In this week’s off the field feature AmaZulufc.net picks the brain of striler Sifiso Vilakazi who says he has settled at the KZN club.
AmaZulufc.net: How are you settling in at the Club?
SV: I have settled well, the club has been very good to me, it is like home away from home.
I mean there is easy access to management and office staff. I haven’t experienced any difficulty so far.
Durban is cool for me with the weather and all.
AmaZulufc.net: What has been interesting for you so far in the KZN province?
SV: The people are so friendly and the teammates are quite interesting. I normally hang around at my place with friends and teammates. I mostly spend my time with Dulee (Johnson) and Prince (Hlela) and we sometimes go to Gateway Shopping Centre and have lunch there.
AmaZulufc.net: Wow, you sound very happy and comfortable, how is your family coping after your relocation?
SV: They are coping well because we communicate daily and when I am off I visit them.
AmaZulufc.net: How long have you been married and how many children do you have?
SV: I have been married for 3 years but we dated since year 2000. I am a proud father of four children.
AmaZulufc.net: So where did you meet your wife?
SV: We met in Limpopo and I just loved her personality.
AmaZulufc.net: Obviously with the season starting now there will be a lot of tough matches for you to play. How did you find pre-season with the team?
SV: It went alright, I guess, but the highlight was when I played my first game in Usuthu colours against Manchester United. For me that was the best moment.
It was truly a privilege playing against a team of their calibre and we did very well in that game even though we lost. I was very happy with the performance that we gave and I am sure that Manchester United and AmaZulu supporters were impressed and that just shows that Usuthu is not a small team.
AmaZulufc.net: What are some of the things that people do not know about you?
SV: I am a Swati man and not a Zulu man but I grew up in a very Zulu cultured environment and I have no regrets.
AmaZulufc.net: What motivated you to play football?
SV: When I was growing up I always loved and wanted to be like Pollen Ndlanya, getting an opportunity to play and grow in football made my dream come true.
Maybe you might have realized that I play in a similar style as him. I will definitely say that love for what I do.
AmaZulufc.net: Can we recap on your last game with Moroka Swallows that kicked AmaZulu out of the MTN8?
SV: The Moroka Swallows game was a disappointment. We felt that like we really let down our supporters. It would’ve really felt good to make it to the finals, it is sad that we were out on the first round.
AmaZulufc.net: What really went wrong?
SV: I can say that we went to play with Moroka Swallows on a very high note after playing with Manchester United. We were over confident and made a lot mistakes but we have talked about it and we know how to rectify them.
AmaZulu FC’s first game of the season is against Kaizer Chiefs, what is your take on that game?
SV: For the Kaizer Chiefs game, obviously it is a big game and we are prepared to fight and to make it up to our supporters. We are playing at home and we have to dominate that game.