Wayne Sandilands enjoying Orlando Pirates chapter following switch from Mamelodi Sundowns
Posted: 21 September 2017 Time: 07:52
Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands has credited his teammates for collecting four clean sheets this season, while he insists he does not regret his time at Mamelodi Sundowns.
Pirates have only conceded once in five games since Sandilands took charge of Bucs' goal following his off-season arrival from Sundowns.
“I’m grateful for the game-time that I’m getting and I think the first thing to say is it is about a team effort,” said Sandilands, who helped Bucs edge Cape Town City 1-0 with a man-of-the-match display at FNB Stadium on Tuesday night.
“It is not solely on me that I have been keeping those clean sheets. I think there has been some good organisation and it is a team effort. The whole team is putting it together and has contributed towards those clean sheets.
“I won’t take credit alone for that. I’m just enjoying my game and looking forward to building on that and to improve to get better and better.”
Sandilands enjoyed success in a seven-year spell with Downs, most notably claiming a CAF Champions League winner's medal amongst numerous domestic honours.
However, the Bafana Bafana international struggled for regular game-time with highly-rated duo Denis Onyango and Kennedy Mweene also at the disposal of Brazilians coach Pitso Mosimane.
Sandilands, however, believes the experience made him stronger.
“I don’t regret any time previously. I think what happened, happened for a reason and it has built me and made me in to the person I am today,” said the ex-Platinum Stars net-minder.
“And I take a lot of positives from the last two years. Winning the Champions League, I gained a valuable experience.
“I think for me it was always about being ready. Always knowing that life gives you opportunities and you need to take them.
“So for me, that added steel to my character and I’m grateful for that time. It made me who I am today so I am just looking forward to building on the platform that we have established.
“We just need on to keep on setting a high standard for ourselves and looking to improve.”