Minnie becomes the first woman to grace the cover of KICK OFF – but some fans are not happy

By Gabisile Ngcobo
24 February 2017

“KICK OFF has completely lost the plot."

Whether you like it or not, Minnie Dlamini is just flourishing. And she’s already proving that 2017 is her year after joining SuperSport. But not only that, SA’s beloved It Girl has just become the first female cover of KICK OFF (a national soccer magazine). While this is a milestone you’d think many would celebrate not everyone is singing the magazine’s praises. Some soccer lovers have come out gun blazing, criticising the magazine’s move.

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“KICK OFF has completely lost the plot. Portia Modise, Ayanda Dlamini, Janine Van Wyk, Desiree Ellis, etc. were not deemed good enough to be on the cover of this once great magazine,” one fan wrote on KICK OFF’s Facebook page.

“This is despite them having played the game and served their country,” he questioned.

Another vowed not to buy it.

“For the first time since I started reading KICK OFF magazine, I would not be buying the latest edition as a choice,” he said.

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Another still accused the magazine using her “sexy” cleavage to “entice” men to buy the magazine. “I could've used Portia Modise, then again it’s never about talent these days,” he added.

And others have questioned why the renowned Carol Tshabalala who calls herself “The First Lady of Sports” was bypassed.

But some were more receptive to Minnie's cover.

“Just because Minnie has broken up with [Itumeleng] Khune, that doesn't mean [Kaizer] Chiefs fans should go nasty on her. As for the record KICK OFF is marketing their brand, so take chill pill,” Vuyo wrote.

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But some of Minnie’s fans have called her the game changer.

“Continue to be assertive and yet gracious in your ways… Don’t let anyone say you don’t deserve any of this because you do. We will buy the magazine.”

KICK OFF editor Sibusiso Mjikeliso described the issue not just ground-breaking but earth-shattering for having its first stand-alone woman on the cover.

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