Banks Setlhodi: Kaizer Chiefs must not buy a replacement for Brilliant Khuzwayo

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The Kaizer Chiefs legend has advised Khuzwayo to join the Buccaneers because they are in need of an experienced keeper

Having already said goodbye to goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo, Kaizer Chiefs are linked with a number of goalkeepers as his replacement.

Names such as Ajax Cape Town’s Jody February and SuperSport United’s Reyaad Pieterse have all been bandied about as potential replacements for Khuzwayo. 

However, Chiefs legend Banks Setlhodi suggests that Chiefs must just forget about buying another keeper to replace the former AmaZulu keeper.

He believes that they should stick to what they have been doing best, grooming their keepers from their developmental teams as they did with Itumeleng Khune.

Khuzwayo played his last match for the Naturena-based side against the Urban Warriors in their final Premier Soccer League (PSL) match last week.

However, he has been heavily linked with Orlando Pirates to join the likes of Siyabonga Mpontshane, Jackson Mabokgwane and Wayne Sandilands.

As the former Thanda Royal Zulu keeper said his ambition is to establish himself as an international keeper and challenge Khune for the Bafana Bafana number one spot, ‘Banks’ says Khuzwayo must join Pirates.

The former goalkeeper feels the Buccaneers are struggling to find a solid keeper and the Durban-born shot-stopper could provide stability and experience at the back.

“It is tough to say where he must go, but he must join a big club because he comes from a big side in the league,” he told Goal.

“He has a choice to make and he must choose well because if you look at Mamelodi Sundowns, they have good international keepers - maybe Pirates or maybe choose Cape Town City,” he advised.

“I am sure he wants to join a big team, maybe he’s got a good chance of reviving himself,” he continued.

“One thing for sure about Brilliant is that when you have him at the back, some of your problems are solved because he is good,” he explained.

“Pirates are struggling at the back in finding a solid and consistent performer and if they can sign him, I am sure he can do the job,” he noted.

Speaking about a possible replacement for the gloveman as Chiefs will be left with Bruce Bvuma and ‘Itu’, the former Chiefs reckons developing a keeper is the right way and urges Chiefs not to buy a new or experienced net minder.

“I’ll tell you something about Chiefs, they know how to groom especially keepers and I wouldn’t go for an experienced keeper from a different club,” he added.

“For example, Reyaad Pieterse left and they didn’t buy a keeper, but groomed and promoted Bruce, there is no need to buy now,” said the 70-year-old.

“In most cases, clubs are scared of developing their own and that fear is a killer,” he asserted.

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Meanwhile, Setlhodi also congratulated Free State Stars for lifting their first trophy since 1994 when they beat Maritzburg United 1-0 on Saturday night.

“Cup finals are like that, one goal is enough sometimes and we saw in the FA Cup, it was the same thing, because a lot of drama and razzmatazz happened in the previous stages such as the semi-finals -  a final must have goals or one is enough, you take the trophy,” congratulated the retired keeper.

“Congratulations to Stars and I am sure the World Cup will be like that,” Setlhodi concluded. 

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