Claasen, Patosi earn recognition abroad

Players Abroad

South Africa internationals Ayanda Patosi and Daylon Claasen have earned recognition abroad, alongside the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne.

Despite both talents no longer plying their trade in the First Division A, their efforts during their stints clearly left a lasting impression.

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After a poll opened towards fans, a total of 41 000 votes were cast to form a Team of the Decade for each club who featured in the top-flight between 2010 to 2019.

Patosi, who joined Lokeren from the now-defunct African Soccer Development (ASD) academy as 18-year-old, spent six seasons at the club and became a standout performer in the division.

Before returning to South Africa with Cape Town City, the 27-year-old midfielder scored 24 goals and registered 40 assists in 167 games, while lifting two Belgium Cup titles.

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Meanwhile, Claasen, currently on the books of Maritzburg United in the Absa Premiership, starred for Lierse between 2010 and 2013 after his arrival from Ajax Amsterdam.

In his three campaigns, the Ajax Cape Town youth product was an ever-present figure, scoring nine goals and adding a further five assists in 78 games.

This was enough to earn him a place as the right-winger alongside club legends Thomasz Radzinski and Wesley Sonck.

Former Kaizer Chiefs star Knowledge Musona, who's been linked with a return to South Africa in recent weeks, also made the starting XI for KV Oostende.