Mpontshane raising his hand for no.1 spot

Pirates’ influx of goalkeepers in recent seasons has been a topic of hot discussion, with the club having recently brought in Brilliant Khuzwayo from Kaizer Chiefs.

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With the 28-year-old touted to perhaps be the answer to the Bucs’ perceived ‘crisis’ upon his arrival, news broke two weeks ago that the an injury would rule him out for at least the first six weeks.

In the meantime, Sandilands, who was crowned the club’s Golden Gloves winner for the 2017/18 season, was given the nod in the opening match of the season against Highlands Park.

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However, the former Mamelodi Sundowns gloveman committed a costly error as he scuffed a back-pass to allow an own-goal early on, prompting coach Milutin Sredojevic to swap him for Mpontshane in the following clash against Chippa United.

The former Platinum Stars shot-stopper duly repaid the faith in him as he kept a clean sheet and ensured victory for his side in Port Elizabeth.

Despite conceding two goals in their MTN8 defeat to SuperSport United over the weekend, Mpontshane was precise in his duties, as Pirates lost on penalties.

Considering he also came in towards the end of last season and helped the team to five victories and just one defeat in seven league games, the 32-year-old has certainly raised his hand for the number one position between the sticks.

With Khuzwayo still on the road to recovery and Jackson Mabokgwane unable to make the substitutes' bench at present, Mpontshane seems to be the one to trust for coach Sredojevic thus far.

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