Best XI of DStv Premiership free agents

Several DStv Premiership players are seeking new clubs after leaving their previous teams. Afrik-Foot has compiled a Best XI of these free agents.

A number of clubs are undergoing a significant player exodus as they rebuild for the upcoming season, aiming for a stronger return.

Here is a look at best starting 11 of players who remain clubless so far:

Goalkeeper – Richard Ofori

Orlando Pirates released him shortly after the 2023/24 season ended. He was among the first players to be let go. Ofori left the club after amassing 58 appearances in all competitions in four seasons he spent with the club.

The Ghanaian shot-stopper has been linked with SuperSport United who are seeking a replacement for Ricardo Goss who returned to his parent club Mamelodi Sundowns.

Right-back – Siyabonga Nhlapo 

The 35-year-old defender is one of the few right-backs available as a free agent having left Chippa United at the end of the season following the expiry of his contract with the club.

Nhlapo appears to have plenty left in the tank and could potentially sign one last contract before calling it a day in football.

Centre-back – Brian Onyango

The Kenyan defender is one of the four departures that Mamelodi Sundowns announced at the beginning of this week.

Onyango's experience in domestic competitions and in the CAF Champions League makes him a valuable asset for any DStv Premiership club. At just 29 years old, he still has plenty of time left in his career.

Centre-back – Njabulo Ngcobo

Kaizer Chiefs confirmed the exit of Njabulo Ngcobo following the end of his contract with the club in June.

He won the PSL Defender of the Season accolade in 2021 after a spectacular campaign with Moroka Swallows. Perhaps, more regular playing time is all he needs to return to his peak form.

Ngcobo has reportedly signed with Sekhukhune United. However, the club has yet to announce.

Left-back – Sibusiso Mabiliso

The 25-year-old defender has been unattached after leaving AmaZulu FC in the midseason.

He has been heavily linked with the newly-promoted Magesi FC. However, Afrik-Foot understands there has been more enquiries from DStv Premiership clubs for the services of the former Kaizer Chiefs defender.

Right-winger – Gaston Sirino

Recently released by Mamelodi Sundowns even though he still had one year remaining in his contract.

Throughout his impressive five-year tenure with the Tshwane giants, his exceptional skills have been consistently demonstrated.

The 33-year-old has been linked with Al Ahly and Raja Casablanca.

Defensive midfielder – Andile Jali

Jali has been clubless since January when he left Moroka Swallows after the internal issues at the club.

His experience with top South African teams and on the international stage speaks for itself.

According to the multiple reports, Chippa United are in pole position to acquire his services.

Best XI of DStv Premiership free agents
Andile Jali – Photo by Icon Sport

Central midfielder – Bongani Zungu

It came as a shock to many when Zungu announced his Sundowns departure after the end of the 2023/24 season.

Despite having had issues with his weight, Zungu can still stabilise the middle of the park. He displayed impressive performances at Sundowns in the past two seasons.

He has been linked with a move to Saudi Arabia.

Attacking midfielder – Keagan Dolly

Dolly left Chiefs upon the expiry of his contract at the end of June. The club confirmed his exit this past weekend.

Despite being hampered by injuries last season, Dolly still has so much to offer.

SuperSport United are reportedly front-runners for his signature while AmaZulu have also expressed their interest.

Left-winger – Vincent Pule

Pule's departure from the Buccaneers was confirmed this week after spending five years at the club since his transfer from Bidvest Wits in 2018.

While he has been missing for quite some time in action, Pule has previously demonstrated his abilities and has the potential to return to his peak.

Forward – Kermit Erasmus

Erasmus became a free agent after his exit from Ezimnyama Ngenkani at the end of the season.

This marked the end of his second stint with the club having played for them between 2013 and 2016.

Rumours of a return to Cape Town City are swirling, but his future destination remains uncertain.

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