Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa up for the Kaizer Chiefs clash
Posted: 23 February 2011 Time: 13:32
Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa is ready to grab his chance of keeping the No 1 jersey when the Mighty Buccaneers take on Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto Derby at FNB Stadium on Saturday.
Having been given the chance to play against AmaZulu on Sunday, Meyiwa is set to be handed the shirt again after goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs was ruled out of action for the Derby and possibly until the end of the season. The Durban-born goalkeeper is already preparing both physically and mentally for the big game this weekend.
_quote Speaking to KickOff.com, Meyiwa says his team-mates have been motivating him at training. "We have still not yet been told about the length of Moeneeb's injury but if he is ruled out of action for the rest of the season it is very bad news as he has been doing well this season. "I wouldn't say that I am happy that I will play now because of Moeneeb's injury, but everybody is happy when they get an opportunity to play in a big game, like the Derby against Chiefs. The guys have been encouraging and have assured me of maximum protection at the back." Meyiwa concedes that Chiefs owe them lot having beaten Pirates twice this season. "There have been a few minor injuries but we are hoping that the rest of the guys will recover in time for the game. We are going to this game as underdogs so we need to work hard and concentrate from the first to the last whistle." The 23-year-old keeper suggests that his understudy Sikhumbuzo Nkumane could sit on the bench on Saturday. "I wish he could be playing lot more for both the Under-20s and Under-23s as this helped (Ithumeleng) Khune a lot in gaining experience. He has great potential and with the guidance of senior players like Lucas Thwala and Lucky Lekgwathi he will benefit a lot in his career."
KIckoff.com has heard that sormer SuperSport United goalkeeper Emille Baron could join Orlando Pirates on a short-term deal until the end of the season.