Why I Joined Sundowns – Manyisa

10/Sep/2017 18:39

Oupa Manyisa’s decision to join the reigning African champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, was inspired by a desire to grow and take his football to the next level.

The 29-year-old midfielder signed with the Brazilians last month to end an almost decade long stay at Orlando Pirates where he reached the finals of the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup – losing both finals. “Ace”, as Manyisa is affectionately known, brings a wealth of continental football experience to a Sundowns’ team that’s looking to retain the CAF Champions League crown they lifted last year.

“As a player you have to grow,” Manyisa said. “I took the path of growing by coming here. I will grow as a player here because I know that I have to start afresh and fight for my place in the team”

“It’s part of life. If I didn’t want to grow as a player I would have said that I don’t want to go anywhere, I just want to sit where I was already at and everything would be simple for me. I decided to go because there are some players who want to play football who were coming after me. I also felt that I wouldn’t be doing justice to the younger boys there if I stayed and blocked their progress. I had to leave so that they can start growing and make names for themselves. I also want to take my football to the next level which is why I joined an ambitious team like Sundowns that wants to win everything.”

Manyisa has made a seamless transition to the Sundowns’ midfield. He will be looking to continue doing that on Monday night against Free State Stars in the Absa Premiership. What has made Manyisa adapt well to life at Sundowns is that he is a workaholic just like coach Pitso Mosimane.

“It’s a nice atmosphere working with him because he lives football,” Manyisa said. “Everything about him is football. It shows in how he works and the results that the club has achieved.”

“When you join his (Mosimane) team, you come here to live football. You don’t just come here, train and go to the game. You have to live football 24/7. I am also like that. It’s easier for me to even handle the assignments he gives us of analysing our games and our opponents. That’s what I have been doing all these years. Sitting home, watching football and analysing my opponents.”

9 Responses to Why I Joined Sundowns – Manyisa

  1. THAT’S NICE ACE I WISH ALL OUR PLAYERS MUST UP THEIR GAME THIS SEASON BECAUSE WE WON’T WIN JUST BCOS WE ARE SUNDOWNSFC, CLUBS ALWAYS DOUBLE THEIR EFFORT WHEN EVER THEY PLAY AGAINST US eg MARITSBURG UNITED, POLOKWANE FC IF THEY DON’T I WILL SIMPLY WATCH MY SKY ON TV AND SAVE MY MONEY BCOS WHENEVER I COME TO THE GAMES I TAKE MY FAMILY WTH ME &THAT’S COSTLY FOR ME TO COME BACK DISAPPOINTED. THE SKY IS THE LIMIT FROM SAM Z MAHLASE. SPRINGS BRANCH

  2. Gud luck bro, you must double your effort if you want to succeed at downs every tom and dick want to beat us,play your normal game. Good luck for stars game, Is stars game tonight or tomorrow?

  3. Mxo says:

    We are playing today at 6. Oclock evening

  4. Mnesto says:

    No work done here, Flavio Bento and Sibusiso Khumalo should be given an opportunity not this finished old crock.

  5. Mfana says:

    Mnesto I agree with u Im always a critic of a coach who has a firm belief on old players who come with short term results.We failed to stick with Sbu Kumalo&Thami Sangweni chasing past reputations instead of current form.Even Brockie as the best&excellent finisher bt I applaud Supersport for refusing with him bcoz Ntuli neva failed bcoz he was neva utilised.I still say clubs shud always refuse 2 sell their players.We hav resources Sundowns coaches shud utilise them instead of dangling fat carrots to destabilise rival players.

  6. jimmy says:

    I wish all players can get out of their slumber land and start showing us the performance that we are used to urgency – but not that nonsense displayed by Wits against cape town city harassing every ball as if they are entitled to win

  7. Rudolf Makubelo says:

    Well said and also a player of his class should crucially compete with the most exceptionally excellent crop of competent players. We have almost all international playersnin our squard whom doing conspicuously wonderful work.
    We hoping much of best work from Manyisa.

  8. you are the best ace, now we are waiting for your twin brother jeremy brockie to join you so that we can win everything. We love you oupa ace manyisa we respect you as a human being, /GOD bless. Amen

  9. mtho4downs says:

    @Mnesto@Mfana dawanas you are 100% correct,,, unfortunately it seems like the wait I have for Bento will be the same dream I had for Samuel Julies,,,,, I must confess though I have forgotten Flavio Bento until you came up with that name,,,, kby