The Top 5 Best South African Footballers of All Time [ Benni McCarthy is #3]

2. Patrick Ntsoelengoe

patrickPatrick Ntsoelengoe is one of the greatest-ever “lost talents” of the African game.

The apartheid regime meant that South Africa were banned from competing in international competition by FIFA until 1992. Thus, Ntsoelengoe’s international record is limited to only one match, a 7-0 victory over Rhodesia in 1977—his career ran from between 1971 and 1984.

After beginning his career with Kaizer Chiefs, where he achieved idol status, Ntsoelengoe moved to the United States, where he enjoyed a successful career at outposts such as Minnesota, Denver and Toronto.
In his prime, Ntsoelengoe was a magnificent talent.

Clive Barker argued that had the player, who was nicknamed “Ace” been around in the modern era, his reputation would be up there alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Similarly, Alan Merrick suggested that he had an ability to stand alongside the finest players of the 1970s.


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