Bafana Bafana, Sundowns suffer Vilakazi blow

Bafana Bafana, Sundowns suffer Vilakazi blow
Sibusiso Vilakazi of South Africa challenged by Hamdou Elhouni of Libya during the 2019 African Cup Of Nations Qualifier match between South Africa and Libya at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on 08 September 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Bertin Basson

Thursday Oct 11, 2018. 13:00

Bafana Bafana have suffered another injury blow ahead of their back-to-back 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Seychelles this month.

South Africa's Team Doctor, Thulani Ngwenya, on Wednesday confirmed that the Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder ruptured his left tendon Achilles in a practice match against SuperSport United.

Stuart Baxter's troops won the game 1-0 thanks to a goal from France-based Lebo Mothiba.

Vilakazi's injury follows that of injuries sustained by Thapelo Morena and Vincent Pule in build-up to the clash. Cape Town City's Gift Links has since replaced the former Bidvest Wits skipper ahead Saturday's showdown at FNB Stadium.

The injury to the 28-year-old will come as a blow to both South Africa and Sundowns with Vilakazi set to face a few months on the sidelines.

South Africa currently occupy second spot in their qualifying group having followed a 2-0 win over Nigeria with a goalless draw at home to Libya last time out.

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