Vilakazi, who was tipped by former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker to be the next Doctor Khumalo, has yet to reach top form this season, having only finished four of the eight games in all competitions the Clever Boys have played.
“I was excited to get the call-up, even though I am not happy with my performance so far,” said Vilakazi.
“It is a massive motivation booster and I will channel that motivation so that I can return to the top form, as I was last season.
“I have to be consistent, push myself harder so that this isn’t my last call-up and so that the club can start doing even better.”
One of the four matches he finished was in the Absa Premiership against Golden Arrows at Bidvest Stadium where Vilakazi and company won 1-0.
They will be looking to repeat that result at the same venue against Abafana Bes’thende tonight in the opening round of the Telkom Knockout.
“We have lost our last two cup matches, against Platinum Stars (who went on to win the MTN8), so we have to bounce back,” he said. “How we recover from these defeats will show how we will fare in the season. The team wants to win things. We are starting to get good support at home, so we have to return the favour by doing well in front of them.”