Sandilands' claim to retain Pirates shirt


Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands has expressed a strong desire to retain the club's number-one jersey for the 2020/21 season.

Sandilands was arguably Pirates' best player in the past season, behind only top goal scorer Gabadinho Mhango, as he kept 12 clean sheets in 27 appearances.

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In fact, the 37-year-old's contribution was key to the club's third-place Absa Premiership finish as they pipped Bidvest Wits, who also accumulated 52 points from their 30 matches.

Though he may be seen as a player needing to step aside for the next generation, he has stressed that he is more than capable of maintaining his performances at the top level.

“Look, I have been in this game for some time now and I have had the opportunity to be exposed to all the good and bad in our football," Sandilands told the club's website.

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"But the one thing that has remained consistent in all my years in the game is two things – discipline and hard work! There is no magic wand here. In order to get ahead in this game, you need to be disciplined and be prepared to work hard. 

“I approach every season as if it’s my first, I don’t take anything for granted. If there is advise I can give to the younger players it is to put in the work and you will reap the benefits, but cut corners and we know how that story ends.

“Overall, I am happy to have contributed to the team in some way this season. When you are playing regularly, usually it means you are doing something right, and I can only focus on working even harder next season.

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“I am the type of person who always looks to improve and try to see what we can do better as a team. I guess it’s my attitude of never being satisfied.

"People close to me can attest to this. I am always looking to push the boundaries, I guess this is what has kept me going all these years.”

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