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The Best Soccer Players from South Africa

Updated November 21, 2019 7.6k votes 1.4k voters 126.4k views79 items

List of the best soccer players from South Africa. List includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from South Africa, along with photos when available. This list of best South African soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous South African soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

Players on this list include Tumelo Nhlapo and Siyabonga Nkosi.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best South African footballers?" and "Who is the greatest South African soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of South Africa in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular South African soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.
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    Benni McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    BirthplaceCape Town, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Benedict Saul "Benni" McCarthy (born 12 November 1977) is a South African former footballer... more on Wikipedia
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    Lucas Radebe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Lucas Radebe

    Defender

    BirthplaceSoweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Lucas Valeriu Ntuba Radebe OIS (born 12 April 1969) is a South African former footballer who... more on Wikipedia

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    Steven Pienaar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Steven Pienaar

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Steven Jerome Pienaar (Afrikaans pronunciation: [ˈstivən ˈpinɑːr]; born 17 March 1982) is a... more on Wikipedia
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    Doctor Khumalo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Doctor Khumalo

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceSoweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Theophilus “Doctor” Khumalo (born 26 June 1967 in Soweto), also known as "16 valve", is a... more on Wikipedia
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    Siphiwe Tshabalala is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Siphiwe Tshabalala

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSoweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Lawrence Siphiwe Tshabalala (born 25 September 1984) is a South African professional football... more on Wikipedia
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    Itumeleng Khune is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Itumeleng Khune

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceVentersdorp, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Itumeleng Isaac Khune (born 20 June 1987) is a South African footballer who plays as... more on Wikipedia
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    Mark Fish is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Mark Fish

    Defender

    BirthplaceCape Town, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Mark Anthony Fish (born 14 March 1974) is a retired South African footballer who played as a... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Fani Madida is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Fani Madida

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceNewcastle, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Fani Madida (born 7 December 1966) is a South African former footballer who played as a... more on Wikipedia
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    Jomo Sono is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Jomo Sono

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSoweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Ephraim Matsilela Sono OIS (affectionately known as Jomo Sono and sometimes also called the... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Siyabonga Nomvethe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Siyabonga Nomvethe

    Winger, Forward

    BirthplaceDurban, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Siyabonga Eugene Nomvethe (born 2 December 1977) is a South African former soccer player who... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Quinton Fortune is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Quinton Fortune

    Winger, Defender

    BirthplaceCape Town, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Quinton Fortune (born 21 May 1977) is a South African former professional footballer who... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Sibusiso Zuma is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Sibusiso Zuma

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceDurban, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Sibusiso Wiseman Zuma (born 23 June 1975) is a South African former professional footballer... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Thabo Mngomeni is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Thabo Mngomeni

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceCape Town, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Thabo Mngomeni (born 24 June 1969, Cape Town, Western Cape) is a South African former football... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Teko Modise is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Teko Modise

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceSoweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Teko Tsholofelo Modise (born 22 December 1982) is a retired South African Tswana professional... more on Wikipedia
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    Brian Baloyi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Brian Baloyi

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceAlexandra, Gauteng, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Brian Baloyi (born 16 March 1974 in Alexandra, Gauteng) is a retired South African football... more on Wikipedia
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    Helman Mkhalele is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Helman Mkhalele

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceNewcastle, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Helman Nkosiyethu Mkhalele (born 20 October 1969, in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal) is a former... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Matthew Booth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    BirthplaceFish Hoek, Cape Town, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Matthew Paul Booth (born 14 March 1977) is a former South African football defender who last... more on Wikipedia
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    Reneilwe Letsholonyane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Reneilwe Letsholonyane

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceSoweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Reneilwe "Yeye" Letsholonyane (born 9 June 1982 in Soweto, Gauteng) is a South African... more on Wikipedia
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    Bernard Parker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Bernard Parker

    Winger, Forward

    BirthplaceBoksburg, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Bernard Parker (born 16 March 1986 in Boksburg, Gauteng) is a South African professional... more on Wikipedia
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    Kaizer Motaung is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Kaizer Motaung

    Forward

    BirthplaceSoweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Kaizer Motaung OIS (born 16 October 1944) is a former South African football (soccer) player... more on Wikipedia
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    Tokelo Rantie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Tokelo Rantie

    Forward

    BirthplaceParys, Free State, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Tokelo Anthony Rantie is a South African footballer who currently plays for Football League... more on Wikipedia
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    Thulani Serero is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Thulani Serero

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceSoweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Thulani Caleb Serero (born 11 April 1990) is a South African footballer who plays as a... more on Wikipedia
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    Neil Tovey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Neil Tovey

    Neil Robert Tovey OIS (born 2 July 1962) is a South African football coach and former player... more on Wikipedia
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    Eric Tinkler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Eric Tinkler

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceRoodepoort, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Eric Tinkler (born 30 July 1970) is a South African football coach and former player. He is... more on Wikipedia
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    Andile Jali is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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    Andile Jali

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceMatatiele, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Andile Ernest Jali (born 10 April 1990) is a South African footballer who plays for Mamelodi... more on Wikipedia
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