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Neo Manyathela, the son of the late Orlando Pirates striker Lesley Manyathela, is now part of Mamelodi Sundowns

Posted: 15 January 2013 Time: 09:28

Neo Manyathela, the son of the late Orlando Pirates striker Lesley Manyathela, is now part of Mamelodi Sundowns' youth academy.

KICK OFF first met Manyathela junior in June 2010 [Manyathela Reborn – Edition 378] and the youngster posed for our photographer in Kaizer Chiefs colours, insisting his dream was to play for the Glamour Boys.

However, he could well follow in his father's footsteps ... in Sundowns colours.

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The 11-year-old is playing for the Brazilians' Under-11 and Under-13 teams after he was spotted towards the end of last year.

"Neo is now at Sundowns ... they chose them at school last year and he went for trials and passed," his mother, Xoliswa Vilakazi, reveals.

"They are being coached by Johannes 'Bricks' Mudau [former Sundowns and Chiefs defender] and two other coaches at a local school in Soshanguve," she adds.

Manyathela senior, befittingly nicknamed 'Slow Poison' for his goal scoring ability, had netted 48 goals in 73 appearances for Bucs when he died tragically in a car accident on the N1 in Musina on August 9, 2003.

Neo was just two years old.

Previous comments on this story...

The Phefeni Boy
posted: 09:31 am
Kickoff....this is disappointing, how do you put such an young kid on the spotlight...leave the kid alone.
Tsowetso
posted: 09:36 am
This publication will disturb this poor boy's scholing, wait untli he is matured hle!!
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 09:37 am
No news here at all

DTC '37
Filaz Roger Feutmba...Sandawana
posted: 09:38 am
Rather dont publish anything please if you dont have news...plz leave the boy, haybo ndiyanqanda Yiyani WaMasende....

KBY
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 09:40 am
Father - Pirates, Chiefs supporter, Sundowns player.........interesting
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 09:40 am
what did i say about Chiefs fans, young and raised by single parents, now here is evidence.
Bin Laden
posted: 09:40 am
thats nys to the boy
Reubs
posted: 09:41 am
under 11 academy,welldone downs for spoting them early and also for giving them better education as well
Thibo - Touch
posted: 09:47 am
Slow poison.
thuth teller
posted: 09:47 am
Eeeeeerbody wanna be a Glamour Boy. It is eerbody's wish. Even the yungins......You gotta love Khosi.

Good luck Slow Poisin Junior hope you take over from your dads legacy, in soccer of course not in the Gorilla Camp.
Sir eeemzaa-walikhosi
posted: 09:47 am
"insisting his dream was to play for the Glamour Boys".

Kickoff plz tell us smthing we don't know please coz we also know that even this boy's father wantd to play for chiefs and again 70% of pirates players and downs grew up willing to play for the most successful team Kaizer Chiefs.

K4L : let's hear
Anti-Zebra
posted: 09:49 am
Tiyani Mabasa has been posting rubbish since yesterday. This guy should just go back to Zimbabwe and write articles in the baby section of Harare Times. Nxa
Super Green
posted: 09:53 am
Love the story, I did not know that Slow Poison had a son.
Double Treble Champ-Marapo
posted: 09:53 am
Eish truelly speaking this name Manyathela hurt me a lot. I cried like a child when he died and everytime i hear his name i become emotional. Lesly Phuthi Manyathela, this was not just a football player to me, he was a little brother. I remember when he arrived at Pirates, i was in the Pirates senior team and people were doubting his abilities but i helped the boy nurture and mature into a great player. He loved me very much and together with DukuDuku they always visited me at my house in Orlando. They were good boys and i knew they will make it big in the game.

We really lost a soldier, right now we wouldn't be crying about goal scoring problems in the national team. Who can forget that goal he scored aginst Wits when we won the league in 2003.

Rest in Peace Phuthi.
El Kampion
posted: 10:00 am
KO journos are still in festive mood, sipping Zorba under the tree....absolutely no need for this
Double Treble Champ-Marapo
posted: 10:00 am
The most memorable game my boy Lesly played was that derby where we beat Kaizer Chiefs 3 love. He scored a brace and Tso netted the other goal. One goal he scored by putting the ball between the legs of Brian Baloyi. The boy was on fire.
Anonymous
posted: 10:00 am
I'm disappointed at all your comments...we cry that these kids should get development at an early age. Development includes get used to fame at an early age. Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, Xavi, Iniesta, etc were on the news in their respective countries at a very young age. You can even check their videos on youtube when they were 9/10 years old. Even our very own Doctor Khumalo, Tshepo Molatedi, Steve Lekoelea were on spotlight at a very young age. At 11 years old, these guys were curtain-raisers at big game at Ellis Park Stadium..
thuth teller
posted: 10:02 am
He loved me very much and together with DukuDuku they always visited me at my house in Orlando. They were good boys and i knew they will make it big in the game.
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LOL I thought day dreaming ended last year. Now i can see i thought wrong.
Hey wena nkawu, you named your fellow Takunyisa old timers (madalas) in your shack village by Professional players. RIP to your Shebeen friends but it was wrong of you to call them by the names of Professional Football players.
SMH
Elite
posted: 10:02 am
Manyathela was one ordinary striker, never shine in Bafana or even go over seas. Why not concentrate on children of abo-Neil Tovey, DK, Radebe and many legends, or it because he is gone (May his Soul Rest in Peace). I didn't see any miracles in him, just same like Mabena and Ndulula.

Anyway, I also don't see any story here. This is not horse breeding where a great stallion give birth go a great pony
Gucci Man
posted: 10:04 am
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 09:40 am | Report

what did i say about Chiefs fans, young and raised by single parents, now here is evidence.
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What's wrong with that ?
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