Top 10 stars of 2017: Part 2


5. Themba Zwane

When Keagan Dolly left for France in January, Zwane started getting more chances in the starting line-up and he did not disappoint. He scored six goals in the second half of last season and in the current campaign he is on four goals in all competitions. Zwane has also established himself as a starter in Baxter’s Bafana squad.

4. Itumeleng Khune

Kaizer Chiefs have had another disastrous year, but their goalkeeper has been a shining star throughout the year. The skipper has come to his side’s rescue many a time this year and he’s unfortunate that he has not been rewarded with silverware. He’s also done well for the national team and endeared himself to the public when he played with a mask in a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Senegal after he fractured bones in his face in a cup match.

3. Bongani Zungu

What a year it’s been for the former Sundowns man. After impressing in his debut campaign at Portuguese outfit Vitoria Guimaraes, Zungu made a deadline day move to French Ligue 1 outfit Amiens SC, where he’s played 20 matches in all competitions and has scored two goals. He’s living his dream in Europe and he’s determined to achieve more.

2. Hlompho Kekana

The Sundowns captain was nominated for the PSL Footballer of the Year award, which was scooped by Lebogang Manyama. He’s been key in midfield and has contributed with some crucial goals. A year would not be complete without a Hlompho Kekana cracker. He scored from his own half in a victory over Orlando Pirates in October, which could get him shortlisted for the Fifa Puskas Award.

1. Percy Tau

Arguably the best player this year, having done well for both Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana. Tau, who finished the 2016/17 campaign with a PSL Players’ Player of the Season nomination, established himself as Sundowns’ main striker this season, scoring crucial goals for the club throughout the year. He scored in Bafana’s first competitive victory over Nigeria and found the back of the net again in 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Burkina Faso and Senegal. He's only going to get better.