Bucs' goalkeeper conundrum
Posted: 16 July 2017 Time: 11:32
The confirmation of Wayne Sandilands’ signing by Orlando Pirates has increased the number of goalkeepers on the club’s books to five, bloating a department spinning in crisis.
Worth noting is the fact that none of the five keepers are youngsters in the sense of being Under-23, which is certain to create further complications as only one of them can play at a time.
As their celebrity fan Goodenough ‘5 skippas’ Sithole would ask; ‘What must for the happen next?’
Logic has it that The Bucs will definitely have to find ways of trimming down the numbers in their goalkeeping department by way of offloading or loaning out two of the five keepers on their books.
With Sandilands new it means he will stay but the big question is one if not two of Siyabonga Mpontshane, Jackson Mabokgwane, Brighton Mhlongo and Emmanuel Daniel must make way as it will be absolutely ludicrous to keep all these keepers in one kraal and expect a happy family.
It is fact that only one keeper can play at any given time and, if he performs well, can then stay between the poles for the whole season.
There have to be changes following a season characterised by errors in between the poles.
Will it be Mpontshane, Mhlongo or Mabokgwane based on the fact that they all made horrible mistakes last season?
Or maybe Daniel is just not good enough after having failed to break into the starting line up since his arrival in February?
The Nigerian cannot be judged the same way as the other three that played last season but then what is the rationale behind adding yet another goalkeeper (Sandilands) to the roster when there is another keeper who was recently signed.
Well, they know better at Pirates!
Yet the reality is that if Felipe Ovono was sacrificed for handing out gifts to opponents then why shouldn’t any of Mpontshane, Mhlongo or Mabokgwane face the same punishment for committing a similar offence.
Logic dictates that Sandilands should be joined by two other keepers out of the four at the club with the fourth choice being a development keeper who will train and learn in the senior team as an understudy.
So who should be offloaded - Mpontshane, Mhlongo, Mabokgwane or Daniel?