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McCarthy vs Hodgskin In 365's New Fantasy Series 17/12/03
SASoccer365 will be starting a new series for the holiday season: We are asking some of the top PSL stars to choose their fantasy soccer teams, who would be capable of winning the Castle Premiership.

The criteria for choosing the teams is as follows: The team must be made up of South Africans (abroad or local) as well as any other players currently plying their trades in any of the South African leagues.

We will then leave it up to you, the readers, to decide which team would come out on top. You can either , or discuss the matter with other fans on our CHAT FORUM...

We start today with two defenders whose sides are both competing for league honours : Fabian McCarthy of Kaizer Chiefs and Wits University's Ryan Hodgskin.

Fantasy Team - Fabian McCarthy:

Former Bloemfontein Celtic and Sundowns defender Fabian 'Fabs' McCarthy revealed to SASoccer365.com the eleven players, along with their coach, who would sweep aside any opposition in the Castle Premiership.

"Eish this is difficult, I'd have the whole Kaizer Chiefs squad or the Olympic under-23 team in the Castle Premiership if I could. These two teams would win all their games, but let me go back to my roots as I want to choose players who influenced my career when I started.

GOALKEEPER: Emille Baron
He was with us at the Olympics. Very good keeper. Excellent skills and strong on the ball. He also has international experience and at the age of 24 he's only just begun.

RIGHT BACK: Michael Manzini
My former team mate is solid. Good guy to be around and on the field you are comfortable knowing not many attacks are going to come in from the opposition's left midfield.

My former teammate. A hell of a defender who is ruthless and does not let anyone get past him. His playing in the First Division though, but he's doing very well there.

CENTREBACK: Papi Khomane
An excellent man marker. He reads the game well and frustrates strikers with his timeous tackles. Cool under pressure too, something you must have as a defender.

LEFTBACK: Lovers Mohlala
Fast and furious, hahaha, that is Lovers for you. He is equally adept at defending and attacking. He has a vicious left foot shot which is also useful at crosses.

He has done well at Downs and being so young still he has an advantage learning from the older guys there. I'd have him there as he works hard for the ball and  in one-on-one situations he definitely will win.

I told you I was going back in time, but this guy is hard. He is not short of anything a quality ball winner should have - experience, an eye for goal and a ball winner.

LEFT MIDFIELD: Dillon Sheppard
The best left-footed player in the country. He can deliver crosses and at set-pieces he is extremely useful. Not short on skill, he is a deceptive runner on the ball.

STRIKER: Bradley August
Big and strong up front. He will give any defender a tough time and don't give him space because he has a brutal left shot that no keeper would want to stop. He'll be my target-man as he has the height and strength to keep the ball and to play it.

STRIKER: Shaun Permall
He is very quick and can feed of the services of Bradley. A good header too as his height also helps him in corners and long balls being played in. A relaxed player who does not let defenders pressurise him.

COACH: Kenny Ndalzi
This coach can relate to any player and has the knowledge to shape these individauls into a championship winning team.

Fantasy Eleven With Ryan Hodgskin:

Wits University's hard-running and hard-talking right-back Ryan 'Skins' Hodgskin gave SAsoccer365.com the team he claims can conquer the Castle Premiership and it contains (unsurprisingly) no less than four Wits players.

"Thanks for asking me to select a fantasy eleven. The players I think are the best are the guys I've played with and against, and knowing these individuals I have no doubt that they'll beat anyone in the Premiership, well, they would if I only had a couple of million rands to buy them (laughs).

Hodgskin's team is as follows:

GOALKEEPER : Rowen Fernandez
He is at Chiefs and you know they buy quality players. Rowen is definitely that and more to me as I've played alongside him and I think he will be the best in South Africa in two or three years time.

RIGHT BACK: Phil Evans
I would choose myself but you said I can't (laughing). But seriously it would be Phil. He's not only a good defender but has an eye for goal too, and is dangerous at freekicks. It's not something defenders can do often, so he has a quality only a few possess.

CENTRAL DEFENCE: Neil Winstanley and Thierry Mouyouma
Now I can't have anyone else here, it's difficult to choose other's when these guys have done extremely well at this position. So I have to say Neil and Thierry

LEFT BACK: Bradley Carnell
Another former Wits boy. Now he is really good and it showed when he left for Chiefs and then went to Germany. Definitely one of our best international players.

RIGHT MIDFIELD: Stanton Fredericks
Well who else would you have? I've played alongside him at Wits and against him now, so I know what he is capable of.

He has been called up to the Bafana Bafana team so he has to be in mine. A hard worker who can win the ball and distribute it well too, you need him in any team.

He's sitting here with me so I have to select him (laughing). Gert is definitely a player who can change a game and is always a danger to the opposition. His vision is second to none.

LEFT MIDFIELD: Sibusiso Zuma
An exciting winger who gets on the goal sheet often and takes on defenders constantly. He has been awesome for Bafana and for his club in Denmark.

STRIKER: Mulekelayi Kanku
Very quick player who is hard to mark. His size is misleading and he is a good finisher and worthy of being in this team.

STRIKER: Alton Meiring
He started the season well and with the supply he can get from Stiga, Zuma and Gert he'll finish the season with 25 goals.

COACH: Roger De Sa
Roger knows football and he'll do wonders with this team of players who I'll name the SKINS ELEVEN. With Roger at the helm we will be unstoppable.









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