WIvEs Rule: Sifiso Vilakazi’s wife says no to KZN move. picture:Gallo Images
In a sport dominated by men, instances where a member of the fairer sex can have a say and directly affect the transfer market are rare.
But it happened recently when Bidvest Wits striker Sifiso Vilakazi’s wife, Lebo, got involved and delivered a sucker punch that KO’d AmaZulu’s aspirations of acquiring her husband.
Lebo and the couple’s two children were the driving force behind Sifiso’s decision to turn down a move from Jozi to the coast.
“It’s not that I blocked the move but people should understand that Sifiso has a bond with his children and me. He takes them to school and fetches them everyday and plays playstation with them.
“As a family we are glued. He can’t just relocate and leave the children.
And the deal he was offered was only for one year,” says Lebo, who has two kids, Sifiso Jnr, 5, and one-year-old Okuhle with the lanky striker.
Lebo and Sifiso met at a football match in Phalaborwa, Limpopo while Sifiso was on the books of the then National First Division side, Winners Park in 2003.
“My dad (John Chauke) was one of the directors at Winners Park, so he took me with him to a match. While waiting for my father at the car after game, Sifiso came and asked me to carry his boots for him and I refused.
He put them at my feet and later asked for my numbers. We became friends for two months before we started dating,” says Lebo.
“He had charmed me all along but I didn’t want to show him that he had. I heard that footballers were “players”, but with Sifiso I thought he was just too handsome to let go.”
Lebo says her father was initially not a fan of her relationship with the former Free State Stars and Ajax Cape Town marksman. In 2006 Lebo and her mother decided to keep news of her first pregnancy from her father until a relative spilled the beans.
“At first my dad didn’t like that I was seeing Sifiso, but now they get along well,” says Lebo.
A year after the birth of their first born, the duo got engaged at which stage Sifiso had moved on to play for Ajax.