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Mokwena lauds Vilakazi after unfortunate exit

Rulani Mokwena has heaped praise on departed Mamelodi Sundowns star Sibusiso Vilakazi

Vilakazi spent six years with the Brazilians, winning five league titles, two Nedbank Cups, the Telkom Knockout, MTN8, and CAF Super Cup.

His departure was something of a shock to fans although his appearances had been limited over the past two seasons.

Reflecting on Vilakazi's time at Sundowns, Mokwena said on Times Live: "If you want to speak about Villa, there is not much to say because you will run out of superlatives. His background speaks for itself — he is a former [PSL] footballer of the season, a multiple championship-winning footballer and not just at Sundowns.

"We know the type of footballer we lost. It is unfortunate we got to that space where we could not guarantee him the game time he deserved. He is a top football player and someone who was a bit unfortunate with regards to injuries and particularly last season.

"Not a lot is said about Villa the human being. He has always looked to put the team first and always looked to be of service and not a lot of people know that.

"The human being TS Galaxy receives is a player who is experienced, who knows how to win and he will add a lot to their change room in terms of mentoring and assisting younger ones.

"We can only thank him for all his relentless efforts in trying to make us a better team, his efforts in assisting us to achieve what the club achieved while he was here."