My wish list for 2016
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
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)