Senzo will keep on working hard

Senzo Meyiwa. Picture: Gallo Images

In a hectic schedule last year – where Orlando Pirates were involved in four competitions in the first half of this season, travelling across the continent – Senzo Meyiwa has been practically an ever-present figure for the club.

He missed just one match during that campaign, made more remarkable in that he has World Cup-bound Ghanaian goalkeeper Fatau Dauda challenging for the jersey.

Yet Meyiwa isn’t even first choice at Bafana Bafana who will watch yet another World Cup at home. Young Brighton Mhlongo has sat on the bench ahead of the Ghanaian who has yet to taste action in the Premier Soccer League since arriving last year.

“For me it shows there is something good that I am doing,” Meyiwa said.

“That I mustn’t stop. Imagine someone who is No 1 in Ghana putting pressure on me, yet I am still the club’s No 1. It shows that I must not relax but keep working hard.

“It is up to Orlando Pirates to decide whether they will send him on loan for more game time. They brought him here to add competition for the No 1 jersey, so I mustn’t relax, I must keep working.

“Dauda understands that you can only play one goalkeeper. He is a professional. He understands and is pushing me.”

Pirates will be pushing SuperSport United this afternoon at Orlando Stadium in the Absa Premiership. A win for the Sea Robbers will see them jump from 11th to eighth on the standings as they play catch-up because of their exploits in the Caf Champions League.

AmaZulu and Ajax Cape Town will follow in a week where Pirates will play three matches. It’s nothing new for the club as they did that for the better part of the first half of the season. It’s their performance in the Champions League, where they reached the final, that put them in that place.

“As the players we know what we want,” Meyiwa said.

“We have to catch up, win the league and go back to Africa. What we experienced there was amazing, reaching the final of the Champions League. We want to go back. For us to do that, we have to win the league.”

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