Absa Premiership

Sandilands or Mabokgwane? Micho contemplating 'keeper switch

2017-11-03 18:00
Wayne Sandilands (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic is pondering who to start in goal for the Telkom Knockout quarter-final clash against Polokwane City on Saturday night.

The game at the Orlando Stadium is scheduled for an 20:15 kick off.

Pirates booked their spot in the last eight by beating Golden Arrows 1-0 in Durban last weekend, while Rise and Shine accounted for Ajax Cape Town via a penalty shoot-out.

The Buccaneers though approach this match on the back of a 3-1 midweek league reverse to Sundowns which saw goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands' positioning called into question for two of the goals.

Sredojevic points out that it was always going to be an option to give back-up keeper Jackson Mabokgwane a run, but is also wary of protecting Sandilands' confidence.

"We have a in front of us a technical challenge, whether we shall continue in the cup with Jackson or looking at what we have in the league and cup with Wayne," Micho said as quoted by KickOff website.

"What's important is that we have given the tablets of medicine (to Sandilands) and giving him human support."

Bucs left-back Innocent Maela meanwhile faces a late fitness test, although otherwise Pirates should have close to a full strength side, both teams also not having any suspensions for the game.

The two clubs have already met in the league this season, with that match ending 2-2, while Polokwane City drew 0-0 with Kaizer Chiefs earlier in the week and also beat Mamelodi Sundowns at the start of the season. On their day, Rise and Shine have shown they can be a match for anyone.

"Polokwane are a top class team," said Sredojevic.

"They have shown this by beating Sundowns in Pretoria and holding us the last time and Chiefs on Tuesday. 

"We need to respect all the strong and weak points," he added.


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