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Chiefs & Pirates Player Ratings

Soccer Laduma rates the individual performances of the Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates players, following the Buccaneers victory via a penalty shoot-out.
 
Kaizer Chiefs Ratings:
 
Reyaad Pieterse: 6.5
 
Deputised for the injured the injured Brilliant Khuzwayo, and was impressive in between the sticks, pulling off a number of crucial saves.
 
Kgotso Moleko: 6
 
Put in a solid showing at right back and hardly put a foot wrong.
 
Siboniso Gaxa: 6
 
Proved solid in the heart of the defence and certainly held his own against the Pirates attackers.
 
Siyanda Xulu: 6
 
Looked a little rusty in the early stages in his first Soweto derby, but solid for the rest of the game.
 
Tsepo Masilela: 6
 
Proved to solid throughout the game and kept Rakhale quiet down the flank.
 
Siphiwe Tshabalala: 6
 
Struggled in the early stages but had more of an influence as the game went on and forced Mhlongo into a few saves.
 
Reneilwe Letsholonyane: 7
 
Proved to be Chiefs' biggest threat on the field, played a key role in helping his side see more of the ball in the second half and popped up with a well-taken goal.
 
George Maluleka: 6
 
Not the best of games for Maluleka, worked hard in the first half but hardly had an impact going forward.
 
George Lebese: 6
 
Looked lively for Chiefs in the first half but faded as the second half went on.
 
David Zulu: 6
 
Hardly had an impact going forward, although he did squander a chance just before the halftime break.
 
Bernard Parker: 6
 
Worked tirelessly alongside Zulu, but was more influential in the second half, putting in a couple inviting crosses.
 
Substitutes:
 
Willard Katsande: 6.5
 
Brought on shortly after the break and helped Chiefs regain a bit of dominance in the middle of the park.
 
Siphelele Mthembu: 6.5
 
Brought on after the hour mark and set up Letsholonyane's goal with a clever flick.
 
Keegan Ritchie: NA
 
Was only on the field for 10 minutes, although he did miss a penalty.
 
Sula Matovu: NA
 
Was not on the field long enough to receive a rating.
 
Orlando Pirates Ratings:
 
Brighton Mhlongo: 6.5
 
Pulled off a couple good saves during the 90 minutes, while he also proved to be the hero in the penalty shoot-out.
 
Happy Jele: 6
 
Struggled against Lebese in the early stages, but put in a solid showing in the second half.
 
Tshepo Gumede: 6
 
Hardly put a foot wrong in the heart of the defence and held his own against the Chiefs attack.
 
Siyabonga Sangweni: 6
 
Much like Gumede, Sangweni was solid throughout the 90 minutes and frustrated the likes of Zulu and Parker.
 
Patrick Phungwayo: 6
 
Put in a solid showing, as he deputised for Thabo Matlaba, although he hardly got forward.
 
Sifiso Myeni: 7
 
Looked lively down the left flank in the first half, scored a wonderful free-kick, although he did fade as the second half went on.
 
Issa Sarr: 6
 
Not the best of games from the Senegalese midfielder, who looked a little lost in the midfield.
 
Oupa Manyisa: 6
 
Manyisa was the conductor for the Buccaneers in the first half, although they were overrun in the midfield when Katsande came on.
 
Thabo Rakhale: 6
 
Proved to be a quiet showing from the Pirates winger, who hardly any joy against Masilela.
 
Thamsanqa Gabuza: 6
 
Looked lively during his 30-minute cameo but should have found the back of the net in the 16th minute when left one-on-one with Pieterse.
 
Lehlohonolo Majoro: 6
 
Hardly had any service to deal but failed to hit the target from close range after the hour-mark.
 
Substitutes:
 
Tendai Ndoro: 6.5
 
Looked lively upfront and did well to worry the Chiefs back four, while his hold-up play was impressive.
 
Menzi Masuku: 6
 
Brought on in the 53rd minute but hardly made the desired impact.
 
Luvuyo Memela: 6
 
Replaced Myeni in the 68th minute and nearly won the game for Pirates in the closing stage when he forced Pieterse into a good save.
 
Edwin Gyimah: 6
 
Brought on in the final 15 minutes and put in a solid showing in the middle of the park.
 

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