The PSL teams have had a lot of talented goalkeepers since inception in 1997. In general the country has never experienced lack of top class goalkeepers in the history of South African football. There are a few local goalkeepers who also managed to get European contracts over the years and most of them did very well. We will look at the former top PSL goalkeepers and discuss their talents.
Steve was one of the best goalkeepers in the country and represented the national team Bafana Bafana during his playing days. He played his club football for a number of teams including Hellenic and Kaizer Chiefs. He is in the books of history in South African football.
Wade Du Plessis
One of the great former goalkeepers who managed to play for both the Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. It was not easy for strikers to score against him especially with shots from range. He also played for Bafana Bafana and was rated of the best in the country. The goal that he will never forget against him was a long range shot taken by Steve Komphela while he was playing for QwaQwa Stars from his own half and Wade was standi about 10 metres from the goals and the ball went in easily.
Also one of the best former goalkeepers who played for both Pirates and Chiefs. He was from Swaziland and managed to establish himself in the South African football. He was full of jokes while on the field of play and fans used to love him a lot. He never liked conceding goals and when he did he would run to his defenders and shout at them. He is working as a commentator for a national television company now.
Brian was one of the top goalkeepers in the country and he started his career at Kaizer Chiefs before moving to Mamelodi Sundowns. He learned under the former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper from the DCR, Botende Eshele. Brian was the understudy to Botende and when his time came, he impressed the technical team and was awarded with game time during his first season with the senior Kaizer Chiefs team. He also played for Bafana Bafana and was the goalkeeper when South Africa lost in the final against Egypt in the 1998 AFCON in Burkina Faso. The Bafana team was coached by Jomo Sono.
John played his club football for QwaQwa Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns. He was great between the sticks and was not easy to score against. He gave a lot of strikers nightmares for saving what they regarded as goals during his playing days. John also played for Bafana Bafana and was part of the team that won the AFCON although he did not play a single minute in the tournament.
Funny thing about John Tlale was that when the teams he played for were playing in the evening he would conceded soft goals and fans went on to say that John could not see during the night and that made all the team opponents to consider games against John’ side during the evening.