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TBT: Tso, The Little Napoleon

Often hailed as one of the greatest midfielders to ever don the Orlando Pirates jersey, Benedict Tso Vilakazi’s heart of a lion often belied his minuscule frame.

The talented player was promoted to the senior team in the year 1998 but it was only in the 1998/99 season where the Soweto-born man made his mark. 

Despite being a mere 1,56m tall, Vilakazi never allowed his size to count against him, instead, he did all his talking on the field of play. 

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A short stint in Denmark was next on the horizon for the ‘Little Napoleon’ although it didn’t last too long, citing personal reasons for his abrupt end to his European journey. 

He was soon back in Mzansi and on the books of Mamelodi Sundowns where he had an injury-ridden spell. 

Short stints with Mpumalanga Black Aces and Black Leopards followed, however both were marred by reports of alleged ill-discipline. 

These days he works as a director of coaches at his academy, but the 37-year-old will go down as one of the greatest of his generation.

What are your fondest memories of Tso Vilakazi?


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