Marawaan Bantam: My Dream Team

My Dream Team

Former Santos and Bidvest Wits midfielder Marawaan Bantam has selected the 10 best players he featured alongside during his time as a professional footballer.

"I just loved playing with these players because they had that never say die attitude," Bantam tells Kickoff.com.

"I didn't even put Edries Burton in there. We all learned a lot from Edries at Santos.

"I saw a lot of good players. South Africa is blessed with talent. There's so much talent in this country. Some of the players today don't match what we did. I watch a lot of South African football with my two boys."

Bantam points to being a late bloomer as to what prevented him from realising his dream of playing for the likes of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.

"I really don't know because while growing up here in Cape Town and you can ask my parents, my favourite team was Kaizer Chiefs. My favourite player was Doctor Khumalo.

"I think the reason why I didn't get a chance to move to Pirates or Chiefs was that I was a late bloomer.

"I only took football seriously at the age of 25. I made my PSL debut when I was 26 which is quite late."

Bantam says it still puzzles him as to why Bafana Bafana coaches never recognised his talent.

"Never. Up until today, I don't know why. I'm not disappointed because I had a very good eight years in the PSL."

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