Chiefs star gives Ernst his dues



Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Lebogang Manyama has spoken about the sizeable impact coach Ernst Middendorp is having on his game.

Manyama has shown glimpses of his old self in the early stage of the 2019/20 season, after an injury-ravaged first season upon his return from Turkey.

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The former PSL Footballer of the Season has thus far contributed to three of Chiefs’ seven goals scored, delivering on the faith and trust Middendorp retained in him throughout his struggles last season.

The 28-year-old, who turns a year older this Friday, was constantly on the lips of the German tactician, who was adamant his absence was a major contributor to the club’s decline towards the end of the season.

He has since discussed what his mentor expects from him and how they are working “hand-in-hand” to ensure Amakhosi churn out positive results this campaign.

“It’s all through the work that I put in.  think he knows the kind of attitude I have – I want to win all the time, even though it won’t be the case all the time,” said Manyama.

“But I think we’ve got that understanding because he knows I have the right attitude each and every day, and ever since he’s been here, I’ve learned a lot from him.

“He’s improved my game tremendously, in many aspects. For example, when I got here, I was playing as a 10, which is way up the field, but now I can also play a bit deeper.

“It’s all about listening to what he wants from me, and obviously then showing it on the field. Some of the things I do, he’s probably – hopefully – also learning from me.

“So, it’s about working hand-in-hand with each other, but it’s a matter of listening to and learning from each other.”


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