Orlando Pirates signing Bandile Shandu admits that he wasn't expecting his footprint to have been widespread as it has been with The Bucs following his move from Maritzburg United.
Shandu was one of the surprise signings made by Pirates at the beginning of the season coming in at the back of a lengthy stay at Maritzburg during which he made plenty of appearances with little to show playing all over the pitch.
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At Pirates, he has been used down the right flank and has been impressive featuring in all league games and has missed just a single game in all competitions when he sat on the bench for the second leg of the CAF Confederation tie against Diables Noirs.
"I didn’t think it would happen like this because of the quality that we have but I guess because of the coaches and teammates," says Shandu who still feels he hasn’t settled enough.
"I haven’t really settled in 100% but the teammates and coaches have played an important role in making me adapt and make it easier for me to play every game. Each game is getting better and easier," he notes.
The 26-year-old is amongst several standing on the queue to make their Soweto derby debuts on Saturday.
Unfortunately, instead of the traditional huge crowd, this fixture is being played before empty seats at FNB Stadium due to covid-19 related matters.
"I think the build-up to the game alone shows just how big the game is and how important the game is. There is going to be nerves and that is only normal but the coaches that I have and the teammates that I have been working me through it so that I understand everything. So, it is kind of getting easier day by day.
"Every kid that playing in the backyard dreams of playing in front of 90 000. That is what every footballer wants to experience. For me, it is not a blessing in disguise but rather the experience that I wanted to have but none the less getting the results is the most important as it will make Orlando Pirates fans happy," says Shandu.