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Sibusiso Vilakazi supportive of teammates despite lack of game time

Posted: 22 February 2017 Time: 17:00

Mamelodi Sundowns forward Sibusiso Vilakazi has downplayed his absence in recent games, and talks up the squad depth that has kept the team going this season.

Vilakazi has sat out of Downs' last three Absa Premiership games, and came off the bench in stoppage time of their CAF Super Cup win over TP Mazembe last weekend.

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Following the departure of Keagan Dolly last month, Themba Zwane has stepped up to the fore with aplomb, while Percy Tau and Khama Billiat have maintained their places up front.

The likes of Leonardo Castro and Yannick Zakri have also played bit-part roles in recent weeks, getting the odd run out off the bench.

However, the Bafana Bafana international prefers to look on the bright side and says the squad depth has been working well for the team lately.

"That's the exciting part about [having depth]. Any front four we put out is able to go out there and produce the results," said 'Vila'.

"At the end of the day it makes the team very, very exciting. It keeps the competition very high, and everybody's on their toes.

"Everyone that's given a chance uses their opportunity because they know that there's somebody else waiting for theirs, and if they get it they'll grab it."

Pitso Mosimane's side have looked relatively stable, and has consistenly managed to grind out positive results, as shown against Platinum Stars last night, despite the rotation of players in all areas.

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The former Bidvest Wits attacker admits the winning culture has rubbed off on everyone in the squad, and explains that even fresh players that come in are fully aware of their duty to contribute to the team's success.

"Overall the team benefits out of it because [even] the back four is very solid. If you put in a different four, it's about keeping a clean sheet," he added.

"That's the benefit of having a good team that's able to rotate. [What matters] is that we keep winning games with whoever plays – that's what we want."

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Article by: Chad Klate
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