Mamelodi Sundowns forward Sibusiso Vilakazi has opened up about the unusual recovery from the severe injuries that he has encountered in his career.
In October 2018 Vilakazi suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon while on duty for Bafana and as a result was ruled out for up to six months, but to many people’s surprised he returned to training within 3 months.
In March 2017 the now 29-year-old suffered a ligament injury and there were fears that his first season with the Brazilians might have been cut short but returned just before the end of the domestic season and in time for the CAF Champions League group stage fixtures.
While still at Bidvest Wits, the Soweto-born lad was also ruled out with a long-term injury.
“It’s the mindset of knowing what is important, if you know what is important then you will be able to come back quicker,” said Vilakazi, on the sidelines of the Discovery Walter Sisulu Challenge launch in Sandton, Johannesburg, earlier this week.
“The most thing that I can highlight is what is important to you? What do you look at that’s important to make you come back before the estimated time.
“But what is important also is knowing very well that you need to come back to the field of play as soon as possible but of course being cautious at the same time because you don’t want to be reckless,” he added.
While Vilakazi’s positive mental state won’t heal physical injuries, it certainly goes a long way in helping him stay focused on his recovery.
He’s also one disciplined footballer and would be well aware that night outs while trying to recover are a no-no.
Villa has played in 8 of the 10 Sundowns Absa Premiership matches this season netting one goal with two assists.
By Ofhani Munyai