Sandilands up for challenge

MOST football careers include some daring moves, like the one by goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands.

MOST football careers include some daring moves, like the one by goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands.

The obvious benefits of joining a team like Mamelodi Sundowns were clear to Sandilands when he decided to make the move from Platinum Stars: the bigger stage, more supporters to appreciate you and, of course, the bigger purse.

But there is also the small matter of the 26-year-old having to claim his space in a team that has three good goalkeepers in Calvin Marlin, Brian Baloyi and Jackson Mabokgwane.

So then, he will get exactly what he has been looking for: a challenge. And no one can dispute that Sandilands has what it takes to grab coach Hristo Stoichkov's attention - Chiefs initially went after him, although the move fell through.

"The team selection is not something I need to worry about. I will not be putting myself under undue pressure."

Bafana "is a dream that will never die, although my preoccupation is with establishing myself at Sundowns".

After a week at Chloorkop, the goalie says he has been made to feel welcome by all and looks forward to working with the players.

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