A player’s greatness is often judged based on the number of trophies he has won during his career.
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has had its fair share of serial winners, who made winning major trophies a habit.
Mamelodi Sundowns were dominant in the last decade, winning nine titles (including cup competitions) under their coach Pitso Mosimane.
But how many Sundowns players have moved up on the list of the most successful players in the history of the PSL?
We take a look at the top five most decorated PSL players of all-time:
The Uganda international is widely considered one of the greatest PSL goalkeepers of all-time, having arrived in South Africa in 2006 to seal a deal with SuperSport United.
Onyango, who is renowned for his penalty-saving and his play in one-on-one situations, won three Absa Premiership titles with Matsatsantsa, before moving to their Tshwane rivals Mamelodi Sundowns in 2011 and he continued to win trophies.
The 34-year-old shot-stopper has played an instrumental role in helping Sundowns lift eight titles (three league trophies, two Telkom Knockout Cups, a Nedbank Cup, Caf Champions League and Caf Super Cup).
The Bafana Bafana international is one of the most successful central midfielders in the history of the PSL, having won his first trophies as a professional footballer at SuperSport United.
Kekana helped Matsatsantsa clinch two back-to-back Absa Premiership titles between 2009 and 2010, and he has since added four more league winner’s medals at Mamelodi Sundowns, having joined the club in 2011.
The accomplished Sundowns captain, who is widely regarded as one of the best long-range shooters in the world, has also lifted two Telkom Knockout Cups, a Nedbank Cup, Caf Champions League and Caf Super Cup with Masandawana.
The Liberia international is one of the best foreigners to have played in South Africa, having arrived in South Africa in 2005 and joined Jomo Cosmos where he won the Coca Cola Cup (Telkom Knockout Cup) in his first season.
Laffor was snapped up by SuperSport United in 2008 and helped Matsatsantsa clinch two back-to-back league trophies between 2009 and 2010, before moving to Mamelodi Sundowns in 2012 where success has followed him.
Blessed with pace and an eye for goals, the experienced attacker has lifted nine titles with Sundowns (four league trophies, two Telkom Knockout Cups, a Nedbank Cup, Caf Champions League and Caf Super Cup).
The retired midfield maestro is the most decorated Kaizer Chiefs player in PSL history, having enjoyed a lot of success during his 15-year career as a one-club man.
Mooki, who was known for his technical ability and passing accuracy, boasts two league winners’ medals and he also won the league cup six times under different names (1997 & 1998 Rothmans Cup – 2001, 2003 & 2004 Coca Cola Cup – 2007 Telkom Knockout Cup).
The Soweto-born PSL legend also helped Amakhosi clinch the 2001 Caf African Winners’ Cup and two South African FA Cups (2000 Bob Save Super Bowl and 2006 Absa Cup – now known as the Nedbank Cup).
Nicknamed ‘Tsiki-Tsiki’, Mooki also has three Top 8 winners’ medals which he won in 2001 (BP Top 8 Cup), 2006 SAA Supa 8 Cup and 2008 (MTN8), before retiring from professional football in 2009.
The retired winger remains the most successful player in PSL history, having lifted the most trophies during his 15-year career which started at SuperSport United.
Klate was one of Matsatsantsa’s key players as they clinched three successive Absa Premiership titles and also won the 2004 SAA Supa 8 Cup and 2005 Absa Cup with the Tshwane giants, before moving to Orlando Pirates 2010.
The man known as ‘Lucky Charm’ enjoyed more success at Orlando Pirates where he lifted seven major trophies namely; two Absa Premiership titles, two MTN8 trophies, two Nedbank Cups and a Telkom Knockout Cup.
A creative player with an excellent left-foot, Klate joined Bidvest Wits in 2015 and he helped the team clinch the Absa Premiership title, Telkom Knockout Cup and MTN8 before retiring in 2019 following a short spell with Chippa United.