Kaizer Chiefs’ Brilliant Khuzwayo taking on sound advice
Posted: 20 July 2017 Time: 21:00
Footballers are known for living flashy lifestyles, buying luxury cars, branded clothes and going on expensive holidays, yet Kaizer Chiefs’ Brilliant Khuzwayo refuses to be sucked into lavish living.
While many footballers ignore the fact that a playing career has a limited lifespan, the Amakhosi goalkeeper says he has been fortunate that he has surrounded himself with ex-footballers who have taught him the importance of saving money.
“You can play football, but if you do not have the right education, then you will eat your money like hell and you’ll get nothing out of that,” Khuzwayo tells KickOff.com.
“One thing I am fortunate to have is friends who are retired and they are giving me advice, telling me that I should start now and not wait till I retire. They tell me to invest now and have businesses that I can start running now, so that by the time I retire everything will be smooth."
He continues: “They say when you retire, you should earn at least 75 per cent of the money you were earning [as a footballer]. But if you are just splashing money on cars and everything … it’s fun and games now because you still have a contract, but what if it ends?
"The problem is that society will want to make you drive all these cars, but at the same time you are not saving anything. It’s not right. Invest now and then you know that after football you are settled.”
Khuzwayo has also established the Brilliant Khuzwayo foundation and has been able to give back to his community in Umlazi.
“It’s nice to give back to the community. I have tournaments and the money I make from the tournaments I go and give back to the schools. Education is the key to success, so that’s why I give back to schools,” he says.