Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic says goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands plays a far bigger role than simply keeping the ball out the net.
The Buccaneers have made an excellent start to the campaign and are joint league leaders after five rounds of action.
Sandilands and his defence have played a crucial role in the promising start to the season after conceding just a single goal so far.
As such, Sredojevic has praised the vastly experienced Bafana Bafana custodian for his overall contribution in what is his first season with the Soweto giants.
"He is an extended arm of us as the coaching staff. He injects the team with maturity, seniority and leadership. Therefore, empowering him and other players has been a formula that has worked for us off the field," said the Serbia-born coach.
"On the field, he gives a lot of confidence to the team. He gives the team reasons to work for him and he works for the team. It is a two-way traffic. For now things have been going in the right direction.
"I remember Sandilands as an opponent (during the keepers earlier days at Platinum Stars). I am honoured, pleased and privileged to have him as my player now. He has immeasurable contribution towards things happening on and off the field," Sredojevic added.