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Posted: 13 October 2014 Time: 09:11

KickOff.com 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.

Substitutes 

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...

Tolly (Bobby's dogs just bark to anything that mov
posted: 2014-10-13 07:45:41

Black4ever Spot on.

For Kermit in particular, what could he have done in 17 minutes to be rated?

Braveheart de XVI
posted: 2014-10-13 07:45:50

4.5 Meyiwa: No difficult saves those strikers were directing to him.

6.9 Masango: I agree

6 Serero: I agree

2 Rantie: Oh what a useless soul

Black4ever
posted: 2014-10-13 07:45:53

GinoFeelo Balotelli lamankwanki abazi ukuthi uthini manje

Deezle
posted: 2014-10-13 07:46:04

KING?  Wonder the Legend please do rate erasmas

Tolly (Bobby's dogs just bark to anything that mov
posted: 2014-10-13 07:46:53

Signature You miss the point, Imay have not mentioned him but trying to say to rate a player when he was onlyin the pitch for less than 25 minutes is an insult to that player. YEYE included...happy, Sir?

sam_sundawana
posted: 2014-10-13 07:47:08

6 for meyiwa????....ridiculous. he made blunders but he made crucial saves

Win or Loose "2nd Star Failure FC"
posted: 2014-10-13 07:47:22

KING?  Wonder the Legend

he played with pierete players, that's why he didn't want to score

former buc_champ
posted: 2014-10-13 07:47:36

Signature yes but you just couldn't resist getting into a rats vs chimpanzee argument, yeah? Once and always bucs. 

Black4ever
posted: 2014-10-13 07:47:43

TollybaThathe I asked myself that question, however I all the substitutes came in when we had wrapped the game already. I mean all 3 did nothing

Tolly (Bobby's dogs just bark to anything that mov
posted: 2014-10-13 07:47:45

Braveheart de XVI You need spectacles to watch games. If you using them already then check your lenses.

Jezzza
posted: 2014-10-13 07:48:09

Buc-champ 14 are u not worried that of all the wrongs in the ratings u seeing Meyiwa's only?

Glamour boy Noble # jealousy kills.
posted: 2014-10-13 07:48:09

This Masango boy is getting better every game guys I'm so happy for him and Jali.

KING?
posted: 2014-10-13 07:48:28

T-Man wa leKhosi The one that advocated for Bafana BaChiefs name is now marketing his hypocrisy 

MagalefaRekhotso
posted: 2014-10-13 07:48:43

Well played once more to the boys and to Bra Shakes , you guys are restoring our pride as a football nation , you are representing our country with love and pride

African Champion Freak
posted: 2014-10-13 07:49:19

KING?  do you still think Masango doesn't track back to help out in defence?

@ntokzin  How did Serero do, still think he is giving it all for Bafana?

Dean is out of this world gentlemen, please stop eating him jelas, that mlungu plays his heart out when playing for the nation and it is indeed injustice for him to play in that low league.


Tolly (Bobby's dogs just bark to anything that mov
posted: 2014-10-13 07:49:38

Black4ever TollybaThathe True, ai. But for Senzo and Masango I still feel Editor drunk something strong. I totally disagree. They deserve more. I think more points he gave to Serero and Rantie can be shared between the former two

KING?
posted: 2014-10-13 07:49:46

Some Chiefs fan now think Furman is better than the great Obi Mikel who played at the highest level at young age and stil wanted by big teams in Europe. 


One thing about Mzansi fans, they get carried away easily. 

Braveheart de XVI
posted: 2014-10-13 07:49:52

Make sense to me please

Ibhola Lethu
posted: 2014-10-13 07:50:02

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.


Humble pies and some supporters are secretly hurting reading this. The boy is playing well for Bafana. The division he is playing in shouldn't be used to question his abilities. He gave a pass that 90% of our PSL attacking midfielders only can dream of.

Thank you shakes

African Champion Freak
posted: 2014-10-13 07:50:43

Ibhola Lethu there we agee.... 

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