Sibusiso Vilakazi chases glory with Wits

2014-07-04 15:49

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Current PSL footballer of the season Sibusiso Vilakazi (24) would prefer to win championships rather than individual accolades next season.

“For me, winning trophies with the club is the most important thing. I would take being successful as a club over personal glory,” Vilakazi said today.

“It’s always good to be recognised, but it can be meaningless if there are no titles to show for it.”

The Wits play maker, emboldened by his team’s exploits last season, believed the Students could go one step further in the upcoming campaign.

“We had a solid run last season and are looking to build on that. I think as a team, we can do a lot better this time round and at least have something to show at the finishing line.”

Wits finished third in the Premiership last season with 56 points, nine points adrift of champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

The club also finished runners-up in the Nedbank Cup after they were pipped 3-1 by Orlando Pirates in the final.

Despite their trophyless season, he felt the club deserved better recognition for their stellar showing in the circumstances.

Wits entered the season as a new-look side in their first season under coach Gavin Hunt, who jumped ship from SuperSport United.

“People forget that we were a new team with a new identity. We managed to do well by finishing in the top three and getting into the final of a major Cup.

“Not many teams can say they have done that. The coach brought his ideas to the players and we managed to grasp his playing philosophy.”

Wits headed into the new campaign a dismembered bunch. They were hit hard by long-term injuries to key players and with players leaving the club.

The Wits captain looked certain to play another season for the university side despite attracting a flurry of interest from European clubs.

“I am just focused on our pre-season preparations. I am not worried about anything else. We have a huge task ahead of us,” he said.

Wits have made additions in the form of midfielders Vincent Pule from National First Division side African Warriors and Giorgi Nergadze, a free agent from Moroka Swallows.

With the season set to kick off in August, Wits will begin their quest for glory in the MTN8 where they are expected to square off against Bloemfontein Celtic (dates and venues have to be confirmed).

Before the top eight competition, the club have confirmed their participation alongside Sundowns, Ajax Cape Town and Chippa United in the Cape Town Soccer Challenge that will take place from July 25-27 at the Athlone Stadium.

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