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.
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.