Pitso Mosimane Defends Vila

Pitso Mosimane and Sbusiso Vilakazi during their Mamelodi Sundowns days, Vila

When asked about Sbusiso Vilakazi’s exit from the club, TS Galaxy coach, Sead Ramovic made a comment that suggested Vila was not pulling his weight at the club.

Vila only managed ten appearances for The Rockets, without a goal nor an assist.

His former coach, Pitso Mosimane has since responded to Sead Ramovic’s comments, as reported by iDiski Times.

Jingles spoke highly of a player he achieved a lot of success with at Mamelodi Sundowns, highlighting his positive influence and good work ethic.

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What Ramovic said:

“About Vila, fantastic player, fantastic name, great career,” he said during the Nedbank Cup press conference.

“But again, me as a coach, I don’t care about age, I don’t care about names. I just look at the things that I see on the field.

“And if we have players on the field that give 100% and train well, give a lot of effort, this players will play. The players that don’t do every day the best, will have a difficult time, of course.

“But I think it’s not only at my club, it’s also at other clubs the same rules. Every coach tries to pick up the best XI. Why? Because we all want to win games.

“I would really be not smart enough if I put a player on the field that didn’t show me the whole week that he’d like to play, that I should put him to play.

“Because how big is the chance that if you didn’t train well, that you will suddenly play well. I think it’s a small chance. Better to play with players that train well, that have the right attitude, great lifestyle… I think I was a player, I know if I don’t train well, I won’t play well.

“This is my experience and this is the way it is [here].”

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Pitso Mosimane’s response:

“I am dumbfounded by the tone of this interview. I trained Sibusiso Vilakazi for many years competitively and consistently for +6 years,” he wrote.

“A true professional (on & off ) who respects the game and coaches. Knows sports science and game tactics, opinionated too.

Sibusiso Vilakazi  was also [a] coach in my dressing room and inside the pitch. One of the players who kept the dressing room quiet but spoke football tactics all the time.

“He lead the football conditioning training sessions which are usually very tough  which is a credit to his game.”

Pitso Mosimane and Sbusiso Vilakazi during their Mamelodi Sundowns days, Vila
Pitso Mosimane and Sbusiso Vilakazi during their Mamelodi Sundowns days