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.

Read: Sundowns trio chasing record 7 PSL titles

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)


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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