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Pitso Mosimane laments jeers towards Sibusiso Vilakazi

Posted: 23 November 2016 Time: 11:34

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has voiced his disapproval of fans booing striker Sibusiso Vilakazi, and urges patience from the stands.

‘Vila’ was subjected to jeers from a section of Sundowns supporters during their 2-1 win over Kaizer Chief,  despite scoring the winning goal in the second half, at Loftus Versveld Stadium last weekend.

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Mosimane lambasted the calls for his big-money signing to be substituted, and explained that every player needs to game-time in order to build confidence and contribute on the field of play.

“How many games has it taken for ’Sbuda' to score a goal? He go it [against Chiefs]… But imagine if I was not patient – [his career would] be dead.” said ‘Jingles’ sarcastically.

“I had to be patient with him. I’ve got to put him on the pitch, because it doesn’t [help if he’s not playing]. Two, three people in the grandstands were saying, ‘ahh, substitute him!’

“They’ve been booing him – it’s not right! But I know Castro took eight games to score [his first goal], so I have to keep ‘Vila’.

He added: “We spent so much money to bring him here –  he’s a big player and he’s a Bafana Bafana player – I have to keep him on the pitch until he scores and gets his confidence. I’m so happy [he finally scored].”

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The Brazilians return to Loftus for an Absa Premiership meeting with high-flying Golden Arrows this evening, and Mosimane admits that it’s tough motivating his players for encounters against the ’smaller’ teams.

“We’re playing Arrows now, we might be seeing sloppy football but I hope it’s not going to be sloppy.” said Mosimane.

“Percy will be running – he’ll still be having fun – but I don’t know about the other [players]. I don’t know if the others want to win, really. 

"You must understand, they’re saying ‘World Cup – hey, Japan,’ and all that. For Chiefs, they were ‘hey, okay, let’s play guys. We have to win.’ 

“For Arrows, Cape Town City, I don’t like those games. We need, maybe, a Pirates or SuperSport again, Wits – very good [for motivation purposes].”

Kick-off of tonight’s clash is scheduled for 19h30.

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Article by: Chad Klate
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