Middendorp encouraged by debutant Shandu’s Maritzburg performance

Making your debut at the age of 17 is difficult, let alone a derby game, but Bandile Shandu handled the pressure well and his coach was impressed

Bandile Shandu put in a great performance against AmaZulu on Tuesday night at the Moses Mabhida stadium against AmaZulu in Durban.

“I think Shandu played well, considering that this was his debut. I was very inspired by his performance and he showed a lot of responsibility,” said Middendorp.

Shandu started the match and became one of the dominant players in the first half. Although he did not finish the second half, his coach confirmed that his future is bright.

“With no doubt he holds a very bright future. Yes, there are lot of things that he still needs to learn but I was pleased with what he gave me. It is also important not to put much pressure on the player but to monitor him step by step.  

“If he continues playing the way he played today I think there are greater things ahead for him. Having said so there are still a lot things that he needs to learn and adapt to at this level, but all that will come with time as he continues getting game time,” he said.

The 17-year-old hails from the junior rankings of Maritzburg United where started for the under-13 team. The grade 12 learner at Maritzburg College, has shown much responsibility for a player of his age and in time he could be a future Bafana player.

"He is well disciplined and hard working. I think with time he will improve more as he gets more games," said Middendorp.