It was unfortunate that in the two league matches he showed composure and maturity - scoring three heavenly goals - Kaizer Chiefs were losers against Cape Town City in the Mother City and sucker-punched by SuperSport United to share the spoils in Nelspruit, probably ending their title hopes.
Tshabalala more than stepped up when needed and it was fitting that he did so wearing the Amakhosi armband in goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune’s absence.
Another skipper elsewhere, Hlompho Kekana, also pulled the strings last week to ensure the Brazilians, the defending champions, moved to the top of the table for the first time this season after a couple of mis-hits.
The midfielder’s eye for a good pass and an occasional strike at goal again proved why South Africa has been sleeping on this player for several years now. Not only did he boss the middle of the park in the 2-0 win for Sundowns over Ajax last Tuesday, Kekana scored an exquisite trademark goal to unlock the Golden Arrows defence three days later in a match the Brazilians dominated and won 2-0, also with the help of Teko Modise, who also cracks the nod in our Team of the Week.