Manyama puts table-topping Chiefs first


Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Lebogang Manyama has commented on his return following a turbulent 2018/19 campaign but insists his performance is not important.

Manyama had a largely underwhelming return to the Premier Soccer League last season as he battled with constant injury disruptions – both on the pitch and off it.

The former Cape Town City captain, whose stint in Europe was short-lived, returned with much excitement as he joined Chiefs as a high profile signing alongside Khama Billiat.

However, the 28-year-old fell short of expectations as he was first ruled out with an elbow fracture sustained in a freak car accident in October last year before a knee injury in January against hampered his progress.

Manyama has since proven to be a key figure in Ernst Middendorp’s side this season as they sit pretty at the top of the Absa Premiership table, but the ex-Footballer of the Season has downplayed his hopes of rediscovering his devastating form from three seasons back.

“I don’t really think about things that are way far from me; I think at this point in time it’s about taking it one day at a time,” said Manyama.

“Obviously, with injuries and stuff, there are certain things you cannot control – car accidents, you cannot control that; you have to take them and learn from them.

“Then, of course, you also grow as a person, so I don’t really worry about how well I play – the most important thing at this point in time is trying to put Kaizer Chiefs back to where it belongs, rather than putting myself back to where I was before.

“The guys have supported me throughout all the injury struggles that I’ve had, and I’m very grateful for that, but I don’t worry much about my individual performance at this point; it’s more a matter of us, as a team, taking it one game at a time and seeing where we end up.”