Orlando Pirates will be proud of their performances in the absa premiership match against Baroka at Peter Mokaba stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Orlando Pirates were looking to top the table on the day in their pursuit of the Absa Premiership glory since 2011.
Here’s how the players from each teams squared off in the match ratings on the day:
Mpontshane 7: In the first half he had little to do with Baroka offering very little going forward. Second half however was tested a few times and conceded later in the match. Overall it was an easy game for him.
Matlaba 7.5: Things looked very easy for Matlaba first half with his the right hand side of Pirates defence not penetrated at all. Second half he faced a bit of a challenge as Baroka pushed to get the goal to help them get back into the match.
(’64 Thopola 5.5)
Maela: 7.5: The Pirates left back looked to cement his place in the team by giving another great performance and he did just that. Was a constant threat on the left side of Pirates attack.
Nyauza 7.5: Just like the rest of other Buccaneers defence, Nyauza hardly had a thing to do first half but was heavily tested in the second half. He rose to the task even though conceding later in the match.
Jele 7.5: The veteran defender made good covering tackles in the game, he was always in control. Second half faced challenges but dealt with them.
Motshwari 8: He had a good game, dictated the tempo of the match first half and was always in control of things in the middle of the park Along Mlambo.
Mlambo 8.5: Very calm on the ball and effective in making those forward passes. Mlambo once more won the midfield battle and could have scored a couple for himself.
Lorch 9: Provided a beautiful assist to Mulenga mid-week against Cape Town City and scored against Baroka in the weekend. Very good game he had.
(’74 Mtambo 5.5)
Pule 9.5: Forever penetrating on the wings and he always gives it all when he steps on to the pitch. Against Baroka it was the same story. The former Wits man scored a beauty to continue his superb form.
Mako 7: With a sweet left foot, Mako is cementing his place on the left side of attack. The former Chippa man had a very good game.
Mulenga 8: Again he was on top of things. Harrasing the defenders and making good touches in the box, he was unfortunate not to score.
Chipezeze 5.5: The Baroka goalkeeper was up against it in the first half, with Pirates scoring two quick fire goals. The first one to be fair enough was too good for him to save. However the second one it was a hauler with him and the defender getting confused.
Kgoetyane 6: The right back did his utmost best against a very attacking side such as Pirates. Although he was often beaten by the speed of Mako but at times he recovered very well.
Banda 5.5: Mulenga and Pule pulled him all over the place. The first took it’s tall on him but second half he organised himself very well.
Kgaswane 5:5: Just like Banda, first half was a tough mountain to climb but second much more organised.
Makume 6: Dealt with Pirates attack very well second half. He stopped the overhead balls and was more confident at the back.
Madubanya 6: It is no secret that Madubanyane is one of the best midfielders that have served the South African game. Very strong and gives it all; however he faced a classic Pirates midfield three of Lorch, Mlambo and Motshwari. They were all over him first half and did well second half.
(’52 Mosele 5)
Mdantsane 6: Full of energy and holds the play very well. First half had little to be excited about, but second half took control.
Chawapiwa 7: Forver exciting on either flanks, bursting with pace, always looking to cut inside and have a shot.
(’63 Patjie 5)
Mabeba 6: Descent game from him considering the opposition. He tried to offer something to the team especially second half.
Makgaka 6: He threatened Pirates goals a few times first half and second half was also pushing, however found it difficult to break Nyauza and Jele.
(53′ Makgantai 7: Came on and changed the game and ended up scoring on the 90th minute)
Chivaviro 7: I understand why he finished as top scorer in NFD last season with Highlands Park with 18 goals, 17 of them coming in the league. His movement with and without the ball is a joy to watch, Clever player.