Mnyamane: Don't buy into hype
Posted: 23 January 2017 Time: 15:20
Thabo Mnyamane has explained his decision to join SuperSport United at the beginning of the season amid interest from other clubs.
Mnyamane has proven a wise buy for SuperSport – who went into the festive break at the top of the league standings – providing five goals along with several assists.
Why has it worked this well for him so far with Matsatsantsa during his first six months with the club?
“You don’t have to make decisions based on emotions or the hype about the team,” Mnyamane tells KickOff.com.
“So you need to check and be realistic about things, it could be a good offer but you need to say ‘I will let this one pass, yes it is a good offer but I don’t think it suits me so I will wait’. All of that happened but I had to wait for the right one and it came.
“The SuperSport offer was just made for me and I remember that I was sleeping when my agent called me in the morning. He said ‘look here, we have an offer’ and then I said ‘from where?’ Then he said ‘SuperSport United’ and I didn’t even think about it. It was just the right one and I didn’t even say let us wait with this one like I had done with the other ones.
“I did my research, calculated the pros and cons but at the end of the day I had to make a decision. Phone calls were coming in every second day while I was at home [in Sebokeng] and I just told my agent that look here let us relax and wait for the right one and not make harsh decisions. I believed the right one would come and it happened. I was a late signing for SuperSport because there was no rush,” he explains.
Mnyamane is hopeful of seeing his stay work out through till the end, taking inspiration from Bongani Zungu and Keagan Dolly who are now both in Europe after excelling at Mamelodi Sundowns.
“You might go a team and think you will not play but it works out, I remember with Bongani Zungu when he left Tuks for Sundowns everyone was like what the hell is this guy doing but then it happened. When Keagan Dolly left Ajax [Cape Town] for Sundowns everyone was like ‘really?’ but look what then happened? It can also happen in the opposite, you go to a team so confident that you will play and then boom you don’t,” he adds.
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