John Tlale: Wayne Sandilands did well for Orlando Pirates against Kaizer Chiefs

The former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper has praised Akpeyi and Sandilands for their contribution in the Soweto Derby

Former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper John Tlale says the Soweto Derby was an exciting affair, but it was boring in the opening half until Kaizer Chiefs scored.

The two Soweto giants drew 1-1 at the FNB Stadium in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) match and Tlale was impressed by both goalkeepers, Wayne Sandilands and Daniel Akpeyi.

“It was a good game especially in the second half, at least we saw goals in the second half. It was a dull affair in the opening half, but they played well,” Tlale told Goal.

“There were no attempts at goal in the first half and it was a cautious affair by both teams. The goalkeepers had nothing to do, to be honest,” he added.

“Sandilands looked nervous in the first half and he was under pressure, but it was understandable. But he managed to pick himself up, we cannot fault him because he could not save a penalty. Any keeper can be beaten,” continued the legend.

“He showed good signs after a rough year in 2018 where he was under heavy criticism, but Akpeyi also did well. He showed maturity especially playing in his first derby,” he explained.

“I expected a draw because Chiefs had to bounce come back and were looking for their first win against Pirates this season,” he continued.

“I think it was also clear that Chiefs wanted to win because they had an experienced forward like (Bernard) Parker leading their attack,” said the retired keeper.

“Immediately after their goal, the game opened up and Pirates wanted to score and we watched an interesting game,” he reacted.

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Tlale said Pirates' failure to walk away with the full three points has dented their hopes of winning the PSL title.

“I know Pirates were supposed to secure a win and they were looking to close the gap on the log table, but it wasn’t meant to be,” he reflected.

“However, looking at the log table, Sundowns are doing well now and have the edge because of the games in hand, but these are not points we all know that,” he concluded.