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Player Ratings: Sundowns v Polokwane

Soccer Laduma rates the individual performances of the Mamelodi Sundowns and Polokwane City players, following their goalless draw.

Wayne Sandilands: 6

Handed a rare start by Pitso Mosimane, although it proved to be a quiet evening for the Sundowns goalkeeper, he did pull off a superb save in the first half.

Mzikayise Mashaba: 6

Certainly impressed on both ends of the pitch, most notably on the defensive end, where he broke down a few Polokwane attacks.

Thabo Nthethe: 6

Nthethe put in a solid showing in the heart of the defence, although with Sundowns dominating, he hardly had much to deal with.

Ramahlwe Mphahlele: 6

Moved back to his full-back spot and hardly put a foot wrong and did well to get forward on a few occasions, although his final ball was not up to par.

Wayne Arendse: 6.5

Arendse looks to be permanent figure in the Sundowns defence now and he impressed once again, as he frustrated the Polokwane attackers, who were largely restricted to long range efforts. 

Keagan Dolly: 6

 

Got off a slow start against the Polokwane right-back, although he was Sundowns' biggest threat in the second half, as he troubled the visitors with a few inviting crosses.

Bongani Zungu: 6

Another impressive showing from the Sundowns midfielder, he dictated the tempo of the game from the middle of the park and did well on the defensive end.

Hlompo Kekana: 6

Certainly did well on the defensive end, while he rarely offered much going forward, except a few efforts from distance and he was replaced in the final 15 minutes.

Mogakolodi Ngele: 6

Couldn't reproduce his performance from the Telkom Knockout tie, he was hardly a threat in the final third and he squandered a glorious chance in the first half.

Leonardo Castro: 6

The Colombian endured another frustrating evening for Sundowns, he was presented with two chances and he failed to trouble Chigova on both occasions, before being replaced in the 65th minute.

Khama Billiat: 6

Billiat troubled the Polokwane defence throughout the 90 minutes with his pace and movement, however he was let down by his decision-making in the 18-yard area.

Substitutes:

Anthony Laffor: 6

Brought on shortly after the halftime break, however he failed to get the better of Masenamela throughout the second half.

Katlego Mashego: 6

Brought on after the hour-mark and squandered two chances to secure victory in the final 10 minutes of the game.

Teko Modise: 6

Replaced Kekana in the final 15 minutes but failed to make the desired impact for the Brazilians.

Polokwane City:

George Chigova: 7

The Polokwane shot-stopper was the difference on the night, as he pulled off a few important saves in the first and second half to ensure his side earned a share of the spoils. He also scooped up the Man of the Match award.

Mfundo Phungwayo: 6.5

The young full-back certainly held his own at right-back, he kept Dolly quiet for most of the first half but his final ball needs to improve.

Punch Masenamela: 6.5

Similarly to Phungwayo, the former Sundowns full-back didn't disappoint for Polokwane, as he did well to frustrate Ngele down the flank, although he hardly managed to get forward.

Sibusiso Mbonani: 6

Put in a solid showing in Polokwane defence and did well to keep the likes of Castro and Billiat at bay.

Tshepo Tema: 6

The powerful defender hardly put a foot wrong throughout the 90 minutes and he made his presence known to the Sundowns attack.

Jabulani Nene: 6

Got off to lively start and had a couple surging runs but he faded as the half went on. 

Boban Bogere: 6

Didn't really offer much going forward whenever Polokwane were in possession of the ball and he was eventually replaced in the 54th minute.

Jabu Maluleke: 6

Not the liveliest of performances from the Rise and Shine midfielder, he had very little influence of the game, which led to his side not creating a lot of openings.

Cole Alexander: 6

Alexander worked tirelessly in the middle of the park, spent most of the game defending but he certainly held his own against the likes of Kekana and Zungu.

Thobani Mncwango: 6

Showed up in patches of the game, he was unlucky not to score in the first half when Sandilands pulled off a superb save but other than that, it proved to be a quiet evening for the player.

Puleng Tlolane: 6

The Polokwane striker endured a frustrating evening as he led the attack, he hardly had any service to work with and he was eventually substituted in the 77th minute.

Substitutes:

Linda Shiba: 6

Brought on in the 54th minute for Bogere, he managed to help Polokwane on the defensive end, although he failed to offer anything in the attack.

Sphesihl Nzimande: 6

Replaced Tlolane for the final 15 minutes but failed to make the desired impact.

 

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