10 PSL players following in their fathers’ footsteps

Professional soccer players who come from football backgrounds always look to emulate their fathers in order to make a name for themselves.

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We take a look at 10 players in the PSL, who come from football families.

1. Patrick Mayo – played for Kaizer Chiefs as a striker and left-back

His sons, Khanyisa (21) and Khanyisile Mayo (20) came through the SuperSport United academy, and are currently on loan at Richards Bay and University of Pretoria respectively)

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2. Sidwell Maboe – played for Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic

Lebohang Maboe (24) – is a product of the Kaizer Chiefs development structures and currently plays for Mamelodi Sundowns.

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3. Les Grobler – was a prolific striker for Moroka Swallows, and his son seems to have taken well after his him.

Bradley Grobler (32) – is a goal-poacher of note for SuperSport United, and has already banged 12 goals in this campaign, and is also part of the Bafana Bafana set-up.

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4. Benedict ‘Tso’ Vilakazi – turned out for Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns, and still holds record as Bucs’ all-time top goalscorer with 58 strikes in 170 games.

Thato Mohlamme (20) – plays for PSL-promotion chasing JDR Stars

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5. Alexis Motaung – played for Free State Stars and Hellenic

Teboho Mokoena (22) – ‘Tebza’ is the vital cog in Matsatsantsa’s engine room and is also part of the national team squad.

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6. Goodenough Nkomo – was a midfielder for Kaizer Chiefs and Highlands Park

Morgan Gould (37) – also played for Amakhosi, but is currently on the books of PSL rookies Stellenbosch FC.

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7. Patrick Moon – plied his trade for Maritzburg United for over a decade

Ryan Moon (23) – formerly with Chiefs but has since moved to join Stellenbosch FC in search of regular game-time

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8. Lesley Manyathela – the late ‘Slow Poison’ lost his live at the tender age of just 22, and was a prolific goalscorer for the Buccaneers.

Kwena Manyathela (19) – Manyathela Jnr is part of Highlands Park development team.

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9. Jomo Sono – known as the ‘Black Prince’, Sono is a legendary Pirates player whose family name is engraved in the Sea Robbers’ history books.

Matsilele Junior Sono (27) – the youngest son of Jomo, has only ever played for his father’s club Jomo Cosmos, having come through their academy.

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10. Joel Masilela – ‘Fire’ played for Mamelodi Sundowns

Thamsanqa Masiya (23) – came through the Sundowns academy with the likes of Percy Tau, and currently plays for Baroka FC in a similar position as his father, on the wing.

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