Orlando Pirates have revealed that goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo has been forced into early retirement due to an ankle injury.
The keeper joined Pirates from rivals Kaizer Chiefs at the start of last season but with a serious ankle injury. This resulted in 29-year-old missing the entire campaign as the reoccurring injury continued to plague him.
When the keeper was back fit, though, he declared himself available to play on Twitter as he was voted into the Pirates Carling Black Label Cup starting XI, only for him to be withdrawn.
It has now been confirmed by the club that after corroborated independent medical reports the keeper will hang up his boots.
Medical Incapacity Forces Early Retirement of @Brilliekhuzwayo
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— Orlando Pirates FC (@orlandopirates) July 31, 2019
Speaking on his injury, Khuzwayo said: ‘It was a great feeling to come back to the club, unfortunately due to my ankle, I was unable to fulfil my dream. 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 that 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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