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PSL Team of the Season

Themba Zwane

With South African football returning to our screens this weekend, we reflect on who were the previous season’s best players.

Ronwen Williams

Goalkeeper: Ronwen Williams – The Bafana Bafana goalkeeper is a strong contender to claim his second successive Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season award after keeping 13 clean sheets in 30 appearances this past season.

Reeve Frosler

RB: Reeve Frosler – After recovering from that long lay-off, Reeve Frosler was undoubtedly the best right back in the league. Frosler’s call-up to the national team by Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki recently didn’t come as a surprise either.

Thulani Hlatshwayo

CB: Thulani Hlatshwayo – “Tyson” is undoubtedly the best defender in the league, and he made that Bidvest Wits defence look good. He partnered Buhle Mkhwanazi and that partnership was so good it become the defensive core of Bafana Bafana. In the bio-bubble, he played with Lorenzo Gordinho and Wits still conceded the least. Hlatshwayo is nothing but a leader and makes everyone around him look good.

Nkosinathi Sibisi

CB: Nkosinathi Sibisi – Sibisi is one of the league’s most underrated defenders and it’s amazing how he continues to go under the radar. Last season, he pocketed all the top scorers including Samir Nurkovic, Gabadinho Mhango, Peter Shalulile, and Bradley Grobler. His former coach, Steve Komphela, also likened him to Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro.

Innocent Maela

LB: Innocent Maela – Orlando Pirates had defending problems at the beginning of the season and they chopped and changed players. Innocent Maela was the only consistent performer in the team and gave his best. He is very comfortable on the ball and very strong defensively. He scored two and claimed one assist in 26 league appearances.

Thabo Nodada

CM: Thabo Nodada – Another player who earned his Bafana Bafana call up, Nodada was absolutely amazing last season and a strong contender for Midfielder of the Season. The 25-year-old scored five goals and claimed one assist in a Cape Town City team that struggled for most parts of the season. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Nodada moves to Gauteng in the foreseeable future.

Lebogang Manyama

CM: Lebogang Manyama – The 2016/17 Player of the Season was one of the best players in the league last season and Manyama’s contribution was key to Kaizer Chiefs finishing second. He scored six goals and registered nine assists in the league. Another strong contender for Midfielder of the Season.

Themba Zwane

LM: Themba Zwane – Most pundits believe Zwane should be Footballer of the Season as he was outstanding, scoring 11 goals and recording eight assists in the league. Mshishi was the main architect in the treble-winning Mamelodi Sundowns team.

Peter Shalulile

RM: Peter Shalulile – One of the fittest players in the league, Peter Shalulile played all 30 games last season scoring 16 goals which made him joint-top scorer with Mhango. The Namibian forward was snatched up by league champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, after his incredible season.

Gabadinho Mhango

ST: Gabadinho Mhango – Mhango is set to collect the Golden Boot alongside Peter Shalulile, after the pair each netted 16 league goals. Since the arrival of Josef Zinnbauer, Mhango become a different player. He single-handedly won games for Orlando Pirates and he’s one of the reasons the club finished third.

Samir Nurkovic

ST: Samir Nurkovic – This was by far the best debut performance I’ve ever seen in the PSL. Samir Nurkovic single-handedly made Kaizer Chiefs into a title challenging team. For me, Nurkovic should be Footballer of the Season as he literally bulldozed the defenders. Despite him not scoring or assisting, he was still the main contributor in most of the goals Chiefs scored. When he didn’t play, Amakhosi looked completely different.

Written by Banele Pikwa