A new edition of KICK OFF magazine is on shelves now and as always it's jam-packed with fantastic features.
Michael Essien tells us that he could play in South Africa; we sit down with Fortune Makaringe, Gabadinho Mhango, Thabo Matlaba, Bongani Zungu; we travelled to Kenya with Teko Modise while we turned back the clock with former Orlando Pirates striker Pio Nogueira – this is all in the September edition of KICK OFF magazine.
Our cover star Erick Mathoho, who has been recently recalled to Bafana Bafana, has been in scintillating form since returning from injury at the beginning of the season. What has changed and can the Kaizer Chiefs defender keep the same level of performance and lead his team to glory? We investigate.
New Orlando Pirates signing Makaringe sits with KICK OFF founding editor Mark Gleeson for a one-on-one while his teammate Mhango opens up to Lovemore Moyo about the bad experience he went through in Portugal ahead of his move to the Buccaneers.
Mamelodi Sundowns player Thapelo Morena has been one of the most consistent players in the PSL. He opens up about proving the doubters wrong and also talks about the advice he received from his mother.
Matlaba talks Pirates and why Black Leopards can win honours; Thamsanqa Mkhize takes us through the painful experience of getting rejected by Orlando Pirates.
We also caught up with former Kaizer Chiefs defender Teenage Hadebe after his move to Turkey.
This edition is crammed full of great interviews and features. Don’t miss it!
"We need to see a Mathoho that is screaming and commanding instead of just playing his own game."
The Kaizer Chiefs defender has regained his form, but can he lead Chiefs to success this season?
"It’s natural, I think, for a player to come into a new environment and not exactly feel like they are home."
The new Orlando Pirates midfielder has earned his shot at the big time and is determined to be a success with the Buccaneers.
"It’s all thanks to coach Middendorp because he is the one who first played me as a right-back in professional football."
Proving wrong those who said he was committing career suicide by moving to Mamelodi Sundowns.
"I wasn’t understanding what I had to do since he didn’t want to speak in English and at the end of the day, he was just swearing at me."
Fans back home in Malawi have high expectations for striker Mhango at Pirates this season after he answered the call of the Buccaneers’ chairman.
"We are here to contribute, not to add numbers. We can win silverware, if we believe and if the mentality is right."
The veteran full-back is enjoying a new challenge at Black Leopards as he explains his exit from Pirates.
"It didn’t happen at Pirates due to what happened there, but my prayers were answered by moving to City."
Mkhize has enjoyed a stunning reversal of fortunes at Cape Town City after the low of a failed move to Pirates.
"I just got a call from my agent informing me that I must quickly come to Harare to fix my Visa."
He may have failed to convince many fans of Kaizer Chiefs, but Hadebe is determined to show his quality in Turkey.