JOHANNESBURG – Orlando Pirates is closing in on former Kaizer Chiefs goal-minder, Brilliant Khuzwayo.
Yesterday, his agent Tim Sukazi confirmed that Pirates are going head to head with Mamelodi Sundowns for the services of Khuzwayo.
Speaking with Independent Media this evening, Sukazi hinted that Khuzwayo is on his way to Pirates.
"The negotiations with Pirates are promising. We also think he will fit in there. The fans also want him at Pirates so it looks promising," Sukazi chuckled.
Khuzwayo has been playing second fiddle to Itumeleng Khune for much of his time at Chiefs.
Amakhosi declined the proposal made by Khuzwayo and his agent that he will play cup games and Khune features in league encounters.
The Umlazi-born keeper will compete with Siyabonga Mpontshane, Jackson Mabokgwane and Wayne Sandilands for the number one jersey at Parktown.
Khuzwayo is set to join a long list of players who have played for both Soweto giants. These include Marks Maponyane, William "Cool Cat" Shongwe, Pollen "Trompies" Ndlanya, Phumlani "BMX" Mkhize, Siphelele "Shaka Zulu" Mthembu, Arthur "10111" Zwane, Lehlohonolo "Major" Majoro, William Twala, Jimmy Tau and Joseph Molongoane.
So far, Pirates have struggled to recruit a proper replacement for Senzo Meyiwa who passed away in 2014. They have tried the likes of Fatau Dauda, Felipe Ovono, Mabokgwane, Sandilands and Brighton Mhlongo. None of them have been able to dominate the number one jersey like Meyiwa.
So far in this transfer window, Pirates have signed the likes of Kudakwashe Mahachi, Paseka Mako, Abel Mabaso and Meshack Maphungule. They are also expected to win the race for the signature of Vincent Pule and Asavela Mbekile.
Bucs are also in talks with Chippa United about getting Linda Mntambo to commit to them.