Khuzwayo not so Brilliant, after all

2015-01-25 17:00

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Could Kaizer Chiefs’ goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo find himself out in the cold because of his attitude?

A source within the Bafana camp told City Press that the former Under-23 national goalkeeper was supposed to man the sticks in Friday’s Afcon encounter against Senegal, but was overlooked because of his bad attitude.

Instead the task was given to Mpumalanga Black Aces’ Jackson Mabokgwane after Darren Keet’s howlers against Algeria on Monday.

The source said Khuzwayo, who has reportedly extended his stay at Chiefs, missed a place in the starting line-up because of his attitude and aloofness.

The source said he seemed distracted during the camp, did not show enough commitment and didn’t do enough at training.

The player was apparently heavily reprimanded for an incident at one of the training sessions, but the source did not provide detail.

“Even some players are not happy with him because of his attitude.

“He thinks being number one at Chiefs gives him the nod ahead of other goalkeepers. This is the national team not the club, but he is a young boy and he will be all right,” said the insider.

However, goalkeeper coach Lucky Shiburi played down Khuzwayo’s snub, saying they have confidence in all three goalkeepers.

“We don’t have a [pecking] order as to who is number one, two or three. To us they are all equal and we have confidence in all of them,” he said.

Shakes Mashaba also said there was nothing wrong with Khuzwayo.

“We have 23 players here and they all deserve a chance, that’s why they are here, not on holiday, but to compete and pit themselves against the best on the continent.”

He said he might spring another surprise on Tuesday and give another goalkeeper a chance.

Mashaba’s attitude has also come under scrutiny in some quarters.

This comes after his decisions to drop Thulani Serero and exclude Tefu Mashamaite as well as insisting on starting Tokelo Rantie in every match despite the striker’s poor performance.

Khuzwayo refused to field questions at the players’ mixed zone after Friday’s match.

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