‘A different mindset is needed at Pirates’


Orlando Pirates have endured a troublesome start to the season, with personnel constantly changing from game to game, but this is not a problem, according to one of their stars.

Pirates find themselves in a rather precarious ninth position on the Absa Premiership table, with one third of the games already played, while having been eliminated from three cup competitions already.

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Coach Rhulani Mokwena has also struggled to find a consistent XI that could turn things around, with results having proven unpredictable regardless of the opposition.

However, goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands has reflected on the situation that also saw him losing his position between the sticks at one stage, and believes it is not about the individuals but more about the collective as they look to restore the club’s dignity.

“I think the right mindset for us as players at Pirates right now is that it’s about the team, and not about individuals,” said Sandilands.

“It has to be [like that] at an institution the size of Pirates; it has to be about the badge. So, I think everybody’s just trying to pull their weight.

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“And I know that, the coach mentioned it, the squad has a lot of quality players that can come in and perform, it doesn’t matter who you are.

“The mindset is that the team needs to win and do well, and obviously for every player there is a desire to play, [but] the focus is on the team and trying to get the club in a good position.

“We know we haven’t really started well; we know there’s a lot of stuff about our game that needs to improve. So, the focus even from my side is not an individual one but more of the collective.”

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