Manqana – an attacking midfielder – trained with Free State Stars, SuperSport United, Polokwane City and Mpumalanga Black Aces last season after his departure from AmaZulu, but wasn’t offered a contract at all those clubs.
“It was really disheartening to have to go to all those clubs and be told some strange and confusing stories about why you are not being signed,” reveals the likeable Manqana.
“As a footballer you never want to go through an experience of having played in the PSL for so many years and then having to go through what I went through last season of being turned away at so many clubs. That whole experience was straining, actually it disturbed me a bit and made feel discouraged about football which is why I then took a break and came back home to recover. Such things can destroy you mentally especially when you fail to make sense of what you are being told. Football has no truth at times.
“Luckily, I have been strong enough to recover which is why I am now working my way back. I will not have any issues with even going back to start from the bottom in the First Division. All I need right now is a team to train with and such has been my situation that I have even made attempts to also train with my former club Golden Arrows but nothing has been forthcoming so far which is why I am still here at home. I just want to play football yet again,” says Manqana.
The 29-year-old last played for Royal Eagles in the First Division towards the end of last year during a brief stint with the KwaZulu-Natal club, but had the best times of his career at Golden Arrows.