One of the most common clichés that we’ve grown tired of hearing is that “age is nothing but a number” but once you put it in a sentence with the name Wayne Sandilands, its meaning is instantaneously refreshed.
The man who has eight Bafana Bafana caps is showing no signs of slowing down and attributes his longevity at the highest level to hard work and discipline.
At 37, Sandilands says his work ethic, dedication is key to maintaining his success and standards while at Orlando Pirates.
“Look, I have been in this game for some time now and I have had the opportunity to be exposed to all the good and bad in our football,” said Sandilands, who has been competing in South Africa’s top-flight for 16 years.
“But the one thing that has remained consistent in all my years in the game is two things, discipline and hard work! There is no magic wand here. In order to get ahead in this game, you need to be disciplined and be prepared to work hard.
“I approach every season as if it’s my first, I don’t take anything for granted. If there is advice I can give to the younger players it is to put in the work and you will reap the benefits, but cut corners and we know how that story ends,” added the Pirates shot-stopper.
In his 27 Premiership starts, Sandilands registered 12 clean sheets, just one behind Ronwen Williams – the PSL’s 2019-2020 season’s golden glove winner.
“Defending is a team effort. The success goes to the guys in front of me. Remember, defending starts higher up the field. Everybody is involved in making sure that we keep a clean sheet,” insists Sandilands.
“Overall, I am happy to have contributed to the team in some way this season. When you are playing regularly usually it means you are doing something right and I can only focus on working even harder next season.
“I am the type of person who always looks to improve and try to see what we can do better as a team. I guess it’s my attitude of never being satisfied. People close to me can attest to this. I am always looking to push the boundaries, I guess this is what has kept me going all these years,” added Pirates’ number one.
‘The Buccaneers’ concluded the season in third place and qualified for the CAF Confederation Cup, but according to Sandilands, that is not good enough for a club of Pirates’ calibre.
“You measure success in terms of silverware, this is something we need to reflect on as a team but at the same time if you consider where we come from and in particular how we started the league, third is understandable and we will take it, but in the greater scheme of things third is not good enough for Orlando Pirates, silverware is,” concluded Sandilands.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi