Manyama's advisor explains Chiefs snub


The man who advised Lebogang Manyama to join SuperSport United over Kaizer Chiefs back in 2014 has explained why he does not regret it.

Manyama, who was only 23 back then, went against his club Ajax Cape Town's wishes in January 2014 after they had agreed a transfer fee with reigning league champions Amakhosi.

The Tembisa-born forward had scored 14 goals for the Urban Warriors that season but chose Matsatsantsa instead, and what followed were spells at Mpumalanga Black Aces and Cape Town City.

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In 2018 Manyama finally signed for Chiefs following an unsuccessful stint with Turkish side Konyaspor in 2017.

Manyama's mentor at the time was Maimane Alfred Phiri Games organiser Alfred Phiri, who says the 2019/20 PSL Footballer of the Season candidate was not yet ready for a club as big as Chiefs.

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"I think at end of the day it happened and there's no regret at all, I think he came to Chiefs at the right time when he is ready," Phiri tells

"He is more experienced than that time. I know people have a different view about it but you see if he is going to make it or not, I think before he was not yet ready to go... like he is now. He is more mature, he is more experienced now.

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"I think it helped you know. Sometimes when you go to a big team you don't play and then it will kill your morale. I think the route he took is a good one.

"He learnt a lot when he went to SuperSport, when he went overseas from Cape Town City, and when he came back he was a better player. Like he is a better player now.

"Yes, for me he was not ready that time for Chiefs. Remember, he came from Cape Town City, he had one season there, it was a new team and everybody was playing. There was like no pressure for them at Cape Town City you know.

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"Then he went overseas and he learnt a lot, found himself, stayed out of Alex, South Africa for those couple of months even if he had limited game-time.

"It helped him a lot as a person to find himself. But coming to Chiefs now, I think he is ready... you know he is pushing the team, he is carrying the team."