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Senzo Meyiwa and Oupa Manyisa to break Themba Mnguni's record

Posted: 15 April 2014 Time: 08:38

Orlando Pirates midfielder Oupa Manyisa and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa are threatening to break Themba Mnguni’s modern-day PSL record of most starts in a single season.

Mnguni set his 48-game record in 1997-98 when he started every official game for Mamelodi Sundowns, featuring through all 34 League games, six Bob Save Super Bowl games and eight Rothmans Cup matches.

Sundowns reached the finals of both the Bob Save and Rothmans Cup, with both matches being decided on penalties in replays after draws in the first games.

Manyisa has racked up an astonishing 44 matches in 2013/14, being one of the few outfield players for Pirates that has not succumbed to a long-term injury.

'Ace' has made 23 League starts - only missing the 3-2 loss to Celtic at home on 30 November when Pirates rested a few players - four in the MTN8, three in the Nedbank Cup, 10 in the CAF Champions League and four in Telkom Knockout.

For Meyiwa, his brilliant showing between the posts against Sundowns over the weekend in the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals was game number 43.

The former youth international keeper has missed just two of the 45 games Pirates have played in a marathon season which has stretched over three cup finals in the CAF Champions League matches, MTN8 and the Telkom KnockOut, along with the League games.

And with six league matches remaining for Pirates, plus at least one Nedbank Cup game, Meyiwa could possibly reach up to as many as 51 games, provided The Buccaneers reach the Nedbank Cup Final and he plays all the remaining games.

Meyiwa has only missed games against Polokwane City and Mpumalanga Black Aces this season through injury, and has played all cup competitions in the MTN8, Telkom Knockout, CAF Champions League and the three Nedbank Cup games so far.

Regardless of what happens for the rest of the season, Meyiwa has had the best season of his career and has missed just three games of the 74 Pirates have played since he displaced Moeneeb Josephs in November 2012.

Meyiwa stands as the player who has played the most football of all PSL players in the last year-and-a-half.

Other footballers who have loaded up massive game-time during a single season during the PSL era include Siboniso Gaxa, who started 46 games for SuperSport United when he was still a 20 year-old kid during the 2004/05 season.

On that occasion Matsatsantsa reached the finals of all three domestic knockout competitions in a campaign that stretched 54 games, including games in CAF competitions.

Ricardo Katza – who was Gaxa’s teammate at SuperSport that season – played 45 games.

Veteran midfielder Esrom Nyandoro also piled up 45 games across all competitions in 2007/08 season, while Rowen Fernandez – then at Kaizer Chiefs – played 45 matches in the 2004/05 season.

The all-time record for most appearances is held by Neil Tovey, who played 52 games for Kaizer Chiefs during the 1992 season.

Article by: Lovemore Moyo

Livefyre comments on this story...

The matured one
posted: 2014-04-15 06:45:44

kick off, why my comments and my 102 likes deleted to 43 likes?

Braveheart de XVI
posted: 2014-04-15 06:48:50

The matured one Khosi kick off editors hate us (kaizer chiefs bloggers) so much last week Friday i was blocked for no reason

posted: 2014-04-15 06:49:04

since Champions league counts as last season,why did kickoff include it??

Braveheart de XVI
posted: 2014-04-15 06:51:47

"AmaZulu more professional than Bucs" Okoriko
Pastor D
posted: 2014-04-15 06:52:10

5 more games poi.

The matured one
posted: 2014-04-15 06:55:10

Heavy Nasty Merrick Khosi this thing is not right, why not at least notify us that they blocked or deleted our comments or likes because we said a certain thing, so that we will be aware and not repeat that thing but they just don't tell. BUT whatever they do we will keep coming back because we love football, this blog and most importantly Chiefs!

Nebo VI
posted: 2014-04-15 06:57:14

Heavy Nasty Merrick  

Tsek nou itwo

Velibanti (Gone but not Forgotten)
posted: 2014-04-15 06:59:18

it would have been nice if you'd also tell us, how many goals he has conceded in the 43 games he has played...


Nebo VI
posted: 2014-04-15 07:05:15

The matured one  

your problem u Like too much u even sometime like Toilet,  for instance even GinoFeelo said Chiefs will won treble dis cson u stil Like knowing dat Feelo wa hlanya. dat 's Y Kickoff delete all lamasimba wakho...Lol.

posted: 2014-04-15 07:05:39

Heavy Nasty Merrick what are you talking about, did you read this before commenting, thats how we approach cows at bucs,

posted: 2014-04-15 07:06:27

Velibanti  18 goals

posted: 2014-04-15 07:08:00

The matured one mine have been reduced from 1200 to 550 - Kick off what is happening

posted: 2014-04-15 07:09:54

Useless records and useless comment!

Off topic: What a game he had on weekend, whoever manages to contain the most clinical most intelligent player in Moriri is worth my praise. Keep it up boi, Dauda is in deep's not Downs only that have two international goalkeepers after all.

My coach (The special one Mosimane) showed us how passionate he is about our team and for that great respect my coach. VV has his bag packed already as long as he gets his salary, he's not a Buccaneer at heart.

Downs dark cloud seems to still be hovering over them, to be beaten by a team they harassed for 94 minutes izinto zabantu...!

Anyway we'll continue praying for you Mighty Downs...!

posted: 2014-04-15 07:09:54

Heavy Nasty Merrick Why are your players taking illegal substance

Braveheart de XVI
posted: 2014-04-15 07:10:05

"It was on a Sunday. I was chilling with my lovely lady watching African Magic movie. I received a call back from a number I couldn't recognize. I ignored the call back, within eight minutes I received another call back from the same number. I usually hate call back I am a skhothane, even a girl that makes call backs for me I dump it. So, angrily, I phoned the number, the person who have been making call backs immediately answered the phone and said "Hellow Mr Okoriko you are talking to Irvan Khoza the chairman of Orlando Pirates football club, can we meet at Boxer Super Store and have that robust chicken. I want us to start negotiations. We are so interested to your service but we will discuss more details when we meet ndodana" I was so shocked Boxer Super Store? like really? Pirates are making call backs when approaching a player? They are so unprofessional" Sadate Okoriko explaining

Braveheart de XVI
posted: 2014-04-15 07:12:09

The matured one Heavy Nasty Merrick ohh spot on khosi. Kick off is just as pirates, its unprofessional

posted: 2014-04-15 07:13:34

Velibanti Perfomance is not in question here, they are addressing milestone with regard to game time wena Velibhantshi

nono wa lekhosi
posted: 2014-04-15 07:13:50

big up to Senzo,

posted: 2014-04-15 07:14:17

KING?  The matured one  Stop crying over useless things maan, who cares how many likes you have, what prize do you get for many likes...cry babies, and you were busy on Pitso's case when you cry like biatches here

posted: 2014-04-15 07:16:11

y dnt u go 2 a toilet n help urself, u seems abused dis mornin, nxa lousy joke

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