South Africa Player of the Week: Lennox Bacela - Orlando Pirates

Bacela scored a brace to save Pirates from a MTN 8 quarter-final defeat against SuperSport United on Sunday
South Africa Player of the Week
Lennox Bacela
AGE 30
TEAMS Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates
(4)2-2(3) SuperSport United

Two defeats in a row seemed likely for Orlando Pirates, as they trailed twice during their MTN 8 quarter-final against a steely SuperSport United side. However, substitute Lennox Bacela displayed his experience and goal poaching ability, bringing Pirates back from the brink of defeat with a duo of close range strikes. The former Bloemfontein Celtic stalwart also netted a penalty during a dramatic shootout, which ended in Pirates favour. His signature raised much conjecture between Orlando Pirates fans, who felt the striker was not worthy of a place in the Buccaneer's squad. But Bacela has proven that he is a goal-scorer, with an innate ability to find space in the box. Bacela will have taken great confidence from his performance and will hope to score goals with more consistency.  

Congratulations to Lennox Bacela Goal's 40th South Africa Player of the Week winner!

Honourable Mention

Bongani Khumalo - Doncaster Rovers

Khumalo's ability has been under question since he lost his place in the Bafana Bafana squad, but the former South African captain showed his worth to new club Doncaster Rovers, by heading home a late winner in the Carling Cup, securing a place in the next round of the tournament.

Siphiwe Tshabalala - Kaizer Chiefs

Tshabalala's pace and inventive passing were too hot to handle for Pretoria University in their MTN 8 quarter-final, with the midfielder scoring a goal and earning the man of the match award for his imperious performance. Chiefs electric attacking force will be difficult to stop this season.
Kamohelo Mokotja- PEC Zwolle

Mokotja's lack of game time at Feyenoord meant the talented youngster was unable to display his skills on a consistent basis last season, but a move to PEC Zwolle has seen the player start the last two games, score a goal this weekend and show his skills as an exciting attacking player for the Eredivisie outfit. 

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