Football is crazy game at times… one can realise his dream in trying conditions, and a player like Kaizer Chiefs multi-functional defender Yagan Sasman can attest to that.

He was down but not out after his childhood club (where he played football from age 11) Ajax Cape Town, released him after they failed to get promotion back to the Premier Soccer League, without renewing his contract.

But today he’s playing for arguably the biggest team in South Africa. He reveals how he ended at the Chiefs Village in Naturena on his birthday.


The Cape Town born defender returns home on Saturday as Amakhosi come up against Cape Town City in the Telkom Knockout last 16 match at Cape Town stadium.

He’s played the last three matches for Chiefs, and head coach Ernst Middendorp is not likely to change him… this is the man who used to come up against the vociferous Chiefs fans at the venue he’ll be playing at on Saturday.


Sasman has a lot to prove at Chiefs…  there’s also the notion that Western Cape players find it hard to settle in Johannesburg, and the latest moves of Reeyad Norodien and Abbubaker Mobara back to the Cape with City, will give credence to this. How will the 23-year-old prove this wrong?

The likes of Norodien, Mobara, Tashrique Matthews and Thato Mokeke are just some of the players Sasman played with at the Urban Warriors.

This makes for a tasty Telkom Knockout last 16 clash between the two teams at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday afternoon. – Report by Velile Mnyandu