Mamelodi Sundowns player ratings after Mathaithai FC victory: Ralani and Modiba irresistible

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Bradley Ralani, Mamelodi Sundowns & Teboho Modise, Mathaithai FC, March 2022
Masandawana secured a 6-0 win over the ABC Motsepe League outfit in the Nedbank Cup Last 16 match on Tuesday evening
  1. Reyaad Pieterse - 6/10

    Reyaad Pieterse - 6/10

    Marked his return to the starting line-up with a clean sheet.

    Pieterse was never seriously tested as he made several routine saves in the first-half and the visitors were unable to keep their few shots on target after the restart.

  2. Mothobi Mvala - 7/10

    Mothobi Mvala - 7/10

    Deployed in a three-man defence and he played well.

    Mvala did not put a foot wrong in defence as he made well-timed tackles and clearances, while also creating a chance at the other end towards the end of the game.


  3. Rushine De Reuck - 8/10

    Rushine De Reuck - 8/10

    Arguably Downs' best central defender at the moment.

    De Reuck was his usual immense self at the heart of the hosts' defence and proved his worth at both ends of the field as he was an aerial threat to Mathaithai - hitting the crossbar with a header after the restart.

  4. Grant Kekana - 7/10

    Grant Kekana - 7/10

    Assigned to man-mark Ipeeleng Seepamore and he did the job.

    Kekana kept the former Bloemfontein Celtic marksman quiet and he also made a few forward runs from the back - carrying the ball into midfield.

  5. Aubrey Modiba - 8.5/10

    Aubrey Modiba - 8.5/10

    Surprisingly deployed as a right-back despite being left-footed.

    Modiba rose to the occasion - spending most of his time in Mathaithai's half - keeping the visitors' defence busy with sharp movement and he was involved in the build-up to three of Downs' six goals.

    Named Man of the Match.

  6. Divine Lunga - 6/10

    Divine Lunga - 6/10

    Handed a rare start with Lyle Lakay being rested.

    Lunga drove forward to join up the attack - linking up well with Thabiso Kutumela, but his crosses were wayward.

  7. Sphelele Mkhulise - 7/10

    Sphelele Mkhulise - 7/10

    Operated in a deeper position as a holding midfielder.

    Mkhulise was tidy in possession, helping recover the ball many times until he was substituted in the 57th minute when Downs were pushing for more goals - introducing attack-minded players.

  8. Bradley Ralani - 8.5/10

    Bradley Ralani - 8.5/10

    Mathaithai's chief tormentor on the night.

    Ralani was a thorn in the visitors' face with his direct runs creating chances for his teammates and he was rewarded with an assist and a goal, before being substituted just after the hour-mark.

  9. Neo Maema - 6/10

    Neo Maema - 6/10

    Another player who was handed a rare start.

    Maema demonstrated his uncanny ability to work in tight spaces, but didn't have much luck in finding the net on the night.

  10. Themba Zwane - 7/10

    Themba Zwane - 7/10

    Captained Downs on the night.

    Zwane doubled Downs' lead with a close-range finish, but that was the only telling contribution he made in attack and he was substituted just before the hour-mark.

  11. Thabiso Kutumela - 8.5/10

    Thabiso Kutumela - 8.5/10

    Never stopped running - constantly pressing Mathaithai defenders.

    Kutumela was absolutely rampant after the restart scoring twice to make it 4-0 - ending the visitors' hopes of making a comeback in the process.

  12. Sibusiso Vilakazi - 5/10

    Sibusiso Vilakazi - 5/10

    Having been reduced to a bit-part player at Downs this term, Vilakazi came on in the 57th minute and he was largely anonymous.

  13. Brian Mandela - 5/10

    Came on in the 57th minute and he was rarely tested as most of the ball was played in Mathaithai's half.

  14. Kermit Erasmus - 6/10

    Kermit Erasmus - 6/10

    Also came on in the 57th minute and he looked to get in behind the visitors' defence which saw him hit the crossbar and Kutumela scored from the rebound.

  15. Andile Jali - 7/10

    Andile Jali - 7/10

    Stamped his authority in midfield after coming on in the 68th minute and he scored with a long-range shot to seal Downs' 6-0 win.

  16. Lebohang Maboe -7.5/10

    Lebohang Maboe -7.5/10

    A goal and an assist. What a way to mark your return from a long-term injury!

    Maboe's link-up play was good which saw him set up Kutumela for the hosts' fourth goal before he scored with a wonderful strike having been introduced in the 69th minute.