Former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, Brilliant Khuzwayo says there are plenty of opportunities for ex-footballers in the football industry, other than just coaching. In 2019, while playing for Orlando Pirates, Khuzwayo had to prematurely end his playing career at the age of 29 due to injury.
Khuzwayo made his name at Amakhos,i as the understudy to the first choice Itumeleng. However, Khuzwayo was no ordinary second choice keeper. The Durban-born retired short-stopper, despite not being a PSL number one for the most part of his career, was regarded as a top class goalkeeper, which is testimony to his four appearances for Bafana Bafana, making his debut in 2012.
ThisIsFootball.Africa caught up with him during the World Football Summit Africa at Durban ICC where he was one of the delegates. When asked whether he will venture into coaching, his response made it clear that he’s not interested in coaching as yet.
“Why does everyone think, that once you retire you need to be a coach?” he asked.
“Why? Is that all there is in football? I think this World Football Summit Africa tells us that it’s not just about you being a soccer player or being a coach only.
“There are a lot of things that can be done in the football industry, it’s a multi-billion dollar industry.
“It doesn’t mean that if you played football you need to be a coach, I don’t stand for that, it needs to be a passion for you.
“I played football because of my passion not because of someone telling me that you know you must play football.”
With regards to what he is busy with at the moment, Khuzwayo revealed that he is running sports boot camps and soccer workshops, and he emphasised that his focus is on reviving the schools’ football, in order for kids to expose their young talent to a wider audience.
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