Chiefs’ Soweto Derby player ratings

Telkom Knockout

KickOff.com rates the performances of the Kaizer Chiefs players during their Telkom Knockout quarterfinal victory over rivals Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

Daniel Akpeyi – 8

Was left exposed by his defense when Pirates scored the opening goal. Became a bit casual in the closing stage of the first half and almost paid the price but was fortunate to escape conceding a penalty and a sending off. Rose to the fore when he saved two penalties to lead Chiefs to victory.

Yagan Sasman – 7

Had a fairly good Derby debut on the left side of the pitch, showed coolness in defense and looked confident on the ball. Dealt well with likes of Dube and Lorch down his side of the pitch, but a yellow card in the second half forced Middendorp’s hand in taking him off. Was replaced by Ntiya-Ntiya in extra-time.

Daniel Cardoso – 7

Was partly to blame for leaving Akpeyi completely exposed during Pirates first goal but made a key block to deny Lorch at the first attempt. Stepped up and slotted home a well taken penalty to give Chiefs the lead in extra-time. Showed leadership to step up again and score the first penalty in the shootout as well.

Erick Mathoho – 6

Drifted out of position and allowed Mabasa to get his cross away to pick out Lorch in the build-up to Pirates’ opening goal. Popped up in a good area to win Chiefs’ penalty in extra-time, but then failed to track Mhango’s run late on to concede the equalizer a few minutes later.

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Njabulo Blom – 6

Had a bit of a nervy start, picking up a needless early yellow card in the opening 20 minutes of his first Derby. Caught ball watching during cover defense prior to Pirates’ first goal. Was replaced by Parker in the 56th minute.

Willard Katsande – 6

Was his hard-tackling self in his 24th Soweto Derby, flying into tackles to break down Pirates’ attacks. Failed to track back for Pirates’ first goal as the central defense was left in tatters without any support. Replaced by Zuma at half-time.

George Maluleka – 7

Put in a good shift in midfield, combining with Manyama and the attacking trio up front. Kept it simple in the build-up and covered in defense after the exit of Katsande.

Lebogang Manyama – 7

Showed great fight in the build-up to Castro’s goal, skipping past a number of tackles before playing Billiat through on goal. Attempted a few shots from range but failed to really test Sandilands.

Khama Billiat – 7

Didn’t have the best of individual performances but contributed a lot to the team. Setup Chiefs’ first goal when his shot hit the post and fell for Castro.

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Samir Nurkovic – 7

Proved a nuisance to the Pirates defense and scored in the early stages of the match but had his goal unluckily ruled out for a tight offside call.

Leonardo Castro – 7

Scored the equaliser from a rebound of Billiat’s shot that hit the upright in the first half. Had a few good aerial attempts at goal but was denied by Sandilands.

Substitutes: 

Dumisani Zuma – 6

Came on for Katsande in the 46th minute. Brought an injection of pace to Chiefs’ midfield but proved rather selfish after coming on, with multiple shot attempts flying wayward instead of looking to find his teammates.

Bernard Parker – 6

Came on for Blom in the 56th minute. Showed his experience and versatility to slot in at right back and did well down the flank both in attack and when called upon in defense.

Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya – 6

Came on for Sasman in the 91st minute. Wasn’t called upon much during extra-time.

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