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Vilakazi is myMAN - Dumitru

By unknown | Mar 27, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

Ted Dumitru, the man assigned the most unenviable of tasks in local football, believes that Benedict "Tso" Vilakazi could be the player to help rekindle Mamelodi Sundowns' proud traditions of years gone by.

As Downs' caretaker coach, Dumitru insists he is taking over for just the handful of matches left, and the hunt for yet another manager will be launched.

Dumitru's goal at the moment is to rejuvenate Downs players to the swaggering and arrogant winners they once were.

In all of their glorious eras, Downs' midfield was always anchored by a player who could be described as a "midfield genius", a player in the mould of Kennedy Malunga, Harris Choue, Donald "Ace" Khuse, Ernest "Wire" Chirwali and Roger Feutmba.

Dumitru says Vilakazi can fill the big shoes and make a difference.

"Tso has incredible qualities that I believe have never been fully appreciated in this country, both in the national team and at club level.

"He has fully reached his potential as a lot of unnecessary attention was being placed on his lack of height while people conveniently forget that players with such challenges would always develop other qualities to compensate for that.

"When given a free role, he can come up with something unexpected, he works hard, is quick and unpredictable," said Dumitru.

That does not mean automatic selection for the player, though. There are players at Downs, such Shere Lekgothoane and Koketso Mmotong - a player who Al Ahly coach Manuel Jose could not stop applauding - who were simply sidelined.

Building confidence in such players is at the top of Dumitru's list. "They were told they were useless too many time. Mmotong has qualities I can only describe him as 'sharp'."


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