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Sibusiso Vilakazi: It’s One Game At A Time


Sibusiso Vilakazi of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates a goal during the 2017 CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Esperance at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on 02 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns attacking midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi says his side must be ‘savvy and take it one game at a time’ as they center around playing in three unique rivalries.

The Brazilians have a possibility of winning a treble this season, being at the summit of the Absa Premiership, while pursuing their second star in the CAF Champions League, and furthermore having made it to the quarter-finals of Nedbank Cup, where they have been drawn against Cape Town City.

However, ‘Villa’ says it will be too ambitious for them to start talking about the treble when they have just started their CAF Champions League’s campaign, saying their focus has to be getting the better of the Rwandan side following a goalless draw in the first-leg a fortnight ago.

He told the SABC Sport: “I think it’s CAF on the weekend, so we have to deal with Rayon Sports first and afterwards we tackle the league game.

“So it one game at the time for us and would like to encourage our supporters to come in big numbers for our game with the Rwandan side. They have been amazing in the last two games singing their lungs out.

“Obviously the away game was a bit tough. We had to be cautions and respect our opponents which we did when we went into the field.

“I think the first- half was quite fairly ours though we never took our chances before the game was stretched.”

He added: “In the second half they took the game to us and had certain players that gave us a tough time.

“We had quite a few clear chances and we should have scored, but never took those chances. That’s why I say the game turned out to be very difficult as they started to get the motivation and started to come back into the game. They believed that they could score one or two goals.”

The former Absa Premiership Player of the Year, who has made the Bafana Bafana squad for a Four Nations Tournament to be staged in Zambia later this month, said the Brazilians have the quality and experience to overcome the test of the Rwandan outfit.

He added: “But the good thing is that we did not concede the goal in the away match.

“We have a better opportunity coming this weekend and with the squad that we have, it’s possible because playing Champions League is one of the things we want and to progress to the next stage.”

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