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THE BREAKDOWN: Can Khune’s Understudy Succeed At Pirates?

Brilliant Khuzwayo's stats compared to Senzo Meyiwa's

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By Kyle Smith - Jul 15, 2017 06:58 PM @KyleLaduma

Orlando Pirates have been linked with a move for Kaizer Chiefs’ Brilliant Khuzwayo, who may come in to compete with new signing Wayne Sandilands, but can the former AmaZulu man make the first-choice goalkeeper position his own, as was done by the late Senzo Meyiwa.

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Click through the images above to see the detailed statistics for Brilliant Khuzwayo and Pirates’ goalkeepers from last season.

Following Meyiwa’s tragic passing in 2014, Pirates have struggled to find a goalkeeper that has served with the same level of distinction, with Siyabonga Mpontshane, Innocent Zikalala, Brighton Mhlongo and Felipe Ovono all being used interchangeably over the years, but failing to truly make the role their own.

However, as reported in Soccer Laduma issue number 1031, Pirates could follow up Thursday’s signing of the 33-year-old Wayne Sandilands with a move for Amakhosi’s second choice keeper. The question remains whether Khuzwayo serve with better consistency than Pirates’ men between the posts last season.

In 2016/17, the Buccaneers interchanged between Ovono (who has since departed the club), Mhlongo, Mabokgwane and, between April and May, Mpontshane. It then appeared that Mabokgwane had won over Kjell Jonevret, having started the last four games of the season.

In a direct comparison between Mhlongo and Mabokgwane, who saw the most playing time between the three keepers, with 14 and 10 starts between them, the numbers are very close. While Mhlongo averaged 3,38 saves per 90 minutes and Mabokgwane only managing 2.83, it was Mabokgwane that conceded less goals per 90.

In fact, Mpontshane conceded the least goals per 90 out of the three, but was also required to make fewer saves. With that said, the 31-year-old would have ranked second throughout the entire league in terms of both save percentage and goals conceded per 90 minutes if the minimum minutes required was 450 in the categories.

Khuzwayo, on the other hand, saw less playing time than any of his counterparts, but filled his role at the Glamour Boys well, having conceded less goals per 90 than Mhlongo and Mabokgwane, but he was called into action less than both. Although, his save ratio was 0.1% higher than Mhlongo’s and he even kept as many clean sheets as the 26-year-old in nine less games.

Naturally, Khuzwayo’s potential move may have been somewhat derailed by Wayne Sandilands’ signing, but joining Pirates would give him the chance to step out of Itumeleng Khune’s shadow at Chiefs and to put in a genuine fight for a starting role. Statistics show that he performed well when called upon and joining the Buccaneers will provide him the platform upon which he can prove himself capable of doing so on a regular, consistent basis.

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D3C3 Joined: 31 Jul 2016
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D3C3 Jul 16, 2017 07:33 PM
@Ndhu-wa-Makhosi I fully agree with you, if there's no back line goals will not stop going into the net
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Solomon Tamuka Jul 16, 2017 03:29 PM
Good luky brother
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Ndhu-wa-Makhosi Jul 16, 2017 10:53 AM
Why are you signing goalkeepers not defenders and midfielders. Even if u can sign quality goal minders, if there are no defenders these goalkeepers will be under rated.
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Always a way Jul 16, 2017 10:28 AM
Pirates is well sorted on dat department,there's no need to add anoder goalie, even though our woes has to do wth our weak central midfielders so if we're to sign plyers lets add de likes of Jali,Asavela,Dumi Zuma even Nyatama is de plyer who can hit de ground running given his experience as number10,even Kudakwashe can add value as a left wing he's matured and talented then one or two centrebacks acquisition will solidify de whole team,Vuka Bakajuju
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DieHardFan Jul 16, 2017 10:05 AM
I'd definately go to rats for game time sake If I were Brilliant. Plus he can just walk straight to the first eleven of that weak rats team.
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Sandilek Jul 16, 2017 10:00 AM
Pls bucs bring the guy home
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sya90 Jul 16, 2017 09:42 AM
Daniels and Sandilands....the rest the door is open abayofuna ispan osuthwin nak Baroka
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Max A Jul 16, 2017 09:40 AM
enough goalkeepers now
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Max A Jul 16, 2017 09:40 AM
enough goalkeepers now
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sya90 Jul 16, 2017 09:38 AM
we dnt need this boy...
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Bucs nation Jul 16, 2017 09:11 AM
we already have 6 keepers..how can we look for another one?why are you comparing him to meyiwa ?why not compare him to current keepers...are this people paying you do this...you are seriously disrepecting pirates...khoza should ban you now like motaung did...such a cheap bias articles...sies
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Bucs nation Jul 16, 2017 09:07 AM
you should be giving us soccer news...who told you that you are an expert soccer analyst?come on laduma...you can do better.
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Bob Dawana Jul 16, 2017 08:26 AM
My Sandilands will be a cow now...he could have joined Maritsburg instead of joining CowCoachFernandes
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Gizaretti_legendary Jul 16, 2017 06:40 AM
Jele is also a Rat goalkeeper nje.
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maxanyanasbu@gmail.com Jul 16, 2017 04:18 AM
This comparison is true mhlonge is the cow together with gcaba and jele they have been given the chance as experienced players instead they humilated pirates its time now to open the door wide enough so that they leave bucs camp peaceful, cause their experience doesn't benefit the black and white family instead its costing us
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LeCowhlohlo Jul 16, 2017 03:13 AM
Since we signed Sandilands I think we are fine. All cowkeepers must shown the exit door without any shame nor excuse.
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Tom Po KeCanon Jul 16, 2017 02:46 AM
Khuzwayo remains no threat to pot belly
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Tom Po KeCanon Jul 16, 2017 02:45 AM
Khuzwayo remains no threat to pot belly
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Mketule 1 Jul 16, 2017 01:49 AM
Bucs is now fine with Daniel and Sandilands. The rest can ftsek.
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Tendani Maphari Jul 16, 2017 01:18 AM
Let's stop talking about my Goalkeeper, he is not going anywhere anytime sooner

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