When he joined Mamelodi Sundowns from Bidvest Wits last season, all eyes were on the player to deliver following a move that was said to be worth around R10 million. But he had an average debut season for Sundowns, struggling with consistency and injury at some point.
Now in his second season with the Brazilians, Vilakazi is determined to get back to his bewitching best.
“The first season did not go very well, but that’s in the past and I can only learn from it and get better. It was disappointing, but I will take it. You go through those stages in life, the ups and downs. There were more downs than ups, but you have to start again,” Vilakazi tells KickOff.com.
At the time Vilakazi joined the Tshwane giants, he did not have much of a pre-season to get to gel with his new teammates because they were deep into their CAF Champions League campaign. He had to get into the thick of things, but it was not easy.
The Soweto-born player, however, does not want to use this as an excuse for his early performances for Downs.
“Look, we never had so much time to prepare but as a footballer player and a professional, what do you have to do? You have to go there and get on with the work because you have to adjust and try by all means to catch up.”
Vilakazi is working on being a “complete product”, which means he wants to improve on his defending as well.
“Yes, you have to improve. Defend? Yes, you have to defend,” he says.
“Defend, make passes, create chances for your teammates, score goals and individual brilliance has to be there. So these days you have to be a complete player. I have to improve my defending and creating chances for my teammates. I have to score goals as well. I have to be a complete product.”