29 - Marcos de Jesus
At the beginning of the 2006-07 season Bidvest Wits stretched their scouting wings far and wide to Brazil with Roger de Sa using his fluency in Portuguese to bring two strikers from the famous football nation.
One of those strikers was a chubby forward named Marcos de Jesus and nicknamed 'Pepe'. He definitely had a football brain with his touches showing that he was born to play the game as he scored nine goals in 16 starts in his first season, including a brace on his full debut against Kaizer Chiefs in September, 2006. Wits won the League match 2-1 with Pepe's image splashed over the newspapers that week.
As is common with Brazilians that have found their way to South Africa he was suddenly spending more time with physiotherapists and doctors than training in his second season which still produced five goals in seven starts.
Then there was also the issue of his love for the night life. The powers that be at Wits ran out of patience with Pepe – who despite his abilities – was also frustratingly lazy.
If it wasn’t for injuries he would have likely scored more than the 14 goals he managed in 23 games for The Clever Boys in his two years at the club.
He then left for Cyprus in 2008 but wherever he is now he will be proud that he did a decent job in South Africa.