‘Pirates have best goalkeepers in PSL’

Orlando Pirates’ goalkeeping department has been hailed as the “strongest in the PSL” by departing coach Andrew Sparkes, who’s also indicated his next steps.

Pirates recently parted ways with Sparkes, who confirmed the news himself on his social media platform this week, with the club surprisingly yet to issue official comment.

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When reached for comment, the Buccaneers’ administrative officer Floyd Mbele had no knowledge of the development and excused himself while on leave.

The Welsh former Swansea under-21 goalkeeper trainer has since paid tribute to his apprentices, who conceded the least number of goals (24) in the club’s last five seasons.

“A special mention must go to the group of goalkeepers – Wayne [Sandilands], Siya [Mpontshane], Brilliant [Khuzwayo], Jackson [Mabokgwane], whose attitude and application on a daily basis allowed us as a group to do some really good work on the training pitch,” Sparkes told KickOff.com.

“This helped them individually and collectively to push themselves to improve throughout the season.

“I believe Pirates have the strongest goalkeeping department in the PSL and hope that I contributed to the future success of each goalkeeper and the goalkeeper department.”

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Having previously worked for the likes of MLS side New York Red Bulls, Austrian outfit Salzburg and the Sierra Leone national team, Sparkes will now be looking to explore options.

“Just back to the UK for now and see if any options become available for the new season,” he concluded.

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