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Player Ratings: Ajax V Chiefs

Soccer Laduma rates the individual performances of the players following Ajax Cape Town’s 1-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 final on Saturday, 19 September 2015.

Ajax Cape Town

Anssi Jaakkola: 7

He had a quiet game between the sticks and did not have much to do. He marshalled his defence well and made one spectacular save in the 93rd minute to deny Katsande from a corner-kick.

Cecil Lolo: 8

Lolo had a superb game in his right-back role, both in defence and more prominently in attack. In the eighth minute he provided a cross for Paulse who headed over the target. In the 23rd minute he provided a left-sided free-kick into the box which resulted in a goal, but it was disallowed. Again in the 28th minute he provided a cross which Paulse volleyed onto the crossbar. In the 33rd minute he provided yet another pin-point cross for Mobara, but he headed over. In the 44th minute he tried his luck from long range, but saw his effort sail just over the target. He did not feature as much in the second half, but still posed a threat in attack. In defence he kept the likes of Masilela and Lebese quiet.

Abbubaker Mobara: 7

He had a solid game in his centre back role. He was also a threat in attack and met a Lolo cross in the 33rd minute, but headed over the target.

Rivaldo Coetzee: 7

Was good in his centre back role. He kept the Chiefs attackers very quiet and read the game well, often breaking up attacks. He was booked in the 19th minute.

Mosa Lebusa: 6.5

Did well in his left-back role. He defended well and also got forward at times in attack. He found the back of the net with a header in the 23rd minute, but it was disallowed because of off-sides.

Bantu Mzwakali: 6

He was not really in the game much. He performed his midfield duties well, but did nothing out of the ordinary. He could have got forward more in attack

Ndiviwe Mdabuka: 7

He controlled the midfield battle and kept the likes of Yeye quiet with his high work-rate. He also fired a shot over in the 51st minute

Travis Graham: 7

He was brilliant in his midfield role and stopped Chiefs from creating attacks at will. He had a high work-rate and controlled the tempo of the game.

Riyaad Norodien: 6.5

He did his job for the most part in his left midfield role, but was not very influential. He could have added more in attack.

Toriq Losper: 6.5

He had a quiet game in attack and did not see much of the ball. He did do a lot of work off the ball which resulted in space for his teammates.

Nathan Paulse: 8

He had a good game in attack and was a menace throughout. He also won the man of the match award. He met a cross in the eighth minute which he headed over. In the 28th minute he hit the crossbar with a ten-yard volley after meeting a right-sided cross. He won the penalty-kick in the 55th minute and converted it himself as well. He was also booked in the 72nd minute

Substitutes

Erwin Iassacs: 6.5

He came on in the 73rd minute to try and slow the pace of the game down as Ajax killed off the game. He did his job.

Grandwald Scott: N/A

Came on in the 82nd minute, but did not have enough time to make an impact.

Franklin Cale: N/A

Came on in the 85th minute, but did not have enough time to make an impact.

Kaizer Chiefs

Itumeleng Khune: 6

He had a busy day between the sticks for Chiefs as he had to marshal his defence to halt the constant attack of Ajax. For the most part he was superb, but there was nothing he could do to stop the penalty-goal.

Siboniso Gaxa: 6

He had a very quiet game in his right-back role. He did not get forward much in attack, but did his job in defence.

Erick Mathoho: 6

He had a decent game in the centre of defence and kept the likes of Paulse quiet for the most part. He did, however, conceded the penalty in the 55th minute that led to Ajax’s only goal.

Siyanda Xulu: 6

Had a good game for the most part in the centre of defence. He did his job and kept the Ajax attackers at bay. He received a yellow card in the 70th minute.

Tsepo Masilela: 5.5

He had a poor game in his left-back role. He did not get forward much in attack and struggle din defence. Lolo had his number on the day and constantly got the better of him.

Siphiwe Tshabalala: 6.5

Was probably one of Chiefs better players on the day and looked the most threatening going forward. Still he could not spark his team into life, but was involved in two of their very few chances on goal. In the 49th minute he crossed for Mthembu who headed over and in the 61st minute he fired over from the edge of the box.

Willard Katsande: 6

He had a solid game in his defensive midfield role. He did his job and made some bone crunching tackles. He also nearly saved the game for Chiefs when he saw his header at a corner kick superbly saved in the 93rd minute.

Reneilwe Letsholonyane: 5.5

He had a really poor game in the heart of the Chiefs midfield. His passing was not at its best and he lacked creativity in attack

George Lebese: 6

He was really nowhere to be seen. He had a quiet game and offered nothing in terms of attack down the flank

Bernard Parker: 6

He was not his usual creative self in attack and saw very little of the ball which resulted in him being substituted early in the second half.

Siphelele Mthembu: 6

He had a quiet game in attack and saw very little of the ball. He did have one chance on goal when he headed a cross over the target in the 49th minute.

Substitutes

Edward Manqele: 6

Came on in the 58th minute and saw very little of the ball. He did not have much of an impact on the game.

Camaldine Abraw: 6

Came on in the 58th minute and tried to spark his team into life, but had very little success. He had one shot on goal late in the game, but it went wide of the target.

George Maluleka: N/A

Came on in the 79th minute, but did not have enough time to make an impact.

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