Oupa: Nothing special about Pirates game
Posted: 12 January 2018 Time: 13:45
Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Oupa Manyisa says playing against his former side Orlando Pirates does not make it special for him.
Manyisa spent nine years at Pirates and won back-to-back trebles with the Soweto giants, becoming part of history. He captained the side and is remembered for forming one of the finest midfield partnerships in PSL history with Belgium based Andile Jali.
At the start of the season, however, he left to join former African champions Sundowns, where he’s played 16 matches in all competitions.
The 29-year-old returned to Orlando Stadium for the first time as a Sundowns player in the first half of the season, as Pitso Mosimane’s men registered a 3-1 victory over the Buccaneers.
He will come up against his former employers at Loftus tomorrow (15h30), hoping that they can get maximum points and open up a bigger gap at the top of the table.
“Playing against Orlando Pirates does not make it special for me because playing football is part of my work. I have to go there and enjoy myself and make sure that I help the team. I am no longer at Pirates, I have a new home now,” he said.
“I don’t know what we can expect from Pirates, but we all know that they are a good team. They have been playing good and entertaining football, like you saw when they played Baroka and won 3-1. They know what they are doing, but we have to focus on ourselves and make sure we do what we have been doing.”
Manyisa has done well in midfield alongside captain Hlompho Kekana and Tiyani Mabunda. They have one of the strongest midfields in the country. Combining well will be key to their success against Pirates tomorrow.
“I have been doing well since I have been playing. It’s because of the teammates that I have. They have been encouraging me and the technical team always encourages us to enjoy ourselves when we get to the field. We don’t have to stress about anything, we just need to go out there and play football,” Manyisa said.
Sundowns have a four point lead at the top of the table and are seen as favourites to win the title, but Manyisa is not getting ahead of himself. He has stressed the importance of taking it one game at a time.
“We are four points clear at the top, but we have to know that the league is still far. We have to take it one game at a time and do our best in every match that we play.”