PSL: Ten Best players of the past decade

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A number of players have made an unforgettable impact over the past decade, and we have compiled a list of the select few who have stood out above the rest.

Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs)

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Siphiwe Tshabalala warms up during the 2016 Premier Soccer League match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs held at theFNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 29th October 2016 Photo by: Real Time Images

Siphiwe Tshabalala is best known globally for his stunning 2010 Fifa World Cup opening goal. In South Africa, he is recognised for being one of Kaizer Chiefs’ best players for the best part of the decade.

The 35-year-old is currently without a club, having left Naturena at the end of the 2017/18 season for Turkish outfit Erzurumspor. This was after bagging close to 50 league goals for Amakhosi, with 72 assists from the left wing.

Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns)

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Hlompho Kekana, Captain of Mamelodi Sundowns during the 2019 Telkom Knockout Quarter Finals game between Chippa United and Mamelodi Sundowns at Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth on 03 November 2019 © Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

Current Sundowns skipper Hlompho Kekana announced himself with a seven-goal haul in the famous 24-0 drubbing of amateur side Powerlines FC, but it’s against more illustrious opposition where he has cemented his position as one of the best players plying their trade in Africa.

Since joining the Tshwane giants in June 2010, he has hoisted aloft four league titles, as well as the big one – the Caf Champions League in 2016.

Siyabonga Nomvethe (Moroka Swallows and AmaZulu)

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Siyabonga Nomvethe of AmaZulu celebrates goal with teammates during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Highlands Park and AmaZulu at Makhulong Stadium, Johannesburg on 27 November 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

“Bhele” was in his 30s for the best part of the past decade, but could still compete at a high level, going into his retirement at 41.

The former Bafana striker finished his career as the Absa Premiership’s all-time top scorer, bagging almost half his goals on his return to the local top flight, where he represented Moroka Swallows and AmaZulu.

His best season in the past decade came in the colours of the former, when he scored 19 times in 30 league matches to finish with the 2011/12 golden boot.

Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns)

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Denis Onyango of Mamelodi Sundowns during the 1st leg of the MTN8 Semi Final between Chippa United and Mamelodi Sundowns held at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on the 11th September 2016 Photo by: Richard Huggard / Real Time Images

High among the top goalkeepers in the league is Ugandan international Denis Onyango, who has helped Sundowns to four league titles since arriving in 2011, even bagging the prestigious Caf Goalkeeper of the Year award in 2016.

Percy Tau (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Percy Tau’s involvement in the local top flight was brief, with just a little over two full seasons with the Mamelodi Sundowns first team, but his exploits in the season in which he earned himself a ticket to Europe cannot be understated.

Teko Modise ( Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and Cape Town City)

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Teko Modise of Cape Town City. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

One of the more decorated players in the local game, Modise finished his career at Cape Town City, where he added to a long list of trophies, which include four league titles.

Khama Billiat (Ajax Cape Town, Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs)

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Khama Billiat of Kaizer Chiefs in tunnel before during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 game between Stellenbosch FC and Kaizer Chiefs at Cape Town Stadium on 27 November 2019 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Khama Billiat has starred for whichever club he has turned out for, and is in among the top goal-scorers of the past decade.

He has contributed to three league titles and a Champions League crown – all in the colours of Mamelodi Sundowns – and looks to be on the way to another domestic trophy with Kaizer Chiefs.

Daine Klate (Supersport United, Orlando Pirates, Bidvest Wits, Chippa United)

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Daine Klate of Chippa United during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Highlands Park and Chippa United at Makhulong Stadium, Johannesburg on 06 October 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Wherever Daine Klate has gone, silverware has almost certainly followed, with the lowly Chippa United being the only club where he failed to hoist a trophy.

The former midfielder was an integral part of the all-conquering Supersport United and Orlando Pirates sides at the turn of the decade, and was on hand to help Bidvest Wits to their first league title.

Thulani Hlatshwayo (Ajax Cape Town, Bidvest Wits)

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Thulani Hlatshwayo of Bidvest Wits during the Absa Premiership match between AmaZulu FC and Bidvest Wits at King Zwelithini Stadium on August 03, 2019 in Durban, South Africa. Photo: Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images

Having started off as a right-back for Ajax Cape Town, “Tyson” has flourished in the centre of the defence, where he has starred for Bidvests Wits – leading them to their maiden Absa Premiership title in 2017 – as well as the national team, which he has also skippered.

Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs)

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Itumeleng Khune, Captain of Kaizer Chiefs FC celebrates as his team wins during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 football match between Amazulu and Kaizer Chiefs at King Zwelithini Stadium on 24 September 2019 ©Gerahrd Duraan/BackpagePix

The Kaizer Chiefs shot-stopper was a mainstay for both club and country before his injury issues towards the end of the decade.

Since being promoted to Amakhosi’s senior side in 2004, Khune has made over 200 league appearances for the club, also nearing the 100-mark for Bafana Bafana.

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