Khenyeza – I’m done with football

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Maritzburg chairman Farook Kadodia recently confirmed the club are negotiating with AmaZulu to deploy Khenyeza upfront this season.

Khenyeza was still under contract with Usuthu before hanging up his boots and joining Maritzburg as an assistant coach at the turn of the year.

The 36-year-old says he was left in the dark over discussions to utilise his expertise as a striker.

“No one told me anything in the club about playing again,” Khenyeza said.

“I only saw that on KickOff.com. They didn't tell me whether they are negotiating with AmaZulu about me returning to the field as a player."

He added: “I'm done with football as a player. I will never change my mind. I have a role to play and that is coaching.”

Asked if Kadodia has discussed the matter with him, Khenyeza said: “The only reason I'm here is coaching, not to play again. I will never change my tune. My time is done as a player.”

The former Golden Arrows man, who is the PSL's all-time second top scorer with 110 goals - feels Maritzburg are not alone with their goal-scoring issues this season.

“About goals, it is a South African problem. Look at the PSL, how many strikers have scored goals? In Bafana Bafana who is our main striker? Let’s look at the bigger picture before we look at Maritzburg.”

Meanwhile, Khenyeza says he is learning a great deal in the dugout at relegation-threatened United.

“I love a challenge. What is currently happening at the club helps me a lot. It is a good start on my coaching career.”

He is embracing the challenge of being in a tough situation.

"Being under pressure plays a huge impact on your career. You can't be comfortable as a person. It would be nice to see more of my peers taking this challenge."

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