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Best & Worst: Ajax v Pirates

Best & Worst: Ajax Cape Town v Orlando Pirates, 31 January 2018

By Soccer Laduma - Jan 31, 2018 09:54 PM

Soccer Laduma selects the six best and four worst performers following Ajax Cape Town’s 3-0 win over Orlando Pirates in the Absa Premiership.

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Mario Booysen: 7/10

He was solid at the back for Ajax and shut-down numerous Pirates attacks with his reading of the game and no nonsense tackling.

Mosa Lebusa: 7/10

He was solid in his left-back role and also got forward down to the flank to assist in attack. He also scored his side’s opening goal with a solid header at a corner-kick. Unfortunately, Lebusa had to leave the field injured at the end of the first half.

Tendai Ndoro: 7/10

The Ajax attacker used his pace and skill to give the Pirates defence numerous problems. He was a constant threat on the counter-attack and also created his side’s second goal with a well-place cross.

Yannick Zakri: 8/10

The Ajax attacker caused headaches for the Pirates defence with his strength on the ball and his off-the-ball runs. He showed good strength and speed to get ahead of his marker to score his side’s second goal when he poked home a Ndoro cross. He also grabbed his side’s third goal with a neat finish to seal victory.

Roscoe Pietersen: 7/10

The Ajax centre back was superb in defence, especially in the second half as the Pirates attack laid siege on his side’s goal. However, he was a wall in front of his goalkeeper and made numerous tackles and important interceptions.

Luvuyo Memela: 7/10

He was one of Pirates’ best players in the middle of the park where he used his speed and skill to give the Ajax defence problems. His creativity also saw him creating scoring chances for his teammates.


Mpho Makola: 5/10

Makola was poor in the middle of the park for Pirates and gave the ball away in cheaply with some poor passing. The coach made the decision to substitute him in the 36th minute of the match as he had no impact on the game.

Innocent Maela: 5/10

The Pirates defender struggled at the back, especially at set-piece time where he was beaten in the air time and again. He was at fault for the second goal his side conceded as he let Ndoro get past him down the right flank. He also missed a golden chance to pull a goal back for his side early in the second half when he shot over from a couple of yards out.

Lorch: 5/10

The Pirates attacker was poor upfront. His decision making in the final third was bad as was his shooting at goal. He offered very little in attack

Tashreeq Morris: 5/10

He struggled in the middle of the park and provided nothing beneficial to the Ajax team. Muhsin Ertugral made the decision to substitute him on the half hour mark.


Match Centre

Ajax Cape Town
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31 Jan 2018 19:30 Cape Town Stadium South African Premier Soccer league
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Mcolisi Mr Nice Dlamini Joined: 22 Jul 2017
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Mcolisi Mr Nice Dlamini Feb 01, 2018 09:56 AM
your team won 3-0 and you are one of the worst performers automatical next game you will be on the stands Morris
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mose2345 Feb 01, 2018 09:19 AM
Thanx Mushin
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tshavhuyo humbulani Feb 01, 2018 08:52 AM
A bitter pill to swallow,were was shitolo?
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mhlonishwa Feb 01, 2018 08:16 AM
I am not sure what the plan was. You are 2-0 down then you take a midfielder out, in you bring a defender. You are chasing a game and you bring in Gabuza. Hhay hhay hhay!!! for me it would have made sense to substitute Makola for Mlambo; Maela for Matlaba, and tell Dube to play more upfront. Otherwise Chelsea lost 3-0 to Bournemouth at home. that's football for you
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mondentete Feb 01, 2018 03:36 AM
Ja hey, so much noise after beating Sundowns and thought has won it kikikiki
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Ogantsheni Jan 31, 2018 11:58 PM
Me to i am Disappointed
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Posta7 Jan 31, 2018 10:42 PM
Disappointed By Pirates
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27822533213 Jan 31, 2018 10:18 PM
will get de points in the board room
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27822533213 Jan 31, 2018 10:11 PM
need a leader at de back
The Ghost himself Joined: 24 Aug 2016
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The Ghost himself Jan 31, 2018 10:07 PM
Yerr ndiybhaqe early... I couldn't even watch the game, seeing Gabuza on the substitutes ruined my week... we will never win anything in his presence
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SowetoBOY Jan 31, 2018 10:06 PM
Luvuyo Memela: 7/10 He was one of Pirates’ best players in the middle of the park where he used his speed and skill to give the Ajax defence problems. His creativity also saw him creating scoring chances for his teammates......Whoever wrote this stats need to be checked mentally,the team is suffering because of Memela being selfish,if you watched the game you could have noticed he was dribbling too much and when he was suppose to pass he was shooting as always instead of sharing the ball with his teammates.
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mathamnandi kwabawadlayo Jan 31, 2018 10:01 PM
And Nyatama
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Vamza Jan 31, 2018 09:59 PM
Ne nkomo ezifana no Mario booysen they get 7/10 pirates players couldn't capitalised

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