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Lebogang Manyama says Cape Town City need to forget about last season's success

Posted: 26 June 2017 Time: 19:12

Cape Town City star Lebogang Manyama insists his club needs to quickly forget their impressive debut season in order to push to greater heights.

The Bafana Bafana international played a starring role, topscoring for his side as they finished third in the Absa Premiership standings and lifted the 2016 Telkom Knockout trophy.

Fresh after being revealed as KICK OFF’s Player of the Year, the Cape Town City captain was nominated in four different categories for the upcoming PSL awards ceremony, taking place on 10 July.

Manyama, who scored 14 goals this season – more than four times his last three seasons combined – says he wasn’t surprised by his good form this past campaign.

“No, not at all,” he tells KickOff.com. “In everything in life, you have to seek to improve every day, and the way I’ve gone my whole career, I think I’ve always improved. And in the past two years or so, I’ve had less injuries, so I got stronger and knew which areas I needed to strengthen in order to push myself to the limit. The last two years have been amazing for me, and now I’m reaping the rewards.

“But it doesn’t end here. I’m looking to improve more and more.”

The 26-year-old insists his club need to forget about their impressive maiden season in the top-flight however, as they look to better last season’s showing.

“We can be proud of ourselves, but we know it’s only going to be tougher next season,” he says.

“It happened in England with Leicester – they had a great season and everyone was talking about them, and with their Champions League and Premier League commitments this past season, it became very difficult for them. So we have to be careful on how we tread from now on, and see how we can improve.

“We have to forget about this season. Yes, we can enjoy the moment, enjoy the break, but the minute we start next season, there’s no turning back. People now know our strengths, and with all the players that have done well for our team, people have noticed where our strengths lie. So we just have to find new ways … there must always be a plan A, a plan B and a plan C if possible.

“There are obviously areas where we need to improve, but we are looking forward to the challenge.”

Manyama was voted by you, the fans, as the 2017 KICK OFF Player of the Year! To read his story, where it all began and how it all clicked for him at Cape Town City this season, grab the latest issue of KICK OFF Magazine (Issue 483), on shelves now!

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Article by: Fabio De Dominicis
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