Sundowns stars dominating my team
While the tenth round of the Premier Soccer League has been contested, I thought I should give my best eleven that I believe were outstanding in the first ten matches of thirty rounds. Not all the teams in the ABSA Premiership have contested all ten matches as other teams, because they have a game in hand against Orlando Pirates who themselves are bottom placed with only three games so far due to their CAF Champions League commitments.
Last season strugglers Mamelodi Sundowns are topping the table with 20 from nine matches with their match against Orlando Pirates was postponed in September. The Brazilians are completely different compared to last season that is why the majority of my best eleven will include few of their star studded squad.
I will use the 4-4-2 formation that is almost used by the majority of in the Premiership coaches both foreign and local.
Goalkeeper: Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns)
The Zambian net minder joined the Pretoria-based team from Free State Stars in the offseason, and he looks not take his foot of the pedal after shining for the Ea Lla koto in his eight year stay before moving to the North.
Kennedy Mweene has played a vital role in Mamelodi Sundowns early success making vital saves to make sure his side concede only eight times in nine matches.
Right-back: Vuyo Mere (Platinum Stars)
The former Memelodi Sundowns man made the right-back position his own at Dikwena and he improves with his experience in every match. The speed he has to penetrate on the wings makes him one of the outstanding players at Rustenburg-side that continued their last season excellent performance by winning the MTN8 Cup early this season.
Left-back: Tshepo Masilela (Kaizer Chiefs)
The defending Champions have not found their feet yet this season after suffering three defeats so far in their 9 matches. But Tshepo Masilela have been one of the outstanding players in the defence of Amakhosi making those runs when his mentor Stuart Baxter applies for formation of 5-3-2 and allows the full-backs to express themselves by pushing forward and acting as wingers when it is necessary.
Right centre-back: Alje Schut (Mamelodi Sundowns)
The Dutch defender arrived in South Africa last season and it took him only a year to settle down and this season he started on high after he was boosted by the captain’s arm band that he was handed to him early in the season by his coach. The hard-tackling defender has started all nine matches this season and two matches in the cup matches.
Left centre-back: Tshepo Gumede (Platinum Stars)
The young defender have shown that South Africa have future players in their disposal. Platinum Stars are one of the teams who are chasing the pack in this season and Tshepo Gumede has been a solid rock at the back for Dikwena side that are continuing their fine form from last season where they finished second on the log.
Right centre-midfielder: Robert Ng’ambi (Platinum Stars)
Another player who has been outstanding in Platinum Stars colours this season scoring goals if he is not assisting. The Malawian international led Dikwena to their MTN8 Cup success in September scoring crucial goals and he is likely to me a hot January transfer gossip as handful of top clubs wants to capture his signature including big spenders Mamelodi Sundowns.
Right-winger: Lerato Chabangu (Moroka Swallows)
The former Mamelodi Sundowns man was once in the dark about his future when he almost quit football three years ago before now South African national team coach Gordon Igesund signed him at Moroka Swallows and helped him to resurrect his career. Lerato Chabangu is now one of the top Premier Soccer League participants and he is regular starter under Zeca Marques at the Dube Birds.
He scored of the one 2013/2014 goal of the season candidates in the opening day against University of Pretoria back in August to hand his side a win in the dying minutes of the match. Zeca Marques’ men are started the season on a high and they sit fourth with fifteen points after nine matches.
Left-winger: Bongani Zungu (Mamelodi Sundowns)
The youngster was one of the offseason arrivals at Mamelodi Sundowns from City neighbour University of Pretoria in what was one of the doubtful moves in South Africa. But the 22-year old has done enough to win Pitso Mosimane’s trust and the he has won the heart of the club supporters with his moves down the wings and his inviting crosses resulting to goal in many occasions.
Left centre-midfielder: Dove Wome (Mamelodi Sundowns)
The former Free State Stars big attacking midfielder is one of the new faces at Sundowns and he has shown why his former side wanted to keep him as he is currently a top goal scorer at the Brazilians in all competitions. One of the Togolese outstanding matches this season came in the first-round of the Telkom Knockout Cup where he scored two quick goals inside six minutes into the match where his side ran out victorious with 4-0 score line.
Left-striker: Edward Manqele (Moroka Swallows)
The striker was in the books of Mamelodi Sundowns last season before joining Moroka Swallows on loan and he didn’t take time to show why the Brazilians tables big money for him in the offseason of 2012/2013 when he was with Free State Stars.
He only joined the Soweto side late in the transfer window but he has already scored four goals, with three of those goals coming in a single match against Mpumalanga Black Aces. He is a club joint top goal scorer with his striking partner Siyabonga Nomvete also on four goals and their partnership is one of the best at moment in the Premier Soccer League.
Right-striker: Khama Billiat (Mamelodi Sundowns)
It took me a while to think who will partner Manqele up front after another Mamelodi Sundowns hit-man Cuthbert Malajila is a top goal scorer in the PSL with five goals, but Khama Billiat has been outstanding for me as he is playing like he joined the club three seasons ago but he only joined in August in what is the top transfer move of the winter.
The former Ajax Cape Town marksman impressed me when Sundowns beat AmaTuks 3-1 away from home as he proved to be hard to contain by his marker and forced him to be sent off after the poor defender could only stop the Zimbwean by making a reckless challenge on him.
By Wright Mbongo
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