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Top 10 South African stars who've never played abroad

CliffThudinyane
By CliffThudinyane | self meida writer
Published 2 days ago - 1534 views

Playing abroad is perhaps every professional footballer's ultimate dream, but talent alone is never enough to be able to pursue that dream.

Here's a look at ten (10) brilliant SA-born players who set the PSL alight but didn't further their careers outside of the country.

10. Neil Tovey

'Mokoko' spent nine successful years at Kaizer Chiefs coupled with his international career was fruitful, but he also still didn't attract interest from overseas clubs. 

When he led Bafana Bafana to African Nations Cup glory in 1996 on home soil, his expected overseas interest surprisingly never materialized.  

Neil Tovey and Nelson Mandela - Nelson Mandela - ESPN

9. Daniel Mudau

Still to this day Sundowns' all-time top goalscorer with over 150 goals, 'Mambush' was one of the deadliest strikers in the PSL in the 1990s but he remained at Chloorkop until he retired. 

He also never played much at national team level despite his impressive goal-scoring prowess, which could have contributed to him not playing abroad.

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8. Thabo Mooki

'Tsiki Tsiki' dedicated 13 years of his playing career to Kaizer Chiefs, and was at some stage likened to the late Shoes Moshoeu in the early years of his professional career. 

Despite being the engine room in the Amakhosi midfield, having hardly featured for Bafana Bafana might have cost him not getting enough international exposure. 

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7. Steve Lekoelea 

The former Orlando Pirates attacker delivered miraculous free-kicks but for some reason just did not do enough to crack for a move abroad, with many believing that his physique might have worked against him. 

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6. Brian Baloyi

'Spiderman' was one of the best goalkeepers to have come out of South Africa during his playing days. 

Despite his height and his reflexes which saw him win every single trophy on offer with both Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns, he never received a single offer to further his career abroad. 

I have lived with those sad memories‚' says Brian Baloyi‚ remembering Ellis  Park

5. Daine Klate

Despite being one of the most decorated players in the history of the PSL with over five championship medals, Klate didn't get the chance to play abroad. 

Known as 'DK7' during his playing days, Klate retired two seasons ago, and now works in the development structures at his former club SuperSport United. 

Underrated and undervalued: Daine Klate on missed fortunes with Bafana  Bafana | Goal.com

4. Reneilwe Letsholonyane

Perhaps one of the best box-to-box midfielders to ever grace the PSL, 'Yeye' also never made it abroad with those chances having been higher while he was still at Amakhosi.  

The 38-year-old is currently on the books of TS Galaxy, and will in most likelihood hang up his boots soon. 

Highlands Park complete move for Reneilwe 'Yeye' Letsholonyane

3. Morgan Gould

Before joining Chiefs from SuperSport United, Gould was regarded as the best centre-back in the country but the luck just never came for him to go overseas, even after putting in a great shift for the national team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Now 37, Gould has dropped a division down and currently plies his trade for PSL hopefuls Sekhukhune United, who are campaigning in the GladAfrica Championship. 

Veteran defender Morgan Gould relishing his father-figure role at  Stellenbosch FC

2. Itumeleng Khune

It still puzzles football followers why Khune never made it to play abroad especially having being number one at both Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana for over a decade.

Though many believe he's already nearing the days to the end of his career, one never knows what the future holds for the once fancied best shot-stopper in the country, especially after his former close friend and colleague Siphiwe Tshabalala made it overseas at the age of 33.

 Itumeleng Khune mistakes 'big concern' for Kaizer Chiefs and Gavin Hunt

1. Teko Modise

The retired midfield maestro was not particularly unlucky not to make it abroad as according to him, he had several offers to pursue his overseas dream when he was at the peak of his career between 2008 and 2009.

When Orlando Pirates rejected all the offers for his services, Modise was also prevented from joining arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs and ended up leaving the Soweto giants for Mamelodi Sundowns before finishing his career at Cape Town City. 

ThankYouTeko' - Teko Modise hangs up his boots

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