Manqele has already announced his arrival at Sundowns with a goal on debut – just like he did at Free State Stars last season – and now wants to build on that.
“I have to keep on working hard so that I don’t become a one season,” he tells KickOff.com.
“I am aware that I have to score goals because we have a lot of capable strikers at the club. I always just want to play my normal game and enjoy as usual because there is never anything to fear in football.
“I have obviously set a goal target, but I will not say how many because that will create unnecessary pressure. But the reality is I want to score goals and plenty of them because that is my job after all. In the meantime I will use the competition I am facing here to improve while continuing to play my normal game.
“I know there is going to be expectations on me here at Sundowns after having done so well last season, but I have to work hard and stay humble all the time. What actually matters is that we win some silverware this season,” says Manqele, who is expected to play a role tonight in the MTN8 semi-final first leg against Moroka Swallows.
Manqele admits that starting off at a smaller club following his arrival from the amateur ranks last year was beneficial in building him up.
“For me reality is that coming from the amateur ranks to the PSL is never an easy thing because you will always struggle. I went for trials at Free State four times before I made it so it was never an easy ride for me, despite having done well in my first season in the PSL.
“However, it helped that I started off at Free State instead of going straight to the top teams. The danger of starting with the top teams you run the risk of falling so better to come up from a smaller club where there is less pressure which helps you to play your normal game,” he says.