Benedict ‘Tso’ Vilakazi stopped short of writing off Orlando Pirates as title contenders this season, insisting that he believes his former team is building a side that can dominate the Premier Soccer League a few years down the line.
Not what any Pirates fan wants to hear – with nine signings, much is expected for this season and their ex-midfielder lowering expectations isn’t going to change that.
“I think they are also frustrated in the sense that they are playing good football but there are no trophies,” said Vilakazi, speaking to the Siya crew at the launch of the MTN8.
Pirates haven’t won a trophy since 2014 and coach Micho Sredojevic is now in his third season and still hasn’t yet delivered silverware.
“In football you can’t buy experience and when you have it, there’s a huge difference in a team. From where I am sitting they are on the right track – if you want to see a good team in the next four or five years,” Vilakazi added.
“But if you need results now, then it is going to be difficult. They are building a very strong team, and looking at the age of those players – they will give you five or six years. Pirates are on the right track, it is a matter of time. They need one trophy this season, doesn’t matter which one. It will help their confidence.”