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Sundowns Star: The Long Break Led To A Bit Of Frustration

Mamelodi Sundowns’ Sibusiso Vilakazi is eager to get back to playing football, explaining that he wants to ‘smell the grass again.’

Vilakazi has made 25 domestic appearances for Sundowns this season, enjoying an injury free campaign and remaining an integral part of the Brazilians’ set-up.

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“I have been blessed by not being injured this season, that was the setback previously. I am grateful for being injury-free, and when that happens the coaches will give you the opportunity, and I think I have done the job the best way I can. My priority has been to do my best to help the team. That’s my motto this season. I believe I can get better once we resume football because Sundowns is a team determined to get more trophies,” the 30-year-old said on Masandawana’s official website.

The 2019/20 season is expected to resume action in the coming weeks after three months without football due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

“I want to smell the grass again, get the feel of the ball on my boots, wear the training kit and going for it again and hearing the coach give us that pep-talk again, that we are back. Those are the things that I am looking forward to and to see how we go about the remaining games and the Nedbank Cup, that’s exciting.”

“There’s a positive side and the negative side of the break – the negative being that it has gone on beyond what we anticipated and led to a bit of frustration. We thought by now we would be back doing what we do best, which is playing football. We thought things would get back to normal in terms of it being okay for us to go back, does it make sense and given the medical green light.”

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“But the positive side is of course the opportunity to bond with our families because we are away so much. We participate in the CAF Champions League and that in itself takes so much time away from family, the beautiful side is seeing your children daily now. It’s how we test ourselves in Africa to see how far we can go, so it has the negative and the positive side,” he added.

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