Orlando Pirates Player Ratings: Dlamini sparkles as Makaringe struggles against Al-Ittihad

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Kabelo Dlamini Orlando Pirates 2022.
The Buccaneers were held to a 0-0 draw by the Libyan giants in their final Caf Confederation Cup Group B game on Sunday evening.

GOAL runs the rule over the individual performances of the Bucs players. 

  1. Richard Ofori - 6.5/10

    Richard Ofori - 6.5/10

    Relatively untroubled throughout the game.

    Ofori made just one save in the match and he was on top of his game with the ball at his feet as he completed most of his long passes.

  2. Abel Mabaso - 6/10

    Abel Mabaso - 6/10

    Had a quiet game having been deployed as a right-back.

    Mabaso was comfortable on the ball but hardly needed to use his pace to track back and he didn't offer much going forward.

  3. Paseka Mako - 7/10

    Paseka Mako - 7/10

    Unlike Mabaso, Mako was busy down the left flank.

    The diminutive player always ventured forward and he delivered some dangerous crosses into the opposition's box while also being rock solid defensively. 

  4. Happy Jele - 7/10

    Happy Jele - 7/10

    The skipper had a fairly comfortable evening.

    Jele did a good job dealing with the presence of the towering Mohamed Zubiya and he also made some important interceptions.

  5. Ntsikelelo Nyauza - 7.5/10

    Ntsikelelo Nyauza - 7.5/10

    Stepped up to the plate at Orlando Stadium to deliver a good performance. 

    Nyauza read the game well, making vital interceptions, and also caught the eye with his passing ability when he pushed into the middle of the park.

  6. Ben Motshwari - 7/10

    Ben Motshwari - 7/10

    Keen to impress after being handed a rare start in 2022.

    Motshwari rarely got a pass wrong and took the Teha to the cleaners with his vision and link-up play, while also winning back possession for his side.

  7. Fortune Makaringe - 5/10

    Fortune Makaringe - 5/10

    Another player who was eager to catch the eye and cement his place in the starting line-up.

    However, Makaringe tried too hard to impress as he was sloppy in possession and he missed Pirares' best chance after being set up by Kabelo Dlamini.

  8. Kabelo Dlamini - 7.5/10

    Kabelo Dlamini - 7.5/10

    One of Pirates' best players on the night.

    Dlamini shone bright, always involved in the thick of things - creating chances for his teammates. He took shots at goal and one of them nearly led to an own-goal.

  9. Bongani Sam - 6/10

    Bongani Sam - 6/10

    Deployed as a left forward and he played well.

    Sam laid out some decent passes and crosses, while also demonstrating his dribbling ability going forward, but his impact waned off after the restart. 

  10. Bandile Shandu - 5/10

    Bandile Shandu - 5/10

    Operated as a right forward against the Teha.

    Shandu was very active in the first-half but lacked the cutting edge and he also wasted a glorious chance to score in the opening half before being substituted while looking tired after the restart.

  11. Kwame Peprah - 6/10

    Kwame Peprah - 6/10

    Came close to scoring with a header which missed the target a few minutes into the game.

    However, Peprah didn't do anything else of note besides that moment and he was replaced by Thembinkosi Lorch just after the hour-mark.

  12. Thembinkosi Lorch - 6/10

    Thembinkosi Lorch - 6/10

    Came on in the 65th minute and his explosive speed was on display, while also combining well with his teammates, but chances didn't fall for him.

  13. Frank Mhango - 5/10

    Frank Mhango - 5/10

    Came on at the same time as Lorch and offered no real attacking threat with the Al-Ittihad defenders doing well to close him down whenever he was in possession of the ball.

  14. Siphesihle Ndlovu - 5/10

    Siphesihle Ndlovu - 5/10

    Introduced with 12 minutes left and he had no impact whatsoever having replaced Bucs' livewire Dlamini.