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In a weekend of Telkom Knockout drama, the shot stopper put in a fearless performance by putting his body on the line to guarantee Mamelodi Sundowns a spot in the final

South Africa Player of the Week
Wayne Sandilands
AGE 29
POSITION Goalkeeper
TEAM Mamelodi Sundowns
SuperSport United 0-1 Mamelodi Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns had to hang on to a one goal lead for 74 minutes to book their place in the Telkom Knockout final, after Eleazar Rodgers put them into an early lead. SuperSport United threw everything into the attacking third but Sundowns did not crumble under the pressure due to a fine performance in goal by Wayne Sandilands. The keeper started in place of the experienced Calvin Marlin and displayed his shot-stopping abilities with some fine saves and an excellent command of his area. He was spared some blushes with an instinctive save after a speculative shot from Grant Kekana, but looked assured and strong throughout the match with some brave punches and impressive takes under pressure. More often than not, Sandilands found himself in pain and on the floor after putting his body on the line. The keeper's good form has earned him the spot of being first choice shot-stopper for the Brazilians and he will look to continue keeping the ball out of his net as the season progresses.   

Congratulations to Wayne Sandilands,'s 7th South Africa Player of the Week winner!

Honourable Mention

Ruzaigh Gamildien– Bloemfontein Celtic

There were many excellent performances during the Free State derby, and Ruzaigh Gamildien was one of the most impressive players on the pitch as he pulled the strings in the attacking third for Celtic. He displayed some fine touches and bursting runs during the cup classic which Siwelele eventually won 3-2.

Teko Modise - Mamelodi Sundowns

Modise seems to be returning to some of his best form with a commanding performance from the "General" during Sundowns' 1-0 victory over SuperSport United. He set up some dangerous attacking moves during the Tshwane Derby and will be encouraged by his rejuvenated form. Modise has suffered from inconsistency and will hope he can continue this impressive run of form.

Thabo Nthethe– Bloemfontein Celtic

Even though Siwelele conceded two goals Thabo Nthethe defended well during the 3-2 victory over Celtic's rivals at the Charles Mopeli Stadium. His performance was summed up as Dove Wome looked destined to score the equaliser in the dying minutes but Nthethe showed energy and dedication with a sliding block which ended up being a match winning piece of defensive work.  


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