Soccer Laduma selects the six best and four worst performers following Mamelodi Sundowns' 3-3 draw against AmaZulu in the Absa Premiership on Sunday.
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Thembela Sikhakhane: 8/10
The AmaZulu right-back was at his best, performing his defensive duties well and also getting forward in attack down the flank where he created problems for the Sundowns defence with his runs and crosses into the box. He was also handed the ‘man of the match’ award.
Butholezwe Ncube: 7/10
Ncube worked hard in the AmaZulu midfield and gave the likes of Jali and Kekana no time and space on the ball. He also scored his side’s opening goal after robbing Jali of the ball and firing it into the corner of the net from 24-yards out.
Jabulani Ncobeni: 7/10
The attacking midfielder showed real skill and speed when pushing down the flanks where he caused problems for the Sundowns defence with his trickery and crosses into the box. He was also unlucky not to score at the end of the first half when he struck the crossbar with a 16-yard shot. He was, however, on target at the start of the second half after latching onto a loose ball and scoring his side’s second goal.
Hlompho Kekana: 7/10
The central midfielder had a tough game and was afforded no time and space on the ball, but still he showed his class as he marshalled the midfield battler and even created his side’s opening goal with a pin-point pass.
Phakamani Mahlambi: 7/10
The striker did well on his debut. He struggled initially to get his foot on the ball, but as the game progressed he got more comfortable and started causing problems for the AmaZulu defence with his speed and skill. He also scored his side’s opening goal after latching onto a through ball from Kekana.
Toni Silva: 7/10
The Sundowns striker caused all sorts of problems for the AmaZulu defence with his strength, speed and skill. He often found himself in space down the right flank where he often beat his defender and played the ball into the danger area. He scored a spectacular goal at the start of the second half to briefly give Sundowns the lead.
Reyaad Pieterse: 5/10
The Sundowns keeper was not at his best and failed to really marshal his defence well which saw him under a lot of pressure. Moreover, he was largely at fault for the conceding of his side’s second goal when he fumbled a harmless cross into the path of Ncobeni who scored.
Andile Jali: 5/10
The Sundowns midfielder struggled with the pace of the game and was given very little time on the ball. It was his mistake at the start of the game which saw him give the ball away cheaply and consequently AmaZulu took the lead. His passing was also poor and he often gave the ball away.
Ali Meza: 5/10
The Sundowns attacking midfielder was never really in the game. He saw very little of the ball and when he was in possession he gave it away with poor passing or bad decision making.
Sibusiso Mabiliso: 5/10
The AmaZulu left-back struggled to deal with the pace of the Sundowns attack, especially the likes of Toni Silva. Mabiliso was at fault for the concession of his side’s second goal as Silva beat him in a one-on-one before scoring.