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Premier Soccer League Golden Oldies XI

Posted: 29 August 2015 Time: 14:51

The transfer window deadline is around the corner and some of the local game’s veterans are still in the hunt for new clubs.

Some clubs, however, have kept the faith in the ‘older generation’ and registered them for the 2015/16 season.

Here KickOff.com takes a look at the ‘Golden Oldies XI.

Goalkeeper

Moeneeb Josephs – Bidvest Wits (35)

‘Slim Kat’ is into his 14th season as a professional and in his second spell with The Clever Boys. Boasting both World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations experience, there is no doubt that the former Orlando Pirates man is one of the most experienced campaigners still active in local football.

Defenders

Lucky Lekgwathi – Orlando Pirates (39)

‘Phinda Mzala’ has been at the club for 13 years since arriving from Ria Stars at the end of the 2001/02 season. And despite missing all of last season through injury, the Buccaneers have again registered the oldest active player in the League for this season.

Tebogo Monyai – University of Pretoria (35)

Monyai, who turns 36 next month, was on his way to retirement, but was convinced otherwise by Sammy Troughton to play on for one more season. He was the only defender over the age of 35 that played more than 20 matches in all competitions last season.

Rooi Mahamutsa – Orlando Pirates (33)

There was a time when ‘Ngubo’ was considered the best defender in South Africa. Mahamutsa is still going strong, doing the business for Pirates both domestically and on the continent. 

Siyabonga Sangweni – Orlando Pirates (33)

Alongside each other for Pirates and the Golden Oldies, ‘Nsimbi’ possesses a wealth of experience, having made the 2010 World Cup squad and also played and scored two crucial goals at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. Sangweni is into his 10th season since turning pro with Golden Arrows in 2006. 

Midfielders

Solomon Mathe – Platinum Stars (35)

The well-travelled central midfielder is the oldest player currently on Dikwena’s books, and his contract extension by a further year will definitely see him eclipse Henrico Botes’ record of 138 matches for Dikwena. Mathe is currently on 136 and he is in his sixth consecutive season with Stars.

Dillon Sheppard – Bidvest Wits (36)

Sheppard’s 14 seasons in professional football have seen him play both locally, in Greece and Russia. Despite his decorated career, Sheppy’s international football career never really got going as he only managed 18 appearances. 

Esau Mtsweni – Mpumalanga Black Aces (34)

Mtsweni turns 35 next month and must definitely be doing something right to impress a coach like Muhsin Ertugral , who’s known for his belief in younger players.

Bamuza Sono – Jomo Cosmos (35)

After futile attempts to join SC Austria Lustenau in Austria in July 2000, Bamuza rejoined his father’s club Jomo Cosmos and is now in his 15th season at Ezenkosi. Sono’s best season in 2007 also saw him break into the Bafana set-up and he went on to be capped four times.

Strikers

Henrico Botes – Bidvest Wits (35)

Then Moroka Swallow coach Gavin Hunt scouted Botes at the 2005 Cosafa Cup while playing for his country Namibia. At the time Botes was also working part-time at a bank. After three seasons with Swallows he left to join Platinum Stars, where he enjoyed his best football and won a few trophies. Ahead of the 2014/15 season, Botes and Hunt reunited at Wits.

Surprise Moriri – Mamelodi Sundowns (35)

Moriri has not had much game-time in recent times, but he does put in a good shift when given the opportunity. The former Bafana international also played at the 2010 World Cup and is known for his tactical brilliance and golden touch for goals. Capped 33 times for Bafana, Moriri is also registered for the new season by Pitso Mosimane.

Substitutes

Nhlapho Bafana – Mpumalanga Black Aces (35)
Zamuxolo Ngalo – Mpumalanga Black Aces (33)
Jabulani Maluleke – Polokwane City (33)
Reneilwe Letsholonyane – Kaizer Chiefs (33)
Nathan Paulse – Ajax Cape Town (33)
Mabhuti Khenyeza – Golden Arrows (33)

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