Innocent Mayoyo: Why Brilliant Khuzwayo should not walk straight into Orlando Pirates' starting line-up

The retired shot-stopper feels that Khuzwayo won’t walk straight into Bucs' starting line-up

Ex-Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Innocent Mayoyo believes that Brilliant Khuzwayo is a great signing for his former club.

The 28-year-old player was one of nine new signings which were announced by the Buccaneers on Monday as they looked to reinforced their squad ahead the 2018/19 campaign. 

Khuzwayo will officially complete his move to Pirates from their arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs when the July-August transfer window opens next month. 

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The former South Africa under-23 international is highly rated by Mayoyo, who was a member of the 1988 Pirates side that won the inaugural Bob Save Super Bowl beating Chiefs.

“Pirates made a good acquisition with Khuzwayo,” Mayoyo told The Citizen.

Mayoyo discussed the importance of signing players that understand the culture of the Soweto giants. 

“In terms of culture, Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are not that different, Khuzwayo understands the culture of being expected to win and playing consistently,” he said. 

Khuzwayo, who won two PSL titles with Chiefs as Itumeleng Khune’s understudy, will compete with experienced keepers Wayne Sandilands, Siyabonga Mpontshane and Jackson Mabokgwane at Pirates.

Ex-Winners Park FC and Sivutsa Stars head coach Mayoyo stated that the former Thanda Royal Zulu FC and AmaZulu FC shot-stopper will have to fight for his place in the Bucs starting line-up.

“The coach (Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic) needs to make the competition fair. They should wait until the guys that there are not doing well for him to start, or if he does well then they should give him a chance,” he said. 

“You need to remember that he left Chiefs without having played a lot of games or establishing himself as a number one goal keeper so he still has work to do,” Mayoyo explained.

“He is a quality goalkeeper but he just needs to win a place in the Pirates squad,” he concluded.