SL Team Of The Week
Soccer Laduma brings you the country's most prestigious and authoritative 'Team of the Week'!
This week's selection is based on performances from the past weekend's opening Absa Premiership round one of fixtures for the 2015/16 campaign, as well as the ongoing CAF Confederation Cup competition.
On Saturday, Mpumalanga Black Aces recorded a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Free State Stars at Goble Park, with Bhongolwethu Jayiya getting the solitary goal for Muhsin Ertugral’s side.
Polokwane City produced another scintillating form of football when they came from a goal down to pip Bloemfontein Celtic to maximum points with a 3-2 scoreline at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium. Kosta Papic’s Rise and Shine now sit at the summit of the Absa Premiership table.
Following their 3-1 win over SuperSport United in the MTN8 quarter-finals, Bidvest Wits followed up that win with a 2-1 win over Ajax Cape Town. New signing Elias Pelembe and Sibusiso Vilakazi were on target for Gavin Hunt’s side, while Abbubaker Mobara recorded his name on the score board for the Urban Warriors.
Mamelodi Sundowns are yet to record a win in the 2015/16 campaign after playing to a 0-0 draw against Platinum Stars in their opening Absa Premier League tie.
Rookies Golden Arrows shocked the University of Pretoria with a narrow 1-0 win despite playing with 10 men for most of the match.
Chippa United frustrated reigning Absa Premiership champions, Kaizer Chiefs, after holding them to a 0-0 stalemate at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Maritzburg United could only manage a scoreless result against the tricky newly promoted outfit, Jomo Cosmos at the Harry Gwala Stadium.
In CAF Confederation Cup action, Orlando Pirates took another giant leap towards qualifying for the semi-finals following their gutsy 2-0 win over Tunisian side, CS Sfaxien.
The team will always be set up in a standard 4-4-2 formation, selected by Soccer Laduma's team of journalists.
Simply put, the 'Team of the Week' reflects the best 11 players that competed during the weekly cycle and is published in the latest Soccer Laduma, out every Wednesday.
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Brighton Mhlongo - Orlando Pirates - Goalkeeper
Ntsikelelo Nyauza - Orlando Pirates - Right back
Diamond Thopola - Chippa United - Central defender
Abbubaker Mobara - Ajax Cape Town - Central defender
Tumelo Mogapi - Bloemfontein Celtic - Left back
Thabo Rakhale - Orlando Pirates - Right midfielder
Issa Sarr - Orlando Pirates - Central midfielder
Reneilwe Letsholonyane - Kaizer Chiefs - Central midfielder
Mark Mayambela - Chippa United - Left midfielder
Lerato Lamola - Bloemfontein Celtic - Striker
Sibusiso Vilakazi - Bidvest Wits - Striker
Player of the Week: Sibusiso Vilakazi
Coach of the Week: Gavin Hunt