Mamelodi Sundowns attacker Sibusiso Vilakazi braces for Kaizer Chiefs showdown
Posted: 19 November 2016 Time: 12:01
Mamelodi Sundowns forward Sibusiso Vilakazi is unhappy with the team’s position on the Absa Premiership standings, and eyes an immediate improvement at the expense of Kaizer Chiefs.
The Brazilians will host Amakhosi in what promises to be a mouthwatering clash at Loftus Stadium today (15h30 kick-off).
Sundowns currently occupy 15th spot – a very peculiar position for the reigning league champions – and Vilakazi feels, with the CAF Champions League campaign behind them, it’s imperative they now gain ground on the frontrunners.
“It’s a very important match [against Chiefs], I think we find ourselves sitting at the bottom [of the table] and far from the guys at the top,” says ‘Vila’. “[At the top] is where we want to find ourselves sitting.
“Obviously, with the games we have, you would say there are games in hand but games in hand don’t give you points.
“I think it’s very important that we focus on the game against Chiefs, which is going to be a very tough one.
“We know Chiefs is a very big team with very good players – individuals who are very creative and very gifted – and on the day they could win you the game.
“It’s going to be a very difficult one but, as a team, we are all looking forward to it.”
Despite being unbeaten in their last seven league games, Steve Komphela's side seem to be struggling for consistency, having drawn their last four matches in all competitions.
In the Telkom Knockout, they failed to score against Maritzburg United and needed penalties to advance, before then getting eliminated in the quarter-final stage, via the same scenario after playing to a 2-2 draw against Free State Stars.
However, the former Bidvest Wits attacker insists Chiefs are not amongst the top three teams on the log by fluke, and believes they’ve continuously shown enough character to be able to "grind results”.
“Where they are sitting [on the log] at the moment is not surprising,” he adds. "I think with the team, the coach and the players they have, they've shown that they are able to grind results.
“We’ve seen games whereby you think they’re out of it, and then they go on to win the game, which shows the character that they have.
"Chiefs is a very big team with quality players, so seeing them amongst the top is not surprising."