Pitso places high hopes on Vilakazi


New Mamelodi Sundowns signing Sibusiso Vilakazi has a big role to play at the club says the club’s head coach Pitso Mosimane.

“Vila”, who has joined the Tshwane side from Bidvest Wits, is considered a marquee signing and Mosimane, who had been chasing the midfielder for the past year, believes the forward will live up to expectations.

“I have seen him play as a number nine, even for Bafana Bafana as a nine. I have seen him play as a 10 and I have seen him play on a three-man midfield. I have seen him play on the right and on the left. So, he is a (utility) player and we need those kind of players,” Mosimane said.

“Jingles” also spoke highly of Vilakazi’s mental strength and is confident the 26-year-old is going to add a lot of value, rather than to the numbers.

“Also, the mental side because he plays for Bafana and you see him make it in Cameroon and Nigeria. He’s got the right mind and he is mentally strong to play continental football, hence we brought him here. The guy also scores goals,” he said.

Mosimane, though, doesn’t expect Vilakazi and the team’s other new signings to hit the ground running. The former Bafana Bafana coach says the new boys, including Lucky Mohomi and Ricardo Nascimento, will eventually make a positive impact.

“We are not here to expect miracles from the guys and we need to give them time to settle. I’m sure you saw how long it took (Tiyani) Mabunda to settle… Let’s have a little bit of patience. No pressure,” said Mosimane, appealing to the fans.

Vilakazi said he was excited at the prospect of playing for Sundowns in Africa, even though he is not eligible to play this year. He is cup-tied after featuring for Wits in the Confederation Cup earlier this year.

“The one thing I have seen and I was impressed with the team is that the team is competing in Caf and they have done very well… So for me to be here, that’s where I want to be and I want to be a part of that,” Vilakazi said.vilakazi