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PSL stars Ready to set Afcon alight

Besides the Bafana stars, 10 other players who ply their trade in the local Absa Premier Soccer league will represent their countries in the Africa Cup of Nations from next Saturday.

South Africa has 16 locally based players in their squad, which brings the total of PSL stars in the tournament to 26.

Kennedy Mweene: Free State Stars and Zambia

Dubbed Africa’s number one goalkeeper, the 28 year old’s acrobatic saves, brilliant positioning and undoubted penalty taking and saving abilities made him a marvel to watch as Chipolopolo surprised the football world.

Noah Chivuta: Free State Stars and Zambia:

The left-footed winger has not made much of an impact this year, but his experience and his excellent free kick taking abilities makes him an important member of Herve Renard’s squad.

Collins Mbesuma: Orlando Pirates and Zambia

The burly frontman has returned to his devastating form and with his healthy goal return for defending champions Orlando Pirates, Ntofontofo will be expected to bang more goals for the Copper Bullets.

Joseph Musonda: Golden Arrows and Zambia

Musonda is one of the few who have more than a century of caps for Chipolopolo. The experienced 35 year old will make his fifth appearance at this year’s Afcon, having turned out for the Zambian side at all their previous tournament appearances in Gabon, Angola, Ghana and Egypt.

Mohammed Awal: Maritzburg United and Ghana

With his tall and physically intimidating stature, Awal is among the best defenders in the PSL and his exploits on the field have not gone unnoticed.

Dové Wome: Free State Stars and Togo

Wome made a name for himself scoring vital goals for his Free State side against big teams like Chiefs and Pirates. His tireless running and calculated runs behind the opposition’s defence makes him deadly.

Boubacar Talatou: Thanda Royal Zulu and Niger

On his day, Talatou is a powerful defensive midfielder capable of taking the game by the scruff of the neck, marshalling the centre of the park with ease and creating chances.

Sadat Ouro-Akoriko: Free State Stars and Togo

The 24-year-old defender has been a regular and consistent feature in Steve Khomphela’s side. His timely tackles and marking abilities have made him a fan favourite.

Davies Nkausu: SuperSport United and Zambia.

A versatile defender who can play at either right or left back, or even in midfield, Nkausu’s abilities and leadership abilities makes him one of Chipolopolo’s secret weapons.

Kassaly Daouda: Chippa United and Niger

Kasally showed in recent games before the Christmas break why he is one of Niger’s trusted goal minders