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COMMENT: Not Brilliant! Khuzwayo, you shouldn't have left Kaizer Chiefs for Orlando Pirates

10:52 GMT+3 09/02/2019
Brilliant Khuzwayo, Orlando Pirates, October 2018
Khuzwayo is most likely to watch this Soweto Derby from distance now that he's at Bucs, but he could have been on pitch had he not left Amakhosi

Football players often take emotional decisions and move on to 'greener pastures' due to a lack of game time at their respective teams only to find out that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the road. 

Brilliant Khuzwayo is among many players who felt frustrated at Kaizer Chiefs and he opted to join Orlando Pirates; the team he played for as a teenager before turning professional. 

However, things have not gone his way since his move to the Sea Robbers, and looking at the goalkeeping crisis coupled with his lack of game time at his current, Khuzwayo shouldn't have left Amakhosi. 

With the Soweto Derby on the horizon, Khuzwayo should be itching to play, but given that Pirates already have three experienced goalkeepers in Wayne Sandilands, Jackson Mabokgwane and Siyabonga Mpontshane to choose from, chances of the Umlazi-born goalkeeper to feature in Saturday's match are minimal. 

It took Mabokgwane two years to have a feel of the Soweto Derby, while Khuzwayo had a taste of the encounter during his time with Chiefs. 

The majority of the players wish to be part of the Soweto Derby by actually featuring, even if it's for a few minutes on the pitch. 

But as things stand, it looks like Khuzwayo is still far off from playing in the Soweto Derby, let alone in any of Pirates' matches as he's still working on his fitness following a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury. 

While injuries are unpredictable and cannot be blamed on anyone, perhaps Khuzwayo would have been Amakhosi's No.1 now that Itumeleng Khune is out injured. 

He could have perhaps stayed to see if his situation at Chiefs improved. He would certainly be the club's preferred choice. 

Khuzwayo may have spent six years at Chiefs, but some would feel that he left too early, especially looking at the fact that Virgil Vries got a few games under his belt even with Khune fit. 

Vries has already played eight matches in all competitions. The Namibian shot-stopper has made some costly mistakes, prompting the Glamour Boys to bring in Daniel Akpeyi to fill the void left by Khune and provide competition as well as experience in the goalkeeping department. 

This, perhaps, was going to be Khuzwayo's real chance to showcase his talent in an environment he was familiar with rather than opt to challenge the three international goalkeepers that Pirates currently have. 

In recent years, players such as Lehlohonolo Majoro and George Lebese learned the hard way that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the road. 

Like Khuzwayo, both players also fell out of favour with the previous coaches at Chiefs and decided to leave for Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns respectively. 

However, they still couldn't get what they were hoping for when leaving the club.

This is not an indictment on Khuzwayo's move to Pirates, because he still has enough time to make the No.1 jersey his own in the next few years even though it's not going to be easy to just walk into the starting XI because the technical team already has its preferred choices. 

Khuzwayo should have moved to a relatively smaller club in order to regain his confidence before signing for a big club like Pirates where competition for places is also very stiff.

A lesson for football players is to be more worried about playing regularly than being on the books of a famous club, especially if the reason for leaving is the lack of game time.