Sherwyn Naicker has his eyes set on becoming Arrows' first-choice goalkeeper. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG – Golden Arrows’ goalkeeper Sherwyn Naicker revealed that he intends to renew his contract with the club, when it expires at the end of the season.

To further justify his intentions, he said: “One day, I believe that I will be the first choice goalkeeper of this club.”

That was quite brave from someone who’s had to play third fiddle to Nkosingiphile Gumede and Maximillian Mbaeva since arriving in the beginning of the season.

However, the lad from Chatsworth used the reserve league platform to showcase that he’s still got plenty to offer. He played all 15 MDC matches last season, as the team won their second MDC title. 

With such pedigree, and age not on his side, one could argue that he should be thinking of greener pastures instead. However, the 27-year-old goal-minder believes that his chance will come at Abafana Bes’thende.

“All players tend to think that they deserve something but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what they think, what matters is what coaches believes,” Naicker said. 

“The goalkeeping department is not easy. It’s either you are number one or not. I’ve done well in the diski, yes, everyone knows that but the goalkeepers in the first team have also done well the coaches believe I can do it; I am just patiently waiting for my time.”

Two seasons before joining Abafana Bes’thende, Naicker owned the number one spot at Jomo Cosmos (who played in the PSL at the time) and Milano United respectively. Naicker says Arrows are a team that rewards players who do well in the MDC, which is why he doesn’t have a problem with competing in the lower division.

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“I am hoping to stay here at Arrows,” Naicker said. “We are currently speaking verbally (about the renewal of my contract).

The truth of the matter is that I believe that one day I will be the first choice goalkeeper of this club. I’ve had a chat with first team coach Clinton Larsen, he believes that too. I like the culture of the club, players and coaches.”

Not only was Naicker impressive in the Diski Challenge but he also did impressively well during the team’s Spanish tour.

“Any form of success, is success in life, no matter what the people say,” Naicker said of his naysayers. “I am happy to have helped the team to some sort of success who’d have thought I’d play Diski, come to Spain and play against a La Liga team? 

These are things that I can’t take for granted because you don’t know when it’s going to come again.”



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