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By Sibongiseni Gumbi

Football Writer

Khuzwayo not fazed by Khune competition

Playing second fiddle to Itumeleng Khune at Kaizer Chiefs has not fazed Brilliant Khuzwayo who is expected to man the poles for Amakhosi when they take on Bloemfontein Celtic in the Macufe Cup at Mangaung Stadium this afternoon.

Khuzwayo said he is contributing to the team in some way even when he sits on the bench, and has grown both as a player and person since joining Amakhosi.

“I am always contributing even when I am not playing because when we train I push the one who is playing to do even better,” said the 27-year-old former AmaZulu keeper.

“When you play for such a big team you get everything in extremes. When you do well you get praised so much and also get criticised so much when things don’t go well.”

Khuzwayo said he was happy to be part of the team who will play in the Macufe Cup as it provides him a chance to get some game time.

Amakhosi have been ridiculed lately for their knack for “plastic cups” like the Carling Cup, Maize Cup and Macufe Cup, but Khuzwayo said their aim is to win everything they come across.

“Chiefs as a brand are big. Everyone we play against tries to prove that they are good enough. Even in friendly matches we have to give more than 100%.

“We want to win everything we play in but unfortunately we are on the back-foot at the moment. We have to be strong mentally and push more. But just like in life where every family goes through difficult times, it is up to them to gather together and solve the problems and move on.

“We also have to regroup and fight to show people that we are the quality that Chiefs need for the team’s legacy to keep growing.”

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