Manqele: It was hurting


Manqele started training with United on Tuesday after completing his move from Mamelodi Sundowns. The former Free State Stars striker spent more than four months on the sidelines after being dumped by the Brazilians and told to train with the reserves as he was overweight.

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Manqele has since been given a lifeline by the Chilli Boys after signing a two-and-a-half year contract with the Port Elizabeth-based side.

"I am happy to be back in action," Manqele tells "I am very happy and hopefully  will start scoring goals again, which I like most.

"It’s been hurting not playing and I am happy now that the matter has been sorted out,” he added.

Manqele said it will take him a few weeks to catch up with the rest of his teammates in terms of match fitness.

"I kept myself busy by training on my own but that was not enough because I needed game time," the 27-year-old stated.

“I haven't been playing, and I am behind with everything [compared to my team mates]. I am ready to work hard and probably in two weeks’ time I will be ready to play again.”

Chippa, who currently lie eighth in the PSL standings, travel to Polokwane for their next League fixture against Rise and Shine on Saturday.