Orlando Pirates has on Wednesday confirmed that goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo will not be part of the new season due to an injury that was verified by independent medical reports.
The injury has forced the youngster into early retirement.
“Brilliant Khuzwayo is living proof that ‘once a Pirate, always a Pirate’,” the team said in a statement.
Khuzwayo first played for Orlando Pirates as part of development academy. His promise was as brilliant as his name. It was clear then that he was destined for a top-flight career.
His return to play for the senior team was therefore not a coincidence. That is until he was plagued by a recurring injury that has ultimately cut his career short.
Instead of responding in bitterness, the disappointed yet strong-willed Brilliant Khuzwayo found acceptance of his situation in his faith.
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 will always hold a special place in my heart. To management, especially the Chairman, thank you for all you have done for me.”