What's inside KICK OFF December


One-on-one interviews with Tebogo Mokoena, Yusuf Maart, Augastine Mahlonoko, Roger de Sa, Mihlali Mayambela, cover stories on Andile Jali and Kaizer Chiefs are all inside the December edition of KICK OFF magazine on sale today.

It is clear for all to see that Mamelodi Sundowns are reaping the rewards of having kept their faith in experienced Jali even when they were not getting the best out of him following his return from Belgium.

KICK OFF looks at how the midfielder has turned his fortunes around after a difficult start in Chloorkop.

Following another coaching change at Orlando Pirates with Josef Zinnbauer making way for the caretaker duo of Fadlu Davids and Mandla Ncikazi, questions have been asked about how long it will take The Buccaneers to come good again.

Will it be this season, the season after or even further into the future? KICK OFF investigates.
When their FIFA transfer ban was lifted, Kaizer Chiefs, went for more defensive reinforcements than attack as they obviously had concerns over that area of the pitch. Two left-backs in Sifiso Hlanti and Sibusiso Mabiliso, two central defenders in Thabani Dube and Njabulo Ngcobo, goalkeeper Brandon Petersen and two defensive midfielders in Cole Alexander and Phathutshedzo Nange were brought in. Still, coach Stuart Baxter is yet to settle on his preferred options. KICK OFF

When Augustine Mahlonoko burst on to the scene as the youngest player ever to don the famous black and white jersey in the PSL era five years ago, much was expected from the Orlando Pirates teenage prodigy. But what was supposed to be an upward trajectory took an unexpected twist with the player’s career taking a nosedive. KICK OFF spoke to Mahlonoko about what went wrong.

Mamelodi Sundowns
“Once on the field the mentality would change into the beast mode.”
Andile Jali remains a key part of the set-up at The Brazilians and appears to be getting better with age.

Orlando Pirates
“There is no time for all this business of figuring out at Pirates.”
Is the idea of the co-coach role between Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids working out for The Buccaneers?

Kaizer Chiefs
“I don’t want to be thinking about throwing in the new boys [Ngcobo and Dube] in together as yet.”
The AmaKhosi appear to have a number of options in the central defender positions, so who is their best partnership?

Teboho Mokoena
“I can lead on the field but I don’t [Necessarily] want the armband.”
The classy SuperSport United midfielder is set to leave the club at the end of the season but wants to go out on a high.

Yusuf Maart
“Orlando Pirates is a big team so there, so there was a lot of pressure at the time when they promoted us.”
The Sekhukhune United midfielder is in excellent form after the disappointment of not making the grade at Orlando Pirates.

Morena Ramoreboli
“I believe in myself.”
The South African coach continues to see his star on the rise at Botswana’s Jwaneng Galaxy.

Augustine Mahlonoko
“I regret leaving Pirates.”
After bursting onto the scene as a teenage prodigy at Orlando Pirates, things have not gone to plan for the youngster.

Fagrie Lakay
“It is definitely one of my best footballing memories.”
The Cape Town City striker is making up for lost time after a few years in the wilderness.

The Form XI
If you had to make a team out of form players in the DStv Premiership this season, what would it look like?

Mihlali Mayambela
“When I was at Pirates, I had some difficulty because of the expectations and because I’m Mark’s brother.”
The attacking midfielder is trying to climb out of the shadow of brother Mark as he plies his trade in Portugal.

Roger de Sa
“It just never ends and the attention to detail that Carlos has is frightening.”
The former Orlando Pirates coach has taken the number two seat alongside Carlos Queiroz with the Egypt national team.

FIFA Ballon d’Or
Who are the front-runners to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or this year?

Bernard Lushozi
“I don’t have to give up on myself and have to teach myself braille so that I can still function.”
The former Moroka Swallows and Orlando Pirates star on his playing career and later struggles with blindness.

Mo Salah
Some amazing facts on the Liverpool and Egypt striker’s career.

Secret Footballer
This month’s Secret Footballer speaks about the difficulty of being a number two goalkeeper at a club and how Kaizer Chiefs face a tough task with their glovemen.