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Bafana player ratings v Mozambique

2016-11-16 10:16
Bradley Grobler.(Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bafana Bafana were held to a 1-1 draw against Mozambique in an international friendly at the Estadio Nacional do Zimpeto in Maputo on Tuesday.

Assistant coach, Owen da Gama made eight changes to the side that faced Senegal in a 2018 World Cup qualifier that saw Dutch-based striker Lars Veldwijk make his international debut.

Bradley Grobler equalised for Bafana Bafana after the hosts took the lead in the 25th minute through a Clesio goal after a costly error by SuperSport United's Ronwen Williams.

Sport24's Baden Gillion rates each Bafana Bafana player according to their performance from the match.


Ronwen Williams - 3/10

The SuperSport United goalkeeper made a costly error that lead to Mozambique's goal which gave the hosts added confidence. Williams never seemed at ease in goal with the hosts always looking likely to score.

Rama Mphahlele - 5/10

The Sundowns right-back made lung-bursting runs down the right flank and was solid in defence while delivering a few dangerous crosses into the box.

Eric Mathoho - 4/10

Bringing the ball out from the back is not one of the Kaizer Chiefs defender's many strengths as he looked uncomfortable on the ball and was left exposed many times against opposition counter-attacks.

Clayton Daniels - 5/10

Didn't have the best partnership with Mathoho and should have started at right centre-back as he is much more comfortable on the ball. Was left exposed to opposition counter-attacks on too many occasions, but played the pass of the match leading up to Bafana's equalizer. Also hit the post at the death of the encounter.

Thulani Hlatshwayo - 3/10

Felt sorry for the Bidvest Wits man, who was picked out of position at left back and never looked comfortable. Mozambique focused most of their attacks down Hlatshwayo's flank, finding much joy down the right.

Hlompho Kekana - 4/10

Really struggled to control the game in the first-half and left the defence exposed on too many occasions as Mozambique started counter-attack after counter-attack that should have seen them finish the game off in the first-half.

Tiyani Mabunda - 4/10

Mabunda along with his midfield partner Kekana failed to control the game in parts but the Sundowns midfielder did well in the past two games after being called up as a late replacement.

Thuso Phala - 5/10

Was largely ineffective throughout the game but did add some flair in the attacking third while putting in some dangerous crosses.

May Mahlangu - 4/10

Would be disappointed with his contribution and was largely ineffective. Looked a bit rusty as he hasn't been getting minutes as of late.

Daine Klate - 5/10

Worked hard up and down the left flank and tried to affect the game but was a long way short of his stellar performances so far this season for his club. Had some neat link-up play in the final third.

Lars Veldwijk - 4/10

Cut a frustrated figure as it turned out just not to be the striker's night when continuously failing to hold up the ball and bring his fellow attackers into the game.

Key substitutes:

Bradley Grobler - 7/10

Everything that Veldwijk failed to do, Bradley Grobler did as he made an immediate impact on the game, scoring just after coming on as a half-time substitute. Grobler was excellent at holding up the ball and had some decent passing interchanges with fellow substitutes, Serero and Patosi. Grobler looked better in a Bafana jersey recently than he has representing SuperSport United.

Mpho Makola - 5/10

Looked confident on the ball after being introduced as a substitute and looked to always break down the opposition defence with some flair in the final third.

Thulani Serero - 6/10

The Ajax Amsterdam midfielder really is our best player and showed this again when coming on. Had too much quality for Mozambique as they struggled to dispossess him as the skillful midfielder looked to cut through the defence with some exciting interchanges on the edge of the box.

Keagan Dolly - 5.5/10

Added some quality when introduced and showed some neat touches and attacking flair. Bafana looked much more exciting in the second half with a front-four consisting of Dolly,Serero,Patosi and Grobler.

Ayanda Patosi - 5/10

Looked dangerous and intent on starting attacks in the final third but lacked that bit of quality to unlock the Mozambique defence. Went close with a free-kick immediately after being introduced.


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