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Mamelodi Sundowns Player Ratings: Shalulile underperforms but Allende impressive against AmaZulu FC

22:56 GMT+4 18/09/2022
Peter Shalulile, Mamelodi Sundowns, September 2022
Masandawana maintain their good form in the PSL when they edged out Usuthu at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Tshwane

Mamelodi Sundowns needed a late goal from Marcelo Allende to defeat AmaZulu FC 1-0 in a PSL on Sunday afternoon.

It is the Tshwane giants' third consecutive league victory and they maintained their lead at the top of the standings.

A few Masandawana players underperformed on the day including Peter Shalulile, but there are those who caught the eye.

GOAL rates the performances of the Sundowns players.

  • Ronwen Williams, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    Ronwen Williams - 7/10

    Proved why he is Downs' number one keeper.

    Williams was always alert when Usuthu launched a rare attack and he produced four great saves including a double save. His ball distribution was also important when Downs were attacking.

  • Khuliso Mudau, Mamelodi Sundowns, February 2022

    Khuliso Mudau - 6.5/10

    Solid performance.

    Mudau ventured forward from the right to good effect while also coming up trumps defensively against Frank Mhango. He is undoubtedly South Africa's best right back.

  • Sifiso Ngobeni of Mamelodi Sundowns.

    Sifiso Ngobeni - 6/10

    Played well after being handed another start.

    Ngobeni did well to contain Thendo Mukumela and also looked to contribute at the opposite end by striding forward to join the attack.

  • Rushine De Reuck, Mamelodi Sundowns, April 2022

    Rushine de Reuck - 7/10

    Quietly went about his business.

    De Reuck had relatively nothing to do on the defensive front except making a few clearances. He also held his fort well and helped rotate possession from the back.

  • Grant Kekana, Mamelodi Sundowns, November 2021

    Grant Kekana - 7.5/10

    Rock-solid on his return to the team.

    Kekana put in a strong display against Usuthu. The Bafana Bafana defender showed his maturity and experience in a good performance.

  • Andile Jali, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    Andile Jali - 7.5/10

    Another top-notch display.

    Jali controlled the tempo as a deep-lying midfielder and laid accurate passes, while making vital interceptions when Usuthu were looking to combine in Downs' half.

  • Teboho Mokoena, Mamelodi Sundowns, February 2022

    Teboho Mokoena - 5.5/10

    Operated in a three-man midfield.

    Mokoena was able to showcase his ability to carry the ball forward. However, He was unable to create any major chances. 

  • Sipho Mbule, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    Sipho Mbule - 6/10

    Decent performance.

    Mbule made great strides in Masandawana's midfield as he was good in tight spaces, made passes with good accuracy. However, he was substituted while looking tired.

  • Erwin Saavedra, Mamelodi Sundowns, February 2022

    Erwin Saavedra - 6/10

    Worked hard after being handed a rare start.

    Saavedra got himself in good positions and combined well with his teammates. However, he was let down by some poor finishing. 

  • Themba Zwane, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    Themba Zwane - 7/10

    Downs' best attacker amongst those who started.

    Zwane was a menace while playing on both flanks, making attacking runs and creating chances. He was unlucky not to score his effort hit the woodwork.

  • Peter Shalulile Mamelodi Sundowns.

    Peter Shalulile - 5.5/10

    Not himself on the day. 

    Shalulile was full of running, but he was tightly marked most of the time by Usuthu's defence, and when he got a race chance to score he failed to hit the target from close range.

  • Marcelo Allende, Mamelodi Sundowns, September 2022

    Marcelo Allende - 8/10

    Injected some urgency and creativity into Downs' attack when he came on in the 56th minute - Shalulile missed a big chance after Allende had set him up before the Chilean star grabbed a late winning goal.

  • Neo Maema, Mamelodi Sundowns, September 2021

    Neo Maema - 6/10

    Came on at the same time as Allende and he chased down every ball and not giving his opponents time in possession.

  • Thapelo Morena, Mamelodi Sundowns, September 2022

    Thapelo Morena - 6.5/10

    His speed and movement created problems for the Usuthu defence which saw him force goalkeeper Veli Mothwa into a fine low save having been introduced in the 56th minute.

  • Terrence Mashego, Cape Town City, September 2022

    Terrecen Mashego - 5.5/10

    Introduced in the 75th minute as he made his Downs debut - showing off some nice touches on the ball in the left flank, but he wasn't seriously tested defensively. 

  • Bafana Bafana, Bongani Zungu

    Bongani Zungu - N/A

    Too late to warrant a rating as he came on in stoppage time - making his second debut for Masandawana.