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Orlando Pirates Player Ratings: Mako and Hotto superb against JS Saoura

6:43 AM SGT 21/3/22
Paseka Mako, Orlando Pirates, October 2021
The Buccaneers eased into the Caf Confederation Cup quarter-finals after claiming a 2-0 win over the Algerian outfit on Sunday night.

GOAL runs the rule over the individual performances of the Bucs players following the Group B clash.

  • Richard Ofori, Orlando Pirates, October 2020

    Richard Ofori - 7/10

    Produced a solid display - dominating his area.

    Ofori pulled off several important saves including a fantastic stop denying Aimen Lahmeri in the first-half and another fine save to deny Ismail Saadi in the dying minutes of the game.

  • Paseka Mako of Orlando Pirates challenges Thabo Nodada of Cape Town City.

    Paseka Mako - 8/10

    Produced one of his best displays as a Bucs player.

    Most of Bucs' attacks were launched through Mako's left flank and he linked up with Deon Hotto to a deadly effect. Mako also did a great job man-marking Oussama Bellatreche.

  • Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    Ntsikelelo Nyauza - 8/10

    Deployed as a right-back and he put in a good performance.

    Nyauza played well defensively - making vital interceptions and clearances. The bulky defender didn't offer much going forward, but he broke the deadlock when he headed home Deon Hotto's set-piece.

  • Thabiso Mokenkoane, Royal Leopards & Olisa Ndah, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    Olisa Ndah - 7/10

    The ever-reliable Nigerian was in good form once again.

    Ndah went about his business as usual - dominating his aerial duels and making crucial interceptions while playing some accurate passes into midfield.

  • Happy Jele, Orlando Pirates, September 2021

    Happy Jele - 7/10

    Played well on his return to the team.

    Jele mopped up all the loose balls around his area, and looked tidy in possession as he captained the Buccaneers to their third successive win across all competitions. 

  • Abel Mabaso, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    Abel Mabaso - 7/10

    Caught the eye while operating as a holding midfielder.  

    Mabaso helped keep possession and knit passes together while also making well-timed tackles to ensure that the Bucs defence is protected. 

  • Goodman Mosele, Orlando Pirates, September 2021

    Goodman Mosele - 6/10

    A key to the balance of the team on the night. 
    Mosele carried the ball forward with elan and displayed his ability in attacking transition. However, he was sent off was after collecting two yellow cards within seven minutes. 

  • Njabulo Ngcobo of Kaizer Chiefs challenges Deon Hotto of Orlando Pirates.

    Deon Hotto - 8/10

    It was a terrific performance from the Namibian star.
    Hotto was at the heart of everything good stemming from the Buccaneers offensively as his penetrative runs and delivery from set-pieces created big problems for Saoura. 
    His well-taken free-kick was headed home by Nayuza for the opening goal. 

  • Bandile Shandu Orlando Pirates 2022.

    Bandile Shandu - 7/10

    Redeployed to right-wing and he flourished.
    Shandu kept Saoura left-back Abderrazak Khelifi busy with his pace and directness which saw him provide the assist for Pirates' second goal. 

  • Kabelo Dlamini Orlando Pirates 2022.

    Kabelo Dlamini - 7.5/10

    Continues to establish himself as a key attacker for Bucs.
    Dlamini was strong on the ball and had a lively attacking presence. The former Bloemfontein Celtic star also showed good composure in front of goal when he scored Bucs' second goal. 

  • Kwame Peprah Orlando Pirates 2022.

    Kwame Peprah - 5/10

    Did not have a good game against the Eagles.
    Peprah struggled to make an impact offensively, but he did make important clearances when Bucs were defending set-pieces and he was substituted towards the end of the game.

  • Terrence Dzvukamanja, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    Terrence Dzvukamanja - 5/10

    Introduced in the 70th minute and he spent most of his time in Bucs' half as the visitors contained the Saoura and he never offered much going forward.

  • Fortune Makaringe, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    Fortune Makarige - 6/10

    Fought hard for possession in midfield and played some accurate passes having been introduced in the 77th minute.

  • Innocent Maela, Orlando Pirates, December 2021

    Innocent Maela - N/A

    Came on in the 84th minute and it was too late to warrant a rating.