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The Bafana Bafana captain's crucial penalty save secured a third place finish for the national side in the Cosafa Cup

South Africa Player of the Week
Innocent Mdledle
AGE 29
POSITION Goalkeeper
TEAMS South Africa
(5)0-0(3) South Africa
South Africa 2-1 Lesotho

Sandilands, wearing the armband for South Africa during the Cosafa Cup, displayed his class in goal during clashes against Zambia and Lesotho last week. Despite being unable to provide penalty shootout heroics against Zambia, the keeper was in sublime form against the hosts of the competition, denying the attacking outfit with some fine saves during the match. South Africa were unlucky not to gain entrance into the final of the tournament, but were able to finish third, largely thanks to a penalty save from their captain. Lesotho had already netted a spot kick earlier in the match, but Sandilands made amends with a fine low save to deny Maile Tlali with 70 minutes on the clock. South Africa eventually edged past the Crocodiles 2-1 and secured third place. Bafana Bafana certainly have depth in the goalkeeping department, with the Mamelodi Sundowns' man showing that he could challenge Itumeleng Khune for the no.1 jersey. 

Congratulations to Wayne Sandilands's 37th South Africa Player of the Week winner!

Honourable Mention

Bongani Ndulula - AmaZulu

The 23-year-old talent opened the scoring for AmaZulu during their historic 2-1 win over Manchester City. A poor back pass from Samir Nasri allowed for Ndulula to pounce and he finished with aplomb, rounding Joe Hart and sparking the Nelson Mandela Invitational in action.   

Hlompho Kekana - South Africa

Kekana rounded off a fine tournament with another goal, this time against Lesotho which opened the scoring for South Africa. The midfielder was an effective player for Bafana Bafana during the Cosafa Cup, scoring a crucial goal against Namibia and controlling the middle of the park for his team in all three matches.
Carlington Nyadombo - AmaZulu

Nyadombo was industrious throughout the match against the Blues. The Zimbabwean international provided his club side with a priceless penalty strike against Manchester City, sealing the win against the Premier League giants on Thursday night.


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