The 29-year-old keeper from Umlazi (KwaZulu-Natal) announced his decision on Wednesday, stating that he cannot continue playing professional football.
In his statement released on the 1995 African Champions’ website, the former Kaizer Chiefs net-minder has since thanked the Pirates chairman Dr. Irvin Khoza for his support.
“Unfortunately due to my ankle, I was unable to fulfill my dream (of playing for Pirates). I am a person who always wants to perform, knowing I can give my all in everything I do,” said Khuzwayo.
“However, due to my ankle and after consultation with the specialists it was said I wouldn’t be able to play at an elite level.
“I would like to thank all the supporters who have been behind me from the day I joined this club. They were the main reason behind my motivation and drive to get better. They’ll always hold a special place in my heart. To management, especially the chairman, thank you for all you have done for me,” concluded Khuzwayo.
The former AmaZulu goalkeeper joined Pirates from Amakhosi in July 2018 ahead of the 2018/19 Premier Soccer League season, but could not feature in an official match for his new club.
Although the Ghost supporters were hoping to see him in action in the 2019/20 season set to get underway this weekend, the former Bafana Bafana keeper has called it a day from professional ranks.
Speaking during a press conference on Thursday, Khoza expressed sadness, stating that the keeper will receive psychological support from the club.
“Well, it’s difficult for him. I mean at the age of 29, he never played even one Premier Division match [for Pirates]. He came with the injury and we thought it was an injury that was treatable. It took almost one and a half [years] to try to treat it, but the doctors said he can’t continue,” Khoza said.
“It’s just a pity emotionally. We’ve tried to get psychology to try to assist him in accepting the outcome because it’s difficult.
“We engaged that agent that he should also assist in that respect, to get psychological support in making sure that he understands the reality.
“Fortunately he is a Christian, but at the same you need psychological because goalkeepers can play until the age of 42 and 43, so it’s just unfortunate for him,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Khuzwayo has lifted two PSL titles, one MTN8 Cup with Chiefs and has played for Bafana on four occasions.
Although he is planning for life after football, the net-minder might consider coaching as his next career, but there are no announcements as yet.