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Best & Worst: Chiefs v Pirates

Soccer Laduma selects the six best and four worst performers following Orlando Pirates' 2-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs in the Telkom Knockout semi-finals.

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Ratings:

Xola Mlambo – 7/10

Controlled the middle of the park with aplomb and was instrumental in offensive and defence.

Vincent Pule – 7/10

Just as in the league, caused all sorts of problems and never let the Chiefs rest on their laurels.

Siyabonga Ngezana – 6.5/10

Ngezana made a lot of good timeous blocks and clearances while giving good cover from time to time to his fellow defenders.

Thembinkosi Lorch 6.5/10

Lorch was in impressive down the left flank for Pirates, as he opened the scoring with a powerful finish while he also instigated a few of his side's attacks.

Jackson Mabokgwane -6/10

Despite a few cagey moments especially from corners, was stable throughout as he denied Kabelo Mahlasela from sending the game to extra time at the death.

Happy Jele – 6/10

Played his role superbly, as he led by example with good challenges while adding numbers in attack from time to time too.

Worst:

Mario Booysen – 4/10

Heavily exposed as the pace of Pule and Shonga left him rattled with his confidence at an all-time low after his two mistakes proved decisive for Bucs.

Khama Billiat: 4/10

After an impressive start to life at Chiefs, the Zimbabwean been quiet in his previous games and Saturday afternoon's clash was no different as he struggled to make an impact going forward.

Lebogang Manyama -4/10

Drafted straight to the line-up following his return from injury and didn’t do anything meaningful to cause mayhem for their city rivals.

Thabiso Kutumela -4/10

Thrown in the deep end, as the lack of match fitness showed later on in the second half as he struggled to keep up with the pace of the game.

 

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