STATS: PSL players who’ve been involved in all League matches this season

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Before the 2019/20 Premier Soccer League campaign was forced to a pause by the coronavirus pandemic, there were players whose season was marked by consistency, featuring in all of their clubs’ League games.

Officially, the current season is left with six games before its conclusion, but some teams have games in hand with Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits having played the lowest number of League matches (21).

FARPost goes through all the players who were ever-present for their teams before action was halted.

THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS HAVE PLAYED EVERY MINUTE…

Daniel Cardoso

(22 PSL games for Kaizer Chiefs)

The defender was enjoying a good season and has played every minute of Chiefs’ league games which he has laced with four goals including three from the penalty spot. The 31-year-old center-back is no stranger to some evergreen performances after clocking 30 PSL games during the 2017/18 season. He’s on a new contract at the club.

Ronwen Williams

(24 PSL games for SuperSport United)

The current Bafana Bafana number one goalkeeper has started all 24 league matches for SuperSport. The 28-year-old has picked up from where he left off last season when he completed 30 games. He achieved the same feat during the 2015/16 term when he again was in the starting line-up in all Matsatsantsa’s League games.

Clayton Daniels

(24 PSL games for SuperSport United)

The veteran defender has never been kept out of the starting team this season. With Daniels at the heart of SuperSport defence, they have conceded the third-least number of League goals (21) so far this term, a record they share with Baroka FC.

Matome Mathiane

(23 PSL games for Golden Arrows)

The Arrows captain has started every game so far after enduring an injury-plagued season last term.

Edmilson Dove

(23 PSL games for Cape Town City)

As the Citizens’ fight against relegation for the better part of the season, Edmilson has been in the thick of things throughout. The left-back from Mozambique has taken part in every minute of City’s quest to beat relegation, scoring three goals. He was a regular under Benni McCarthy and also earned the trust of Dutchman Jan Olde Riekerink.

Kelvin Moyo

(24 PSL games for Chippa United)

Moyo is the only Chippa player present in all their League games so far this season. The Zimbabwe defender has started all their 24 matches and never missed a minute of League action.

THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS HAVE ALSO FEATURED IN EVERY GAME, BUT DID NOT PLAY EVERY MINUTE…

Rushine De Reuck

(24 PSL games for Maritzburg United)

De Reuck has been ever-present in Maritzburg’s improved season which could see them ghost into the top-three if football continues. The 24-year-old has started 24 games and has been substituted on four occasions.

Daylon Claasen

(24 PSL games for Maritzburg United)

In his debut season with Maritzburg, Claasen has cemented his place in the team. The midfielder has started 22 matches and came on from the bench twice and in the process managing five League goals. From the matches he has started, he has been substituted five times.

Deon Hotto

(21 PSL games for Bidvest Wits)

The Namibian international has been in the line-up 20 times and came on as a substitute just once, scoring five goals. The midfielder has been taken off in just two matches. Prior to joining Wits during his two seasons at Bloemfontein Celtic in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 terms, Hotto participated in all League matches and is now on course to matching that.

Ntsako Makhubela

(23 PSL games for Golden Arrows)

In his maiden PSL season, Makhubela has already staked a claim in the Arrows squad with 23 starts. He has however been substituted eight times. But for a striker, the former Orlando Pirates reserve team player’s goal return stands at just one in all those games.

Peter Shalulile

(24 PSL games for Highlands Park)

The Namibian forward has never missed a single match this season, starting 24 matches and being taken off in just one match. The faith invested in him by coach Owen Da Gama has been repaid by scoring 12 goals so far to come two short of the league’s top-scorer Frank Mhango of Orlando Pirates.

Bongi Ntuli

(24 PSL games for AmaZulu)

For a team fighting for dear life in the PSL, it is interesting that Usuthu have a striker who is currently one of the best in the League and could finish the season as top goal-scorer. Ntuli has found the back of the net 12 times this season in 23 starts and one substitute appearance. He has failed to finish a game on four occasions where he has been taken off.

Siyethemba Sithebe

(24 PSL games for AmaZulu)

While Ntuli has been on fire, his fellow attacking partner Sithebe has managed just one goal but, ironically, in 24 appearances. Interestingly, Sithebe has started all games and played more minutes than Ntuli. Only on three occasions has he been substituted.

Lesedi Kapinga

(24 PSL games for Black Leopards)

The best player at Leopards so far this campaign, Kapinga has been around in his club’s fight to evade relegation. His season has been marked by 21 starts and three games where he has come on from the bench. The attacking midfielder’s five goals this season is a big improvement from last term where he managed just a goal in 21 appearances. It is not surprising that Mamelodi Sundowns are reported to be after Kapinga’s signature.

By Michael Madyira 

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