The 2019/2020 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season has seen some new signings make a big impact at their respective clubs and some big flops.
For now, FARPost focuses on the players that have made a big impression. Here is our Top 10 list.
10. Thamsanqa Gabuza (SuperSport United)
With 6 goals and 4 assists from 30 games, Gabuza has done well for a player who arrived after being deemed surplus to requirements at Orlando Pirates. Gabuza, however, has to be more consistent.
9. Siphelele Luthuli (Bloemfontein Celtic)
Probably the surprise inclusion on this list, but credit where credit is due. Luthuli was signed from lower League side Ubuntu Cape Town FC at the start of the season. The attacking midfielder has scored 6 goals and created 2 assists in 22 matches for ‘Phunya Sele Sele’. The 25-year-old former SA U20 international is making up for some lost time.
8. Kearyn Baccus (Kaizer Chiefs)
The ‘Amakhos’i midfielder has had some injury troubles, but what matters in the end is that he’s been productive whenever he’s been able to get on the pitch. Chiefs supporters have also asked about him a lot when he’s been missing, which shows they appreciate his input in the 19 matches he’s played.
7. Phathutshedzo Nange (Bidvest Wits)
The 28-year-old has played 23 matches in all competitions and each time has delivered a fantastic performance with Gavin Hunt on a number of occasions referring to Nange as an ‘excellent, reliable and magnificent midfielder’.
The Limpopo-born midfielder has been equal to the task since arriving from Black Leopards after signing a pre-contract with the ‘Clever Boys’. “So far everything is fine, everything is okay. I’m happy with my progress and the progress of the team,” Nange told FARPost in January and since then, he’s continued in the same vein.
6. Gladwin Shitolo (Golden Arrows)
“I still feel that there is room for improvement. There were some performances that I was not very happy about this season but clearly it means the (Bafana Bafana) coach (Molefi Ntseki) saw something good in me that can be useful in the team,” Shitolo told Sowetan in a recent interview. On loan from Pirates, the 30-year-old defender-cum-midfielder has played 25 games for ‘Abafana Bes’thende’.
5. Thabo Matlaba (Black Leopards)
When he left Pirates, the utility player wasn’t discouraged and said he was going to make the most of his stay at ‘Lidoda Duvha’. True to his word, Matlaba has been one of the Limpopo club’s key players, even making a return to the Bafana Bafana squad. He has 24 appearances to his name this season.
4. Daylon Claasen (Maritzburg United)
Claasen had endured a terrible season at Bidvest Wits, before making the move to the KwaZulu-Natal club. He played a mere 9 games for Wits in the 2018/19 season. For the ‘Team of Choice’, he’s on 30 games across all competitions with 5 goals and 1 assist.
3. Fortune Makaringe (Orlando Pirates)
The midfielder was always ready to fight for his place as soon as he left Maritzburg United for the ‘Buccaneers’. “I knew I was going to be up against the best footballers in this country, so this is a challenge for me to come and learn from them, to become one of the best. To be the best, you need to play alongside the best,” said Makaringe last year.
He’s done fairly well in the 23 games he’s played this season. The single goal 3 assists are not a true reflection of the performances he has produced for Pirates this season.
DID YOU KNOW?
Before turning professional in 2015, Makaringe was a school teacher at Buhle Park Secondary School in Germiston, guiding learners in Mathematics and Geography. He studied for a Bachelor of Education degree at University of Johannesburg.
2. Samir Nurkovic (Kaizer Chiefs)
For a player who’s in his first season, the Serbian deserves a pat on the back. The centre forward is one of the top scorers in the League with 12 goals from 24 appearances. If his first season is anything to go by, the ‘Amakhosi’ supporters may expect even more in the 2020/2021 season.
1. Gabadinho Mhango (Orlando Pirates)
The Malawian came arrived at the ‘Buccaneers’ on the back of a poor season at Bidvest Wits. In the 2018/19 campaign, Mhango finished with 3 goals in 13 games for the ‘Clever Boys’.
He must have been very disappointed and to his credit, he’s redeemed himself at Pirates with 15 goals in 22 games across all competitions before the League was halted, because of the coronavirus outbreak which has claimed thousands of lives across the globe.
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By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa