Benedict Vilakazi looks at local PSL and Asia transfer options
Posted: 9 January 2013 Time: 12:45 pm
Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Benedict Vilakazi says he is going to make a strong comeback in football, after attracting interest from Asia.
'Tso' has been without a team since leaving Black Leopards under a cloud last season.
The former Bafana Bafana midfielder was spotted in Tembisa during the festive season, where he helped Jerry Sikhosane's team Amasokolara win the MTN-Pepsi Philly's Festive tournament.
Vilakazi says that at the age of 30 he believes he still has a lot to offer in football, and is entertaining options both locally and in Asia.
"It was nice to be back in action and play in front of such big crowd in Tembisa during the festive season,” he says. “I got an invitation from Jerry to come and help his team during the tournament and I was happy to receive such a positive response from the fans.
"I am not ready to quit football and am still determined to continue playing the game at the highest level. I have received a few calls from local teams but nothing concrete yet.
"There is also possibility of going to Asia as someone is also organising something for me that side. I am confident that I will be back in action very soon.”
Vilakazi also thanked the fans, who he says have been a pillar of strength while he has been clubless.
"The encouragement I have received from fans has been amazing,” he tells KickOff.com. "It doesn’t matter whether they belong to Pirates, Chiefs, Swallows, Sundowns or Wits, they have always been supportive and I want to thank them for the kind words that they always offer to me.”
Meanwhile, KickOff.com has got word that Swazi team Malanti Chiefs have expressed interest in signing Vilakazi. The club is coached by former Mpumalanga Black Aces mentor Kenny Ndlazi.
Club boss Dumisane Gumede says: "I always rated Vilakazi highly. And him joining my team would also help improve the standard of football in Swaziland.”