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Orlando Pirates’ Nkosinathi Sibisi attempts to clear the ball against Royal AM’s Mxolisi Machupu. Image: @OrlandoPirates / Twitter

What a signing! Pirates player ratings vs AM

Orlando Pirates traveled to Durban to collect three points from Royal AM. Here are the Bucs player ratings from the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

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Orlando Pirates’ Nkosinathi Sibisi attempts to clear the ball against Royal AM’s Mxolisi Machupu. Image: @OrlandoPirates / Twitter

Orlando Pirates have clinched their second win of the season after beating Royal AM at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday night.

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DEON HOTTO GRABS ORLANDO PIRATES WIN

As The South African website reported on Wednesday night, a first-half goal from Deon Hotto was enough to earn the Sea Robbers all three points.

The Namibian started his third game in his new wing-back position under coach Jose Riveiro. Let’s check out the player ratings.

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BUCS PLAYER RATINGS

Richard Ofori – 6: His distribution was not great, also made a mistake in the second half but was saved by Sibisi.

Thabiso Monyane – 8: Another great game, delivered a perfect assist for Hotto.

Nkosinathi Sibisi – 9: Nothing but calm, speed, and great tackles. Best singing so far.

Olisa Ndah – 8: Super relaxed and organised.

Innocent Maela – 7: Did wonderfully to manage the spaces between him and Hotto.

Dean Hotto – 8: Made a handful of great runs but was let down by supply. Scored the winner after a well-timed run into the box.

Miguel Timm – 7: Did well to manage AM’s relentless high pressing.

Goodman Mosele – 8: Not many could have managed to break AM’s pressing but Mosele did a few times. A bit lucky to get the Man of the Match.

Kabelo Dlamini – 6: Bright start but has played too much football since the Swallows game on day one. Was taken off early in the second half.

Thembinkosi Lorch – 7: Wasn’t dangerous enough. Also has been playing every game since the start – a fourth start in 12 days.

Eva Nga – 6: Not a great game. Still learning to understand Lorch, Dlamini, Monyane, and Hotto’s movements.

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Substitutes:

Vincent Pule – 7: Came in and influenced the game. Nearly scored a superb free-kick but Xolani Ngcobo was equal to the shot.

Kwame Peprah -5: Did not have great touches. Looked low on confidence

Paseka Mako – Did not get enough action for a rating.

Bandile Shandu – Did not get enough action for a rating.

Coming up next for the Soweto giants is a trip to Gavin Hunt’s struggling SuperSport United on Sunday.

What is your take on Riveiro’s Pirates team so far? Please let us know in the comments section below.