PLAYING second fiddle to Itumeleng Khune at Kaizer Chiefs has not been too much of a problem for goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo. For most of his time at the club, Khuzwayo has been watching Khune play as he continues to wait for his chance.
The only time Khuzwayo enjoys a run out is when Khune is out suspended or injured as he has made the No 1 jersey his own. But Khuzwayo feels whenever he has been given a chance, he has performed his part well and believes he has grown as a player since he joined Chiefs in 2012, having made 19 appearances. “Personally I’ve grown as a brand, the Brilliant Khuzwayo brand,” he said.
“I’ve grown as a person. I’m only playing for such a big team because people believe in my talent, sometimes you get too much praise and at other times too much negativity. So as a person, I have grown and it has helped me grow as a man.” The 27 year old admits that he needs more game time, having made just one appearance this season in all competitions.
But he could be between the posts when Chiefs meet African Champions Mamelodi Sundowns in a PSL match at Loftus Versfeld on Tuesday. “As a player, the most important thing is getting game time. The money you are getting here is nothing really compared to enjoying a football game ,” he said.
“So for me as an individual player, it is going to be great to get more game time when it happens. “So for me, it’s all about getting active again.” Having watched his side struggle from the sidelines, Khuzwayo feels that they need to start converting their chances if they are to win matches. “It’s unfortunate that we are working so hard but when it comes to matches we have just been unlucky,” Khuzwayo said.
“But we are working hard and it is just a matter of time before we get results. I can’t really say why the results haven’t been happening for us. “The only thing I can say is that we are not converting the chances we are creating.”