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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.

Article by: KICK OFF

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-10-13 11:10:00

Jealous down Mr Editor. Kelly was the best for the day. Really your rates is influenced by something, maybe you are a relative to Jub Jub. Don't worry, the man is coming out soon.

posted: 2014-10-13 11:26:44

Senzo's score is low, Editor.

Coming to think of it, does Kick-off have an editor?? Your articles are questionable, looks like your staff post articles while seating at McDonald's.

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posted: 2014-10-13 11:28:12

If the keeper did not go down before the ball was kicked, he could have saved Rantie's goal.

What about Dean furman's pass though!

posted: 2014-10-13 11:30:30

@KhosiBorn it is not like all the balls went straight to him,he was well positioned!stretching to make saves shows weakness in positioning!so does diving that is usually displayed by Khune!

posted: 2014-10-13 11:41:22

TumeloIsraelKeys  dude if you can stretch to make saves it shows ur quick reflexes which is outstanding for any keeper. Good positioning doesnt make u a good keeper but it means the stickers poor shot on target if the ball goes straight to the keeper. Ndululas goal was good cause the ball was placed far from the keeper though he was close to player.

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posted: 2014-10-13 11:54:23

Eventually people will learn why Shakes is not calling Mokotjo,bitter pill to swallow as he is my favourite player but why fly a player all the way from Netherlands if you do not have a proper role designed for him...Its Either Jali,Furman,Manyisa or Mokotjo...the former two are in no mood to give up their spaces even thou i am of the opinion that Furman is not a conductor of the ochestra the same way Mokotjo can do..

There are some melodies that are lacking in Furman's game bar the pass to Rantie this past weekend,still i am still convinced that Mokotjo does not only offers steel in the middle but when he drop a note the whole team sings even the fans will dance....Others wont understand what i am talking about...

But i believe with more better formation they can resemble a Spanish trio of Xavi,Iniesta and Busquets...

Pls Mashaba do not leave this laaitie out..

posted: 2014-10-13 11:56:51

Verassing Pirates are not a National Team. Your gudgement is skewed. SA performed well in 1996 in gradually dropped. Shakes is rebuilding. So what must we do...Be Quiet and say nothing..I bet if he was loosing you sure woud'nt be quiet so why not celebrate his achievements...C'mon man!!!!

posted: 2014-10-13 12:03:53

KING?  mothowabatho2 and your opinion/point is???

posted: 2014-10-13 12:55:52

ntokzin why fly Keet from Belgium? you are just sucking tumbs

posted: 2014-10-13 13:20:26

masande mzalamba he actually did better than previous games....kickoff is dropping to socerladuma standard, the boy deserves a round of applause

posted: 2014-10-13 13:53:48

Don't agree with KO ratings. Firstly, our defence was easily dismantled a few times with Meyiwa coming to the rescue. The defence can't rate highly in this match. While Meyiwa made a couple of errors, he really saved the day with our defence at sixes and sevens. Against a stronger team, we wouldn't have come out alive there. How many one-on-ones did Meyiwa have to face? Too many if u ask me. Furman & Jali played very well but my man of the match would be a tussle between Meyiwa, who almost single-handedly kept a clean sheet, and Furman who destroyed everything in his path and provided the assist for the 2nd goal, followed closely by Jali. Passengers on the day were Masango, Matlaba (played below his own standards), Hlatshwayo, who had to be saved by Jali/Furman a few times as most of the Congo attack came on his side.

And how can you rate the guys who only came on with 12/17min to go?. Crazy. Try again KO. You're clearly dreaming here!!

posted: 2014-10-13 14:14:14

its clear that furman was the man of the match there

posted: 2014-10-14 07:25:43

masande mzalamba Apparently some french team wants him

posted: 2014-10-14 08:59:09

KhosiBorn The Game Khosi lam another factor we forget about goal keepers is that making saves is part of their job, not the whole job. Command of Your backline, communication and reading the game are also very important aspects of been a goal keeper.

as much as I am not a Kelly fan, this time i feel he made up what he cant do with what can do...communicating with his defence. there is no way the back 4 can have high ratings if the keeper was no were, team got a clean sheet and we won.

KO got it wrong.

#KC till death#

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