local soccer 3.8.2013 12:00 pm

Meyiwa ‘will shine’ at Pirates

HE'S A KEEPER. Moeneeb Josephs has backed Senzo Meyiwa, above, to shine in goal for Orlando Pirates this season. Picture: Backpagepix

HE'S A KEEPER. Moeneeb Josephs has backed Senzo Meyiwa, above, to shine in goal for Orlando Pirates this season. Picture: Backpagepix

Former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs believes his former team-mate Senzo Meyiwa will be a big asset at the club this season.

Josephs, who joined Bidvest Wits after his contract with the Buccaneers was not renewed at the end of June, feels Meyiwa has gained experience in the couple of games he has played.

Meyiwa played second fiddle to Josephs for the past five years, but now that the “Slimkat” has left the club, he feels that his former team-mate has more confidence and experience since his departure.

“Senzo will do well,” Josephs said. “I think he is grown as a goalkeeper.

“He has been doing really well and his experience will help him now because he has played a few games in Africa. He is definitely going to be a big asset to Pirates this season and going into the championship because he is a confident player.”

Meanwhile, Josephs also said he is itching for action after not playing a competitive match since November 4 when Pirates lost 5-3 in a shoot-out to Bloemfontein Celtic where he was dropped to the stands.

The Clever Boys play Platinum Stars tomorrow in their first match of the season and Josephs will make his debut for the Students.

“I just want to get going because it’s been a while since I played and it’s important that I start playing,”

“For me the most important thing as the coach is to play the first game, get going and we will see from there. The most important thing now is to play regular football.

“Pre-season has been good and I think I’ve been doing really well. I’m looking forward to the new season because I feel fit and feel sharp and that’s how any player wants to feel before the season starts.”

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