AmaZulu's new midfielder Nhlanhla Vilakazi not focused on reunion with former Free State Stars teammates
Posted: 19 August 2018 Time: 11:00
AmaZulu's new midfielder Nhlanhla Vilakazi will cast sentiment aside when he faces former team Free State Stars on Sunday for the first time since switching club loyalties in the off-season.
Vilakazi is all business ahead of the 15h00 kick-off at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi.
"My feeling is normal and I take them as any other team in the PSL," said Vilakazi, who has played the first two games of the new season.
"So we'll see what Sunday has in store for us, but we'll try our level best to win the game.
"In terms of adaptation I've settled in well and I'm used to my teammates now. What is left is the match fitness that helps one perform the way the supporters previously know of."
While determined to claim three points at Stars' expense, Vilakazi insists he remains grateful to the Bethlehem-based outfit for helping him revive his career.
When he joined Ea Lla Koto in 2015 he had been without a club for six months after rejecting a new deal at Maritzburg United.
The former Ajax Cape Town man went on to become a key figure for Stars, captaining the side in Paulus Masehe's absence and leaving in fitting style as a Nedbank Cup champion in 2017/18.
"Obviously I'll remain grateful to Free State Stars for what they did for me. It is something I'll hold forever," said the 31-year-old.
"Even before I left the club I spoke to the manager Rantsi Mokoena and I told him I'm thankful for every opportunity they gave me.
“What impressed me most is that he said he was thankful for what I did for the club. He wished me all the best for wherever I was going and told me to keep on working hard.
"So I can safely say I'll forever be grateful to Stars for everything they did for me.
"But I'm experienced enough now and I know how to deal with such things - I'm now used to it. When it's time to move on it's time to move on.
"If it's time to face the team you were playing for before and you're signed by a new team you have to do your job. You have to try by all means to win the game."