Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena has provided an assessment of the performances of a number of individuals from their Telkom Knockout win over Stellenbosch.
Pirates edged Stellenbosch 1-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of the league cup – the draw of which will take place on Tuesday, with Mokwena having given a brief view of what some of the individuals contributed on Saturday evening.
“[Ntsikelelo] Nyazua was outstanding; Happy Jele was colossal; the young [Thabiso] Monyane and Paseka Mako were unbelievable both in attack and defence,” said Mokwena.
“Linda Mntambo was good, he gave balance to the team and used the ball well; [Fortune] Makaringe played more central and reminded us of his days at Maritzburg, why we brought him here and why he was selected for Bafana [pre-AFCON] – good with and without the ball.
“[Thembinkosi] Lorch was unbelievable, like every other game – he will come, I know people are losing a little bit of faith and patience in him, but he will come.
“He’s the reigning footballer of the season, and there’s a reason why – he’s got the talent and he showed why he is reigning footballer of the season.
“He can get better, he knows that, but he’s very honest and he wants to always improve and better his performances so that he can contribute more to the team.
“[Tshegofatso] Mabasa led our high press and was exceptional; Vincent Pule put in a very good shift, helped us with the high press and they are the ones that make things a little easier in terms of the load on the last line [of defence].
“It was also good to see [Justin] Shonga on the pitch again in the Buccaneers’ colours, and slowly but surely I think he’s also fighting to get his place back in the team – that’s all you ask for as a coach.
“[Luvuyo] Memela also came in and did his best, so did Sphe Ndlovu. But it was a very good collective effort from the team in both phases, so kudos to the team and a special mention to the Buccaneers fans – they were unbelievable.”