Khune leads PSL veteran campaigners


Ahead of a new exciting DStv Premiership campaign, Kaizer Chiefs stalwart Itumeleng Khune leads a cast of players competing in their 15th season.

Khune – elected as Kaizer Chiefs captain this term after being handed a two-year contract extension – made his debut against Jomo Cosmos at the start of the 2007/08 season.

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The veteran goalkeeper now has his sights set on toppling Doctor Khumalo's club appearance record and is within 50 matches of reaching the magical 397 mark.

Khune's team-mate at Chiefs – Ramahlwe Mphahlele will also soon reach similar heights.

'Rama' made his debut back in August 2007 at Ellis Park in the colours of Moroka Swallows against Orlando Pirates in the first game of the 2007/08 campaign.

His contract at Chiefs was also extended last month for another season with an option of a further year. 

Besides Swallows and Chiefs, the 31-year-old has also donned the colours of Mamelodi Sundowns and the University of Pretoria.

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder George Maluleka also falls into this prestigious category having featured consecutively in the PSL since making his debut at SuperSport United against AmaZulu in the 2007/08 season.

Maluleke's prolific career has taken him to Ajax Cape Town and Chiefs in between.

Jackson Mabokgwane – who will play for the Royal AM this season – has also remained in the PSL since the 2007/08 season when he made his debut at Sundowns playing for BidVest Wits, Mpumalanga Black Aces, Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic along the way.

Maritzburg United defender Nazeer Allie holds fort as the longest-serving player to have never left the PSL since making his debut.

Allie played his first game in the 2004/05 season at Ajax Cape Town and has stayed on in the PSL and has quietly gone about business up to this day without ever playing in another league.

The trio of Denis Onyango, Happy Jele and Clayton Daniels has been forever present since 2006/07 meaning they are now into season number 17 in a row in the PSL.

Veteran midfielder Hlompho Kekana started much earlier (2004/05) in the PSL but then went down to play in the first division at City Pillars afterwards but will all the same head into his seventeenth in a row as well.

Swallows defender Vuyo Mere has done more mileage having broken through in the 2001/02 season but had a break from top-flight football when he spent a season playing in the first division as Swallows won promotion.

Lebohang Mokoena also made his debut in the 2003/04 season but has played in the first division through the years when he was at Maccabi and with Swallows.

Sundowns keeper Kennedy Mweene played in the first division the season after making his debut in the 2005/06 season and so will also be on his fifteenth season in a row in the PSL.

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