Orlando Pirates player ratings after Royal Leopards win: Hotto the creative force, Dlamini superb

Deon Hotto, Orlando Pirates, November 2021
GOAL rates the performances of the Bucs players following the Buccaneers' 6-2 win over the Eswatini champions in a Caf Confederation Cup game on Sunday night

  1. Siyabonga Mpontshane - 6/10

    Siyabonga Mpontshane - 6/10

    Could do nothing about the game's opening goal which was a deflection.

    However, Mpontshane's positioning was questionable for Leopards' second goal, but after that, he dominated his box - collecting balls played into his area with ease.

  2. Bandile Shandu - 8/10

    Bandile Shandu - 8/10

    Can't stop scoring in the Confederation Cup at the moment.

    Shandu proved to be an attacking threat for Pirates once again which saw him score his fourth goal in the group stage - making it 2-2 on the night and he was rarely tested defensively.
  3. Paseka Mako - 6/10

    Paseka Mako - 6/10

    Had a busy night in Pirates' left flank.

    Mako sprinted forward with great energy and combined superbly with Deon Hotto, but he was also kept busy by Mzwandile Mabelesa when the hosts launched their attacks until he was replaced by Innocent Maela.
  4. Happy Jele - 6/10

    Happy Jele - 6/10

    Endured a slow start to the game as Pirates conceded after Mabelesa's shot deflected off him.

    Jele was then beaten in the air by Thabiso Mokenkoane when Leopards doubled their lead, but Jele improved defensively as the game progressed and he made amends by scoring Bucs' fourth goal.
  5. Olisa Ndah - 7/10

    Olisa Ndah - 7/10

    Decent performance by the Nigerian star.

    Ndah looked assured on the ball and wasn't threatened much by Ingwe Mabalabala's attack which targeted Jele in the early stages of the game.
  6. Thabang Monare - 6/10

    Thabang Monare - 6/10

    Replaced Ben Motshwari in the starting line-up and worked tirelessly in midfield.

    Monare put in a decent first-half display making key passes and tackles but was hauled off just after the hour-mark while looking tired.
  7. Goodman Mosele - 7/10

    Goodman Mosele - 7/10

    A good display in the middle of the park.

    Mosele's pristine distribution was responsible for Bucs dominating proceedings and he laid out some key passes - linking the defence with the midfield. 
  8. Kabelo Dlamini - 8/10

    Kabelo Dlamini - 8/10

    Put in masterclass just behind the front three.

    Dlamini's technique on the ball saw him create some goalscoring chances for Bucs while also getting himself in goalscoring positions which led to him scoring a spectacular goal. 
  9. Thembinkosi Lorch - 7/10

    Thembinkosi Lorch - 7/10

    Full of industry on the right flank.

    Lorch kept the Leopards defence on their toes in the 68 minutes he spent on the field and he provided the assist for Pirates' fifth goal.
  10. Deon Hotto - 8.5/10

    Deon Hotto - 8.5/10

    The busiest Pirates attacker and the team's chief orchestrator.

    Hotto was a thorn in Ingwe Mabalabala's face with his direct runs throughout the game and he grabbed three assists on the night.

  11. Kwame Peprah - 7.5/10

    Kwame Peprah - 7.5/10

    Marked his return to the starting line-up with a goal and an assist.

    Peprah led the Bucs attack with aplomb as he won his aerial duels and combined well with his teammates which led to him providing the assist for Terrence Dzvukamanja's goal after netting the third goal. 
  12. Innocent Maela - 5/10

    Innocent Maela - 5/10

    Replaced Mako in the 68th minute and he was never tested defensively, while also not offering much going forward.

  13. Wayde Jooste - 5/10

    Wayde Jooste - 5/10

    Made a few overlapping runs after coming on in the 68th minute, but he never threatened Ingwe Mabalabala's defence.

  14. Terrence Dzvukamanja - 7/10

    Terrence Dzvukamanja - 7/10

    Introduced in the 69th minute and made some well-timed runs into the hosts' box which saw him score Bucs' sixth and final goal.

  15. Fortune Makaringe - 6/10

    Fortune Makaringe - 6/10

    Also came on in the 69th minute and he was tidy in possession, while also making a few tackles.