Tlale: Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Mweene is more experienced than Sandilands
Posted: 22 October 2013 Time: 12:52
Former Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper John Tlale believes Kennedy Mweene should be first choice ahead of Wayne Sandilands, but says a rotation system could be an option.
Since joining the Brazilians for a reported for a reported R6-million, Mweene has played seven matches, conceding seven goals, and has kept one clean-sheet, in a 4-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic.
By contrast, Sandilands, who was Bafana Bafana second choice goalkeeper, conceded 12 goals in his first seven games for Sundowns last season.
“I know both goalkeepers very well and when I give my honest assessment I would say they are on the same level in terms of quality but Mweene is more experienced,” Tlale says.
“Kennedy is experienced and communicates a lot with his outfield players but he goes through periods in a game when he loses focus and concedes goals I don’t expect him to concede.
“On the hand Wayne has many qualities – like his reflexes – but his biggest weakness is his positioning. He really needs to work on that.”
Although Mweene has been used in all Sundowns’ matches this season, Tlale, who now coaches National First Division side Sivutsa Stars, believes that Sandilands will get his chance.
“The question of a rotation system depends on the goalkeepers you have. If you have two goalkeepers at the same level then there is nothing wrong with rotating because you don’t want to keep another goalkeeper on the sidelines without playing, because he will lose his reflexes.
“But if it’s an experienced player and a youngster then it’s okay to play the experienced guy until the time is right for the youngster to come in. In Mweene and Sandilands case, I think Pitso [Mosimane] knows what he is doing and I don’t want to say he should do this or that.”