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Best PSL XI outside of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates & Sundowns

Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns are the “Big Three” of South African football, but there are plenty of good players representing the other 13 PSL clubs.

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Best PSL XI outside of the “Big Three”

Mothwa; Maphathe, Msimango, Mthethwa, Bhasera; Mathebula, Oubaas, Maswangwanyi; Mmodi, Mayo, Grobler


AmaZulu’s Veli Mothwa hasn’t kept an amazing amount of clean sheets, but he was instrumental in Usuthu’s run to the MTN8 final and has been a consistent thorn in the side of top strikers. The versatile Sibusiso Mthethwa has been around the block a few times and is shining in the heart of the Richards Bay defence, while Katlego Maphathe has also excelled for the PSL debutants from right-back. TS Galaxy centre-back Spiwe Msimango has marshalled a back four that has conceded the second-fewest goals in the division, even though they’re in midtable. The ever-dependable Zimbabwean Onismor Bhasera is one of the first names on the SuperSport team sheet.

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Veli Mothwa is one of the most dependable PSL keepers. Image: iDiski Times

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TS Galaxy midfielder Bathusi Oubaas has turned out consistent displays for a side that’s become seriously difficult to beat. They’ve conceded just eight goals all season, and his marshalling of the back four has been a big factor. Mpho Mathebula, similarly, has been outstanding for surprise packages Richards Bay in their debut top-flight season. Much of SuperSport’s title charge will be down to the creative talents of Patrick Maswanganyi, who has three assists this season.

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Patrick Maswanganyi is performing for SuperSport. Image: @SupersportFC / Twitter


Up top, the vastly experienced Bradley Grobler is an obvious pick to lead the line. He’s now got 98 top-flight goals, two more and he’ll be just te sixth centurion in that regard. He’s scored flanked by the dangerous Pule Mmodi and Khanyisa Mayo. Both Mmodi are players very much in-demand this transfer window, and it would be a surprise if they stayed put at current clubs Golden Arrows and Cape Town City.

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Bradley Grobler leads the way in the The 2022/23 DStv Premiership scoring charts. Photo: Backpagepix

What do you think of this team? Who should have been included and who should have been left out?

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Meanwhile, you can get more insights, analysis and love for the beautiful game from James Freemantle

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