Kaizer Chiefs player ratings vs Orlando Pirates: Radebe, Petersen, Khune and Blom shine

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Sabelo Radebe, Brandon Petersen, Itumeleng Khune and Njabulo Blom were among the best performers for Kaizer Chiefs in Sunday evening’s Carling Black Label Cup match against Orlando Pirates.

 

  1. Itumeleng Khune Kaizer Chiefs 2020
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    GOALKEEPER: Itumeleng Khune - 7

    His distribution was good and he made some excellent saves, especially the one which denied Thembinkosi Lorch in the second half.

  2. Kaizer Chiefs Ramahlwe Mphahlele, February 2019
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    RIGHT-BACK: Ramahlwe Mphahlele – 5

    An unspectacular display from the veteran, who did not offer much going forward but kept it tight at the back for the most part, although was found wanting on a couple of occasions as Pirates found joy down their left wing.

  3. Eric Mathoho, Reeve Frosler, Kaizer Chiefs, January 2021
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    CENTRE-BACK: Erick Mathoho - 5

    The big man was left flat-footed on several occasions as Bucs' attackers glided past him with ease. Made a couple of defensive headers but otherwise had an under-par game.

     

  4. Daniel Cardoso, Kaizer Chiefs, January 2021
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    CENTRE-BACK: Daniel Cardoso - 6

    Overall Cardoso had a very good game for Chiefs in defence, making some important interventions and also distributing well. While his penalty in regulation time lacked conviction and was comfortably saved by Richard Ofori, he held his nerve superbly in the shoot-out.

  5. Happy Mashiane Kaizer Chiefs
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    LEFT-BACK: Happy Mashiane - 5

    Mashiane generally looks better when playing further up the field. On Sunday he was shown up in defence a couple of times while also not offering much in attack. He was replaced by a more natural defender, Sifiso Hlanti.

  6. Lebohang Lesako, Kaizer Chiefs, January 2021
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    RIGHT WING: Lebohang Lesako - 5

    The youngster started promisingly and was full of running, although he found it hard to get past his man. Faded as the game went on and was the first player to be substituted.

  7. Njabulo Blom, Kaizer Chiefs, December 2020
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    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER: Njabulo Blom - 7

    Industrious and energetic, he covered every blade of grass. Could have been more forward thinking in the first half, but got better and more influential as the match went on, putting in a Man-of-the-Match performance.

  8. Kearyn Baccus, Kaizer Chiefs, October 2020
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    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER: Kearyn Baccus - 6

    Grafted, but at times was clumsy and gave away fouls as well as being booked.

  9. Sabelo Radebe Wayde Jooste
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    LEFT WING: Sabelo Radebe - 7

    Started with confidence and went on to have an excellent match, also being one of the few players to complete the 90 minutes. Showed skill, won tackles, had chances on goal, and had the shot which led to Kaizer Chiefs earning a penalty for a handball. Unfortunately missed his spot kick in the shoot-out, but in the end that didn't matter as Chiefs won.

  10. Khama Billiat
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    STRIKER: Khama Billiat - 5

    Not one of his better games as not much came off for the Zimbabwean and he rarely threatened the Pirates defence. Also suffered a niggling injury during the second stanza.

  11. Samir Nurkovic of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Thulani Hlatshwayo of Orlando Pirates
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    STRIKER: Samir Nurkovic - 5

    It was one of the Serbian's less effective matches for Chiefs as he barely got a sniff in front of goal. Did his best to link up play and to give Amakhosi a focus point up front.

  12. Kgaogelo Sekgota Kaizer Chiefs Thembinkosi Lorch Orlando Pirates
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    SUBSTITUTE: Kgaogelo Sekgota - 7

    Came on to make his debut and looked the part - the former Swallows winger played with swagger and confidence, beat defenders with his decisive running, had chances on goal, and scored the winning penalty.

  13. Cole Alexander
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    SUBSTITUTE: Cole Alexander - 6

    After Sekgota, it was Alexander who most impressed off the bench for Chiefs. Won the ball well, looked to get Amakhosi on the front foot and was unlucky to have a shot deflected wide.

  14. Phathutshedzo Nange, Stellenbosch FC, May 2021
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    SUBSTITUTE: Phathutshedzo Nange - 6

    After coming on late in the game the debutant didn't have much of an influence, although the former Black Leopards, Wits and Stellenbosch FC midfielder did slot home his penalty with confident authority.

  15. Brandon Petersen
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    SUBSTITUTE: Brandon Petersen - 7

    Came off near the end of the game and didn't have much to do until the penalty shoot-out, where he did brilliantly to save spot kicks from both Ntsikelelo Nyauza and Wayde Jooste to prove the match-winner.

  16. Sifiso Hlanti
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    SUBSTITUTE: Sifiso Hlanti - 5

    The former Bidvest Wits and Bafana Bafana left-back came off the bench late on to make his debut although he didn't have much involvement.

  17. Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Vincent Pule of Orlando Pirates.
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    SUBSTITUTE: Bernard Parker - 6

    Came on late, slotted his penalty home very well in the shoot-out.

  18. Anthony Akumu Agay, Kaizer Chiefs, January 2021
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    SUBSTITUTE: Anthony Agay - 5

    Wasn't able to make much of an impact in the short time he played and did not take a spot kick.