Soccer Laduma rates the individual performances of the Kaizer Chiefs Players following their 2-0 loss to SuperSport United on 17 February 2015.
Brilliant Khuzwayo: 6
The Chiefs keeper didn’t have much to do to be honest besides from picking the ball out of the back of his net twice. There was nothing much he could do about the goals he conceded.
Morgan Gould: 6
Was solid in a three-man centre back pairing. He was strong, unwavering in his tackling and read the game well which resulted in him preventing danger before it occurred. Came close to scoring in the second half in a goalmouth scramble at a corner, but a good save denied him.
Tefu Mashamaite: 7
Captain consistency. Mashamaite was his regular self in the heart of defence leading by example with his high work rate and effective defensive play. He read the game well and cleared danger when needed. He also came close to scoring in the second half when he met a cross from Parker, but his header was inches wide.
Erick Mathoho: 6
Mathoho was solid in the heart of the Chiefs defence for the most part. He was a pillar of strength in defence and cleared most of the danger that occurred in his area. He was also a threat in attack with two headers on goal at set-pieces in the first half. Mathoho’s only error in the game, however, resulted in Chiefs conceding a goal as he lost the player he was marking and he headed home. He almost made up for his blunder with a long range shot late in the second half that was brilliantly saved by the keeper.
Siboniso Gaxa: 6
Gaxa was playing in the unfamiliar role of left-back/left midfield. He had to replace an injured Masilela prior to kick-off. He did well in terms of defence on the left flank, but he did not get forward as much as one would have liked. Came off in the 87th minute.
Mandla Masango: 6
Masango was exciting at times down the right flank, but at times he disappeared into the game and was nowhere to be seen. His delivery into the box from the right flank was not at its best. He also had a chance to score at the end of the first half when slipped through on goa by Parker, but he shot wide when he should have done better.
Willard Katsande: 7
Katsande was his usual solid self in the defensive midfield role for Chiefs. His work rate was high and he provided that buffer in front of the defence. He was also solid in his tackles which allowed Chiefs to assert their dominance in the midfield battle.
Siyabonga Nkosi: 5
Nkosi was very quiet in his creative midfield role. His main job was to create chances for his teammates, but he was too slow and easily closed down by the SuperSport midfield players. Was substituted in the 69th minute.
Bernard Parker: 7
Parker was his usual lively self in the attacking midfield/striker role. He moved around the park at will and provided some good crosses into the box in open play. He was also quite accurate at set-pieces, often finding teammates inside the box, but their finishing did not match the quality of the delivery. He also came close to scoring late on but struck the crossbar.
George Maluleka: 6
Maluleka ran hot and cold. At times he was very influential and creative in attack, and at times he helped out in defence as well when tracking back. However, there were times in the game when he went quiet and was nowhere to be seen
Matthew Rusike: 5
Rusike had very little impact in his striking role. He often looked a little slow and was sloppy in possession. Was substituted in the 74th minute.
Siphiwe Tshabalala: 7
Came on in the 69th minute. Had a positive impact when he came on and created some scoring chances with his dangerous crosses into the box.
David Zulu: 6
Came on in the 74th minute. He did have one decent shot on goal that was well-saved by the keeper.
George Lebese: 5
Came on in the 87th minute. He failed to make a tackle which resulted in the second goal.