Phumudzo Manenzhe backs Thamsanqa Sangweni to thrive at Orlando Pirates
Posted: 8 July 2017 Time: 11:16
Former Orlando Pirates striker Phumudzo Manenzhe believes Thamsanqa Sangweni's qualities is exactly what the team has been lacking in recent seasons.
Pirates earlier this week confirmed the signing of Sangweni on a three-year deal from Chippa United, much to the delight of the club's supporters.
'The Bold', who donned the Black and White from 2002 until 2007, believes the arrival of a strong central midfielder is an answer to the fans' prayers as they look to restore the ship to it's former glory days, following their most disappointing season in the PSL era.
"I think the arrival of Thamsanqa Sangweni means the Buccaneers' prayers are finally answered, because last season they were complaining that the defensive midfielders are not able to keep the ball or circulate it as much as we would like," said Manenzhe.
"We know Orlando Pirates' strength is playing through the wingers, but for the wingers to get the ball you need a strong central midfield to supply those balls out wide.
"I think Sangweni brings that long and short-passing game, and we know his diagonal ball is one of the best in the PSL. The late runs he makes in and towards the box to give himself that opportunity to shoot at goal is also one of his strengths.
"That's what he brings to Pirates and I think the Buccaneers will be happy to have a player of his calibre in the team."
Since the departure of anchorman Andile Jali in 2014, Oupa Manyisa's partnership with Issa Sarr in the centre of the park has attracted criticism, with Abbubaker Mobara only recently staking his claim for that role.
Sangweni now brings that glimmer of hope that Jali's shoes could finally be filled, however, Manenzhe argues that the 28-year-old former Chilli Boys skipper needs to forge his own history and not be compared to anyone, including his older brother 'Siya'.
"I think every player doesn't want to be a replacement for anyone, you want to build your own history, and as the chairman says when you [as a player] sit across the table from him, he will tell you, 'I'm signing you, you need to make your own history. This badge you're representing has a lot of history'.
"I feel that Sangweni would like to make his own history. We know there's Siyabonga Sangweni history at Pirates already but he will have to make his own history.
"By making history it means you have to win things at Pirates, you have to be that special player. I think as long as he helps Pirates win trophies he will make his own history, and not be compared to anyone else," he concluded.