Competition for a place in Orlando Pirates' goal posts will be even tighter when one of their shot stoppers is available for selection at the start of the new season.
Brilliant Khuzwayo has confirmed that he will be available at the start of the new season for the Buccaneers after struggling with an ankle injury in his first campaign with the Soweto giants.
The former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper joined the Buccaneers before the start of the new campaign, but the injury set him back and he is still waiting to make his first team debut for the club.
Khuzwayo did make a few appearances for the club in the Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC), as he was working his way back to fitness.
“Definitely the beginning of next season I’ll be back on the pitch. Obviously I missed first team football, but then again playing in the MDC was more of a way of preparing myself and get back to fitness. Most people didn’t look at it in that way, but it’s their opinion. For me it was about getting back and getting the ankle strong,” Khuzwayo tells KickOff.com.
"When you have been out of the game for some time you lack match fitness. When you are dealing with an ankle injury, sometimes you get a knock and it takes you back and forth. It’s very frustrating, but you need a strong mindset to keep going because there’s no other choice but to keep going. Most definitely I’m going to come back stronger and I’m very prepared for next season.”
Wayne Sandilands finished the season strong as Pirates’ number one goalkeeper, but the return of Khuzwayo means the competition for that spot in the starting line-up will be even tighter.