Orlando Pirates player ratings vs Kaizer Chiefs: Ofori impresses, Mhango disappoints

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  1. Richard Ofori, Orlando Pirates, October 2020
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    Richard Ofori - 8/10

    Impressed on his return from an injury as whenever he was asked to intervene he did so with quick feet and safe hands.

    Ofori kept Pirates in the game by making a fine save to deny Daniel Cardoso from the penalty spot in regulation time and he also scored during the penalty shootout.

  2. Wayde Jooste of Orlando Pirates.
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    Wayde Jooste - 7/10

    A key attacking outlet who made Chiefs think twice on their left side.

    Jooste readily linked up with Thembinkosi Lorch and played excellent probing passes and crosses into the box and also did well defensively.

  3. Innocent Maela, Orlando Pirates, October 2020
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    Innocent Maela - 6/10

    Played well in his natural position as left-back, but didn't offer much going forward.

    Maela contained the hard-running Lebohang Lesako and he tried to help his teammates in attack, but the full-back couldn’t make the most of the opportunities which came his way.

  4. Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Orlando Pirates, October 2020
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    Ntsikelelo Nyauza - 7/10

    A good display in central defence as he showed confidence in stepping forward for clearances and blocks, including Cole Alexander's goal-bound effort.

    Nyauza also took care of the incisive forward passes from Chiefs and he was just unlucky to concede a penalty when the ball hit his hand.

  5. Thulani Hlatshwayo, Orlando Pirates, October 2020
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    Thulani Hlatshwayo - 6/10

    Showed good anticipation and decision-making as the team captain in the absence of Happy Jele.

    However, Hlatshwayo was sometimes out of position which left acres of space open, but in the end, he was able to contain the dangerous Samir Nurkovic. 

  6. Ben Motshwari, Orlando Pirates, January 2021
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    Ben Motshwari - 7/10

    Workhorse performance from the Pirates midfield general, who was operating as a box-to-box midfielder.

    Motshwari did well to stop most of Chiefs' attacks which came through the middle forcing Amakhosi to try their luck in the wings. 

  7. Thabang Monare, Orlando Pirates, January 2021
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    Thabang Monare - 5/10

    Attempted to dictate the flow of the game, but he wasn’t at his best on the night.

    Monare had to drop into defensive positions and help the Buccaneers play out the back at times and he was the first Pirates player to be substituted. 

  8. Fortune Makaringe, Orlando Pirates, January 2021
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    Fortune Makaringe - 6/10

    Looked lively for the Buccaneers and he got himself in goalscoring situations.

    Unfortunately, Makaringe couldn’t make the most of his chances as he hit the side-netting and he was easily denied by goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune. 

  9. Thembinkosi Lorch, Orlando Pirates, January 2021
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    Thembinkosi Lorch - 8/10

    Pirates' best attacker on the night and he was just unlucky not to score against Chiefs with Khune making two fantastic saves to deny him.

    Lorch's pace and unpredictable movement unsettled the Amakhosi defence as he he created chances for his teammates. 

  10. Deon Hotto, Orlando Pirates, January 2021
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    Deon Hotto - 6/10

    The left-footed attacker just couldn’t quite get going on the left-hand side of the Pirates attack. 

    Despite looking dangerous and continually attempting to get in behind Chiefs' defence, Hotto's final product was not good enough. 

  11. Frank Mhango, Orlando Pirates, January 2021
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    Frank Mhango - 5/10

    Bad day at the office for the Malawi international, who looked to drop deep and help link-up play numerous times.

    However, Mhango lacked the service for much of the match and his free-kicks were cleared away with ease by Chiefs.

  12. Siphesihle Ndlovu, Orlando Pirates, February 2021
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    Siphesihle Ndlovu - 5/10

    Gave away possession cheaply after coming on in the 50th minute, but he grew into the game and he looked more confident and secure by the end of the game.

  13. Boitumelo Radiopane, Orlando Pirates, May 2021
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    Boitumelo Radiopane - 6/10

    Came on in the 77th minute and he had some nice dribbles and provided some energy which saw him force goalkeeper Brandon Petersen into a great save from close range.
  14. Kabelo Dlamini, Orlando Pirates, October 2020
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    Kabelo Dlamini - 5/10

    Unable to make a telling contribution as he rarely got the ball after being introduced with 13 minutes left.

  15. Tebogo Tlolane, Orlando Pirates, October 2020
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    Tlolane Puleng - 6/10

    Also came on in the 77th minute and he harried and pressed with intent, while also combining well with his teammates, but he couldn't create any notable chances.