What's in the June KICK OFF magazine


The 2018/19 PSL season has come and gone and the June edition of KICK OFF magazine features all the stars and newsmakers of the campaign.

Thembinkosi Lorch’s coach, Milutin Sredojevic, who took Orlando Pirates to their second successive runner-up place in the league, opens up about the lessons of the campaign and his journey in African football.

Mamelodi Sundowns’ success in the 2018/19 Absa Premiership campaign has elevated their captain Hlompho Kekana to legendary status in the PSL as he has now won the championship six times. The Sundowns captain sits down for a face-to-face interview.

The 2018/19 PSL Footballer of the Season, Lorch, had his best season so far and insists he can still take his game higher, revealing how he has been inspired by Percy Tau’s journey to Europe.

Bidvest Wits star Deon Hotto is the new KICK OFF Footballer of the Season. The leading assist-maker takes readers through his journey in football and gives reasons why he thought joining Orlando Pirates was not a good idea.

There’s something for everyone. Here is the full menu:

Milutin Sredojevic
"Our biggest lesson was that perfection does not exist. We have to be more consistent with our competitive form."
Orlando Pirates coach Micho Sredojevic gives an in-depth interview on his team’s season and his football journey.

Hlompho Kekana
"What matters is what a player can do on the field instead of the age. Age is just number."
Mamelodi Sundowns’ captain fantastic says he is just a "villager" who has the passion to keep reaching new heights in his career.

Thembinkosi Lorch
"If I can get to a level where in every game, I’m scoring or at least assisting, then I will say I’m satisfied."
The Orlando Pirates midfielder and PSL Footballer of the Season reflects on his best season so far.

Andriamirado Andrianarimanana
"I put my head on the block and said he has the qualities to play in the Chiefs team."
Kaizer Chiefs players believe the best is still to come from Madagascan midfielder Dax, who began to show his quality towards the end of the last campaign.

KICK OFF Footballer of the Season
"Pirates didn’t seem like a good idea for my career."
Your KICK OFF Footballer of the Season has been crowned and Bidvest Wits’ Deon Hotto takes us through his campaign.

Darren Keet
"The past season was difficult in terms of winning trophies but the three years that I spent back at Wits were a success and I couldn’t change it."
The Bidvest Wits and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper endured a tough end to the season, but maintains he is still the man to wear the gloves at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Given Mashikinya
"When you see a senior player tying his knee with ice it shows you that he is not even interested in resting and giving you a chance."
Mashikinya was one of the stand-out performers for Bloemfontein Celtic as they sneaked into the top eight at the end of the season.

Abdi Banda
"If I’m coming back to play in South Africa, then it will be for a bigger club. It will not be Baroka."
The Tanzanian defender has vowed that he will not be returning to Baroka FC next season as he seeks a move to a bigger club.

Keith Groeneveld
"To play for Bafana would be a dream come true, but I know that there is still a lot of hard work for me to do before I can be considered."
The Belgium junior international is ready to seize his chance at Cape Town City next season as he looks to put himself in the Bafana Bafana frame.

Siboniso Gaxa
"I think education should not just be about post-career. It should be even before football."
The former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana defender shows the importance of players getting an education while they are still playing.

Ayanda Patosi
"I am happy that I joined Cape Town City because the right people that surrounded me made me realise what I was doing wrong."
Patosi has slipped easily into life in Iran, but the attacking midfielder admits he has made many mistakes and that life in the Middle East is not all roses.

Tomas Inguane
"You don’t just wake up and decide ‘I will leave soccer’ because you still have this lifestyle that you want to maintain."
Former Orlando Pirates and Mozambique international defender Inguane updates us on what he is up to these days.

My Dream Team
Former Kaizer Chiefs star Tinashe Nengomasha picks his Best XI from his teammates during his illustrious career.

Poster Power
A pull-out poster of Black Leopards striker Mwape Musonda.

Video Assistant Referee
Is VAR the future of football, or does the system of reviewing incidents in matches slow down the game too much... and lead to other errors?

Borussia Dortmund
KICK OFF takes you inside one of Europe’s elite youth academies at German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.