The world over, it’s often rare to find brothers set the scene alight on the football pitch. Sometime a sibling would burst onto the scene making an indelible mark.
Their talent and performances set a bar for whoever comes after them to either deliver at the same level or exceed. In the PSL, throughout the seasons, siblings graced the football pitches. As it’s commonly observed, one sibling would reach greater levels leaving the other to be judged by the public. Take for example, Benni McCarthy, who is regarded as one of the best to ever come out of South Africa.
His brother Jerome was an equally talented player but he couldn’t reach the levels of his younger brother in terms of achievements and longevity.
The same goes for Arthur Zwane and his brother Ivan Zwane. Arthur, fondly known as ‘10111’, was responsible for causing trouble for defenders. This meant the spotlight was always on him while his brother Ivan had to play in defence, where players rarely shine unless they are exceptional talents.
While it’s hard to find siblings that do well on the football pitch, there’s a few set of siblings who did their best during their era in the PSL. After taking into consideration raw talent, appearances, performances, longevity and achievements, FARPost lists brothers who have given a good count of themselves in the PSL.
Thabo and Thando Mngomeni
On talent only, Thabo and Thando were extremely gifted. Thabo, a Bush Bucks and Orlando Pirates midfielder, was a brilliant player. He even represented South Africa at the 2002 Fifa World Cup. Thando was very skillful but was unlucky not to have a lasting career like his industrious brother. ‘Kanu’, as Thando was known, had the skills and the brains to make the grade. He played for Santos, SuperSport United, Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns.
Tsepo Masilela and Innocent Maela
Masilela and Maela, who share a father, have played for South Africa’s giants – Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. They play in a similar position – leftback. They have also represented Bafana in big tournaments. Masilela is still playing for AmaZulu while Maela is key member of the Pirates side.
The Sangweni Brothers
The Sangweni brothers boasted great talent. Siyabonga had enjoyed a great time at Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates. It was at Pirates where Siyabonga flourished. He was instrumental in delivering trophies at Pirates. Though equally gifted, Thami, who was on the books of Maritzburg United, has lacked the consistency of his brother. The two had another brother – Mandla, who was a goalkeeper at AmaZulu. He didn’t feature prominently at AmaZulu.
Richard and Joseph Henyekane
Sadly, the brothers are late. Richard and Joseph made a mark at Golden Arrows, where they won the MTN8. Richard was a prolific striker, who won the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot in 2009. His brother was a decent defender. In 2014, Joseph passed on after an illness. Four months later, Richard was involved in a fatal accident.
Edward and Jappie Motale
Both played in defence during their days in the PSL. Edward, famously known as Magents, had a great career as Bafana and Pirates defender. His brother Jappie also managed two appearances for Bafana. He was on the books of SuperSport United.
The Chalwe Brothers
Three brothers from Zambia – Sashi, Songwe and Linos Chalwe played in the PSL at the same time. Sashi was a tough as nails defender who played for Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic while Songwe and Linos played as strikers for Kaizer Chiefs and Bush Bucks respectively. The three also represented Chipolopolo.
Benni and Jerome McCarthy
Benni’s résumé speaks volumes about the illustrious career he has had. Prior to his departure abroad, Benni had given glimpses of brilliance and he picked up from where he left off in his PSL second coming with Orlando Pirates. His older brother Jerome did duty in the PSL for Manning Rangers, Santos and Kaizer Chiefs. He was a decent winger but his career didn’t last long. He made two appearances for Bafana, a far cry from Bafana’s all-time leading scorer, who has 80 caps.
Papi and Nhlanhla Zothwane
Interestingly they played in a similar position – central midfield. Papi was more attack minded. As a playmaker, Papi was impressive. He was more in the spotlight than his younger brother who went about his business quietly.
Itumeleng and Lucky Khune
Itumeleng needs no introduction as he is South Africa’s number one. He has achieved great feats at Chiefs, where he is a veteran. His younger brother Lucky was a great prospect. Itumeleng had raised the bar very high that it was difficult for the younger one to emulate. Lucky didn’t get enough time in the PSL to make an impact though there were flashes of brilliance here and there. The Khune brothers are on this list because of the exploits of the talented goalkeeper.
DID YOU KNOW?
Initially, Itumeleng Khune was a defender. He went for a trial at Chiefs in 1999 and after he failed to make the grade, he was spotted behind the goalposts making some saves from the balls that had missed the target. It was then that he caught the attention of youth coach Terror Sephoa who converted him to a goalkeeper.
Chris and Felix Katongo
The Katongo brothers played together at Jomo Cosmos. Chris was an out and out striker while Felix was am attacking midfielder. Chris topped the scoring charts during the 2006/7 season. Felix’s stay at Cosmos was not long. In 2006, after a season, he left the PSL to return to Zambia and played for several clubs in North Africa before resurfacing at Mamelodi Sundowns in 2009. After his stay in Europe, Chris returned to the PSL to feature for Golden Arrows and Bidvest Wits.
Wilfred and Willian Mugeyi
It was at Bush Bucks where the Mugeyi twins made names for themselves. Wilfred was responsible for scoring goals, which he did with aplomb, while William had to prevent goals from the left back position. Wilfred is the most remembered given his penchant for scoring goals. In 1996/7 season Wilfred was the king in the PSL after walking away with the Player of the Season, Players’ Player of the Season and the Top Scorer awards.
Themba and Thokozani Mnguni
Both Themba and Thokozani played in defence. Themba lived up to his nickname – ‘The Rock’ as he was unmovable in defence. He captained Sundowns during their winning days. He was a member of the Bafana squad at the 1998 Fifa World Cup. Thokozani did well too although his career was not as lengthy as his brother’s. Thokozani captained PSL side Black Leopards.
Arthur and Ivan Zwane
Arthur and Ivan played in the same era. Arthur was a nightmare to defenders. He had a brilliant career at Chiefs, where he shone. According to public expectations, his brother Ivan had to reach the levels of his older brother. He was a decent player, who played defence for Tembisa Classic and Platinum Stars. Like most players, he just couldn’t achieve the same things his brother did.
Adam and Peter Ndlovu
The Ndlovus from Zimbabwe are one of those rare families where all the brothers are extremely talented at football. One of the Ndlovu brothers – Madinda is highly revered in Zimbabwe even though he never played in the PSL. The late Adam was on the books of Dynamos in Limpopo. The most famous of the three – Peter, known as ‘Bulawayo Bullet’, joined Sundowns on a record deal of R3 million from Europe. Peter did what he knew best – hammering goals.
Bamuza and Matsilele Jr Sono
Both Bamuza and Matsilele Jr played for their father’s club Jomo Cosmos. Their father’s iconic status meant the two have to be better than anyone. Bamuza worked really hard on the pitch. He did well from the middle of the park. His dedication and hard work even got him four Bafana caps. However, Matsilele Jr’s talent was in question, his work ethic, the lack thereof, did not help his cause. He was lucky to play in the PSL.
Bryce and Ryan Moon
The Moon brothers have carved their name in South African football. Bryce, who played as a right back and right winger, did well for Bafana, Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns. His brother is also making a name for himself as a striker for Stellenbosch FC. Ryan has an eye for goal. He is good aerially owing to his height.
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