• Soweto Derby Player Ratings

    Kaizer Chies striker Bernard Parker

    SportsClub.co.za rates the individual performances of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates players, following Chiefs’ 1-0 victory at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

    Kaizer Chiefs:

    Itumeleng Khune: 8/10
    Arguably one of his quietest Soweto Derbies, the shot-stopper was equal to every task thrown his way.

    Ramahlwe Mphahlele: 8/10
    The right back hardly set a foot wrong and proved influential both on attack and defence.

    Eric Mathoho: 7/10
    The defender proved influential on attack for Chiefs and was often the target of their set-pieces.

    Lorenzo Gordinho: 9/10
    Excellent both on attack and defence. Could have gotten on to the scoresheet, but opted to pass.

    Tsepo Masilela: 7/10
    Much like Rama, Masilela barely set a foot wrong and did well to contain the threat of Memela.

    Hendrick Ekstein: 8/10
    ‘Pule’ combined well with Maluleka and Katsande and was largely responsible for Chiefs’ dominance in the centre of the park. Final ball in the area needs improvement though.

    Willard Katsande: 7/10
    Served as good protection in front of the Chiefs back four and linked up well with Maluleka.

    George Maluleka: 8/10
    Excellent game in the middle of the park and unlucky not to have scored.

    Joseph Molangoane: 6/10
    Had a quiet game by his standards, ‘Tight’ was not as effective as he would have liked.

    Bernard Parker: 8/10
    Caused the Pirates defence all sorts of problems and looked like the Parker of old – winning most aerial battles and looking sharp in front of goal.

    Gustavo Páez: 8/10
    Had a superb game, most notably in the first half. Proved his quality with some great off-the-ball movement.

    Subs:

    Ryan Moon: 7/10
    A mature display from the new Bafana Bafana man, who impressed with his movement and pace.

    Daniel Cardoso
    Too little time spent on pitch for rating.

    Orlando Pirates:

    Siyabonga Mpontshane: 6/10
    Could not do much about the goal, but needs to improve communication with defence.

    Thabo Matlaba: 5/10
    Poor game by his standards. Wasn’t effective on attack or defence.

    Happy Jele: 5/10
    Had a torrid afternoon trying to take care of Paez and came out second-best most occasions.

    Ayanda Gcaba: 6/10
    Tried to marshal the Bucs defence, but struggled on the whole.

    Patrick Phungwayo: 6/10
    One of Pirates’ better players on attack, but he wasn’t equal in defending.

    Mpho Makola: 5/10
    Largely anonymous and disappointing display from the fan favourite.

    Oupa Manyisa: 6/10
    Appeared short on confidence, but tried to pull the strings nonetheless, although he wasn’t too direct.

    Issa Sarr: 5/10
    Soldiered on bravely, despite being outplayed by the likes of Ekstein and Maluleka.

    Luvuyo Memela: 4/10
    Tried to make a difference on attack with his direct running, but proved unsuccessful. Guilty of gifting away possession too easily.

    Thamsanqa Gabuza: 4/10
    Looked lively in the first few exchanges, but visibly short on confidence. He gradually faded over time.

    Tendai Ndoro: 4/10
    The forward looked short on confidence and was starved of supply towards end of the first half.

    Subs:

    Thamsanqa Sangweni: 5/10
    Didn’t have the desired impact off the bench, but showed glimpses of quality.

    Thabiso Kutumela: 6/10
    Looked lively when he came on, but also faded over time and looked to struggle with basics. Good off-the-ball movement though.

    Musa Nyatama: 6/10
    Stabilised the Pirates midfield upon his introduction, but his attacking influence was limited.

    Bernard Morrison: 7/10
    Came on with a purpose and looked good with his direct approach. Almost scored a stunning goal.

    Abbubaker Mobara: 6/10
    Kept it simple and tried to impose himself in the attacking third, but to no avail.

    – This story originally appeared on SportsClub.co.za

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