Orlando Pirates Player Ratings: Monyane and Mosele a cut above the rest against Royal AM

Thabiso Monyane, Orlando Pirates, August 2022 Backpagepix

Orlando Pirates edged out Royal AM 1-0 in a PSL match which took place at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday night.

Therefore, the Buccaneers returned to winning ways having suffered a 1-0 loss to Chippa United prior to facing Royal.

Quite a few Bucs players caught the eye on the night as Bucs defeated Thwihli Thwahla for the first time.

GOAL runs the rule over the individual performances of Pirates' players.

  • Richard Ofori, Orlando Pirates, March 2022Backpagepix

    Richard Ofori - 5.5/10

    Didn't have much to do.

    Ofori came out to gather the attempted through and long passes from Royal with his defence looking solid and compact. However, he will have to improve his judgement of aerial balls.

    He was rescued by Nkosinathi Sibisi after he had misjudged the flight of the ball towards the end of the game.

  • Thabiso Monyane of Orlando Pirates.Backpagepix.

    Thabiso Monyane - 8/10

    Slowly establishing himself as Bucs' first choice right-back or wing-back.

    Monyane was a tireless runner down the right wing who helped the team by providing the necessary width. He turned his marauding runs into an assist when Deon Hotto turned in his superb cross.

  • Deon Hotto Orlando Piratesbackpagepix

    Deon Hotto - 8.5/10

    Flourished in his position as a left wing-back.

    Hotto was a busy man on the left flank making some dangerous forward runs with the ball and he also tracked back to help out in defence. His well-taken goal earned Bucs the win.

  • Innocent Maela, Orlando Pirates & Israel Mwenda, Simba, April 2022Backpagepix

    Innocent Maela - 6.5/10

    Had a slow start to the game.

    This is mainly because Royal launched most of their attacks through the right flank. However, he was solid in defence, winning most of his duels against Sedwyn George.

  • Nkosinathi Sibisi Orlando Pirates 2020.Backpagepix.

    Nkosinathi Sibisi - 7/10

    Solid in the middle of a three-man defence.

    Sibisi made a positive start to the encounter and he was rock-solid throughout the game. His vital tackle in the late stages of the game denied Mfundo Thikazi a chance to score.

  • Olisa Ndah of Orlando Pirates.Backpagepix.

    Olisa Ndah - 7/10

    Mr Stability and calmness. 

    Ndah was calm and composed throughout the game. He made several interceptions and clearances while also initiating some of Bucs' attacks with his good passing ability. 

  • Goodman Mosele, Orlando Pirates, August 2022Backpagepix

    Goodman Mosele - 8/10

    Influential in the middle of the park.

    Mosele stayed at the base of the midfield and helped rotate the ball and keep possession. He was named Man of the Match having dominated the midfield battle.

  • Miguel Timm Orlando Pirates.Backpagepix.

    Miguel Timm - 5.5/10

    Handed his maiden start for Bucs.

    Timm spent most of his time in Bucs' half and he couldn't carry the ball into attacking areas, but he combined well with Mosele until he was substituted. 

  • Kabelo Dlamini of Orlando Pirates challenges Ghazi Ayadi of Al Ittihad, April 2022Backpagepix

    Kabelo Dlamini - 6.5/10

    Got the nod ahead of Vincent Pule and played well.

    Dlamini was a creative hub in midfield as he dropped back to collect the ball and carried the team forward. His incisive pass led to Monyane setting up Hotto for the only goal of the match.

  • Thembinkosi Lorch, Orlando Pirates, August 2022Backpagepix

    Thembinkosi Lorch - 6/10

    A constant threat to the Royal defence.

    Lorch always kept himself available for passes and made runs into the box to open the area for his teammates. He tormented Shadrack Kobedi who was sent off having fouled Lorch.

  • Bienvenu Eva Nga, Orlando Pirates & Yagan Sasman, Swallows FC, August 2022Backpagepix

    Bienvenu Eva Nga - 5.5/10

    Tried to keep the Royal defence busy with his physicality.

    However, Pirates didn't create enough chances for Eva Nga and when he did, he fired wide of the target. He was substituted towards the end of the game.

  • Vincent Pule, Orlando Pirates, August 2022Backpagepix

    Vincent Pule - 6/10

    Showed some attacking spark with his speed and shooting ability having been introduced in the 57th minute and his well-taken shot nearly beat goalkeeper Xolani Ngcobo.

  • Thabang Monare of Orlando Pirates is challenged by Diego Appollis of Chippa United , August 2022Backpagepix

    Thabang Monare - 6/10

    Came on in the 71st minute and he was a busybody in midfield with his presence enabling Mosele to carry the back forward into attacking areas.

  • Kwame Peprah Orlando Pirates 2022.Backpagepix.

    Kwame Peprah - 5/10

    Worked hard upfront - pressing the Royal defenders having been introduced in the 77th minute, but did not make a difference on the scoreline.

  • Bandile Shandu, Junior Mendieta, Stellenbosch vs Orlando Pirates August 2022, Backpagepix

    Bandile Shandu - 5/10

    Introduced in the 77th minute and he did not make a notable difference on the pitch.

  • Paseka Mako, Orlando Pirates, October 2021Backpagepix

    Paseka Mako 5/10

    Also came on in the 77th minute and he rarely touched the ball with Bucs defending most of the time.