Orlando Pirates Player Ratings: Mosele and Dlamini impress against Royal Leopards

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The Buccaneers completed a double over the Eswatini champions in the Caf Confederation Cup's Group B when they claimed a 3-0 win at Orlando Stadium on Sunday evening
  1. Richard Ofori - 6/10
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    Richard Ofori - 6/10

    Kept one of his easiest clean sheets as a Pirates player.

    Ofori had very little to do in the game as he was well-protected by his defence throughout the game.

  2. Bandile Shandu - 6.5/10
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    Bandile Shandu - 6.5/10

    Shandu was a great engine down the right flank.

    The Pirates full-back tracked back really well to defend in the whole of the second half, but his promising overlapping runs lacked an end product.

  3. Paseka Mako - 7/10
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    Paseka Mako - 7/10

    An attacking threat on the night as most of Bucs' attacks came through his flank.

    Mako also held his defensive fort well as he tracked back to contain the speedy Wandile Simelane.

  4. Ntsikelelo Nyauza - 6/10
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    Ntsikelelo Nyauza - 6/10

    Replaced Happy Jele in the starting line-up and he captained Bucs.

    Nyauza was not put under too much pressure by the Leopards attack on the night, but he marshalled the Bucs defence with aplomb.

  5. Olisa Ndah - 7/10
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    Olisa Ndah - 7/10

    Put up a stellar display at the heart of the Pirates defence.

    Ndah was on hand to mop up any loose balls on the few occasions that Ingwe Mabalabala ventured forward and he was rested with 20 minutes left with Jele replacing him.

  6. Thabang Monare - 7/10
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    Thabang Monare - 7/10

    Flourished in his role as the holding midfielder.

    Monare's distribution helped the Buccaneers control proceedings in the second half and he made some important interceptions as Leopards looked to create chances.

  7. Goodman Mosele - 8/10
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    Goodman Mosele - 8/10

    Undoubtedly the best player on the pitch.

    Mosele dominated his midfield battle with Sifiso Matse and he carried his team forward which saw him grab two assists after linking up brilliantly with Fortune Makaringe and Kabelo Dlamini, who scored Bucs' first two goals.

  8. Fortune Makaringe - 8/10
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    Fortune Makaringe - 8/10

    Recalled to the starting line-up and he didn't disappoint.

    Makaringe justified his inclusion with a fine display as he combined well with his teammates in Leopards' half, before scoring arguably his best goal since joining Pirates.

  9. Kabelo Dlamini - 8/10
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    Kabelo Dlamini - 8/10

    Industrious on the night.

    Dlamini did not give the Leopards defenders any breathing space. He doubled Bucs' lead with a great finish, before providing the assist for the third goal.

  10. Deon Hotto - 6/10
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    Deon Hotto - 6/10

    A livewire in the left flank for the Buccaneers.

    Hotto constantly made runs which unsettled the Leopards defence and his delivery from free-kicks was good, but he was substituted on the hour-mark while looking tired.

  11. Kwame Peprah - 5/10
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    Kwame Peprah - 5/10

    The least involved of all the Pirates attackers.

    Hotto was largely on the peripheries throughout the time he spent on the field and he was unsurprisingly substituted at half-time.

  12. Terrence Dzvukamanja - 7/10
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    Terrence Dzvukamanja - 7/10

    Helped exert more pressure on Leopards after coming on at half-time and he got himself in goalscoring positions which saw him seal Bucs' emphatic win with a late goal.

  13. Bongani Sam - 6/10
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    Bongani Sam - 6/10

    Quickly became a major prpblem for the visitors' defence with his quality crosses from the left flank after coming on the hour-mark and he created a clear cut chance for Dzvukamanja, who missed a sitter.

  14. Ntsako Makhubela  - 5/10
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    Ntsako Makhubela - 5/10

    Introduced in the 69th minute as the Buccaneers searched for more goals, but did not make too much of an impact.

  15. Abel Mabaso - 5/10
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    Abel Mabaso - 5/10

    Came on in the 70th minute and he slotted in the right-back position, but he never tested.

  16. Happy Jele - 5/10
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    Happy Jele - 5/10

    Introduced with 12 minutes left and he rarely touched the ball.