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Bafana Bafana Player Ratings: Hlongwane and Timm sensational, but Williams disappointing against Mozambique

22:05 GMT 17/11/2022
Bongokuhle Hlongwane & Khanyisa Mayo, Bafana Bafana, November 2022
Coach's Hugo Broos' charges showed character against the Mambas with several players producing eye-catching performances

South Africa edged out Mozambique 2-1 in Thursday's international friendly match which was played at Mbombela Stadium.
Bongokuhle Hlongwane's brace saw Bafana Bafana come from behind to overcome the Mambas who had taken an early lead through Nelson Divrassone.
Hlongwane was not the only Bafana player who had a good match as the likes of Miguel Timm and Themba Zwane were also influential.
GOAL runs the rule over the individual performances of the South Africa players.

  • Ronwen Williams, Bafana Bafana, March 2022

    Ronwen Williams - 4.5/10

    Surprisingly shaky between the sticks.
    The Bafana captain's passing was poor - giving away possession twice and he was lucky not to be punished on each occasion. However, he can't be blamed for Divrassone's goal.

  • Sydney Mobbie Bafana Bafana.

    Nyiko Mobbie - 6.5/10

    Endured a slow start to the game.
    Mobbie was initially kept busy by the Mozambican attackers and he was not offering much going forward. However, he improved after the restart and he provided the assist for the equalizing goal and his cross nearly led to an own-goal.

  • Aubrey Modiba, Bafana Bafana, September 2022

    Aubrey Modiba - 7/10

    Decent display.
    Modiba was solid defensively and he regularly pushed forward into the opposition's half where he delivered some good crosses into the visitors' box.

  • Rushine De Reuck, Bafana Bafana, July 2021

    Rushine de Reuck - 5.5/10

    Unconvincing display.
    De Reuck was sloppy in defence and was at fault for Mambas' goal giving away possession to Divrassone who scored. He was rarely troubled after the restart with Bafana dominating the game.

  • Grant Kekana, Bafana Bafana, November 2022

    Grant Kekana - 6.5/10

    Struggled to cope with Mozambique's press early on.
    However, Kekana improved as the game wore on. He made some good recoveries and was strong in the air.

  • Miguel Timm, Bafana Bafana, November 2022

    Miguel Timm - 7.5/10

    Impressive performance on his Bafana debut.
    Timm ran things from the centre of the park, controlling the pace for Bafana and laying some excellent balls from over the top to get the hosts on the front foot.

  • Teboho Mokoena, Bafana Bafana, August 2021

    Teboho Mokoena - 6/10

    Not at his best on the night.
    Mokoena burst forward on a couple of occasions in the first half to link up with his forwards, but nothing meaningful came off them.

  • Bongokuhle Hlongwane, Bafana Bafana, June 2021

    Bongokuhle Hlongwane - 8.5/10

    Man of the Match.
    Hlongwane displayed good positioning and predatory instinct in the opposition's box and he grabbed two well taken goals. 

  • Themba Zwane, Bafana Bafana & Mohamed Kamara, Sierra Leone, September 2022

    Themba Zwane - 7.5/10

    Targeted by the Mozambicans, but he still played well.
    Zwane was chief architect of South Africa's victory with his incisive movement and good combination play. He provided the assist for the winning goal.

  • Monnapule Saleng, Bafana Bafana, July 2021

    Monnapule Saleng - 6/10

    It was a quiet game for a man who has had an excellent campaign for Orlando Pirates. 
    Saleng got himself good into positions in the opposition's box, but he was let down by some poor finishing as he was easily denied by goalkeeper Ivane, twice.

  • Zakhele Lepasa Bafana Bafana.

    Zakhele Lepasa - 5.5/10

    Full of running.
    However, clear-cut chances didn't fall for Lepasa on the night, but he did well to press the opposition's defenders and rushed them into making mistakes.

  • Alex Bangura, Sierra Leone & Kgaogelo Sekgota, Bafana Bafana, November 2022

    Kgaogelo Sekgota - 6.5/10

    Came on in the 70th minute and he energized Bafana with his ambitious runs, while playing some lovely crosses with one of them nearly leading to an own goal.


  • Luke Le Roux, Bafana Bafana, September 2022

    Luke le Roux - 6/10

    Stuck to the basics after replacing Zwane as he won back possession and combined well with his teammates in midfield having been introduced in the 80th minute.

  • Fagrie Lakay of South Africa challenged by Brendan Galloway of Zimbabwe, November 2021

    Fagrie Lakay - 5.5/10

    Made a few promising runs, but he didn't pose a real threat to Mambas defence.

  • Khanyisa Mayo, Bafana Bafana, November 2022

    Khanyisa Mayo - N/A

    Introduced in the 89th minute and it was too late to warrant a rating.