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‘Some Teams Are Signing Goalkeepers To Make Them Back-Up’

With Orlando Pirates yet to officially communicate the future of Wayne Sandilands, the team has been linked with other goalkeepers in recent weeks.

The three-year deal that Sandilands signed with Pirates in 2017 on his arrival from Mamelodi Sundowns expired on June 30, although it is understood that there is an agreement in place for the experienced shot-stopper to stay on until the end of the 2019/20 season.

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As Bucs’ number one, the 36-year-old has played 20 matches in the league so far this season and has kept eight clean sheets.   

Indications are that Bucs have been in search of another goalkeeper to strengthen their squad for next season, after being linked with the likes of Maritzburg United’s number one Richard Ofori and Siyabonga Mbatha of AmaZulu, among other potential targets.  

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Former Pirates goalkeeper Innocent Mayoyo believes that the Soweto giants should look to give their current goalkeepers Joris Delle and Siyabonga Mpontshane a chance to play in coach Josef Zinnbauer’s team before looking elsewhere.   

“If they sign a new goalkeeper it means that the goalkeepers that are already there will suffer. It would mean that for the other goalkeepers that are there – the number two and number three – it was never a matter of fighting for the number one position, it was a matter of the being back-up goalkeepers,” said Mayoyo.

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“Some teams are signing goalkeepers not to compete but to make them back-up and to add numbers. That is why it is easy sometimes for a club to sign a goalkeeper and make him number one. If a goalkeeper is new and finds three other goalkeepers in the club, he is supposed to be number four, if football is about competition. Unfortunately, football isn’t about competition and it is about the favourites,” the Mzansi football legend told the Siya crew.

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