Meet goalie Wayne Sandilands

By Drum Digital
24 March 2011

HARD work is rewarded, it is said, and there are few local soccer stars who deserve success as much as Wayne Sandilands, the Sundowns' keeper who's had an exceptional season between the sticks. And now Wayne has received the ultimate reward – a national call-up for the pivotal African Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt on 26 March.

For Wayne it's a double blessing because he will be reunited with Itumeleng Khune, with whom he last played four years ago in the Under-23 national squad.

"It's going to be like old times," says Wayne. "We worked well together in the national youth squads but I haven't so much as trained with him since the under-23s."

It's incredible that just two seasons ago this is what Wayne's player profile in the By Onkabetse Mashatole DRUM Soccer Pictures: fani mahuntsi "Pastor" with his smart Honda wheels at home in Boksburg, near Joburg. His nickname is due to the fact that he's deeply religious and holds a Bible study group at Sundowns. Absa Premiership website had to say about him: "He is a good shot-stopper, but will only be the back-up keeper".

Read the article in the Drum of 31 March 2011 – and share your views below.

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