BAFANA RATINGS VS NORWAY

This is how the Bafana Bafana players rated in the 1-0 friendly loss to Norway at Cape Town Stadium.

Marks are given out of 10.

7 Itumeleng Khune – Not much to do on the night, but dealt with some high balls with confidence. Could not do much about the goal as his defenders gave Norway too much time and space to pick out the corner.

6 Anele Ngcongca – Not enough attacking threat in the opening half, but got better as the game wore on and was very involved as a right wingback in the second half when Norway sat back and played on the break.

5 Siyabonga Sangweni – A few unsure moments in defence where he and Khumalo seemed to lack communication. Norway’s goal was a result of the centre backs standing off their attackers.

6 Bongani Khumalo – Solid in the tackle and assured in the air, but he, Sangweni and Letsholonyane were all flat footed for Norway’s goal.

5 Tsepo Masilela – Got better as the game wore on, but clearly showed that he needs match fitness and time on the field to get back to his best.

*7 Thuso Phala – An energetic, livewire performance and Bafana’s only attacking threat on the night. Got in some good crosses, although he might have been more accurate midway through the second half with a chance at goal, a shot he needed to get more power behind. He also missed a sitter with his left foot late in the game, which he had no excuse not to bury in goal.

5 Kagisho Dikgacoi – Made some good interceptions, but overall he went sideways too much and struggled to find the penetration through the middle that Bafana really needed.

5 Reneilwe Letsholonyane – Looked uncharacteristically nervy in the opening half, often giving the ball away. He got more onto the ball in the second half though, but still not the attacking threat that he can be. Bafana fans will hope he pushes forward with more confidence.

4 Lerato Chabangu – Not the kind of performance Chabangu has given in recent months. Lacked cohesion with his teammates and came off early in the second half.

4 Siphiwe Tshabalala – ‘Shaba’ looked flat and struggled to get into any sort of rhythm. Taken off in the second half for Thulani Serero.

5 Katlego Mphela – ‘Killer’ got three chances in the first half, but missed them all. The first shot he jammed into the goalkeeper’s legs, his header was just wide and his last attempt was weak. He was taken off at half time.

6 Tokelo Rantie – Came on for Mphela at the break and was very involved, working hard for the ball. Showed some good touches and got into good scoring areas while linking up well with Serero and Parker.

6 Thulani Serero – Brought the injection of pace and creativity that Bafana needed when he came on, but struggled to find his range in the final third as Norway packed the defence. Had a few crucial decisions to either shoot or pass and these moments did not go his way.

5 Bernard Parker – Came on and helped Bafana’s attacking cause, but could not find the killer blow that he has so often given his club this season.

6 May Mahlangu – Did not get a long time to stamp himself on the game, but did nothing wrong and helped set up attack after attack as Bafana tried in vain to find the equalising goal.

Lehlohonolo Majoro – On too late to score a rating.

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