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By Tshepang Mailwane | 2016-09-29 07:34:18.0

Bidvest Wits' bid to end a six-year trophy drought will not be successful, if their former playmaker Sibusiso Vilakazi has his way, in the MTN8 final at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.

"Vila", who joined Mamelodi Sundowns in an estimated R10-million transfer deal from Wits in July, was on the losing side in his last two cup final appearances while turning out for the Clever Boys.

The 26-year-old - who will face his former employers for the first time since leaving - lost twice to Orlando Pirates in the 2011 Telkom Knockout and then the Nedbank Cup in 2013.

Vilakazi was, however, a member of the Wits team that won the Nedbank Cup in 2010, but was not involved throughout the competition due to injury.

Now, the MTN8 final will give the PSL's most expensive player an opportunity to win a first trophy with Sundowns and prolong Wits' barren run.

"I want to add more team awards because I have won more individual awards. I have lost in two finals with Wits but this is a different situation, hopefully it's going to be a turnaround for me. We have worked very hard under a tight schedule and we deserve a trophy with the effort that we have put in," said Vilakazi from the team's base in Chloorkop yesterday.

"It's going to be an interesting final and I hope I find myself on the winning side. We are ready to work for one another and impose ourselves. This is a trophy we are missing in the cabinet," addded Vilakazi, who has two assists and a goal in the R8-million winner-takes-all competition.

Having worked with Wits coach Gavin Hunt, Vilakazi knows what type of planning would go into Saturday's big clash.

"He is one coach who wants to go all out. He will pump that aggression into the players because they have not had anything in the cabinet for a long time," said Vilakazi

"They have quality in the starting line-up and on the bench as well. They've shown consistency and don't concede many goals due to having experienced guys such as Daine Klate, Elias Pelembe, Tyson Thulani Hlatshwayo and Buhle Mkhwanazi. So it will be tough coming up against those guys. If I get an opportunity to score or assist, I'll do just that for the team," Vilakazi added.