Senzo Meyiwa: My special and bad moments

2014-07-27 15:00

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Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa spent some time with Daniel Mothowagae

My top five moments:

1. Repaying the trust from coach Roger de Sa with a solid display in a 3-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Stadium (November 2012).

“I was on the bench for a long time because Moeneeb Josephs was doing well in goal. It was in this game where I proved to Roger that I was hungry for the action and I never looked back. I want to become the legend of this team and it’s possible if I keep on dreaming.”

2. Two penalty saves in a 1-0 loss to TP Mazembe during the CAF Champions League qualifying round in Lubumbashi, DRC (May 2013).

“It could have been worse for us in the DRC had I not saved the two penalties against Mazembe because we won the first leg at home 3-1. I cried when they were awarded the second penalty but I drew strength from saving the first one. We went through to the group stages despite the loss.”

3. The penalty save against Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League group stage in Egypt (August 2013).

“They were 1-0 down early in the game and they were awarded a penalty, which I saved. I denied them throughout to seal a 3-0 win and we topped the group.”

4. Pirates’ 2-1 Nedbank Cup quarterfinal win over Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Stadium (April 2014).

“It is not easy to beat Sundowns in Pretoria but I saved two close-range attempts from Teko [Modise] and, later, from Surprise [Moriri], when the score was 1-1, earning the man of the match award.”

5. Two late-match saves in Pirates’ 1-0 win over Moroka Swallows at Dobsonville Stadium (March 2014).

“The game was coach VV’s [Vladimir Vermezovic’s] first match in charge and we badly wanted a win to challenge for the league title. I remember [Siyabonga] Nomvethe hit the upright with a few minutes to go and he kept on attacking us in the dying minutes. I denied him, and I remember there was also a ball that I saved from one of their attacker’s feet in injury time.”

» My bad games:

The 2-1 defeat to Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League final, first leg, at Orlando Stadium (November 2013).

“I should have stopped Mohamed Aboutrika’s free kick but I used a wrong technique because I still got a touch on the ball. The goal gave them an advantage going into the return in Egypt, where they beat us 2-0 [3-1 on aggregate].”

The 2-1 loss to Platinum Stars in the Telkom Knockout final (December 2013).

“I committed myself too early for the first goal because my defender Rooi Mahamutsa had the striker [Mogakolodi Ngele] covered. I had no chance of stopping his second goal from long range.”

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