The hidden gems PSL giants should be chasing
Here are five players from teams who finished in the bottom half of last season’s Absa Premiership that should be sought-after by the big guns, but have been overlooked for some reason.
Thanduyise Khuboni (Arrows)
A regular in the Bafana Bafana set-up, Thanduyise Khuboni is as reliable an anchor midfielder as one will find in the PSL.
Last season he played every minute of Golden Arrows’ league campaign and was one of the few bright spots in a team that, considering the talent at their disposal, massively underachieved by finishing a lowly 13th.
He would be a particularly good fit at Kaizer Chiefs, as Khuboni plays a similar role to that of the recently-released Tinashe Nengomasha.
Sibusiso Vilakazi (Wits)
Much like Bidvest Wits as a whole, Sibusiso Vilakazi was superb in the first half of last season but fell away somewhat after the Christmas break. Nonetheless, at just 22 years of age, Vilakazi has his best years ahead of him.
The attacking midfielder is adept at creating and finishing scoring chances, with impeccable timing of his runs into the penalty area.
He would be a great signing for a team like Moroka Swallows, who could do with an injection of youthful energy in their ‘mature’ squad.
Mongezi Bobe (Leopards)
The Black Leopards captain was one of the main reasons that the Limpopo team kept themselves (just) above the relegation zone and ensured another season of top flight football.
Bobe contributed seven league goals and numerous assists in his 26 league appearances, making him easily one of Lidoda Duvha’s best performers.
At 31 he’s no spring chicken, but his services would certainly be welcome at the likes of Free State Stars or Bloemfontein Celtic.
Mor Diouf (Maritzburg)
Looking for a disciplined centre-back to build a team around? Head over to Maritzburg United with a bagful of cash and snap up Mor Diouf.
The Senegalese defender played every minute of Maritzburg’s league campaign last season, scored four goals and didn’t pick up even one yellow card!
The Team of Choice are apparently weighing up an offer from an MLS team for the 23-year-old’s services, so he could sadly be lost to the PSL before the new season kicks-off.
Sibusiso Msomi (P Stars)
An all-action midfielder with impeccable technique and big-game temperament, Sibusiso Msomi impressed whenever Platinum Stars took on the big boys last season.
The 23-year-old, a former South African U-17 and U-20 international, was on Kaizer Chiefs’ books as a youngster but was allowed to depart for Dikwena, where he made his top flight debut in 2009/10.
Capable of fulfilling a variety of roles, Msomi would be a valuable addition to any of the big guns’ squads.