Orlando Pirates’ Brilliant Khuzwayo announces early retirement.

Brilliant Khuzwayo of Orlando Pirates (Pic Orlando Pirates)

Former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo has announced his retirement from football, aged just 29.

As Phakaaathi reported in June, Pirates were considering releasing Khuzwayo because of his constant injury problems, and at that time the player refused to retire.

“The Pirates doctors feel that Khuzwayo might not fully recover from his injury and that it will recur as soon as he starts playing again. They fear for his health because he might be crippled for life if he risks his injury and [continues] playing. They have advised him to retire, but he is having none of it,” said a source in early June.

Alarm bells over Khuzwayo’s future were raised again when he was not included in Pirates’  starting line-up for the 2019 Carling Black Label Cup, even though fans had voted him into the side.

“It was a great feeling to come back to the club,”  said Khuzwayo in an emotional statement.

Khuzwayo joined Pirates at the start of the 2018/19 season, after his contract at Chiefs expired, but never played for the Buccaneers.

“Unfortunately due to my ankle, I was unable to fulfil my dream (of playing for Pirates). I am a person who always wants to perform, knowing I can give my all in everything I do. However, due to my ankle and after consultation with the specialists it was said I wouldn’t be able to play at an elite level.

“For this reason I can no longer continue the way I wanted to. I would like to thank all the supporters who have been behind me from the day I joined this club. They were the main reason behind my motivation and drive to get better. They’ll always hold a special place in my heart. To management, especially the chairman, thank you for all you have done for me.”

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