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Vilakazi – A Very Painful Feeling

Richards Bay coach Vusumuzi Vilakazi was gutted to lose via a late goal to Cape Town Spurs, as they went down 1-0 at Athlone Stadium in their last game.

Azola Jakalashe scored in the dying minutes to keep Spurs hopes of surviving relegation alive, as the 16th-placed team closed the gap on Vilakazi’s team to five points, with five games remaining.

It was a hard result to take for Vilakazi, who felt his team had done enough to at least earn a share of the spoils.

“I think it’s a very painful feeling, obviously, to lose it just at the end, where I felt maybe a lapse of concentration from my players,” Vilakazi said. 

“But I was happy with the effort even though today we didn’t start on a high note when it comes to trying to protect the ball, keeping ball possession. But we knew what we were expecting, because we knew that it wasn’t gonna be an easy one. 

“Both teams are desperate for points, and we were bound to make mistakes, there and there. Because sometimes when you are too desperate, you’re bound to make mistakes. But the effort and hard work, I think we fought. 

“It’s not easy coming to Cape Town and trying to play for a win or even getting a draw. It’s very difficult, but losing it just at the end, where we could have done better. Maybe our defenders and also a goalkeeper could have done better.

“But it’s fine. It’s football. Football is a game of mistakes. So once you make a mistake, they will punish you. But I don’t think the result is fair, I think maybe a draw could have been better for both teams, because we were both trying and we were working hard, both teams. 

“But it’s fine. It’s water under the bridge. We wanted to win, in terms of getting these three points so that we can even close the gap to the people who are on top of us. But unfortunately, it was just not meant to be. 

“So the focus now is that in our next game, we just need to do better. And make sure that the five points difference, we maintain, going to our next game.”

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.