JOHANNESBURG – Orlando Pirates coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has the highest degree of confidence in new goalkeeper coach Andrew Sparkes to select the best goalie to start for the team in the next few weeks following the loss of Brilliant Khuzwayo to an injury.
Before Khuzwayo could even make his official debut for Pirates, he suffered an ankle injury that has ruled him out of action for three - four weeks.
Former Swansea City youth goalie coach Sparkes will be expected to select the starter from last season’s trio Jackson Mabokgwane, Wayne Sandilands and Siyabonga Mpotshane for their Saturday’s Absa Premiership’s opening clash against Highlands Park at Orlando Stadium (with kick-off at 20:15) .
“We have really strengthened our goalkeeping department,’’ Sredojevic said. “From the coaching point of view Andrew Sparkes has really sparked that department from his approach and methodology. He has paid attention to deepest detail from on the field and off. And he has analysed the goalkeepers as he wants to be sure that they are mentally and physically fit.”
On Khuzwayo’s injury, the coach said: “Regretfully, Brilliant Khuzwayo had a problem, and went on for an intervention that will take him out for quite a period. We wish him well in this moment so that can recover as soon as possible. He must come back quickly, so that he can fight for his place.’’