New Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Brlliant Khuzwayo says he feels emotional after attending an induction with the Soweto giants.
Khuzwayo said standing in the late Senzo Meyiwa’s position brings back emotions as he was close to the former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper.
The former Kaizer Chiefs keeper was unveiled by the Buccaneers together with the likes of Asavela Mbekile, Linda Mntambo, Paseka Mako and among others on Monday.
Speaking after undergoing the induction to get to grips with the Pirates setup by assistant coach Rulani Mokwena, the Durban-born keeper said he wants to make the supporters happy.
Khuzwayo left Amakhosi after spending six years at Naturena, but mostly spent time on the sideline as Itumeleng Khune was the most preferred choice.
After finishing second last season to Mamelodi Sundowns, the Sea Robbers will hope to challenge for trophies in the upcoming 2018/19 Premier Soccer League season.
Coach Milutin Sredojevic’s men also qualified for the Caf Champions League and have strengthened in preparation for what will be an even tougher season with more fixtures and greater expectation attached to it.
Apart from Mako, Khuzwayo and Mntambo, players such as Kudakwashe Mahachi, Ben Motshwari, Meshack Maphangule, Vincent Pule and Abel Mabaso have all joined the club.
Born in Umlazi where Meyiwa was also born, the 28-year-old keeper said he is excited to don the Black and White shirt.
“It’s very emotional for me [standing in these goalposts], knowing that this was the last place Senzo stood before he passed away,” said Khuzwayo to the club’s website.
“We come from the same place and we were close. So, standing here brings back those memories and thoughts of him,” he continued.
“I’m also looking out over the field and trying to visualise where I’d be distributing the ball, who will be running into the space and also imagining what it will be like playing in front of the fans in an official game,” added the former Chiefs keeper.
“I’m really excited at being an Orlando Pirates goalkeeper and looking forward to making the supporters happy. We are, afterall, the 'Happy People',” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Khuzwayo will compete for the number one with the likes of Jackson Mabokgwane, Siyabonga Mpontshane and Wayne Sandilands should the club retain all of them.