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Best & Worst: Sundowns v Chiefs

Absa Premiership Best & Worst, Mamelodi Sundowns v Kaizer Chiefs, 4 August 2018

By Soccer Laduma - Aug 04, 2018 07:09 PM

Soccer Laduma selects the six best and four worst performers, following Mamelodi Sundowns’ 1-1 draw against Kaizer Chiefs in the 2018/19 Absa Premiership season opener on Saturday.

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery to see the best and worst performers on the day.

BEST

Ricardo Nascimento: 7/10

The Sundowns centre back performed extremely well on the day, especially with his centre-back partner Wayne Arendse struggling. Time and again Nascimento had to cover for his teammates and made some great interceptions or really well-time tackles. He also scored his side’s opening goal with a clinical finish from the penalty spot.

Hlompho Kekana: 7/10

The Sundowns captain was his usual self in midfield and led by example with his high work-rate and no-nonsense tackling. He was the anchor in the team and often broke up the Chiefs attack with his reading of the game. He was also an asset on attack with his pin-point passing that saw his side pushing forward.

Jeremy Brockie: 7/10

The Sundowns attacker was a constant threat in attack. He was good in the air and played the perfect role as the main striker, often holding up play for his teammates and creating space for them. He won the penalty that got his side back into the game and also had a 16-yard volley in the first half that struck the crossbar.

Ramahlwe Mphahlele: 7/10

The Chiefs full-back performed his role almost perfectly. He was solid in defence and got forward down the flank in attack, often providing dangerous balls into the box. He also applied his side’s forward pressing tactic well which saw him win the ball early in the match and score the game’s opening goal.

Willard Katsande: 7/10

The Chiefs defensive midfielder was a rock for his team, providing a great buffer in front of the back four. He worked tirelessly in the midfield to stop the Sundowns attack, and did so with his good reading of the game and his well-timed tackles. He also led by example with his attitude and never-give-up attitude.

Khama Billiat: 7/10

Chiefs’ new signing gave a good account of himself in his attacking midfield role. His skill, pace and trickery saw him cause numerous problems for the Sundowns defence. On more than one occasion he had the beating of his marker and either created space for his teammates with his precise passing or had a shot on goal (which went just wide or were well-saved). He was handed the ‘man of the match’ award.

WORST

Wayne Arendse: 5/10

The Sundowns centre-back struggled with the pace of the Chiefs attack, especially with Khama Billiat who he struggled to mark. Arendse often found himself out of position or beaten by the likes of Billiat and Leonardo Castro.

Gaston Sirino: 5/10

The left-sided Sundowns midfielder was not at his best and struggled to deal with the pace of the game. He offered very little in terms of attack and was at fault for his side's first goal after being robbed by Ramahlwe Mphahlele.

Daniel Cardoso: 5/10

The Chiefs central defender struggled with the pace of the Sundowns attack. He was often found out of position and on one occasion this resulted in him fouling Brockie inside the box which saw the referee give a penalty.

Leonardo Castro: 5/10

The Chiefs striker struggled to get into the game and when he did get on the ball he often gave it away cheaply. He was easily disposed of the ball when in possession due to his lack of skill and awareness on the ball. On one occasion Castro even broke through on goal, but with just the keeper to beat he fumbled his shot wide. He was also in danger of getting a red card after being booked early and then committing numerous fouls.


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salany Joined: 27 Jul 2018
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salany Aug 06, 2018 10:32 AM
i think castro must forcus what he did I was not happy the wy he play
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motjakata Aug 06, 2018 09:57 AM
@blackmeteor I don NOT agree. Katsande it was a clear yellow card, Kekana was clear starifgt red, he clearly tagerted Castro not a ball. and Rerino red.. second bookable offence. The ref also ignored a clear penalty for Chiefs
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MSANDROTIC Aug 05, 2018 10:59 PM
Cardoso must rest
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blackmeteor Aug 05, 2018 02:08 PM
Hlompho and Willards both VERY lucky not to be red-carded......
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ranwedzis@gmail.com Aug 05, 2018 01:17 PM
please the psl must do something about Pitso Mosimane i saw him telling the match commisiner to give Kaizer chiefs players yellow cards. Pitso if he want to be a refery he must enter in the pitch and ref. We are tired of this man he spoiling our good sports simon
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The yellow machine Aug 05, 2018 09:39 AM
MOTM doesn't win the team a league let alone CCL
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Sucker Punch The Legend Aug 05, 2018 09:19 AM
Even today Billiat is still a man of the match. I'm just saying haters lol
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Daddy1 Aug 05, 2018 06:51 AM
According these statistics, there's not an outright man of match. And people are cursing Pitso for telling the truth
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Matayitayi Aug 05, 2018 03:35 AM
Hahaha Jingles ke bosso
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fanist Aug 05, 2018 01:18 AM
Ur rating is bad Sir
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Gutsnot Aug 04, 2018 10:54 PM
Thnx pitso for the question he raise with with commentators why dd they choose billiat for . He ddnt deserve man of the match at all atleast katsande was much better than billiat Katsande deserve man of the match he stops all movement of sundowns he deserve motm what dd billiat do to deserve it thse guys they pick him for wht
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ranwedzis@gmail.com Aug 04, 2018 08:46 PM
please pitso stop what you are doing why you tell match comissiner to give chiefs players yellow card and khama balik was not suppose to be man of the match, p;ease Pitso i rate you higheley now stop provoking sopporters
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Skeem Sa HDK Aug 04, 2018 07:39 PM
There's a very small difference between being best and being worst . I don't think Sirino and Castro deserve to be worst . They made their mark more especially Sirino , he was a threat. Even Castro was an important figure for Chiefs upfront, would come and assist in midfield since his tussle with Kekana. Zwane didn't do it for me , Ntshangase played in patches as well sometimes you would think he wasn't there. All in all all the guys worked very hard to make sure we enjoy the game.

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