The return of 'Little Napoleon'

After enduring a frustrating and trying period on the sidelines without a salary, the man nickmaned the ‘Little Napoleon”; Benidict “Tso” Vilakazi is very grateful of yet another new lease on life.

The midfield maestro recently signed for Limpopo side, Black Leopards. Speaking exclusively to PSL.co.za, Vilakazi opened up about his tough times that include going for months without a salary.

“Firstly I thank God All Mighty, as I wouldn’t be anywhere if it wasn’t for him and also to my family who were there for me when things were going bad for me and finally thanks to the chairman of Black Leopards who believed in my talent and for signing me to play for his team, “said the Soweto born player.

Having been out of the game for a while, the former Orlando Pirates midfield is now working hard to regain full match fitness.

“It was very frustrating being inactive from the game as I was out for about eight months. It is a battle to be on the same level of fitness as my teammates, but I am working very hard at training so I can be at my level best again, “he said.

The Limpopo based team have been struggling to find their feet since their return to the Absa Premiership. Currently, they are lying second from the bottom.

Vilakazi said he is optimistic about his return to football. His aim is to help Leopards move away from the relegation zone.

“Black Leopards is a very good team, they play brilliant football and as you know they say in football you cannot buy experience and I think we are lacking in that department of experience. We don’t need to change the team or panic, because of our position, but us experience players must give the youngsters guidance going forward.”

Having 31 Bafana Bafana caps under his belt and gaining experience playing in Sweden and Mamelodi Sundowns, the rejuvenated midfielder sets himself with realistic goals.

“My biggest mission is to make sure that we survive relegation and for myself personally is to play regularly. I am still young and if I keep on working hard who knows, maybe there is still a chance for me to play for Bafana Bafana in future,” he said.