Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands looking forward to first taste of Soweto Derby in Carling Black Label Cup
Posted: 28 July 2017 Time: 10:18
Orlando Pirates new signing Wayne Sandilands is excited to be a part of the Soweto Derby for the first time, and is happy with his transition into the team thus far.
Pirates will lock horns with foes Kaizer Chiefs in their annual season-opening clash – the Carling Black Label Champions Cup – at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.
Since joining his new teammates in pre-season camp last week, the former Mamelodi Sundowns shotstopper says he has settled in comfortably at the Buccaneers and is enjoying every moment in his new surroundings.
"The transition period is over now, I feel at home and I can now really just focus on the football side," Sandilands said.
"[Training] has been good so far, and the players are raring to go when the season starts. We've still got a lot to do obviously, it's still early, we've only been back for two weeks."
The 33-year-old joined Bucs on a three-year deal after a seven-and-a-half-year stay at Chloorkop and, although he did not get voted into the starting line-up, will likely be on the substitutes bench for his new team on Saturday.
Sandilands, who was named PSL goalkeeper of the season back in 2012, last year saw out the CAF Champions League final second leg away to Zamalek, and helped the Brazilians to a maiden continental title at a packed Borg El Arab Stadium.
However, the Benoni-born 'keeper still deems a clash between arch-rivals Pirates and Chiefs a "special" match, and says he cannot wait to be a part of the action if given an opportunity come Saturday.
"You have to be excited – you hear about it all the time and you witness it [from outside], but to actually be a part of it is something special," he added.
"I'm looking forward to it and, if I get involved, I will just try and give my best."
Kick-off of the sold-out friendly clash is set for 15h30.