Vusumuzi Vilakazi still to hold talks with Richards Bay after saving status

Vusumuzi Vilakazi still to hold talks with Richards Bay after saving status

Richards Bay secured their DStv Premiership status last night, but coach Vusumuzi Vilakazi confirmed he was still to discuss his future with the club.

A 4-0 win over Baroka at the King Zwelithini Stadium in the promotion play-off finale helped guarantee The Natal Rich Boys yet another season in the topflight and Vilakazi described as possibly the highlight of his career so far. 

‘Kanu’ gave credit to chairman Jomo Biyela for believing he could get them over the line, promising more should he stick around. 

"Maybe the first thing I must say and be honest about is to thank the chairman for believing and trusting in me for such a huge task - the whole process, not only the play-offs," said Vilakazi.

"Despite the limited experience I have as a young coach, he still believed in me to turn the corner, so I need to appreciate that, [especially] coming to a team that was not winning games.

"I think this will have a very big impact on my coaching career. I've always been saying, and some people were laughing, that this is not the best of Kanu – they are yet to see the best of me."

The former Golden Arrows and Chippa United mentor has expressed an interest to remain at Richards Bay, but says that will hinge on the discussions with Biyela?

"Will I stay? Definitely. But we still have to sit down and talk with the chairman, obviously. My contract has ended, but we will sit down and see," he added.

"I think he did make a statement [saying], 'If it's not broken, why fix it.' But that will depend on the negotiations that we have, and also trying to align the team with the personnel – see who we can bring and release, and stuff like that."