Cape Town – Bidvest Wits released a statement regarding the
comments Pitso Mosimane said on Mamelodi Sundowns pursuing Sibusiso Vilakazi in
the January transfer market.
The statement is as
“Bidvest Wits wish to express their outrage with the public
statements attributed to Mamelodi Sundowns Head Coach, Pitso Mosimane, in the said
article, which are disrespectful and contemptuous of Bidvest Wits, it’s
management, technical staff and players," said the statement on the club's website.
"The article starts off by saying that “Pitso Mosimane says
that Sibusiso Vilakazi still wants to play for Mamelodi Sundowns”. That the
player “still wants to” suggests that Mr Mosimane has established this after
the transfer window period has closed. It begs the question then, as to how
exactly was this established, after the transfer window closed.
"He is further quoted as saying that M. Sundowns “engaged
Wits and the player (Sibusiso Vilakazi) wants to come to us”.
"Not happy with that, Mr Mosimane goes on to say ” It’s not a
big secret, otherwise you would not been asking and writing, otherwise he (S.
Vilakazi) could have said long ago, ‘I’m moving nowhere, I’m happy at Wits.” –
suggesting that the player is unhappy being with Bidvest Wits and not to have been
transferred to Sundowns. “The player”, he says, “wants a different environment”
and this, Mr Mosimane suggests, is the reason why “we (Sundowns) approached
"And just in case anybody had missed his point, Mr. Mosimane
makes a final categorical statement: “S’bu wants to play for us and we want
S’bu to play for us”!
"The statements leave no room for interpretation: the Head
Coach of M. Sundowns says that a player under contract to another club, namely,
Sibusiso Vilakazi, is an unhappy player at Bidvest Wits; he wants ‘out’ of
Bidvest Wits; and most importantly, the player wants to go and play for Mr
"These are appalling statements, about a player under
contract to another club, from a man who is the Head Coach of a prestigious
club and of considerable stature. They are reprehensible, and as Mr Mosimane
would put it, in the said article, straight “from the boot of a car”!
This time, Mr Mosimane has gone too far – he has used the
media to direct his contempt for, and disrespect at, Bidvest Wits, it’s
management, technical staff and players.
"The norm in football is that what transpires in discussions
between the management of two clubs in relation to the potential transfer of a
player is not for public consumption. We would have preferred it that way, in
relation to Sibusiso Vilakazi, but Mr Mosimane could not resist getting
involved and going public with an issue that is not in the domain of a football
"We are therefore left with no option but to publicly rebuke
these statements, designed to embarrass and denegrade Bidvest Wits.
"We are appalled by the hypocrisy of these statements, when
just a season and a half ago, in an article by the same publication Mr Mosimane
“fumed” and called for “Moroka Swallows and Kaizer Chiefs to show his team
respect with regards to their statements in the media about Edward Manqele”.
"He was then said to be “spitting fire about the way Amakhosi
and the Dube Birds are handling the Manqele issue” and he was quoted to say:
“We can’t be pushed around and release a player to our opposition. Imagine if I
went around in the media and said ‘we want Parker and maybe we can afford him’!
But I don’t go around and make those kind of arguments. I will leave Chiefs to
talk about my player in the media,” I also saw Swallows’ coach [Zeca Marques]
saying the player must go to Chiefs and it’s surprising because this player is
scoring goals for Swallows … somewhere and somehow where are the ethics and
respect?”, he said.
"Where are the ethics and respect, now?
"We are appalled with the statement that “S’bu wants to play
for us and we want S’bu to play for us”, and we are appalled at the arrogant
presumption that our player was unhappy at Bidvest Wits and will, seemingly,
only find happiness when he joins Mr Mosimane’s club. We are proud of the fact
that we have created a professional environment where players are treated with
respect and feel welcome.
"We have never considered retrenching a Bidvest Wits
player, let alone before he has ever kicked a ball for us in a competitive match.
When it comes to players wanting to leave their club for other clubs, we
suggest Mr Mosimane concern himself with his own squad of players.
"We are appalled at the pitiable attempt at putting pressure
on Bidvest Wits with this article, with a view to “forcing” our club into
agreeing to the transfer of our player to M. Sundowns in January. Mind games
are an art, best left to those who have mastered it. It has not worked nor will
it ever work with Bidvest Wits.
"Sibusiso Vilakazi will leave Bidvest Wits for another club
if and when both Bidvest Wits and the player are satisfied that it is in the
best interests of both club and player, no matter who the interested club may
be! No person outside Bidvest Wits will ever have a say, or the right to
interfere, in the transfer of a Bidvest Wits player to another club.
"We have met with our player, and our assurances to him about
his future, being private and not for public consumption, have undoubtedly left
him satisfied that he needs not to fear for his career.
"Finally, and lest there is any doubt about our position: We
will not tolerate any disrespect of our club, Bidvest Wits, it’s management,
technical staff and players, and anyone who feels that they can do so, will
find that we will be resolute and uncompromising in taking the necessary steps
to redress any such situation."