South Africa (SA) is one of the leading sports powerhouses in Africa. It has produced many cricket, football, rugby, and basketball players.
The Bafana Bafana is the country’s national football team. Some of its players represent local teams while others play in foreign leagues including the English Premier League (EPL). You can predict the number of goals that a particular player will score for Bafana Bafana at Betway.
The following are five South African stars who played in the EPL.
Mark Stein (Chelsea, 1993-1998)
Mark was born in 1966 in Cape Town and left the country in the 1970s, as his family migrated to England. The former Chelsea player scored in seven games between December 1993 and February 1994. Even so, Ruud Van Nistelrooy broke his record in 2002.
Phil Masinga (Leeds United,1994-1996)
Phil was born and grew up in Khuma, Klerksdorp. He left Mamelodi Sundowns and joined Leeds United. Lucas Radebe joined him at the English club after three weeks. Phil scored 11 goals for his club and a hat trick in an FA Cup game against Walsall. He later left Leeds after playing in 31 games and joined St Gallen.
After a while, the former Mamelodi player later joined Bari and Salernitana. In an interview with the BBC, Rademe stated that he struggled to adapt to England’s weather together with Phil who mentored him a lot. Unfortunately, Phil died in January 2019.
Lucas Radebe (Leeds United, 1994-2005)
Two decades ago, many South Africans could learn how to bet on soccer and win huge payouts. Lucas was the most popular South African footballer in the English Premiership in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He moved from Kaizer Chiefs to Leeds United in 1994 and was nicknamed “The Chief.” Lucas played 201 games for Leeds in the Premier League. Rumors claimed that the club signed him to give Phil Masinga company.
Surprisingly, Lucas played as a goalkeeper in several games in April 1996. He replaced Mark Beeney in a match against Manchester United after the keeper handled the ball outside the box early in the first half. By then, Lucas was on the bench as a sub and was shocked when he was given gloves and a jersey.
Mark Fish (Bolton Wanderers, 1997-1998 and Charlton Athletic, 2000-2005)
Mark joined Charlton Athletic in 2000 and played more than 100 matches. He began his European football career at S.S. Lazio after leaving Orlando Pirates in 1996. Reports show that the South African star turned down an offer from Manchester United and opted to join Bolton Wanderers.
Eric Tinkler (Barnsley FC, 1997-1998)
Eric played as a midfielder for Bafana Bafana. He signed with Barnsley in 1997 and didn’t leave the club after it got relegated in 1998. Yet, Eric moved to Caldas in 2002 to advance his soccer career.
Soccer has a huge following in South Africa. Betway allows South African gamblers to wager on local and international leagues. Most of them are ardent supporters of the Premier League. Mark Stein, Phil Masinga, Lucas Radebe, Mark Fish, and Eric Tinkler are top SA footballers who played in the EPL. They inspired young players to join other foreign leagues.