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PSL Team of the Decade: Nomvethe, Modise and Khune make the cut

02:22 GMT+3 27/12/2019
Siyabonga Nomvethe, Moroka Swallows
Who has made Goal's South African top flight dream team of the last 10 years?

  • Itumeleng Khune - Kaizer Chiefs

    Itumeleng Khune - Kaizer Chiefs

    Itu has been on top of his game since making his debut in 2007. While there have been some great goalkeepers in the last 10 years, including Moeneeb Josephs, Ronwen Williams and Denis Onyango to name but a few, Khune has been head and shoulders above the rest. 

    His reflexes and ball distribution are second to none, and Chiefs are a different side whenever Khune is on the pitch.

    The Bafana Bafana international also won many individual trophies, including Goalkeeper of the Season awards and the Footballer of the Season accolade among others.  

  • Thulani Hlatshwayo, Bidvest Wits, 2019

    Thulani Hlatshwayo - Bidvest Wits

    Tyson won the hearts of the majority of South African fans while still playing for Ajax Cape Town many years ago.

    It is for that reason that teams such as Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns showed interest in his services, but he opted to sign for Bidvest Wits where he has been a stalwart and a key cog their defence. 

    His leadership skills at club level led to national team coaches handing him the captain's armband at Bafana Bafana, and over the years, Hlatshwayo has served the country with distinction. 

  • Siyabonga Sangweni & Kurt Lentjies

    Siyabonga Sangweni - Orlando Pirates

    Nsimbi, as Sangweni is affectionately known, had a stellar career before a knee injury forced him to retire prematurely.

    Sangweni won many trophies with Orlando Pirates after joining them from Golden Arrows, including a treble in his first season in 2011/12.

    Sangweni's performances for Pirates and Arrows also earned him a regular spot with Bafana, and very few defenders are as tough as him...even after so many years without kicking a ball.     

  • Lucky Lekgwathi - captain of Orlando Pirates

    Lucky Lekgwathi - Orlando Pirates

    A dedicated soldier on the pitch and a gentleman off it. Lekgwathi gave his all for the Buccaneers until his retirement in 2014.

    He is the only captain in the PSL era to win a double treble with Pirates, but what made him a special player was his ability to defend solidly and chip in with important goals whenever the team needed him most.

  • Teko Modise

    Teko Modise - Mamelodi Sundowns

    Modise was considered to be at the peak of his career when he won back-to-back Footballer of the Season awards in 2008 and 2009, but he showed no signs of slowing down until his retirement from professional football earlier this year. 

    Teko shone for Pirates, Sundowns and Cape Town City, and a PSL Team of the Decade midfield without him is incomplete because of his influence and contribution to the game.

    Modise was a versatile player with lots of quality, and was at one point dubbed SA's free-kick specialist for his ability to score from dead-ball situations. 

  • Jabulani Maluleke of Polokwane City

    Jabulani Maluleke - Polokwane City

    Maluleke is one of the most underrated players in the PSL but he continues to do his job quietly on the pitch.

    After spending five years at SuperSport United between 2009 and 2014, he was loaned out to Polokwane City before joining them permanently in 2015.

    The veteran midfielder was rewarded with the armband for his dedication and good work, as he continues to pass the ball effectively and score crucial goals for Rise and Shine.

    Many have questioned national team coaches for continuously overlooking uncapped Maluleke despite his consistency and work rate.     

  • Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Ntsako Makhubela of Golden Arrows, November 2019

    Hlompho Kekana - Mamelodi Sundowns

    An inspiration to the younger players and aspiring footballers out there, Kekana didn't only start blossoming at Mamelodi Sundowns but was already a great midfielder at both SuperSport United and Bloemfontein Celtic before switching to the Brazilians. 

    He is the only active captain to have lifted both the Caf Champions League and Caf Super Cup with Downs, but apart from these successes, Kekana has scored some beautiful goals and continues to do so on a regular basis even at the age of 34.   

  • Daine Klate

    Daine Klate - Orlando Pirates

    The most successful player of his generation, Klate enjoyed the last 10 years of his career at SuperSport United, Orlando Pirates, Bidvest Wits and Chippa United.

    The PSL Team of the Decade would be incomplete without this cultured Bafana international.

    His educated left-foot was used to dish out some great crosses and free-kicks, both of which contributed to his trophy-laden career.    

  • Lyle Lakay, Sundowns & Siphiwe Tshabalala, Kaizer Chiefs, August 2018

    Siphiwe Tshabalala - Kaizer Chiefs

    Shabba enjoyed himself as a left-footed winger but his versatility came to the fore before he left South Africa and moved on to Turkish football.

    The former Amakhosi star made history by playing over 30 consecutive Soweto Derby matches, and he remains the only player to achieve this feat in the PSL era. 

    The Phiri-born midfielder scored many goals for Chiefs during his time as a winger, and he increased his chances of scoring by moving to a more advanced role behind the strikers in the latter stages of his Amakhosi career. 

  • Siyabonga Nomvethe of AmaZulu

    Siyabonga Nomvethe - AmaZulu

    Bhele was a gentleman of the game, and this was evident long before he went to ply his trade abroad.

    His conduct off the pitch was exemplary, and Nomvethe demonstrated an eye for goal whenever he played.

    Upon his return from Europe, Nomvethe joined Moroka Swallows in 2009 and spent over half a decade there.

    It was during that time he won the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot with 20 league goals in 2011.

    His form saw him return to the Bafana setup, and even after joining AmaZulu in 2016, Nomvethe continued to score goals and made headlines for all the right reasons.   

  • Khama Billiat Kaizer Chiefs August 2019

    Khama Billiat - Kaizer Chiefs

    Billiat took the PSL by storm soon after arriving in the country in 2010.

    At the time, he was on the books of Ajax Cape Town, and his talent was recognised when both Pirates and Sundowns showed interest in his signature. He shone for Sundowns for five consecutive seasons before joining Amakhosi in 2018. 

    He may have not won any major trophies with Chiefs as yet, but Billiat remains one of the best players in the league.

    His contribution of 14 goals across all competitions last season showed just why he remains such a special player.  

  • PSL Team of the Decade

    Formation

    Here is how the abovementioned players would line-up in a 3-4-1-2 formation in our PSL Team of the Decade.