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Alex Bapela names his all-time dream team

The likes of Gerald Raphahlela, Joel Masilela and John Moshoeu feature in Mamelodi Sundowns legend Alex Bapela’s dream team of players he played with and against during his career.

Bapela is in the news again given his imminent appointment to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzhivhandila’s technical team ahead of the new season.

Speaking to, the 50-year-old named the following XI as the best of the best ...


John Tlale - “Solid keeper and consistent.”


Vuyo Mere - “Good football brain all-round, effective going up and good defensively. He's got that staying power, [and is] consistent as well.


Lovers Mohlala - “Strong in the air; good tackler in a ‘no-nonsense’ way. Intimidating and scored goals too.


Themba Mnguni - “Pacey centre-back with leadership qualities and a strong character.”


Gerald Raphahlela - “No-nonsense and intimidating defender who always played to win, even in small-sided games. He had an unmatched passion for the game.”


John Moeti - “Small in stature with a big heart, he had leadership qualities on and off the pitch. ‘Mr Reliable’ who gave you his all in all the games.”


John Moshoeu - “His athletic nature made him cover a big part of the game; a hard worker of note. Comfortable on the ball, a good dribbler and pacey.”


Joel Masilela - “Good on the ball, he went past players with ease. A typical winger with good crosses.”


Mandla Mabena - “His injury robbed us of a good footballer. Strong on the ball and a good dribbler. Good cutting inside as he was more right-footed, but played on the left wing.”


Daniel Mudau - “Intelligent and only knew one thing in the game - to score goals - and he did it with aplomb.


Andries Sebola - “Small in stature as well, he had a good eye for goal, and was nippy around the box. Scored out of nothing and never missed a chance.”


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