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Orlando Pirates Player Ratings: Saleng, Monare shine as Buccaneers make it three wins in a row

3:50 PM EST 1/28/23
Thabang Monare.
The Bucs put in an inspired performance at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium to continue their winning run.

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro reaped the rewards of his inspired changes as his side beat Marumo Gallants 2-0 for their third straight win.

It was the first time the Soweto giants had put together a three-match winning run and it was down to the tactical changes of Riveiro.

The Spanish tactician surprised Gallants with a back three and saw his charges put in a fine performance with midfielder Thabang Monare and forward Monnapule Saleng shining once more.

GOAL rates how Pirates players performed at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

  • Sipho Chaine.

    Sipho Chaine 8/10

    The goalkeeper made two good saves in what was his fourth straight start, first getting a solid hand on a well-taken corner before coming up trumps one-on-one in the second half.

    He finally got his first clean sheet as a Pirates player and with Richard Ofori back, it will be interesting to see how Riveiro utilises them.

  • Bandile Shandu Orlando Pirates

    Bandile Shandu 8.5/10

    Playing at right wing-back, Shandu caused the Gallants defence plenty of problems with his runs in the opposition box.

    He spent most of his time attacking than defending and his efforts yielded the penalty for the second goal when he was brought down in the box while attacking a long ball.

  • Deon Hotto, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    Deon Hotto 8/10

    The midfielder was also a top perfomer after being deployed at left wing-back where he easily got in the Gallants box with his quick feet.

    He did not score but created a number of chances for his teammates, his only problem being that he was caught out of position on a few occasions.

  • Nkosinathi Sibisi, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    Nkosinathi Sibisi 7.5/10

    The tough-tackling Sibisi played in between the three centre-backs and while he started well, his lack of pace at times almost proved costly for his side as Gallants tried to play on the break.

  • Tapelo Xoki, Orlando Pirates, September 2022

    Tapelo Xoki 7/10

    Playing on the right side of the back three, the former AmaZulu FC captain was resolute in defence although his tendency to play a high line saw their opponents catch him unawares on numerous ocassions.

  • Paseka Mako, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    Paseka Mako 8.5/10

    The 28-year-old was the most enterprising of the Pirates' defenders as he made a number of runs forward, acting as another attacking outlet.

    He started the move for the first goal with his lofted pass setting Dzvukamanja on his way and that was after some neat passing from him in the early exchages.

  • Thabang Monare, Orlando Pirates, November 2022

    Thabang Monare 9/10

    Another good game in the engine room for the veteran midfield maestro, Monare was a candidate for Man of the Match award after his link between defence and attack inspired Pirates to the win.

    He had some moments of brilliance with his defence-splitting pass in the first half as well as his forward runs which almost yielded a goal late on.

  • Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo 8/10

    A second successive goal for the hard-working midfielder, this time coming against his former side, Ndlondlo scored the penalty to make it 2-0 for Pirates.

    He did not make many runs forward against Gallants but cleared out any danger whenever he was required.

  • Kabelo Dlamini, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    Kabelo Dlamini 7/10

    The left-footed playmaker silenced his critics by producing a good performance against Stellenbosch but did not produce as much when playing from a wide role on Saturday.

    He was not at his best in the first half but his runs in the box after the break created plenty of ptroblems for Gallants.

  • Monnapule Saleng, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    Monnapule Saleng 9.5/10

    A menenace on the right wing, the in-form attacker got on the scoresheet for the second time in three games when he opened the scoring for Pirates.

    Saleng connected well with Terrence Dzvukamanja's pass to slot in his fourth goal of season and he could have had more given the way he got into tight spaces with only good marking from the Gallants' defenders keeping him at bay.

  • Terrence Dzvukamanja, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    Terrence Dzvukamanja 8/10

    Handed a rare start by Riveiro, the Zimbabwean did not score but his overall contribution will delight his coach.

    Dzvukamanja supplied the pass for Saleng's goal after a good run on the left side of Pirates' attack and also made life diffiucult for the Gallants' back four with his movement given how he switched between centre-forward and wings.

  • Craig Martin, Orlando Pirates, January 2023

    Craig Martin 6.5/10

    Came on as a substitute for Shandu with 20 minutes remaning and almost scored the third after a good run in the box in the final five minutes.

  • Vincent Pule Orlando Pirates.

    Vincent Pule 6/10

    Another substitute who nearly scored, Pule replaced Dzvukamanja with 12 minutes to go and almost got on the scoresheet with the last touch of the game after a good run in the box.

  • Goodman Mosele, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    Goodman Mosele 5/10

    Acted as an extra body in midfield as Riveiro sought to see out the game.

  • Bienvenu Eva Nga, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    Bienvenu Eva Nga 4/10

    The Cameroon forward replaced Saleng with five minutes to go and made little impact.

  • Ben Motshwari, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    Ben Motshwari 4/10

    Another one who had less than five minutes to play, Motshwari came in for Ndlondlo in the 86th minute just to see out the match.