Manyisa grateful to fans

Orlando Pirates

Manyisa has not played competitive football since September last year when he suffered an ankle injury, but the Pirates fans – who voted for their preferred players for Saturday’s spectacle against rivals Kaizer Chiefs – included the Bafana Bafana international in the starting XI.

And the crafty midfielder is feeling fresh and ready to continue where he left off 10 months ago, and pay back the supporters’ faith in him.

“This shows that I have been working hard, and the supporters can also see that this person has been working for us for a while now so we have to bring him in,” Manyisa says. “As a human being you have to close your ears, open your eyes and work.”

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The 27-year-old is not too concerned that his first game back is against his nemesis team, insisting he will make the most of the opportunity.

“I will dwell too much on it, but all I know is that the coach has been giving me the motivation to go out there and play my normal game, so we will see whatever happens over the weekend,” he says. You have to make use of the chance that you get here at Pirates because we are all here to work.”

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Having missed just 15 out of the 200 games that Pirates had played in a period stretching back to the 2010/11 season prior to his injury, Manyisa feels the rest may have done him good.

“I think everything has its time and here I am here having recovered,” he says. “I dealt with it [the injury] the right way because I got to rest without doing anything.

“It was tough in the beginning, but as time went on with the support from family and friends I got used to it and handled it in a way that made me aware that it was meant to happen. Now here I am having healed.”

At Thursday’s press conference, coach Muhsin Ertugral confirmed Manyisa as one of three club captains alongside Happy Jele and Thabo Matlaba.

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