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Mamelodi Sundowns Player Ratings: Mbule and Maema sparkle against SuperSport United

6:14 AM GMT 17/01/2023
Sipho Mbule, Mamelodi Sundowns, January 2023
Masandawana produced a professional performance as they frustrated Matsatsantsa who were starved of possession most of the time

Mamelodi Sundowns grabbed the Tshwane Derby bragging rights when they edged out SuperSport United 1-0 on Monday evening.
Neo Maema's first-half strike was enough to earn the PSL champions their 14th win of the season from 17 league matches.
GOAL runs the rule over the individual performances of Sundowns players.

  • Ronwen Williams, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    Ronwen Williams - 6/10

    A spectator for much of the game.
    There was little action on his end on the pitch with Downs dominating possession for large periods of the game and he made one save which was routine from a long-range shot.

  • Khuliso Mudau, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    Khuliso Mudau - 5.5/10

    Kept busy by Thapelo Maseko.
    Mudau, who is an attack-minded full-back, did not offer much going forward as he was more concerned with stopping Maseko. He did ensure that the Man of the Match Maseko didn't score.

  • Aubrey Modiba, Mamelodi Sundowns, April 2022

    Aubrey Modiba - 6/10

    Played much better than fellow full-back Mudau.
    Modiba constantly pushed forward and made some excellent crosses in the first-half. However, he became quiet after the restart as he contained the speedy Iqraam Rayners. 

  • Mothobi Mvala, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    Mothobi Mvala - 7.5/10

    Tenacious and diligent.
    Mvala made vital clearances and interceptions. He was also consistent in judging where to be on cutbacks and crosses. 

  • Rushine de Reuck, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    Rushine de Rushine - 7/10

    Another solid performance.
    De Reuck complimented Mvala with a strong performance of his own. Did well up against Thamsanqa Gabuza, front-footed and anticipating balls to the SuperSport centre forward.

  • Teboho Mokoena, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    Teboho Mokoena - 7/10

    Decent display as a shield in front of the Downs defence.
    Mokoena won second balls and stopped the runners having free reign through his side's soft centre. He looked exhausted towards the end of the game and he was substituted. 

  • Marcelo Allende, Mamelodi Sundowns, September 2022

    Marcelo Allende - 5.5/10

    Not at his best on the night.
    Allende was outsmarted by Siphesihle Ndlovu in their midfield battle. The Sundowns midfielder did make a few accurate passes switching play when Ndlovu gave space to do so.

  • Neo Maema, Mamelodi Sundowns, January 2023

    Neo Maema - 8.5/10

    Sundowns' best player on the night.
    Maema was a willing runner, ridiculously hard-working as he carried his team forward. He took his goal well in the first-half and also tracked back to help his teammates defend.

  • Gaston Sirino Mamelodi Sundowns.

    Gaston Sirino - 5/10

    Disappointing outing as never posed a threat to Matsatsantsa.

    Sirino was caught in possession many times when Downs were attacking. Unsurprisingly, he was the first Sundowns player to be substituted. 

  • Themba Zwane, Mamelodi Sundowns, January 2023

    Themba Zwane - 7/10

    A constant threat to the SuperSport defence.
    Zwane showed good movement and combination play which created problems for the SuperSport defence. However, he couldn't keep his attempts on target.

  • Cassius Mailula Mamelodi Sundowns.

    Cassius Mailula - 7.5/10

    Led the attack well.
    Mailula made several good runs to open counters and showed good link play which saw him link up with Maema for the only goal of the match. 

  • Peter Shalulile, Mamelodi Sundowns, September 2022

    Peter Shalulile - 5.5/10

    Full of running as he looked to unsettle the SuperSport defence with his sharp runs after coming on in the 66th minute, but chances didn't fall for him in Matsatsantsa's box.

  • Thabiso Kutumela, Mamelodi Sundowns, December 2021

    Thabiso Kutumela - 5.5/10

    Pressed and hurried the opposition's defenders, but he didn't pose a threat to the visitors' backline when in possession of the ball having been introduced in the 72nd minute. 

  • Sipho Mbule, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    Sipho Mbule - 7/10

    Came on for Allende in the 72nd minute and he played much better than the South American as he had some good build-up moments thanks to his neat passes in the final third.

    Coach Rhulani Mokwena will definitely consider handing Mbule his first league start of the season when they face Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday as a reward for his eye-catching cameo.

  • Grant Kekana, Mamelodi Sundowns, 2022

    Grant Kekana - N/A

    Had little time to make an impact as he came in stoppage time.

  • Sifiso Ngobeni of Mamelodi Sundowns.

    Sifiso Ngobeni - N/A

    Also came on in stoppage time.