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PSL Dream Team of 2019: Billiat, Nurkovic, Sirino make the cut

03:39 GMT+4 02/01/2020
Samir Nurkovic Khama Billiat Lebogang Manyama - Kaizer Chiefs
Who makes Goal's dream team from all the PSL teams for the year 2019?

  • Mamelodi Sundowns v SuperSport United - August 2019 Ronwen Williams

    Ronwen Williams - SuperSport United

    Williams did brilliantly for both club and country in 2019, and was part of the Bafana Bafana squad that represented South Africa at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

    Before then, the Matsatsantsa shot-stopper won the Goalkeeper of the Season award at the PSL awards in May 2019, beating the likes of Denis Onyango and Peter Leeuwenburgh of Mamelodi Sundowns and Cape Town City respectively.

    Williams was also instrumental as Kaitano Tembo's side won the MTN8 trophy at the start of the season, and has already kept 10 clean sheets in 21 matches across all competitions this season. 

  • Thapelo Morena of Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2019

    Thapelo Morena - Mamelodi Sundowns

    The utility player has a great 2019 and he was just unfortunate to miss out on Stuart Baxter's final squad for Afcon 2019. 

    What made Morena the best right-full back in the country was the ability to use his pace to attack and defend at the same time, and Sundowns are where they are in this season's Caf Champions League because of his contribution. 

    This season, only Morena has already been involved in nine goals (two goals and seven assists) in the 21 matches he has played.  

  • S'fiso Hlanti, Bidvest Wits, 2019

    S'fiso Hlanti - Bidvest Wits

    The lanky defender cemented his place as Bafana Bafana's first-choice left-back this year, and it's not surprising to see him ahead of Innocent Maela of Orlando Pirates

    His crosses are accurate and he also strong in dead-ball situations for both club and country. 

    Hlanti is not as pacey as Maela, but he times his tackles well and this, among other things, is what put him ahead of everyone in the PSL in 2019. 

  • Knox Mutizwa of Golden Arrows challenged by Thulani Hlatshwayo of Bidvest Wits, December 2019

    Thulani Hlatshwayo - Bidvest Wits

    Hlatshwayo is by far one of South Africa's best central defenders, and contributed a lot to the Students finishing third on the log at the end of last season. 

    He also led Bafana Bafana to a quarter-final finish in Egypt as he marshalled Baxter's defence at the Afcon finals. 

    Hlatshwayo also contributed some important goals for the Clever Boys, and everyone would acknowledge he's the country's best in his position.

  • Siyanda Xulu, South Africa, June 2018

    Siyanda Xulu - Maritzburg United

    After a difficult stint with Kaizer Chiefs, Xulu showed just why he cannot be written off just yet. 

    He only missed a single league match for the Team of Choice between January and May last season while he has already featured 12 times this season. 

    Xulu doesn't only defend brilliantly but he chips in with important goals when needed, and that alone makes him an asset to any team he plays for. 

  • Hlompho Kekana, Mamelodi Sundowns

    Hlompho Kekana - Mamelodi Sundowns

    A PSL midfield without Kekana is incomplete. The veteran star has been head and shoulders above the rest in South Africa despite being in the twilight of his career.  

    Apart from protecting the back four, Kekana also pushes forward and scores occasional, but vital, goals for his team.

    He scored the only goal of the game as Sundowns beat USM Alger away from home in the Caf Champions League, and is also the reigning PSL Midfielder of the Season.

  • Luckyboy Mokoena of Highlands Park challenges Teboho Mokoena of Supersport United, October 2019

    Teboho Mokoena - SuperSport United

    Mokoena is a prospect for the future but he's already playing with the poise of a veteran despite being just 22. 

    The Bethlehem-born midfielder scored some brilliant goals from the midfield this year, and was influential as Matsatsantsa won the MTN8 at the beginning of the season. 

    His place in South Africa's U-23 squad is certain, and this was evident with a series of decisive contributions at the Afcon U-23 in Egypt.

  • Thembinkosi Lorch, Orlando Pirates, September 2019

    Thembinkosi Lorch - Orlando Pirates

    The reigning PSL Footballer of the Season may be struggling for form this season but he really set South African football alight in 2019. 

    Lorch won big at the PSL awards after playing a pivotal role in Orlando Pirates finishing second on the log in May. 

    SA fans also forced Stuart Baxter to give him game time at Afcon 2019 finals and he delivered with a big performance and a goal against Egypt in the Round of 16.

  • Gaston Sirino Mamelodi Sundowns - August 2019

    Gaston Sirino - Mamelodi Sundowns

    The Uruguayan attacker may have had disciplinary issues, as he was red-carded on two separate occasions in 2019 alone, but he did the job for Mamelodi Sundowns to clinch a spot in our PSL Dream Team. 

    Sirino recorded 16 assists across all competitions and scored 12 goals as Sundowns went on to win two trophies - the league title in May and the TKO title in December.   

  • Khama Billiat of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates a goal, October 2019

    Khama Billiat - Kaizer Chiefs

    The Zimbabwe international carried the hopes of Amakhosi fans this year with some brilliant displays up front. 

    He scored five goals in all competitions in the second half of last season before adding just one goal and two assists this season. 

    Billiat also did a fantastic job for Warriors this season, although his recent call-up to the national team didn't sit well with coach Ernst Middendorp who felt his talisman needed to rest.

    Billiat has been unfortunate with injuries this season but very few people can question his quality. 

  • Samir Nurkovic Kaizer Chiefs October 27

    Samir Nurkovic - Kaizer Chiefs

    A surprise inclusion in our dream team of 2019 given the fact that he only arrived in South Africa this season but Nurkovic has done more than the majority of the players in his position. 

    He has already scored nine goals in 15 matches across all competitions for Kaizer Chiefs while providing two assists in the process.

    Nurkovic is a hard-runner and a goalscorer of note, and he's far surpassed expectations after arriving from a relatively smaller league in Slovakia.