Maritzburg United central midfielder Bandile Shandu didn’t have a good season in the previous campaign as he made most of his appearances from the bench.
The once prominent figure in the Team of Choice starting lineup, has struggled to maintain his form in the past two seasons.
The 26-year-old player revealed to FARPost that he needs to be consistent and build confidence from each and every game, to become better and stake a claim in the starting line up of the team.
“In order for you to climb the ladder, it’s just consistency and having that confidence, once you get the rhythm going, everything starts to fall into place,” he said.
“It’s easier to be called into the national team, it’s easier to be player of the month and all of that, it’s all about consistency.”
“A lot of coaches have come into my career, adapting to that is very important so I think it’s not about the change of coaches, it’s about what you need as a player and doing what needs to be done at that specific moment,” said Shandu.
He once enjoyed a good combination with players like Lebo Maboe, Fortune Makaringe and Siphesihle Ndlovu at Maritzburg United, but he has watched his former teammates flourish elsewhere, while he is struggling for consistency.
“I think it’s not team based, it’s just the way the previous coach wanted to play. I’m happy and grateful for Ndlovu, Makaringe and Maboe and where they are, they deserve it.”
“For me it was just one of those seasons that I’d like to quickly forget, it wasn’t one of my best seasons hopefully next season will be a better season for me.”
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter