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Benedict Vilakazi talks about his love for Orlando Pirates

Posted: 2 April 2013 Time: 4:06 pm

Benedict Vilakazi talks about asking Bobby Motaung for a job, his acrimonious departure at Sundowns, and his dream to don the Black and White again.

KICK OFF: After so much time on the sidelines, you must be excited about doing what you love most … playing football.
Benedict Vilakazi: I love football. People know me as Tso Vilakazi because of football. I am glad that I am playing again, even though the standard of football in Swaziland cannot be compared to the PSL.

How would you describe Swaziland?
It has improved lot since I was last here. It’s a cool country with a relaxed atmosphere. The people here have given me a warm welcome and the journalists have been good to me.

Before joining Malati Chiefs, you left Black Leopards under a cloud …
There was misunderstanding. I remember listening to Robert Marawa on Metro FM and doing interview with Tendani [Thidiela] about the game against Kaizer Chiefs. I was surprised to hear that I was left behind because I was unfit and not ready to play. I was so disappointed about Tendani’s statement because he was not a coach and I’d never seen him at training. After Robert Marawa called me for my side of the story, I was told I was suspended from the team and later handed my clearance.

At Mpumalanga Black Aces you were also suspended after rumours that you brought a woman to the hotel during camp?
There was no proof or evidence. Both my roommate and security personnel testified that they never saw me with a woman at the hotel. I believe both George and Mario were given the wrong information about me. It’s a pity, because they are passionate guys who want to return the glory days to Aces. There were also things that didn’t go right in terms of my paperwork, which included a signature that was not mine.

After the loan deal expired at Aces you were supposed to return to Mamelodi Sundowns, but found that your services were no longer required there …
I had a few injuries before I went to Aces, so I feel I did well under the circumstances and was confident I would continue with my career at Sundowns. However, when I returned I was told that my contract would not be renewed based on the report they got from Aces. I spoke to [Kenneth] Makhanya and he gave me the same reason and said I must speak to Trott [Moloto]. I also tried to reach the president [Patrice Motsepe] but was blocked. There were problems with signing-on fee and salaries during my loan spell with Aces that also involved Sundowns. Even though I was paid the outstanding salaries after going to a DC, I never got the money owed from signing-on fees.

After spending time in Denmark, why did you decide to come back?
I lost my sister, who left two kids that needed to be looked after. My older brother was studying in India, so I had no choice but to come home to take care of the kids.

Was your decision to join Sundowns motivated by money? Do you regret not rejoining Pirates after your spell overseas?
No! I always wanted to come back and play for Pirates. Joining Sundowns was not about money, even though they did approach me before my sister passed away. I called Dr Khoza and told him I would prefer coming back to Pirates. I spoke to Floyd Mbele and Screamer [Tshabalala]. They said they will come back to me. I waited, but no-one called. When my sister passed away I had no choice but to come home, so I joined Sundowns. Pirates kept me waiting.

There was talk you approached Bobby Motaung to join Kaizer Chiefs ...
I never called Bobby. We met at Alex and he asked me if I was interested in joining Chiefs. I said I would see and was surprised when heard him on Metro FM saying I called him because I wanted to join Kaizer Chiefs. What happened is that I spoke to Siyabonga Nkosi about meeting Stuart Baxter. I went to Naturena and spoke to Baxter about the possibility of joining Chiefs. He gave me a programme to follow and said I must come back to training on a Tuesday. But when I came back, Baxter said that Bobby told him that he cannot sign me because of the agreement between Pirates and Chiefs to no longer sign players from each other. I was surprised a few weeks later when Collins Mbesuma signed for Pirates, yet he once played for Chiefs.

Do you believe football politics have closed doors for you?
I don’t know …only God knows. I have realized that coaches and club directors do speak and influence some decisions in football.

When last did you speak to Dr Khoza?
It’s been a while. Before joining Black Leopards, I spoke to Dr Khoza but he said the problem was budget. I said the issue that I want more money was made by the media, and I was not interested in big money. He promised to come back to me, but he never did.

What are your best memories at Pirates?
There are plenty, but wearing the number 15 jersey worn by Jerry Skhosane was a big thing for me. I achieved everything I wanted to at Pirates other than winning the CAF Champions League. We had a chance, but unfortunately lost in the semifinals. So if I can go back to Pirates, that’s the only thing I want to win.

If the presented itself, would you return to Pirates?
I will not even wait for tomorrow … I would go yesterday! Orlando Pirates is my home. I will always love Pirates. I grew up there and learnt a lot about football there. I wish the chairman, Screamer and the club management could give me another chance of playing for Pirates.

Article by: Ernest Fakude

Previous comments on this story...

Gucci Man
posted: 04:12 pm
I'm sure Dr Irvin Sokhela will run back to his bedroom and pull out his AK 47 rifle if he sees you again @ Mayfair .

That's when we gonna see a 21 gun salute (beneficiary game)honouring Lucas Thwala & Mhlongo combined , saving the bullets .
Filaz Roger Feutmba...Sandawana
posted: 04:14 pm
Shame mani Tso...but plz 1st reveale your real age mfana...please...coz there's no way you are turning 31 this year....35 maybe ke
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 04:16 pm
FACT: Since the date Pirates was founded till to date(76years)...Tso Vilakazi a midfielder is their all-time leading goalscorer with a mere 52 goals.

