Sandilands disappointed with CAF snub

CAF Champions League

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Sandilands, Diamond Thopola, Thabo Matlaba, Gladwin Shitolo, Thabiso Kutumela, Augustine Mahlonoko, Luvuyo Memela and Lyle Foster were among the players Bucs notably failed to register for the continental showpiece.

Buccaneers head coach Milutin Sredojevic preferred Siyabonga Mpontshane, Jackson Mabokgwane and Brilliant Khuzwayo as his options in goal for the tournament.

"It's hard, it's disappointing," said Sandilands, who won the prestigious competition with Mamelodi Sundowns in 2016.

"But absolutely God is in control of my life, my destiny and my steps. I am submissive to him. I will continue to serve where he needs me with all the humility just to honour him with whatever minutes I get. It's not about me at the end of the day, it's about him, glorifying his name, his name Jesus."

Sandilands has been reduced to playing for Pirates' reserve team in the Multichoice Diski Challenge after making a blunder in the first Absa Premiership game of the season when he missed a routine back-pass from Shitolo in a 1-1 draw with Highlands Park at Orlando Stadium in August.

"Obviously it's a mistake," he said of the unfortunate error. "It happens in football, it happens to players around the world. I don't read too much about it. Obviously I won't lie to you, it's difficult. But I don't go on social media. I don't go read too much about what everybody says. It's up to them to say what they want to say. If they want to say what they have to say, it's up to them. It's important to stay focused and keep working hard. Just like I said, I just honour God and trust in him. He is my strength at the end of the day."

The Sea Robbers will start their CAF campaign against Light Stars of Seychelles in the preliminary round of the competition at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Wednesday.

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