The PSL has produced a lot of dribblers over the years and the likes of Steve Lekoelea, Joel Seroba, Tshepo “Skhwama” Matete, Thapelo Liau, Jabu Pule, Samuel Ngobeni and Thabo Qalinge don’t make my team, So, who cracks the nod?
Francis Chansa – The Congolese goalkeeper who had a black belt in martial arts was known for acrobatic flips and flashy saves! He played for teams like Golden Arrows, Orlando Pirates, Bidvest Wits, Mpumalanga Black Aces, Santos, and Maritzburg United.
Edward Motale – “Magents” was part of the Orlando Pirates team that won the CAF Champions League in 1995! He would perform risky tricks in his own box.
Sifiso Hlanti – Nobody knew the Bidvest Wits and Bafana Bafana defender had it in himself to perform such tricks until The Clever Boys were 3-0 up against Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2016 MTN8 final at Mbombela Stadium where he was nutmegging the likes of Hlompho Kekana much to the approval of his fans and Masandawana faithful who were also applauding his tricks in the closing stages of the game.
Daniel “Sailor” Tshabalala – He was signed by Orlando Pirates after making their players look average in a Coca Coal Cup game during his time at Silver Stars who were then in the second tier of South African football. Sailor repeated the same performance against Tottenham Hotspur in a pre-season friendly and the English outfit heavily slammed him for “lack of respect”.
Asanda “Scara” Ngobese – The skilful left footer who rose to stardom during his time at Kaizer Chiefs once defied physics by doing step overs going backwards! He’ll be globally remembered for performing his trademark 360° turn in front of the great Paul Scholes in a Vodacom Challenge match against Manchester United.
Masibusane Zongo – One of the most naturally gifted players this country has ever produced! The midfielder who’s got a bag full of tricks is currently playing for GladAfrica Championship side Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila and has been with the likes of SuperSport United, Platinum Stars and Chippa United.
Xola Mlambo – “TenTen” was Sifiso Hlanti’s partner in crime at Wits when it comes to showboating. Even when Sundowns come up against his Orlando Pirates, they still plan around shutting him down because if he starts wowing the crowd he can’t be tamed.
Thabo Rakhale – Fondly known as “Jomo” due to his style of play, the Chippa United right winger is nowhere near the great Jomo Sono’s level, but he can perform any trick at any given time.
Khethokwakhe Masuku – During his time at Orlando Pirates he would be brought on with a few minutes remaining to entertain the crowd. No fullback wants to face “Bhereza” in a one on one situation, especially when the right winger’s team is leading.
Junior Khanye – Khanye gained popularity during his time at Kaizer Chiefs which earned him the Discovery Rookie of the Year award. He would humiliate defenders even against big teams like Mamelodi Sundows and Orlando Pirates.
Lebohang Mokoena – Another player who became a household name as a teenager! Cheeseboy as he was affectionately known, used to wipe the floor with defenders and most people would remember him dribbling Nhlanhla Kubheka and Cyril Nzama in one game on two separate incidents and they twisted their ankles and got substituted.