Mamelodi Sundowns playmaker Sibusiso Vilakazi admits it was bittersweet to watch his side lift their third consecutive league title after suffering a horror knee injury.
Vilakazi, 30, was rewarded with a new four-year deal by Sundowns in July after several standout displays for the domestic treble winners during the course of last season.
With 10 goals and 12 assists in 38 games, it marked career-best figures since joining the Brazilians from Bidvest Wits in 2016 as he excelled across the front-line for Pitso Mosimane's fluid outfit.
However, his campaign ended on a sour note, with a serious injury in the 1-0 defeat to Baroka within the bio-bubble just two games prior to their historic Absa Premiership finale.
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"I couldn’t carry on. It happened at a bad time because we were trying to chase the title and when it happened I knew I wouldn’t play a part in helping the team but I had trust in the boys that they would continue to fight and win the Back To Back To Back title," the Bafana Bafana midfielder said.
"It was really tough but all I could do was be the best teammate for the guys at that moment. Even being a waterboy was ok to me so I can just be on that field and scream for the boys."
'Vila' has now undergone surgery for the untimely injury and admits he's aiming to return to full fitness to help the Brazilians target the inaugural DStv Premiership next season.
"I thank God it was a success, each day passes by with progress, I know that I have to trust the process of healing and rehab. And definitely, I am coming back to win this again back to back four times."