Goalkeeping conundrum for Micho
Posted: 2 November 2017 Time: 16:45
Orlando Pirates coach Micho Sredojevic will make a decision on which goalkeeper to start with in this weekend’s Telkom Knockout quarterfinal match at Orlando Stadium.
Wayne Sandilands made costly errors in Pirates’ 3-1 defeat to his former side Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday night and most coaches would want to give a player who made mistakes another opportunity to prove themselves in goal, rather than to put them on the bench and as a result kill their confidence.
The tricky part for 'Micho' is that they had looked at second choice goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane to play in cup matches. Mabokgwane played in the last 16 match against Golden Arrows as the Buccaneers edged the KZN side in a 1-0 victory.
He would certainly love to continue playing in the cup competition, especially after keeping a clean sheet on his return to the starting line-up.
Micho admits it will be a difficult decision to make, but it will be made within 24 hours, as they prepare to face Polokwane City in the last eight on Saturday (20h15).
"We have a in front of us a technical challenge, whether we shall continue in the cup with Jackson or looking at what we have in the league and cup with Wayne. We will take the decision not later than in the next 24 hours," Sredojevic said during a press conference in Johannesburg on Thursday.
"But what’s important is that we have given the tablets of medicine [to Sandilands] and giving him human support."
Pirates met City in a Absa Premiership match which finished 2-2 before the last FIFA break and know that coming up against Rise and Shine will not be a walk in the park.
Whoever starts in goal has to be in good form to stop City striker Rodney Ramagalela, who has six goals in the league. In fact the striker was on the score sheet in the 2-2 draw and will be looking to make a nuisance of himself again.