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It’s to be ex­pected that league cham­pi­ons Mamelodi Sun­downs will dom­i­nate the top XI play­ers of the sea­son. Ti­mothy Molobi picks his best team

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With the end of the sea­son upon us, pick­ing the best play­ers in the Absa Premier­ship proved to be a pretty dif­fi­cult task.

I could not find any player from most of the clubs who would get into my team of the sea­son.

This is a poor in­dict­ment on most of the clubs as their play­ers did not come to the party.

Goal­keeper De­nis Onyango (Mamelodi Sun­downs)

The Ugan­dan gets the nod ahead of Bid­vest Wits’ Moe­neeb Josephs, who comes a close sec­ond. Pitso Mosi­mane’s faith in Onyango was not mis­placed as he helped Downs to a dou­ble.

Cen­tral de­fence: Thabo Nthethe (Mamelodi Sun­downs)

His out­stand­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion at the back was the rea­son Sun­downs won a dou­ble. He has been a rock in Mosi­mane’s de­fence and pro­vided some goals too. Mr Cool, as he is known by his fol­low­ers, was a re­li­able ser­vant for Downs and he never put a foot wrong.

Thu­lani Hlatshwayo (Bid­vest Wits)

This was a dif­fi­cult choice to make as Eric Mathoho and James Ok­wu­osa of Chippa United were also out­stand­ing for their clubs.

But “Tyson” de­serves to part­ner Nthethe in the heart of de­fence. Hlatshwayo proved his worth in the heart of the stu­dents’ de­fence; that he was an aerial ace and an ex­cel­lent tack­ler too. He also chipped in with three league goals, help­ing Wits to sec­ond po­si­tion on the log too.

Left back Thabo Mat­laba (Orlando Pi­rates)

Te­bogo Langer­man came to mind, but he was nar­rowly pipped by Mat­laba, who is quick and sta­ble. The ma­raud­ing Pi­rates left back could turn de­fence into at­tack and has been con­sis­tent this sea­son as he made the po­si­tion his. His de­fend­ing could do with some im­prove­ments, but his pace got him out of trou­ble more than once, even though his side let him down.

The Dik­wena cap­tain has been bril­liant for the North West side as he helped them to yet another top fin­ish. Re­garded as be­ing over the hill a few sea­sons ago, he put his ex­pe­ri­ence to good use as he led the team with aplomb. He was sta­ble and also helped to launch at­tacks from the back.

Right wing Khama Bil­liat (Mamelodi Sun­downs)

The Zim­bab­wean’s di­rect run­ning and quick feet made him a men­ace to many de­fend­ers and he has been in as­ton­ish­ing form. He scored 11 goals be­fore yes­ter­day’s final round against Plat­inum Stars. The 25-yearold is a hot favourite to walk away with the foot­baller of the sea­son award next week af­ter his ster­ling per­for­mance for Sun­downs this

Right back Vuyo Mere (Plat­inum Stars)

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