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Is Chiefs keeper courting rivals?

OUT OF CONTRACT: Brilliant Khuzwayo is rumoured to have signed with Pirates. (Frikkie Kapp, BackpagePix).
OUT OF CONTRACT: Brilliant Khuzwayo is rumoured to have signed with Pirates. (Frikkie Kapp, BackpagePix).

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs will most likely let go of goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo.

City Press has established that 27-year-old Khuzwayo has allegedly signed a pre-contract with rivals Orlando Pirates. Khuzwayo’s contract with Amakhosi – which comes to an end in June – allows him to negotiate with prospective employers during his last six months with the team.

Sources close to the player said he was prepared to jump ship and join the Buccaneers, but his agent, Tim Sukazi, dismissed the rumours.

However, Sukazi said that, if Pirates showed interest in Khuzwayo, there would be no reason to ignore them.

Cementing his status

“There has been no offer from Pirates, just muted talks from one or two Gauteng clubs. I believe the offers presented by Chiefs and the other clubs will be the determining factor in his decision to stay or leave,” said Sukazi.

He said Khuzwayo declined the opportunity to play for Cape Town City, but made it clear that the goalkeeper believed he was talented enough to be number one elsewhere.

Khuzwayo has been frustrated by a lack of game time at Chiefs, with Itumeleng Khune firmly cementing his status as the team’s goalkeeper of choice.

Kaizer Chiefs manager Bobby Motaung said he was not aware of any pre-contract signed by any player.

“We are still engaging with his agent and he has not indicated anything to us. I am waiting to hear what their position is, but we’d obviously like to know if he is staying so we know where we stand. If he has signed a contract, maybe we could strike a deal now instead of waiting for June,” said Motaung.

If the rumour mill is to be believed, Pirates is on the verge of concluding a swap deal with Bidvest Wits involving defender Abbubaker Mobara and midfielder Xola Mlambo.

The arrival of Diamond Thopola from Chippa United means Pirates have enough cover at the back, which could pave the way for Mobara to leave the team.

Mlambo, who has been warming the bench at Wits, will bring some much-needed creativity to the midfield.

Possible deal

Meanwhile, Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has revealed the club will most likely lose winger Vincent Pule.

Hunt hinted that the midfielder had signed a pre-contract with a big team and would leave at the end of the season.

“I think he has been signed by a big club in South Africa. He’s not going to leave now, but in June. I don’t want him to leave, but what can we do?” said Hunt.

The coach added that the team was expecting a “big signing”, referring to a possible deal with Mobara.

Sukazi confirmed that Pule was about to leave Wits and said three of Gauteng’s biggest teams had shown an interest in him.

“He wants to play for one of the big teams and, fortunately, they have shown an interest in his services. It is now a matter of negotiating with the clubs and making a decision based on the outcome of those negotiations".

Sukazi said he was working on getting Botswana midfielder Mogakolodi Ngele out of Mamelodi Sundowns. SuperSport United is believed to be interested in the player.

Sundowns defenders Thabo Nthethe and Asavela Mbekile also want out of the club and Sukazi said he was going to try to secure moves for them during the transfer window period.

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