Pitso: Manyisa is like Frank Rijkaard
Posted: 22 November 2017 Time: 18:00
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has heaped praise on midfielder Oupa Manyisa for his telling contribution that people hardly notice.
Manyisa made a shock move at the start to the season, leaving his role as captain at Orlando Pirates to join the then-African champions.
Many would feel the 29-year-old took a backward step, given his less prominent role within the squad at Chloorkop.
However, 'Ace' has featured in all but one of The Brazilians' matches this season – the 1-0 win over Platinum Stars back in October – and 'Jingles' lauded his contribution following Tuesday evening's victory over Bidvest Wits.
"It was important for us to close down Xola Mlambo and Thabang Monare [against Wits] with 'Keke' [Hlompho Kekana] and Oupa, who was doing the silent, dirty job and no one notices him," said Mosimane after the match.
"But he's very, very important for us, organisationally and defensively, and he keeps it simple. The most important thing was to close Monare and Mlambo, not allowing them to face our goals and pass forward.
"Even against Pirates, he helps Keke a lot to be able to play – him and 'Shuga' [Tiyani Mabunda]. Unfortunately there are those guys that have to do that – the Toni Kroos's who have to do a little bit of a dirty job."
Mosimane also praised the diminutive central midfielder's selfless character, comparing him to former Netherlands and Barcelona enforcer Frank Rijkaard.
"Oupa is humble and he doesn't need accolades or praise to do that, he sacrifices himself for the team. He's unbelivable and he gives us a big balance," he added.
"He's like the Frank Rijkaard – when they don't play you miss them, but when they play you don't see them. It's an unbelievable contribution he does."