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Kaizer Chiefs Player Ratings: Hlanti, Du Preez on target but debutant Saile Basomboli steals the show

1:47 PM EST 1/29/23
Christian Saile Basomboli.
The Glamour Boys’ new striker dazzled on his debut as they returned to winning ways against Royal AM

Christian Saile Basomboli had an impressive debut for Kaizer Chiefs as Amakhosi returned to winning ways following their 2-0 victory over Royal AM on Sunday.

The Congolese striker showed glimpses of what he will offer the Glamour Boys, displaying great pace and power, while ending up with an assist for Chiefs who have looked blunt this season.

In what was a much-improved performance, especially in front of goal, Arthur Zwane’s charges scored for the first time this year, and also won their maiden game of 2023, to end their three-match losing streak.

Sifiso Hlanti headed in the opener from Keegan Dolly’s free-kick before Ashley du Preez connected well with Basomboli’s pass to make it 2-0.

GOAL rates how Zwane’s players performed at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

  • Brandon Petersen of Kaizer Chiefs.

    Brandon Petersen 7/10

    The goalkeeper got his first start since October having replaced veteran Itumeleng Khune but did not have much to do.

    He only made one save at the tail end of the game but his distribution was great as he nearly set up Mduduzi Shabalala before the forward shot wide after a good run into the opposition box.

  • Reeve Frosler, Kaizer Chiefs, October 2022

    Reeve Frosler 4/10

    The right-back lasted just seven minutes before he was replaced by Dillan Solomons after a collision with Siyabonga Ngezana.

  • Sifiso Hlanti, Kaizer Chiefs, September 2022

    Sifiso Hlanti 9/10

    The left-back’s aerial strength has been seen as an asset and it proved to be against Royal as he rose highest to head in Chiefs’ first goal from a free-kick.

    That was after some shaky moments at the back in the first half when he nearly cost his team a goal after a poor clearance while he left a lot of gaps behind whenever he went forward.

    His match winner provided a silver lining to what was not an entirely brilliant display from him.

  • Siyabonga Ngezana of Kaizer Chiefs.

    Siyabonga Ngezana 8/10

    Ngezana was recalled to the starting line-up in the place of Zitha Kwinika who has produced some poor performances in the last few weeks and gave a good account of himself.

    He cleared away danger with his aerial presence helping deal with the Royal forwards who attempted to beat Chiefs’ high line.

  • Edmilson Dove, Kaizer Chiefs, October 2022

    Edmilson Dove 8.5/10

    The centre-back was not shaken on Sunday as he put in another assured performance at the heart of Chiefs’ defence.

    Dove was the one who brought calmness to the backline while his quality on the ball was also impressive, starting attacks from deep on a number of occasions. He also won numerous ground duels with his intelligent tackling.

  • Siyethemba Sithebe of Kaizer Chiefs.

    Siyethemba Sithebe 8.5/10

    Having impressed against Mamelodi Sundowns off the bench, Sithebe earned his place in the starting XI and Zwane must have been impressed.

    The midfielder was everywhere, clearing out danger but most importantly, making forays forward to create and also try to score. One of those runs drew a great save from the goalkeeper after a thunderous strike in the second half.

  • Yusuf Maart, Kaizer Chiefs, October 2022

    Yusuf Maart 7.5/10

    Maart was calm in midfield and helped cover up for the defenders whenever they were dragged out wide when Hlanti made forward runs.

    He was key in winning aerial battles in midfield and dealt well with the physical Royal forwards to hep keep them at bay.

  • Keagan Dolly, Kaizer Chiefs, January 2023

    Keagan Dolly 7.5/10

    Criticised for poor performances recently, Dolly ended the game with an assist after bringing in an inch-perfect free-kick that Hlanti scored from.

    He dictated proceedings just behind the striker and would drift out wide on occasions to drag defenders out of space, a much-improved game from his performance against Sundowns last week.

  • Mududuzi Shabalala, Kaizer Chiefs, August 2022

    Mduduzi Shabalala 8/10

    Shabalala made his second start of the season and used his mesmerising dribbling skills to unsettle the Royal defence.

    His ability to beat his markers saw him get in dangerous areas but failed to score from close range. He, however, had a hand in Chiefs’ second goal after starting the move before passing to new signing Christian Saile Basomboli who found Ashley du Preez.

  • Ashley Du Preez

    Ashley du Preez 9/10

    Du Preez was Chiefs' best attacker against Sundowns and while he did not a goal that his performance deserved, he was on target against Royal, netting Amakhosi’s second and his third of the season.

    He was a constant menace for the Royal defence as he constantly switched wings with Shabalala. He nearly opened the scoring after nine minutes when he robbed a defender only to shoot directly at the goalkeeper.

  • Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana, Kaizer Chiefs, January 2023

    Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana 4.5/10

    Another poor game in front of goal for the Burundi international, Bimenyimana missed Chiefs’ best chance of the game in the first half.

    Following a good run, Dillan Solomons squared the ball in the box and Bimenyimana opted for style over substance as his attempt to score with the backheel so him fluff his lines.

    He was replaced by new signing Christian Saile Basomboli after 56 minutes and he now has a battle to regain his position following the arrival of the Congolese striker.

  • Dillan Solomons.

    Dillan Solomons 8.5/10

    Replaced Frosler eight minutes into the game and was one of Chiefs' brightest players until the 80th minute when he was also taken off in pain.

    Solomons made good runs into the Royal box and was not afraid to beat his markers. He had two good opportunities which he missed after shooting just wide and his pace and power did not just open up space for his teammates but also tired the opponents.

  • Christian Saile Basomboli.

    Christian Saile Basomboli 9/10

    What a debut for the Congolese striker! Basomboli had everything; tenacity, pace, physicality and some arrogance. Qualities that did not just impress the Amakhosi supporters but left some of them on their feet.

    While he nearly scored his first goal on his maiden appearance, Basomboli a 56th minute substitute for the ineffective Bimenyimana, provided the assist for Chiefs’ second goal after finding Dolly in the box following a good run on the right wing.

    That was after missing by just inches to connect with Dolly’s corner and also showed great pace and power to beat his makers before miskicking a few minutes later.

    He ended the game with three attempts but his athleticism and ability to shrug off any challenges will give Chiefs fans reason to believe while Bimenyimana should be worried.

  • Kgaogelo Sekgota, Kaizer Chiefs, August 2022

    Kgaogelo Sekgota 5.5/10

    The speedster came in for Dolly with 16 minutes remaining and provided pace on the wing as Chiefs sought a second goal.

  • Phathutshedzo Nange, Kaizer Chiefs, February 2022

    Phathutshedzo Nange 6.5/10

    Nange replaced Shabalala with 16 minutes to go and acted as a calming presence in midfield as Chiefs sought to see out the game.

    He was central to two attacking moves, passing well from deep but one such chance was not utilised by Basomboli.