Vusumuzi Vilakazi blames lack of financial aid for KZN football decline

Vusumuzi Vilakazi blames lack of financial aid for KZN football decline

Richards Bay FC coach Vusumuzi Vilakazi has weighed in on the discussion around the decline of KwaZulu-Natal teams in the DStv Premiership.

All four KZN clubs are fighting for survival, Lamontville Golden Arrows, AmaZulu FC, Royal AM are on the decline this season, with Natal Rich Boys in danger of relegation. 

Vilakazi feels the lack of financial aid has resulted in the current state of football in the province.

"A lot is needed but let me not get into details because it will sound like I'm criticising. I always say that if you're expected to win competitions then you need to have a team that will be prepared in terms of winning competitions,” Vilakazi said.

“When you look at small teams like us and you look at the squad, you compare our squad to Mamelodi Sundowns, there's a huge difference and you can't expect it to be the same because a lot of things involve finances.

“If our finances are not equal to Sundowns we are bound to crack or we are bound to suffer. So, a lot is needed in terms of sponsorship, buying into the concept of helping KZN teams, I think then we can see the difference."

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Last week Cape Town Spurs and Orlando Pirates were reportedly played under protest against Moroka Swallows, with Spurs ending up withdrawing their decision days later.  

Following their 1-0 win against Dube Birds,  Natal Rich Boys mentor says they did not want to fight anyone's battle, so they did not play under protest.

"No no, we don't fight other people's battles, we want to fight our own battles. We are not even aware as to what is the protest for. So, we just prepared to go into the field of play and work very hard in making sure that we get the three points and I'm happy that it happened the way we wanted."