Inside the September KICK OFF


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!

Erick Mathoho
"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?

Fortune Makaringe
"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.

Thapelo Morena
"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.

Gabadinho Mhango
"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.

Thabo Matlaba
"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.

Thamsanqa Mkhize
"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.

Teenage Hadebe
"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.

Rodney Ramagalela
"I think looking at the rate of scoring chances that we get in a game, I can say I will be proud to score 10 goals."
After six months on the sidelines, Ramagalela is ready to take the Absa Premiership by storm again.
Michael Essien
"I think I can boldly say that I was one of the players who put Chelsea in the world of football."
The former Ghana international midfielder had a stellar career in Europe, most notably at Chelsea. He tells KICK OFF his story...
Stellenbosch FC
"We want to bring freshness to the league and a new outlook."
The Absa Premiership new-boys are determined they will not become a yo-yo club, moving between the top two divisions on a regular basis.
Teko Modise
"I think if I had someone that believed in me that time, I could have been a better player."
What now for the former Bafana Bafana midfielder as he contemplates life away from the pitch?
Pio Nogueira
"I was already on 16 goals at the time when the contract was terminated."
Former Orlando Pirates striker Nogueira on how he came to South Africa from Brazil and what happened when he left Mayfair.
Bongani Zungu
The Bafana Bafana and Amiens star is itching to kick-start his career again after his injury nightmare in the 2018/19 campaign.
Poster Power
A pull-out poster of Kaizer Chiefs in their much-talked-about 2019/20 kit.
My Dream Team
Former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates star Pollen Ndlanya selects his best XI from players he shared the pitch with.
Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers
A close look at Bafana Bafana’s opponents in their quest to reach the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Jordan Pickford
Exclusive Q&A with the Everton and England goalkeeper.
Secrets of the Stars
Black Leopards defender Chris Katjiukua reveals some interesting facts about his life.
Secret Footballer
The Secret Footballer gives us the inside scoop on the hot topic of the moment.