Uncategorized 19.5.2014 06:00 am

Senzo Meyiwa bitter at missing out

Orlando Pirates players celebrate their win during the Nedbank Cup final match between Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates at Moses Mabhida Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Orlando Pirates players celebrate their win during the Nedbank Cup final match between Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates at Moses Mabhida Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Senzo Meyiwa was left seething at being overlooked as a nominee for the Absa Premiership Goalkeeper-of-the-Season award, after playing 50 games for Orlando Pirates in all competitions.

In the domestic league, on which the goalkeeper accolade at last night’s Premier Soccer League Awards was based, Meyiwa was part of a Pirates side that had the third best defensive record.

He was also impressive in the Buccaneers’ run to the Caf Champions League final, saving a penalty as they handed Egyptian giants Al-Ahly an historic home defeat in the group stages, and capped the season by helping the Sea Robbers lift the Nedbank Cup with a 3-1 win over Bidvest Wits in front of his home crowd on Saturday.

Neither of those competitions were considered, however, for the award.

“It is not fair,” Meyiwa said. “I was supposed to be there. I was supposed to win that Goalkeeper-of-the- Season.

“People who selected the Goalkeeper-of-the-Season, I don’t know who they are or which football they are watching.

“I don’t know how they select the keepers, especially looking at my case. I played every tournament in the PSL and the Champions League but I see myself not in the nominees.”

Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs and Moeneeb Josephs of Bidvest Wits, who were nominated for the award with Ajax Cape Town’s Anssi Jaakkola, were part of the two best defensive teams in the Premiership.

Rather than simply sulking at the snub, however, Meyiwa promised to play even harder next season when the Sea Robbers take part in the Caf Confederation Cup.

“I mustn’t look back. I must look forward, compete next season and see what happens,” he said.

“I think we as Pirates players have learned a lot on how things are done in South African football. Most of us should be in the national team.

“But now we need to do it for our fans and ourselves because we are the only people who value what we did on the continent.”

 

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