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Posted: 13 October 2014 Time: 09:11 rates the Bafana Bafana players in their 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations win against Congo in Pointe Noire.

6 - Senzo Meyiwa: Still looks suspect under the high ball, with some poor punches putting the team under pressure, but at the same time some crucial saves that kept Bafana in the game.

7 – Thulani Hlatshwayo: Another solid, assured performance at right-back, though he was lucky not to concede a penalty in the first half. Could get forward more.

7 – Rivaldo Coetzee: Became Bafana Bafana’s youngest ever player, but looked like he had been playing international football for some time. One crucial clearance early in the first half.

8 – Mulomowandau Mathoho: Followed a brilliant outing against Nigeria with another strong performance in Pointe Noire. Won everything in the air, as you’d expect, and read the game well.

7 – Thabo Matlaba: Bombed forward as ever and tested the keeper with a few long-range shots, and also did his job at the back.

9 – Dean Furman: ‘Mhlungu’ once again delivered when it mattered most. Broke down most Congo attacks before the even started, rallied his teammates, and produce a Xavi-esque pass for Tokelo Rantie to score. The only surprise is how he still plays in such a low league in England.

8 – Andile Jali: His partnership with Furman is arguably the main reason for Shakes Mashaba’s early success in the job. Got stuck in, disrupted Congo’s game and got forward when needed.

6 – Mandla Masango: A better performance than the one against Nigeria, he looked full of running and put in some good crosses.

6 – Thulani Serero: A quiet game for the Ajax Amsterdam man, he looked a player who only just came into the team. Didn’t help that the Congo defenders seemed intent on kicking chunks out of him.

7 – Bongani Ndulula: Held the ball up well and was rewarded with a brilliant overhead-kick goal, reminiscent of Thabo Mngomeni’s goal on the same pitch 14 years ago. Proving his doubters wrong.

6 – Tokelo Rantie: Took his goal well, but still misses too many chances for an international striker. Looked indecisive in front of goal, wasting a golden opportunity very early on. Not helped by a lack of game-time in England.


6 – Reneilwe Letsholonyane: Brought on with 12 minutes to go to shore up the midfield and secure the game. Could have even got his name on the scoresheet, but rushed his shot when he had time.

6 – Kermit Erasmus: Came on for Rantie with 17 minutes remaining, but had few chances to impress in front of goal.

6 – Sibusiso Vilakazi: Replaced Ndulula as Mashaba added numbers to the midfield and looked to secure the points. Could have added a third, but hit a tame shot straight at the keeper.

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posted: 2014-10-13 07:17:47

I don't like kelly but that is a very biased rating against him

posted: 2014-10-13 07:19:38

For Furman to still play at that low league is an insult, it wont kill him to come back home

posted: 2014-10-13 07:20:05

Senzo 6? Masango 6? ncncncnc

posted: 2014-10-13 07:20:23

Dean Furman should leave England since they don't appreciate his talents. I think if he takes a detour to Eridivisie, Belgium Pro League or Ligue 1 then his talents will be more appreciated. In England he will remain at the lower leagues. In my opinion this guy is better than John Obi Mikel.

posted: 2014-10-13 07:23:03

Senzo 6 :  I agree with you when you say he look suspect when dealing with high balls but 7 is the right rating he performed very well for you to give him 6

posted: 2014-10-13 07:23:49

I might come under heavy attack for this but in my opinion Senzo did what is expected from him. The saves were not really out of this world. Some saves were not that convincing. Failure to save those balls would've raised some doubt on him so a 6 or 7 is deserved.

On that note, when Shakes said he would rotate the captains armband, did he perhaps mean that he would rotate it between Senzo & Khune? Just a thought.

posted: 2014-10-13 07:25:24

Can't take these KickOff rating seriously

posted: 2014-10-13 07:25:38

Tyson, Rivaldo & Tower will form a solid partnership for at least the next the 4 years. I must say, I was IMPRESSED.

posted: 2014-10-13 07:26:00

Loveless Moyo was watching Zimbambwe playing against Afghanistan and the Zim players looked like BB players. He was rating his homeboys

posted: 2014-10-13 07:26:53

I think this kickoff admin is still suffering from babalazi, how the hell you give senzo and masango a rating of 6, masango was the only livewire in our attack and senzo is one of the reason we didnt concede a goal, stop it with your stupid rating you bloody agent

posted: 2014-10-13 07:27:08

This guy is mad, rating a person who played less than quarter of a game.  I also do not agree with some of the ratings. Senzo was suspect but he should atleast go for 8 the guy made sure Bafana come back without conceding.

posted: 2014-10-13 07:27:12

Ndulula might just have been the number 9 South Africa has needed since the days of Bartlett. 

posted: 2014-10-13 07:31:13

Dean is much better than most highly rated players in africa, the division is playing in is not doing him any justice, the sooner he leaves the better will be for him and south africa

posted: 2014-10-13 07:31:21

The Glamour Boys i agree with U each team needs a player like him who is not dat skillful and does not possess the pace like Rantie and Erasmus. 

T-Man wa leKhosi
posted: 2014-10-13 07:32:28

There's no joy at Mayfair and here they are trying to fight their club battles at the expense of Bafana Bafana, some (I.e. KING?) initially called Shakes cheap and clueless and I was defending him and now they pretend to support him, hypocrites.

Who can forget the Zambia National Anthem that was flying here.

In short ASIYINDAWO this is our national team.

Its true that when @Nebo "NISSAN BANTUM" can't find joy in his house he would go out and find it from what is meant for the public at large, magosha.

Am now rocking my BB 2010 Adidas green jersey just for Kontrol.

No rat or archives formed against us shall prosper.Viva BB. United we stand.

Ghost 23
posted: 2014-10-13 07:33:19

T-Man wa leKhosi eintlik...what are you saying???

posted: 2014-10-13 07:33:55

The Glamour Boys and u deliberately left Matlaba out 

posted: 2014-10-13 07:34:26

The Glamour Boys u pushing it far, Obi Mikel is another level baba. 

posted: 2014-10-13 07:35:41

8 - Senzo Meyiwa: Had 7 game changer saves

5 – Thulani Hlatshwayo: Did his job , no assiatnce upfront 

7 – Rivaldo Coetzee:  Solid

8 – Mulomowandau Mathoho: Solid , needs to learn not to always head the ball sometimes leave it for a goal kick

5 – Thabo Matlaba: Tries being fancy and was causght out

9 – Dean Furman: Solid performance

8 – Andile Jali: Did his shift for

7 – Mandla Masango:  Gave Congo defence a run for their money

4 – Thulani Serero:  Does not deserve BB jersey, not committed as always

5 – Bongani Ndulula:  Did nothing except lucky goal

5 – Tokelo Rantie: Can do better

5 – Reneilwe Letsholonyane: Too little time to rate

5 – Kermit Erasmus: Nothing to write home about  

5 – Sibusiso Vilakazi: Should have come in for Serero at half time would have scored more goals

posted: 2014-10-13 07:35:53

Dean furman 9. hayi ngeke. Jali was doing all hard work there. Mathoho played his heart out.

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