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The Best Soccer Players from South Africa 

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Updated November 21, 2019 8.3k votes 1.4k voters 123.7k views 80 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
Forward

Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa

Nationality: South 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 ...more
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Lucas Radebe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Defender

Birthplace: Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South 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
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Doctor Khumalo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Doctor Khumalo Midfielder

Birthplace: Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South 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 ...more
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Steven Pienaar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Midfielder

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Steven Jerome Pienaar (Afrikaans pronunciation: [ˈstivən ˈpinɑːr]; born 17 March 1982) is a South African former professional footballer. He was a captain of the South African national team. He ...more
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Itumeleng Khune is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
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Birthplace: Ventersdorp, South Africa

Nationality: South 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 ...more
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Mark Fish is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Defender

Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Mark Anthony Fish (born 14 March 1974) is a retired South African footballer who played as a defender.
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Siphiwe Tshabalala is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Siphiwe Tshabalala Defender, Midfielder

Birthplace: Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South 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, ...more
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Jomo Sono is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Jomo Sono Forward, Midfielder

Birthplace: Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South 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 ...more
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Siyabonga Nomvethe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Nationality: South 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 ...more
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Sibusiso Zuma is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Sibusiso Zuma Forward, Midfielder

Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Sibusiso Wiseman Zuma (born 23 June 1975) is a South African former professional footballer who played as a forward or midfielder.
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Quinton Fortune is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Winger, Defender, Midfielder

Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Quinton Fortune (born 21 May 1977) is a South African former professional footballer who played as both a midfielder and a defender. He moved to Europe at the age of 14 to play for English club ...more
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Helman Mkhalele is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Helman Mkhalele Midfielder

Birthplace: Newcastle, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Helman Nkosiyethu Mkhalele (born 20 October 1969, in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal) is a former South African football player better known as Midnight Express. He was the part of the Orlando Pirates ...more
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Matthew Booth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Defender

Birthplace: Fish Hoek, Cape Town, South Africa

Nationality: South 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 ...more
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Teko Modise is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Teko Modise Midfielder

Birthplace: Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Teko Tsholofelo Modise (born 22 December 1982) is a retired South African Tswana professional footballer who played as a midfielder for Cape Town City in the Premier Soccer League. He was also a ...more
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Reneilwe Letsholonyane ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Reneilwe Letsholonyane Midfielder

Birthplace: Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Reneilwe "Yeye" Letsholonyane (born 9 June 1982 in Soweto, Gauteng) is a South African football midfielder for SuperSport United F.C. and the South African national team.
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Neil Tovey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Neil Tovey

Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

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 ...more
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Brian Baloyi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Goalkeeper

Birthplace: Alexandra, Gauteng, South Africa

Nationality: South 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 ...more
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Thulani Serero is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Thulani Serero Midfielder

Birthplace: Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South 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 ...more
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Kaizer Motaung is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Kaizer Motaung Forward

Birthplace: Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South 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 ...more
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Andile Jali is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Andile Jali Midfielder

Birthplace: Matatiele, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Andile Ernest Jali (born 10 April 1990) is a South African footballer who plays for Mamelodi Sundowns in the Premier Soccer League and the South African national football team.
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Bernard Parker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Bernard Parker Winger, Forward, Midfielder

Birthplace: Boksburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Bernard Parker (born 16 March 1986 in Boksburg, Gauteng) is a South African professional association football midfielder/striker playing for Kaizer Chiefs.
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Benedict Vilakazi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Benedict Vilakazi Midfielder

Birthplace: Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Benedict Vilakazi (born 9 August 1982 in Soweto, Gauteng) is a retired South African football (soccer) player who last played as a midfielder for Botswana Meat Commission in Botswana. He was ...more
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Steve Lekoelea is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Steve Lekoelea Midfielder

Birthplace: South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Steve "Chippa" Lekoelea (born 5 February 1979 in Sebokeng, Gauteng as Steve Motsiri) is a South African football (soccer) midfielder who played for Premier Soccer League club Platinum ...more
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Portia Modise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Portia Modise Forward, Midfielder

Birthplace: Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Portia Modise (born 20 June 1983) is a South African women's footballer who was named Player of the Championship at the 2006 Women's African Football Championship. She represented the South ...more
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Eric Tinkler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Africa
Eric Tinkler Midfielder

Birthplace: Roodepoort, South Africa

Nationality: South 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.