He may not be getting game time at Mamelodi Sundowns, but midfielder Oupa Manyisa is not ready to throw in the towel and leave just yet.
Manyisa spent more time on the sidelines than he did on the pitch last season, as coach Pitso Mosimane preferred the formidable midfield partnership of captain Hlompho Kekana and Tiyani Mabunda.
However the new season comes with renewed hope for the former Orlando Pirates captain, who is determined to raise his hand and convince Mosimane he deserves a place in the starting line-up in the coming campaign.
'Ace' has admitted that competition at Sundowns is tough, but he is ready to fight for his place.
“I think it’s part of football. Everyone has his own chance and you have to take it with both hands. I am still waiting for my chance,” said Manyisa.
“We have to understand that only 11 players can be on the field and so you have to wait for your own chance to play. We have to show the coach at training that you want to play. He is the only one to decide who plays or not,” he added.
Despite the lack of game time, Manyisa says he is still happy at Sundowns and welcomes the healthy competition for places in the team.
“It’s healthy competation. If you want to be the best, you have to compete with the best. Life is good. We are all happy and united. We do talk a lot and help each other.”
Sundowns go into the 2019/20 campaign as defending champions and will be looking to win their 10th title, which would see them earning a star under the club badge.
"It doesn't put us under pressure. It’s our job. We have to make sure that we deliver for the Sundowns family because we came here to play football and win trophies,” Manyisa concluded.