Bucs veteran set for backroom role?

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Wayne Sandilands' contract with Orlando Pirates is set to expire at the end of the month but the veteran 'keeper could stay on at the club in a different capacity.

The Buccaneers announced on Monday that goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands is one of six players who won't make up part of the club's playing staff with the 38-year-old set to be released upon the expiration of his contract at the end of the month.

However, Sandilands, who joined Pirates from Mamelodi Sundowns in 2017, could remain with the Soweto giants in a backroom staff role after the club confirmed it was in discussions with him over a non-playing future.

"Sandilands' contract comes to an end on June 30 and will not be renewed however, the club is currently in discussions with Management regarding another role at the club," the club said in a statement.

The former Bafana Bafana international previously held a player-goalkeeper coach role at the club on a temporary basis following the departure of Jyri Nieminen in 2021 and could return to that position under a new arrangement.

He was recently part an elite group of local goalkeepers, including the likes of fellow former internationals Itumeleng Khune and Moeneeb Josephs, who took part in FIFA / SAFA goalkeeper coach workshop in Johannesburg earlier this month.

Sandilands made 80 appearances across all competitions for Pirates during his five-year stay with the club, keeping an impressive 35 clean sheets along way. He won eight caps for the South Africa national team.

Scroll through the gallery below to see some of the SA 'keepers who played abroad

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