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Player Ratings: Sundowns v Maritzburg

Soccer Laduma rates the individual performances of the Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United players, following the Brazilians' 3-0 win.

Mamelodi Sundowns: 

Wayne Sandilands: 6

Proved to be a quiet evening for the Sundowns shot-stopper, as he did not have make any big saves throughout the 90 minutes.

Tebogo Langerman: 7

Langerman was solid on both ends of the pitch, especially on the defensive end, as frustrated the likes of Hartog and Lentjies down the right. While he capped off his performance with a wonderful goal in the second half.

Wayne Arendse: 6

The Sundowns defender hardly put a foot wrong in the heart of the defence and he was unlucky not to score in the opening stages of the first half.

Thabo Nthethe: 6

Much like Arendse, Nthethe did well at the back, as Sundowns kept a second successive clean sheet.

Ramahlwe Mphahlele: 6.5

The Sundowns skipper put in a fine individual performance at right-back, he did well to frustrate Banda and he was a constant threat going forward.

Hlompho Kekana: 6

Put in a solid shift in the middle of the park, he looked comfortable in possession and put in a few good tackles.

Keagan Dolly: 6

Not the liveliest of showings from the Sundowns winger, he had a close range effort saved in the 54th minute, but was quiet for the remainder of the half.

Teko Modise: 6.5

Made a return to the Sundowns line-up and his impact was immediate, as he played a fine pass for Zwane to score and kept things ticking in the middle of the park.

Themba Zwane: 7

Got off a fine start by getting on the score-sheet with a well-taken and was a constant threat down the right flank throughout the encounter.

Leonardo Castro: 6

Still looks like he is familiarising himself with the Premier Soccer League, he did well to use his physicality but he was often let down by his first touch.

Anthony Laffor: 6

Restored the starting line-up and proved to be a real threat down the left flank, while he also played a key role in Zwane's goal.

Substitutes:

Mzikayise Mashaba: 6

Replaced Castro after 60 minutes and did well to provide more width down the left flank, although he wasn't influential.

Asavela Mbekile: 6

Played the final 20 minutes, as Pitso Mosimane looked to shut up shop, and put in a solid display in the middle of the park.

Surprise Moriri: NA

Only played a couple of minutes but he still managed to score a goal in his short cameo.

Maritzburg United: 

Virgil Vries: 6.5

A bright light in otherwise dull encounter for Maritzburg. Vries pulled off a number good saves throughout the game but was helpless with the three goals.

Ryan De Jongh: 5

Not the best of showings from De Jongh at right-back, his decision-making on the ball was poor and he was easily beaten by Langerman for the second goal.

Kwanda Mngonyama: 5 

Struggled in the Maritzburg defence against his former side, gave away needles fouls and also picked up a yellow card in the first minute.

Brian Onyango: 6

Despite Maritzburg conceding three goals, Onyango put in a fine individual showing in defence, as he often had to cover Mngonyama whenever he was out of position.

Philani Zulu: 6 

Another bright light for Maritzburg, looked shaky in the opening stages but improved defensively as the game went on. 

Abia Nale: 5

Still lacking match fitness and that showed in his performance, as he looked sluggish and out of depth.

Mphakamiseni Nene: 5

Couldn't stamp his authority in the middle of the park and was overrun by the Sundowns midfield.

Manti Mekoa: 6

Showed a few good touches in the middle of the park but was ultimately no match for the likes of Kekana and Modise.

Khumbulani Banda: 6

Not the liveliest of showings from the Maritzburg winger down the left flank, as he spent most of the game tracking back.

Kurt Lentjies: 6

Had a few promising moves in the first half but faded in the second half and also picked up an injury.

Ashley Hartog: 5

Deployed as a striker, he spent most of the game dropping deep in midfield and to the right flank, as hi s side spent most of the game chasing shadows.

Substitutes:

Mohammed Anas: 5

Brought on for the final 20 minutes, he squandered a good chance with his first touch of the game but was quiet for the rest of the half.

Evans Rusike: 5

Replaced Nale down the right flank, but he had no joy up against Langerman.

Shai: NA

Not on the field long enough to receive a rating.

 

 

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