Manyama downplays City captaincy

Manyama picked up back-to-back Player of the Month awards for October-November and December at the PSL headquarters on Monday, after netting seven league goals in eight appearances during the said period.

The ex-SuperSport United attacking midfielder is arguably in the form of his life since moving to the Cape, where he was named captain at the start of the season, however, he insists his leadership role has no effect on his individual displays.

"I think the captaincy has nothing to do with how I've played [because], even if I wasn't captain, I think I would have given the same effort," said Manyama on Monday afternoon.

"Honestly, I'll still say, I didn't expect to be captain, because I expected  maybe one of the other senior guys to be captain."

The Tembisa-born 26-year-old also paid tribute to other seniors in the team who have helped him lead the ship to a strong position on the log as well as to Telkom Knockout honours.

"The one thing that's helped me a lot is that I'm playing amongst a whole lot of players that have probably achieved more than I have in my career, they've been captains at bigger teams – the likes of Robyn Johannes, [Vincent] Kobola, [Lehlohonolo] Majoro is another one that's achieved a lot in football; Shu-Aib Walters," he added.

"Those guys have all been helping me out a lot, it's not only about me. I also seek help from them in terms of getting their opinions as to how we do things as a team, and the coach was also a captain in his career before so he's helped me a lot in that.

"It's not that it puts a whole lot of pressure on me, but obviously I have to lead in a certain way and I'm glad I'm doing that, to help the other guys as well as the team get to a better place."

The Citizens will next host a beleaguered Orlando Pirates outfit at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.