April 2021 KICK OFF Magazine on sale!


Face-to-face interviews with George Lebese, red hot Peter Shalulile, Amazulu coach Benni McCarthy and great features about Kaizer Chiefs, Thembinkosi Lorch, LaLiga log leaders Atletico Madrid – the April edition of KICK OFF magazine hits the news stands today.

Having now sunk to the lowest point of their six-year trophy drought, Kaizer Chiefs need to react to sort out the uncharacteristic mess that has become of them. With the next transfer window allowing them to make new signings after completing their transfer ban, Naturena will be a hive of activity. Who goes? Who stays? KICK OFF scrutinizes the situation.

In our one-on-one interview, Mamelodi Sundowns striker Peter Shalulile admits that he would have scored more goals had it not been for rushing in the box – an element of his game that he is working on. In the meantime, goals and assists are raining for the honest hard worker who spoke to KICK OFF about also aiming to bring his ‘A’ game every time he plays.

Thembinkosi Lorch has become a household name since the Orlando Pirates star shot to fame after winning the 2018/19 PSL Footballer of the Season award. But where did his journey begin and has he now passed the heights of his career? KICK OFF delves into his past and learns what experts think of his future.

The Ellis Park disaster remains a dark stain in South Africa’s sporting history, a tragic event that was completely avoidable and for which no-one has ever taken responsibility, or faced the consequences of their actions.

As we reflect on the 20-year anniversary of that fateful Soweto Derby, KICK OFF’s Mark Gleeson lists the blunders by officials, born out of greed, and the aftermath for those affected.

Kaizer Chiefs
“I think Gavin Hunt can still transform this team and so he should be supported.”
When Chiefs are finally able to make new signings in the next transfer window, who should be released from the club and who should they target as new arrivals?

Thembinkosi Lorch
“He can improve Pirates now and put them on the map, dream big – fight for the league, become champions every season.”
Can the Orlando Pirates forward rediscover his old form and fire the Soweto side to trophies in the coming years?

Peter Shalulile
“When I got here my mentality changed into wanting to win every match.”
The Namibia international has adapted well to the high-pressure environment at Mamelodi Sundowns but says there is room for improvement.

Benni McCarthy
“It’s like a European feeling, when a manager joins a team then he’s fully in charge.”
In Part 1 of our interview with the AmaZulu coach, he reveals his motives behind joining AmaZulu and how he has turned around the fortunes of the side.

Ellis Park disaster
We mark 20 years since the Ellis Park disaster that left 43 fans dead and reveals how, two decades on, no one has yet taken responsibility for the tragedy.

George Lebese
“Look beyond Chiefs, Pirates & Sundowns”
The former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder enjoyed a solid first season in the United States and is looking forward to building on that performance.

Poster Power
A pull-out poster of Orlando Pirates star Deon Hotto.

My Dream Team
Former Orlando Pirates winger Mark Mayambela selects his best-ever XI from past teammates.

50 years of professional football
This year marks five decades since the start of professional football for all clubs in South Africa in 1971 and looks back at how the new league was set up.

Kaizer Chiefs goalscorers
Who has been the top 10 marksmen for Chiefs since the start of the National Soccer League in 1985? We reveal all…

Ovidy Karuru
“I deserved more at Chiefs”
The Zimbabwe international reveals the pain of leaving Stellenbosch FC but has hope for the future at Black Leopards.

Ricardo Lourenco
“They say things like, I can’t believe you left Pirates, when did you leave?”
Once a fan-favourite at Orlando Pirates despite never kicking a ball for the first team, Lourenco is now plying his trade in Botswana, but hopes for a PSL return.

Thembi Kgatlana
“I want to win the Ballon d’Or”
The Banyana Banyana star has been superb this season for Spanish side Eibar and has set one massive goal in her career.

Atletico Madrid
“Suárez was a gift from Barcelona”
Atleti have shaken up the established order in LaLiga this
season and are very much in the hunt for the league title. How have they done it?

Wade du Plessis
“I should never have left Chiefs”
The former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper admits he should never have left Naturena and reminisces about a turbulent career.

Secrets of the Stars
TTM midfielder Miguel Timm reveals some interesting facts about his life.

Secret Footballer
This month’s Secret Footballer believes that Kaizer Chiefs and
Orlando Pirates have lost their identity and are a shadow of their former selves.