Manyisa yearns for eighth medal
Posted: 20 June 2017 Time: 21:35
Orlando Pirates captain Oupa Manyisa has revealed that the three years since the last trophy he won with the club have been a harsh reminder about the need to quench the trophy drought thirst.
The Buccaneers close off the season on Saturday with the Nedbank Cup final against SuperSport United at Moses Mabhida Stadium in a decider the Sea Robbers will be desperate to win to compensate for their woeful Absa Premiership campaign.
For Manyisa, the seven winners’ medals [2010/11 & 2011/12 ABSA Premiership, 2010 & 2011 MTN8, 2011 & 2014 Nedbank Cup and 2011 Telkom KnockOut] hanging on his wall at home need new company.
Saturday night provides that opportunity.
“I have been looking at my walls this week and looking at my medals and I have been reminded of just how long it has been since I brought home a winners’ medal,” Manyisa tells KickOff.com.
The most recent addition was the 2014 Nedbank Cup winners’ medal.
“It has been that long. We have to rectify that and this week is another chance to add something. The prospect of lifting another trophy is a great feeling because it is something special," he states.
"That is what we have been telling some other young players here in the team that winning a trophy is something special because your name is being written in the history books. So we have to go there this weekend with a positive mindset."
Manyisa maintains that the desire to win a final remains the same regardless of the kind of season that they've had and they understand the pain and shame that they have put The Ghost through this season.
This term was awful as they failed to finish in the top eight for the first time in the PSL era.
“There is always pressure to win and as a football player you must accept that there will always be pressure regardless of whether we are doing bad or good because people expect you to deliver in every game that you play," says Manyisa.
"It doesn’t sit very well with us to know that this has been the first time that the club has finished outside the top 8. But by God’s grace we are now playing a cup final and we have a chance to fight for winning a trophy which will present us with a chance of going back to Africa. We want to win this one for the fans."