Vilakazi ready to fire
Bidvest Wits midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi forms part of an excellent midfield group alongside the likes of Tinashe Nengomasha, Matty Pattison and Papy Faty. This is why they are a force to be reckoned with.
Describe Bidvest Wits’ start to the season?
We have not gelled so far as a team. We need to gel and get to know each othermore as players on the field because most players are new to the set-up.
In the games we have played so far, defending has been our once problem. We need to stop conceding goals. If we lockdown at the back then that confidence will filter through to the forwards.
Also we have to convert our numerous chances that we create up front. If we outscore our opponents, then we won’t have a problem with not winning matches.
How have you guys adapted to the new ideas that coach Antonio Habas and his technical team have brought?
We are getting to where he wants us to be. He has been trying new things at training and he has especially been trying to strengthen our defence.
Is language a barrier for you and your teammates, understanding the instructions of your Spanish mentor?
No absolutely not. He does not speak the most fluent of English but we get hisinstructions. If you are a player and you understand football than you willunderstand what he says.
How are you managing playing alongside the experienced Matthew Pattison, Tinashe Nengomasha and Papy Faty in midfield?
They are outstanding players who come with big reputations and will deliver for the team.
So far things have been good. We have had good periods playing together and we can only get better.
These players are now your teammates but mostly you are competing with them for a place in the starting line-up …
It is all about team work. They are firstly my teammates and are neither competition nor a threat to me.
We have to pull together as players for the best interests of the team and whoever plays should be the best player in his position.
Your teammates refer to you as ‘Iniesta’ does this put pressure on you?
[Laughing] … They think I play like him or I make the team tick like he does when heplays. But nonetheless I am grateful to have such a great compliment given to me by my teammates.