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AmaZulu newcomer Nhlanhla Vilakazi describes his former Free State Stars teammates as family

Posted: 7 June 2018 Time: 20:00

Nhlanhla Vilakazi admits he will miss the brotherly bond he had built with his teammates at Free State Stars, but is relishing the challenge of playing for AmaZulu.

Vilakazi said goodbye to Ea Lla Koto by helping them to their first major trophy in the PSL era as they beat Maritzburg United 1-0 in the Nedbank Cup final played at Cape Town Stadium in May.

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The man from Tamboville in the east of Johannesburg has explained why he believes going to AmaZulu is a good move, while admitting he has mixed feelings. He signed a pre-contract with Usuthu before the end of the 2017/18 campaign, despite Ea Lla Koto's efforts to keep him.

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“On one hand I am happy and one the other side, when you are used to an environment and you have to start a new chapter, it’s not easy,” said the 31-year-old, whose first trophy as a professional was the title Stars won in May.

“I had to look at where I will last. I did not want to make a move that will force me to retire soon. AmaZulu showed me that they will look after me. Looking at my age, I felt that it was the best option for me because I had other options. They do things professionally. It’s a team that has a vision, so I felt it was a good team to join,” the former Ajax Cape Town man says.

“I am going to miss the gents because we were like brothers, especially guys like Rooi [Mahamutsa], Paulus [Masehe] and [Goodman] Dlamini. I tend to say to them that I will come visit, but they don’t believe me. We were a family.”

The move is a good one for Vilakazi because it will also give him an opportunity to stay with his kids. His wife and three children are in Johannesburg, but they will move to Durban next season.

“I have a wife and three kids. The decision I made is based on many things and I had to think about my family. I can’t think about myself. My kids are in Joburg, but they are going to move [to Durban] next season. I have to find the right school for them in Durban. This is the first time I will be staying with them because they were with their mother in Joburg. So I took the decision to live with them under consideration.”

Article by: Tshepang Mailwane
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