Mamelodi Sundowns appear to have cooled their interest in Cape Town City captain Lebogang Manyama following John Comitis’ statement that none of his players is for sale, but will the Citizens boss change his mind?
STAY AT CITY FOR ANOTHER SEASON?
It only makes sense that City wants to retain Manyama’s services, especially after keeping them in the title race for the better part of the previous season. The fact that they made him captain at the start of last meant they believed in him as a player, and he never disappointed.
The player has, on many occasions, downplayed any talk of a possible move away from the Mother City outfit, but he’s been careful of saying anything controversial about his immediate future.
That is understandable, because he has a contract to honour at City. He finished the previous campaign as a top goalscorer, and his performances saw him return to the Bafana Bafana squad.
He achieved all these with City, meaning that Manyama doesn’t need to move to a bigger club for anyone, including national team selectors, to recognize his talent.
MOVE TO A BIGGER PSL CLUB?
Manyama has already been to one of the most successful clubs in the league, SuperSport United – and things didn’t go according to plan as he ended up being loaned out to Mpumalanga Black Aces.
Now, with Sundowns clearly interested in his services, the 26-year-old needs to be smart if and when he considers a move away from City.
Cape Town appears to be the place for him at the moment. It was at Ajax Cape Town where Kaizer Chiefs took notice of his talent and attempted to sign him, but despite the two teams agreeing terms, Manyama turned it down and opted to join Matsatsantsa.
If he’s tempted to return to Tshwane, he needs to remember what made him struggle at SuperSport United, and think about how he would fit in at a bigger club like Sundowns, Chiefs or even Orlando Pirates, who have not registered their interest in his services as yet.
The situation could be trickier though should Manyama’s form decline next season. Some teams cash in on their top players when the demands are high, and with the Tembisa-born in the form of his life, it may well suit the club to sell him to the highest bidder when he's at the peak of his career than wait when they no longer need him.
IS MANYAMA READY FOR EUROPE?
Comitis urged Manyama to ignore anyone who promises him heaven and earth, and he confirmed that he was working on a move abroad for his talisman, but he is the player ready for Europe?
The majority of PSL players are ambitious and want to further their careers in Europe, but it may be too early for Manyama to think beyond the borders because he’s still needs to consistently prove himself for two to three seasons before catching the eye of international scouts.
So, Manyama is not yet at the level required to move abroad, as that could somewhat hinder his progress and cost him a place in the Bafana Bafana team, especially with the 2018 Fifa World Cup tournament on the horizon.
He surely has learnt a thing or two from the likes of Kermit Erasmus, who struggled to established himself at French Ligue 1 after a sudden move which somehow proved to be premature in his career when he was one of the hot properties in the PSL.