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The Pirates shot-stopper made his first Bafana appearance during their 3-0 win over Swaziland on Friday night. Goal spoke exclusively to the inform keeper

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By Ernest Makhaya

Orlando Pirates and Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has told Goal that being in the Caf Champions League final has earned him respect from South African football fans.

Meyiwa, who has been shortlisted for the Caf African-based Player of the Year award, kept seven clean sheets during the 2013 Caf campaign.

“We have learnt a lot in the (Caf) Champions League, and I think people should start respecting me for my capabilities as a goalkeeper,” Meyiwa told Goal. “It’s always nice to keep clean sheets, but I never kept that in mind,” he said.

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The 26-year-old Meyiwa believes that Pirates will have a tough season ahead, as they still have seven games in hand, but he believes that Bucs have enough depth to succeed.

“It won’t be easy for us, because other teams have got points already, but I think we have enough depth to win when it matters most,” added Meyiwa.

Meyiwa is currently in camp with Bafana, as they prepare for their big international friendly game against Spain on Tuesday night. 

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