Midfield veterans to run the show
Posted: 6 August 2017 Time: 13:11
Teko Modise, David Mathebula and Reneilwe Letsholonyane. What do they all have in common? They have the ability to create something out of nothing.
There are many more of these type of midfielders in the PSL, who are over the age of 30 but are nowhere near being finished products.
KickOff.com predicts that these 10 players will give many of the younger midfielders in the league a run for their money.
Cape Town City’s new man is not called 'The General’ for nothing. He has a football brain and, on his day, can single handedly lead a team to victory. City will need the 34-year-old to provide those sublime passes to the likes of Lebogang Manyama and Judas Moseamedi, to make their lives a lot more easier upfront.
He showed last season, when he joined SuperSport United from Kaizer Chiefs, that he still has a lot to offer. They might not admit it, but Amakhosi miss the presence of Yeye’ in their midfield. The 35-year-old distributes the ball so well and the likes of Jeremy Brockie and Bradley Grobler have benefited from having him around.
The 34-year-old will be back on the pitch after a long absence. Anyone who has watched Mathebula throughout his career will no doubt be looking forward to see him doing what he does best. He always knows what's happening around him, which allows him to play the dangerous passes he has become famous for. He is just the type of player Baroka needs in their midfield.
Kaizer Chiefs’ player of the year scored some spectacular goals last season and Amakhosi supporters will be hoping the 32-year-old delivers again in the coming campaign. He is given freedom to run freely across the Chiefs midfield by coach Steve Komphela, which gives him an opportunity to also get into those good scoring positions just outside the box.
He is the heart beat of Polokwane City’s midfield. The 35-year-old skipper is a dead ball specialist and has scored some crackers in his time at the club. He does not have pace, but he does not need it. His ability to see things before they happen gives him an edge against his opponents.
Bidvest Wits’ new man, who spent almost his entire career in Europe, is eager to do well to show that he is not just in the PSL to get a fat cheque at the end of the month. Should the 35-year-old avoid injuries, he could play a big role in the Clever Boys midfield. He loves creating opportunities for teammates.
He is not the flashy type of midfielder, but don’t underestimate Kekana’s ability to pass the ball. His long range passing is impeccable. The 32-year-old is a beast in midfield, packs a lot of power in his shots and his never say die attitude always gives Sundowns a chance to win any game.
Chippa United’s new man has not settled at one club throughout his career, but has proven to be a valuable player for most of the clubs he’s played for. The 32-year-old likes to control things in midfield and have the ball at his feet, which gives him a chance to pick up his head and play the ball to strikers.
The youngest of the men on this list is Ng’ambi at the age of 30. The Malawian is the one player Platinum Stars cannot afford to lose because of his ability to create opportunities for teammates and chip in with goals.
The Free State Stars captain is the hard man in the Ea Lla Koto midfield, but has shown that he can distribute the ball well. The 33-year-old can keep up with many of the young players in the league because of his willingness to always fight for his club on the pitch.