Five greatest Mozambican players in PSL history

Mozambican players have made their presence felt in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

The names Elias Pelembe and Manuel Bucuane come to mind when one thinks of the best Mozambican players to play in South Africa since 1996.

The two Mambas (Mozambique national team) legends are some of the exceptionally gifted players that have come from foreign countries to light up the PSL.

There have been other Mozambique internationals, who have left their mark on the South African top-flight league over the years.

We take a look at the top five Mozambican players to play in the PSL:

JOSSIAS MACAMO

The retired left-footed attacking midfielder hit the ground running in South Africa after joining Kaizer Chiefs from Mozambican giants Costa do Sol in 2001.

Macamo helped Amakhosi clinch the BP Top 8 Cup (MTN8), Coca Coca Cup (Telkom Knockout Cup) and CAF African Cup Winners' Cup in his first season (2001/02) with the Soweto giants.

Nicknamed Mr. Letter, Macamo was known for his goal celebration of displaying written messages during his two-year spell with Chiefs, before he was loaned out to fellow PSL side Dynamos in 2003.

Macamo spent two seasons with Dynamos as one of their key players, before moving to Moroka Swallows and he returned home at the end of the 2005/06 season.

ELIAS PELEMBE

The Mozambique captain became an instant hit in South African football after joining SuperSport United from Mozambican side Desportivo Maputo in 2007.

Pelembe was SuperSport's most influential player when they won the PSL title in his debut season and he was deservedly named PSL Player of the Season and he remains the only Mozambican to win the award.

The man nicknamed Domingues then helped Matsatsantsa defend the PSL title, before moving to Mamelodi Sundowns where he won two league trophies and the Nedbank Cup between 2009 and 2015.

Domingues, who is one of the most skillful players to have played in the PSL, left Sundowns for his current club, Bidvest Wits in 2015 and he has since won the league title, MTN8 and Telkom Knockout Cup with the team.

TOMÁS INGUANA

The legendary Mozambican defender is best remembered for his time with Orlando Pirates where he had two successful stints.

The former Clube Ferroviário de Maputo player arrived in South Africa in 1999 and he was part of the Pirates team which won the league and cup (BP Top 8 Cup) double during the 2000/01 campaign.

Inguana then spent the following season with AmaZulu FC on loan from Pirates and upon his return to Bucs, he won clinched his second PSL title with the Soweto giants during the 2002/03 campaign.

He left Pirates for Vietnamese side Nam Dinh in 2004, but he came back to South Africa in the same year and he had a two-year spell with Bidvest Wits before returning home.

HELDER MUIANGA

The retired defender was a reliable, but nomadic player having turned out for four clubs in the top flight league during his time in South Africa.

Nicknamed Mano Mano, Muianga was signed by former PSL champions Manning Rangers in 1999 and he spent three solid seasons with the club and was snapped up by Black Leopards in 2002.

Known for his tackling abilities, Mano Mano went on to play for Dynamos during the 2003/04 campaign and rejoined Rangers for a brief spell before moving to Hungarian club Budapest Honved in 2004.

Upon his return to South Africa in 2006, Muianga spent two seasons with Jomo Cosmos before he retired from professional football.

MANUEL BUCUANE

The Mozambican legend scored the most goals in South Africa of all foreign-born players to ever play in the PSL having hit the back of the net 104 times.

Better known as Tico Tico, Bucuane reached double figures at Jomo Cosmos in the first three seasons (1996-1999) in the PSL, before he had spells in the United States of America (USA) and China.

Tico Tico rejoined Cosmos in 2000 and he quickly became one of Ezenkosi's best players as they clinched the 2002 Coca Cola Cup and 2003 SAA Supa 8 Cup (MTN8) as team captain.

The lethal marksman then moved to SuperSport United where he won the 2004 SAA Supa 8 Cup in his first season, before spending one-and-a-half-years with Orlando Pirates and sixth months with Maritzburg United.

Bucuane, who is placed third on the list of the PSL's all-time leading goalscorers, had his third spell with Cosmos during the 2009/10 campaign, before returning home to Mozambique and he hang up his boots in 2011.