After almost two years of persuasion, Sibusiso Vilakazi is finally a Brazilian.
Mamelodi Sundowns signed Sibusiso Vilakazi from Bidvest Wits, giving up two players in the deal in Mogakolodi Ngele and Cuthbert Malajila, together with an undisclosed transfer fee – rumoured to be about R5 million.
The 2013/14 Footballer-of-the-Year says his move to Chloorkop was destiny.
“I am very happy to be here, it is a relief since it took me a very long time to leave Wits, but the most important thing is that it has finally happened. Everything takes time, this has happened, so it was meant to be,” said the 26-year-old.
Vilakazi has been attracting clubs locally and from abroad, but nothing materialised until Downs supposedly broke the bank – with club owner Patrice Motsepe reportedly taking over the negotiations. “Vila” explains why he chose the champions.
“One thing I have seen and was impressed with is that they compete in the Champions League and they have done and amazingly well. To be in the situation of making the semifinals – it was very impressive for me. It shows they want to be there and dominate all over the country. For me to be here – it is where I want to be, I want to be part of that. I want to be part of the winning team – that is why I was brought here – to compete and to add something to the team with quality players and a good coach.
“It is a championship team and that is where you want to be. The level of pressure improves your game and you are out of your comfort zone, and part of the game is that you want to win titles and with Sundowns you stand a good chance of doing that,” he said.
The midfielder says he is relishing the opportunity to feature in the star-studded Bafana Ba Style squad.
“Having these great players, I would not say it makes football easy, but it makes football more exciting.”