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Sibusiso Vilakazi is not upset with the Mamelodi Sundowns fans that called for his substitution

Posted: 19 April 2018 Time: 17:00

Sibusiso Vilakazi says he holds no grudges against the Mamelodi Sundowns supporters who called for him to be substituted against Golden Arrows on Tuesday.

Vilakazi did not have a good night in front of goal in Sundowns' 1-0 victory and the supporters voiced their frustration when he could not bury an opportunity in the second half after Gaston Sirino had set him up with a delightful ball in the box.

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Vilakazi was eventually taken off as Oupa Manyisa was introduced, but says the whole experience can only help him grow as a player.

“I take the boos as a confidence [booster] because I like the challenge. If you give me the boos, then that means I have to do much better. But at the same time you can’t make everybody happy,” Vilakazi says.

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“When you are on the field of play you switch off and you are in a different zone. You try to focus on what you can improve on, so the boos are a motivation for me and I find it very interesting.”

Having come from Bidvest Wits, where fans hardly ever call for players to be substituted, ‘Vila’ has learnt a lot about playing for a club where the supporters demand good performances week in and out.

“I like it because you have to deliver. It takes you to a different level and it changes your hunger and attitude because you are expected to deliver in every game.

“As a player, most importantly, you have to deliver. So they [the supporters] are a second voice to my ear. My voice is the first and they are the second.”

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Article by: Tshepang Mailwane
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