Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza confirms there's psychological help for retired Brilliant Khuzwayo

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Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza has opened up about the forced retirement of goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo.

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Pirates confirmed the shocking news that Khuzwayo has ended his career at the age of 29 by an injury that was corroborated by independent medical reports, according to the club.

Khuzwayo, who was withdrawn from the Carling Black Label Cup, joined the Buccaneers after leaving Amakhosi and did not play a single first team match in the one campaign he was with them. He did, however, play a few Multichoice Diski Challenge matches.

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Khoza has since confirmed that they have brought in psychological help to assist Khuzwayo in accepting that he will never play professional football again.

“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 half [years] to try treat it, but the doctors said he can’t continue,” Khoza said.

“It’s just a pity emotionally. We’ve tried to get psychological help to try assist him in accepting the outcome because it’s difficult. We engaged the 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.”

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