PSL

Mabhuti Khenyeza retires, joins Maritzburg as Ertugral's assistant

Muhsin Ertugral (Getty Images)
Muhsin Ertugral (Getty Images)

Cape Town - AmaZulu striker Mabhuti Khenyeza has called time on his playing career at the age of 36 as he prepares to transition into a coaching role with Maritzburg United.

The experienced frontman has been linked with the role of assistant coach at Maritzburg in recent weeks, following the appointment of Muhsin Ertugral as Fadlu Davids' replacement.

While there is no news forthcoming on that particular front, Khenyeza is now free to make such a move after hanging up his boots for good.

Commenting on his decision to retire, Khenyeza told the club's official website: "I have enjoyed every moment of my football career, but it is time now for a new chapter in my life.

"I'm extremely grateful for my time at AmaZulu. I owe a lot of thanks to management, the technical team and my teammates for their understanding as this was not an easy decision.

"I'd also like to thank the supporters for always being behind me and the team."

Meanwhile, AmaZulu General Manager Lunga Sokhela has expressed his sadness at the news of Khenyeza's retirement, saying: "I am extremely sad to see him leave.

"He was such an integral part of the club, both on and off the field. He has always expressed his wish to coach and as a club we could not stand in his way.

"I hope we will work together again in the future."

Khenyeza joined AmaZulu from Golden Arrows in 2016, and also counts the likes of Kaizer Chiefs, Ajax Cape Town, Supersport United and Mamelodi Sundowns amongst his former clubs.

In total, Khenyeza scored 110 goals in the South Africa's top flight, making him the league's second all-time top goalscorer behind Siyabonga Nomvethe (123).

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Fixtures
Sat 05 Dec 20 15:30 PM (SAST)
Cape Town City
Orlando Pirates
Cape Town Stadium
Sat 05 Dec 20 15:30 PM (SAST)
Golden Arrows
Swallows
Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium
Sat 05 Dec 20 18:00 PM (SAST)
Tshakhuma FC
AmaZulu
Thohoyandou Stadium
Results
Sun 29 Nov 20
Chippa United 1
Tshakhuma FC 1
Sat 28 Nov 20
AmaZulu 1
Cape Town City 1
Sat 28 Nov 20
Mamelodi Sundowns 3
Stellenbosch 0
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Mamelodi Sundowns
5
4
13
2. Swallows
5
3
11
3. Orlando Pirates
5
2
9
4. SuperSport United
5
3
9