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PSL: Five father and son duos who have graced the top flight

Soccer has had many second generation superstars who followed in their fathers’ footsteps in excelling in the beautiful game, and it has been no different in South Africa.

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Soccer has had many second generation superstars who followed in their fathers’ footsteps in excelling in the beautiful game, and it has been no different in South Africa.

The relatively new PSL means that many members of the older generation have played in its forerunners, such as the NSL and the NPSL.

Kaizer Motaung and Kaizer Motaung Junior

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Kaizer Motaung Jnr of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between Supersport United and Kaizer Chiefs on the 15 March 2019 at Mbombela StadiumPic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Kaizer Motaung made his bones at Orlando Pirates, where he earned the nickname, “Chincha Guluva” as a prolific striker.

A stint in the USA followed before he returned home to form Kaizer Chiefs.

His son, Kaizer Junior began his career in Germany with 1860 Munich, where he played before his homecoming where he represented Amakhosi from 2003 to 2014.

Gordon and Grant Igesund

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Highlands Park Head Coach,Gordon Igesund during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 game between Bidvest Wits and Highlands Park at Bidets Wits Stadium on 23 November 2016 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Gordon Igesund made history in the late 90s when his unfancied Manning Rangers became inaugural PSL title holders.

He went on to emulate the feat with Santos, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns, winning the league with all three before taking up the Ajax Cape Town job, where his son kickstarted his career as a striker.

Gordon himself played upfront during his playing days, representing the likes of Highlands Park, Witbank Aces and AmaZulu.

Sidwell and Lebohang Maboe

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Lebohang Maboe celebrates goal with Anthony Laffor of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Black Leopards at the Loftus Versveld Stadium, Pretoria on the 06 February 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Unlike many of the members of the older generation featured in this list, Sidwell Maboe got to wear the PSL badge on his shirt, as his playing career ended six years after the country’s professional league was given a shake-up.

The 47-year-old turned out for the likes of Bloemfontein Celtic, Orlando Pirates and Supersport United, where he gained a reputation as a prolific goal poacher.

Nowadays, his son Lebohang is the one making the waves in the top flight, having already scored eight league goals in his first season with Mamelodi Sundowns.

His exploits in the league have not gone unnoticed by Bafana coach, Stuart Baxter and, more importantly, his extremely proud father.

“He has kept the family name and is doing very well, My heart is filled with joy whenever I see him play,” Sidwell told the Sunday World.

Sidwell Maboe

Jomo, Matsilele and Bamuza Sono

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Jomo Sono, coach of Jomo Cosmos.

Soccer runs in this family, headed by the legendary Jomo Sono, who is is the most recognisable.

Having made his bones at Orlando Pirates, where his own father, Scara attained legendary status, “The Black Prince” enjoyed success overseas before returning to form his own club, Jomo Cosmos, where his two sons Matsilele and Bamuza Sono kickstarted their careers.

Les and Bradley Grobler

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Bradley Grobler of Supersport United during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Supersport United and Ajax Cape Town at Mbombela Stadium, Mpumalanga South Africa on 29 November 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Chances are you’ll be familiar with Bradley Grobler, who has turned out for Chippa and Supersport United and is a regular at Bafana Bafana. His father? Maybe you will know him from his short stint as Highlands Park caretaker coach, when he was tasked with saving The Lions of the North from relegation towards the end of their debut PSL season.

Les Grobler was also a feared striker in his playing days, making his name at Soweto giants, Moroka Swallows

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