Wayne Sandilands guards against Orlando Pirates complacency ahead of Bidvest Wits clash
Posted: 22 September 2017 Time: 17:30
Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands has emphasised the importance of not getting carried away by their good start to the season.
The Buccaneers are unbeaten in their opening five matches, having won three and drawn two, and sit pretty amongst the frontrunners on the log at this stage.
Sandilands points out that, though the results have been favourable thus far, last season’s horrific season also started in similar fashion so they cannot breathe a sigh of relief just yet.
“It’s great with the start that we’ve had but we know that it’s purely the beginning and there’s still a lot of work to be done, and a long road ahead,” Sandilands tells KickOff.com.
“We’re just looking to work hard and keep on improving. I think at this point last season Pirates were also somewhere close to the top, so we can’t have any complacency otherwise it becomes a highlight reel [of last season].
“That’s exactly what we don’t want and we’re under no illusion that the hard work starts now, and we still have a lot to improve on. I think we’re hungry to do that, so we just have to keep our feet on the ground now and take it one game at a time.”
With four clean sheets in his first five appearances for his new club, the former Mamelodi Sundowns shot-stopper has downplayed his current form while instead focusing on the road ahead.
“I do [take confidence from our results], goalkeepers love clean sheets so I’m very happy with the start we’ve had,” he admits. “But again, I must echo what I’ve just said, we're still hungry and striving for more and looking to improve. I’m enjoying playing and looking forward to the time ahead.
“Like I’ve said, it’s still a long way to go so the hard work needs to continue and we take it game by game.”