Thembinkosi Sekgaphane
Phakaaathi Digital Administrator
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9 Nov 2015
11:20 am

Khuzwayo – I learnt from Meyiwa and Josephs

Thembinkosi Sekgaphane

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo went into the penalty shootout against Orlando Pirates with a tactic he learned from observing the Buccaneers' shot-stoppers Senzo Meyiwa and Moeneeb Josephs when he was young.

Josephs is no stranger to landing in hot water for taunting penalty takers, there were several complains about Josephs’ “unsporting behaviour” towards colleagues. Josephs could be seen screaming at a penalty taker before retreating to make the save.

Meyiwa was another shot-stopper that employed this strategy.

Khuzwayo, who comes from the same area of Umlazi as Meyiwa, says he watched both senior goal minders successfully talk opposition players into missing penalties.

“When I was young, I used to follow closely the late Senzo Meyiwa, also because he comes from my area, Umlazi. Both Senzo and Moeneeb Josephs always talked a lot to the penalty takers, trying to put doubt in their minds. I thought: ‘If it worked for Senzo and Moeneeb – why not for me?’

Khuzwayo made number of fine saves to keep Chiefs in the game when Pirates were on the attack. His act of brilliance on the day earned him the Man-of-the-Match award.

Khuzwayo bounced back in fine style after fracturing his fingers hours before a Soweto derby in pre-season.

“Thanks to the Kaizer Chiefs family for supporting me. I sustained an injury early this season and, because of this, it wasn’t easy for me.”

An injury to Amakhosi’s number one goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune saw Khuzwayo get the nod ahead of Reyaad Pieterse.

“I kept believing that my chance would come again,” continues Khuzwayo. “We beat our rivals Orlando Pirates. It wasn’t so much about revenge. It was more about getting to another cup final with a chance to win a trophy.”