Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin Sredojevic was giving little away about the future of goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo who was withdrawn from contention for the CBL Cup this week.
Khuzwayo joined Pirates from rivals Kaizer Chiefs at the outset of last season but a troublesome ankle has kept the stopper from appearing in a first-team match.
The goal-tender did make an appearance in the Multichoice Diski competition but his injury has meant he is still unable to play.
Khuzwayo had looked set to make his debut until Pirates withdrew him from the squad at the last minute.
The coach made it clear that the issue was a medical one but would not be drawn on whether Khuzwayo has a future in professional football and at the Buccaneers.
“Due to precautionary measures, we needed to put Brilliant out of contention, and I will limit myself there because, as a coach, I have no right to cross the line towards medical aspects,” said the Serbian tactician.
Pirates captured Khuzwayo at the start of last season, a move that was celebrated by fans grateful for his return to the club that sired him.
Despite his injury woes, which began when he was sent for surgery on an injury apparently sustained at Kaizer Chiefs., he remains popular with supporters. The withdrawal ahead of a season when Pirates fans expect the team to end its trophy drought has brought matters to a head.
Khuzwayo is reportedly set for crunch talks with club chairman Irvin Khoza this week where his future at the club will be determined.
Pirates have steered clear of specifying the exact nature of Khuzwayo’s ‘medical issues’ but the belief if that the player’s injured ankle continues to give him trouble.
Khuzwayo had led the voting to fill Orlando Pirates keeper role in the Carling Black Label Cup but instead, veteran stopper Wayne Sandilands, who ended last season as the club’s number one, will don the gloves.