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Fernandez understands Khuzwayo's Pirates move

2018-08-16 17:56
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Cape Town - Former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez has defended Brilliant Khuzwayo's move from Amakhosi to Orlando Pirates.

Khuzwayo moved to Pirates from Chiefs in the off-season, citing a lack of game time as a reason for his departure.

The 28-year-old was unable to dislodge Itumeleng Khune from in between the sticks during his six-year stint with the Glamour Boys.

Fernandez, who knows what life is like on both sides of the Soweto divide, told Vodacom Soccer: "As a keeper, you want to play, you don't want to sit on benches. Brilliant was there at Chiefs for six years and didn't really play.

"As a goalkeeper, I know I wanted to challenge myself against the best in the world, the best in the country... It's a challenge for him."

The former Bafana keeper likened the competition for game time between Khune and Khuzwayo to his own with Brian Baloyi during his time at Chiefs.

"For Brian and myself at Chiefs, both of us wanted to play; only one could play at a time. Brian went to Sundowns and he got game time there," he continued.

"You can understand why Brilliant left. He wanted to play. All you can say is good luck to him and wish him all the best."


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