PSL Team of the Season so far 2012/13
Posted: 12 February 2013 Time: 14:07
KickOff.com’s Tiyani wa ka Mabasa picks out the best talent from the first 16 rounds of matches in South Africa’s top-flight, in anticipation of the restart of League action tonight.
We look back at the first half of the season by picking out the best performers from the first half of the season and not surprisingly, the log leaders Kaizer Chiefs and second-placed Orlando Pirates have the most players in the PSL Team of the Season so far this season.
Senzo Meyiwa (Orlando Pirates) – It was touch and go between Meyiwa and Itumeleng Khune, but the Bucs keeper gets the nod because of his six clean sheets in 10 League starts, a great performance, especially for a player who had played only 22 League matches in the past four seasons.
Vuyo Mere (Platinum Stars) – Mere has been consistent at right-back, missing just one League match in the first half of the season.
Thabo Matlaba (Orlando Pirates) – A versatile player, who offers a lot defensively and in attack. In this team, he will play left-back.
Mulomowandau Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs) – At the rate he is going, post-match presenters will have to take Venda lessons. He was named man of the match a handful of times in the first half of the season for his sterling display in the heart of defence.
Siyabonga Sangweni (Orlando Pirates) – Pirates have the best defence in the League and credit to players such as ‘Nsimbi’.
Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs) – ‘Yeye’ dictates terms in central midfield. He missed one match in the League and that was the 2-0 loss to Platinum Stars on November 24. Chiefs missed him that day at Royal Bafokeng.
Dove Wome (Free State Stars) – Just a mention of his name will raise eyebrows, but I firmly he’s been one of the reasons Stars are fourth on the log. The Togolese international has scored four goals in 14 League starts.
Thuso Phala (Platinum Stars) – His persistent play at right-wing has been impressive.
Delron Buckley (Maritzburg United) – the 35-year-old was named man of the match an impressive four times in his first seven League games for the Team of Choice. His coach Ernst Middendorp commented: “He has been very influential for us; his movement on and off-the-ball and giving instructions to the players has been fantastic.”
Lehlohonolo Majoro (Kaizer Chiefs) – Eight League goals in nine starts.
Katlego Mashego (Moroka Swallows) – Nine League goals in 10 starts, that makes up for a 90 percent scoring ratio based on games started. Hugely impressive for a striker playing for a team in 11th position on the log.
KICK OFF staff on the decision to go with Majoro and Mashego upfront: “Major scored more winning goals than Parker and, as for Mashego, he is a consistent scorer in comparison to Parker. That’s the reason Major and Mashego get the nod ahead of Parker.
Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs) – Seven clean sheets in 16 League starts coupled with consistent play in goal.
Mohammed Awal (Maritzburg United) – He’s been one of the key players for the KZN club, specifically in defence because the club has the fourth joint best defence in the League. Little wonder then that he has been linked with Orlando Pirates.
Tshepo Gumede (Platinum Stars) – A star in the making. The Under-20 international has been in good company with Benson Mhlongo in central defence for Dikwena.
Mpho Matsi (University of Pretoria) – A consistent performer for the rookies. He played every single League match.
Sifiso Myeni (Orlando Pirates) – ‘Myessi’ attacks relentlessly and scores some fantastic goals.
Mokgakolodi Ngele (Platinum Stars) – The 22-year-old has shown some glimpses of brilliance in midfield.
Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs) – In simple terms, he has silenced his critics this season with nine League goals in 14 stars.
PLEASE NOTE: The team is selected based only on League matches.