Phiri backs Manyama to shine

Phiri, who played in Turkey from 1996 to 2002, says foreign players do not have it easy in the Turkish league, so it’s important Manyama works hard after training and stays focused throughout his time there.

Manyama has signed for Konyaspor FC, subject to a medical, from Cape Town City. He will have his medical after the international break.

I am very excited for him. It’s what he has been looking forward to. It’s a dream come true for him. I played there and it’s not an easy place, but I think he will succeed,” Phiri tells KickOff.com.

“It’s a very tough league. You need to work hard and put effort. As a foreigner you have to double your efforts. When the team loses, there’s a tendency of blaming foreigners, so he must be ready to compete. He goes there as the [PSL] footballer of the year and top scorer in South Africa, so they will be expecting more from him. But I believe he will do well."

Phiri says Manyama will not struggle to adjust to football in Turkey because of the experience he has.

“For him it won’t be as difficult as it was for me. I went there as a 20-year-old. He has been playing for six or seven years in the PSL. I only played some months at [Jomo] Cosmos before I went to Turkey. I was a raw player, so I think he will handle it better. I will help him to settle and I still have friends in Turkey, so they will take care of him.” 

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