Khuzwayo forced to retire at the age of 29

Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo

Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo has been forced to retire from football due to a persistent ankle injury.

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Khuzwayo has had a nightmare of a time since joining the Sea Robbers from Kaizer Chiefs ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, struggling to get on the park due to fitness issues.

The shot-stopped suffered a serious injury early into his stint with the Buccaneers and did not make an official appearance for the club.

Khuzwayo was selected, by the fans, to start in last weekend's Carling Black Label Cup against Kaizer Chiefs but had to be withdrawn at the last minute.

Now, sadly, the 29-year-old has confirmed that, after consultation with a specialist, he will hang up his gloves.

Khuzwayo said in quotes published on the Orlando Pirates' website: "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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