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Player Ratings: Cosmos V Sundowns

Soccer Laduma rates the individual performances of the players following Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 win over Jomo Cosmos in an Absa Premiership match on Sunday, 27 September 2015.

Jomo Cosmos

Sherwyn Naicker: 7

He had a good game between the sticks for Cosmos and made a few good saves, his best was a great save in the 48th minute to deny Zwane from close range. There was nothing he could do to stop both goals as his defence let him down

Sipho Mngomezulu: 6.5

He did well in his right-back role defensively, but could have offered more in attack. He had a long range shot on goal in the 12th minute which went just over the target.

Thato Lingwati: 6

He had an okay game in the centre of defence, but struggled at times to track the movements of the Sundowns attackers.

Frederick Nsabiyumva: 6

He had an average game in the centre of defence. He made some good challenges that broke up Sundowns attacks, but he also struggled with the pace of the game at times.

Cheslyn Jampies: 6.5

He had a lively game and was involved quite a bit from his left-back position. He fired a 30-yard free-kick powerfully over the target in the 20th minute. Was at fault for the game’s opening goal when he let Dolly get in behind him to head the ball home in the 22nd minute. In the 32nd minute he saw a 22-yard free-kick deflected just wide of the goal. He fell off the pace of the game a bit in the second half.

Tebogo Makobela:

He had a quiet game in his attacking midfield role. He did his job for the most part in defence, but could have offered more in attack.

Thato Sithole: 6

He had a very quiet game in the centre of midfield. He did nothing out of the ordinary and could have worked harder in both defence and attack.

Thabang Monare: 6

He was in and out of the game and struggled to perform his defensive duties well. He fired a low 25-yard shot inches wide of the post in the 58th minute. He tried his luck from long range again in the 61st minute, but saw his effort well-saved by the keeper.

Mxolisi Macuphu: 6

He had a quiet game and was not very influential. He was substituted in the 55th minute.

Wiseman Maluleke:

He did not offer much in his attacking role and was substituted in the 52nd minute.

Brice Aka: 7

He worked hard up front for his team and was a threat in attack throughout. He broke into the box in the 17th minute, but saw his 16-yard shot brilliantly saved by the Sundowns keeper. The second half saw him tire and he was substituted in the 72nd minute.

Substitutes

Denver Mukamba: 6

He came on as a substitute in the 52nd minute, but did not have much of an impact. He did his job and no more.

Charlton Mashumba: 7

He came on as a substitute in the 55th minute and had a positive impact on the game. He was a threat in attack and came close to scoring in the 87th minute when he hit the side-netting with a 14-yard shot.

Mician Mhone: 7

He came on as a substitute in the 77th minute and had a positive impact in his attacking role down the flank. He created a great opening for Mashumba with a pin-point perfect pass in the 87th minute.

Mamelodi Sundowns:

Dennis Onyango: 7

He had a good game between the sticks and made some good saves throughout. He made a brilliant save in the 17th minute to deny Aka from 16-yards out. He made a relatively comfortable save in the 61st minute to deny Monare from long range.

Ramahlwe Mphahlele: 6

He had a quiet game in his left-back role. He performed his defensive duties well, but could have offered more in attack.

Thabo Nthethe: 7

He was solid in his centre-back role and made some crucial tackles that broke up Cosmos attacks time and again.

Wayne Arendse: 6

Had an average game in the centre of defence, but did his job for the most part.

Tebogo Langerman: 6

He had a quiet game in his left-back role. He performed his defensive duties well, but could have offered more in attack.

Themba Zwane: 7

He had a good game in his attacking midfield role and was a constant threat throughout. He provided the left wing cross in the 22nd minute that led to Dolly heading the ball home for the first goal. He was superbly denied from close range by the Cosmos keeper in the 48th minute. He did really well in the 67th minute to chest a Dolly cross into the path of Laffor, but the latter shot over the target.

Hlompho Kekana: 6

He had a good game in the centre of midfield. He performed his defensive midfield duties well and was a good buffer in front of the back four.

Teko Modise: 6

He had a quiet game by his standards. He did not see much of the ball and lacked creativity in attack.

Keagan Dolly: 8

He had a great game in his attacking midfield role and was a constant threat throughout. He scored the game’s opening goal after heading home a Themba Zwane left-wing cross in the 22nd minute. He provided a great cross in the 67th minute from the left which resulted in Zwane chesting the ball down for Laffor, but he fired over the goal from inside the box. He scored his second goal in the 93rd minute after swift counter-attack

Katlego Mashego: 6

He had a decent game in his attacking role, but could have done more. His cross in the 48th minute resulted in a goalmouth scramble than ended with the Cosmos keeper producing a great save from Zwane at close range. He was substituted in the 56th minute.

Cuthbert Malajila: 6

He had a quiet game in attack and saw very little of the ball. Still, his off-the-ball work was good and created spaces for his teammates. He was substituted in the 72nd minute.

Substitutes

Anthony Laffor: 7

He came on in the 56th minute and had a positive impact on the game. He volleyed the ball inches over the crossbar in the 67th minute and created Dolly’s second goal in the 93rd minute.

Asavela Mbekile: 6

He came on in the 72nd minute, but did not have much impact on the game. He worked hard, but saw little of the ball.

Surprise Moriri: N/A

Came on in the 88th minute and did not have enough time to make an impact.

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