth interview Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has ever given.

Daniel Akpeyi
The Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper has been in good form this season, which begs the question, what happens when Itumeleng Khune returns?

My Dream Team
Former Real Madrid defender Fernando Sanz selects his best XI from his playing days.

Ronwen Williams
“I didn’t let what happened at the AFCON bother me.”
The SuperSport United goalkeeper has achieved a lot already in a career that has seen him play almost 300 matches, but says there is much more to come.

South Africa Under-23
“We wanted to win the Under-23 AFCON because despite all the experience that our players have at youth level, we haven’t won anything of substance.”
After qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, national Under-23 coach David Notoane has a tough task to get the team ready for the tournament.

Jose Mourinho
The Portuguese coach has started his new job at Tottenham Hotspur, but is he the right man to bring the club success?

Gift Links
“The way I’m treated and the environment around the club is good.”
The Bafana Bafana winger talks to KICK OFF at his new club in Denmark, Aalborg.

Out of Africa
Europe has a history of taking Africa’s top players and making them their own. KICK OFF looks at 21 players who have turned their back on their roots.

Lionel Messi
The Argentine great recently won his sixth Ballon d’Or title – but could he have had even more?

The German Bundesliga have ambitious plans for expansion in Africa and they share what they are with KICK OFF.

Nigel Dixon
“There was no reason to leave, even though I had offers to go other teams.”
The former Santos goalkeeper has continued his love affair with Umtata Bush Bucks as he shares his experienced after his playing days.

Secrets of the Stars
Stellenbosch FC forward Iqraam Rayners reveals some interesting facts about his life.

Secret Footballer
The Secret Footballer feels there are struggles ahead for Kaizer Chiefs and says the current side has lost the identity of the club.