Soccer Laduma rates the individual performances of the Orlando Pirates and Mpumalanga Black Aces players, following the 1-1 draw at the Orlando Stadium.
Orlando Pirates Ratings:
Felipe Ovono: 6
Hardly had any major saves to make throughout the game, although he did struggle with a couple of crosses that came into the box.
Happy Jele: 6
Put in a solid showing at right-back for the Buccaneers, managed to get forward on a few occasions in the first half but failed to do the same in the second stanza.
Edwin Gyimah: 6.5
Handed his first official appearance for the Buccaneers, he managed to hold his own against the lively Mbesuma and hardly put a foot wrong.
Rooi Mahamutsa: 6
Looked solid for most of the 90 minutes, but gave away a few needles fouls, while he was easily beaten by Mbesuma for the Aces goal.
Thabo Matlaba: 6.5
Was hardly tested defensively, although he was constant threat going forward and was unlucky not to register his name on the score-sheet, as he was denied by Walters on two occasions.
Lehlogonolo Masalesa: 6
Deployed in the holding role for Pirates, kept the ball moving throughout the game, but never did anything special.
Thandani Ntshumayelo: 6
Another player handed a rare start this season, but hardly put a foot wrong and did well defensively, before being replaced on the hour mark.
Mpho Makola: 6.5
Despite only playing 35 minutes, Makola was a constant threat in the final third, he looked lively down the left flank and also scored a wonderful goal, before being replaced due to an injury.
Menzi Masuku: 6
Not the best of evenings from young Buccaneer, looked to given the role just behind Majoro, although he struggled to produce anything in the final third.
Thabo Rakhale: 6
Another attacking player who failed to impress on the night, he had the beating of his marker on two occasions in the first half, but he was quiet for most of the game.
Lehlohonolo Majoro: 6
Proved to be a very quiet evening for the striker, who struggled against the Aces defence, although he hardly had services to work with.
Sifiso Myeni: 6
Replaced Makola in the first half, although he failed to provide the same threat and was quiet for most of the game.
Roger Majafa: 6.5
Handed a debut by Tinkler after the hour-mark and looked very lively, he had two efforts at goal which sailed wide, but he injected much needed pace into the side.
Kermit Erasmus: 6
Brought on in the final 15 minutes, hardly did much, although he nearly bagged an assist Majoro was denied by Walters in stoppage time.
Mpumalanga Black Aces Ratings:
Shu-Aib Walters: 7
Proved to the key figure for Aces, pulled off a number crucial saves, which included denying Majoro in stoppage time from point-blank range. He also picked up the Man of the Match award.
Vincent Kobola: 6
Struggled when he defended against Makola, although he managed to sustain the threat of Myeni when he was introduced after 30 minutes.
Zamuxolo Ngalo: 6
The Aces skipper put in a solid showing in the defence, he did well to frustrate Majoro, while he had a sail wide of the mark in the second half.
Limbikani Mzava: 6
Along with Ngalo, Mzava hardly put a foot wrong in the heart of the Aces defence throughout the 90 minutes.
Lehlohonolo Nonyane: 6
Managed to keep Rakhale quiet for most of the game, although he failed to join in the Aces attack down the left flank.
Thanduyise Khuboni: 6
Certainly managed to hold against the likes of Masalesa and Ntshumayelo in the midfield, although he was sloppy in possession at times.
Aubrey Ngoma: 6
The former Pirates winger put in an impressive showing, did well beat Jele on two occasions, although his final ball was lacking.
Bongolethu Jayiya: 5
Didn't do much in the first half and was replaced in the 20th minute due to tactical reasons.
Lebogang Manyama: 6
Given the free role behind Mbesuma and he was a threat with his dribbling and running at the Pirates defence, although he could have done a bit better in the final third
Tshidiso Tukane: 6
Put in a workman like performance down the flanks, troubled the Pirates defence with his dribbling and also managed to trackback on a few occasions.
Collins Mbesuma: 7
The former Buccaneers striker put in an impressive showing, he was constant threat to the Pirates defence and capped his performance with a well-taken goal in the first half.
Mpho Matsi: 6
Replaced Jayiya in the 20th minute, and did well to help Aces secure more of the ball as the half went on and hardly put a foot wrong.
Aubrey Modiba: 6
Didn't offer much going forward when he was introduced in the final 20 minutes, but helped out defensively.
Kpha Sherman: NA
Was not on the field long enough to receive a rating.