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Player Ratings: Aces v Chiefs

Soccer Laduma rates the individual performances of the Mpumalanga Black Aces and Kaizer Chiefs players, following AmaKhosi's 2-1 win.

Mpumalanga Black Aces: 

Jackson Mabokgwane: 6

Was helpless for both of Chiefs' goals, but other than that it proved to be a quiet evening for the Aces goalkeeper.

Limbikani Mzava: 6

Struggled to contain Lebese and Masilela down the flank and was caught out position on a couple occasions. While, he failed to offer anything in the attack.

Ashraf Hendricks: 6

It wasn't his best performances, but it wasn't his worst, although he did struggled to deal with the movement of the Chiefs front-line.

Eddie Ngalo: 6

Struggled against Mathoho for the second half, but was solid for most of the encounter.

Lehlohonolo Nonyane: 6 

Struggled defensively and was often drawn inside by Tshabalala, which allowed Gaxa a lot of time space. However, he did pick up the assist for Masina's goal.

Tshidiso Tukane: 6.5

Proved one of Aces' liveliest players on the night, he gave Masilela a tough time in the opening exchanges, although he squandered a great chance just before the halftime break.

Thanduyise  Khuboni: 6

Struggled to contain the Chiefs attack and spent most of the game chasing Tshabalala, while he was overpowered in the middle by Letsholonyane and Baloyi.

Mpho Matsi: 6

Showed glimpses in the first half but was not effective in the final third and was eventually replaced after 70 minutes.

Judas Moseamedi: 6

Rewarded with a start following his brace in the week, he squandered a couple of chances in the opening exchanges and faded as the game went on.

Lebogang Manyama: 5

Never got into the game and failed to track back, which saw him get replaced after just 29 minutes.

Collins Mbesuma: 6

Along with Tukane, Mbesuma proved to be Aces' biggest threat on the night, he rattled the crossbar in the early stages and linked up with his teammates throughout the game.

Substitutes:

Bhongolethu Jayiya: 6

Replaced the in-effective Manyama and added a bit more balance to the side, although he only had a bigger influence in the final stages of the second half.

Sibusiso Masina: 6.5

Brought on after 60 minuets and improved Aces going forward, while he did bag a late to set up a tense final 10 minutes.

Thabo Nodada: 6

Played the final 15 minutes, as Aces were on the attack , although he hardly contributed in the final third.4

Kaizer Chiefs: 

Itumeleng Khune: 6

The Chiefs shot-stopper was only called upon in the final 15 minutes of the game, pulling off two good saves to deny Tukane and Jayiya. While, he was helpless for Aces' goal.

Siboniso Gaxa: 6.5

Certainly impressed on both ends of the field, he was a constant threat going forward, while he did well to keep Moseamedi quiet down the flank.

Erick Mathoho: 7

Impressed on the defensive end, he was dominant in the air and did well to keep out the pace of the Aces attack. While, he opened the scoring with an impressive header 

Ivan Bukenya: 6

Certainly held his own alongside Mathoho in the heart of the defence and certainly won his individual battle with Mbesuma.

Tsepo Masilela: 6

Had no problems going and joining in the attack down the left flank, although he struggled against Tukane defensively and was caught on a number of occasions.

Lucky Baloyi: 6.5

Deputised for the suspended Willard Katsande, and put in an impressive showing throughout the 90 minutes and stopped the Aces attack from attacking through the middle.

Reneilwe Letsholonyane: 6

Put in a solid showing in the middle of the park by the doing the basics, kept the ball moving for the visitors and did well defensively.

Siphiwe Tshabalala: 7

The Chiefs skipper was a constant threat throughout the 90 minutes, played a few key passes in the final third and also popped up with the assist for Mathoho's goal.

George Lebese: 6.5

Looked refreshed from the onset, he was never afraid to run at the opposing full-back down the left flank and managed to track back on a few occasions.

Camaldine Abraw: 7

Got off to the perfect start by scoring with a wonderful strike in the second minute, he was a constant threat in the final third and was unlucky not to add to his tally in the second half.

Edward Manqele: 6

Still not 100 percent with regards to his fitness but his movement was troubling for the Aces defence and he linked up with Tshabalala on a couple occasions.

Substitutes:

Siphelele Mthembu: 6

Replaced Abraw for the final 20 minutes but spent of his cameo without the ball, due to Aces' dominance in the final stages.

Bernard Parker: NA

Played the final 15 minutes but hardly any impact in the opposing half.

George Maluleka: NA

No on the field long enough to receive a rating.

 

 

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