Mamelodi Sundowns attacking midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi knows a thing or two about career-ending injuries.
From a ruptured Achilles tendon in 2018, a ligament injury back in 2017 and several injuries while still at Bidvest Wits.
Vilakazi, who is having a great season in Sundowns colours, said that he has been “blessed” for being injury-free in the 2019/20 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.
“I have been blessed by not being injured this season, that was the setback previously. I am grateful for being injury-free, and when that happens the coaches will give you the opportunity,” said Vilakazi.
“I think I have done the job the best way I can. My priority has been to do my best to help the team. That’s my motto this season. I believe I can get better once we resume football because Sundowns is a team determined to get more trophies,” added ‘Villa’.
Like many other footballers, Vilakazi is eager to “smell the grass again” under strict guidelines after the government approved the PSL’s plans for a safe return to action.
“Those are the things that I am looking forward to and to see how we go about the remaining games and the Nedbank Cup, that’s exciting.”
According to Vilakazi, there’s a positive side and the negative side of the enforced Covid-19 break.
“The negative being that it has gone on beyond what we anticipated and led to a bit of frustration. We thought by now we would be back doing what we do best, which is playing football,” he explained.
“We thought things would get back to normal in terms of it being okay for us to go back, does it make sense and given the medical green light.
“But the positive side is, of course, the opportunity to bond with our families because we are away so much. We participate in the CAF Champions League and that in itself takes so much time away from family, the beautiful side is seeing your children daily now.
“It’s how we test ourselves in Africa to see how far we can go, so it has the negative and the positive side,” concluded Vilakazi.
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi