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Orlando Pirates' winners and losers in Stellenbosch hiding

11:42 AM GMT+4 23/01/2023
Orlando Pirates celebrate.
It was a second consecutive win for the Buccaneers after they beat Golden Arrows 3-1 in their previous league fixture

Orlando Pirates' superior class and quality showed when they eased to a 4-1 win over Stellenbosch at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday.

The win saw the Sea Robbers move up into fourth place, with Richards Bay and SuperSport United in their sights.

Caf Champions League football is very much on for Jose Riveiro and his players.

  • Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, Orlando Pirates, January 2023

    Winner - Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo

    He dictated play in the middle for Bucs, nearly provided an assist for Bandile Shandu, and scored an excellent goal. Showed the coach that he deserves to start more often.

  • Monnapule Saleng, Orlando Pirates, November 2022

    Winner - Monnapule Saleng

    Thembinkosi Lorch should be back soon for Bucs, but it won't be Saleng who makes way for him - the ex-Free State Stars man remains Pirates' most important player in attack and contributed two assists on Sunday.

  • Kermit Erasmus

    Winner - Kermit Erasmus

    Erasmus needed to get a monkey off his back - not having scored yet for Bucs in the league in his second spell at the club. And he did that with a sublime finish, an instinctive striker's goal as he killed the ball with his first touch before speedily firing it past Sage Stephens before the goalkeeper could even react.

  • Sipho Chaine, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    Losers - Sipho Chaine

    Spare a though for Chaine, who is probably desperate to keep a clean sheet since getting into the team. He had very little to do on Sunday but still had to pick the ball out the net after a great finish by Mervin Boji. It's a bit harsh to call him a 'loser' though - it's just that all of the other Pirates' players did so well.

  • Innocent Maela, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    Defensive ratings

    Sipho Chaine - 5/10

    Wasn't really tested in goal.

    Chaine didn't make a single save throughout the game, but he was well-beaten by \Boji's effort. He has now conceded four goals from three matches since joining Pirates last September.

    Bandile Shandu - 6.5/10

    Spent most of his time in Stellies' half.

    Shandu's powerful overlapping runs caused havoc for Stellies' defence and he came close to scoring when his low shot hit the upright. Defensively, though, he was barely tested.

    Innocent Maela - 7.5/10

    Started slowly.

    Maela was tormented by Dean van Rooyen in the early stages of the game, but the Pirates captain improved gradually and contained the Stellies winger. He was also able to make a few promising overlapping runs which saw him score with a low shot.

    Nkosinathi Sibisi - 7/10

    A largely dependable figure in defence.

    Sibisi was rock-solid as he neutralized Antonio van Wyk and Sinethemba Mgomezulu who came on as a substitute. He was also vocal at the back - organizing the backline.

    Tapelo Xoki - 7/10

    Vigilant and strong for most of the encounter.

    Xoki made important clearances but was slightly at fault for Stellies' goal as he was caught napping. He provided the assist for Maela's goal.

  • Thabang Monare of Orlando Pirates is challenged by Diego Appollis of Chippa United , August 2022

    Midfield ratings

    Thabang Monare - 7.5/10

    Great work-ethic in the middle of the park.

    A vital cog in Pirates' midfield engine with his well-timed tackles and accurate passes. He timed his run well before scoring with a header to break the deadlock.

    Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo - 8.5/10

    Best performance as a Buccaneer.

    Ndlondlo carried the team forward with his good passing ability and vision as he linked up play. He opened his scoring account at Pirates with a stunning strike.

    Kabelo Dlamini - 7.5/10

    Worked hard behind the front three.

    Dlamini showed clever footwork to carve out space even under pressure. He provided the assist for Ndlondlo's goal.

    Monnapule Saleng - 8.5/10

    Another day another top class display.

    Saleng made dangerous runs from the wings with Stellies defenders struggling to stop him - creating chances for his teammates and he grabbed two assists. He scooped his second successive Man of the Match award.

    Deon Hotto - 6.5/10

    A livewire on the left flank.

    Hotto was involved in the build up to two of Bucs' four goals and made some good runs down the left. He is enjoying his football again in his preferred left forward position.

  • Kermit Erasmus, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    Striker ratings

    Kermit Erasmus - 7.5/10

    His movement unsettled Stellies' youthful defence.

    Erasmus dropped back to fetch balls and linked up well with his teammates. He showed his predatory instinct in the box when he netted the third goal.

  • Craig Martin, Orlando Pirates, January 2023

    Subs ratings

    Terrence Dzvukamanja - 5.5/10

    He brought energy and guile when he came on in the 61st minute, but he missed a sitter.

    Craig Martin - 6/10

    Used his pace to good effect after being introduced at the same time as Dzvukamanja - making good overlapping runs while also being solid defensively as a right-back.

    Ben Motshwari - 6/10

    Became a reliable shield in front of the Bucs defence - winning back possession by making well-timed tackles having been introduced in the 75th minute.

    Paseka Mako - 5.5/10

    Introduced with 15 minutes left and he was never seriously tested defensively which allowed him to push forward and deliver a few decent crosses.

    Vincent Pule - N/A

    Not enough time to make an impact after being introduced in the 85th minute