Downs Boast Almost Twice As Many Internationals As Chiefs
Mamelodi Sundowns Have The Most Internationals In Their Squad
When it comes to players that have been capped for their national teams, Mamelodi Sundowns have more than any other club in the Absa Premiership and almost twice as many as Kaizer Chiefs.
An indication of a player’s quality can be found in a national team call-up and being trusted to represent his country, a great honour for any player. The PSL’s leader in terms of international players in their squad is CAF Champions League champions, Mamelodi Sundowns.
Click through the images above to see the PSL’s leading squads in terms of international players.
The squad available to Pitso Mosimane this season boasts no fewer than 22 players that have earned international caps in their careers, including the likes of Kennedy Mweene (Zambia), Denis Onyango (Uganda), Anthony Laffor (Liberia), Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe) and nine Bafana Bafana internationals, such as Percy Tau, Oupa Manyisa and Sibusiso Vilakazi. Overall, the team’s players have represented seven different nations.
Coming in second place are Bidvest Wits, who have 20 internationals on their books, including Darren Keet, Daine Klate and Thulani Hlatshwayo, amongst the Bafana Bafana stars, while the likes of Elias Pelembe (Mozambique), Amr Gamal (Egypt) and Gabadinho Mhango (Malawi) have represented other countries from around the continent.
SuperSport United also have 18 international players, including the likes of Dean Furman, Bradley Grobler, Thuso Phala.
In fourth place are Orlando Pirates, who have 14 current and former international stars on their books, including Thabo Matlaba, Abubaker Mobara and Tendai Ndoro (Zimbabwe). However, their numbers are dominated by stars that haven’t represented their respective countries for some time, including Issa Sarr, Ayanda Gcaba and Happy Jele, while Kaizer Chiefs have 13 players currently on their books in fifth place, with the likes of Erick Mathoho, Itumeleng Khune, Willard Katsande (Zimbabwe) all part of their team.
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