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Owen da Gama alleviates pressure on Lorenzo Gordinho and Lebogang Manyama

Posted: 22 March 2017 Time: 20:57

Bafana Bafana interim coach Owen da Gama is putting no pressure on Lorenzo Gordinho and Lebogang Manyama ahead of the upcoming friendlies against Guinea-Bissau and Angola.

Gordinho and Manyama's call-ups are warranted by their consistent performances for Kaizer Chiefs and Cape Town City respectively, with many eager to see if they will replicate their displays at national level.

The former, who has established himself in the heart of the Chiefs defence, has formed a formidable partnership with Erick Mathoho, who is also part of the current Bafana squad.

Manyama, who has been recalled following a near two-year absence amid his best ever season in the PSL, has spearheaded the PSL rookies' attack and helped them to their first ever trophy – the Telkom Knockout  as well as to top of the standings.

It is as yet unknown whether they could be drafted into the starting line-up for Saturday's clash at Moses Mabhida Stadium, and despite their great run of form at club level, Da Gama says he will not set the bar too high for the pair.

"The only expectations from these two young men is to go out there and enjoy themselves, and play the football that we know they can play – that is what we want from them," said the national Under-23 mentor.

"They must come and enjoy it [the camp]. They are representing their country and we are all proud of them. We want them to go out there and enjoy the games."

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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