Sandilands’ impressive Bucs numbers

Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands has climbed the rankings in the goalkeeping statistics in recent weeks.

The Absa Premiership season is fast approaching its climax, and many individuals are beginning to earn recognition for their contributions.

Pirates star performer is arguably midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch, although the likes of Justin Shonga, Vincent Pule, Ben Motshwari and Happy Jele have also been key figures over the course of the campaign.

But more recently, the Buccaneers have put together some strong team showings and managed six wins from their last eight games, including five clean sheets – more than in all their 20 games prior.

Based on the latest statistics, Sandilands has used his experience to good effect and played a massive role in the Soweto giants’ final run towards the finish line, since his return to the side at the start of February.

Including his first match against Highlands Park back in August, the 35-year-old has managed impressive figures between the sticks this season, and currently tops the charts for shots saved percentage, goals conceded per 90 minutes as well as saves per goal conceded.

The Bafana Bafana shotstopper has conceded six goals in his 11 league matches this season, at an average of just 0,56 per 90 minutes – the highest of any goalkeeper that has played more than 10 games.

He has also faced a total of 35 shots on target with a save percentage of 82,4 percent – also the highest amongst his counterparts who have played more than 10 games.

Finally, for each one of his goals conceded, Sandilands has made 4,67 saves, edging the likes of Denis Onyango (4,56), Ronwen Williams (3,57) as well as his teammate Siyabonga Mpontshane (3,08), who made 14 starts and one sub appearance in the league.