Tjo: Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo's career ends

Tjo: Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo's career ends

- Pirates keeper Brilliant Khuzwayo's career is over

- This is due to an ankle injury that's affected him since last year

- The announcement was made by him and the club today

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Pirates goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo has been forced into early retirement due to “medical incapacity.” The 29-year-old has been struggling to overcome a career-threatening ankle injury he sustained last year.

The injury has resulted in him being absent from most of the games and has forced him to end his career. He was recently withdrawn from Pirates’ Carling Black Label Cup starting line-up against his former team, Chiefs, over the weekend.

He was later left out of the first team squad. The former Kaizer Chiefs plater's premature retirement was finally confirmed by both parties on the Buccaneer's official website.

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“It was a great feeling to come back to the club, unfortunately due to my ankle, I was unable to fulfil my dream"

He went on to say that he tried his best to fix the injury but it will no longer allow him to play professional football.

“For this reason I can no longer continue the way I wanted to."

He thanked his fans for the support they gave him through his career. He also thanked the team management.

Khuzwayo, who was signed from arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs at the beginning of last season, didn’t play a single match for the first team in the Premier Soccer League (PSL). He joined Pirates in order to get regular game-time.

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During his career, Khuzwayo won two league titles, the MTN 8 and the Nedbank Cup, all during his spell at Naturena.

The Umlazi-born shot-stopper was part of Shakes Mashaba’s Bafana Bafana Afcon 2015 squad that failed to win a single match in the group stages.

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