Durban - Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune has heaped praise on young goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo for a heroic performance.
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Chiefs defeated Pirates 1-0 in the final of the R8m competition at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, courtesy of Tefu Mashamaite’s first half header.
Khuzwayo was thrown into the deep end following the absence of Khune due to an ankle injury.
The young KwaZulu-Natal-born shot-stopper showed maturity and calmness under severe pressure and duly walked away with the man-of-the-match accolade in his first ever Soweto derby.
The 24-year-old goal-minder denied the Buccaneers on several occasions during the mouth-watering clash.
“I don’t like taking credit to be honest,” said Khune.
“He has been patient and waiting for his moment because I have been doing well for the team also for some time.
“He got his opportunity tonight (Saturday) and he did not disappoint. He showed the whole country what a brilliant goalkeeper he is and what he will offer to the South African football in the near future.
“He really showed that he is one of the best ‘keepers we have in the country. He worked hard for this and he deserved it. I am really happy for him.”
Chiefs shift their focus to their league campaign as they take on Maritzburg United in the Absa Premiership on Saturday, September 27 at the FNB Stadium.
Kick-off is scheduled for 20:15.
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