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Khoza pissed about Tso's move to Downs

By unknown | Jul 25, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza has refused to be drawn into a media dialogue with his former player Benedict "Tso" Vilakazi.

Vilakazi, whom Mamelodi Sundowns signed in a high-priced move from Danish club Arlborg BK, has publicly pleaded for Khoza to forgive him for not rejoining Pirates, the team that groomed him.

Khoza said all this was news to him since the player had not confided in him that he wanted to move back to South Africa.

Vilakazi accepts that his move to the Brazilians must have been hard to swallow for the man he regards as a father.

"I have not spoken to Mr Khoza in a while and have tried to reach out to him without any response," Vilakazi says. "At this point I know he is very unhappy with me. It's to be expected that, as any father, he would not be pleased with me.

"And as any son I do not want to be on the outside, so I will keep knocking and asking him to let me in. I would not be where I am were it not for him," said Vilakazi, denying he was under the influence of his agent.

Khoza, though, is not impressed with this outpouring and calls it a "ploy".

"I love this boy like a son," Khoza says. "So I refrain from speaking to him in a public forum. I will say this, he knows my house in Diepkloof, so if he wants to see me that is where he will find me."

Khoza says he and Vilakazi have some "outstanding personal issues" to sort out but he does not want to elaborate.

"It would be irresponsible of me to do that," he says. "I do not appreciate his addressing me from a distance and talking to him through the media would be irresponsible," Khoza says.

"We were there to help him during his recent bereavements, not his agent. But right now we are being made to look unreasonable.

"We never even knew he was coming back to this country. He never gave us a chance, so it cannot be about money as people say."

Vilakazi left Bucs in a reported R5million deal for five years and speculation was that Pirates were not keen to buy out his contract. That was when Downs moved in.

He joins another former Bucs star, Sibusiso Zuma, who will earn R200000 a month, while Vilakazi is reported to have agreed to a salary of between R90000 and R150000.

The player is apparently uneasy, so he went public with his "plea" to Khoza, who says Vilakazi need not fear retribution from any Pirates supporter.

"Kaizer (Motaung) left Pirates, Jomo (Sono) also left. I love this boy, and I cannot be judgemental," Khoza says.


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