Brilliant Khuzwayo opens up over Orlando Pirates return
Posted: 23 July 2018 Time: 19:30
Orlando Pirates' new goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo is delighted to be back ‘home’, and says he is ready to fight for his position amongst the club’s current shot-stoppers.
Khuzwayo last month joined the Buccaneers after seeing his contract at Kaizer Chiefs come to an end, following a six-year stay at Naturena.
The 28-year-old is in search of game-time after managing just 37 appearances during his time at Amakhosi, but is aware it won’t be easy with the competition at the Buccaneers.
Having graduated from the Pirates academy though, Khuzwayo saw it fit to return to the club he left nearly a decade ago.
“It feels great to be back at home, I’m really excited and I’m ready to work,” said Khuzwayo.
“When I decided to join Pirates, I was ready for anything. I’m here to learn from all the goalkeepers, and I believe they are older than me so I will gain a lot of experience from them. I’m here to learn, I’m here for a new chapter in my life and I’m ready for it.”
Asked why he left Pirates the first time, Khuzwayo explained that he weighed up his chances of breaking into the topflight before he decided to move on and explore other options in KwaZulu-Natal.
“At that time when I left, I had bigger dreams. I wanted to immediately go to the PSL. I saw that it would take me much longer to get into the PSL [if I stayed],” he explained.
“So, I decided to go back home to KZN and I joined AmaZulu, and that’s when everything started. But, destiny prevailed and now I’m back at home and I’m excited.
“I would like to think it was a target to return, because I believe in myself and I believe in the talent I have to showcase in South Africa.”
The Umlazi-born goal-minder is under no illusion of the challenge that lies ahead to break into the Bucs team, but stressed that he is prepared to work hard.
“I’ve got immense self-confidence, and the only way to show that is going onto the field and playing more,” he added.
“For me to get an opportunity, I really need to work hard. No one has died of hard work. I believe in working hard and that’s what I’ll do to get a chance to play.”