Following Lebogang Manyama’s transfer to Turkish club Konyaspor, we take a look at the other South African players to have plied their trade in the Super Lig.
Click through the images above to see our list of the most notable South Africans to have plied their trade in Turkey over the years.
Manyama announced his transfer from Cape Town City to Atiker Konyaspor on deadline day in a move that has become somewhat commonplace for the cream of the crop of South African players to come through the ranks in recent years, as he joins his Bafana Bafana teammate, Tokelo Rantie, who also plays in the league for Genclerbirligi, having joined the club from Bournemouth in August 2016.
Another Bafana teammate to have played there is May Mahlangu, who was part of the Atiker Konyaspor squad for just six months from February 2015 to July 2015.
Looking a little further back, Helman Mkhalele spent eight years in the country between 1997 and 2005, turning out for Kayserispor, MKE Ankaragücü, Göztepe and Malatyaspor before eventually returning to Jomo Cosmos, where he saw out the rest of his playing days. The late ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu played for Genclerbirligi, Kocaelispor, Fenerbahce SK and Bursaspor between 1993 and 2002. Alfred Phiri also played for Genclerbirligi, Vanspor and Samsunspor between 1996 and 2002.
Other examples of South African players to have played in Turkey include Steve Komphela, Dumisa Ngobe, Godfrey Sapula and Ace Khuse, amongst others.