For all his glitz and glamour, status and glittering career, Mamelodi Sundowns playmaker Sibusiso Vilakazi has just one medal to show for it.
Since turning professional eight years ago, the midfielder has won just one medal – gold from the 2010 Nedbank Cup final.
In fact Vilakazi has mixed feelings about that medal since he didn’t work for it when he played for tomorrow’s opposition, Wits (kickoff 5pm).
Vilakazi was sidelined by a serious injury when the Clever Boys beat AmaZulu 3-0 in that final at Soccer City.
He says: “I would have loved to be there playing so that I receive it in a good way because I have participated.
“Overall it’s the team. The team has done it for me because I was injured. I would have loved to be there inside contributing.”
Since then, medals have escaped Vilakazi. Twice, with Wits, he lost cup finals against Orlando Pirates – in the Telkom Knockout in 2011 and the Nedbank Cup in 2013.
Now Vilakazi has a chance to get a medal that glitters when Downs take on his former teammates in Nelspruit.
Vilakazi wouldn’t like a repeat of all the finals where he and his teammates were deemed second best.
The attacking ace adds: “I lost two finals and I was disappointed. Now it’s a different situation. Hopefully, it’s going to be a turnaround for me and the team.
“The most important thing is the continuity of the team.
“Since we are in it we might as well go all the way. We have worked very hard under a tight schedule and we deserve a trophy with the efforts that we have been putting in.
“It’s going to be an interesting one.
“I hope I find myself on the winning side.
“I am confident that with the team that we have, we will go all the way.”
It will be the first time Vilakazi will squares off against Wits since he left Gavin Hunt’s side to link up with Pitso Mosimane with the prospect of winning medals.
The Bafana Bafana star says: “Everybody wants to win and they want to be associated with players who are winning and for me it’s about coming here and trying to add more to what they have achieved.”