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Bafana Player Ratings v Botswana

Soccer Laduma rates the individual performances of the Bafana Bafana players, following their 3-0 win over Botswana in the Cosafa Cup plate final.

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Ratings:

Reyaad Pieterse: 6.5/10
 
Pieterse was hardly tested in goals but produced one memorable crucial save early in the second stanza to deny the Zebras an equaliser.
 
Siyanda Xulu: 7/10
 
Xulu was solid at the back and also a goal threat whenever he pushed forward  for set-pieces.
 
Motjeka Madisha: 7,5/10
 
Madisha was key to Bafana playing and building from the back. His passing range and composure on the ball was vital. He also scored the opening goal.
 
Siyabonga Ngezana: 7/10
 
Ngezana added his aerial strength at the back and was solid in one-on-one challenges.
 
Aubrey Modiba: 8/10
 
Modiba was playing with freedom and showed maturity in a fluid four-men midfield. He go the assist for the opening and goal and netted the second goal on the night.
 
Paseka Mako: 6,5/10
 
Mako replaced the suspended Fortune Makaringe and did good job of keeping things tidy in the middle of the park.
 
Wiseman Meyiwa: 7/10
 
Meyiwa lifted his game compared to the previous one. He marshaled the midfield really well and was key in denying Botswana chances in the final third.
 
Siphesihle Ndlovu: 7/10
 
Ndlovu was excellent on the ball and his runs into spaces were equally good. He brilliantly setup Modiba for the second goal, while he did squander a golden chance in the first half.
 
Gift Links: 7/10
 
The Egypt-based winger is showing a lot of promise. He produced glimpses of good touches and had tactical discipline.
 
Lebohang Maboe: 7/10
 
Maboe was buzzing. He created a lot of chances for Bafana and also scored the third goal with a composed finish, which took his tally to three goals for the tournament.
 
Ryan Moon: 7/10
 
Moon also improved from his previous match. His positioning and link up with midfielders was good.
 
Substitutions: 
 
Jamie Webber: 5/10
 
Webber was introduced in the final 20 minutes but did not do much on the pitch and kept it simple.

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