APART from their being Mamelodi Sundowns players, goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands and his midfielder team-mate Franklyn Cale have something else in common.
Both players have had the misfortune of missing out on a league championship medal twice in their careers - Sandilands during his tenure with Platinum Stars in the 2006-07 season.
For Cale, his heart was broken twice by SuperSport United. First with Ajax Cape Town a season later and now a week ago.
Sandilands on Saturday finally made his debut for Downs against Golden Arrows, an occasion the goalie has been pining for since arriving at Chloorkop from Stars in November.
The match ended in a 3-0 drubbing of Arrows.
"It was the last game of the season, but I'm happy we won it convincingly and that I contributed," Sandilands said.
With the stifling league race and its accompanying pressures off, Sundowns' coach Hristo Stoitchkov could afford a bit of experimentation.
He threw in a few of the fringe players, such as Thuso Phala, Siyabonga Ngubane and Vuyo Mere.
"Every time you put on the Sundowns jersey you are not playing for yourself. It is always a privilege, and although it sometimes looks like we are not motivated," he said.
"Of course if you haven't been playing regularly, when your chance comes, you want to grab it and further progress into the next level where you are in the regular starting 11. Here if you don't perform, there's always somebody as capable as you."