Thembinkosi Sekgaphane
Phakaaathi Digital Administrator
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16 Sep 2015
2:57 pm

Top 5 PSL midfielders

Thembinkosi Sekgaphane

The 2015/16 season got off to a fine start in the way of midfielders, with a few of them scoring for their respective teams. Proving that providing assists and linking up with the men upfront is not the only thing that the players stationed in the belly of the football pitch are good at.

Willard Katsande (Kaizer Chiefs)

Often an unsung hero for his team Kaizer Chiefs, “Salt and Vinegar” is a hardworking midfielder who always aim to win the ball at all costs and help him team win the midfield duel. Chiefs coach Steve Komphela once declared his “love” for Katsande as he felt the hard tackler was the key figure in the team winning the ball back from opponents, should they lose it at any time during the game. His telling performance for Chiefs so far this season was against Orlando Pirates in the Carling Black Label Cup. The defensive midfielder came on as a substitute and made it difficult for Oupa Manyisa and Pirates dynamo, Thabo Rakhale to run circles around Amakhosi players.

Mpho Makola (Orlando Pirates)

The new Bafana Bafana man had a great run for Orlando Pirates so far earning his first call up to the national team against Mauritania. Makola possesses a rare skill of striking accurate shots at goal and often finds the back of the net from outside the penalty box. He is not afraid of taking chances when they present themselves. His movement on and off the ball makes him an asset at Pirates. Makola is a player that can deliver when given a chance, and is currently in the list of top 10 goal scorers in the Absa Premiership with two goals.

George Lebese (Kaizer Chiefs)

Lebese has always been a promising player ever since joining Chiefs. It was under the leadership of Stuart Baxter that he began to show his true potential. Lebese has never looked back since and seems to be maturing with every game. Lebese has scored four goals in all competitions for Amakhosi this season and brings more than just dribbling, pace and assists to aid the team in achieving its goals.

Mark Mayambela (Chippa United)

Orlando Pirates reject Mark Mayambela has revived his football career and proven that he has what it take to play in South Africa’s summit league. Mayambela didn’t make the cut at Pirates and after coming from Sweden where he was playing Djurgardens, he joined Royal Eagles in the National First Division. Following Eagles’ failure to get promotion to the Absa Premiership, Mayambela joined Chippa United this season. In a league fixture involving Chippa and Kaizer Chiefs, Mayambela displayed skill that made his a household name at Pirates and announced his returned the PSL in fine style. He has scored one goal in the league so far.

Daine Klate (Bidvest Wits)

Klate moved from Orlando Pirates to SuperSport United on loan half way through last season, but decided against making his move permanent after he and SuperSport failed to agree terms. He then joined his former coach Gavin Hunt at Wits. The two worked together at SuperSport before left for Pirates in 2010. Klate has been influential in midfield for Wits and has established a formidable partnership with Elias Pelembe. Klate plays a key role in attack alongside Pelembe to assist the men upfront (strikers) in getting the goals for Wits. He also brings a defensive side to his game at Wits, winning the ball back from opponents and sharing possession with teammates to trouble the opposing team.