Yusuf Maart and Sage Stephens Outstanding in DStv Premiership Team of the Week

Yusuf Maart and Sage Stephens Outstanding in DStv Premiership Team of the Week

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at November 27, 2023 at 8:58 AM
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  • Yusuf Maart was instrumental as Kaizer Chiefs grounded the flightless Dube Birds
  • Sage Stephens' penalty heroics earned Stellenbosch FC a crucial three points
  • Cape Town City have dislodged Mamelodi Sundowns from the top of the table

Timing and consistency can make up the moments that define 90 minutes.

Several DStv Premiership teams were engaged in continental competition, clearing the stage for players to grab the limelight.

Kaizer Chiefs returned to winning ways in Dobsonville, Cape Town City extended their winning run and Royal AM overcame a spirited Cape Town Spurs.

DStv Premiership, Team of the Week, Yusuf Maart, Sage Stephens.
Yusuf Maart and Sage Stephens defined their team's weekends with performances that secured the three points. Photos: @StellenboschFC, @izoldlalaiTv and @CapeTownCityFC.
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Sports Brief compiles the November 26 match weekend Team of the Week.

Vasilije Kolak and Hugo Nyame were both inspirational for TS Galaxy and Royal AM, respectively, but Sage Stephens gets the nod in between the sticks for his penalty save and a subsequent clean sheet for Stellenbosch FC.

Ayanda Jiyane in a fluid Royal AM backline was creative going forward and defensively solid while Amakhosi's Spiwe Msimango protected his goalkeeper with composure and discipline.

Cape Town City's captain, Keanu Cupido was impenetrable as an interchangeable right-back and Mpho Mvelase was impervious at left-back, adding a goal with his head.

Taahir Goedman kept a quality Golden Arrows midfield quiet while Yusuf Maart put in the best midfield performance of the weekend.

The Chiefs captain dominated Lantshane Phalane and an ageing Andile Jali to ensure Swallows had no bite, leaving their attacks without rhythm. Maart was the key orchestrator, supplying the pass that ended Swallows' hopes.

Behind the strikers, Higor Vidal was unplayable as he earned the Man of the Match award against a Polokwane City still reeling from losing Lehlohonolo Seema.

Out wide, Royal AM's Menzi Masuku put in the performance of the wingers, grabbing an assist and a goal against a Cape Town Spurs team that plays much better than their log position suggests.

On the other flank, Khanyisa Mayo was inventive through the middle or cutting from the touchline but his scrambled goal may be awarded to Arrows' Brandon Heron.

No single centre forward laid claim to the frontman spot but Samir Nurkovic's cameo provided the finish of the weekend with an acrobatic front post overhead kick in injury time to put the gloss on a fine performance by Sead Ramovic's team.

The Sports Brief Team of the Week

  • GK: Sage Stephens
  • RB: Keanu Cupido
  • CB: Ayanda Jiyane
  • CB: Spiwe Msimango
  • LB: Mpho Mvelase
  • CM: Taahir Goedeman
  • CM: Yusuf Maart
  • AM: Higor Vidal
  • LW: Menzi Masuku
  • RW: Khanyisa Mayo
  • CF: Samir Nurkovic

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Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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