Jonty Mark
Football Editor
1 minute read
11 Nov 2014
2:39 pm

Khuzwayo – it’s all about teamwork

Jonty Mark

Brilliant Khuzwayo is preaching the team ethic ahead of Bafana Bafana’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan on Saturday at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

FILE PICTURE: Brilliant Khuzwayo during the South African national soccer team training session at Peoples Park on November 11, 2014 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)

Senzo Meyiwa’s tragic murder means coach Shakes Mashaba must pick a new goalkeeper for the game against Sudan, and Khuzwayo, Darren Keet and Siyabonga Mpontshane are the three options in the Bafana squad.

“I have to respect what the coach is saying. It is all about teamwork and not about me,” said Kaizer Chiefs’ ‘keeper Khuzwayo, when asked about his chances of playing in his home province.

“It is basically about South Africa, whoever gets to play I am fully behind that person, and if I get the nod they have to be fully behind me. It is for the sake of the nation, not for personal intentions.”

Khuzwayo was a close friend of Meyiwa, with both hailing from the Durban township of Umlazi. He attended Meyiwa’s funeral and was there again on Monday as the whole Bafana squad visited their former captain’s graveside and family home.

“Yesterday was a very emotional day,” said Khuzwayo.

“I was also at the funeral and again there yesterday and it brought back memories of the funeral and the day he passed away. But now we are looking forward to the match ahead of us on Saturday.”