Mothibi: Vilakazi never liked training
Former Orlando Pirates striker James Mothibi has revealed that his old team-mate, Benedict Vilakazi, excelled at the club despite often not being able to train with the team.
Vilakazi, affectionately known as 'Tso', enjoyed a remarkably successful spell at the Buccaneers between 1999 and 2007. According to the club's official website, he remains their all-time top scorer with 52 goals.
However, Mothibi told Soccer Laduma that Vilakazi's success on the pitch came despite difficulties in training, caused by an ankle problem.
"Benedict Vilakazi never liked training because he had this ankle problem. Kosta Papic would be taking us through our paces at training, while Tso was on the sidelines receiving a massage," he recalled.
"But he would always boast that he was going to be part of the 18-man matchday squad and that we would be celebrating together after he scored a goal. Indeed, it would always turn out that way because he scored goals for us and was a fantastic player."
Apart from Pirates, Vilakazi also featured regularly for South Africa's national team. Ankle problem or not, he went on to build an impressive CV, representing the likes of AaB Aalborg and Mamelodi Sundowns after leaving the Buccaneers.