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The Best Soccer Players from South Africa

Updated November 21, 2019 9.2k votes 1.5k voters 128k 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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    BirthplaceCape Town, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Benedict Saul "Benni" McCarthy (born 12 November 1977) is a South African former footballer who is currently the head coach of Cape Town City in South Africa.McCarthy is the South Africa national  ...more
  • 2
    Midfielder
    180
    27

    BirthplaceSoweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Thulani Caleb Serero (born 11 April 1990) is a South African footballer who plays as a midfielder for Al Jazira and the South African national team. Prior to joining Vitesse , he played for Ajax and  ...more
  • 3
    Midfielder
    159
    21

    BirthplaceRoodepoort, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Eric Tinkler (born 30 July 1970) is a South African football coach and former player. He is currently the manager of Maritzburg United in the South African Premier Division.  ...more
  • 4
    Defender
    270
    91

    BirthplaceSoweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Lucas Valeriu Ntuba Radebe OIS (born 12 April 1969) is a South African former footballer who played primarily as a centre-back. He began playing in South Africa with Kaizer Chiefs, before  ...more

    #415 of 452 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time#26 of 50 The Best Black Soccer Players Of All Time

  • 5
    Forward, Midfielder
    122
    17

    BirthplaceDurban, South Africa

    NationalityGermany,South Africa

    Delron Sebastian Buckley (born 7 December 1977) is a South African former footballer. His preferred position was on the left wing although he could play in the centre of midfield or as a striker.  ...more
  • 6
    Midfielder
    194
    61

    BirthplaceSoweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Theophilus “Doctor” Khumalo (born 26 June 1967 in Soweto), also known as "16 valve", is a retired South African soccer player. He is best known for being a star midfielder for Kaizer Chiefs as well  ...more
  • 7
    FundiswaFundi addedGoalkeeper
    182
    62

    BirthplaceVentersdorp, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Itumeleng Isaac Khune (born 20 June 1987) is a South African footballer who plays as goalkeeper for Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier Soccer League, and also the South African national team. He is the   ...more
  • 8
    Midfielder
    112
    20

    BirthplaceSoweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Thabo Mooki (born 22 October 1974 in Soweto, Gauteng) is a retired South African football (soccer) midfielder who spent all his professional career with Premier Soccer League club Kaizer Chiefs. He  ...more
  • 9
    Defender, Midfielder
    102
    16

    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Bradley Neil Carnell (born 21 January 1977) is a retired South African football defender. He works as an assistant coach with the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer.  ...more
  • 10
    Defender, Midfielder
    200
    79

    BirthplaceSoweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Lawrence Siphiwe Tshabalala (born 25 September 1984) is a South African professional football midfielder who plays for Büyükşehir Belediye Erzurumspor in the Turkish Süper Lig, and the South Africa  ...more
  • 11
    98
    17

    BirthplaceSouth Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Jerry Sikhosana (born 8 June 1969 in Tembisa) is a South African former football player. Playing most of his career at Orlando Pirates, he was an assumed Pirates' fierce rival Kaizer Chiefs fan, but  ...more
  • 12
    Forward, Midfielder
    100
    19

    BirthplaceNewcastle, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Fani Madida (born 7 December 1966) is a South African former footballer who played as a midfielder or forward in South Africa for Giant Blackpool, Kaizer Chiefs and Hellenic and in Turkey for  ...more
  • 13
    Forward, Midfielder
    157
    58

    BirthplaceSoweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Ephraim Matsilela Sono OIS (affectionately known as Jomo Sono and sometimes also called the "Black Prince of South African Soccer" and "Bra J" "Mjomana" ) (born 17 July 1955) is a South African  ...more
  • 14
    Midfielder
    99
    19

    BirthplaceSoweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Arthur "10111" Zwane (born 20 September 1973 in Soweto, Gauteng) is a retired South African football (soccer) midfielder who last played for Kaizer Chiefs.   ...more
  • 15
    Defender
    86
    18

    BirthplaceKimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Jimmy Tau (born 23 July 1980 in Kimberley, Northern Cape) is a retired South African football (soccer) defender who last played for Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier Soccer League. He also represented  ...more
  • 16
    Winger, Forward
    112
    46

    BirthplaceDurban, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Siyabonga Eugene Nomvethe (born 2 December 1977) is a South African former soccer player who played as a forward in several European leagues, and last represented AmaZulu FC in the Absa Premiership.  ...more
  • 17
    72
    23

    BirthplaceFish Hoek, Cape Town, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Matthew Paul Booth (born 14 March 1977) is a former South African football defender who last played for Bidvest Wits in the Premier Soccer League and internationally for the South Africa national  ...more
  • 18
    61
    16

    BirthplaceParys, Free State, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Tokelo Anthony Rantie is a South African footballer who currently plays for Football League Championship side Bournemouth and the South Africa national team.  ...more
  • 19
    Forward, Midfielder
    67
    21

    BirthplaceNewcastle, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Siyabonga Nkosi (born 22 August 1981) is a South African former footballer who played as a attacking midfielder.  ...more
  • 20
    Winger, Forward
    86
    38

    BirthplaceBoksburg, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Bernard Parker (born 16 March 1986 in Boksburg, Gauteng) is a South African professional association football midfielder/striker playing for Kaizer Chiefs.   ...more
  • 21
    Goalkeeper
    70
    25

    BirthplaceAlexandra, Gauteng, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Brian Baloyi (born 16 March 1974 in Alexandra, Gauteng) is a retired South African football (soccer) goalkeeper. Baloyi made his professional debut in 1993. He joined league rivals Mamelodi Sundowns  ...more
  • 22
    Neil Robert Tovey OIS (born 2 July 1962) is a South African football coach and former player and also brother of former footballer Mark Tovey. He was born in Pretoria. He holds the record for most  ...more
  • 23
    Midfielder
    52
    11

    BirthplaceSoweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Godfrey Zolile Sapula (born 17 November 1973 in Soweto, Gauteng) is a former South African football (soccer) midfielder for Premier Soccer League club Platinum Stars and South Africa. Year joined  ...more
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    65
    25

    BirthplaceSoweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Kaizer Motaung OIS (born 16 October 1944) is a former South African football (soccer) player and founder of Kaizer Chiefs FC, of which he is chairman and managing director. He is nicknamed "Chincha  ...more
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    49
    11

    BirthplaceCape Town, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Mogammat Nasief Morris (born 16 April 1981) is a South African former footballer who played as a central defender. He left his country in 2001 to pursue a career in Europe, going on to play mostly in  ...more
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