Malawi national football team defender Limbikani Mzava and attacker Frank Gabadinho Mhango have been listed among the 14 current South Africa Premier Soccer League (PSL) most valuable foreign stars.
According to South African leading online publication kickoff.com, Highlands Park defence pillar Mzava is ranked sixth and is valued at R17.3m while Flames’ Orlando Pirates attacker Mhango is ranked eighth at R15.2m.
The duo made a switch last year in June with Mzava leaving Golden Arrows to join Park whereas Mhango moved to Pirates from Bidvest Wits.
Mzava said the development has given him motivation to continue working hard to maintain his form.
“PSL is regarded as one of the top leagues in Africa. When you are rated highly, it gives you a chance to secure better deals internationally. For me it is a matter pitch,” Mzava said.
The former Mighty Tigers defender said he was encouraged to play for Park having faced injury hiccups during the first round of the 2019/2020 Absa Premiership season.
On his part, Gaba said he would not become complacent after being valued among top 14 foreign players.
“It sounds good but after all it also goes with dedication. As a player, I know the importance of being rated highly as you get recognised. So this is something great,” Mhango said.
The former Nyasa Big Bullets forward said his desire was to help Pirates win titles.
Meanwhile, the list is also dominated by three Zimbabweans, while nations such as Namibia, Zambia, Uruguay and Malawi all have two representatives.
Currently Zimbabwe’s international Khama Billiat is ranked first and valued at R38.6m followed by Namibian goalkeeper Deon Hotto who plays for Bidvest Wits who is valued at R24.4.
Ugandan goalkeeper Denis Onyango who plays for Mamelodi Sundowns is third at R20.3m while Zambian Mwape Musonda of Black Leopards is fourth at R19.3 with Gaston Silino from Uruguay playing for Sundowns valued at R17.3m.