AFCON 2023: Which DStv Premiership Players Could Earn a Transfer Abroad After Tournament?

AFCON 2023: Which DStv Premiership Players Could Earn a Transfer Abroad After Tournament?

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at February 13, 2024 at 9:22 AM
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  • AFCON 2023 has been hailed as the best-ever CAF tournament, on and off the pitch
  • Several DStv Premiership players are rumoured to be attracting interest abroad
  • The Premier League, MLS and Saudi Pro League are preferred destinations

International tournaments have become valuable shop windows.

Bafana Bafana's first AFCON medal in 23 years has put a spotlight on the players responsible for the success, as well as the league that the bulk of them ply their trade.

Sports Brief looks at the players in the DStv Premiership who could still entice foreign clubs to open their chequebook.

PSL Transfers, DStv Premiership, Teboho Mokoena, Stanley Nwabali, Evidence Makgopa, Khuliso Mudau, Ronwen Williams.
DStv Premiership players impressed at AFCON 2023 and are likely to be on the radar of foreign clubs looking to strengthen their squads. Photo: @holardamolar, @joy_zelda and @Sheldon_RS17.
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Purchasing a player is a risky investment and those passing 30 have a shorter shelf-life, thus offering a lower rate of return.

Namibians, Deon Hotto and Peter Shalulile are 33 and 30, respectively, suggesting their chances of a European move are slim to none.

Ghana's Richard Ofori did himself no favours in Ivory Coast and Mozambican, Edmilson Dove may have already peaked at Kaizer Chiefs.

At 34, Themba Zwane is likely to see out his career in South Africa, as are 31-year-old Grant Kekana and Mothobi Mvala, who turns 30 at the end of this season.

5 Possible transfers from PSL to foreign clubs

1. Ronwen Williams

Unfortunately, the AFCON 2023 Golden Glove winner is also on the wrong side of 30. However, goalkeepers do have a lengthier career than the outfielders, so it is not out of the question.

It would take a perfect storm of circumstances to prize him away from Chloorkop, most importantly, a club willing to meet Mamelodi Sundowns' valuation of the 32-year-old.

2. Khuliso Mudau

Held up as the best right back on the continent by Bafana Bafana loyalists, the time for Mudau to move is approaching the now-or-never phase.

He turns 29 before the end of this season and as per TransferMarkt, has 18 months left on his contract. Any contract renewal would see the end of any possible move so 'Sailor' must decide whether to put up the 'For Sale' sign.

3. Stanley Nwabali

The much-loved Nigerian is almost certain to find a new home away from Chippa United, and at 27, still many miles to offer a new owner.

The ruckus over Siviwe Mpengesi may expedite the process but it is unlikely to happen before the end of the season, and 'Chippa' may have partaken in a very clever piece of marketing with his pro-Nigeria statements.

4. Evidence Makgopa

Ridiculed before the tournament, the Orlando Pirates striker endeared himself to everyone back in South Africa. His work rate and sacrifice off the ball is a prerequisite for modern strikers, and at 23, would be worth the gamble.

Europe could be a step too far, but other continents would be ideal. The MLS has a growing South African contingent and Pitso Mosimane could convince his bosses to part with a few Riyals if his stay in Saudi Arabia is extended.

5. Teboho Mokoena

Bafana Bafana's midfield-maestro has had the most transfer speculation circling around him. Soccer Laduma reports that Bournemouth are eyeing the 26-year-old who is believed to be prioritising playing time.

He ticks all the boxes wanted in a midfielder - work-rate, composure, intelligence and a goal threat from open play or dead-ball scenarios.

However, as with a few players on this list, Masandawana will be aiming to protect their interests, and hopes are that the player's dreams are not scuppered by financial gaps too wide to bridge.

5 records broken at AFCON 2023

Sports Brief recently compiled a list of amazing records that were broken in Ivory Coast this past month.

The 34th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations is being hailed as the best ever by the competition's standards.

Ivory Coast won the tournament on home soil in front of over 55,000 fans in Abidjan, beating Nigeria in the final.

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Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.