Mamelodi Sundowns newcomer Sibusiso Vilakazi admits CAF Champions League disappointment
Posted: 17 August 2016 Time: 11:06
New Mamelodi Sundowns signing Sibusiso Vilakazi has admitted his disappointment at not being able to feature in the team’s ongoing CAF Champions League campaign.
The Brazilians have qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament as unbeaten Group B leaders with a fixture to spare.
However, ‘Vila’ will play no part in Downs’ continental quest, despite moving to Chloorkop before the CAF registration deadline on 5 August, after featuring for Bidvest Wits in the 2016 CAF Confederation Cup.
The 26-year-old, who joined Sundowns in exchange for Cuthbert Malajila and Mogakolodi Ngele, accepts his fate and says he will patiently wait for his turn when Pitso Mosimane’s side return to the competition in 2017.
"Most definitely, I’m very disappointed that I’m cup-tied but it is what it is," Vilakazi tells KickOff.com. “I’m cup-tied and there’s nothing that I can do.
"I can only wait for my opportunity to come next year, but I would have loved to jump in immediately and compete, and contribute to the team’s excellent run."
The Bafana Bafana attacker adds that his teammates will now have to step it up a notch in order to ensure their progression to the final
"So far so good, obviously, now in the semi-finals they need to take it up a level and put a bit more into it because these are the crucial stages."
Though he has been out of action since Wits ended their domestic campaign in May, Vilakazi feels the team’s prolonged season has its benefits.
"Yes, I think at the moment the important thing is that we are getting games under our belt and that the rhythm is there, which will obviously carry over into the league and cup games coming up.
"It’s important that we keep focused and continue playing and winning [in the Champions League] so that we don’t lose the rhythm of playing regularly and become idle at home,” he concludes.