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Orlando Pirates player ratings after Al-Ittihad loss: Shandu outstanding as Motshwari struggles

20:26 SAST 2022/02/20
Bandile Shandu Orlando Pirates
GOAL runs the rule over the individual performances of the Bucs players following the Soweto giants' 3-2 defeat to the Libyan champions in the Caf Confederation Cup clash on Sunday

  • Siyabonga Mpontshane, Orlando Pirates

    Siyabonga Mpontshane - 5/10

    Indifferent night in goal for the experienced keeper.

    Mpontshane's positioning for the third goal, in particular, was poor, but he can't be blamed for Al-Ittihad's second goal as he was let down by his defence.

  • Bandile Shandu Orlando Pirates

    Bandile Shandu - 8.5/10

    Undoubtedly Pirates' best player on the night.

    Shandu was always a threat to Al-Ittihad's defence in the right flank and he took his two goals very well, while also being solid defensively.

  • Paseka Mako, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    Paseka Mako - 5/10

    Worked hard in the left flank.

    However, Mako struggled to make any notable impact on either side of the field with his crosses being cleared away with ease by the hosts.

  • Olisa Ndah, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    Olisa Ndah - 4/10

    Struggled to contain Anas Al Misrati, who stretched the Bucs defence at times with his mobility.

    Ndah's positioning was suspect whenever the North African side came forward in attack.

  • Happy Jele & Thabang Monare, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    Happy Jele - 5/10

    Didn't cover himself in glory either.

    Jele looked shaky in defence and lacked the solidity that Pirates boasted in their first three games in 2022, but he did carry the ball forward a few times in the second-half.

  • Ben Motshwari, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    Ben Motshwari - 3/10

    The Bucs midfield was non-exist, especially in the first-half.

    Motshwari failed to protect the Bucs defence as he made some mistimed tackles and his passing was also poor which led to his withdrawal towards the end of the game.

  • Goodman Mosele, Orlando Pirates, September 2021

    Goodman Mosele - 6/10

    The youngster was a non-factor attacking-wise.

    However, Mosele's passing still gave Pirates some much-needed control in the second-half as they searched for a late equalising goal.

  • Thembinkosi Lorch, Orlando Pirates, December 2021

    Thembinkosi Lorch - 6/10

    Pirates' best attacker on the night as he always looked to make things happen.

    Lorch's movement and awareness were good in the final third, but his end product was lacking at times.

  • Fortune Makaringe, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    Fortune Makaringe - 5/10

    Failed to impress on his return to the starting line-up.

    Makaringe could not make the desired impact despite laying off several accurate passes as he attempted to create chances for his teammates.

  • Deon Hotto, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    Deon Hotto - 5/10

    Came into the game as the most in-form Pirates attacker.

    However, Hotto never troubled Al-Ittihad as the hosts' defenders did well to contain him whenever he was in possession.

  • Zakhele Lepasa, Orlando Pirates, October 2020

    Zakhele Lepasa - 5/10

    Handed his maiden start for Bucs since 2020.

    Lepasa looked frustrated upfront due to lack of service from midfield and he was the first Pirates player to be substituted.

  • Frank Mhango, Orlando Pirates, August 2021

    Frank Mhango - 6/10

    Injected some needed speed and urgency into Bucs' attack after coming on in the 64th minute, but chances did not fall for him.

  • Kabelo Dlamini, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    Kabelo Dlamini - 5/10

    Came on for the final 16 minutes of the match, but he was barely seen.

  • Kwame Peprah, Orlando Pirates, December 2021

    Kwame Peprah - N/A

    Introduced with eight minutes left and he had limited time to make an impact.