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Player Ratings: Chiefs v Pirates

Soccer Laduma rates the individual performances of the Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates players, following the Buccaneers 3-1 win.

Kaizer Chiefs: 

Itumeleng Khune: 6.5

Hardly had a saved to make throughout in the first, although he was at fault for the first goal when he cleared the ball into Sarr's path. While he pulled off a couple important saves in the second stanza.

Siboniso Gaxa: 6

Looked solid defensively for most of the game and was hardly beaten by his opposition winger, although he hardly impressed going forward.

Erick Mathoho: 6.5

Got off to fine start and did well to frustrate Gabuza for most of the game and scored a well-taken equaliser, however he let Gcaba power home a header unchallenged and was easily beaten by Erasmus for the final goal.

Ivan Bukenya: 5

Never looked comfortable on the ball from the first whistle and struggled to deal with the movement of Erasmus and Gabuza.

Tsepo Masilela: 6

Had no problems going forward and adding numbers to the attack, although he did struggle to deal with the threat of Rakhale down the flank.

Willard Katsande: 6

Did well in the opening stages and put in a couple tackles, although they were overrun as the game went on.

Reneilwe Letsholonyane: 5

Struggled to get himself into the game, he failed to offer anything going forward and was sloppy with his passing.

Siphiwe Tshabalala: 6

Picked up the assist for Mathoho's goal, but never had a major impact in the final third throughout the 90 minutes.

George Lebese: 5

Not the best of showings from the Chiefs winger, he failed to have any impact down the left flank and was substituted in the 70th minute.

Camaldine Abraw: 6

Endured a tough battle against the likes of Sangweni and Mahamutsa and never had a sight of goal throughout the clash.

Edward Manqele: 6

He was a keen runner throughout his cameo, although his decision-making and final passes were not impressive.

Substitutes:

Bernard Parker: 5

Replaced Lebese for the final 20 minutes but failed to make a desired impact.

George Maluleka: NA

Not on the field long enough to receive a rating.

Siphelele Mthembu: NA

Not on the field long enough to receive a rating.

Orlando Pirates: 

Siyabonga Mpontshane: 6

It proved to be a very quiet afternoon for the Buccaneers shot-stopper, while he helpless for the Mathoho goal.

Ntsikelelo Nyauza: 6

Nyauza put in a fine performance at right-back, he didn't get forward much, but his was great defensively and frustrated Lebese for most of the game.

Thabo Matlaba: 6

Impressed on the defensive end and did well frustrate Gaxa and Tshabalala down the right flank, while he could have added his name on the score-sheet.

Siyabonag Sangweni: 6.5

Sangweni put in a fine showing in the heart of the defence and had a good battle with Abraw, which he won and it was his header that led to Sarr's goal.

Ayanda Gcaba: 7

One of the best performers on the field for the Buccaneers, put in a fine shift defensively and he also popped up with a fine towering header in the second half.

Issa Sarr: 7

The Senegalese was key in helping Pirates dominate in the middle, he also opened the scoring for the Buccaneers, while he was caught ball-watching for Mathoho's goal.

Thabo Rakhale: 6.5

Rakhale was a constant threat down the right flank with his dribbling and he also whipped in a few good crosses.

Thandani Ntshumayelo: 6

"Bibo" certainly impressed in the middle of the park, he put in a few crunching tackles and did well to help his side retain possession.

Thamsanqa Gabuza: 7

Troubled the Chiefs defence with his movement, he squandered a few chances in the second half but had the final say by scoring the third goal.

Mpho Makola: 6

Had a poor start and lost possession quite easily but got better as the game went on and had a bigger influence in the final third.

Kermit Erasmus: 6.5

Played behind Gabuza and was instrumental in most of the Buccaneers' attacks and he popped up with a stunning assist for Gabuza's goal in the second half.

Substitutes:

Edwin Gyimah: NA

Not on the field long enough to receive a rating. 

Lehlohonolo Majoro: NA

Not on the field long enough to receive a rating.

 

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