South Africa Player of the Week: Innocent Mdledle - SuperSport United

Mdledle's man of the match performance against Manchester City helped SuperSport record a surprise win over the English Premier League giants
South Africa Player of the Week
Innocent Mdledle
AGE 27
TEAMS SuperSport United
SuperSport United
2-0 Manchester City

One of the few players to stay on the pitch throughout SuperSport's 2-0 win against Manchester City, Mdledle was inspired down the left flank for Matsatsantsa. Defensively, he handled the likes of Milner and Nasri with aplomb and was similarily confident in attack, setting up SuperSport's opener with a pin-point delivery onto the head of goal scorer Mame Niang. He provided some late defensive work to hold off City's attempts to find a way back into the game, earning his man of the match award with a diving block to prevent Milner from unleashing a rocket deep in the second half. Cavin Johnson's tactical approach worked wonders for SuperSport as they added to their lead via a slick finish from Kermit Erasmus, with Mdledle's efforts awarded after the final whistle.  

Congratulations to Innocent Mdledle's 36th South Africa Player of the Week winner!

Honourable Mention

Jabulani Shongwe - South Africa

Shongwe opened the scoring for Bafana Bafana during their 2-1 win over Namibia with a thunderbolt which swerved past Vries into the back of the net. It was the perfect start to the second half for South Africa, who had struggled to break down a stoical Namibian defence in the first stanza.  

Wayne Sandilands - South Africa

Captain for the tournament, Sandilands provided some late heroics to keep Namibia out of the game. Bafana had to hold onto a slim advantage over the Brave Warriors in the final 20 minutes of the game and Sandilands did well to secure Bafana's lead, and their spot in the semi-finals of the Cosafa Cup.
Hlompho Kekana - South Africa

Kekana provided Bafana with a crucial second goal against Namibia. Namibia's shaky defence failed to clear their lines and Kekana struck a powerful effort past Vries to help South Africa surge to a 2-0 lead. A late fight back almost derailed Gordon Igesund's side, but Kekana's goal proved to be the difference as the match ended 2-1 in South Africa's favour.


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