12 SA icons who returned to the PSL


In the wake of Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa's sensational homecoming with Kano Pillars - here are 12 South African legends who returned to the PSL.

Musa, 28, rejoined his boyhood club this month on a short-term contract as he looked to rebuild his fitness before returning abroad after leaving Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr.

Togo legend Emmanuel Adebayor is reportedly following suit with indications in local media suggesting he's training with OC Agaza, the club he left in 1999 before his journey in Europe kick-started with Metz in France.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the 12 SA icons who returned to the PSL

African legend often prioritise returning home before retiring in order to showcase their talents to their devout fans in their home countries and South Africa is no different.

Benni McCarthy returned to Mzansi in 2011 after 14 glittering years in Europe and displayed why he's recognised as one of the greatest ever South African footballers during his stint with Orlando Pirates.

He famously lifted the 2011/12 domestic treble with the Buccaneers, scoring crucial goals in their historic campaign before hanging up his boots at the age of 35.

The PSL all-time record scorer Siyabonga Nomvethe, who ironically is on McCarthy's technical staff at AmaZulu, returned home twice, the first being with Orlando Pirates after a stint in Serie A with Udinese. 

And the second he joined the now-defunct Moroka Swallows after some time in the Danish SuperLiga with AB Aalborg and his second return marked the most fruitful spell of his career as he netted goals for fun over seven years at the Dube Birds.

Eight of the 12 players listed in the gallery above have now moved into coaching with Steven Pienaar and Bradley Carnell taking their careers abroad with AFC Ajax and New York Red Bulls respectively.