Orlando Pirates legend Teboho Moloi, who played for the club in the early 80s, has named his best ever PSL XI for This Is Football.Africa.
Moloi who sat on the bench as an assistant coach to Ruud Krol at Pirates, when they won double treble in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons included many of the players who made history under Krol.
The 55-year old is familiar with local football, after having coaching stints in various clubs in South Africa, however in his best PSL best XI he snubbed some of the players he managed.
“During my time at Pirates and even before, the team was always playing with four at the back,” Moloi told This Is Football.Africa.
“We would have Thabo Matlaba on the left, Happy Jele on the right, and Rooi Mahamutsa and Siyabonga Sangweni as two centre backs.
“When either Matlaba or Jele move high up the field to attack, we would have one of the centre back drifting to the side to give cover, and Andile Jali would drop deep to give cover, as if he’s paying centre back.
“Therfore, we had three players remaining in the defensive line when we are attacking, and when we lost the ball and were attacked on transition, Matlaba will come back to his position and then we’re back to defending with four.
“So the way in which the team defended was so good, and the players I mentioned formed a very solid back line, hence we won trophies, “added Moloi.
The former Pirates prodigy was recently at the helm for Lesotho-based side Linare, before parting ways with the club, citing other ‘commitments’ outside of football.
Here’s Moloi’s best PSL XI:
1. Moneeb Josephs
2. Happy Jele
3. Thabo Matlaba
4. Siyabonga Sangweni
5. Rooi Mahamutsa
7. Jabu Pule
8. Steven Pienaar
9. Benni McCarthy
10. Oupa Manyisa
11. Mark Mayambela