South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) is one of the most developed leagues on the continent. We all know about the beef between the Kaizer Chiefs and the Orlando Pirates

But some players have the chance to head over to the UK to launch their careers in Europe: here are eight of the South Africans who have played in the Premier League in no particular order.

Kagisho Dikgacoi - Fulham, Crystal Palace

Kagisho has played for Fulham (2009-2011) and Crystal Palace (2011-2014) and is now currently with Cardiff City.

Kagisho Dikgacoi in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Fulham on August 8, 2015 © Stu Forster/Getty

He notoriously slapped Scott Parker during his first appearance for Fulham – he was sent off for the action. Kagisho has played for South Africa during the World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations.

Quinton Fortune - Manchester United, Bolton Wanderers

Fortune’s career in the UK started at the age of 14 when he moved to train with Tottenham Hotspur.

Quinton Fortune during the Manchester United Foundation charity match between Manchester United Legends and Bayern Munich All Stars on June 14, 2015 © Dave Thompson/Getty

He joined Manchester United in 1999 until 2005, after a spell in La Liga since 1995 (he had to leave the UK after struggling to get a work permit). After being released from Alex Ferguson’s squad in 2006, he joined Bolton Wanderers for one year. He was released from the agreement (mainly due to injuries) and went on to play for Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland and Sheffield United under trial. Fortune now coaches.

Benni McCarthy - Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United

The Cape Town-born player comes from a family of footballers (both his brothers play professionally).

Benni McCarthy in action during the pre-season friendly match between MK Dons and West Ham United on July 28, 2010 © Jamie McDonald/Getty

Mccarthy played in South Africa before a move to La Liga for Celta Vigo and then Porto. He joined the Premier League when he signed a four-year contract with Blackburn Rovers (2006 to 2011), after its completion he moved to West Ham United.

He’s the top-scorer in history for Bafana Bafana.

Aaron Mokoena - Blackburn Rovers, Portsmouth

Mokoena made his ‘dream’ move to the Premier League joining Blackburn Rovers in 2005 until 2009.

Aaron Mokoena competes for the ball with Alberto Aquilani during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Portsmouth on March 15, 2010 © Michael Regan/Getty

He then signed a three-year contract with Portsmouth. After Portsmouth went into administration, Mokoena’s contract was suspended – he then returned to SA to play for Braamfontein-based team Bidvest Wits FC.

Matty Pattison - Newcastle United

Pattison moved to the UK from Johannesburg when he was 11 years old.

Matty Pattison in action during the Barclays Premiership match between Everton and Newcastle United on December 30, 2006 © Clive Brunskill/Getty

He joined the Newcastle Youth Academy and went on to play for the senior team from 2005 to 2007. He then went on to join SA Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits.

Shaun Bartlett - Charlton Athletic

Former Premier League team, Charlton Athletic FC signed Bartlett in 2000. He stayed with the team until 2006 when he was released by the team.

Shaun Bartlett of Charlton Athletic in action during the Barclays Premiership match between Charlton Athletic and Crystal Palace on May 15, 2005 © Christopher Lee/Getty

Bartlett returned to SA to play for the Kaizer Chiefs in 2008. Perhaps the best thing about Barlett is his story about the day that Nelson Mandela came to his wedding.

Otherwise he was a Bafana Bafana captain who scored at the World Cup, was triumphant at the African Cup of Nations, scored against all the big teams in the Premier League and, yes, Nelson Mandela did go to his wedding.

Tokelo Rantie - Bournemouth

Tokelo is a striker for Bournemouth. He joined Malmö FF in 2012 and was sold on to the Premier League team. He made his debut in 2013.

Tokelo Rantie and Neil Eardley compete for the ball during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Birmingham City and AFC Bournemouth on January 9, 2016 © Mark Thompson/Getty

The striker recently sustained an injury to his shin, from which he is currently recovering.

Steven Pienaar - Everton, Tottenham Hotspur

Former captain of the South African national team, the winger has currently been at Everton since 2007.

Steven Pienaar runs with the ball under pressure from Jack Cork during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Swansea City on January 24, 2016 © Clive Brunskill/Getty

He had a spell at Tottenham Spur but his many injuries meant he did not make much of an impression.