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Mamelodi Sundowns player ratings vs Orlando Pirates: Zwane the pick of an excellent bunch

3:23 PM GMT+8 18/12/2021
Themba Zwane, Mamelodi Sundowns, October 2021
The Brazilians moved 18 points clear of second-placed Kaizer Chiefs after scoring four second half goals against Bucs in Tshwane

Mamelodi Sundowns quartet Themba Zwane, Lyle Lakay, Pavol Safranko and Peter Shalulile were at the forefront of the 4-1 win over Orlando Pirates at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Friday evening.

  • Denis Onyango - Mamelodi Sundowns

    GOALKEEPER: Denis Onyango - 6

    Didn’t have a single save to make as his defenders kept Bucs’ chances to a minimum, only to be beaten by a sweetly struck Fortune Margarine shot for what was the final kick of the game, an effort that no goalkeeper could have saved.

  • Grant Kekana, Mamelodi Sundowns, November 2021

    RIGHT-BACK: Grant Kekana – 5

    Took a little while to find his feet having been shifted to right-back, but then just as he was getting into the game close to half time, Kekana’s evening was ended after he injured himself during a challenge with Paseka Mako.

  • Sundowns, Ricardo Nascimento

    CENTRE-BACK: Ricardo Nascimento - 6

    The Brazilian read the game so well that he barely seemed to break into a sweat.

  • Rushine De Reuck

    CENTRE-BACK: Rushine De Reuck – 7

    An imperious display by the Bafana Bafana centre-back, he made some telling tackles and was commanding in the air.

  • Peter Shalulile Lyle Lakay Rivaldo Coetzee Sundowns celebrate

    LEFT-BACK: Lyle Lakay – 8

    A superb showing, Lakay bagged two assists and played a big part in another goal.

  • Andile Jali, Mamelodi Sundowns, September 2021

    CENTRE-MID: Andile Jali – 7

    Worked hard against his former side to close down the spaces in midfield and also played some good through balls to the front men.

  • Rivaldo Coetzee, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2021

    CENTRE-MID: Rivaldo Coetzee – 6

    Coetzee was like the glue which bound the team together, he kept thigs ticking over with a measured display in holding midfield.

  • Sphelele Mkhulise of Mamelodi Sundowns.

    CENTRE-MID: Sphelele Mkhulise - 7

    Lively and full of running, always looking to make things happen, Mkhulise popped up all over the place and showed some lovely flashes of skill and creativity.

  • Mamelodi Sundowns Zwane Coetzee Jali Morena Mkhulisi

    RIGHT WING: Thapelo Morena – 6

    Showed his versatility by dropping to right-back after Kekana’s injury; before that he’d looked bright in attack.

  • Themba Zwane Mamelodi Sundowns Coetzee Lorch Orlando Pirates Motshwari

    LEFT WING: Themba Zwane – 8

    The veteran has been back to his best in recent weeks and that was again the case tonight with an influential man-of-the-match display which included the all-important opening goal.

  • Peter Shalulile, Mamelodi Sundowns, December 2021

    STRIKER: Peter Shalulile – 8

    Not everything came off for the Namibian and he missed some good chances. But his relentless energy wore down Bucs and he ended up scoring a goal and played a big part in Pavol Safranko’s second goal of the night.

  • Pavol Safranko Lyle Lakay

    SUBS: Pavol Safranko – 7

    In the previous game vs Baroka, he had been subbed after coming on as a sub. The Slovakian showed no ill effects as he powered home a header from a corner and then scored clinically from a tight angle for the second goal to complete a 12 minute brace.

  • Kgaogelo Sekgota, Daniel Cardoso and Aubrey Modiba, Kaizer Chiefs, August, 2021

    SUBS: Aubrey Modiba – 6

    Got involved nicely and had some positive moments going forward, played in a great ball for Shalulile.

  • Mothobi Mvala of Mamelodi Sundowns.

    SUBS: Mothobi Mvala – 6

    Helped make sure that Sundowns dominated possession for the final 25 minutes with a commandng cameo.

  • Lesedi Kapinga, Mamelodi Sundowns, December 2020

    SUBS: Lesedi Kapinga – 5

    Only got 10 minutes of action and couldn't make much of an impact.

  • Sifiso Ngobeni of Bloemfontein Celtic challenged by Leonardo Castro of Kaizer Chiefs, August 2020

    SUBS: Sifiso Ngobeni – 5

    A brief relatively uneventful run out for the youngster.