Wayne Sandilands puts experience to use for Orlando Pirates
Posted: 14 March 2019 Time: 15:00
Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands says it is crucial not to get too far ahead of themselves at this critical stage of the season as they look to maintain their challenge for two trophies.
Pirates are currently in the running for their first Absa Premiership title in seven years, trailing log leaders and defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns by three points with seven games remaining.
The Buccaneers are also still competing in the CAF Champions League, though their chances of progressing to the knockout stages is dependent on this weekend’s clash against Horoya.
Nonetheless, it is crunch time for the Soweto side whose supporters are growing increasingly impatient that they have failed to win any silverware in their last five seasons.
With his vast experience of having won domestic and continental honours during his stint at Mamelodi Sundowns, Sandilands has stressed that a modest approach is important so as to not get carried away by their ambitions and to block out any anxiety as pressure mounts.
“I think everything is quite tight, so we’ve got to just take it game by game, which is kind of difficult because there’s so few games [left],” Sandilands tells KickOff.com.
“I think if we start trying to think too far ahead it makes it a lot more tense, so, as hard as it is, we have to try and focus on one game at a time.
“I know it’s a cliché, but it really is just something that you have to do, because if you start trying to think about the end goal then anxiety and everything comes into play.
“We’ve got to try and push in each game at a time, and if we can win those games then we’ll obviously put ourselves in a very good position to challenge for these trophies.
“So, we take it one game at a time, be as clinical as possible and just try to win as many of our remaining games as possible, and also just trying to start games better so that we don’t make it too hard for ourselves.”