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Yusuf Maart’s three positions listed by former coach 

New Kaizer Chiefs star Yusuf Maart is apparently a lot more than a superb all-action box-to-box number six. According to his former coach, the new Amakhosi signing is rather multifaceted.

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KAIZER CHIEFS ANNOUNCE MAART DEAL

As The South African website reported last week, the 12-time PSL champions finally secured the big target from Sekhukhune United. It was confirmed that the former Orlando Pirates player signed a three-year deal that includes a two-year extension.

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It looks a sure-case Amakhosi fans will laugh Maart. Image: @iDiskiTimes / Twitter

WHAT AMAKHOSI WILL REALLY GET

So while most of us view the 26-year-old from Atlantis, Cape Town as just a fabulous central midfielder, his former coach Thabo Senong believes there’s a lot more this guy.

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Senong has said Maart is a top professional, a player that is willing to do the dirty work, and can play over the spine except for central defence.

“We are proud as a club, Sekhukhune, because Yusuf was an important player in our group, and he is a good professional on and off the field,” Senong told Soccer Laduma.

“He was the captain of the team, and he helped our team a lot to be stable in the league because he played 28 matches in total and had three goals and three assists.

“But what is interesting about Yusuf is his pre-assists, the assist before the actual assist, he had about 10 of them because he counter pressed a lot when we lost the ball, and he intercepted a lot of balls when we were defending, so for me, that makes him very interesting in the midfield,” he added.

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The former South African U20 coach concluded by revealing that Maart, known as “Yusie” in Cape football, can easily slot in at positions 8 and 10 too.

“He has the right mentality to be a top midfielder, and he is very athletic, and he is versatile in his positions so he can play as a number 10, 8, 6, so his positional versatility will always make him a top midfielder and we have no doubt that he will just go there and shine,” added Senong.

“Maart is a student of the game; he is a coachable player, someone who always wants to improve himself, so I don’t see such a player failing to adapt to any environment,” Senong said.

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