Soccer Laduma rates the individual performances of the players following Bidvest Wits 1-0 win over Orlando Pirates in an Absa Premiership match on Wednesday, 21 October 2015.
Felipe Ovono: 5
He had an up and down game. At times he was brilliant, but made the blunder of the season to concede his side’s only goal of the game. He made a penalty save in the tenth minute to deny Botes. He produced the blunder of the season in the 14th minute when he fumbled a harmless Klate free-kick from the right into his goal. He made a great close range save in first half injury time to deny Klate. The second half he was not called into action as much.
Ntsikelelo Nyauza: 6
He had a quiet game in his right-back position. He defended well, but did not really get forward to help in attack.
Ayanda Gcaba: 7
He had a solid game in the centre of defence. He made numerous tackles that broke up Wits attacking plays.
Siyabonga Sangweni: 6
He had a very quiet game. He was not really in any of the action. He did his job in defence, but that was about it.
Thabo Matlaba: 6
He was not his usual attacking self in his left wing-back role. He defended well at times, but struggled to get forward down the flank. He did have a couple wayward shots on goal.
Thabo Rakhale: 6
He had a below par game by his standards. He was not really a threat in attack and failed to use his skill and speed to its best. He had Pirates first shot on goal in injury time of the first half, but fired over from distance.
Lehlogonolo Masalesa: 5
He had an average game in the centre of midfield. He was a bit reckless in his tackling and was sent for an early shower after receiving his second yellow card in the 81st minute.
Thandani Ntshumayelo: 6
He was not his usual creative self in midfield. He did not have much of an impact on the game and was substituted in the 60th minute
Sifiso Myeni: 5
He gave away a penalty in the ninth minute after pushing Mahlambi to the floor inside the box. His piece of skill in the 33rd minute saw him severely tackled by Hlatshwayo and the Wits man was red carded. He could not continue after that and was substituted.
Menzi Masuku: 6
He was very quiet in attack and did not see much of the ball. He was substituted in the 50th minute.
Thamsanqa Gabuza: 6.5
He had a very quiet first half and saw very little of the ball. He was much livelier in the second half and was a constant threat in attack. He had a shot on goal from the edge of the 18-yard box in the 67th minute, but saw his effort well-saved by Josephs. He met a Makola cross in the 72nd minute with a strong header, but saw his attempt cleared off the line by Allie. He headed a right wing cross narrowly wide of the target in the 90th minute.
Mpho Makola: 6.5
He came on in the 38th minute for the injured Myeni and struggled ininitally to adjust to the pace of the game. He was much better in the second half and created a few scoring chances from his left wing position. He provided a good cross for Gabuza in the 72nd minute, but the striker’s effort was cleared off the line by Allie.
Kermit Erasmus: 7
He came on as substitute in the 50th minute and had a positive impact on the game with his speed, skill and strength. He broke into the box in the 60th minute, but saw his shot well-saved by the keeper. He fired inches wide of the target from 20-yards out in the 85th minute.
Yassar Mugerwa: 6
He came on in the 60th minute, but did not have much of an impact on the game. He held the centre midfield position well.
Moneeb Josephs: 7
He had a good game between the sticks for Wits. He did not have much to do in the first half, but was called on numerous times in the second 45. He made a good save to deny Erasmus in the 60th minute. He made another good save to deny Gabuza from 18-yards out in the 67th minute.
Thulani Hlatshwayo: 4
He made a horrible decision with a bad tackle on Myen and was red carded in the 33rd minute.
Ben Motshwari: 6
He had a quite game and was not really in the match. He received a yellow card in the 47th minute and was substituted in the 58th minute.
Buhle Mkhwanazi: 6.5
He had a decent game in defence and kept the Pirates attack at bay for the most part.
Nazeer Allie: 8
He had a great game in his right-wing back position. He was good in attack, but was extremely impressive in defence, especially when his side were reduced to ten men. He provided a good cross in the third minute from the right for Klate, but he fluffed the chance. He had a hand in the movement that led to his side winning a penalty. He cleared a Gabuza effort off the goalline in the 72nd minute.
Papy Faty: 6
He had an average game in the centre of the midfield. He did his job and nothing out of the ordinary.
Jabulani Shongwe: 6
He had quiet game and did not create much for his teammates from the middle of the park. He was substitute in the 54th minute.
Onismor Bhasera: 6
He had an average game in his left-wing back position. He defended well, but did not get forward that much in attack.
Daine Klate: 7
He was a constant threat in attack from his attacking midfield role. He used his speed and skill to create scoring opportunities for his teammates. He met a good cross from Allie in the third minute, but fluffed his effort into the keeper’s arms. He produced the cross from a right-sided free-kick that saw the keeper fumble the ball into his own goal. Klate missed a golden chance to score his side’s second in first half injury time when he was denied from close range by the keeper. He was substituted in the 69th minute.
Phakamani Mahlambi: 6.5
He looked lively from the first whistle with his speed and skill. He had a few opportunities to score, but his finishing let him down. He did well to win his side a penalty in the ninth minute. He drove a long range free-kick inches over the target in the 80th minute. He squandered a great scoring chance in the 87th minute when he broke through on goal and failed to round the keeper.
Henrico Botes: 5.5
He had a very quiet night in attack. He saw very little of the ball and also missed a penalty-kick in the tenth minute.
Wangu Gome: 6
He came on as a substitute in the 54th minute, but had very little impact on the game. He did what he had to.
Phumlani Ntshangase: 6
He came on as a substitute in the 58th minute, but had very little impact on the game. He did what he had to.
Calvin Kadi: 4
Came on in the 69th minute and was red carded five minutes after being on the field for a two-footed tackle on Gcaba.