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Mamelodi Sundowns player ratings vs Orlando Pirates: Bafana duo Zwane & Mokoena superb

17:47 BST 01/10/2022
Teboho Mokoena, Mamelodi Sundowns, February 2022
Played in front of a full house in Soweto, the match ended 0-0, and the teams are now set to meet in Polokwane in three weeks' time in the second leg.

Themba Zwane and Teboho Mokoena were Mamelodi Sundowns’ top performers against Orlando Pirates in Saturday’s MTN8 semi-final encounter at the Orlando Stadium.

There was little between the two sides and not much in the way of clear-cut chances though it was Masandawana keeper Ronwen Williams who was called on more often to make saves.

Despite the lack of goals, it was an absorbing and entertaining encounter between what are surely the two best teams in the country at the moment.

  • Ronwen Williams, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    Ronwen Williams - 7

    Had a couple of shaky moments early on with some high balls – including an effort from Monnapule Saleng which hit the bar. But he recovered well in the second half with outstanding saves to deny Zakhele Lepasa and Kermit Erasmus.

  • Khuliso Mudau, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    Khuliso Mudau – 6

    Defended very well and got into some great attacking positions, however, his final ball was poor on several occasions.

  • Rushine De Reuck, Mamelodi Sundowns, April 2022

    Rushine de Reuck – 6

    Caught out by Lepasa inside his own box early in the game but he improved as the afternoon went on and was impressive in the air.

  • Grant Kekana, Mamelodi Sundowns, November 2021

    Grant Kekana – 7

    Cool, clam and collected he had a commanding game and showed great pace on one occasion when chasing down the speedy Deon Hotto.

  • Aubrey Modiba, Mamelodi Sundowns, April 2022

    Aubrey Modiba – 5

    Grew into the game after a stuttering start, but never offered the kind of options going forward which we know he can.

  • Teboho Mokoena, Mamelodi Sundowns, February 2022

    Teboho Mokoena – 7.5

    A driving, energetic performance from the Bafana Bafana midfielder, Mokoena was all over ther park and involved in nearly every aspect of play.

  • Andile Jali, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    Andile Jali – 5

    One of his least effective showings for Sundowns, Jali was subbed around the hour mark after being overshadowed by Bucs debutant Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo.

  • Neo Maema, Mamelodi Sundowns, November 2021

    Neo Maema – 5

    Like Jali, Maema had one of his less productive showings in a Sundowns jersey as he struggled against the likes of Olisa Ndah and Nkosinathi Sibisi.

  • Themba Zwane Mamelodi Sundowns.

    Themba Zwane – 7.5

    Zwane carried on from where he left off last weekend with Bafana Bafana as he put in an excellent creative and energetic performance. The veteran attacker had several deft touches which on another day could have led to goals for his teammates.

  • Thabiso Kutumela, Mamelodi Sundowns, December 2021

    Thabiso Kutumela – 6.5

    Toiled hard on a rare start and had a couple of turns and runs at the Pirates defenders while also battling hard to hold the ball up under pressure from Pirates’ big central defenders.

  • Peter Shalulile, Mamelodi Sundowns, December 2021

    Peter Shalulile – 6

    One of his more memorable moments came when he helped clear his own box late on. For the PSL’s most prolific striker it was a quiet afternoon, partly due to a lack of real service and also because of Pirates’ outstanding defence.

  • Marcelo Allende & Rhulani Mokwena, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    SUBSTITUTE: Marcelo Allende – 6

    Was willing to get stuck in physically but couldn’t really craft any openings in and around the Pirates box.

  • Gaston Sirino, Mamelodi Sundowns, March 2022

    SUBSTITUTE: Gaston Sirino – 7

    The Uruguayan made a big impact; one deft touch in particular stood out when he nearly set up Allende.

  • Bafana Bafana, Bongani Zungu

    Bongani Zungu – 5.5

    The Bafana international failed to catch the eye after replacing Jali for the last 35 minutes.

  • Cassius Mailula, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    Cassius Mailula – 6

    The 21-year-old enjoyed a lively seven-minute cameo and briefly looked as if he might be the one to find a way to break the deadlock.

  • Thapelo Morena, Mamelodi Sundowns, September 2022

    Thapelo Morena – NA

    Wasn’t involved much after replacing Mudau in the 87th minute.