Manyama lauds City’s unsung heroes
Posted: 23 January 2017 Time: 19:16
Cape Town City captain Lebogang Manyama has heaped praise on two teammates who he feels have been the unsung heroes in the club’s impressive run this season.
The Citizens, despite only being formed in June last year, have been the surprise package of the 2016/17 season thus far, claiming Telkom Knockout glory while sitting joint-top of the Absa premiership standings at the halfway stage.
The likes of Manyama, Aubrey Ngoma and Bongolethu Jayiya have received most of the plaudits for their attacking play, assists and goals which have propelled the side forward, yet the club’s in-form captain feels his side’s defence, and in particular Mpho Matsi and Roland Putsche in defensive midfield, deserve as much praise.
“You have to give credit to Mpho and Roland and the guys that have played behind us – they put in a whole lot of work to give us the freedom to go forward,” he tells KickOff.com. “Our defence has also been great, and the only goals we have conceded have been through mistakes. I have never seen our defence opened up, and it’s all because of the work they put in, and the two that play in midfield.”
Manyama feels the duo provide the necessary stability in the middle of the park for the more advanced players to flourish, and is grateful for their contribution.
“When you have players like Roland and Matsi behind you, you always feel safe when you go forward,” he continued. “They’ve done a really good job, and I feel they are the unsung heroes in the team.”
Cape Town City will look to keep up their title chase when they host Highlands Park in their first Absa Premiership fixture of 2017 on 7 February.
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