The 8 players ready to play for the ‘Big Three’

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It’s not every footballer who’s capable of playing for Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns, and make a success of it.

Over the years, players have moved from the so-called small teams to the so-called big teams and failed to make an impact. Yet, when they are transferred to the smaller teams, they start flourishing. Gift Motupa comes to mind. He struggled at Pirates, but he’s done a decent job for Bidvest Wits.

For years, Bonginkosi Ntuli was constantly loaned out by Sundowns, but he’s one of the top scorers this season. It is, however, highly unlikely that the likes of Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits) and Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United) would move, especially after signing new contracts with their respective clubs in the past few months.

However, FARPost has looked at other players that we believe are ready to join the big teams and not just add to the numbers, but make a big impact.

Sinethemba Sithebe (AmaZulu)

The AmaZulu midfielder has been fairly consistent since his switch from Mbombela United in 2017, with 78 appearances for ‘Usuthu’. He has previously been thought to be on the wanted list of Kaizer Chiefs, but that turned out to be just rumours.

DID YOU KNOW?

Sithebe previously used the surname Mnguni. Sithebe is his mother’s surname and he explained two years ago that the change was prompted by his belief that his father’s family had done “nothing” for him. 

Thabo Nodada (Cape Town City)

Certainly, Nodada is one of the best midfielders in the PSL, but he’s set his sights on a move abroad. “I am 24 and at the end of the season, I would like to do big things for myself and go overseas,” said Nodada earlier this season. Whether that materialises or not, remains to be seen, but it won’t be a surprise at all if the big three come knocking on the ‘Citizens’ door for his services.

Rushine De Reuck (Maritzburg United)

He’s tough-as-nails. He reads the game well. In short, De Reuck has so many qualities and it comes as no surprise that he has been linked with Pirates, though Maritzburg were quick to pour cold water on those rumours. What is not in dispute, however, is the 24-year-old’s talent, which may see him in the Bafana Bafana team soon.

Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United)

Downs boss Patrice Motsepe with Ofori after the Telkom Knockout final last year.

Ghana’s number 1 has a big presence in defence and the 26-year-old may welcome an opportunity to move to Gauteng. It goes without saying that Maritzburg will struggle to hold on to him. According to reports, Sundowns and Pirates are interested. He’s a man in demand.

“I want to play for a big team, maybe Champions League and stuff. I can say that I want to play for big team and Champions League,” Ofori said.

DID YOU KNOW?

Before signing for Maritzburg in 2017, Ofori was close to joining the ‘Brazilians’ from Wa All Stars, the Ghanaian club.

Deon Hotto (Bidvest Wits)

If rumours are anything to go by, it appears he could be joining Pirates for the 2020/2021 season. Nothing has been confirmed by either club, however. Hotto guarantees goals and assists. The Namibian international has 8 goals and 5 assists in 31 matches this season. Last season? He finished with 6 goals and a whopping 16 assists in 35 games.

Knox Mutizwa (Golden Arrows)

The Zimbabwean international has been getting the goals for ‘Abafana Besthende’ and he’s not one to shy away from taking on defenders. He has 11 goals in 22 Absa Premiership matches this season, at a scoring ratio of 50%. He finished with 11 in 33 appearances last season, but his coach Steve Komphela believes Mutizwa is capable of doing more.

Lantshene Phalane (Bloemfontein Celtic)

He’s a player capable of doing a lot on the field, from defending and being a playmaker. He signed a new 3-year deal last year, but Celtic are one of the clubs that will always welcome a sale given their financial struggles.

Who else do you think can make the cut at the big three?

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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