There are a number of PSL players who test their luck in Europe. Some make it work, while others prefer to return back to Mzansi and continue on with their careers at home.
Today, I look at players who have returned to South Africa after spells in Europe…
South Africa’s best striker spent many years abroad in Europe, where he tested his skills in Holland, Portugal and England. At the age of 33, the towering hit-man returned to South Africa after 16 successful years abroad. He saw out the remainder of his career with Orlando Pirates.
The Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach spent two years abroad when he played for Argentina’s Ferro Carril Oeste before moving onto the USA, where he signed for Columbus Crew. His time overseas didn’t bring much game time and he made a return to the Gold and Black side of Soweto.
After having terrorised defences with Ajax Cape Town, Fanteni moved to Israel’s Maccabi Haifa’s in 2008. His spell wasn’t successful and he moved back to Mzansi’s Pirates in 2009.
The midfielder is a rather peculiar case in that he went overseas, returned, went back abroad and made a second return home. After bursting onto the scene with Hellenic, Davids moved to Germany in 2004. He then went to Sweden in 2006 before returning back for two years. After a year spell at Ajax, the now 29-year-old made the switch to Belgian side Lierse, where he lasted three years. Davids is now back at Ajax.
After starting his career with Jomo Cosmos, the defender made the move to Italy in 1996 in a move that made him the biggest South African transfer at the time. He then moved on to England where he played for Bolton, Charlton and Ispwich Town. His nine-year stint in Europe saw him return to Jomo Cosmos in 2007, where he played out the final seasons of his career.
There are many other names that fit into this category, who would you add to this list?