“I HAVE a lot to offer, a lot,” Orlando Pirates’ new goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo said in the matter-of-fact tone that’s a large part of his personality.
The 28-year-old is always frank when he speaks, he never holds anything back - and in fact he admits that he has an ego. Even as a youngster at AmaZulu he would tell the technical team that he deserved to be starting ahead of more experienced goalkeepers.
Confidence and the desire to be the best in the country saw the lad from Umlazi go from playing in the National First Division to spending six years at Kaizer Chiefs - a place that’s consistently the home of the best goalkeepers in the league.
Khuzwayo grew as a goalkeeper in his time at Chiefs to a point that he featured for Bafana Bafana in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. But the downside for a goalkeeper at Chiefs is the presence of one Itumeleng Khune - the most capped Bafana goalkeeper of all time with 87 caps and over 300 appearances in the colours of Amakhosi.
Lack of gametime pushed Khuzwayo to join the Buccaneers, where he will compete for the No. 1 jersey with Jackson Mabokgwane, Siyabonga Mpontshane and Wayne Sandilands. Those three goalkeepers struggled to make the jersey their own last season.