The best PSL performers – so far

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NB: All the numbers are averages per match.

Most teams have played six matches – but Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits, Free State Stars and Ajax Cape Town have played five matches each. Orlando Pirates have played just two.

Andile Jali and Teko Modise are some of the busiest players on the pitch, with an average of 68 passes each per match, quite a bit ahead of Reneilwe Letsholonyane in third place, with 55, and Hlompho Kekana with 54.8.

However, Kekana is the only one of those four to make the list of players with the best forward passing accuracy. The Mamelodi Sundowns man has made an average of 26 forward passes per match, with 87% accuracy.

He is followed by teammate Rashid Sumaila, Happy Jele of Pirates and Thabo September of SuperSport United.

When it comes to winning the ball, the man with the best record so far is Asavela Mbekile (left), who signed for Moroka Swallows from Chippa United in the off season.

With an average of 7.5 tackles won per match, Mbekile is ahead of Themba Shabalala of Free State Stars (5.67), and two of his Swallows teammates, Levi Mokgothu (5.6) and Larry Cohen (5.17).

On the other end of the scale, the player who concedes the most fouls is Mpho Matsi, of University of Pretoria, followed by bustling Mpumalanga Black Aces striker Mabhuti Khenyeza.

Interestingly, only two players in the top 20 list of most fouls conceded most of them in the defensive third of the pitch: Dominic Isaacs of Ajax Cape Town and Sibusiso Mthethwa of Free State Stars, with the rest conceding their fouls in a more attacking position.

Another eye-catching statistic is the correlation between top performers in the categories of forward passes completed and tackles won.

Of those top 20 lists, seven players appear on both: Sumaila, Jele, September, Tumelo Mogapi (Bloemfontein Celtic), Ofentse Nato (Aces), Thabo Matlaba (Pirates, left) and Luvhengo Mungomeni (Swallows).

Matlaba is the only one of those seven also to feature on the top 20 for fouls conceded.

Finally, Willard Katsande of Kaizer Chiefs, who divides opinion with his tough tackles, is last on the list of top 20 fouls conceded, with an average of 1,75 per match.

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Players with most passes
Top 20
This is the most passes attempted per game, not successful passes.
Minimum 3 appearances required.
Player Team Passes
Andile JALI Orlando Pirates 68.71
Teko MODISE Mamelodi Sundowns 68
Reneilwe LETSHOLONYANE Kaizer Chiefs 55
Hlompho KEKANA Mamelodi Sundowns 54.8
Issa SARR Platinum Stars 53
Robert NG'AMBI Platinum Stars 52.57
Benson MHLONGO Platinum Stars 51.71
Vuyo MERE Platinum Stars 51.14
Kulengani MADONDO AmaZulu 49.67
Oupa MANYISA Orlando Pirates 48.56
Lehlohonolo MASALESA Orlando Pirates 46.25
Matthew PATTISON BidVest Wits 45.4
Mpho Lerato CHABANGU Moroka Swallows 45
Sandile ZUKE Mpumalanga Black Aces 44.2
Tshepo GUMEDE Platinum Stars 43.86
Njabulo MANQANA AmaZulu 43.17
Papy FATY Bidvest Wits 43
Luvolwethu MPETA Platinum Stars 42.2
Ofentse NATO Mpumalanga Black Aces 42.2
Willard KATSANDE Kaizer Chiefs 41.75
Players with best (attacking) passing accuracy
This is the player with highest successful passing percentage, using only passes made forwards.
Minimum qualifier for this is 3 appearances, and minimum 15 forward passes per game.
Top 20
Player Team Forwards Forwards % successful
Hlompho KEKANA Mamelodi Sundowns 26 87.69
Rashid SUMAILA Mamelodi Sundowns 21.5 83.72
Happy JELE Orlando Pirates 19.25 83.12
Thabo SEPTEMBER SuperSport United 24.6 82.93
Tshepo GUMEDE Platinum Stars 25 82.29
Mor DIOUF Supersport United 16 81.25
Petros Rooi MAHAMUTSA Orlando Pirates 19.78 80.9
Tumelo MOGAPI Bloemfontein Celtic 17 80.39
Tsepo MASILELA Kaizer Chiefs 16.14 79.65
Willard KATSANDE Kaizer Chiefs 22.38 78.77
Vuyo MERE Platinum Stars 25 78.29
Alje SCHUT Mamelodi Sundowns 20 78
Ofentse NATO Mpumalanga Black Aces 24.2 76.86
Benson MHLONGO Platinum Stars 32 76.79
Tinashe NENGOMASHA Bidvest Wits 16 76.56
Thabo MATLABA Orlando Pirates 21.14 76.35
Luvolwethu MPETA Platinum Stars 24.2 76.03
Sadate OURO AKORIKO Free State Stars 15.8 75.95
Luvhengo MUNGOMENI Moroka Swallows 18 75.93
Oupa MANYISA Orlando Pirates 18.67 75.6
Most tackles won
Top 20
Player Team Tackles
Asavela MBEKILE Moroka Swallows 7.5
Themba SHABALALA Free State Stars 5.67
Levi MOKGOTHU Moroka Swallows 5.6
Larry COHEN Moroka Swallows 5.17
Ofentse NATO Mpumalanga Black Aces 5
Rashid SUMAILA Mamelodi Sundowns 4.75
Luvhengo MUNGOMENI Moroka Swallows 4.5
Thabo SEPTEMBER SuperSport United 4.2
Andile JALI Orlando Pirates 4.14
Tamsanqa TEYISE AmaZulu 4
Siphelele MTHEMBU Platinum Stars 3.86
Themba ZWANE Mpumalanga Black Aces 3.8
Happy JELE Orlando Pirates 3.75
Rheece EVANS Maritzburg United 3.75
Thabo MATLABA Orlando Pirates 3.71
Auguston LEONARD Bloemfontein Celtic 3.67
Keegan DOLLY Ajax Cape Town 3.67
Michael MORTON Maritzburg United 3.67
Tumelo MOGAPI Bloemfontein Celtic 3.67
Bennet Thabo NTHETHE Bloemfontein Celtic 3.6
Most fouls conceded
Player Team Fouls Fouls (Defensive 3rd)
Mpho MATSI University of Pretoria 2.5 0.67
Mabhuti KHENYEZA Mpumalanga Black Aces 2.4 0
Dominic ISAACS Ajax Cape Town 2.33 2
Benjani MWARUWARI Bidvest Wits 2.33 0
Adam ABDUL BASIT Free State Stars 2.25 0
Sibusiso MTHETHWA Free State Stars 2.2 1.4
Thabo MATLABA Orlando Pirates 2.14 0.86
Innocent MDLEDLE Supersport United 2 1
Thapelo Johannes MATHIBE Polokwane City 2 0.33
Mame NIANG SuperSport United 2 0
Themba ZWANE Mpumalanga Black Aces 2 0
Asavela MBEKILE Moroka Swallows 1.83 0.83
Papy FATY Bidvest Wits 1.83 0.33
Obidiah TARUMBWA University of Pretoria 1.83 0.17
Alje SCHUT Mamelodi Sundowns 1.8 1
Hlompho KEKANA Mamelodi Sundowns 1.8 0.2
Joel MOGOROSI Bloemfontein Celtic 1.8 0.2
Cuthbert MALAJILA Mamelodi Sundowns 1.8 0
Robyn JOHANNES Maritzburg United 1.75 0.75
Willard KATSANDE Kaizer Chiefs 1.75 0.38

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