After a splendid performance for Bizana Pondo Chiefs, Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Kopano Thuntsane is hoping to eventually get a chance at his mother club.
The 21-year-old shotstopper was praised for his resurgence in the colours of relegated Pondo Chiefs, especially in the last match of the GladAfrica Championship, where he made eight match-winning saves as they beat Uthongathi 3-0 recently.
The Soweto-born player told FARPost that nothing beats hard work.
“I have to continue working hard and doing the right things at the right time and take the experience that I got here in the NFD, go back with it and go up again,” he said.
“I have been working hard at training, I told myself that I won’t give up,” said Thuntsane.
With his mother club having three experienced goalkeepers in Richard Ofori, Wayne Sandilands and Siyabonga Mpontshane, the young goalminder stioo hopes his hard work will open doors for him at Pirates.
“About that one, as I said it’s all about hard work and being positive and God knows. I’ve learned a lot from Bizana Pondo Chiefs.
“I just came here and I got new faces, new coaches, so it was difficult but I’ve learned a lot – it’s football at the end of the day. I’ve learned how to play professional football and I’ve been listening to experienced players,” concluded Thuntsane.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter