In no particular order, Goal.com puts forth some of the players who have been in very impressive form over the past year.
Katlego Mphela (Mamelodi
Katlego Mphela had an extremely
disappointing 2008/09 league season by his standards. Joining Sundowns
from SuperSport United at the start of the season, Mphela was hoping
to make a big impact but he failed miserably in his attempts. In his
18 league appearances, starting 13 games and running on as a substitute
in five, he only managed to net three goals.
His shooting was often
woeful and he did not impress with his work-rate. In his second season
Killer has been a marvel to watch and a nightmare for every goal keeper, including Spanish number one Iker Casillas.
The lethal Mphela’s stunning scorcher that beat the Spanish keeper in the Confederations Cup was also nominated for the FIFA Goal of the
Year. The Kaizer Chiefs coach Vladmir Vermezovic refered to “Killer”
as “European Material” as he tore apart Amakhosi with a brace. He has been in scintilating form this season, and the second half of 2009 has earned him a spot in this list.
Former Clubs: Jomo Cosmos, SuperSport United.
Daine Klate (SuperSport
Supersport United are enroute
to retaining their ABSA Premiership Title, and a big thanks must go to the lanky
midfielder’s outstanding displays. Often considered by other clubs in the domestic league, Klate is still at SuperSport United.
He is arguably one of the best free-kick takers in South Africa. Based on his many qualities it comes as a bit of a surprise that the 24-year-old
Klate is not a Bafana regular. The left winger is fast, tricky and he
has a powerful shot as well. He represented South Africa at the Under-17,
Under-20 and Under-23 levels and various clubs from Europe are known
to follow his progress with interest.
Klate has been on the score sheet 9 already this season, making him one of the contenders for the top scorer
award. He is surely one of the leading candidates for PSL Player Of The
Year for this season as a result of the tremendous consistency that
he has show by displaying a five star performance in virtually every game.
Former clubs: School of Excellence.
Prince Olomu (Bloemfontein
Attacking midfielder Prince
Olomu’s move from derby rivals Free State Stars to Bloemfontein Celtic
was met with sour grapes as it is a norm when a player moves to their bitter rivals.
The strong Nigerian has brought much needed steel and character
to the Phunya Sele Sele side, who struggled against the threat of relegation
all of last season.
The former Enyimba and El-Kanemi Warriors player
has won over the Celtic supporters with his outstanding work rate and
eye for goal. He has already scored 10 goals in this shortened season. Definitely another contender
for the top scorers’ award.
Former clubs: El-Kameni Warriors, Enyimba International (both Nigeria), Free State
Glen Salmon (SuperSport
Many skeptics still doubt Salmon’s
ability as a top striker in the country, all because of the number
of goals he has scored. Salmon has only scored 5 goals thus far in the current season, but
his best quality is the way that he holds
the ball and creates opportunities for those around him. His incredible work rate has
earned him the ABSA Player Of The Month for November.
to SuperSport in mid-2008 after having left the club nearly ten
years earlier to join Dutch outfit NAC Breda. Very strong in the air, it is a shame that a striker of his
stature has only played three times for Bafana. He has proved to be
an excellent signing and played a major part in SuperSport winning their
second Absa Premiership title in a row and he now seems to be leading them to
SuperSport United, NAC Breda, FC Groningen, NAC Breda (all Netherlands),
PAOK Salonika (Greece).
Erwin Isaacs (Santos)
“Apples” as Isaacs is popularly
known has been instrumental in Santos’ title chase. His pace and skill
has brought back the Kaapse Dans Spirit of football that will remind
one of the Samba style in Brazil. His 6 goals has seen big Gauteng teams
scrambling for the blonde haired marksman.
The brilliant attacking midfielder also plays up front at times, and on his day Isaacs is one of the best players
in the country. He could still make a late charge
for the World Cup squad if he plays regularly and lives up to the potential
that he has shown in past seasons. A really exciting player that Santos
rely heavily on to break down defences and create goals.
Former clubs: Milano juniors, FC Fortune juniors, Mitchell’s Plain United.
Morgan Gould (SuperSport
Last season it was Lucas Thwala, and this season the goal scoring defender is the bald headed Bafana stalwart who has scored 6 goals in the current campaign,
which is a goal more than Kaizer Chiefs leading target man Nkosinathi
Gould has been the backbone of the Pretoria based outfit's
defence and has seen Gavin Hunt’s charges concede much less than their rivals. The tough tackling Noordgesig-born
defender has already represented South Africa at the Under-23 level
and is also part of the Bafana setup. An in form Gould could help Matsatsantsa
win the league title again.
Former clubs: Jomo Cosmo.
Matome Calvin Kadi (Bidvest
After struggling to settle
in at SuperSport United, Calvin Kadi made a move to BidVest Wits during the middle of the 2008/09
season. Since joining the Students, the speedy striker made an immediate
impact, scoring 10 PSL goals for the Clever Boys. In 2009/10 Kadi has been the answer Wits have been looking for up front.
He is clinical in front of goal and hardly ever squanders a decent goal
University of Pretoria juniors, Jomo Cosmos.
Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer
The former Jomo Cosmos player
has proved that he is the reliable player that Chiefs have been looking
for after the loss of Siyabonga Nkosi. He stands firm playing in his
preferred central midfield position. His strength, though, remains his
ability to open up defences with his shrewed passing to pick out team mates.
He was recently selected in the Bafana Bafana squad
after some brilliant displays for his club that saw him score very important
goals. He dictates play in the Amakhosi midfield together with Tinashe
Nengomasha and Josta Dladla. “Yeye” is definitely a candidate for
the Kaizer Chiefs Player of the Year.
Jomo Cosmos juniors, PJ Stars, Premier-Hellenic, Dangerous Darkies,
PJ Stars, Jomo Cosmos.
Franklin Cale (Ajax Cape
Had a great first half of the
season helping Ajax to top spot in the Premiership at one stage. Cale’s
form earned him a national team call ups after he lead the Urban Warriors
to the MTN 8 Cup Final which they lost to Golden Arrows.
His stunning and exciting brand of
play has seen Mamelodi Sundowns ready to break the bank for his signature.
Also former Ajax coach Mushin Ertugal is rumoured to be winding his
fishing rod for Cale from Turkish giants Sivasspor. His deadly left
foot is arguably one of the best free kick hammers which leave goalkeepers
hanging in thin air with Cale celebrating
his goal like Jay Jay Okocha, somersaulting for joy.
Former clubs: FC Fortune juniors, Ajax Cape Town juniors, Steenberg United.
Musa Bilankulu (Golden Arrows)
The young defender has come
on well for Golden Arrows in recent years. Bilankulu is a reliable
option whenever called upon by coach Manqoba Mngqithi, able to fill
in a couple of positions on the back line, and his versatility has been
of high value in the congested 2009/10 season.
After the loss
of skipper and midfield engine room Kagiso Dikgacoi to Fulham Bilankulu
has made himself a force to be reckoned with, it will not come as a
surprise when one of the big giants snatch him in the near future. He may even be pushed further up field now that Kagisho Dikgacoi has
transferred away from the club.
Former clubs: Durban Stars.
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