#SMH#
Football Fanatic
posted: 04:17 pm
This is a sad picture indeed.There is something not done right in our development structures,our talented youngsters cant behave like this.If you can check,most of the wayward youngsters are from the Development structures,Tso,Khanye,Zongo,Pule,Lekoelea,etc
King_Joe (Balck and white) KC-se- P03s
posted: 04:18 pm
you fukced it boi.

You should have come back home.
When you left you promised to come back to The Mighty Bucs...
Now there is no chance.
We have a solid player wearing that number 15.

Still love you though...

Up the BUCS
Khosilami4lyf
posted: 04:18 pm
Mkhulu Vilakazi go back to your team maybe you can bail them out of suffering this season.............coz kuyabheda
Myzuzu
posted: 04:18 pm
You are lying Tso, you joined Izikhothane because of money and showed Pirates your middle finger.
Gucci Man
posted: 04:18 pm
Its too late mfana, accept that and move on with your Swaziland life ...earning 100 Emalangeni .

Pirates have dedicated players(aboMatlaba,Sangweni,Meyiwa,Jele,Manyisa,Jali) now , even though they're going through a rough period , but I don't see you wearing a Black & White jersey , unless you go to TotalSports get yourself a Pirates jersey .

Don't look back now, just continue collecting Amelangeni .......and forget about Pirates
Ma-Eddie
posted: 04:18 pm
Tso mfana, I dnt c u coming back to Bucs, afterall we ve got a very competitive players in your position,,age as well,, buy hey u'll never know,,wish u all the best
Swahombe
posted: 04:19 pm
You couldnt even make it at Black Leopards, What's your PLAN B? Or you thought you will play soccer forever?

In conclusion: Initiate PLAN B, cos everyone can see PLAN A (soccer) failed dismally!!!
Lord Vincent
posted: 04:20 pm
I remember seeing this oke ko Joe's butchery in Alex with a 645 BMW. It really looked too huge for him but hey those were the days. He was king of the world in those days and could get any honey he wanted. With time he did not get better. Instead of ageing like wine he is ageing like milk. A bit of a vagabond with no PSL team willing to give him a home.

Having said that, in our hearts he and that Bill Clinton squad ensconced themselves!
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 04:20 pm
When last did you speak to Dr Khoza?
It’s been a while. Before joining Black Leopards, I spoke to Dr Khoza but he said the problem was BUDGET.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The colonel wasn't lieing Tso....ask the Swedes, they will tell about the infamous "voetsek" they gave him whn he proposed the African Bank route for Rantie's services..

Hell!! Chinyamas transfer fee instalment is still bouncing every month e-Ithala Bank...
Champ Khosiyaz
posted: 04:21 pm
You were not gonna succeed at Chiefs, you are finished old man
magongoayanda@yahoo.com
posted: 04:25 pm
shem little napol.....wsh u luck at malanti. keep dreaming who knows wht de future hold for u.
Sbuvandal
posted: 04:28 pm
Remember ur playing days and u were my favorite player. When u came back from overseas u turned your back on a team which supported u on ur rape trial for money matters, team which was like home for u. Then u scored against Pirates n u celebrated. Dont think Khoza will ever forgive u.
mbatha
posted: 04:29 pm
hey baba say the truth about your age ulikhehla,chiefs dont need you madala
Professor baxter(with a golden tie!!)
posted: 04:30 pm
if benny can join pirates at his age..why can't you mr midget?

YES I'M THE LATEST ADDITION TO THE KHOSI POWER HOUSE INTHIS BLOG!
baxter wear a suit with a golden tie..de sa wears a free blazer with RT jeans
K4L:I'm here!
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 04:31 pm
Lord Vincentposted: 04:20 pm | Report
I remember seeing this oke ko Joe's butchery in Alex with a 645 BMW. It really looked too huge for him but hey those were the days. He was king of the world in those days and could get any honey he wanted. With time he did not get better. Instead of ageing like wine he is ageing like milk. A bit of a vagabond with no PSL team willing to give him a home.

Having said that, in our hearts he and that Bill Clinton squad ensconced themselves!
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"Instead of ageing like wine he is ageing like milk"....LOL Ja ne..tltltltltltlt.....Uyanya mara uLordVinegar.
King_Joe (Balck and white) KC-se- P03s
posted: 04:32 pm
Gucci Man

posted: 04:18 pm | Report

Its too late mfana, accept that and move on with your Swaziland life ...earning 100 Emalangeni .

Pirates have dedicated players(aboMatlaba,Sangweni,Meyiwa,Jele,Manyisa,Jali) now , even though they're going through a rough period , but I don't see you wearing a Black & White jersey , unless you go to TotalSports get yourself a Pirates jersey .

Don't look back now, just continue collecting Amelangeni .......and forget about Pirates

...................................................................

This is what I call a football brain.
No emotions, straight up point.

Dankie.
King_Joe (Balck and white) KC-se- P03s
posted: 04:34 pm
@Phefeni
@Lord vinegar

"Instead of ageing like wine he is ageing like milk\"...

can i steal this line. Wahahahaha

Punch line of note
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