Our PSL dream team

2014-05-25 15:01

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Many players have been eye-catching this season but unfortunately not all can make the cut.

Some of the usual suspects appear on our best 11 after another good season, but other high-profile names don’t make a reappearance owing to surprisingly below-par performances in 2013/14.

We are going with a 4-4-2 formation, as this system is best suited to ­incorporate all the big names. We hope our chosen coach, Pitso Mosimane, will be able to master this formation. Any good team is built from the back and we decided to give Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs the nod ahead of his Kaizer Chiefs counterpart Itumeleng Khune, who is relegated to the bench.

Josephs did well despite not being recognised at last week’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) awards. He showed great character after his African Nations Championship disaster and, despite being labelled a loser by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula in January, he led his team to the third spot on the Absa Premiership log. Josephs also helped the Students reach the Nedbank Cup final.

Despite both being left-footed, Tefu Mashamaite and Alje Schut will marshal our defence, as they have done for Chiefs and Sundowns, respectively, this season.

The duo will allow Thabo Matlaba to make forays from left back to try his long-range missiles at goal. The advantage with our centre backs is their aerial power. They can also score crucial goals from set pieces.

After lifting the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout trophies, Platinum Stars ­­right back Vuyo Mere earns a place in the team, not because he’s a leader on the field, but because of his performances.

Like the Absa Premiership coaches and players who made him footballer of the season and players’ player of the season, Sibusiso Vilakazi is the mainstay of the team. He gets the freedom of the field and can start and finish moves. The Wits captain has shown maturity this season and deserves his place in the team. He is well supported by Orlando Pirates’ Oupa “Ace” Manyisa, who never seems to get tired on the field. The two will complement each other in the middle of the park.

After his “resurrection”, Teko Modise will occupy the right wing, interchanging with young player of the season Keegan Dolly from Ajax Cape Town. Modise has found a new lease of life under Mosimane at Sundowns and will bring experience to the side, while Dolly will add pace to the attack.

There is no doubt about Bernard Parker’s ability in front of goal despite his poor form towards the end of the season. The Chiefs marksman should form a deadly partnership with his former team-mate Sthembiso Ngcobo. The Wits striker has shown a hunger for goals of late and can also defend when he is required to do so.

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