The Orlando Pirates produced an excellent performance on Sunday in the Confederation Cup semi-final first leg against Al Ahli Tripoli.
However, as the whole team has come forward in Benghazi, there are some players who have raised the bar higher. but some were just at the top of their game.
Phakaaathi looks at the five players, who have risen above the rest to help the Pirates beat Tripoli 2-0 and are getting close to reaching the Confed Cup final.
Despite not being a regular scorer, the Ghanaian produced a brilliant performance for the team, which helped Bucs a lot in attack and defense. He was involved in both goals with his header hitting the crossbar, before Innocent Maela headed him into the back of the net from the rebound. He was also the supplier of Goodman Mosele’s second goal with the half volley.
Hotto ran forever and gave the Libyans quite a headache that day with his runs. Hotto was helping both offense and defense and his stamina carried him throughout the game. He was unfortunate not to have scored as his goal attempt hit the crossbar. He then forced a great save to Tripoli goalkeeper Mohamed Nashnush.
Midfielder Bafana Bafana was the orchestrator in the middle of the park and seemed to be enjoying himself. He helped the team calm down and made them play, with his passes going from left to right. His goal was well taken as he controlled the ball very well with his thigh before hitting a half volley.
It was a game where Motshwari didn’t get very far and the plan worked very well. Former Bidvest Wits player made sure Tripoli’s dangerous midfielders Barber Ahmed and Muayd Judour didn’t enjoy their time on the ball because he was quick to close them.
His defensive leadership was evident and he was very solid with Tripoli failing to score clear scoring chances.