Sandilands: I don’t need to redeem myself

Sandilands walked away with the individual prize for best goalkeeper at The Buccaneers’ awards evening on Thursday, despite only registering 12 appearances in his debut season at Mayfair.

However, the 34-year-old managed five clean sheets – joint-highest at the club with Jackson Mabokgwane, who made one more outing.

Sandilands was pleased with the recognition but admitted he could have done much better had it not been for injuries that kept him sidelined for the better part of the campaign.

“I’m humbled by receiving this award, but I obviously know that the season ahead I would like to improve and build on the start that I had [last season],” said Sandilands.

“Obviously it was a difficult season with injuries as well, and I’m just looking forward to the upcoming season, knowing that the hard work still lies ahead.

“[The award] gives confidence and it says that I was on the right path, and obviously there’s bumps and stuff that come your way.

“But I think, for me right now, it’s just about being focused, continuing to work hard, just be hungry to add to the history of the club and to leave a legacy myself.”

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Prior to his return in the last game of the season, Sandilands ended his reign as Bucs’ number one on a rather sour note – committing two crucial mistakes against his former employers Mamelodi Sundowns that led to a costly 3-1 defeat.

Looking back, the former Bafana Bafana shot-stopper insists there was never a need to redeem himself as he recounts the many positives prior to his howlers. 

“I don’t think I have to redeem myself. One action in a game does not define a person. I can say of the hundreds of things I’ve done right, I don’t have to redeem myself or anything,” he defended.

“But, yeah, the injuries are obviously frustrating. It’s something that as a player you have to put in the past and just continue to strive forward.”

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