What Happened to Mabhuti Khenyeza

Elliot Mabhuti Khenyeza is a retired South African professional footballer whose playing position was a striker.

Khenyeza started his professional senior playing career at Maritzburg United in 2001. In 2002 he joined Golden Arrows where he made 114 appearances and scored 43 goals.

His goal scoring prowess attracted attention from Kaizer Chiefs which he joined in 2007. While at Kaizer Chiefs he scored the fasted goal in a Soweto derby against Orlando Pirates when he netted in less than 20 seconds.

He moved from Kaizer Chiefs in 2008. He has since played for Ajax Cape Town, Mamelodi Sundowns Supersport United, Ajax Cape Town again, Mpumalanga Black Aces, Golden Arrows again and AmaZulu.

International Career

Mabhuti Khenyeza made 10 appearances for South Africa (Bafana Bafana) from 2003 and hasn’t scored an international goal.

What Happened to Mabhuti Khenyeza

In 2013 the Premier Soccer League’s Disciplinary Committee found the player guilty of swearing and spitting at match official, Zakhele Siwela, during a match against Sundowns on April 2.

A statement on the PSL’s website read “Khenyeza is suspended from all football activities under the auspices of the league for a period of 12 months.”

There are reports that state Khenyeza appealed the decision and his sentence was reduced to just paying a fine.

In January 2019 Khenyeza retired from from football to take up a coaching role at Maritzburg United. He retires as the second all-time top scorer in the PSL with 110 goals to his name.

Later on in January 2019 Mabhuti Khenyeza confirmed that he was leaving Maritzburg United assistant coach position. This comes after Maritzburg United have decided to hire a new coach.

Amazulu team manager has stated that Khenyeza was welcome to return to the club anytime.

It’s not clear if he will return as a player or in a coaching role.

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