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Top 10 South African players of the decade: Serero, Modise included

00:05 GMT+3 30/12/2019
Percy Tau - Bafana Bafana
Goal profiles our top 10 South African players from the past decade

  • Tsepo Masilela of AmaZulu, November 2019

    #10 Tsepo Masilela

    The AmaZulu full-back is one of the best South African players of the past decade having played in world-renowned competitions like La Liga, the Champions League and the World Cup.

    Known for his pace and great defensive ability, Masilela came back home following a successful spell in Europe and he helped Kaizer Chiefs clinch two PSL titles, the Nedbank Cup and the MTN8 Cup.

  • Katlego Mphela of South Africa

    #9 Katlego Mphela

    The retired marksman is one of the greatest South African strikers of his generation as he was a reliable goalscorer for Bafana Bafana and at club level. 

    Mphela won the PSL Players' Player of the Season and Golden Boot awards while playing for Mamelodi Sundowns, before moving to Kaizer Chiefs where he won the league title in 2015.

  • Siphiwe Tshabalala of Buyuksehir Belediye Erzurumspor

    #8 Siphiwe Tshabalala

    The clubless winger is a widely decorated player, having enjoyed plenty of success with Kaizer Chiefs, and he will always be remembered for scoring the first goal of the 2010 World Cup. 

    Nicknamed Shabba, Tshabalala played a key role in helping Amakhosi clinch six major trophies including two PSL titles, before moving to Turkish side BB Erzurumspor in 2018.

  • Percy Tau of Club Brugge against Real Madrid

    #7 Percy Tau

    The Club Brugge attacker, who is on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion, has established himself as arguably the best South African footballer in recent years.

    Tau inspired Mamelodi Sundowns to the prestious Caf Champipns League title, before securing a move to Europe where he was named Player of the Season in the Belgian second tier and he recently tasted Uefa Champions League football with Club Brugge.

  • Thulani Serero, Bafana Bafana, October 2018

    #6 Thulani Serero

    The Al Jazira player is one of the most technically gifted South African players having dominated local football before moving to Holland where he won three Eredivisie titles in the last decade.

    Nicknamed Cream, Serero left South Africa for Ajax Amsterdam in 2011 after winning the PSL Footballer of the Year,  Player of the Season, Players' Player of the Season and Best Young Player awards.

  • Siyabonga Nomvethe of AmaZulu

    #5 Siyabonga Nomvethe

    The Uthongathi FC attacker has enjoyed plenty of success in the last decade after returning from Europe, and he is the highest all-time goal scorer in the PSL with 123 goals.

    Nomvethe won the PSL Footballer of the Year, Player of the Season, Players' Player of the Season and Golden Boot accolades after scoring 20 goals in the league during the 2011/12 campaign.

  • Cape Town City, Teko Modise

    #4 Teko Modise

    The retired midfielder is widely regarded as one of the best players ever to grace the PSL, and he remains the last person to win two back-to-back PSL Footballer of the Season awards in 2009 and 2010 while playing for Orlando Pirates at the very start of the decade.

    Modise enjoyed more success during his days with Mamelodi Sundowns, winning the Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament and PSL Midfielder of the Season in 2015.

  • Hlompho Kekana, Mamelodi Sundowns, October 2019

    #3 Hlompho Kekana

    The Mamelodi Sundowns captain is a hugely decorated player, having lifted 11 major trophies, and he is widely regarded as one of the best long-range shooters on the African continent.

    Kekana, whose 65-yard strike against Cameroon earned him a nomination for the Fifa Puskás Award in 2016, has won six PSL titles, a record which he shares with Klate.

  • Itumeleng Khune Kaizer Chiefs

    #2 Itumeleng Khune

    The Kaizer Chiefs captain is widely considered one of the greatest South African goalkeepers in the PSL era, and is the second-most capped Bafana Bafana player with 91 caps. 

    Injuries have affected his progress in recent years, but he remains the country's top stopper of the last 10 years.

  • Daine Klate of Bidvest Wits

    #1 Daine Klate

    The retired winger is the most decorated footballer in the history of the PSL, having won a record 14 major trophies during an illustrious career.

    Nicknamed the Lucky Charm, Klate became the first PSL player to claim six league titles when he lifted the coveted trophy with Bidvest Wits in 2017.