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Orlando Pirates Player Ratings: Saleng and Erasmus superb against Golden Arrows

3:28 AM IST 19/10/22
Monnapule Saleng, Orlando Pirates, October 2022
The Buccaneers snapped their four-match winless run when they defeated Abafana Bes'thende in Durban.

A first half brace by Monnapule Saleng earned Orlando Pirates a 2-0 win over Lamontville Golden Arrows at Princess Magogo Stadium on Tuesday night.
Saleng was not the only Bucs player who caught the eye on the night as the Soweto giants climbed up to the fourth spot on the PSL standings after defeating Abafana Bes'thende.
GOAL ran the rule over the individual performances of the Pirates players.

  • Siyabonga Mpontshane, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    Siyabonga Mpontshane - 7/10

    Largely untested in the first half.
    However, Mpontshane did sweep in with four meaningful saves along with a couple of sweeper-keeper acts to keep his second clean sheet of the season.

  • Thabiso Monyane of Orlando Pirates.

    Thabiso Monyane - 7/10

    Impressed on his return to the team.
    Monyane was brilliant with the ball at his feet throughout the match. He ventured forward a few times and often provided quality crosses when called upon.

  • Deon Hotto, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    Deon Hotto - 6/10

    Wasn't as tenacious as he usually is.
    Hotto clearly struggled to assert his presence in the final third. However, he did his job at the back as he helped his side keep a clean sheet.

  • Olisa Ndah, Orlando Pirates, September 2022

    Olisa Ndah - 7/10

    Looked assured in possession.
    Ndah helped Pirates with their build-up play. He was a calm and composed presence at the back for the Buccaneers, helping them earn a hard-fought clean sheet.

  • Nkosinathi Sibisi Orlando Pirates 2020.

    Nkosinathi Sibisi - 7/10

    Had a brilliant game against his former side. 
    Sibisi showcased astute positional awareness and kept the Arrows attackers at bay throughout the game.

  • Innocent Maela, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    Innocent Maela - 6/10

    Not seriously tested.
    Arrows launched most of their attacks in the right flank without really testing Maela, but the Pirates captain showed good leadership and he organized the defence.

  • Miguel Timm Orlando Pirates.

    Miguel Timm - 6.5/10

    Put in a decent performance for Bucs.
    Timm was all over the pitch trying to win and recycle the ball back for the visitors. However, he looked tired after the restart and he was substituted.

  • Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    Ndabayithwa Ndlondlo - 7/10

    Eye-catching performance.
    Ndlondlo made some good driving runs upfield and showcased good link-up play. He also tracked back to help his side defend.

  • Kabelo Dlamini Orlando Pirates 2022.

    Kabelo Dlamini - 5.5/10

    Full of running but he couldn't make an impact. Dlamini struggled to get involved in the game to a certain degree which led to his substitution just before the hour mark.

  • Monnapule Saleng, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    Monnapule Saleng - 8.5/10

    Best performance as a Buccaneer. Saleng was a menace throughout the game, making life tough for Arrows' backline. He scored two well-taken goals and he was named Man of the Match.

  • Kermit Erasmus, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    Kermit Erasmus - 8/10

    Great display. Erasmus was direct with the ball and often looked to create openings against Arrows' defence. His combination play was brilliant which saw him grab two assists.

  • Ben Motshwari, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    Ben Motshwari - 5/10

    Came on in the 59th minute and he struggled to get to the pace of the game and failed to break a couple of Arrows attacks.

  • Fortune Makaringe, Orlando Pirates, September 2022

    Fortune Makaringe - 5.5/10

    Started with a few forward passes when he came on in the 59th minute, but was surprisingly uninvolved and quiet for most of his time on the pitch.

  • Paseka Mako, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    Paseka Mako - 6/10

    Looked solid defensively when came on in the 66th minute and he also made some promising overlapping runs. 

  • Zakhele Lepasa Orlando Pirates.

    Zakhele Lepasa - 5/10

    Introduced around the same time as Mako but was barely involved.

  • Collins Makgaka, Orlando Pirates, November 2020

    Collins Makgaka - N/A

    Couldn't make an impact as he came on in the 90th minute.