Best XI of the sea­son

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Left wing Daine Klate (Bid­vest Wits)

This was by far his best sea­son since turn­ing pro­fes­sional 10 years ago. A move to Bid­vest Wits to re­unite with his for­mer coach Gavin Hunt was what he needed. Klate was able to cre­ate some­thing out of noth­ing and his seven goals and few as­sists helped Wits to sec­ond on the log. He has an eye for a pass and is an ex­cel­lent free set-piece kicker.

Cen­tral mid­field Wil­lard Kat­sande (Kaizer Chiefs)

Go­ing from be­ing un­der­rated to be­ing highly rated, the Zim­bab­wean was Chiefs’ lead­ing scorer with seven goals in his sen­sa­tional sea­son. He changed from the ro­bust player he was to a mod­est tack­ler and also im­proved his pass­ing. He had more tack­les and in­ter­cep­tions, which makes him one of the most hard-work­ing mid­field­ers in the league. With Chiefs hav­ing a ter­ri­ble sea­son, Kat­sande was their only player to get close to the level they were at when they won the league ti­tle last sea­son.

Hlom­pho Kekana (Mamelodi Sun­downs)

Kekana’s calm­ness when in pos­ses­sion and some of his lon­grange pass­ing has been phe­nom­e­nal to set Downs off. He can turn the game around with just one un­be­liev­able pass on top of his free­kick abil­ity. He was in­stru­men­tal in Downs’ good run. For­wards Leonardo Cas­tro (Mamelodi Sun­downs)

Another con­tested po­si­tion, with about four play­ers vy­ing for the two avail­able spots. SuperSport United’s Jeremy Brockie, Ndu­miso Mabena of Plat­inum Stars, Prince Nx­u­malo of Ajax Cape Town and Polok­wane City’s Thobani Mncwango were se­ri­ous contenders, but Cas­tro eclipsed them in the final vote. Ten goals in his first sea­son is not a bad re­turn of in­vest­ment as th­ese goals helped the Brazil­ians to the league ti­tle. Cas­tro used his aerial power to good ad­van­tage as most of his goals were head­ers.

Collins Mbe­suma (Mpumalanga Black Aces)

Al­most 11 years af­ter scor­ing 35 goals back in the 2004/05 sea­son, Mbe­suma has again shown his prow­ess in front of goals. Although no longer as lethal as he used to be as he has lost a bit of pace, he was still a hand­ful for many de­fend­ers. He is the rea­son Aces fin­ished in the top five. He was lead­ing the pack on 14 goals be­fore yes­ter­day’s final round of matches.

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