'Tso' tells SA starlet to import pap

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Orlando Pirates legend Benedict 'Tso' Vilakazi has offered Gift Links some unorthodox advice after his European breakthrough.
Vilakazi enjoyed 15 years of professional football within his career but it was his exploits with the Buccaneers where he earned his reputation as one of the most creative midfielders in South African football.
His form in the Absa Premiership earned him a move to the Danish SuperLiga with AB Aalborg in 2007 and now with youth international winger Links following the same path, 'Tso' has issued some advice to the mercurial talent.
"He musn't change because remember, for him to join that team, they saw his unique talent, they saw his style of play and whatever he does that attracted them to sign him," Vilakazi tells KickOff.com.
"He must not change. If you go to a new league and start to change, the technical team will look at you and think, but this is not the player we were looking for? 
"He should never try and adapt to their style of football as they would always get another player like that within their domestic league.
"If he's going to continue his natural game, he will thrive, no doubt, because they spotted something they feel can develop [in the SuperLiga]. Don't change, just grow, that's my advice to him."
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Having made a 'record' switch from Cape Town City to Aarhus GF in the off-season, the diminutive winger has also been warned about the harsh challenges that await.
"It's very physical, yes.. and there's very cold weather," Vilakazi explains. "At some point, it's just so cold! It's not really that difficult but what I found hard was the language. 
"Yes, the speak English here and there but if he can just focus and if he does eat pap he will be fine! And you must know, there's no maize meal there, so he must import it from Mzansi, then he'll be fine.
"But other than that, it's a good league, there's the opportunity for UEFA competitions, Champions League and Europa League - I played in the Europa briefly but yeah, it's a good league and there's plenty of exposure from European scouts in the environment."