Best XI of the season
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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