Brilliant Khuzwayo has revealed that he is heeding the advice of his former goalkeeper coach to avoid a long-term injury.
The Orlando Pirates goalkeeper has recently recovered from an ankle injury sustained soon after joining the Buccaneers from rivals Kaizer Chiefs at the beginning of the season, which has delayed his official debut.
He took to Twitter to seemingly clarify why he is yet to play.
Khuzwayo shared a message from Rainer Dinkelacker, his previous goalkeeper coach while at Chiefs.
“Bayern Munich rushed Manuel Neuer back on the field after the foot injury and that and almost didn’t make it to the World Cup, please be careful Brilliant. Don’t rush it, Go back to the field when (you are) 100%.”
The Bucs keeper also insisted that pushing for an early return could end his career. To make his point, he used injuries to Mamelodi Sundowns defender Rivaldo Coetzee and SuperSport United striker Bradley Grobler as the reference when he tweeted: “Coetzee, Grobler stayed (out) almost 12 months with an ankle injury. So as much as I (want to) get to the field and enjoy like other kids, I still need to look at the longer goal. Or I could easily end my career.”
It’s likely that Khuzwayo’s social media post is a cryptic message to those who have been asking about his whereabouts, given the below par performance of fellow Pirates goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane in the Telkom Knockout final defeat to Baroka FC at the weekend.
Mpontshane was heavily criticised for how he conceded the two goals in the 120 minutes before Baroka were crowned TKO champions following a 3-2 penalty shootout win.