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Tso: It Was Very Difficult, Lesley And I Were Close Friends

"Tso" has been answering your questions! Today, Benedict Vilakazi speaks about the passing of Lesley Manyathela, what it's like being a short footballer, his most memorable goal for Pirates, and the difference between Bafana Bafana in his day and now.

Did you ever feel like your short height counted against you in any way? – Lapo_Molebatsi

Benedict Vilakazi: Even now I'm still happy with my height. People said I couldn't play because I was short, but I surprised everyone because I was scoring with my head and jumping over the tall guys. To me, if you're not good enough to play, you're not good enough. It's all up to someone's ability. If someone is short, give him a chance. Why not?

How did you feel when you heard Lesley Manyathela was in a car accident? – Vusi mabunda

BV: When I got the call I thought it was a joke, because I had just spoken to him a couple of minutes before that and he said, "I'm not far from home." So I said, "No, that's good, we'll talk when you home." After a few minutes, I got a call to say "Hey, your friend is no more." Hey, it was one of those days, I don't think I will forget that night when they told me, it was very difficult. Lesley and I were close friends. But because God is there and knows what he's doing, we know he is the start and the end so we kneel down and get strength and power.

What is your biggest regret in football, and why? – stakadandala

BV: I believe everything happens for a reason. Only God knows why I took the route I took. If I say I regret something, it means I don't believe in what God gave me; it raises a lot of questions in terms of my ability as a person. So I don't regret anything.

What's the best goal you scored for the Buccaneers, and against which team in which stadium? – ZebraRival

BV: Ay, that's a tough one, I scored a lot. My No. 1 goal was probably against Ria Stars. I got the ball in our own half off a pass from the defenders and then I dribbled about three or four players and scored.

How are things different these days with Bafana compared to your days as a national team player? – Tsiesto Mocha

BV: I can't say we don't have more quality. I can say I was lucky to have played with guys like Delron Buckley, Benni McCarthy, and Shaun Bartlett. You will also remember Benni was with the U23s. You know that generation went through the right steps. This time, we hardly have a core of the team. At that time, when I was playing, you knew the center backs, you knew the midfielders, you knew the strikers, etc. Now, there is no core.

Stay tuned to Supporters Club to see the rest of Tso's answers to your questions!


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