Since the inception of the PSL, men from beyond South African borders, armed with massive talent, great physique, eye for goal, explosive speed and exceptional skills, graced pitches where they terrorized defenders and subjected those backing them to ecstasy.
The PSL has seen players from all over the world – South America, North America, Europe, Asia and other parts of Africa strut their stuff on the pitch displaying consummate skills and scoring memorable goals in the process.
They stood out with great goals and assists. Some moved to better and bigger leagues after the PSL provided them with a platform to perform exploits.
FARPost found it hard to come up with a list of Top 10 Foreign Attackers to have played in the PSL era (since the 1996/97 season). There are a number of notable omissions – Benjani Mwaruwari, Robert Ngambi, Jean-Marc Ithier, Mame Niang and Gilbert Mushangazhike among others. However, the following have made an indelible mark in the PSL
- Collins Mbesuma (Zambia)
The Zambian marksman was a lethal striker of note. He took the PSL by storm scoring goals for Kaizer Chiefs, where he was unstoppable. After an unsuccessful stint in Europe, where didn’t live up to expectations, Mbesuma returned to the PSL where he continued to score for a number of clubs – Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates, Golden Arrows and other sides. Even now Mbesuma is find the net on regular basis in the GladAfrica Championship, where he is on the books of University of Pretoria. He was PSL Player of the Season in 2005. He also won the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot award in 2005 and 2016.
- Wilfred Mugeyi (Zimbabwe)
When the PSL era was in infant stages, Mugeyi stunned all and sundry with great performances. The dangerous striker, on the books of Bush Bucks, amassed 23 goals in a season where he was named PSL Player of the Year, PSL Players’ Player of the Year and the Top Goal Scorer of the Season. Silver Fox scored 91 goals in the PSL era, but has a total of 113, with some coming before the PSL started in 1996.
- Raphael Chukwu (Nigeria)
A mountain of a man, Chukwu was terrific in front of goals. He formed a potent partnership with Daniel Mudau during their glory days at Sundowns. The Nigerian was a tough customer for defenders. He played a significant role as Sundowns won titles during his tenure.
- Manuel Tico Tico Bucuane (Mozambique)
One of the best talents to come out of Mozambique, Manuel Bucuane set the PSL alight during his days at Jomo Cosmos. Over two stints at Cosmos, he scored more than 70 goals in close to 200 matches. Even when he moved to other clubs in the PSL, Tico Tico remained a threat to opponents, finishing his career with 104 PSL goals.
- Knowledge Musona (Zimbabwe)
Not only did the captain of the Warriors etch his name on the hearts of Kaizer Chiefs supporters but he also left a lasting impression on the general public in Mzansi. Skillful, quick and speedy Musona was an asset in Chiefs’ arsenal. He scored a lot of breathtaking goals.
- Dennis Lota (Zambia)
Fondly known as Chesa Mpama, Lota used to be devastating. The late Zambian striker did wonders at Orlando Pirates, where he contributed massively to silverware. He was the top scorer in the PSL with 18 goals during the 1999/00 season.
- Elias Pelembe (Mozambique)
The pintsized wing king could operate effectively on either side of the flank. Blessed with pace, skill, technique and an eye for goal, Pelembe was inspirational when SuperSport won their first PSL championship in the 2007/08 season. He was voted PSL Player of the Season at the end of that campaign. He did well and won several medals at Sundowns and Bidvest Wits.
- Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe)
The sight of Billiat darting down the wing fills his opponents with fear and his team with hope. Since his days at Ajax Cape town, Billiat has always been tormentor in chief, with over 80 PSL goals. With a great technique and lightning pace, Billiat was an integral part of Sundowns as they soared to great zeniths in continental football. Billiat helped Sundowns win the PSL titles and the CAF Champions League.
- Chris Katongo (Zambia)
One of the great finds by Jomo Sono, Katongo was dependable when it comes to scoring. The Chipolopolo hitman set a record in 2006/07 season, where he left Cosmos for Denmark half way through the season with 15 goals and came back to collect the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot award at the end of the season.
- Anthony Laffor (Liberia)
Since the great George Weah, Laffor is arguably the best player to emerge out of Liberia. No one tore defences with relative ease at Jomo Cosmos than Laffor. His sterling performance for Cosmos in the Coca Cola Cup in 2005, where they beat SuperSport United was classic. He later joined Matsatsantsa A Pitori where he continued to flourish. At Sundowns, Laffor developed a tendency if scoring in dying minutes to save the Brazilians.
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