Orlando Pirates player ratings as Soweto giants overcome Maritzburg United

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Deon Hotto of Orlando Pirates, October, 2020
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The Buccaneers returned to winning ways in the PSL when they edged out the Team of Choice 1-0 on Saturday. Goal rates the performance of Bucs' players

  1. Richard Ofori - 7/10
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    Richard Ofori - 7/10

    Spared Pirates' blushes on several occasions as his former side, Maritzburg looked to level matters. 

    Ofori was a reliable presence towards the end of the match and kept a well-deserved clean sheet.

  2. Innocel Maela - 7/10
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    Innocel Maela - 7/10

    Recalled to the starting line-up for the first time since he scored an own-goal against Black Leopards.

    Maela, who was part of a three-man defence, dealt well with Malebogo Modise whenever the youngster cut inside and started some of Bucs' attacks from the back.

  3. Happy Jele - 7/10
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    Happy Jele - 7/10

    Decisive and solid at the back, leading his side effectively.

    Jele had a fair bit of last-ditch tackles to make and he was a key presence in the Pirates defence that managed to keep Maritzburg attackers at bay.

  4. Thulani Hlatshwayo - 6/10
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    Thulani Hlatshwayo - 6/10

    Showed immense work rate in the first-half making some crucial clearances and interceptions.

    The man nicknamed Tyson struggled to contain speedy attackers Thabiso Kutumela and Sibusiso Hlubi at times in the second half, but he was covered by Jele.

  5. Bongani Sam - 8/10
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    Bongani Sam - 8/10

    Operated as a left wing-back and he was as industrious as ever, as he kept making forward runs.

    Sam made a few crucial blocks at the back and served an assist to Deon Hotto on a plate which the Namibia international scored. 

  6. Deon Hotto - 8/10
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    Deon Hotto - 8/10

    Surprisingly deployed in the right wing-back position and he did his job very well.

    Hotto, who did well defensively against Daniel Morgan, was full of energy down the right flank and he grabbed a goal after making an overlapping run. 

     

  7. Thabang Monare - 8/10
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    Thabang Monare - 8/10

    Central to everything good that stemmed from Pirates on the day.

    Monare was vital to the circulation of the ball, spraying passes in all directions to keep his side moving and did well to protect the Bucs defence. 

    Named Man of the Match.

  8. Fortune Makaringe - 6/10
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    Fortune Makaringe - 6/10

    Had a slow start to the match, but he grew into the game as it progressed. 

    Makaringe's link-up play with the front three became a problem for the Maritzburg defence until he was substituted while looking tired. 

  9. Vincent Pule - 5/10
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    Vincent Pule - 5/10

    Occasionally got himself into good positions using his pace.

    However, Pule fumbled every opportunity presented to him, including a one on one against Maritzburg goalkeeper Bongani Mpandle. 

  10. Azola Tshobeni - 6/10
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    Azola Tshobeni - 6/10

    A surprise starter for Pirates as the 18-year-old attacker made his official debut.

    Tshobeni did fairly well as his off-the-ball movements discomfited Maritzburg and he combined well with his teammates until he was replaced by Sipheshle Ndlovu.

     

  11. Thembinkoso Lorch - 5/10
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    Thembinkoso Lorch - 5/10

    Anonymous in the first half, but the Bafana Bafana international improved after the break.

    Lorch made some darting runs through the middle getting into good positions, but his shooting was poor on the day.

     
  12. Siphesihle Ndlovu - 6/10
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    Siphesihle Ndlovu - 6/10

    Brought on with 13 minutes left to provide defensive stability to the team in midfield and he did succeed in that respect.

  13. Ben Motshwari - 6/10
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    Ben Motshwari - 6/10

    Motshwari was like a breath of fresh air in the Pirates midfield after replacing a tired-looking Makaringe in the 77th minute and helped Bucs keep a clean sheet.