• I thank God it was successful – Sundowns star Vilakazi after surgery

    Sibusiso Vilakazi

    Mamelodi Sundowns star Sibusiso Vilakazi is determined to come back stronger and win a fourth consecutive league title after successful surgery on the injury he sustained at the end of the 2019-20 season.

    The 30-year-old picked up the injury in the 1-0 loss to Baroka FC just before the end of the 2019-20 season and he couldn’t finish the campaign on the pitch, although he remained in the bio-bubble.

    Vilakazi, speaking to the Downs website, recalled the final days of the season and his injury as the Brazilians went on to clinch the title ahead of Chiefs.

    “A very bad injury happened and I had just come on as a sub to try and help the team get a point or maximum points out of the game. Unfortunately, I couldn’t carry on,” said Vilakazi.

    “It happened at a bad time because we were trying to chase the title and when it happened I knew I wouldn’t play a part in helping the team but I had trust in the boys that they would continue to fight and win the back-to-back title.”

    “It was really tough but all I could do was be the best teammate for the guys at that moment. Even being a waterboy was OK for me so I can just be on that field and scream for the boys,” he added.

    However, he’s pleased that the operation was successful and is now putting his trust on the process of healing and rehabilitation.

    The South Africa international is already looking forward to the start of the 2020-21 season and he’s confident the Tshwane giants can win the league for the fourth successive time.

    “I thank God it was a success. Each day passes by with progress. I know that I have to trust the process of healing and rehab. And definitely, I am coming back to win this again back-to-back four times,” concluded Vilakazi.

    Vila’s contribution was immense as he scored 10 goals and assisted in a further 12 in 38 matches across all competitions for the Brazilians last season.