Brilliant Khuzwayo opens up about his relationship with former Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela

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The outgoing Amakhosi goalkeeper has played down any talk of a rift with his former coach despite seeing little game time at Naturena

With the football fraternity waiting in anticipation to know where Brilliant Khuzwayo is headed, the now former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper has shared details about his relationship with ex-coach Steve Komphela.

Although, Khuzwayo did not see much game time under the former Kaizer Chiefs skipper, the Durban-born keeper insists he was on good terms with Komphela.

Khuzwayo has labelled his relationship with the coach as ‘alright’, saying he understood his decision making.

The former AmaZulu keeper referred to one of the games against Orlando Pirates in the Soweto derby where he was excluded and had to watch the game from home.

With media reports and his agent Tim Sukazi confirming talks with Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates, reports suggest that the keeper could play for the Buccaneers next season.

The Bafana Bafana international played second fiddle to Itumeleng Khune at Chiefs for most of his six year stay at Naturena. 

Moreover, the former Free State Stars and Maritzburg United mentor parted ways with Chiefs in April ending his three-year trophyless stay with the Soweto giants.

Although linked with coaches such as Avram Grant, Eric Tinkler and Luc Eymael, Chiefs are yet to make an announcement regarding a new mentor ahead of the new 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.

"It was alright, it was healthy, very healthy. There was never a moment where we would clash with each other or shout at each other, there wasn't any of that. We were always cool, we were always alright," Khuzwayo told Gagasi FM Extra Time .

"There was a time where he took me out and put Reyaad Pieterse in so that Itu will play the Soweto Derby,” he explained.

“After Itu (Khune) was coming from the stands he (Komphela) just said, 'We are moving you away from the team',” he said.

"I said, 'No, no, no, you don't need to explain anything. We are professionals here. I understand what is happening here, we are in a pressure situation because of South Africa - it's a Derby, it's hyped up," continued Khuzwayo.

"So that person in the stands, they trust him more than the two of us. So, I understood that, it's fine, I'll go home,” said the Umlazi-born keeper.

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“And then it's only the Derby that I stayed at home at Kaizer Chiefs. So, our relationship was alright," added Khuzwayo.

"Anything you can do to me, I'm not fazed by anything. I've seen worse things besides football. So, I'm not going to be emotional about football and say, 'This person did this to me', then I'm not a right human being," he concluded.

The 28-year-old stopper made just three appearances for Chiefs last season whilst he conceded four goals.

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