12 July, 2021
A fresh challenge awaits new signing Bandile Shandu, following his recent move from Maritzburg United.
At 26, Shandu arrives with stacks of experience after making more than 150 senior appearances in all competitions, featuring as a regular starter in the last five seasons.
He has signed a three-year deal with the Buccaneers, as he switches clubs for the first time in his professional career, bringing an end to an almost decade-long stay at the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
In his first exclusive interview with Orlandopiratesfc.com, Shandu detailed his goals for the approaching season.
Bandile, welcome to Orlando Pirates. Excited for the season ahead?
BS: Yeah, definitely. It’s such a privilege and honour to be part of this great Club. So I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season.
You’ve had your first few training sessions. How was it blending into the new environment?
BS: I played for Maritzburg United since I was just 17-years-old, so moving to another club was a bit of a first for me. So I’m glad to have received a warm welcome from my new teammates as well as the coaches. That has made things easier, and I’m really grateful for that.
Having now made the switch, are you expecting a different challenge in Buccaneers colours?
BS: Most definitely. Pirates is a big Club - one of the biggest in South Africa. So, I’m expecting a different type of pressure. I know there is a demand for results, and I’m aware that I have to do my best to contribute to positive results for the team.
Your arrival has added to an already stacked midfield. What qualities do you think will make your game stand out?
BS: It’s difficult because of the quality that Orlando Pirates has, but I’ll keep doing what’s worked for me ‘til this point. I always strive to work hard, do the basics right, and follow the Coach’s instructions. Basically, just try and add value and do whatever is required by the team to the best of my ability. So, I’m just willing to do that and contribute to the team’s cause, and make sure that we achieve a lot in the upcoming season.
In closing, do you have anything you want to say to the Bucs fans?
BS: I’m really honoured to be playing for Orlando Pirates. What I can promise is that each time I’m on the pitch, I’ll always give 100% and ensure that the fans are happy.