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Sundowns & Ajax Player Ratings

Soccer Laduma rates the individual performances of the Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town players, following the Brazilians' 3-2 win.

Mamelod Sundowns:

Denis Onyango: 6

Could have done better with Ajax's first goal, although he was solid for the rest of the 90 minutes.

Wayne Arendse: 6

Not the best of showings from Arendse, as he struggled deal with the arieal threat of Nathan Paulse throughout the game.

Tebogo Langerman: 6

Proved to one of the better performers in the defence, hardly got beaten down the left, while he also added numbers to the attack.

Thabo Nthethe: 6

Much like Arendse, Nthethe struggled under the high ball against Paulse, while he also struggled to deal with the pace from the Ajax attackers.

Rama Mphahlele: 6

Gave away the foul that saw Ajax equalise via the penalty spot, while he did not look comfortable on the right flank against Mzwakali.

Hlompho Kekana: 6

Put in a solid shift protecting the back four, he kept things ticking whenever Sundowns were in possession.

Teko Modise: 7

Modise put in an impressive showing throughout the 90 minutes, handed Sundowns the lead with a wonderful free-kick in the first and he was threat in the final third for most of the game.

Themba Zwane: 6

Not the liveliest of showings from the skillful winger, he hardly had the beating of his marker, while his final was lacking.

Keagan Dolly: 6

Looked lively in the opening stages, but faded as the half went on, while he was also booked for simulation in the second half.

Cuthbert Malajila: 6

Didn't have much to deal with regards to service from the midfield, although he continued to work hard in the attack.

Katlego Mashego: 6

Handed a rare start for Sundowns, however he failed to get involved in the final third and was replaced shortly after the break. Although it was his cross that set-up Lolo's own goal.

Substitutes:

Mzikayisa Mashaba: 6

Brought on to add a bit more width in the second half, although his final ball was not up to par.

Anthony Laffor: 7

Proved to be the super substitute for Pitso Msimane, as the rifled home a powerful effort into the top corner to secure the win for Sundowns.

Leonard Castro: 6

Played 20 minutes on his debut for Sundowns, hardly had any joy in the box, although he did work hard to close down the Ajax back-line.

Ajax Cape Town: 

Anssi Jaakkola: 6

Was hardly tested throughout the 90 minutes, while he also helpless for both of Sundowns' goals.

Cecil Lolo: 5

Put in a solid showing at right back defensively, although his performance was overshadowed by the own goal he scored the first half.

Abbubaker Mobara: 6

Did well to frustrate both Malajila and Mashego, he also popped up with a superb block to deny Dolly in the first half. Unfortunately he had to be substitute shortly after the break.

Abel Mabaso: 6

Mabaso put in a solid showing in the heart of the Ajax defence, as he hardly put a foot wrong alongside Mobara.

Musa Lebusa: 6

Lebusa had no problems defensively and frustrated Themba Zwane on a few occasions, although he helped out going forward.

Ndiviwe Mdabuka: 6

Another workman-like showing from Mdabuka, the midfielder worked tirelessly in the midfield to protect the back four.

Bantu Mzwakali: 7

Mzwakali was a constant threat down the left flank and Ajax's only real attacking outlet with pace, while he also popped up with a well-taken volley in the first half.

Granwald Scott: 6

The Ajax skipper battled well in the middle of the park, gave away a few needless fouls but was solid overall.

Tariq Losper: 6

Losper spent most of the encounter tracking back, although he was hardly a threat in the opposing final third.

Franklin Cale: 6

Showed glimpses of he can do going forward, won his side a penalty, while it was his throw-in that set-up Mzwakali's goal.

Nathan Paulse: 7

Replaced Prince Nxumalo in the line-up and once again troubled the Sundowns defence with his aerial ability, while he also converted a spot-kick.

Substitutes:

Milton Ncube: 6

Replaced Mobara in the 54th minute and put in a solid showing in the defence.

Erwin Isaacs: NA

Not on the field field long enough to receive a rating.

Travis Graham: NA

Not on the field field long enough to receive a rating.

 

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