Orlando Pirates player ratings vs Maritzburg United: Lorch back to his best, Dlamini sparkles


Thembinkosi Lorch showed glimpses of his scintillating best in Orlando Pirates’ 4-1 win over Maritzburg United at the Orlando Stadium.

  • Richard Ofori Orlando Pirates 2022.Backpagepix

    GOALKEEPER: Richard Ofori – 6

    The Ghana stopper had very little to do against as his former team failed to threaten in attack for most of the evening.

  • Bandile Shandu Orlando Piratesbackpagepix

    RIGHT-BACK: Bandile Shandu - 6

    The ex-Maritzburg man was busy down the right flank, always looking to be involved, but was unable to make any telling contributions.

  • Happy Jele, Orlando Pirates & Vusumzi Mncube, Sekhukhune United, April 2022Backpagepix

    CENTRE-BACK: Happy Jele - 5

    Showed some classy, composed defending in the first half and was having a great game until he was caught ball-watching for Marirzburg’s goal.

  • Olisa Ndah, Orlando Pirates, November 2021 Backpagepix

    CENTRE-BACK: Olisa Ndah – 6

    A little off his usual best in the first 20 minutes, but became more composed as the game went on.

  • Innocent Maela, Orlando Pirates, December 2021Backpagepix

    LEFT-BACK: Innocent Maela - 5

    A subdued performance, and Maela could have done more to stop the visitors from scoring as he allowed Theron to cross after a poor defensive header.

  • Daylon Classon, Maritzburg United, Thembinkosi Lorch & Goodman Mosele, Orlando Pirates, May 2022Backpagepix

    RIGHT-WING: Thembinkosi Lorch - 8

    Missed an early chance, then hit the post, and then scored, all in the first 21 minutes. You could see his self-belief and rhythm coming back; Lorch still looking for his best form after a long-term injury. The late back-heel assist for Dlamini underlined his growing confidence. Three assists and one goal, it was some night.

  • Ben Motshwari, Orlando Pirates, November 2021Backpagepix

    CENTRE-MID: Ben Motshwari – 6

    Gave away a few fouls, but did the dirty work well to ensure Bucs set the tempo and had possession of the ball.

  • CENTRE-MID: Goodman Mosele – 7

    Showed his usual guile and creativity on the ball and was the oil in the Bucs machine, linking the team through the middle of the park.

  • Kabelo Dlamini Orlando Pirates 2022.Backpagepix.

    CENTRE-MID ATTACKING: Kabelo Dlamini – 7

    Dlamini has taken stick from the fans this season. But this was one of his better performances as he regularly found pockets of space to receive possession and used the ball tellingly to create chances for team-mates, also having a couple of shots himself before getting on the score-sheet with an emphatic finish.

  • Kwame Peprah Kabelo Dlamini Orlando Piratesbackpagepix

    STRIKER: Kwame Peprah – 6

    The Ghana striker had struggled to get into the game in the first half, only to pop up and score just before the interval.

  • Siyavuya Ndlovu & Nkosingiphile Gumede of Arrows & Deon Hotto of Orlando Pirates, February 2022Backpagepix

    LEFT-WING: Deon Hotto – 7

    Didn’t have a great first half, but as Maritzburg withered, the Namibian went from strength to strength and he took his goal superbly on the turn and also provided an assist.

  • Fortune Makaringe, Orlando Pirates, November 2021 Backpagepix

    SUBSTITUTE: Fortune Makaringe – 6

    Lively against his old side, but didn’t make a major impact.

  • Bongani Sam, Orlando Pirates, October 2021Backpagepix

    SUBSTITUTE: Bongani Sam – 5

    Little involvement despite getting 20 minutes.

  • Tshegofatso Mabasa of Orlando Pirates, September 2021Backpagepix

    SUBSTITUTE: Tshegofatso Mabasa – 6

    Should have scored after a great touch to control Mosele’s through-ball, but lacked composure when it counted.

  • Wayde Jooste of Orlando Pirates.Goal.

    SUBSTITUTE: Wayde Jooste - 5

    Did little in a 10-minute cameo.

  • Linda Mntambo, Orlando Pirates, October 2021Backpagepix

    SUBSTITUTE: Linda Mntambo - 5

    Came on with Jooste and also didn't do much.