Brilliant Khuzwayo is one of the most highly-regarded goalkeepers in South Africa, but played second fiddle to Bafana stalwart Itu Khune at Kaizer Chiefs last season. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG - Orlando Pirates have been heavily linked with former Kaizer Chiefs goal-minder, Brilliant Khuzwayo. IOL previously reported that Khuzwayo is on his way out of Amakhosi after notifying the club via a letter that he is not coming back for pre-season.

His agent, Tim Sukazi of Quality Talent Sports has indicated that Pirates are keen on the Umlazi born goalie. "Pirates did get hold of us last week regarding their interest in Khuzwayo. Before that it was murmurs. Sundowns have also expressed interest in him," Sukazi explained. 

Khuzwayo has played second fiddle to Itumeleng Khune for much of his tenure at the Chiefs. He hardly featured under the embattled Steve Komphela. In January, Khuzwayo and his agent made a proposal to Chiefs about the policy of the rotation. 

They wanted to see Khune playing league matches and Khuzwayo featuring in Cup games, but Amakhosi turned down that proposal. Pirates have struggled to solidify their goalkeeping department since Senzo Meyiwa passed away back in 2014.

They have tried a lot of options without any success. Since the passing away of Meyiwa, Pirates have tried the likes of Jackson Mabokgwane, Brighton Mhlongo, Felipe Ovono, Fatau Dauda, Siyabonga Mpontshane and Wayne Sandilands. None of these goal-minders have dominated the number one jersey. Mpontshane finished as the club regular stopper last season. 

"Khuzwayo prefers to stay in Johannesburg. That's where he will love to find his new home," Sukazi added. Sundowns possess a very solid goalkeeping department. They have the trio of Denis Onyango, Kennedy Mweene and Razak Brimah, while Thela Ngobeni is currently on loan at Free State Stars. However, Onyango (33), Mweene (33) and Razak (30) are all ageing. 

Masandawana are the reigning Absa Premiership champions and are still involved in the Caf Champions League group stages.  Sundowns are expected to beef up their squad as they always do during the transfer window. They are battling with Kaizer Chiefs for the services of Bafana midfielder Andile Jali.

IOL Sport

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