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Orlando Pirates’ new surprise appointment Jose Riveiro. Photo: PA

Orlando Pirates veteran given NEW role at the club!

Orlando Pirates have given recently axed veteran Wayne Sandilands a new role at the club however he starts at the very bottom!

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Orlando Pirates’ new surprise appointment Jose Riveiro. Photo: PA

A recently axed Orlando Pirates goalkeeper has been given a new role at the club!

According to reports, the Buccaneers have given Wayne Sandilands a coaching role in their youth structures.

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Sandilands, 38-years-old, was released by the club at the end of last season.

He made a total of 80 appearances for Orlando Pirates since joining the club in 2017. Sandilands kept 35 Cleansheets for the Buccaneers.

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Orlando Pirates give veteran new role at club!

“Wayne will be coaching the young guys. That is where he has to start.” an Orlando Pirates insider told Citizen.

“But, the ultimate goal is to be working with the seniors. It just that he has to go on the coaching courses first. Once he has his badges he will be promoted to the senior team.

“He can’t wait to start, he is really excited about this new role because it is something that has always in his mind.

“He is eager to learn and wants to make a mark in football. If you remember well last season, he was the one who was training the goalkeepers after Andrew Sparks left Orlando Pirates.

“He is someone who is very determined that is why he has been given this role. He has the support and everyone just wants him to succeed because they know how badly he wants IT.”

In other goalkeeping news, a former Kaizer Chiefs star could soon find himself at arch rivals Orlando Pirates!

According to reports, the Buccaneers have identified Nigerian international Daniel Akpeyi as a worthy goalkeeper signing in Mayfair.

Akpeyi, who’s a high quality shot-stopper in his own right was deemed surplus to requirements at Naturena ahead of next season.

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“It is possible that he (Akpeyi) might end up at Orlando Pirates.” a source told Citizen regarding the ex Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper.

“Chances are high but the only problem is that Pirates have an international goalkeeper in Richard Ofori and Daniel wants to play.

“I don’t think he will just go there and become their number one. That makes it a bit tricky for him. (former Kaizer Chiefs and Nigeria keeper).

“But they have made enquiries about him because they are looking at strengthening their goalkeeping department after Wayne Sandilands left.

“Orlando Pirates is not the only team, there is also Swallows, Sekhukhune and SuperSport.

“He is one of the best keepers in the PSL and it was a shock to see Kaizer Chiefs letting him go.

“Especially since he is an international keeper. Right now he has been training alone and keeping fit while his people are still sorting his next move.”

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Match between Orlando Pirates and Swallows FC at Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg on 11 September 2021 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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