AN INDISPENSIBLE GUIDE
The KICK OFF Yearbook celebrates a remarkable 21 years of publishing with the latest edition, having long established a role as an indispensible guide to the game in this country. Its arrival on the shelves is much anticipated and a surprisingly contentious issue. Traditionally the Yearbook is not published before October, but many question why a guide to the new season is not exactly that – a publication that appears ahead of the start of the new campaign. The reason is quite simple. Any attempt to bring out a guide before the first ball of the season is kicked would be an exercise in futility. It would be out of date before it was even off the printing presses! The fact that clubs are allowed to buy and sell players until the end of August, a month after the regular start of the season, means any Yearbook can only be published after the close of the transfer window. That is when the hard work begins, with just a handful of weeks to collate all the new information as PSL clubs register their players and the allimportant jersey numbers they will use for the season. There is a lot of chasing of information before the Yearbook goes to print. That, therefore, is why the KICK OFF Yearbook for the 2016/17 season only appeared on shelf in the last few weeks. It is a monumental undertaking, co-ordinated with military precision and largely compiled by Nick Said. Many had been calling to ask when it would be published and, by now, will be pleased to have a copy in their hands. It is indispensible for the those in the industry and the multitude of keen followers of the local game. On top of all the in-depth information about the clubs and players, there are sections with last season’s full statistics, detailing all the competitions played and all the national team lineups over the last 12 months. My favourite is also reading through the list, many long forgotten, of those who have played for Bafana Bafana since the first international in 1992.