Sangweni: Khune, Jali and Manyisa could make top 50

Bafana and Pirates defender Sangweni believes that South Africa is blessed with talented footballers that could be amongst top 50 best players in the world

Orlando Pirates and Bafana defender Siyabonga Sangweni believes that South Africa was blessed with individual talented players who could have easily been amongst the top 50 best players in the world.

Sangweni has rated former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Doctor Khumalo very highly together with the current Pirates assistant coach Tebogo Moloi.

“I think Doctor Khumalo and Tebogo Moloi could have easily been in the top 50 best players in the world. They were very good back in the days, and the fact that they also played abroad would give them a chance,” Sangweni told Goal.

The 31-year-old Sangweni who scored two important goals during the 2013 Afcon tournament, added that a few of the current PSL-based players are at a high level.

He rated his Bafana teammates Itumeleng Khune and Oupa Manyisa and his Pirates teammate Andile Jali as top players that can make the difference whenever playing against the best players.
“In the current crop of players, I think we have a lot of talented young players. [Itumeleng] Khune is obviously amongst the best, but there is also Andile Jali and Oupa Manyisa there,” he said.

Sangweni though, couldn’t be drawn into discussions of which upcoming players could easily break into the top 50 best players in the world, but he believes that the likes of Khune and Jali could dominate the South African football for the next five seasons.
“It is hard to talk about future players that can be counted amongst the best, because I haven’t watched a lot of young players, but I think the ones I have mentioned could still be there in the next five years or so,” said Sangweni.