Orlando Pirates coach Micho Sredojevic challenges new keeper Brilliant Khuzwayo

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To start ahead of Wayne Sandilands, Siybonga Mpontshane and Jackson Mabokgwane, the former Amakhosi keeper must work hard, Micho said

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has challenged goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo to work hard and convince the technical that he is ready to be the club's first choice. 

The Serbian boss says there is no player that is guaranteed of a place in the starting eleven and will expect a better display from all his charges.

Khuzwayo is seen as a favourite to become the club’s No.1 ahead of Siyabonga Mpontshane, Wayne Sandilands and Jackson Mabokgwane.

However, the coach said a decision is yet to be made on whether the Soweto giants will start the 2018/19 Premier Soccer League season with the four keepers.

Khuzwayo joined the Ghosts last week as a free agent after parting ways with Kaizer Chiefs with whom he separated after a six-year stay at Naturena.

Having spent most of his stint at Amakhosi serving as Itumeleng Khune's deputy, the Umlazi-born keeper will hope for regular game time at Pirates, but it will not be easy judging by the coach’s sentiments.

Although he could not hide his excitement after securing the 28-year-old’s signature, ‘Micho’ has warned the net minder that the jersey won’t be handed to him on a silver platter.

“Purely on merit it is up to him [Khuzwayo] to convince us technically that he deserves the place‚” Sredojevic told Sowetan.

“Nobody has a guaranteed position in the team. It is much easier to come to Pirates but maybe not that easy to win the jersey and stay at Pirates,” explained the mentor.

“Staying at Pirates always demands that you meet certain standards and benchmarks‚ which are quite high,” continued the coach.

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“You always need to be at your level best and it will be same with Khuzwayo,” responded the former Uganda national team boss.

Sharing his insights on whether or not he would keep all four goalkeepers‚ Sredojevic said the club will make an informed decision just before the upcoming PSL term.

“We have four keepers and it is an ample number. However the final decision will be taken prior to the competitive part of the coming season,” concluded Micho.

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