There's nothing special about facing Orlando Pirates, says Sundowns midfielder Oupa Manyisa

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Manyisa will come up against his former club for the second time since moving to Chloorkop, but he has no special plans for them

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Oupa Manyisa is again looking forward to locking horns with his former employers Orlando Pirates on Saturday afternoon.

The 29-year-old, who joined the Brazilians from Bucs at the beginning of the season, has already become somewhat of a stalwart in Pitso Mosimane’s side, and he admits that despite having played in the Soweto Derby, which is seen as South African football calendar’s premier event, he has always been excited by this fixture.

"People always complain that the Soweto derby is always a draw, but Pirates and Sundowns is an open game. Each team is attacking because both [teams] want to score and win," Manyisa was quoted as saying by Sowetan.

"When I was at Pirates, I enjoyed playing against Sundowns because there was always a good atmosphere and the stadium is always full," he added.

Meanwhile, the former Pirates fan-favourite admits that playing against the Soweto giants is nothing special for him as his heart is now firmly with Masandawana.

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"Playing against Pirates does not make it special for me,” Manyisa revealed.

"Football is my job. So, I have to go there, enjoy myself and make sure I help my team. There is nothing to be concerned about Pirates because I am no longer there; I have a new home now," he concluded.

 

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